PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER
Arlene attended Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., and Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Barnett served as a Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve and became the first African American woman Chief Dental officer at the New Orleans Naval Base and the first African American woman dentist to fulfill a dual assignment to the Airforce Dental Unit at Barksdale Airforce Base in Shreveport. She served for six years.
Dr. Barnett became the first African American woman dentist to be the Medical Director of the Cooper Road Medical / Dental Health Clinic in Shreveport. Dr. Barnett served in leadership as Vice President of the Pelican State Dental Society, President New Orleans Dental Society, National Dental Association Board of Trustees, National Membership Chair, and House of Delegates and Chaired several committees. Dr. Barnett served on the State of Louisiana Medicaid Task Force as a Dental Hygiene and Oral Radiology and Diagnosis instructor at the New Orleans Allied Health Professions School. She is the co-owner of Kids Stop Dental and the Barnett Dental Group. Dr. Barnett is now retired but remains active in the administration of the Barnett Dental Professional Corporation.
She is married to Dr. John L. Barnett Jr. and has three grown children and three grandchildren.
Dr. Barnett co-founded the Tarrant County Education Foundation, is President of TCEF Art of Giving, and is an art enthusiast and collector. Dr. Barnett serves as Chair of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art Ambassador’s Council; serves on the Board of the Multicultural Alliance; Co-Chair of the Arts Facet of the Fort Worth Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and is the Immediate Past President of the same.
Dr. Barnett is a life member of the NAACP, organized the Chamber Art Series, has served on the Board of the New Orleans Opera, a charter member of The Links, Incorporated Crescent City Chapter (LA), Past President of the Crescent City (LA), a member Jack & Jill of America, and the Dallas/ Fort Worth Chapter of Chums.
TREASURER & FOUNDER
Shirley Pace is a true renaissance woman. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, she was educated in the Fort Worth Independent schools and attended college at Tarrant County College. Through her pursuits in the creative arts, song, politics, education and chiefly the Word of God, First Lady Shirley Anne Pace has been blessed with more than 30 years of experience, training and wisdom in the ministry. She is co-founder of the Saintsville Baptist Church, Inc., founder and director of the Saintsville Childcare Center, and co-founder of Tarrant County Education Foundation. She’s served on numerous boards including the Women’s Haven, YWCA, and the Arts of Fort Worth Board. She is currently President of The Baptist Ministers Wives and Widows Union of Fort Worth, a member of The Fort Worth Chapter of Links, Incorporated, The Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex of Chums Incorporated, The DFW Chapter of The Moles, and an Associates member of Jack & Jill of America Fort Worth Chapter. She is a member of Saintsville Cathedral of Fort Worth, Rev. Milton Pace is the pastor.