In her volunteer service, Jean Dark serves as the president of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) East Texas Advisory Board and supports the organization’s mission to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking. In her job as a Trooper V for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Mrs. Dark often sees the aftermath of someone’s poor decision to drink and drive, reinforcing her personal commitment to the mission of MADD.
On Wednesday, November 16, MADD will kick of their 7th Annual Tie One On For Safety Campaign at 11:30 a.m. at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. MADD will honor East Texas Difference Makers while reminding East Texans to drive safe, sober, and buckled up this holiday season. To show your commitment to MADD’s campaign to eliminate drunk driving, you are encouraged to display a red ribbon or red ribbon magnet on your car.
“Texas is historically ranked number one or number two in the nation when it comes to drunk driving,” Mrs. Dark said. “Tie One On For Safety brings together many facets of our community, incorporates all aspects of MADD’s mission, and helps put a ‘face’ on drunk driving. The campaign includes messaging about eliminating drunk driving, preventing underage drinking, and about MADD’s victim services.”
Mrs. Dark is also an executive board member for the Boys and Girls Club of East Texas. She is an advisor for the Pay Attention East Texas organization and a Dallas region representative for the Department of Public Safety Officers Association. Mrs. Dark also serves as a member of the Department of Public Safety Critical Incident Response Team.
Mrs. Dark said, “I volunteer for the most simplistic reasons – I have the desire to help and the ability to do so. It doesn’t take a huge financial commitment. It just takes time management.”
Born in Southern California, Mrs. Dark has lived in Tyler for eight years. She and her husband, Pat, have been married for six years and are the parents of Timothy, 10, and Katherine, 4. The Darks are members of Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Flint, Texas.
“The people I have come in contact with through both my job and my volunteer activities are truly amazing. Not only are people in Tyler generous financially, but they are also so willing to give their time and share their experiences. Tyler is truly a unique community with a warm heart,” Mrs. Dark said.
For more information about MADD’s 7th Annual Tie One On For Safety Campaign, please call 903-534-6000.