FOUNDERS

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BARRY ANNINO

In Memoriam

March 22, 1956-February 28, 2018

Barry was a life-long entrepreneur, pursuing opportunities that provided freedom to live humbly, create change, and build up community.  After spending his early professional years as a tennis pro, Barry pursued real estate investment and development as a sustainable way to create,  empower and impact urban communities.  As architect of the Deep Ellum Public Improvement District, Executive Director of the Deep Ellum Foundation, and Executive Director of University Crossing and Vickery Meadow Public Improvement Districts, Barry brought vision and passion together to embrace the soul of the people and develop vibrant and thriving communities. 

DEBORA ANNINO

Spending twenty-five plus years in the fashion apparel and textile industry, Debora led design, merchandising and sourcing teams developing national and international brands.  No longer content to use business solely for profit, Debora passionately pursues opportunities to use creativity for positive impact in the lives and communities of others.  Debora’s vision to leverage business as a tool to minister to vulnerable communities has led her to launch brands, Casita No. 8 and Common Project Artisan Market. Debora brings creative solutions that create hope and generate opportunity for better lives.  Debora completed her Masters of Art in Cross-Cultural Ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary in 2018.

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LENA ANNINO

Cultural Ambassador

Spending summers in Mexico beginning at age five, Lena not only learned the language but developed intercultural friendships and community that continue to inspire her pursuits in language and advocacy of diversity, equality and social justice. Lena is passionate about serving others through her gifts and talents. She teaches english to local children at the same school she attended during summers in Mexico, she leads creation-science lessons and activities at Camp Corazón Valinete, and she co-conducts a children’s refugee choir in Vickery Midtown. Currently a high school student at Greenhill School, Lena pursues academic execellence in all her classes, plays on the varsity tennis team. is a member of the Greenhill Singers and sings with the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas. Lena aspires to study human biology and vocal performance. As an Ambassador for Little Things Matter, Lena seeks to build bridges and friendships that create lasting impact in hearts and lives.