Graduation Sponsors
  • Adena Yudkowsky, Enrollment Intern
  • Andres Gomez, Director of Enrollment
  • Anne Marie Freeman, Employment Placement Manager
  • Ashton Jeffries, Associate Director of Corporate Engagement
  • Daniela Barajas, Recruitment Manager
  • Denzil Davis, Internship Services Specialist
  • DJ Hofmann, Operations Manager
  • Dr. Jasmine Collier, Senior Director of Institutional Giving
  • Dulce Maldonado Muñoz, Recruitment Manager
  • Gabrielle Humm, Associate Director of Student Services
  • Isaiah Ross, Associate Director of Internship Services
  • Jennifer Markle, Student Services Manager
  • Jessica McCann, Associate Director of Partner Relations
  • Kelsey Weaver, Associate Director of Partner Relations
  • Lalicia Johnson, Associate Director of Program
  • Lois Ndukwe, Enrollment Intern
  • Mary Lynn Amoyo, Senior Director of Philanthropy
  • Nakia Hackett, Employment Placement Specialist
  • Phillip Ward II, Program Manager
  • Porscheanni Johnson, Admissions Manager
  • Raquel Rodriguez, Program Manager
  • Rose Chivers, Site Director
  • Santos Medrano, Student Services Intern
  • Shaleya Tucker, Recruitment Specialist
  • Tahvia Merrill, Associate Director of Employment Services
  • Tiffany Johnson, Admissions Manager
Corporate Partners
  • Amazon
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Caliber Home Loans
  • CoreLogic
  • Fannie Mae
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Salesforce

Shaleya Tucker, Chair

Marisol Torres Soto, Director at Large

Shabnam Soltani, Social Media Coordinator

Daniel Lugo, Director of Alumni Engagement

Orbin Valerio, Ambassador

Leemar Kelley, Ambassador

Esmeraldo Tapia, Ambassador


  • Heaven Hamilton, Board Chair
  • Jodeliz Cora, Vice Chair
  • Michael Baldwin, Executive Coordinator

Regional Representatives

  • Victor Franco, Northeast Region
  • Amber Ikpe, Southeast Region
  • Meshack Unah, Western Region

Committee Chairs

  • Anna West, Communications Chair
  • Shantae Shaw-Kimmons, Events Chair

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Lee Hobson (Chair)
Founder and Managing Partner, Highside Capital Management

Elaine Agather
Chairman of Dallas Region, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Tynesia Boyea-Robinson
President & CEO, CapEQ

Father Jason Cargo
Pastor, St. Joseph Catholic Church 

Sagar Desai
Managing Director, StriveTogether

Fred Devereux
President of Central Regional Mobility, AT&T

Melissa Fetter 
Former Chair

Tara Ford Payne
Vice President, Communication and Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Florencia Velasco Fortner
President and CEO, The Concilio

Don Glendenning (Co-Chair)
Partner, Locke Lord LLP

Michael A. Horne, EdD
President and CEO, Parkland Foundation

Ken Malcolmson
President and CEO, North Dallas Chamber of Commerce 

Regina Montoya
CEO and Chairperson at Regina T. Montoya, PLLC

Lyn Muse
Founder and President, Lyn Muse Interiors 

Alfreda Norman
Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Drexell Owusu
Chief Impact Officer, The Dallas Foundation

Philanthropic Supporters

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