Meet the Dream Come True Foundation - South Texas Board
Jackie Ilse, President
Jackie Ilse has been in community banking for more than 30 years serving in various roles and communities in Texas. She currently serves Kleberg Bank as their Chief Risk Manager and has been at the Bank for the last 16 years of her career. Jackie has served various community organizations over the years as a member and leader. She currently serves as a financial minister for the Kingsville Church of Christ. Jackie has a passion for helping others be successful and is one of the organizing members of the Dream Come True Foundation - South Texas organization.
Dynyel Miller, Vice President
Ms. Melinda Dynyel Miller is an Executive Director for the Office of Student Access. Ms. Miller has over 11 years of experience working in higher education with federally funded budgets and management along with regulations training, 6 of those years working with multiple federally funded grants maintaining grants up to $720,000 per fiscal year. Ms. Miller’s main focus is to provide higher comprehensive student needs while managing a team concept and to provide extensive training in working with first generation and low income students from pre-collegiate to collegiate level and matriculation
to graduate school. Ms. Miller first served as an Instructor for the federally funded High School Equivalency Program as a GED writing/grammar instructor. Currently, Ms. Miller directs the Ronald E. McNair Scholars and Student Support Services STEM programs including the President’s Undergraduate Research Scholars. Miller received her Bachelor of Science in Arts & Sciences in Human Sciences in December 2004 and her Masters of Science in Guidance & Counseling in May 2013, both from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Ms. Miller is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Barbara Colston, Treasurer
Barbara graduated from Western Michigan University with a BS in Medical Technology and also received her Masters in Public Health from Texas A&M University. She has a range of experience in healthcare including clinical laboratory science, healthcare auditing and administration, and chronic disease case management. Barbara is retired but actively involved with a number of volunteer organizations including the Kleberg County Pregnancy Resource Center, Boy Scouts of America, The Riviera Scholarship Foundation,
The First Baptist Church of Kingsville Children’s Ministry and of course the Dream Come True Foundation of South Texas. To her, there is nothing more rewarding than being a volunteer – something she learned to appreciate from her husband Leslie who was a volunteer fireman and paramedic for thirty years. Barbara grew up in Detroit but spent most of her adult years in Richmond, Virginia. She moved to rural South Texas in 2001 and loves living in a small close-knit community. Barbara has three sons and three grandsons all living in Texas. And yes, even her dog is a boy.
Judy Colston, Secretary
Judy Myers Colston was born in a US Navy Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. She traveled with her Navy father and her family all over the East coast of the US and part of the West coast. Before her father retired from the Navy the family settled in the Kingsville/Bishop area.
Judy graduated from Bishop High School in 1970 and went to Texas A&I University in Kingsville to pursue a degree in Nutrition. Her college career was cut short when she married Bill Colston, Jr. on July 17, 1971 and moved to Riviera. The first eight weeks of marriage found Judy in Rochester, New York
going to telephone equipment school. Judy became only the second woman to graduate from the Stromberg Carlson XY School, the first woman to precede her was her new mother-in-law, Anne Colston who had graduated from the school in 1966. Judy returned to Riviera and went to work for Riviera Telephone Company, Inc. (RTC) to help in the business office which was located in her in-laws house until 1975, when the present building was constructed.
Judy was part of the team that nurtured RTC and helped it to grow. Judy was elected to the board of directors and treasurer of RTC and was made Assistant Office Manager in 1983. In 1989 she was made the Office Manager and became a stockholder of RTC. In September 2007 Judy was awarded the “Outstanding Achievement Award” by the Texas Telephone Association in recognition of her contributions to the industry. Judy retired from the Riviera Telephone Company, Inc. on December 31, 2007 after 36 ½ years of service but still serves on the Board of Directors and as a stockholder for the privately owned company. Judy still serves on the Board of Directors and is a stockholder.
During her life in Riviera, Judy was a member of The Riviera Fire Ladies Auxiliary and is a past president of that organization. Judy was a certified Emergency Care Attendant with the Riviera EMS and served in that capacity for four years. Bill and Judy Colston are members of The First Baptist Church of Kingsville. Bill and Judy presently serve as Vice-Chairs of The South Texas Charity Weekend and were honored as South Texans of The Year at the event in 2011.
Bill and Judy have two children; Bill Colston III (Michelle) and Marsha Colston Babic (Joe Babic III). They have six grandchildren.
Katrina Morris is an Edward Jones Financial Advisor in Alice, Texas where she has lived and served her community since 2014. Katrina earned her BA from Hofstra University in 2010 and her AAMS from The College for Financial Planning in 2016. She also serves her community as a member of the Site Based Decision Making Committee for William Adams Middle School and the District Education Improvement Committee for Alice ISD. Katrina is married with three active boys.
Arnoldo Perez, Jr
Arnold H. Perez, Jr. is the Administrative Coordinator for the Educational Opportunity Center – Rural at Texas A&M University- Kingsville which serves disadvantaged, low income and first generation adults and students in both Willacy and Hidalgo Counties, Rio Grande Valley. He is a native of Kingsville and graduated from H.M. King High School in 1979. He later earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University. He retired from the Department of Homeland Security in 2015 after having served 28 years with Customs and
Border Protection. His last assignment was Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge of the Kingsville Border Patrol Station.
Arnoldo’s first passion is his family. He and his wife Gracie, have three children and two grandsons. Furthermore, he truly enjoys his current work with the EOC Rural program and helping young adults succeed in life. In that regard, he describes his volunteer work with the Dream Come True Foundation-South Texas as very rewarding.
Jennifer has been a victim advocate at the Purple Door in Kingsville for five years. Her passion is helping people and especially aiding to strengthen families.
Jennifer currently serves on a number of community organization boards including the Kleberg County Child Welfare Board, End Domestic Violence Taskforce, and the Coordinated Community Response Coalition to name just a few.
She is a native of Petoskey, Michigan and married fellow Michigander Scott Jones who likewise volunteers with Dream Come True Foundation serving as a mentor.
Jennifer is an avid reader and lover of all animals big and small.
Jennifer Lynn Rodriguez
Jennifer Lynn Rodriguez is an Executive Director of Brush Country CASA, a non-profit organization which provides trained and qualified community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children as a result of child abuse and neglect. Jennifer has over 10 years’ experience working with children and has a passion to help children and families. Born and raised in Kingsville, Texas, Jennifer graduated from Texas A&M University - Kingsville with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and a Master of Science in Sociology. In addition to working with the Dream Come True Foundation - South Texas, Jennifer works closely with several civic organizations within the community and was a 2018 Leadership Kingsville participant.
Wilva West is a lifelong resident of Kingsville. She has an associate degree in finance and worked 17 years in banking, holding numerous titles and banking certifications including VP Loan Officer. After her career in mortgage lending, Wilva along with her husband Marty, acquired JNH Enterprises, Inc. JNH consists of four retail stores in Kingsville and Alice. Being a business owner has allowed her the ability to take an active role with a number of local organizations including a board member of the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce, The Woman’s Club of Kingsville, The HMK Cheerleading Booster
Club and other community projects. Wilva also is a visual merchandiser for the King Ranch Saddle Shop and provides creative assistance with many of the King Ranch social functions. Wilva and her husband have four children and seven grandchildren. Her passion for family have reinforced her belief in education and mentorship. She would like to see everyone with the will and drive to be able to get an education that will better his or her lives and that of their families.