Our Team - Chris Kyle Frog Foundation

Our Team

Taya Kyle
Founder, Executive Director
Meghan Najera
Marketing & Communications Officer
Kylie Towns
Community Support Officer
Angela Zatopek
Strategic Partnerships & Media Relations
Marti Agassi
Grant Writer
Corie Weathers
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Dinah Dziolek
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Gary Merrill
Merchandise Manager
Josh Smith
Special Projects

Our Board

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Bill Waybourn

Bill began his career in service when he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1978, serving in both the active duty and reserves. On April 30, 1981, after serving active duty, Bill began working for Dalworthington Gardens Police Department. Bill was promoted to Chief of Police on June 1, 1984 making him the youngest police chief in the state of Texas. Later, he transitioned the city through combining the police and fire services making him the Chief of Public Safety.
In his 31 years as Chief of Dalworthington Gardens, he has testified on numerous cases as an expert witness, pioneered the Texas model for DWI “No Refusal” program – which is now being used as the model for several surrounding states, and testified before the state legislature on a diverse array of issues relating to the Second Amendment and civilians carrying firearms. He worked with state legislatures on Texas’ original concealed handgun license laws in the 1990s, as well as the most recent open carry law that passed in 2015.

Also, he was extremely honored to help the Chris Kyle Bill become law in Texas – a bill that streamlines the process for military service men and women to become police officers.
He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and a master's degree in conflict resolution. Bill is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Texas A&M Police Academy, and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He currently teaches college and police instructor classes ranging from criminal justice and criminal procedure to firearms safety and self-defense.
Bill is the current President of Peace Officer’s Angels Foundation, and feels strongly about protecting the fatherless. He is married to Laura and they have ten children, eight of which have been adopted.


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Cecilia Abbott

Cecilia Abbott’s story reminds us all that the American Dream is alive and well in Texas. The granddaughter of immigrants from Mexico, Cecilia was raised in San Antonio by parents who were both educators, and who instilled in Cecilia, her sister and two brothers a love of learning and helping others.

Cecilia took their lessons to heart, earning three degrees from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Cecilia then devoted her life to serving others. She has been a teacher, vice-principal, and principal at several Catholic schools across Texas, and later went on to another noble calling working in senior health care services.

But Cecilia hasn’t only devoted her professional life to helping others – she’s done the same thing in her personal life. She currently serves on the board of several educational organizations and is an active member of many philanthropic groups.

Cecilia believes strongly in giving back. Her signature initiative as First Lady combines the two things that she is most passionate about — Texas and philanthropy. She calls it Texanthropy, and through it she promotes volunteerism and service to others across

Texas. Cecilia has also partnered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on a similar initiative — Network of Nurture — to raise awareness about the ways Texans can support the children and families in the state’s child welfare system.

Cecilia is a proud mother to her daughter, Audrey, and a devoted wife to her husband of 38 years, the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott. With her husband’s election as Governor, Cecilia made history by becoming the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas.


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“D” (who is not at all like the “D” in the American Sniper movie) was Chris’s closest friend in the SEAL teams. “D” and Chris were two peas n a pod from the first day they met. Our families remain very close. “D” represents Chris on this board bringing a wealth of experience as a service member, a spouse who values his family tremendously and who has put in the work to keep his family intact. He is also a true badass who shares the same values as Chris. He is the only person Taya can imagine standing in for Chris as a SEAL warrior, friend, and family man.


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Esteban Blanco

Esteban Blanco is a business owner and I.T. expert with almost two decades of experience in the field of Information Technology. He is a grassroots political activist and a strong advocate for small businesses in Texas. Esteban is also a professional vocalist with a passion for travel. He currently lives in Arlington Texas with his talented and beautiful wife, Heather. The couple shares their home with two beloved dogs, Gracie and Madison.

Global Outreach - Esteban’s love of music led to his immigration to the United States in 1997 when he was invited to join the internationally renowned Celebrant Singers. He had the privilege of touring extensively with the musical group over the next few years, performing in 49 states and 24 countries. Blanco credits this experience with awakening an even greater compassion for those in need and a deep appreciation for the blessings in his life.

Community Commitment - A dedicated conservative, Mr. Blanco promotes the empowerment of people through example and education. “My top priority in the political realm is encouraging everyone to engage with politics in a way that aligns with their deeply held beliefs and principles.” Blanco is well-respected in the local political scene and has met many esteemed officials including Senator Ted Cruz, Congressman Ron Wright and State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott among many others.

Serving Others - Mr. Blanco’s dedication to helping others and effecting positive change has defined his life. Today, he runs an I.T. consulting firm (Blanco I.T.) that serves the technology needs of businesses and individuals. On a personal level, one of Esteban’s greatest ambition is to eliminate domestic violence and creating a world where all families can thrive through hard work and innovation of opportunities.


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Gerene Ferguson

Gerene Ferguson is an American Patriot, wife, mother and philanthropist. She has served on the board of The Chase Foundation in Artesia, New Mexico, founded in 2006 by her family. The Chase Foundation is dedicated to community and education. There they have worked tirelessly to ensure every graduate from Artesia High attend college if they so choose, this is done through their scholarship program which has granted millions of dollars in scholarships.

Gerene and her husband Greg along with their children Dallas, Jacey, Delaney and her husband Kalvin share in their passion of honoring the American Soldier. Each year she graciously leads her family in hosting a group of wounded veterans at their family ranch next to the stunning Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. The attendees will experience a therapeutic week of service, honor and lots of fun as they make memories fishing and hunting the majestic elk, deer and antelope on the ranch.

She continues to work with other foundations giving of herself to help soldiers and their family who are left behind during active duty, veterans and the American youth. Gerene has made sure her children understand and respect the core values and principles of this great country and she remains dedicated to continuing her scope of influence to create a stronger America.


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John H. Cayce, Jr.

John H. Cayce, Jr. is the former Chief Justice of Texas’ Second Court of Appeals. During his fifteen years of public service as a state appellate judge, he sat twice as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas by appointment of Governors Bush and Perry and held various state-wide leadership positions within the judiciary, including Chair of the Council of Chief Justices. Prior to his election to the bench in 1994, Mr. Cayce had risen to prominence as one of the state’s top appellate attorneys having successfully argued many significant cases in both state and federal courts. A board certified specialist in appellate law and former Supreme Court of Texas briefing attorney, his writings on appellate procedure have been cited with approval by Texas courts and used as course material in law schools.

Upon returning to private practice, Mr. Cayce was named one of the Top 100 lawyers in Texas and Dallas/Fort Worth by Thomson Reuters, which is published in Texas Monthly magazine. He has been chosen as a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2011. U.S. News and World Reports has included Mr. Cayce on The Best Lawyers in America® ranking every year since 2014. Mr. Cayce was also voted by his peers as among the city’s best appellate attorneys in polls conducted by Fort Worth, Texas magazine and 360 West magazine.

Mr. Cayce has actively served the legal profession and advised the Texas judiciary in many capacities, including service on the Supreme Court of Texas Advisory Committee, the Texas Judicial Council, and the Texas Board of Law Examiners. He is currently president of the Tarrant County Bar Association.

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Cayce commits much of his time to church and community service. He is a co-founder of NewDay Services for Children and Families, a nonprofit organization that works with the Tarrant County family and juvenile court systems to assist children and parents affected by divorce and juvenile crime. In 2009, he received NewDay's first "Community Servant Award" in recognition of his contributions and continued support of its work. Having served in the U.S. Navy Seabees during the Vietnam conflict, he has volunteered his time to assisting other veterans through legal clinics sponsored by the


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Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey

One of the most respected newsmagazine producers in the country, Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey serves as senior executive producer of the Emmy®-winning newsmagazine "Extra," now in its 26th season. In her position at Telepictures Productions, Gregorisch-Dempsey works on the development of new television series, utilizing "Extra" as a lab to create and nest other original content and programming.

During her tenure, Gregorisch-Dempsey has grown "Extra" into a multi-platform brand online and on the air. Gregorisch-Dempsey has launched successful spin-off franchises, including "TBS Movie Extra" and "TBS Weekend Extra," the syndicated newsmagazine "Celebrity Justice," "Trendshopper" (a joint venture with HSN), and the Latin extension of "Extra," "Extra en Español." Gregorisch-Dempsey also co-created and executive produced "CW Now," which was profiled in The Wall Street Journal as the first news magazine to integrate advertising with content.

Under Gregorisch-Dempsey’s leadership, "Extra" entered into an exclusive partnership with Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, which gives "Extra" dominant access to stars there. The resort also houses the Extra Lounge and runs in-house "Extra" programming that reaches millions of hotel guests.

Gregorisch-Dempsey created and served as executive producer of "Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers," a daily, half-hour, studio-based show hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, one of America’s foremost experts on addiction, relationships and medicine. Gregorisch-Dempsey developed and incubated the series as a recurring segment on "Extra" and as half-hour specials on the weekend edition of "Extra.”

She also created and served as executive producer of the show "Crime Watch Daily," a one-hour program covering the most compelling aspects of the world of crime, mystery and intrigue.

Prior to her position with Telepictures, Gregorisch-Dempsey served as VP of News for the Fox Television Stations Group, where she was responsible for the hiring of on-air talent and news directors for 22 Fox owned-and-operated stations’ news departments, as well as the creation of original sweeps programming. Prior to Fox, she served as executive producer for the top-rated, nationally syndicated show "Hard Copy." She was also the senior executive producer for the half-hour show that chronicled celebrities and their legal woes, "Celebrity Justice."

Gregorisch-Dempsey has successfully run news operations in major markets nationwide, including New York, the most competitive market in the United States. In only 18 months, in her role as vice president and news director of WNYW-TV in New York, Gregorisch-Dempsey led the station to its best news ratings in over a decade. She has worked in seven markets throughout the United States in a variety of management positions. Highlights include serving as vice president and news director for KDAF-TV in Dallas and KSTU-TV in Salt Lake City, and as executive producer for KDFW-TV in Dallas, where she led the 10 pm news broadcast to time-period victory for the first time in several years. Gregorisch-Dempsey met similar success at KUSA-TV in Denver, where she served as managing editor and executive producer. She began her career in Miami, where she worked for seven years at WTVJ-TV as a reporter, producer, and bureau chief.


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Taya Kyle

Taya Kyle is an American Daughter, an American Mom and an American Wife that women throughout the world can feel a connection with. As a focal point for military and first responder families throughout the United States, Taya has become a beacon of light for women through displaying her tenacity, strength and faith in God in steering her family through tragedy.

Following on from the heartbreaking, sudden death of her husband, Chris Kyle – the author of New York Times best-selling book and Academy Award-winning motion picture, American Sniper – Taya has worked tirelessly to extend his legacy to the American people through the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.

The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation aims to build a highly connected network of military and first responder families through meaningful interactive experiences.

In her own right, Taya has become a well-respected figure for military and first responder families and American women through appearances in speaking tours such as Patriot Tour with Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell and regular media appearances representing Chris Kyle and the Foundation.

Taya’s story, American Wife, has given Taya the platform to tell her story, while also teaching on grief, faith and love. It represents the opportunity for Taya to be more deeply connected with American women, tell her story and use her experiences to help others.


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Troy Carl

Troy is an accomplished CEO, entrepreneur, speaker, trainer, and motivator. He brings years of strategic business development and executive experience to the table, having worked with a variety of international non-profits, churches, and start-up companies. He has a knack for thinking outside-the-box and is well versed in leading publicly traded enterprises and progressive technology companies. Troy is currently the President of International Scripture Ministries where he leads a team of cutting-edge technologists that are developing a global “gospel” distribution platform.

Troy is also well known for his strategic understanding of employing technology in the service of God’s kingdom. An expert in cultivating major gifts, leading donor relation teams and as a seasoned C-suite executive, Troy is well versed in raising equity investments and driving business development initiatives. Troy currently consults for several international ministries and is a Managing Partner of Fowler Medical Leasing, a medical provider specializing in A.I. powered telehealth prescription services

A few revolutionary initiatives led by Troy Carl was the development of a 40-day MP3 Bible listening program called "You've Got The Time", the BibleStick, the Military BibleStick and the Digital Bible Platform, which features API Scripture distribution in over 1800 languages via radio broadcast, digital download, SMS, POTS, real-time streaming, Smart TV apps and its premier mobile app Bible.is! (Over 50 million installs to date.) This "platform" has reached 600 million plus unique listeners in 246 countries.

Troy was the president and CEO of eStarNetwork, a telecommunications company and the Vice President and director of Cognigen Networks, an internet company which he took public in 2000 on NASDAQ (Cognigen Networks Inc., OTC:BB CGNW) with gross sales of $50M annually.

Troy is also an ordained minister, itinerant preacher and impassioned advocate for reaching people around the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our Ambassadors

Corie Weathers
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

2015 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year

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Dinah Dziolek
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Emmet Broderick
Graphic Designer
Jim DeFelice
#1 New York Times Best Selling Author
Sonny Saghera
Fire Captain, Public Information Officer at Heartland Fire & Rescue
Walter Wasilewski
Retired NYPD

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Rebecca
CKFF Alumni, Proud Police Wife
Cam Williamson
US Army Veteran, Social Media Personality
Bill Waybourn
Tarrant County TX Sheriff

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Steve Torrence
NHRA Driver