Cars for Kids Car Donation Charity

Leadership

Texans Can Cars for Kids™ began in Dallas in 1992. We are located at 7100 Marvin D. Love Fwy, Dallas, TX 75237. Cars for Kids™ was established as the funding arm for Texans Can! Academies. We are an IRS approved Tax Exempt, 501(c)(3) charity (Tax ID #46-2077931). We are the only charity owned and operated car donation program that 100 percent of the NET proceeds go directly to support the Charity. We only support Texans Can! Academies.

Richard  Marquez - CEO
   

Richard Marquez began what is now a well-rounded career in education in 1975 as a middle school teacher. Over the past thirty years, he has worked in every possible area of the education business. As a creative and innovative leader, he has initiated many changes that are now considered educational norms.

Mr. Marquez joined the Texans Can! Academies team in March 2007. From his experience generating funds, work in the Nation's Capital, time as a school superintendent, president of his own company and now president of Texans Can! Academies, his multi-faceted background gives him a comprehensive view of the education system.             

Career Highlights:

Established the first long-range grant of $32 million to study possible dropout prevention solutions while working for the US Department of Education.

Wrote and received a grant from the Mobil Oil Foundation to fund the first use of a social worker to work on dropout prevention.

Assisted in the graduation rate increase of 40% to 70% during his time as principal of Sunset High School.

Work at Sunset High School recognized by national media and press including the Today Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Cristina Show, to name a few.           

Malcolm Wentworth - COO
   

Malcolm has successfully transitioned the skills and experience gained in his 20-year military career to benefit the operations of Texans Can! Academies and Cars for Kids.             

His nonprofit career began with the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas, where he was Director of Business Services. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of facilities maintenance, network administration, vendor relations, security and janitorial services for six facilities in Dallas, Irving, Richardson and Garland, Texas.             

As Chief Operating Officer, Malcolm is responsible for ten facilities throughout Texas, and expansion planning for additional campuses. Since joining Texans Can! Academies in 2005, he has managed real estate, facilities, janitorial, vendor relations, warehouse operations, security, asset control, contracts and legal, vehicle fleet maintenance and insurance. In 2011, his scope expanded to include Cars for Kids, which is the fundraising arm of Texans Can! Academies.             

While in the U.S. Marine Corps., Malcolm consistently demonstrated leadership skills as he managed all aspects of human resources as personnel officer. As Chief Warrant Officer 3, he also ran the Division Joint Reception Center, which added the responsibilities of Adjutant, legal, postal, public affairs, logistics, and security management.             

Malcolm's volunteer experience and community involvement include the American Youth Soccer Association as coach and referee; Capistrano Beach Cities YMCA in California and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.             

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from St. Leo University, in Tampa Florida.          

Erica  Black - Exec. Director
   

Erica Black is an Executive Director at America Can Cars for Kids, a non-profit charity organization in Dallas, Texas. She has been in her current position since 2017 and a member of the team since 2007. She has over 20 years of auction experience working with some of the largest auction companies in the country.

As Executive Director, she has been responsible for the day to day operations of the Cars for Kids Donation and Auction programs. She has guided and trained staff in every department. She has supervised mechanics, forklift drivers, detail staff, donation specialists, human resources and finance staff.

She has held almost every position within the organization which has provided her with valuable knowledge of the operational aspect of the organization.  

Erica successfully completed the America’s Auction Academy Auctioneers School in 2013 and has her auctioneer license issued by the State of Texas.

She is the proud mother of two children, and both have graduated from Texans Can Academy.

Colin Weatherwax - Director
   

Colin Weatherwax is a Director at America Can Cars for Kids, a non-profit charity organization in Dallas, Texas. He has been in his current position since 2014 and a member of the team since 2011.

As Director, he has been responsible for the day to day operations of the Cars for Kids Auction department. He has managed the mechanics, forklift drivers, detail staff, donation specialists and auction staff.

He has been the title clerk, auction clerk, donation specialist, forklift driver and auctioneer. His expertise and leadership have helped make the weekly Auctions successful.  

Colin has successfully completed the America’s Auction Academy Auctioneers School and has his Texas associate auctioneer license #18145.

Colin has completed his Associates Degree from the Dallas County Community College and is enrolled at the University of Phoenix and is scheduled to graduate in August 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

He is an avid sports enthusiast and is actively involved participating in several weekly national podcasts.