OUR Speakers

Robin Blake Cornish

Robin was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. Her elementary education was at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. She went on to attend and graduate from Luther High School South. Upon her graduation, Robin went on to attend Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. While in Los Angeles Robin met her college sweetheart Frank Cornish IV at UCLA. They married and moved to the Dallas area when Frank signed with the Dallas Cowboys.  Eventually they settled in Southlake, Texas and began their family. They had five beautiful children, Frank V, Gabrielle, Sydney, Sarah and Blake.

Robin has had quite the journey career wise. When her children became older she returned to school and became a Registered Nurse. Once her youngest son graduated from high school she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of being a Flight Attendant. She joined a major airline in 2018. Robin believes that life is a journey. It is one where you take your adventures, challenges, successes and failures to shape yourself into the best person you can be. You then use that best person to positively impact the world for good

Jodi Voice Yellowfish

Jodi Voice Yellowfish is Muscogee Creek, Oglala Lakota, and Cherokee. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Jodi is a product of the US. Government’s Relocation Program. She attended Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas where she received her Associate’s degree in Social Work and studied for her bachelors degree in Indigenous and American Indian Studies. Jodi is the Chair for MMIW TX – Rematriate (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women), on the Steering Committee for Dallas Truth Racial Healing Transformation, and was recently selected to be a Commissioner on the Arts and Culture Advisory Commission for the City of Dallas. She is also a wife and an adoptive parent to her niece and two nephews.



Raised by parents who were both WWII veterans, and later joined the United States Foreign Service, Daniel “Boone” Taylor attended five elementary schools in three foreign countries, and became trilingual by the age of 10 (French, Spanish, English).  Boone went to prep school, Tilton School in New Hampshire, where he graduated as valedictorian in 1967. He graduated from Swarthmore College with Honors in 1971. He gained a MSSW degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979, the only Graduate Fellow in the school of social work that year. Boone’s life as a child and adolescent was filled with adventure and danger. By the time he was 22, he had been held at gunpoint on five separate occasions, had lots of stitches, and escaped from angry mobs on three occasions. Here lately, he has been a survivor of AIDS, kidney disease and heart attacks. Boone became a social worker in 1972 as a result of his car breaking down in Minnesota. He spent the next 41 years as a social worker, including 20 years dealing with child maltreatment, six years as a union organizer, and nine years at the AIDS Outreach Center in Fort Worth. Boone is the only Social Work faculty member at either university who regularly sings and plays his guitar for students as part of the curriculum. His most recent song composition is entitled “You Don’t Get to Be Batshit Crazy,” available on YouTube under Daniel Boone Taylor.


Peter is a warm and empathic therapist with a deep presence. He has trained in modern psychology models that reflect the latest thinking in the field including PACT and Dynamic Experiential Psychotherapy. He has a Masters in Counseling from St. Edward’s University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Peter has dedicated himself to learning from top mentors including Stan Tatkin, Bruce Ecker, John Howard, Candyce Ossefort-Russell, and Sunny Lansdale. He has studied Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing approach to therapy and has trained in experiential mindfulness with Dr. Tori Olds, both of which he incorporates into his work. Peter also holds additional certification in the psychology of eating and can assist his clients in discussing their relationship to food and their overall wellness goals. He enjoys helping his clients explore, gain insight, and take action toward greater health by overcoming behavior patterns and fostering greater self-compassion.

Abby Wills

Abby Wills grew up in Dallas, TX and graduated with her BA in History and International Studies from Baylor University. She also received her Master’s in History from the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland. She works with Dallas Theological Seminary as one of their Advancement Officers. Her job in fundraising blends her love for talking to people and love for researching how people act. In her free time she likes to do triathlons and play golf with her husband, Jonny.

Allison Silveus

Dr. Silveus has been working in academia since 2007. She began teaching in 2010 at Tarrant County College, which is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as a full-time biology faculty member and served on numerous committees from diversity and inclusion co-chair to the mentoring committee. In January 2019, she took a position at her former graduate program, (UNTHSC) University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She received her doctorate from Texas Christian University (TCU) in June 2021, after defending a dissertation focused on evidence-based decision-making in medical educators, noting that leadership approaches that adopt network approaches to decision-making base their organizational decisions on contextualized needs data that can justify costs. Her recent publications include work on intersectionality of race/ethnicity, culture and gender identity, imagined identities to in-practice and performed STEM identities for Latina’s in STEM, and recently wrote a book chapter on applying evolution principles to how leaders will adapt for global higher education post-COVID. Her research work on identity later evolved into a business opportunity when she submitted a patent to the USPTO for algorithms she developed to assess bias preferences relative to skill assessment in a virtual simulation. She currently works with Dr. Klyne Smith at the SMU Lyle School of Engineering and mentors his students on this design and buildout of this VR/AI platform when she is not working during the day or playing with her two children (Hadrian, 12 and Emory, 9).