Our National Board

Shally Stanley — Board Chair

SVP, Global Consulting Services and Solutions, Acumen Solutions, a Salesforce Company

Shally is responsible for developing and delivering the company’s consulting solutions to its customers. 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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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

Vice President of FP&A, Product & Tech, Discovery, Inc.

James is currently the Vice President of FP&A for Product & Technology at Discovery, Inc., where his team supports a growing direct-to-consumer business. Previously at Discovery, he 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 Booz Allen Hamilton (strategy / innovation), 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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Angela Hart-Edwards

Partner, Nelson Mullins

Angela Hart-Edwards is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer having tried more than 50 cases to verdict. She focuses her practice in all aspects of employment law with an emphasis on representation of employers in individual and class and collective litigation matters in state and federal courts nationwide.

As a former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Department of Justice Civil Rights Attorney, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, she defends government contractor and other private sector employers in individual and multi-plaintiff employment discrimination lawsuits, EEOC and Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) systemic discrimination actions, and in wage and hour, and class and collective actions.

She conducts internal investigations, writes employment policies and handbooks, serves as a corporate diversity counselor, and trains management on the myriad of laws impacting the workplace. In addition, she conducts labor and employment law diligence for corporate and private equity related mergers and acquisitions. Angela also defends companies in various types of commercial litigation and government inquiries that are sometimes initiated by grand jury subpoenas.

Her clients represent a diverse range of industries including, but not limited to, construction, defense, and technology government contractors, manufacturing, logistics, utilities, higher education institutions, nonprofit, government, healthcare, staffing, retail, and hospitality.

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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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Nicole Levine

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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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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Dr. Ernie J. Smith — Finance Committee Chair

Principal/Owner, Locus Advisors LLC

Ernie is a Principal with the boutique consulting group, Locus Advisors. Locus focuses on consulting and advisory services in the grocery, convenience, and drug retail and distribution markets, as well as foodservice, food production and food manufacturing. Smith in his career has completed numerous merger and acquisition transactions with total acquired volume in excess of $20 billion. Ernie has spent his career in the food industry, holding a number of executive positions and serving as an advisor to a number of large public and private companies.

He is currently a director of Alex Lee, Inc., the holding company for Merchants Distributors and Lowes Foods. In addition, Ernie most notably served as the former Executive President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for Ahold USA, one of the nation’s largest food retailers. During Ernie’s tenure, Ahold flourished and obtained sales in excess of $34 billion in the US. Ernie has a Doctorate from The George Washington University, Masters of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and Bachelors from Old Dominion University. He is a certified public accountant. He has been a member of multiple boards for profit and not for profit. He has been an adjunct professor for Old Dominion University.

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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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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


Carolinas Region


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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Helen Hope Kimbrough
President, AK Classics LLC

She is the president of AK Classics, LLC and the author of four multicultural children’s books entitled Ocean Waves and Other Tales, Play Dates and Other Tales, My Soul/African American Spirituals: Embracing the Journey, and her latest book, Yummy Healthy Tasties in My Tummy, which will truly inspire children and families to eat healthy.

For over a decade, Helen has committed herself to interactive storytelling, writing, and literacy initiatives to support children and families. This is apparent in her position as HELPS Program Director with Augustine Literacy Project and commitments with additional nonprofits like Reading Partners, Promising Pages, the Literacy Council of Union County, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation, Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated, and as a 2016 award honoree by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in North Carolina for her role in making reading fun, engaging, and life-changing.

Helen Hope Kimbrough is from Athens, Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Hampton University.

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Dr. Michael Lizotte
Sustainability Officer, UNC Charlotte

Michael Lizotte is the University Sustainability Officer at UNC Charlotte since October 2013.

He previously played that role at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he also served as a professor of ecology, Director of the Aquatic Research Laboratory, and helped found the Environmental Studies program. Dr. Lizotte also has substantial experience in science administration as a research director for an oceanography institute and as a consultant detailed to NASA Headquarters to study the effectiveness of interdisciplinary science teams. In his research career studying the ecology of algae in polar regions, he made twelve trips to Antarctica and one to the Arctic. A stream in Antarctica, Lizotte Creek, was named in his honor in 1996.

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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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Roger Sarow

WFAE Station Manager (Retired)

Roger Sarow is a journalist, content producer and non-profit media executive.

After 26 years of service, Sarow retired in 2015 as president and general manager of WFAE Public Radio, Charlotte, and its affiliated media operations. WFAE was founded by UNC-Charlotte. It is now operated by the non-profit University Radio Foundation. Roger is a native of Wisconsin. He served as a public radio news director and later as a producer, program host and program director at Wisconsin Public Radio, a statewide network. He served for six years on the Board of Directors of National Public Radio where he chaired NPR’s Corporate Finance Committee. Previously Sarow was chair of NPR’s Satellite Distribution Committee. Sarow received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He was a Rotary International Graduate Fellow in Germany. He has served as treasurer of the University Station Alliance, which represents public radio stations owned by higher education institutions. He also served as chairman of the Public Radio Program Directors’ Association.

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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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Heidi Team
Vice President of Business Development, Batson-Cook Construction

Heidi is an experienced marketing and business development professional in
Charlotte’s commercial real estate market who repeatedly brings key decision
makers to the table; thrives at follow up and follow through; is positively
persistent; has the ability to function autonomously; exercises sound decision
making skills; is resourceful; flexible; prioritizes in alignment with company
goals; is responsive; proactive; possesses excellent time management;
demonstrates strong negotiation skills; and displays a sense of humor.

In her role as Vice President of Business Development at Batson-Cook Construction, Heidi develops and
identifies prospects, clients, and referrals to cultivate lasting relationships and generate new work. She
works collaboratively with firm leadership on strategic development planning and oversees
development and delivery of major proposals and presentations. Additionally, she maintains a strong
industry network and participates actively in industry and civic organizations.

Prior to her current work, Heidi was the Chief Business Development Officer for national law firm
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP where she led marketing communications and business development
for the Charlotte and Charleston offices.

Heidi served on the Out Teach (then REAL School Gardens) regional board in 2017 and 2018, and is
excited to be re-engaged to bring outdoor learning opportunities to as many children as possible
throughout the Carolinas community.

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Mid-Atlantic Region


Dr. Maxine B. Freund

Dr. Maxine B. Freund (Max) is the Associate Dean for Research and External Relations at the George Washington University, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD).

A tenured professor in the Department of Special Education and Disabilities Studies, Max has been engaged in the graduate preparation of special and general educators for over 35 years. Prior to her current role, she served as the Director of the Office for Partnerships and External Relations at GSEHD. Max holds a B.A in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, a K-12 Teaching Certification from the State of California earned during a post-BA program at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree and a Doctor of Education degree in Special Education from George Washington University. In her current role, Max supports the research endeavors of faculty and staff in the Education school and the related development of federal and foundation grants and contract relationships.

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Ervin Johnson

Ervin Johnson is the Director of Community Engagement for AARP, (American Association of Retired Persons) and their outreach efforts to local communities.

Prior to joining AARP, Ervin worked with the American Association of Medical Colleges.  Before that, he served as the Confidential Policy Adviser to the Federal Co-Chairman at the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) where he developed policy initiatives to spur rural economic development, community development and human resource development for the Appalachian region. As a presidential appointee, Ervin worked to strategically to integrate the Obama Administration’s policies into the work of ARC by developing public-private partnerships to help improve the health and economic resiliency of rural communities. Ervin is a native of Salisbury, NC and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina State University, as well as a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.

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Eric Johnston

Eric Johnston is the Director of Government Relations at Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated.  Bio coming soon.

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Nancy Katz

Nancy Brenowitz Katz, MS, RDN, is the Director of School Partnerships for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

In this role she builds and maintain cross-sector relationships with key national and local government agencies and non-governmental organizations, and leads the organization’s work around the Every Student Succeeds Act. Nancy also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at both Anne Arundel Community College and American University. Prior to working at the Alliance, Nancy was the Manager of Healthy Schools Act Initiatives in the Office of the State Superintendent in Washington, DC. There she oversaw the agencies’ implementation of the DC Healthy Schools Act of 2010 through managing seven staff members who supported schools and districts in building strong wellness polices, increasing physical activity and physical, health, and environmental education, and implementing strong farm-to-school and school garden programs. Prior to this, Nancy served as the Dietetics Program Director at the University of Maryland for 10 years. There she trained hundreds of students, many of whom went on to pursue careers in dietetics. She also has experience in both community and clinical dietetics, having worked for several hospitals, the George Washington University Weight Management Program, and the Prince George’s County Health Department. Nancy is an active member of the District of Columbia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and served as their President from 2013-2014. She has been the recipient of both the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award in 2006 and the Dietitian of the Year Award in 2013 from that organization. Nancy is active in her community and is the co-founder and co-Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee at Ashburton Elementary School in Bethesda, MD and serves on the Nutrition Subcommittee of the Montgomery County Parent Teacher Association’s Health and Safety Committee.

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Texas Region


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


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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Kathryn L. McGill, CAP

Independent Philanthropic Advisor

Kathryn McGill helps families, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to define and grow their philanthropic impact. She brings more than twenty years of combined leadership in nonprofit management and development as well as corporate marketing, practice management and philanthropy planning for Fortune 100 private banking and financial services firms.

Kathryn currently serves as a City Council appointed board member of the McKinney Community Development Corporation and a regional advisor for Out Teach. Over the past two decades she has contributed leadership and service to the Plano Public Art Committee, the Community Advisory Committee of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, Launchability and My Possibilities among others.Kathryn holds a BA in French from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Chartered Advisory in Philanthropy (CAP®), designation from The American College of Financial Services, Bryn Mawr, PA. She resides in McKinney, Texas and enjoys working with clients throughout the U.S.

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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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Nan Street — Board Chair

Community Volunteer and Philanthropist

Nan Street is a former executive in the Insurance and Risk Management Industry.

Nan spent the bulk of her career as a national sales and account management leader in the Managed Care and Cost Containment sectors. Three years ago, Nan decided to take 6 months off to focus on family. That ‘sabbatical’ turned into a full-blown passion for philanthropy and serving her community. The skills she developed through the years – process improvement, solution strategies, client retention, planning and analysis – have served her well outside the corporate world. Nan had been been actively involved in several organizations through her professional life including The Alliance of Women in Worker’s Compensation – a think tank of engaged female thought leaders committed to discussing the challenges and emerging trends in worker’s compensation with the goal of idea-sharing, networking and insight gathering and Kid’s Chance – a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships to children of Georgia workers who have been seriously, catastrophically or fatally injured in work- related accidents. She now sits on the United Way’s Advisory Board for Clayton County, Georgia – one of the most economically challenged areas in metro-Atlanta. Nan delivers meals two days a week for Open Hand– a non-profit organization that prepares, packs and delivers over 5,000 healthy meals each day throughout metro-Atlanta for those who might otherwise go without and she chairs their annual fund-raising event “Party in the Kitchen”. She is a member of the National Charity League – a national non-profit organization comprised of mother and daughter members in Chapters across the United States whose mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Nan is also a member of the Women’s Giving Circle for the Woodruff Arts Center, and sits on the fund-raising Host Committee for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

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dr. debra leigh walls rosenstein

Associate Professor, Mercer University

dr. debra leigh walls rosenstein, also known as “dr. deb” is an associate professor at Mercer University, Tift College of Education.

dr. deb has been at Mercer for 18 years and teaches in the teacher education graduate program. Before coming to Mercer, she taught Kindergarten and First grade, as well as being a horticultural therapist and play therapist. Her research interests and her expertise are in the fields of Brain-Based Learning, Creative Learning Strategies, Experiential Education, Garden and Nutrition Based Education/School Gardens, Play Therapy, STEM/STEAM, Student Engagement and the Value of Play. In her role as professor, she teaches Science and Health/Nutrition for Early Childhood Education, Creative Teaching and Learning and serves as a University supervisor for student teachers. dr. deb is also the University liaison for their partner schools, Sagamore Hills Elementary and Tapestry Charter School. Part of her role as the partner schools is to provide professional development and training in garden and nutrition-based education. dr. deb is a Farm to School coach for Georgia Organics, a Master School Gardener, trained as a Monarch Across Georgia facilitator and a curator for Lexicon of Sustainability – Project Lexicon. She also is UGA extension Fulton County – Master Family and Consumer Sciences Volunteer that provides programming for adults and 4H students on nutrition and gardening.

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Matt Keith

Senior Vice President Business Integration, Bank of America

As Senior Vice President/Business Integration Consultant for Bank of America, Matt Keith is an influential and dedicated professional with over 24 years experience in the financial industry.

An accomplished leader with proven results in leading teams, he has driven revenues with a highly satisfied client centric focused model. Matt is also an active participant and leader in Bank of America’s philanthropic and employee engagement activities throughout the Atlanta area.

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Dr. Juan McGruder

Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer at Junior Achievement of Georgia

Prior to his current position, Dr. Juan McGruder was the Director of Development for Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. He also served as Associate Director of Development in the College of Computing and later as the first Director of Development for the School of Computer Science.

He is former AVP for Institutional Advancement at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Previously, Juan served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Alumni Relations at Clark Atlanta (CAU). At CAU, he also served as Director of Development and Assistant Professor. Prior, he served as Assistant Director of the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education at the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington,DC.

Juan completed a doctorate (Ph.D.) in education and human development at Vanderbilt, where his research was HBCUs and institutional advancement. McGruder earned a master’s (Ed. M.) at Harvard University in administration, planning, and social policy. He holds a master’s (M.A.) in counseling and human development from CAU, an Education Specialist (Ed. S.) in Student Affairs from WKU, and a Certificate in Romanesque and Gothic Architecture in Britain and Europe from University of Cambridge, England. His baccalaureate (B.A.) is in political science/pre-law from Clark College. He also holds the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) international professional designation.

Juan served as President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals–Greater Atlanta, on both the CFRE International Job Analysis Task Force and the Committee of Directorship, and the Practitioner Advisory Board of The Science of Philanthropy Initiative at Uni. of Chicago. He is a faculty member at both the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and LaGrange College’s Master’s program in Philanthropy and Development. He is also currently President of Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club & Leadership Atlanta (2018).

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Adria Whitford

Territory Sales Manager, Home Depot

As Territory Sales Manager in the Home Services sector of Home Depot, Adria Whitford oversees a team of 35 throughout the Southeast.

She specializes in servant leadership and has been active with Team Depot and their giveback campaigns throughout her 5 ½ year tenure with the company.
Prior to her current position, Adria served with several local and national companies in the home services industry in capacities ranging from operational, logistical, and business development leadership. Adria brings expertise in team building, operation excellence, and sales, and commands a of strong network of individuals and corporations after spending the past 15 years in the Atlanta area.

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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.