meet cara

Cara grew up in Far North Dallas, graduated from JJ Pearce High School and UT Austin with a BBA. After college, Cara married her childhood sweetheart, Barry, and began a professional career in Human Resources. Cara and Barry bought their first house in District 12 and started their family. As their three sons got older, Cara had a second career as a non-profit executive.

Cara has been a life long advocate for children and communities, and a recognized volunteer leader of many service organizations in the Greater Dallas area (see below).

Cara and Barry recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary.

Award Winning Leadership

2021 Law Enforcement Advocate of the Year, Dallas Police Association

Collin County Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Center of North Texas 

15 Year Milestone Award, Jewish Family Service of Dallas 

Board Leadership Award, Jewish Family Service of Dallas 

Community Impact Award, Plano ISD Diversity Advisory Committee


PTA Life Member Award, Huffman Elementary & Plano PTA Council

Service Learning Partnership Award, Collin College  

Homeless Advocate Award, Barron & Blue Foundation 

Shofar Award, Dallas Jewish Committee on Scouting

Environmental Education Award, City of Plano 

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