Our National Board

Shally Stanley — Board Chair

SVP, Global Delivery at Salesforce

As the Global Delivery Leader, Shally is responsible for creating and executing Salesforce Professional Services’ global delivery and talent strategies to support Salesforce’s rapidly growing business.

Her international team of 800+ people:
• Creates the suite of consulting and industry specific solutions for the firm
• Supports the sales and delivery of those solutions to all of Acumen Solutions’ clients
• Opens new international markets for Acumen Solutions
• Operates the On-Shore Development and Support Center

Ms. Stanley’s 25+ years of experience as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies has focused on achieving better business outcomes using innovative information technologies and practices.

Prior to her current role, Shally served as Chief Technology Officer of Greenwich Technology Partners. Before that, Shally cofounded NetGain LLC ‐ a highly successful network consulting business which grew to over $5 million in revenue within three years. Shally began her career at McKinsey & Company. She has been regularly quoted as a subject matter expert in leading publications and has been a speaker at leading industry conferences. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Nicole Levine — Board Vice Chair

Independent Consultant

Nicole is currently an independent consultant with 20+ years of experience working with nonprofits to address some of society’s most intractable problems.

Specializing in strategic planning and revenue generation, Nicole works with nonprofits to align mission, money, and operations to scale and sustain impact. Nicole has held senior positions responsible for strategy, operations, fundraising, and communications, most recently as Chief Business Development Officer of Polaris, a leading anti-human trafficking NGO. A nonprofit executive experienced in all facets of organizational leadership, Nicole has worked on a wide range of domestic and international development issues including education, land rights of Indigenous Peoples, technology, homelessness, and human rights.

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Peggy Brookins

President and CEO, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Peggy Brookins is the President and CEO of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Prior to this role, she was the National Board’s Executive Vice President and also served on the Board of Directors. In July 2014, President Barack Obama named Brookins as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

In 1994, she co-founded the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute of Technology at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, where she served as director and as a mathematics instructor until her arrival at National Board. Brookins achieved her certification in Adult and Young Adolescent Mathematics in 2003 and renewed in 2013. She has been inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame and is a Florida Education Association “Everyday Hero,” and received the association’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2013, Brookins was named an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar.

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James Ferri — Finance Committee Chair

Principal / Director of Strategic Finance at Booz Allen Hamilton

James currently leads Strategic Finance for Booz Allen Hamilton, helping to model and drive investment decisions for the firm. Previously, James was Vice President of FP&A for Product & Technology at Warner Bros. Discovery (formerly Discovery, Inc.,) where his team supported a growing direct-to-consumer business.

He also led a team providing finance support for global corporate functions and operations, led financial analysis for the organization’s global transformation, and worked on several strategic projects for the organization. Prior to his work at Discovery, James worked at PwC (consulting), and JetBlue Airways (FP&A / Corporate Finance). Beyond his contributions to corporate finance, James is dedicated to nonprofit service, providing financial guidance while serving as Treasurer and Board Member for institutions such as the Garrett Park Nursery School.

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Tom Fry

Philanthropic Consultant

Tom Fry has more than 20 years of professional experience as an operator, investor and advisor in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. His current advisory work includes engaging clients on what’s possible with their philanthropic resources, advising grantee organizations on building sustainable and impactful organizations, and advancing the field of social entrepreneurship.

Prior to his advisory work, Tom was a managing director at The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK), where he led the effort to establish the Foundation’s East Coast office, identified and supported early-stage social entrepreneurs, and engaged DRK donors and funding partners. Previously, he was a partner at New Profit, where he helped portfolio organizations refine their program and revenue models, add talent, develop organizational capacity and scale their impact. Previously, Tom served as the director of operations for Grassroot Soccer, leading the operational build-out for the organization in South Africa.
Before entering the nonprofit arena, Tom worked for White Mountains Capital, a firm that invests in buyouts and special situations in the financial service sector. His role involved evaluating investment opportunities, managing diligence efforts and working with management teams post-close to improve operations. In an earlier role, he consulted to Fortune 500 and private equity clients while at Mainspring, a boutique management consulting firm acquired by IBM. He started his professional career at the Chubb Group, a specialty insurance company.
Tom serves on the boards of StriveTogether, Compass Working Capital, Seed Global Health, Spark Microgrants, Bantu Rovers and KnowledgeWorks Foundation. Tom received his master of business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and holds a bachelor of arts in philosophy and economics from Boston College. Tom enjoys running, cooking and international travel.

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Kelly Garrett

Executive Director, KIPP St. Louis

Kelly Garrett has served as the executive director of KIPP St. Louis since 2011. Prior to joining KIPP St. Louis, Kelly served as executive director of the Rainwater Charitable Foundation, where he helped grow the foundation’s giving by a factor of 20, and led a strategic initiative focusing on school leadership, early childhood education and project-based learning.

Kelly’s education career began as a 1992 Teach For America corps member in Houston. He then co-founded Project Chrysalis Charter Middle School, which quickly became one of the highest-performing middle schools serving low-income students in Texas. Kelly went on to found Perea Preschool in Memphis TN, and also served as a Director of Business Development for KC Distance Learning, a virtual charter high school program. He holds a BA from Rhodes College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is an Aspen Institute-New Schools (Pahara) Fellow.

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John Kovac

Senior Vice President of Brand, Marketing, and Creative, Cox Enterprises

John Kovac is Senior Vice President, Brand, Marketing and Creative at Cox Enterprises. In this role, Kovac builds centers of excellence focused on employment brand, recruitment marketing, creative design, video and live event production. His team also provides marketing strategy and support services to strengthen the connective thread across Cox’s business divisions, products and brands—including new investments in cleantech and esports—to drive awareness, favorability and employment consideration.

Prior to this role, Kovac served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Cox Automotive, leading a global automotive services and software business encompassing 25 brands including Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Mannheim. Kovac’s 20-year career with Cox began at Autotrader, which he joined in its startup days as one of its first employees, eventually building the digital classifieds pioneer into a household name. Kovac has since helped establish Cox Automotive as a transformational force for automotive retail.

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Jeanne McCarty

CEO, Out Teach

Prior to leading Out Teach (formerly REAL School Gardens) in its national expansion, Jeanne spent eight years as vice president and director of the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots, a global youth service program focused on conservation. With more than 17 years experience in education and program management, she has also served as the director of Undergraduate Programs for the Department of African American Studies and the assistant director of the Upward Bound program, both at the University of Maryland.

Jeanne is active in national and international initiatives to connect children and families to nature and to promote youth leadership in conservation. She serves on the Global Leadership Committee for the Nature Action Collaborative for Children and is on the National Advisory Board Member for The Gloria Barron Prize for Youth Heroes and the Advisory Council of the Environmental Leadership Center at Warren Wilson College. She holds a Master of Arts in American Studies from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Danielle Scaturro — Program Committee Chair

Software Engineer

Danielle previously oversaw the management and strategic direction of PropelNext at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, developing and executing the business plan for the future of the program while ensuring the success of current grantees’ and co-investors’ engagement with the initiative.

Before being named Director of PropelNext in 2016, Danielle helped craft the initiative as Director of Program Operations, identifying cohort candidates, managing the selection process, developing systems to measure cohort performance, managing a set of grantee relationships, and working with co-investors. In her previous position as Senior Portfolio Associate, Scaturro created the Foundation’s performance management process to better understand the grantee portfolio’s results, managed relationships with several grantees, and helped identify and assess new candidates for investment. She initially served as the Foundation’s accountant. Before joining EMCF in 2002, Danielle held several positions in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in direct services and finance and administration. Danielle earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from Baruch College, CUNY.

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Dale Stewart — Governance Committee Chair

Partner, LandDesign

Dale Stewart is a Partner, Civil Engineer, and immediate past president at LandDesign. He understands not only the opportunities and challenges of today’s engineering projects, but the important role and impact these projects play in the development of a larger region.

This expertise has made him a valuable member of a number of community organizations, appointed committees and task forces concerned with water quality protection and effective infrastructure. Dale earned a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, and Georgia. Previously, Dale was the President of the Green Teacher Network where he worked to advance academics, health, and sustainability through school gardens and outdoor learning. He is also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Water Works Association, Water Environmental Federation, American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Environment Federation, and American Water Works Association.

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Teresa Young Bernstein

Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer of ACON Investments

Teresa Y. Bernstein is the Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer of ACON Investments, a private equity investment firm based in Washington, D.C. that invests in middle market companies across the United States, Latin America, and Southern Europe. ACON is responsible for managing over $6.9 billion of assets.

Prior to joining ACON in 2013, Ms. Bernstein worked at Perseus, a $1.5 billion Washington, D.C.-based middle-market private equity firm, where she was also Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Ms. Bernstein joined Perseus in 2006 as Vice President for Legal Affairs. Prior to Perseus, Ms. Bernstein was in private legal practice and worked at Paul Weiss in New York City and Pillsbury in Washington, D.C. At both firms, she focused on M&A and private equity investments, fund formation, and regulatory matters relating to private and public pooled investment vehicles. Ms. Bernstein has devoted numerous service hours volunteering with non-profit organizations focused on, among others, early childhood development, food insecurity, and aiding the homeless and victims of domestic violence. Ms. Bernstein received a B.A., magna cum laude, in Comparative Literature from Cornell University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Bernstein is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the District of Columbia.

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Amy Wong

Finance Director – Americas, Bregal Investments Inc.

Amy is currently the Finance Director of Bregal Investments, Inc. Bregal Investments is an international private equity firm providing a platform for four direct investment teams and a fund-of-funds team across the US and Europe. Collectively, this represents more than €12 billion of assets under management.

Prior to joining Bregal, Amy Wong managed the middle office group in the Alternative Investments business at JPMorgan Chase. Previously, she worked in the Finance and Accounting area at Gen Re where she was responsible for the accounting of all entities in the Corporate Finance business. In addition, she has prior experience in various auditing functions. She started her career in the Ernst & Young financial services assurance group. Amy received a BS degree from NYU Stern School of Business for accounting and information systems. She is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant, CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter holder, and CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor).

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Cynthia Wilson

Consultant, Retired Superintendent & C-Suite leader in large school districts in Texas and in South Carolina

More than thirty years in public education, Cynthia was most recently the Chief of Human Capital Management at Dallas Independent School District. Prior, she served as Chief of Staff for Houston ISD and Superintendent of Schools in Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 in South Carolina. She’s been a teacher, principal, and executive leader, spending most of her time with the two largest school districts in Texas. She’s highly regarded for her support of a diverse and multilingual student enrollment, earning high marks through that district’s performance pay system.

She knows Out Teach well through our partnership with Dallas ISD and is personally committed to our mission.

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Kelly Hatcher Turner

Senior Director, Clinical Program Management

Kelly Hatcher Turner is a Senior Director at Lung Biotechnology PBC, a research and development-focused subsidiary of United Therapeutics Corporation PBC that is focused on addressing the unmet medical needs of patients with rare diseases. In her current role, Kelly leads Project Management, Contracts & Budgets, and Clinical Supply Chain. Previously, Kelly was the Head of Global Marketing Strategy for AstraZeneca’s Oncology Business Unit, and a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Kelly holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSBA in International Finance from American University. Kelly is National Board Member for Compass Pro Bono. Kelly’s been supporting education-focused nonprofits since high school.

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Out Teach Program Committee

The organization’s Program Committee convenes national education experts and leaders, as well as experts in education evaluation and research, to help shape, guide, and evaluate the organization’s programmatic efforts.

Our Regional Boards

 

North Carolina Advisory Board

 

John Hoke — Board Chair

Attorney, McGuire Woods

John Hoke is an attorney with McGuire Woods, a large international law firm. John specializes in the non-profit sector as well as legal support for mergers and acquisitions.

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Alicia DePalma

Senior Environmental Specialist, Duke Energy

She is currently a Senior Environmental Specialist at Duke Energy supporting Piedmont Natural Gas’s Major Projects in the Carolinas.

Alicia graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, concentration in Environmental Engineering. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, daughter, and two stepsons. She enjoys being outside, taking daily walks in the neighborhood, gardening, kayaking, and hiking.

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Vanessa Naik

Senior Manager of Strategy & Operations, Accenture

Vanessa is a Senior Manager with Accenture Consulting and serves as Charlotte’s Sustainability lead for Accenture Corporate Citizenship.

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Bert Lynn

Capital Planning Division Director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation

Bert is a landscape architect who focuses on the development of public spaces within Mecklenburg County, NC.

He currently serves as Project Manager for Mecklenburg County Asset and Facility Management where he oversees design and construction of parks, greenways, and nature preserves. He has served as a member of the Charlotte Chamber Greenworks Board for five years, Green Awards Chair for three years and Board Chair in 2015. With two children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Montessori Magnet project, Bert has seen first-hand the benefits of extending the classroom outdoors and has a passion to help spread this concept across the Southeast.

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Sam Smith

Higher Education Management, Atrium Healthcare

Sam is the Student Success Coordinator at Carolinas College of Health Sciences (Atrium Health) where he manages the Academic Resource Center, and various student initiatives.

Samuel L. Smith Jr. is a higher education advocate, change agent, strategist & innovative-thinker. With over 11+ years of experience, working for various educational institutions and non-profits.
Currently Mr. Smith is the Student Success Coordinator at Carolinas College of Health Sciences (Atrium Health) where he manages the Academic Resource Center, and various student initiatives including the peer tutoring program, student activities and student life, cover letter/resume clinics, ADA, Section 504, and Title IX compliance.

Mr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baker College, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Phoenix.

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Dale Stewart — Vice Chair
Partner, LandDesign

Dale Stewart is a Partner, Civil Engineer, and immediate past president at LandDesign. He understands not only the opportunities and challenges of today’s engineering projects, but the important role and impact these projects play in the development of a larger region.

This expertise has made him a valuable member of a number of community organizations, appointed committees and task forces concerned with water quality protection and effective infrastructure. Dale earned a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, and Georgia. Previously, Dale was the President of the Green Teacher Network where he worked to advance academics, health, and sustainability through school gardens and outdoor learning. He is also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Water Works Association, Water Environmental Federation, American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Environment Federation, and American Water Works Association

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Robert Phocas

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, AvidXchange

Robert is an expert in sustainability. He has over 30 years of action-oriented leadership in the private, nonprofit and public sectors. Using innovative, outside-of-the box thinking, Rob develops and implements programs and projects by integrating varied viewpoints and expertise while building bridges and collaborations. He is effective at negotiating the power dynamics of complex situations and has the ability to work with diverse groups. Rob possesses excellent communication skills and brings persistence, passion and unflappability to his work.

Phocas is in charge of the company’s community engagement efforts and oversees strategy for the AvidXchange Foundation. This is a newly created position for AvidXchange. He worked as Charlotte’s director of sustainability for about 10 years. Prior to that, he was the assistant city attorney for three years.

As the sustainability director, Phocas played an integral role in the city’s first strategic energy plan, which included such items as installing solar roofs on fire stations, expanding electric vehicle-charging stations citywide and partnering with Charlotte’s largest banks on renewable energy projects. Bloomberg Philanthropies, a campaign spearheaded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to accelerate environmental programs, selected Charlotte in late 2018 as one of 20 cities to participate in a $70 million program.

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Blair Stanford

Executive Director, Charlotte Executive Leadership Council

Blair Stanford serves as the Executive Director of the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council (CELC), a role she has held since December 2020. The CELC unites CEOs and business leaders from the Charlotte area’s leading businesses and colleges/universities to advocate for impactful solutions that improve Charlotte’s economic vitality, equitable opportunity and quality of life for all. All council members share a deep desire to give back and help strengthen the community by working together to share their perspectives on the issues and opportunities facing Charlotte and by bringing together the right talent and partners to strengthen our community for the benefit of everyone. Key focus areas include Workforce, Education, Healthy Communities and Community Engagement.

Prior to the CELC role, Blair led key initiatives at the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance (formerly the Charlotte Chamber), where she began in 1993 as a Public Relations manager and advanced steadily through the years to serve as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. Serving in the role of COO during the last14 years of her 27-year tenure with the organization, she managed teams who were collectively responsible for driving economic growth and prosperity for all in the Charlotte Region through economic recruitment, advocacy, talent attraction and corporate engagement. Her role afforded her the opportunity to manages special projects, which included serving as staff lead for the merger of the Charlotte Chamber and the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the Democratic National Convention, a CEO search, several economic planning efforts, the renovation of the chamber space and the transition to a new model of operation.

Blair, a Charlotte native, is a proud graduate of Queens University, where she also earned her Executive Coaching Certification. She and husband, Michael, have a daughter, Quincy, and son, Jack.

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Beth Poovey

Principal, Director of Parks, Greenways and Open Space at LandDesign

Beth is a Principal specializing in greenways, parks, and open space, and is an advocate for public and private investment in attainable green infrastructure. She believes the open space experience should begin the moment you step outside with a network of multi-modal streetscapes, neighborhood parks, and recreational amenities all within walking, biking, or e-scootering distance.

Combining her background in sociology and landscape architecture, Beth strives to capture the spirit of a community to influence the vision for an authentic open space experience that aligns with the local goals and values. Public open space is her thing—parks, trails, streetscapes, pedestrians, bikes, and even trikes.

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Texas Advisory Board

 

Gabriela Norton — Board Chair

President & CEO, People Performance Resources (PPR)

Gabriela is the founder of People Performance Resources (PPR), a full-service HR consulting firm established in 2010 with a focus on small-to-midsize organizations and nonprofits. Gabriela is a passionate and strategic HR subject matter expert.

Gabriela and her team deliver best practices in operational excellence, high-level decision making, bilingual/bicultural expertise, board governance support, CEO succession planning, human capital analysis, executive assessment/coaching, effective communications, conflict resolution, performance management, compensation, organizational development, diversity, strategic planning and development, change management, employment compliance, executive search, and talent acquisition. Gabriela and her team at PPR have worked with Out Teach leading two regional executive searches for Texas and the Southeast regions.

Gabriela earned an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a member of DallasHR, SHRM, and the Dallas Regional Chamber. Gabriela’s passion for the Out Teach mission is tied to her very personal belief in how education can transform lives. She is grateful for the teachers she had growing up who taught her the importance of learning outdoors.

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Robert “Bobby” Cardone

Partner – Shearman & Sterling LLP

Robert J. “Bobby” Cardone is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate matters for public and private companies and private equity firms. Bobby also helps clients with joint ventures, corporate governance, venture capital investments, spin-offs, tender offers, and the day-to-day legal aspects of their businesses.

Bobby has represented and advised national and international clients from industries such as technology, financial services, aviation, defense, energy, health care, telecommunications, consumer products, real estate, and software.

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Jeff Carter

Senior Vice President — Pegasus Ablon

Jeff Carter has spent more than 25 years in the real estate industry in the Dallas area.

He is currently a Senior Vice President with Pegasus Ablon focusing on Asset Management services for their Dallas/Fort Worth portfolio. Prior to joining Pegasus Ablon, Jeff spent 15 years with Trammell Crow Company and 11 years with Behringer Harvard Funds.
Jeff connected with Out Teach after establishing a mentoring program for at-risk students at Jerry Junkins Elementary School, where he connected more than 60 employees with students at school-related activities and functions.
He previously served as a Trustee and Finance Committee Chair for Baylor Specialty Hospital and Baylor’s Our Children’s House, along with being a former Director with the Children’s Cancer Fund of Dallas. Jeff graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1985 with a BS in Accounting.

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Catherine Corrigan

Co-Owner – Corrigan Investments Inc.

Catherine is co-owner of Corrigan Investments, Inc. with her brother, David, and they manage their real estate investments in Dallas, Texas. Catherine focus is in the areas of marketing, landscaping, staff development and all the random projects that are needing to get accomplished.

She is a current member of the board for Incarnation House (assisting at-risk teens in Dallas to end generational poverty), Big Thought (unlock creative potential in empowering youth) and VNA (assisting people age with dignity & independence at home). Her involvement with the Founders Garden Club of Dallas exposed her to Out Teach which combined so many of her passions – youth, education, gardening. She is also a Master Gardener and loves nothing more than spending time outside with her hands in the dirt.

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Dexter Josh Freeman II

Vice President, Operations & Administration

Greater Irving-Los Colinas Chamber of Commerce

In his role at the Chamber, Freeman oversees the operations, administration, human resources and financial management of the 1,900 member-investor, 5-Star Chamber organization and performs other administrative duties. He is a previous U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Institute for Organization Management (IOM) graduate, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Education and Talent Development Division Fellow and is currently in the ACCE Scholarship for Leadership Diversity program.

Freeman previously served as Director of Intelligence, Innovation and Education for the Chamber where he provided oversight of One Irving’s $3.1-million programmatic capital campaign that provided learning opportunities for hundreds of Irving students. His current activities include Winter Institute Board Regent of IOM, Advisory Council for ACCE’s Education and Talent Development Division, and Board of Directors for Irving Cares.

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Luis Herrera

Digital Product Manager

Orchatect

Luis Herrera is a Digital Product Manager currently employed with Orchatect experienced in both the corporate and start-up sectors that include dVELOPING, IP Network Solution, Bank of America and USAA. He’s well versed working anywhere on the spectrum between waterfall and Agile methodologies.

Luis is a US Marine Corps veteran who received his MBA from Texas Tech University and his passion for the outdoors drives his excitement for serving on the Teas Regional Out Teach board. Outside of work, he is happily married to his spouse Stephanie, who both love to travel and roots for his favorite soccer club, Manchester City.

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Dr. Olga Martinez Hickman

Executive Director

Bachman Lake Together

Dr. Olga Martinez Hickman is the Executive Director at Bachman Lake Together, where she supports cross-sector partnerships aimed at redesigning systems and strategies to enhance high-quality early childhood education for all children, regardless of zip code. Previously, Olga served as the Director of Programs and Partnerships for Read Fort Worth. Her work there promoted a collective impact, with the goal of increasing 3rd grade literacy for all students in the Fort Worth Independent School District.

She has over a decade of relevant education experience that includes supporting statewide leadership, literacy, and system-change initiatives across Texas. Her areas of expertise include equity and excellence, parent leadership, and second language acquisition for diverse learners. Dr. Martinez Hickman is a product of public education, and earned her Ph.D. in K-16 Research, Policy, and Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington.Olga is a 2019 Tarrant County Alumni of Leadership ISD’s Civic Voices and was a member of the 2019 Dallas Public Voices Cohort. She is also a part of the inaugural Stagen Leadership Academy’s Social Change Leadership Program, designed to elevate the voices of powerful women leaders. Olga and her husband Charles live in Fort Worth, and are the proud parents of Rejinah and Reignah.

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Ruth Kinler

Ruth Kinler is the president of Redenta’s Garden, a company with two organic gardening stores and a landscape design, installation, and maintenance division.

Ruth founded Redenta’s in 1992 with the goal of establishing a successful environmentally conscious business. With Out Teach (formerly REAL School Gardens) Ruth felt she had finally found a cause she believed in enough to throw her support behind. Ruth supplies plant material for all of the Dallas/Fort Worth projects, and has supported us in countless other ways for nearly ten years as a volunteer and advocate.

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Amber Sims

Director of Regional Impact

Leadership for Educational Equity

Amber Sims is a founding member of the Imagining Freedom Institute (The IF Institute), a thought leadership institute that works with organizations and institutions to build their capacity for internal and external equity and social justice work using historical analysis and equity frameworks. The IF Institute encourages these groups to seek solutions rooted in our collective liberation and reimagining current systems and structures.

Amber has worked in private, nonprofit, and public sectors providing leadership in communications, equity, community partnership, and authentic relationship cultivation and development. Amber is a trusted voice for racial equity and community change. Her methods of change center on the power of proximate leadership, historical context, layered with a modern day impact, as well as individual reflection and acknowledgment in tandem with and collective people power.

Amber has been published in the Washington Post, Dallas Morning News and Texas Monthly as an opinion columnist on issues such as creating equitable community for all.

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Justin Thompson

Associate General Counsel, Vizient

As Associate General Counsel for Vizient, Justin provides legal and contracting support to various national and custom sourcing teams as well as Vizient’s intelligence and analytics subsidiary, Sg2.

Prior to joining Vizient, Justin was an Associate Attorney at Jones Day focused on state and local tax matters. Justin received his law degree Magna Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.

Justin has volunteered with Out Teach for several years through Vizient’s Community Day event and has been impressed and motivated by Out Teach’s mission and work. Justin brings his strong interpersonal skills and a passion for serving underprivileged communities to the Texas Regional Board.

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Dr. Molly Weinburgh

Texas Christian University College of Education Professor

Out Teach Program Committee Member

Dr. Weinburgh is Director of the Andrews Institute of Mathematics & Science Education at Texas Christian University (TCU), and she directs the Ph.D. in Educational Studies for Science Education and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in science education and the Honors section of a non-majors biology course

In 2011 she received the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar and became an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. Dr. Weinburgh currently is the Co-Editor of the Electronic Journal of Science Education and is on the editorial review board of the Journal of Science Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and Journal of Elementary Science Education.

She taught biology for 16 years before accepting her first science education faculty appointment at Georgia State University (1991-2002) in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies (Science Education) from Emory University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Agnes Scott College. Dr. Weinburgh believes in the mission of Out Teach and brings an academic understanding of the educational landscape. Her areas of focus include science education, equity issues, inquiry-based science instruction, and teacher growth.

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Dr. Reymundo Cervantes-Guajardo

Principal at the School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove, Dallas ISD Principal of the Year 2021

Reymundo started his career in 2006 as a bilingual teacher in Dallas ISD, striving to learn more about children learning styles, teaching techniques, and leadership. To help the students in his school community achieve more, Reymundo then went on to earn his master’s in Bilingual Education from Southern Methodist University. In 2013, Reymundo changed roles and became a school administrator focused on transforming schools from traditional to personalized learning models. Now, after earning his doctorate in education, he is dedicated to the ideals of empowerment of people through collaboration, distributive leadership, and equity to develop them as much as possible so that they can make a positive impact on all students’ lives regardless of their ethnic, socio-economic, or achievement backgrounds.

Dr. Reymundo Cervantes-Guajardo became a school administrator in 2014 after serving K-5 elementary students since 2006. Rey served as the instructional leader at Henry B. Gonzalez Personalized Learning Academy and has supported the Dallas ISD’s vision and mission since 2006. He facilitated Gonzalez school choice transformation to a Personalized Learning Academy, held an accountability “B” status from the Texas Education Agency, and recognized as the safest school in Dallas ISD since 2018. While principal, he partnered with Out Teach and has joined us at conferences to speak about the work. Rey was named the 2020-2021 Dallas ISD Elementary Principal of the Year and completed his doctoral studies at Southern Methodist University. In 2022, Dr. Cervantes was promoted to continue leading change as the new middle school principal at the School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove.

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Alice McMillan

Consultant, M&C Advisors

Alice is passionate about the intersection of education and socioeconomic prosperity. Her background in education includes: K-12 Bonds, Small Business Procurement, Early College High School, High School Entrepreneurship, Implementation of HIV/AIDS programming in middle schools, Community Gardening & Farming in elementary schools, Eliminating Achievement Gaps in BIPOC students, Community Engagement, White House Educational Excellence Initiative for Hispanics, Spanish Immersion, Higher Ed., Elimination of student & parent hunger, Post secondary education enrollment, & Eradicating Homelessness.

Alice found her voice and calling through her educational experience from her days as a Montessouri school girl to various study abroad semesters in Ghana, Africa (African-American studies), Spain, & Latin America, where she became fluent in Spanish. She went on to launch a successful career in economic & community development, international and government relations, public health, social justice, and philanthropy. She has served in a variety of leadership roles Chief Operating Officer to CEO, generating over $1B in economic impact and leading institutes to being named in the Top 10 of their kind in the USA.

Alice’s love and value of education was inspired by her grandparents, particularly her grandmothers, one of whom earned their Associate’s degree and Apparel & Home Design Certification, while the other earned both her Bachelor’s & Master’s Degrees. Despite their qualifications, they were still denied jobs in the education field for over 17 years and the opportunity to earn their PhD’s and become Superintendents as they had aspired.

Alice is the CEO of M&C Advisors, a consulting firm which specializes in organizational & leadership development, fundraising, strategy, professional development trainings, social justice, and the management of company and individual philanthropy. She supports a variety of nonprofits, companies, public & private entities, start-ups, and leaders. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a BBA from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

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Wendy Mazur

Manager, Database Analyst, Deloitte

For over 15 years, Wendy has built her career in the creative development and information technology industries. She has produced recordings as an audio engineer, styled the layout for two international print publications, and designed and developed web applications for major health-care providers, recruitment firms, and several independent small business service providers.

Drawn to the place where art and creativity meet science, technology, and logic, she develops results that are unique and pleasing while remaining practical and useful. She has the vision to help clients navigate from problem identification to finished working solutions, whether that be print graphics, a customer-facing website, or a robust internal-use application. She excels at high-level conceptualization and insists upon detailed proofing, testing, and accuracy.

Wendy worked as a Program Evaluation Assistant in Out Teach for seven months. She has assisted with data entry and analysis; Participated in school garden installations. She has also designed and developed a cloud-based evaluation tracking solution using linked spreadsheets with custom formulas and scripts.

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Out Teach, formerly REAL School Gardens, provides professional development for elementary school teachers. Out Teach prepares them to use school gardens, outdoor classrooms, and green schoolyards to improve instruction through three-dimensional project-based learning, and outdoor experiential inquiry-based education. Professional learning with Out Teach improves hands-on science and STEM education through instructional coaching and digital education resources and improves 21st Century skills.