about us


Lynn McBee | Chief Executive Officer

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| Director of School Operations

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 Lacerte | Director of Special Projects

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.


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 senior at Texas Christian University.
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.
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.

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 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 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.