BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dilum Chandrasoma, President
Dyna Mitte, Secretary
Dyna Mitte served as the Program Coordinator of the Mitte Foundation until November, 2006. Prior to her tenure as a foundation employee, she held positions at Angels of Mercy, Baker Oil Tools, Financial Industries Corporation, and was a substitute teacher. She is mother to the founder’s grandchildren, R.J. and Lacianne. Dyna received her education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Tyler Junior College.
Joseph “Dusty” McCormickJ. C. "Dusty" McCormick is currently an Economic and Business Development Liaison with the City of Austin’s Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office. While supporting the City of Austin’s economic development mission, McCormick coordinates various cultural and business projects by providing technical assistance and represents the City as team leader, department liaison and ombudsman on various projects and contracts. Prior to his re-arrival to the public sector, he served for 10 years with Dell, Inc., as a Production Control Metric and Reporting Analyst, Inventory Control Analyst, and as Supervisor in the Continuous Flow Manufacturing environment. Recently, Mr. McCormick accepted his calling into the Ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and is serving as an Associate Minister at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Austin, Texas, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. G. V. Clark. Minister McCormick has two lovely Daughters and one Grandson that he cherishes: Melanie Michelle, Marlana Marie, and Aidan Tyson Poole, respectively. He strives to encourage his family and others as they journey through life by saying, “Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do.” In Minister McCormick’s eyes, tough people make it by having faith. Faith to him is living with invisible means of support, but "it is the very essence of what can make us whole".
R.J. Mitte is the grandson of founders Roy and Joann Mitte, and began serving the Mitte Foundation long before he became a member of its Board of Directors. As a child, the value of helping others who are less fortunate and giving to the community was reinforced in large part through his close relationship with his grandfather. He now actively works to raise awareness in the areas of equality and diversity. R.J. is currently co-starring on the Emmy-winning AMC drama Breaking Bad, and has appeared in The House of Last Things, Hannah Montana, and Everybody Hates Chris. He serves as Executive Producer of Vanished: The Tara Calico Story. As an actor with Cerebral Palsy, R.J. serves as a spokesperson for I AM PWD, the tri-union campaign (SAG, AFTRA & Actors’ Equity) which advocates for actors with disabilities, National Disability Institute, and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.
Denise Nance Pierce
Denise Nance Pierce is a Texas school law attorney currently serving as the Vice President of Member Services for the Texas Charter Schools Association. Prior to joining TCSA, she was a partner in the Austin-based law firm of Bickerstaff Health Delgado Acosta, LLP, where she advised community colleges, traditional school districts, and open-enrollment charter schools on all matters of school operations. Denise began her career as a staff attorney for the Texas Association of School Boards and served as the coordinator of the TASB Legal Assistance Fund. She is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and Texas A&M University. She also holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.