Lynn McBee is Chief Executive Officer of Young Women’s Preparatory Network. A seventh-generation Texan and Great, Great, Great, Great-Granddaughter of Emily Austin, sister to Stephen F. Austin, The Father of Texas, she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. Previously, she worked as a consultant with a privately held Biotech firm for 23 years.
Lynn is best known for her leadership roles in the Dallas community and for her philanthropic endeavors. Currently, she is Chairman of the Board of the Bridge Homeless Shelter; Chairman Emeritus and Life Member of the Board of the Visiting Nurse Association; Past Chairman and current Board Member of The Arts Community Alliance (TACA); Chairman of the Board of The Family Place Foundation; AT&T Performing Arts Center Board of Directors; The Salvation Army Board of Directors; The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Advisory Board; The Dallas Opera Executive Board; The Trinity Trust Board of Directors; Past Chairman and current Board of Trustees of the Dallas Historical Society; Dallas County Community College District Foundation Executive Board; Chi Omega Foundation National Trustee; Dedman College Executive Board at Southern Methodist University; Dallas Women’s Foundation Advisory Board; Letot Center Foundation Trustee; Texas Historical Commission Friends Board; Children’s Medical Center Foundation Trustee; Past Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Film Society and Board of the American Film Institute.
Lynn is a member of The Crystal Charity Ball, Charter 100, Dallas Woman’s Club and the Sweetheart Ball. She is also a past President and Ball Chairman for the Junior League of Dallas and past Ball Chairman of the Cattle Baron’s Ball.
Additionally, she is a graduate of Leadership Dallas and was a 2006 finalist for the Texas Trailblazer Award. The Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce named Lynn one of “Five Outstanding Young Dallasites” for 2007. Additionally, she won a 2007 NorthStar award for her leadership and work with TACA. She also received the 2008 “Rising Star” award given out by The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. She was the “Honored Philanthropist” at the 2008 Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon. She was given the Diamond Award for outstanding volunteer service in June of 2011 by RSVP Calendar. In the fall of 2011, she was honored at the Presbyterian Foundation Luncheon with an “Each Moment Matters” Award, Leadership Dallas Hero Award for their 35th Anniversary and with the “Real Women, Real Girls “Award from the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. She received the Partners for Children Award from Community Partners of Dallas and was named one of the “Ten Best Dressed” Women of Dallas for her work in the Community by The Crystal Charity Ball. She was honored as “Woman of the Year” by Les Femmes Du Monde in 2014.
Lynn is an avid runner, a former oboist, and a classically trained pianist. She has been married to her husband Allan for 16 years.
Vivian Taylor, the first principal of the founding network school, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, is Director of School Operations for the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. Under Vivian’s leadership through 2014, the school produced strong academic performance, including a 100 percent graduation rate from high school and 100 percent acceptance rate to college, with millions of dollars awarded to students in merit and academic scholarships. The school is ranked consistently at the top of U.S. News and World Report’s best schools list and has been rated by the Texas Education Agency as Exemplary from 2006 to present. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education recognized Irma Rangel as a Blue Ribbon School.
Vivian served in the DISD for 34 years, with 22 as a school administrator, and helped produce strong academic success at all of the schools she led. She attended the University of North Texas where she received a B.A. in Elementary and M.A. in Education.
Quincy graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Quincy has worked in many educational settings tutoring, teaching, and providing childcare. Most recently, serving as a weekend dorm mom and affiliate for the residence community at The Hockaday School of Dallas. She has, also, volunteered at various organizations, including Suffolk County Jail GED Tutoring, Be the Match, I Have a Dream after-school program, and Vickery Meadows after-school program.
Claire Manigold is CFO of Young Women’s Preparatory Network. Previously, she worked as the controller for The Crystal Charity Ball, where she managed all financial aspects of this prestigious nonprofit. She has served as a Division Controller for Trammell Crow Company and a senior accountant for Arthur Andersen & Co. She has also held positions as a success planner to provide career and college assessment services for high school students, an executive recruiter and various sales roles. Claire has a passion for education and served as president and board member of Educational Opportunities Inc., which provides college scholarships for low income students from Dallas magnet schools. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting (Cum Laude) from the University of Mississippi. Married to Dave, she has three children and one grandchild.
Cindy’s commitment to advocacy and volunteerism led her to a career in development and leadership. She has over 18 years of experience in fundraising including serving as Director of Development for Young Women’s Preparatory Network, Camp Summit, and St. Paul Hospice. Cindy has a wealth of fundraising experience, including organization special events such as golf tournaments, runs, and silent auctions. She has served as event chair for the Dallas Red Cross Mardi Gras Ball and has been a member of the Junior League of Dallas and Young Professionals of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Cindy, a Texas native, graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications. Cindy and her husband of 18 years have one child, Kyle, who is in the 6th grade. As a family, they enjoy “glamping,” cooking, traveling, and hiking.
Maria is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. Maria graduated from Texas Tech University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. With a passion for education, she started teaching and tutoring students for various organizations. She has worked for different museums, including The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, as a Programs Educator and recently, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, as the Education Manager/Young Women’s STEM Leadership Initiative. There she created and facilitated the Youth Volunteer Program, where young women could volunteer at the museum, mentor others, and acquire internships. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and has traveled to several countries throughout Europe and Latin America.