President and CEO
As President and CEO of Cal Farley’s and the Cal Farley’s Foundation, Dan Adams provides oversight for all programs and services, supporting operations, finance, fundraising, and asset management. Please click the link below to read his biography.
(Dan Adams Biography)
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Mark A. Strother is a Texas native who is dedicated to his career of helping others. Mr. Strother acquired a bachelor degree in business administration and a master degree in education. He also is a Licensed Child Care Administrator. Before joining Cal Farley’s in 2002, he worked with other social service organizations around Texas including the Methodist Home in Waco; and the Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home in El Paso. Currently, Mr. Strother serves as president-elect for the American Re-ED Association (AREA), and as feature editor of Resilient Brain, in the Reclaiming Children and Youth journal. Mark has been married to Deb for 20 years and together they have four children and three grandchildren.
Senior Vice President for Community Based Services
Belinda Palacios received a bachelor degree in psychology in 1987, and a master degree in education in 1989. She gained experience in the private, hospital and criminal justice sectors of psychiatry, and has worked in the residential treatment and counseling center settings before coming to Cal Farley’s in 1997. She oversees all aspects of the organization’s community-based services. Moreover, she serves as liaison for Cal Farley’s with numerous area, state and national public and private social service organizations. Palacios is a volunteer peer reviewer for the National Council on Accreditation.
Dede Schuler Ballou
Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Dede Schuler Ballou earned her MBA in 2013 and a degree in accounting in 1983, both from Texas Tech University. She earned her CPA license in 1985, and practiced public accounting for 12 years. She has garnered experience in the healthcare, banking and real estate industries before landing with Cal Farley’s as controller and director of accounting. Ballou is an Amarillo native and an ordained Episcopal deacon.
Senior Vice President, Development and Marketing
Susan Carter has been with Cal Farley’s for more than 16 years, holding a variety of fundraising positions. She earned her MBA at Texas Tech University and her BA in Political Science from West Texas A&M University. Susan is an active member of the Direct Marketing Association and the Association for Fundraising Professionals. She is a former member of the board of directors for the Texas Plains Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and provides fundraising training through the AFP chapter, the Non-profit Service Center and other venues. Prior to her career at Cal Farley’s, Susan was in the hospitality industry holding leadership positions for Hilton Hotels. Her experience also included key roles at premier Hilton properties such as the Point Hilton Resorts in Phoenix, Arizona and the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Holly Novak has been with Cal Farley's for more than a decade both in the Human Resource area as well as in Operations to include program evaluation and outcomes, COA reaccreditation coordinator, strategic planning, budgeting and operations training. Originally from the small town of McLean, Texas, Holly graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in management and with her Master's of Business Administration from Texas Tech in 2014. Holly received her Professional Human Resource Certification in 2004 and her Senior Professional Human Resource Certification in 2008. She also serves as the President for the Panhandle Human Resource Association and as a District Director for the Texas SHRM Council.