Eric and Sheryl Kolb – Building on lessons learned during their own experience caring for Sheryl’s mom, Trish, Eric and Sheryl started Songs & Smiles to help other families navigate the challenges of the Alzheimer’s journey. The couple met and got married during college in Illinois. They have lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1994.
Sheryl Kolb, President – Sheryl serves as the President of our board of directors. She is a former corporate meeting planner and also has worked as the receptionist at the home office of The Container Store. Sheryl loves creating memorable events for family and friends. In 2017, she created the first Songs & Smiles event as part of a family gathering celebrating her mom’s 78th birthday.
Melanie McGee, Treasurer – Melanie is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Chartered Global Management Accountant. She and her husband, Dr. Jeff McGee, developed and led the MBA Study Abroad Program for The University of Texas Arlington.
Stacey VanBeek, Secretary – Stacy is a former corporate accounting professional now working as a public school administrator. She lives with her husband, Kelly, and their daughters, Grace and Sydney, in Brookings, South Dakota.
John Ponder, Board Member – John is a successful manager and sales representative. He lives with his wife, Nancy, in Dallas, where they have raised four children: daughter Anna and sons Joe, Mike, and Chris. John’s favorite meeting place is the golf course.
Eric Kolb, Executive Director (also known as Director of Songs) – Eric oversees day-to-day operations. He loves singing and sharing with people living with dementia, helping them connect with joy-filled memories. He worked for many years in public relations and publishing, including positions at the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and ClubCorp. He enjoys reading and taking long walks with Sheryl.
Brad Newton, Director of Smiles – Brad is a professional photographer (bnphoto.com) and a talented improvisational comedian. He assists Songs & Smiles with family photo sessions and caregiver workshops.
Karl Ansbach, Volunteer Singalong Leader – Karl leads singalong shows in and around Plano and Frisco, Texas. He also sings with the Frisco Chorale.
Magazine Review Team
Magazine Distribution Team
Singalong Show Engagement Team
Special Event Team
President and co-founder Sheryl Kolb, with her mom, Trish, in 2009
Our treasurer, Melanie, and her husband, Jeff, enjoying the entertainment at a Songs & Smiles family event in 2017
Our secretary, Stacey, with her husband, Kelly, and their daughters, Grace and Sydney, visiting Magic Kingdom Park in 2018
The Ponder family in 2017 (clockwise from top right): John; his wife, Nancy; daughter, Anna; sons Joe, Mike, and Chris; and dog, Rebbe
Volunteers at the first Songs & Smiles event in 2017