The Higher Ed / Workforce support council focuses on ensuring that all young adults in Dallas County enroll, persist, and complete a postsecondary program that yields a credential with labor market value. Consisting of 20+ members encompassing K-12 districts, regional postsecondary institutions, business, foundations, nonprofits, and other community organizations, the council meets quarterly to translate data insights into collaborative opportunities. The support council uses three key community indicators to measure its progress: Postsecondary Enrollment, 1st Year Postsecondary Retention, and Postsecondary Completion. Currently, the council is focused on three broad projects: (1) Reducing non-academic barriers to postsecondary enrollment and persistence, (2) Supporting highly-intending students to enroll and persist in higher education through targeted communications, and (3) increasing postsecondary completion to career through improved program alignment and guidance.
Senior VP for Outreach Services & Community Engagement; Assistant Provost for Hispanic Student Success, UT-Arlington
Ms. Bobadilla established the Society of 100 Endowed Scholars’ Fund in cooperation with the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the GDHCC Institute for Leadership and Business Education, and community partners. As chair of the Stars on the Rise Scholarship Program, she helped raise over $3.4 million dollars in 2011 resulting in 210 student scholarships. Michele also served on the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s scholarship committee in order to help them grow and forge vital partnerships beneficial to area students.
Ms. Bobadilla has served as a Board of Director on twenty-five boards of organizations providing vital services to our community, and she has actively maintained her civic/community involvement by serving on over fifty committees addressing the needs of the community-at-large. Through University Crossroads, she has been able to impact over 12,500 students through free SAT Math Prep Classes offered in Dallas and Fort Worth. As Vice Chair of the National League of United Latin American Citizens’ Education Commission, Ms. Bobadilla was able to impact policies and raise awareness of the educational needs of Latino students in the PK-20 pipeline.
Michele has received numerous honors throughout her career as an educator, mentor and advocate, including her most recent induction into the Woodrow Wilson High School Hall of Fame becoming the first Latino/a in the storied history of one of Dallas’ oldest schools to receive this honor.
CEO, Reliance Methods
Prior to joining Year Up, Tynesia held leadership roles in several business units at General Electric. She was responsible for integrating processes, policies, and more than two hundred employees into GE Mortgage Insurance. Earlier in her career, she led several eBusiness and process-improvement projects at GE Transportation Systems. In addition to her work responsibilities, Tynesia was the community service chair for the GE African American Forum and a mentor to young adults through various community and faith-based groups.
Tynesia, who holds a dual degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University, received her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she won the Harvard Student Association MBA Award, played the lead in their annual musical satire, and was a founding member of the HBS student group Business Plan for Black America (BPBA), commissioned by the NAACP to improve education, economics, and opportunities for disadvantaged African Americans.
Executive Director of Strategic Funding, DCCCD
Dr. Brumbach has been responsible for over $100 million in successful proposals including 14 recent Texas Skills Development Fund proposals with major local companies. Among the proposals are the $3.5 million gift from the Ellison Miles Foundation to build a Geotechnology Institute—one of the largest cash gifts ever received by a community college in the nation—and the new $3.4 million Head Start Center on the Brookhaven campus that serves as the child development lab school as well as provides child care for low income parents. Dr. Brumbach’s responsibilities include leading the DCCCD efforts in Stimulus funding (over $7 million) and working with two statewide consortia of community colleges.
Dr. Brumbach’s current board appointments include the Dallas Regional Chamber Advisory Committee for Education, and the Council for Resource Development. She holds degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in art, art history, and art education.
Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Program, Mesquite ISD
Director of College and Career Readiness/Career and Technical Education/AVID, Lancaster ISD
In addition to her role at Lancaster ISD, Fannin has also been an adjunct professor at El Centro College in downtown Dallas for over 10 years. Upon her return from Africa, where she was a visiting scholar during the summer of 2007 at the University of Ghana at Legon, her purpose became clear.
Fannin is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Communications degree and a Master of Education degree from Texas A&M-Commerce.
Vice President, Public Policy and Education, Dallas Regional Chamber
At the Dallas Regional Chamber, Ms. Farley focuses on advocacy and programs associated with education issues from pre-K through higher education. Ms. Farley is the current President of the Uplift Irving Board, sits on the District-wide Uplift Board, and participates in the Audit Committee. She and her husband Travis have two sons that currently attend public school in North Texas.
College & Career Readiness Coordinator, DeSoto ISD
Executive Director for College and Career Readiness, Richardson ISD
Sustainability Manager, Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas
Director of Advanced Academics, Coppell ISD
As senior vice president, Irvine brought together more than 80 members of Methodist’s administration, medical staff, board of directors, and community to create the system’s first-ever comprehensive strategic plan. She was also instrumental in planning our first major expansion in more than 25 years, an 80-bed hospital in Mansfield with a nearby imaging center and doctor’s office complex.
Irvine holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baylor University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University.
Irvine’s accomplishments have been recognized by several professional organizations with awards such as the inaugural Young Healthcare Executive of the Year award by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, the Up and Comers award by Modern Healthcare magazine, and the Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2012, Methodist Dallas and Irvine were honored by inclusion in the Becker’s Hospital Review list of “100 Leaders of Great Hospitals” as well as “Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.”
Executive Director of College and Career Readiness, Dallas ISD
An alumnus of Lamar University in Beaumont, Laurie earned a B.S. in Psychology with emphasis in Industrial Psychology. She is married to a workforce colleague, Robert and they have one son, Alex.
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, Texas Women’s University
Dr. Lerner facilitates public school and university partnership programs, including the TWU High School Advantage Program, enabling high school students to earn college credit prior to high school graduation. She serves as liaison to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as the Regional College and Career Readiness Special Advisor for the north central Texas region. Dr. Lerner holds degrees from The George Washington University (B.A., M.A.) and from Texas Woman’s University (Ph.D.).
Director of Counseling Services, Dallas ISD
Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management, DCCCD
Professor of Higher Education Policy and Leadership; Associate Dean at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development, SMU
Dr. McLendon’s scholarship and teaching focus on governance, finance, and public policy of higher education. A primary strand of his research involves analysis of the factors shaping policy change, innovation, and reform for higher education at both the state and campus levels. Among his recent studies are ones that examined the determinants of state adoption of new accountability and financing policies in higher education; the factors associated with changes in state funding for public colleges and universities; and, the impacts of new policies and management practices that have aimed to increase the performance of postsecondary systems and institutions.
The results of these and of other studies have been published in leading journals of the fields of educational policy and of higher education studies, including The Journal of Higher Education, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis,Research in Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, American Journal of Education, Teachers College Record,Educational Policy, Journal of Education Finance, and Higher Education: Handbook of Theory of Research.
Much of his research has been supported by foundations and by public agencies. He has been as a principal investigator and a lead consultant on a variety of national studies, including ones funded by the Lumina Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Association of Governing Boards of College and Universities. He also consults with national and state policy organizations, state boards of higher education, and governors and legislatures.
Dr. McLendon teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on state policy and politics of higher education, university governance and administration, and postsecondary education finance. He also has taught seminars and survey courses on American public policy and on leadership. He is a recipient of a number of awards from Vanderbilt University in recognition of outstanding teaching.
Actively involved in several professional associations, Dr. McLendon has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Additionally, he serves or has served on a number of editorial boards, including those of Research in Higher Education and Review of Higher Education. He is a former associate editor of Higher Education: Handbook of Theory of Research and former co-editor of the Politics of Education Yearbook.
Dr. McLendon earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in higher education from Florida State University, and a B.A. in political science from Baylor University. Prior to undertaking doctoral studies, he served as a policy analyst in the Florida House of Representatives and as a staff member in the United States Senate, in Washington D.C. In 2007, he was named a distinguished young alumnus of his undergraduate alma mater.
Executive Director of College Readiness, Grand Prairie ISD
Vice President and Community Affairs Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Prior to joining the Bank in 2004, Norman was one of the first neighborhood development officers hired by Bank of America in Texas in 1992. In charge of developing a strategic community development plan to extend credit to low? and moderate?income communities, she went on to assume statewide Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) responsibilities with Bank of America’s mortgage lending group. In addition to banking, Norman has been a supervisor in the city of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and held management positions at the Container Store headquarters in Dallas. Norman earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Retail Banking.
Prior to joining EIF, Page was President and CEO of the Foundation for Community Empowerment (FCE) in Dallas, Texas as a loaned executive from Texas Instruments. During her tenure at FCE, she honed the Foundation’s strategic vision to build communities, enact systemic change and utilize research to measure effectiveness and success. Specifically, she spearheaded an award winning initiative for Dallas ISD helping to improve the effectiveness and capacity of school principals.
As evidence of her skills, Ms. Page is known for her ability to quickly grasp the big picture, work collaboratively and develop processes that get results. She is high energy and has the intellectual horse-power to grasp new concepts and business models and be decisive in a fast-paced, multifaceted organization.
In addition to her professional qualifications, Page is passionate about creating and fostering real change in the urban educational system. Her primary goal is to “challenge cynicism and complacency about what children in urban schools can accomplish.” As a testament to her dedication to help urban schools, despite her other accomplishments (including the Malcolm Baldridge Award), she is most proud of the Scholarship Program endowed by Texas Instruments for African American Females demonstrating excellence in Mathematics, Engineering and Technology.
Ms. Page holds a B.S. degree in Management and Organizational Behavior, with emphasis in Accounting and Computer Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Additionally, Page has earned management certifications from Harvard University (Governmental Policies & Practices) and the University of Indiana (Business Strategy).
Executive Director of Internal Communications, AT&T
In addition to public policy, Eric served as the General Counsel and Director of Public Affairs for SchoolDude.com, the nations largest provider of online facility management software tools for schools. Eric’s interest in SchoolDude is directly related to school infrastructure needs and issues associated with safe, healthy, education work conditions in school facilities. Eric also advises and consults with government oriented technology companies on a range of issues. Eric’s nonprofit focus relates to innovative educational programs and projects designed to improve student outcomes by increasing opportunities for those that need it the most.
Eric received his undergraduate degrees from Duke University and his law degree from Wake Forest University. He serves on the following Boards: SMU School of Education; UNT-D Foundation; NAPE-Equity Business; Perot Education; Commit! Human Capital.
Eric seeks to utilize his business, legal, public service and non-profit experience for the benefit of our community.
Executive Dean of Science and Physical Education, Eastfield College
Executive Director of College Readiness, Uplift Education
Rosser graduated from Texas A&M University in the fall of 1989 with an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Development. As part of his undergraduate education, he completed 27 hours at Kilgore College, the community college serving his hometown of Kilgore, Texas. In May 2011, Rosser was awarded an associates of arts from Kilgore College through reverse transfer. Both of Rosser’s graduate degrees are from Texas A&M. His master of science in Agricultural Education was completed in December 1993, and he earned a doctorate in the Administration of Higher Education in 1997. Rosser’s dissertation covered the topic of financial resource development in higher education and was recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education with the 1999 H.S. Warwick Research Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in the area of Alumni Relations and Educational Advancement. In 2006, Rosser was named a Distinguished Former Student of Texas A&M University’s Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications.
Rosser’s career path following his undergraduate work began with experience as a corporate sales representative. After completing master’s coursework in 1992, he began working for the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students as director of campus programs. The first staff member to hold that position, Rosser remained with the Association until August 1996. From September 1996 to August 1998, he served as a visiting faculty member and undergraduate adviser in the Department of Agricultural Education and primarily taught courses in leadership development. In September 1998, Rosser joined the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs as assistant to the vice president. He became assistant vice president for student affairs in September 2001. In February 2005, Rosser was appointed to the position of chief of staff and assistant vice president for student affairs. Rosser began service as the foundation’s executive director in January 2007.
He enjoys reading, running, cycling, and spending time with family and friends. He is married to Dr. Manda Hays Rosser. Wynn and Manda have a daughter and two sons. The Rosser family is involved in their church where Wynn serves as a deacon.
Administrative Officer for Instruction, Mesquite ISD
Executive Director, Interlink
Candy is Executive Director of North Central Texas InterLink, Inc., a regional business~education alliance that was named a Model Program by the State of Texas for impacting education programs in North Central Texas public schools. Trained by the State of Texas Labor Market Information Department, She has been is a Labor Market Strategist since 1991, forecasting the occupations and industries that will be in demand in the future. Under Candy’s leadership, InterLink has been recognized as a Model Program by the State of Texas. A successful entrepreneur, she owned Candy Slocum Realtors which was acquired by Merrill Lynch Realty.
Among other accomplishments, she served as Assistant Vice-President of Education at the Greater Dallas Chamber where the program that she administered was recognized by President Reagan as a Model National Program. She has produced and hosted 26 cable productions on education and community issues for Dallas and Austin cable stations. She was awarded a Proclamation by the Dallas City Council for her contribution to the City, recognized by the Dallas Independent School District for over twenty years of advocacy, and presented a State Life Membership in the Parent Teachers Association by her community. During her real estate career, her peers at the Greater Dallas Board of Realtors recognized her as Salesman of the Year, and the Career and Technology Directors Association of Texas recognized Candy as its Outstanding State Community Volunteer. She honored was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society, by Collin County Community College District.
An Alumnae of Leadership Texas, Candy serves on numerous boards and committees in the North Central Texas Region and Texas. She recently served as an appointee to the Texas Education Agency Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills Review Committee for Career and Technical Education. She has also served on appointed positions on the Dallas Mayor’s International Education Committee, City of Dallas Tax Equalization Board, City of Dallas Citizen’s Safety Committee, and the Texas State Neighborhood Revitalization Committee. A believer in term limits of elected officials she just finished two terms as President of the Board of College Mound Water Supply Corporation where she served for six years.
Along with husband Pete, Candy is living her dream as owners of a small ranch east of Dallas, where they raise Black Brangus cows and American Quarter Horses.
Sr. VP of Operations, Junior Achievement
Director of Business Operations, Aerotek