Board & Staff

Tony Dungy

Anthony Kevin “Tony” Dungy (born October 6, 1955) is a former NFL player and head coach who is currently an analyst on NBC’s Football Night in America and a spokesman for the national fatherhood program, All-Pro Dad. Dungy served as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996-2001 and head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2002-2008, becoming the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when the Colts beat the Chicago Bears, 29-17, in Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007. He also is the author of several books: Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life; Quiet Strength: Men’s Bible Study; You Can Do It; Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance; The Mentor Leader; and You Can Be a Friend, the last of which he co-wrote with his wife, Lauren. Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life, reached No. 1 on the hardcover nonfiction section of the New York Times Best Seller list on August 5, 2007 and again on September 9, 2007. On January 10, 2008, Quiet Strength reached 1,000,000 copies in print. Dungy, who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1977-1978) and San Francisco 49ers (1979), spent nine seasons – 1981-1989 – as an assistant coach with the Steelers, the last six as defensive coordinator. He then spent three seasons – 1990-1992 – as defensive backs coach with the Kansas City Chiefs before spending three more seasons with the Minnesota Vikings as defensive coordinator (1993-1995). Dungy coached 13 seasons as a head coach, compiling a record of 139-69. His teams made the post-season in his final 10 seasons, establishing a record for consecutive playoff appearances by an NFL head coach. He was added to the Colts’ Ring of Honor at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2010. In August 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Dungy a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a 25-member council representing leaders from government, business, entertainment, athletics and non-profit organizations committed to “growing the spirit of service and civic participation.” In March 2009 President Barack Obama invited Dungy to join the Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. While Dungy declined to join the council because of scheduling conflicts, he agreed to be an informal adviser on fatherhood issues. Dungy throughout his coaching career and in retirement has been active in many community service organizations. In Tampa, he worked as a public speaker for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action and also began a mentoring program called Mentors for Life. In Indianapolis, he helped launch the Basket of Hope program that aids patients at the Riley Hospital for Children.

Lauren Dungy

As the mother of eight children and the wife of Retired Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts and NBC Analyst, Tony Dungy, Lauren Dungy has created her own playbook– parenting while juggling it all.Lauren prays, plans, and depends on her faith and friends to help her structure her family’s busy schedules. As a former elementary school teacher and current Sunday school teacher, Lauren diligently utilizes her professional skills to guide mothers to a greater understanding and application of biblical parenting principles.

In addition to being a wife and full-time mom, Lauren is Vice President of the Dungy Family Foundation, an organization that looks to help meet the physical, educational and spiritual needs of those in her community. She is the founder and president of the Sisters Book Club and also serves on the staff of The Central Tampa Baptist Church, where she is a Women’s Bible Study leader and also works with the Youth Choir. Lauren is a Pennsylvania native who currently lives in Florida with her husband, Tony, and their seven children.

Linden Dungy

First and foremost, may all praise, honor, and glory abound to the LORD, from which, if any and all of my accomplishments are made possible for he made me before the creation of the world for good works according to His good pleasure, amen. Linden Dungy, a graduate of Jackson Parkside High School in 1977, has been a licensed and practicing dentistry since 1987. He has received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI -1982) and a D.D.S. degree from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN -1986). Dr. Linden Dungy has been in the field of dentistry since 1987. He has worked as an associate in private dentistry. He has worked as an instructor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry for eight years. Dr. Dungy also worked for six years in several community clinics that where designed for outreach to the financially disadvantaged. Three of those years, he served as dental director of Model Cities Health Center (now called Open Cities Health Center) in St. Paul, MN. Dr. Dungy also spent one year as a board member for the South Side Community Clinic, Inc. Dr. Dungy has spent over 11 years in group practice here in the Twin Cities, working for both Metro Dentalcare and Park Dental. His experience also includes working in group practice here in the Twin Cities, being employed by two of the largest group practices in Minnesota, which are Metro Dentalcare and Park Dental.

All these experiences the Lord used to prepare Dr. Dungy for the challenges of ownership and leadership at Immanuel Dental. Dr. Dungy, founder and owner of Immanuel Dental (incorporated in 2005) carries out the duties of C.E.O. and over seer of everyday operations.

In serving as a member of the Dungy Family Foundation, it is my hope that our service extends to touch another’s life, give a boast, be an encouragement, and give opportunity to those that in turn will respond in kind to give back to the communities they grow up and live in. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ find favor with you through His grace and mercies everyday.

Lauren Dungy-Poythress

Lauren Dungy-Poythress, MD is accomplished physician and educator specializing in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Dungy-Poythress has held faculty appointments as associate and assistant professor at several university medical programs, and serves on many community boards and programs associated with perinatal care. She also serves as the honorary chairperson for the Indiana Healthy Babies Consortium; spokesperson and Perinatal Specialist for the March of Dimes; clinical consultant for the Indiana Perinatal Network; and chairperson for the Indiana Prematurity Birth Initiative. She serves on the Board of Directors for several distinguished organizations including the Julian Center, Indianapolis, Indiana; March of Dimes Indiana State Board of Directors, and the Dungy Family Foundation. She is also a member of The Links, Incorporated. She has been recognized by Who’s Who in Black Indianapolis in several publications, and received a Merit Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Aesculapian Medical Society of Indianapolis; 2009 Breakthrough Woman Award; Indianapolis Business Journal 2010 Women of Influence Award; 2011 Center for Leadership Development-Achievement In Professions Award. She also enjoys opportunities for motivational speaking and throughout her distinguished career she has been honored with a key to the city from the mayor of Jackson, Michigan, distinguished university and college commencement speaker honors, invited Christian church speaking engagements and honors and special citations from the Governor of Michigan, the Michigan House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Dungy-Poythress has presented lectures at numerous conferences and medical schools, has been published in a number of medical journals and newspapers and has appeared on local and regional network and public access television to promote medical health topics. She is the daughter of two educators: Dr. Wilbur Dungy, who began teaching at Jackson Community College in 1953 as the college’s first African-American professor, and Mrs. Cleomae Dungy, an educator with the Michigan Public Schools for more than 30 years. She earned her medical degree from The University of Michigan’s Medical School, and followed that with residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Ann Arbor, Michigan and subspecialty training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio.

D. Wesley Poythress

Mr. D. Wesley Poythress is the founder of AWH Consulting, LLC, an organization that provides expertise and services to groups, offices, companies and institutions including consultation/competency workshops in the areas of cultural and racial diversity, multiculturalism and social inclusion. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice and Family Science and the School of Adult Learning at Anderson (Ind.) University in Indiana. Before establishing AWH, Mr. Poythress was Director of the Multicultural Student Services at AU, serving as an administrative advocate, major support system and link for students of color, as well as colleagues and alumni. Before his tenure at AU, he served as Assistant Dean and Liaison to the President for Minority Participation at Hope College in Michigan, where he oversaw, monitored and reported on the implementation of the institution’s Comprehensive Plan for Minority Participation. He also held an earlier appointment as Hope’s Director of Multicultural Life, which came after a successful career as first Coordinator for Support Services at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He also has held several positions at the University of Iowa, including Assistant Director for Counseling, Assistant Director for Curriculum and Coordinator for Minority Outreach. Poythress has presented at national, regional and local conferences, and also has as served as an instructor in the classroom. He serves on several organizational boards and has worked in academia for over 18 years, serving on many major committees, sub-committees and organizations. Poythress earned his Associate of Arts Degree from Wallace State-Hanceville in Alabama and his Bachelor of Arts from Berea College, a small private unique Christian institution, in Berea, Kentucky. His Master of Arts in Counselor Education was earned from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Poythress is a native of Birmingham, Ala.