Our Board and Team

Meet the team dedicated to helping families find a school of their choice.

Staff Members
Colleen Dippel
Founder and Executive Director
Lalla V. Morris, Esq.
Director of Finance and Operations
Stefanie Solar
Manager of School and Community Partnerships, Houston
Robert Sepeda
Data and Project Manager
Rachael Dempsey
Strategic Communications Manager
Wendy Gonzales-Neal
Parent & Community Coordinator
Mari Perez
Operations Coordinator, Houston
Bianca Gomez
Communications Associate
Bianca Huff
Development Associate
Mina Kumar
Director of Innovation
Quincy Boyd
Regional Director, San Antonio
Jessica Hill
Regional Director, Austin
Board Members
Leo Linbeck III
President and CEO, Aquinas Companies, LLC
Ann Best Scott
Executive Director, Houston ISD Foundation
Jason Bernal
Chief School Officer, HISD
Claudia Contreras
Community Leader
Lindsey Cooksen
Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management
Debbie Hurwitz
Community Leader, Parent & Coach
Donald R. McAdams
Founder and Chairman, Center for Reform of School Systems
Deanna Sheaffer
HISD Parent, Former Teacher, and Community Leader
Ore Owodunni
Corporate Strategy & Planning, ConocoPhillips

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