Board of Directors
Board President, Nicole Massie has been surrounded by the value of education since her youth. She became a third generation educator in her family when she taught high school Biology. Nicole has incorporated education and equipping others in her current career path as well. She spent 6 years at Dallas County Health and Human Services working with HIV services. She also spent the last 8 years working at a major health insurance company, where she has provided countless hours of training and education to physician practices and internal staff.
Nicole began leading small group Bible studies at the age of 17 and is dedicated to equipping others in their Christian lives. She has also served as mentor trainer a local non-profit organization for the last 4 years.
Nicole and her husband are licensed foster parents and have a 2-year-old son. They believe their mission is to provide a safe haven for traumatized children and to impact their lives for as long as they can.
With over 26 years of experience in the automobile industry, Benny Franklin successfully worked his way up the ladder. In 1987 he began his career as a salesperson and positioned himself to be promoted to General Sales Manager. Benny has had a profound impact on the DFW automotive sales market. His expertise in E-Commerce and staff development has awarded him numerous training opportunities and he was one of the keynote speakers at The Ethos Leadership Conference (A Finance & Insurance Group Managing over 75 dealerships across the USA). Currently at John Eagle Honda, he has helped make the store one of the most profitable dealerships in the DFW metroplex.
Benny is a member of The John Maxwell Team and is a certified coach, trainer and speaker. He is also a certified executive business coach trained under Michael Carrigan (CEO of the Conversation People). Benny’s primary focus of Christian leadership within the automotive industry and in churches provides vital assistance to dealership and ministry leaders.
Benny has been a devoted husband and family man for over 30 years. This has allowed him to counsel married couples and consult with various singles groups and ministries. “The journey of my marriage has been filled with joy, pain and tons of questions. But my wife and I have made a commitment to participate in the process of evolution.”
Stephanie Graves was appointed to the NEF Board of Directors in 2016. She has built a career in media and communications – driving marketing programs, pioneering brand initiatives and shaping public perception for dynamic organizations across the country. An accomplished writer and journalist, she dedicated a portion of her career to work as a reporter and contributor to award-winning publications including the Dallas Observer, Dallas Child, Texas Lawyer and the Ocala Star-Banner. Stephanie believes in the power of knowledge that comes from exposure and educational opportunities to redirect the trajectory of young lives. She and her husband Aaron are committed to helping advance the work of causes that help bridge the knowledge gap.
Ms. Graves holds degrees from Texas State University in San Marcos and Dallas Theological Seminary. She and her husband live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area with their two young children.
Jacquetta Haygood has been in education for 25 years. She began her career in education as a paraprofessional in a Special Education Content Mastery Classroom at DeSoto West Middle School in DeSoto, Texas. She was recruited by Region 10 to pursue a teaching certification within Special Education and her journey of impacting the lives of children began. Her post-secondary education began at UT in Arlington before moving to Ft. Collins, Colorado where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Colorado State University in 1992. In 2006, she earned a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Her final journey in higher education is earning her Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She has earned an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) from Liberty and currently holds the credentials of Doctorate of Education, All But Dissertation (ABD).
Jacquetta will begin her 11th year in administration serving as an assistant principal at Mansfield High School with Mansfield ISD. She has served as an administrator at all grade levels to include various Title I campuses; 5 years at the high school level, 3 years at the elementary level and 3 years at the intermediate level. She has served as a principal for 2 years at an elementary school in Lawton, Oklahoma before moving back home to the Dallas area when her husband retired in 2014 after 27 years of service as an Army Doctor of Audiology. She began her career as an administrator in Lawton after 14 years as a high school special education teacher. During her teaching career, she served 10 years as the high school head cheerleading coach. Her husband’s military transfers has afforded her 17 years of experiencing frequent reassignments to various states, along with new teaching assignments within many school districts. In addition, the military transfers and experiences has helped develop her leadership capacity to effectively operate in various systems and structures within any school district.
In 1996, she met her husband of 19 years, Norvis in Mesquite, Texas. They are proud parents of two wonderful children; 17 year old son Keelan who is in the 11th grade at Mansfield Hill High School and 13 year old daughter Keeambre who is in the 7th grade at Collegiate Academy Middle School in Cedar Hill, Texas. When Jacquetta is not spending time at the school or with her family; she is an active member of Point of Light Church in Cedar Hill, Texas. She serves as the Director of the Adult Dance Ministry and teaches Children’s Church.