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Kara S. Rariden,

Interim Executive Director

Kara, a native of Graham, Texas, has made Fort Worth her home for the past 15 years.  During that time she has been an active volunteer for a number of local agencies and even served on the Board of Directors for Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth and Junior League of Fort Worth. 

Kara graduated from Texas A&M University and holds a B.B.A. in Marketing.  She is a licensed attorney, having completed her J.D. at Texas Tech University.  Kara’s career has been spent with law firms in both Dallas and Fort Worth specializing in probate and bankruptcy.  Kara is also a graduate of the 2013 class of Leadership Fort Worth.  She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Ciera Bank.

Kara serves as the primary point of contact for all of our community partners. If you have any questions, she is your gal!

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Dyar Bentz, Program Director

From nearby small town Grandview, TX, Dyar’s winding, wandering path has led him around the world and back, just in time and perfectly prepared to head the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation’s ambitious Light the Trail cycling journey.

While studying English literature and child psychology at the University of Texas Dyar partook in the Texas 4000 for Cancer charity bike ride from Austin, TX to Anchorage, AK, the first of a series of long adventures across the globe. Upon graduating he set off to Mexico and China with a non-profit media production team which produced a series of documentary videos and articles highlighting the unique stigmas surrounding cancer survivors in other nations. And after a year living abroad & teaching English in Japan, joined by three filmmaker/photographer friends, he embarked on his biggest journey yet, a 21 month, 14,000 mile self-supported cycling venture from the top of Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina.

Now back safely from South America, Dyar is thrilled to apply his experience with long distance bike travel and media production toward honoring Jordan, one of his closest friends and a fellow giddy globetrotter. Among his myriad compulsions: film photography, Premier League football, jazz & hip hop, absurdist literature, and urban hammocking.