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Raised on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, Jeff Potts, Ed.D., grew up learning the importance of hard work and family values. A graduate of Baylor University, he has master’s degrees from two universities and earned his Ed.D. in teaching and learning from a fourth institution. Potts launched his pedagogical career in the 1990s, working full-time with students and parents. A published author, as well as the subject of numerous articles written by educators, Potts has founded multiple nonprofits and serves on a nonprofit board. An active member of 121 Community Church in Grapevine, Texas, he also teaches a weekly Bible study for young married couples. He and Kristin, his wife of 15 years, are the proud parents of three ever-active boys: JD, Jackson and Justice.

One of the couple’s sons was born with Treacher-Collins Syndrome, a rare congenital disorder characterized by cranial-facial deformities. Buoyed by their love for each other and for their child, Jeff and Kristin did what every good parent does: They rallied around their son and did whatever it took to ensure his health and well-being. Now a high-spirited 4-year-old, their son has benefitted from three major reconstructive surgeries and is one of the most happy-go-lucky kids you’d ever hope to meet. Today an outspoken advocate for Treacher-Collins Syndrome research, Potts is well-versed in the ups and downs of child-rearing and maintaining faith in the face of adversity.




With a 16-year educational tenure under his belt, Kris Hogan has spent the last nine years working at Grapevine Faith High School in Grapevine, Texas. In addition to sitting on its administrative team, Hogan also pulls double duty as Faith’s head football coach. Hogan has coached teams to eight state championships and has been voted Coach of the Year six times at the district or regional level. Since his arrival at Faith in 2002, the Lions have captured 10 state championships in multiple sports. Hogan also was the subject of Remember Why You Play, a 2008 book by sports columnist and author David Thomas that chronicled the lives, struggles and successes of Coach Hogan and his team. Incidentally, one of the key events was a game that Faith played against the Gainesville State Tornadoes, a school for convicted juvenile offenders. The story of that event is currently being developed into a major motion picture, titled One Heart.

Founder of the See Right mentoring program for men, Hogan also frequently speaks at churches across the country and is a performance consultant to a variety of businesses and corporations. Hogan has taught adult Bible study and Sunday school for 10 years, recently becoming the director of Winning Legacy Ranch Ministries. When he’s not on the field or spending time with his family, Coach Hogan enjoys reading and studying about history and government. He and Amy, his wife of 15 years, are Mom and Dad to three kids: Jerilyn, Deuce and Zeke.



After moving frequently during her formative years—from Wisconsin and Illinois to North Carolina and California—Alison Rich and her family finally set down root in Fort Worth, Texas, when she was 10 years old. And she hasn’t looked back since. Now her home for more years than she’d care to admit, the city also pulls double duty as a frequent subject for her feature stories. Fort Worth, its friendly folks and its storied Western heritage are at the heart of the features she writes for—no surprise here—Fort Worth, Texas Magazine. Other than that publication, Rich also happily lends her pen to an array of local and national publications as both writer and editor, including Signature Kitchens and Baths, DS News, MReport and TCU Magazine. And though she’s gaga for magazines, Rich also writes for a diverse blend of communications venues spanning the subject spectrum, like the Five Star Institute and its numerous brands, the Educational Policy Improvement Center and the Milken Family Foundation. She graduated summa cum laude with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. While at UTA, she was a member of the Alpha Chi honor society, which limits its membership to the top 10 percent of an institution’s juniors, seniors and graduate students.

When she’s not plying her journalistic trade, you’ll undoubtedly find Rich wrangling her brood of four—while, on some days, simultaneously pulling her hair out. She’s mom to twin sons, along with another son and a daughter, who is a huge fan of pink and purple but also bosses around “her boys” like nobody’s business. Rich’s twins, incidentally, were born at barely 28 weeks. Blessedly healthy and as happy as two preadolescent boys can be, her sons—and her two other kiddos—teach Rich every day that being a good parent is a definite work in progress.