Janet Duke

President & Founder

Janet Duke is President and founding member of the Strong Family Alliance and the parent of a lesbian daughter. When her daughter came out over 15 years ago, Janet would have given anything to have information and resources to keep her child safe and her family intact. Since that time, Janet has helped countless families in transition. As board member of the Parents Reconciling Network, she supports parents of LGBT children. She is also a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network focused on changing the anti-LGBT policies in the United Methodist Church.

Janet spent 35 years in IBM sales, product development, and management where her work with international teams gave her a deep appreciation of racial, cultural, and social diversity. Retiring from IBM, she worked for 10 years coordinating programs and applicants for the non-profit Service Dogs Inc. Retiring from that (she has a problem retiring), she now focuses on LGBT family issues and enjoys paddle boarding, ski-joring, hiking and RV travel.

Kendra Wright

Founding Member

Kendra Wright is a founding member of Strong Family Alliance. Kendra is particularly interested in helping parents through the faith issues they have when their children come out.

Kendra has done online marketing since 1995 and founded her first company in 1998, first providing custom digital solutions for global brands and later developing a website and ticketing platform for events, venues, and destinations. A “serial entrepreneur,” Kendra has launched two other companies, an email marketing service and a website offering contemporary women’s gifts.

Kendra does inspirational speaking all over the country. She loves to travel and once spent a year in an RV with her husband, who remarkably she’s still married to; she lives with him and her son in Austin.

Shailagh Clarke, Ph.D.

Board Member

Shailagh Clarke, Ph.D. is the first board member of Strong Family Alliance. As a licensed psychologist in private practice, Shailagh has seen first-hand the struggle families experience when a child comes out. Her vision is that this site will be a resource that will help preserve these families.

Shailagh provides individual therapy, family therapy, and parent coaching for issues including ADHD, depression, generalized anxiety, OCD, panic, adjustment, relationship concerns, and career changes. She obtained her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas and bachelor’s degree in Plan II and Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Shailagh lives in Lakeway, Texas with her partner and three children. After spending most of her life avoiding sports, she now enjoys playing tennis regularly.

Scott Collen

Board Member

Scott has always had a calling for volunteer work, especially centered around the LGBTQ population. Among other things, he has volunteered at youth homeless shelters, helps lead the feeding ministry at his church and is an active member of the Dallas HRC Federal Club. Having come out at the age of 40, Scott knows first-hand the challenging process and how important it is to have family accept you. Scott is thrilled to help save lives through his work on the Strong Family Alliance Board.

Professionally, Scott is an Account Executive with Teradata, a global data analytics company. He works with a variety of clients to assist them in improving their company with the use of data and analytics. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Scott lives in Dallas, Texas with his husband David. He has two grown daughters, Amanda and Averi, both of whom live in the Dallas area. When not working or volunteering, Scott can usually be found swimming, cooking, traveling or petting their dog Ferguson.

Jennifer Gamewell, M.Ed, LPC, CCST, CPDPE

Board Member

Jennifer (pronouns she/her/hers) obtained her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas, Austin and spent twenty years as a school counselor, primarily working within the middle school environment. During her time as a school counselor, she attended Texas A&M University earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, which enabled her to start her own private practice in 2017, Gamewell Innovative Counseling, LLC.

Jennifer is highly experienced in assisting families, young adults, adolescents, and children with developmental, behavioral, social, and emotional issues. She provides gender affirming therapy for individuals who may be transgender, non-binary, or at any point along the gender spectrum. Her professional specialization involves working with individuals who are questioning, exploring, accepting, clarifying, or adapting to their identity.

“Our board has one thing in common – we are parents. And our message is what unites all parents – love your child.”