EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Entrepreneur / Consultant / Director

Dana Tucker is a servant leader with successful careers in design, production, event coordination, fundraising and entrepreneurship across many for profit and non-profit entities. Dana most recently served as the Foundation Strategy Supervisor for The Seton Fund.  Prior to that, she owned and operated her own production consulting business for almost a decade after running her own design firm for five years.  Dana is a passionate Christ-follower, devoted wife and committed mother.  She lives in Dripping Springs, Texas with her husband Jeff and their beautiful children. 

DANA TUCKER

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Founder and International Director

The Traveling Team

Dr. Todd Ahrend graduated from Northeastern State University, has a Masters from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

He is the founder and international Director of The Traveling Team, a national missions mobilization movement.  He and his wife, Jessica, have spent almost two decades traveling both nation-wide and abroad, speaking to thousands of people about involvement in world evangelization. Todd has exposure in over sixty countries and has lived in the Middle East.

He is the author of The Abrahamic Revolution and In This Generation. Todd and Jessica have six beautiful children.

DR. TODD AHREND

Senior VP / PM Director

The Hill Country Group - Morgan Stanley 

Dustin was recruited to Morgan Stanley in 2016 to launch The Hill Country Group – his 3rd iteration in the wealth management business. THCG is the brainchild of 14 years behind the corporate curtain of boutique firms A.G. Edwards/Wachovia Securities then multinational financial institutions Wells Fargo and UBS. Combining a best-practices global mentality with a values-focused local culture, the team lives out their mission every day – to shift the paradigm around financial planning and redefine wealth management. The result is a stewardship mentality, increasing their clients standard of living as well as their standard of giving. 


Dustin is heavily involved in many philanthropic organizations, including Austin Ridge Bible Church, The BLESS Foundation, Empower One, Pioneers & Global Child Advocates. He is also an advisory board member of the Silver Spurs Alumni Association, where he advises for The BEVO Endowment, a fund that covers 100% of BEVO's expenses, supports The Neighborhood Longhorns Program and donates scholarships annually. He holds a BBA in Finance from The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has regularly guest lectured since 2009 on finance and entrepreneurship. Dustin lives in Bee Cave with his amazing wife, Brittney and their new daughter, Lillie Grace.

DUSTIN ELLIOTT

Executive Vice President

Engagement Team - Generous Giving

David leads the Engagement Team of Generous Giving, interacting with givers and facilitating events. He has had an eclectic career, in entrepreneurship in both low and high tech business, in independent movie production, and finally in ministry. During his 5 years on Young Life staff, David had the privilege of working with many generous givers and saw firsthand their deep faith and joy in giving. This ministry experience changed his life and is the reason he loves being a part of the Generous Giving team. He played on the Missouri State University Tennis Team where he earned a bachelor's degree in Business. David, his wife, Christie, and their 3 children live in Lakeway, Texas.

 

DAVID GONZALES

Technology Venture Capitalist 

Sam has been an entrepreneur and venture capital investor in early-stage technology companies across a wide variety of industries. Sam is currently the founder and Managing Director of Bandgap Ventures, an Austin-based venture capital firm focused on equity investments in hardware and physical science technology companies.

Sam currently serves on the boards of 3 portfolio companies and serves on the advisory board to the University of Texas Horizon Fund. Previously, Sam has been the VP of Business Development at Applied Nanotech, CTO Limelite, CEO of Hybiscus Technologies, as well as serving in senior engineering and operational roles at companies such as Illumina, General Motors, and Nike. Sam brings technical depth and operational experience in a variety of fields including advanced materials, nanotechnology, photonics, semiconductors, photovoltaics, printed electronics, biotechnology, medical devices, and product design. Sam holds over 20 patents in the areas of nanotechnology, self-assembly, photonics, and advanced materials. Sam received his MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Dual PhD in Electrical Engineering and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington.

In 2015, Sam founded Five Talents Global, a non-profit that seeks to mobilize and connect Christian business people for the Great Commission through an online video curriculum and database. In February 2020, Five Talents Global merged with THE BLESS Foundation to form the IGNITE curriculum.

 

Sam is also the founder and managing director of 5TG Capital, a venture capital fund which will take groundbreaking innovations from the US, and commercialize them in emerging markets with trusted regional business and ministry partners. The mission is to make a strategic impact for the Great Commission through technology and business in the hardest to reach places for the Gospel.

 

Sam currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Lucia and their four children, Gideon, Caleb, Elizabeth, and Samantha.

SAMUEL KIM, PhD

Founder and President

Cowboy Auctioneers

Heath is the co-founder of The BLESS Foundation. He grew up in a family of auctioneers and has been developing this unique craft since 2003 when he graduated from high school and started his own auctioneer business; selling cars, cattle, real estate and everything in between. In 2008, he was asked to share his gift with an Austin non-profit at his first-ever fundraising gala and realized he had been crafting his gift for this purpose- to become a charity auctioneer. In 2013, Heath resigned from his position as regional VP of sales and marketing for a fast-growing car auction company and became a full-time fundraising consultant and charity auctioneer. He and his team of Cowboy ringmen have raised over $100 million for non-profits and community causes across the country. He has since realized that his gift of auctioneering and his vast experience in fundraising was really a path to lead him to founding The BLESS Foundation. Heath is a Texas State Bobcat, a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, Austin Ridge Bible Church member and avid world-traveler. Heath lives in Austin, Texas with his two daughters and wife, Tabitha.

 

HEATH HALE

Operations Manager

Cowboy Auctioneers

Tabitha is the co-founder of The BLESS Foundation and has a passion for prayer and a heart for the nations. After hearing the staggering statistic that over 40% of the world has no hope of ever hearing the Gospel and that less than 50% of “Christians” have ever heard of The Great Commission, Tabitha was compelled to use her gifts to revive a missions movement. Tabitha worked for an event planning and fundraising consulting company where she managed clients’ fundraising events and stakeholder engagement for both for- and non-profits. She graduated from The University of Texas and loves the city of Austin, where she lives with her two daughters and husband, Heath.

TABITHA HALE

THE BLESS FOUNDATION STORY

BLESS was founded to reach the unreached but has quickly become an outlet for people who want to use their blessings to bless others. We have all heard the age-old saying “It is better to give than to receive” but sometimes defining how you can help is the hardest part.

 

What if we were all created for a greater purpose? What if we were each given gifts designed to play a part in a grand puzzle, divinely pieced together at just the right time? What if your gift is the missing piece God wants to use next?

 

We were convinced that this master puzzle exists and in 2016, started the process of creating BLESS to use our gifts in fundraising and event-planning to inspire a movement to reach the unreached. As the journey progressed, a diverse and passionate board of directors developed and has each inserted their individual gifts to advance the mission.

 

BLESS hosts an annual Christmas Concert & Storytelling Benefit and partners with diverse organizations that are all making a huge impact in the world through their work. In order to continue the amazing work they have ahead of them, they need one thing… all of our blessings!

At the first annual Light the World event in Austin, Texas in 2017, BLESS hosted more than 500 attendees, raised over $500,000 and engaged over 100 volunteers.  In December of 2018, over 2,000 attendees came together with over $1,000,000 for God's Kingdom.

 

Do you want to get involved and use your gifts to help bless others? Whether you are still searching for your gift or have mastered it completely, The BLESS Foundation can walk alongside you in your journey toward finding your greater purpose.

 

Ways to get involved:

-Attend Mission Rev and learn about God’s heart for the nations

-Join our Prayer Force team and receive prayer prompts for world-wide projects

-Volunteer for Light the World

-Donate and share your blessings to reaching the unreached

-Follow us on social media and help us tell their stories

Whether you're here as a partner, beneficiary, volunteer or friend, we want you to know we care. We are so blessed to get to play our part on this journey and are truly grateful to get to meet you along the way.

-Tabi & Heath

The BLESS Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; tax ID #35-2590894. All contributions (less FMV) are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Projects and/or mission partners funded by The BLESS Foundation will directly impact the unreached areas of the world (unreached is defined as any people group that is less than 2% Christian).

If any of our chosen mission partners no longer require support or are over-funded, The BLESS Foundation Board of Directors is authorized to re-designate the funds to support a similar purpose or mission partner.

© 2017 The BLESS Foundation