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Lynn McBee | Chief Executive Officer

LynnMcBee3Lynn McBee is a seventh-generation Texan and Great, Great, Great, Great-Granddaughter of Emily Austin, sister to Stephen F. Austin, The Father of Texas.

She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry.  She worked as a consultant with a privately held Biotech firm for 23 years. In January of 2014, she was named the Chief Executive Officer of Young Women’s Preparatory Network.

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; Chairman of the Board of The Family Place Foundation; AT&T Performing Arts Center Board of Directors; The Salvation Army Board of Directors; The Trinity Park Conservancy Board; The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Board; The Dallas Opera Executive Board; Texas Ballet Theater Board of Governors; Dallas County Community College District Foundation Executive Board; Dedman College Executive Board at Southern Methodist University; the Dallas Women’s Foundation Advisory Board; Chi Omega Foundation National Trustee; Letot Center Foundation Trustee; Children’s Medical Center Foundation Trustee; Texas Historical Commission Board and the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum Board. She is past Chairman of the Board of The Arts Community Alliance (TACA), the Dallas Historical Society Board of Trustees and the Dallas Film Society.

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 recently 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 Femme Du Monde in 2014 and the Fashion Group International awarded her with “Arts Patron of the Year” in the fall of 2016.

Lynn is an avid runner, a former oboist, and a classically trained pianist. Lynn loves going to the movies and attending film festivals, running, traveling, reading, and spending time with her nieces. She has been married to her husband Allan for 17 years.

Patty Leyendecker | Chief Development Officer

ShareeaWoodsPatty is Chief Development Officer for the Young Women’s Preparatory Network and brings a strong corporate and non-profit background to the network. She worked in the Financial Services industry running statewide marketing campaigns for Bank One and had her own consulting firm managing lines of business for Financial Services companies. She left the for-profit world after a family illness and concentrated her efforts in leadership positions in several non-profit organizations such as the Junior League of Dallas, Genesis Women’s Shelter, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Board and Foundation, Visiting Nurse Association, Child Care Group, Crystal Charity Ball, The Hockaday School, and Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. She recently completed a year-long position as the Underwriting Chairman for The Crystal Charity Ball, raising $5.6 million dollars for seven Beneficiaries. Patty also serves on the Senior Source board and as a Co-Chair and Founding Member of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Friends of the Comprehensive Cancer Center program. Patty (University of Southern California B.A.) and her husband of 29 years, Mark (University of Texas B.B.A.), have two adult children, Meredith, a graduate of The Hockaday School and Claremont-McKenna College, and Eric a graduate of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas and a graduate of Texas Christian University.

Claire Manigold | Chief Financial Officer

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.
Karla Loya-Stack | Chief Program Officer

Karla is Chief Program Officer for the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, bringing her education and non-profit background to the network. Previously, she served as Chief Program Officer at Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas where she oversaw the program delivery for more than 1,000 girls at four Girls Inc. centers and other locations. She helped increase the number of girls served by more than 40% with innovative outreach and program delivery methods. Loya-Stack has also taught in The Public Schools of Brookline, Massachusetts, as an elementary world language teacher, where she supported the development of curriculum and cultural resources, mentored new teachers and served as a lead teacher in her school. She served as a member of the National Girls Inc. Latina Initiative Pilot and Eureka! Summit Planning Committee to ensuring Latinas are exposed to STEM careers. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College.
Jeremy Cortez | Director of Alumnae Relations

Jeremy D. Cortez is a native of Lubbock, Texas and graduate of Texas Tech University, where he received his B.S. degree in Human Development & Family Studies and M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Higher Education, Educational Psychology, and Human Development & Family Studies.  Jeremy has worked in education for the past 10 years in non-profit, secondary, and higher education.  For the last four years, Jeremy has served as the College Bound Advisor for Talkington School for Young Women Leaders, and has graduated 114 girls, with 100% accepted into a four year university, receiving over 6.6 million dollars in merit scholarships. Jeremy is an avid volunteer and has served on various board of directors to continue his passion for promoting education for all.
Quincy Lacerte | Director of Communications

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.
Cindy Ryan | Director of Development

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 organizating 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.
Christie Carter | Director of External Affairs

Born and raised in Dallas, Christie Carter is a graduate of Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has been a partner in her family’s oil and gas company for 20 years, which has allowed her the opportunity to serve in numerous ways in the Dallas community.

She currently serves on the boards of Dallas CASA, Community Partners Auxiliary, and the Dallas Chamber Symphony. She is an Honorary Lifetime member of the Senior Source Board of Directors and a Lifetime member of the Dallas A&M Club Board. She is an advisor to the Crystal Charity Ball, where she served as Chairman in 2016. She is also an advisor to the Junior League of Dallas, where she served as President in 2005-2006. She is a past president of the Dallas CASA Children’s Council and the Genesis Women’s Shelter Alliance. She has held leadership roles in many events for agencies including Celebrating Women for Baylor Scott & White Health, Spirit of Generations for the Senior Source, the Salvation Army and the Wilkinson Center. She was the co-chairman of the recently completed capital campaign for Dallas CASA.

Christie is a member of the Dallas Woman’s Club and Park Cities Presbyterian Church. She is also a graduate of Leadership Dallas.

Maria Carrero | Program Director

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.
Berta Fogerson | Principal Liason

Berta Fogerson is a 36-year veteran of the education profession. Her career began in 1981 after graduating from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas Tech University, from where she also earned her Masters of Education, Mid-Management Certification, and Superintendent Certification.

Mrs. Fogerson’s 24 years of administrative experience include serving as an assistant principal, middle school and high school principal, and an assistant superintendent. She has been awarded several distinctions in the field of education throughout her career. In 2001, she was named Educator of the Year by the Lubbock Hispanic Association of Women, and in 2004, Mrs. Fogerson was selected as the Region 17 Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. She was later named one of the top four finalists for Texas Principal of the Year. A supporter of the work of LEARN Educational Talent Search throughout her career, Mrs. Fogerson was recognized as Texas’ TRiO Achiever by the Texas Association of Student Special Services Program. Her most recent accomplishments include earning a 2016 Blue Ribbon School designation and being named a national Terrel H. Bell Award winner by the U.S. Department of Education for outstanding leadership.

She notes that her six year tenure as principal of a single-gender, public, all-girls school has been the highlight of her career, and she looks forward to providing leadership support to her peers in the YWPN network.