Where We Serve


Catherine LeBlanc

Caroline O’Brien, PhD
Executive Director

Terry Averyt
Director of Programs

Karen Ban
Educational Coordinator

Susan Cope
Education Coordinator

Sonya Pegues
Educational Coordinator
Allie Floyd
Education Coordinator
Casey Heim
Administrative Assistant


Carter HolstonCARTER HOLSTON, Chairman
Carter is the Director of Real Estate for NEC Corporation of America. NEC is located in Irving Texas where Carter oversees and manages the real estate operations in the US. He was recently responsible for all areas of the NEC US headquarters relocation in Irving TX. During the relocation he was responsible for the site selection, lease negotiation, design, construction management and budgetary control of this project. He has managed the real estate of NEC for 17 years including commercial and warehousing properties totaling in excess of 1.5 million square feet located in 16 states. Prior to NEC he was employed at EDS, Trammell Crow and AccuBanc Mortgage Corporation.

Carter currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Business (txbiz.org). He is the Chairman of the Economic Development Committee. The Texas Association of Business is the chamber of commerce for the State of Texas. Carter serves on the Workforce Solutions Board of Directors by appointment from County of Dallas Judge Clay Jenkins. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Irving Police Family Advocacy Center. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Catch Up and Read Organization (catchupandread.org) which provides after school tutoring for DISD students focusing on improving reading skills at the grade school level. He is a member of the Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce where he has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee and Chairman -Technology Leadership Council. He has provided Economic Development consultation to the City Manager and CFO of the City of Irving. He also served on the Irving ISD Superintendent’s Business advisory council. He oversees the Community Relations for NEC foundation which supports – Irma Rangel Young Leadership School, Irving Family Advocacy Center, Dallas Heart Association, Herbert Marcus Elementary, Irving Cares and Habitat for Humanity.


Doretha Allen DORETHA ALLEN has been a teacher, coach and meta-coach in Dallas Independent School District for nearly twenty years. Mrs. Allen earned a Bachelor’s degree from Wiley College, Masters degrees from University of Minnesota and University of North Texas and is a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Doretha is a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy – Reading and Language Arts: Early to Middle Childhood. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas she is at home in some of the city’s most challenging schools. Her career goals include creating a teachers collegiate academy in Dallas ISD and overseeing the Education Department at her beloved alma mater, Wiley College. For years, Doretha’s first love was education, however now it is a close second behind her husband, Sheldon and their two children, Davonna and David.

Robert DansfieldROBERT DRANSFIELD, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright. Bob Dransfield practices in the Dallas office and heads the firm’s Public Finance and Administration Department. Bob is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin and received his Juris Doctorate from SMU. Bob has received the following honors:

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law (2010 – 2013)
  • “Texas Top Rated Lawyer,” LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell (2012)
  • “Texas Super Lawyer,” Securities & Corporate Finance, Thomson Reuters (2012)

Bob is a member of the Salesmanship Club and has been actively involved with numerous civic organizations. Bob served as President of the Board of Trustees for Highland Park ISD.

TOM DUNNING, Chairman and CEO of Lockton Dunning Benefit Company, has been most active in civic, government and non-profits in both Dallas and Texas. A Dallas native, Tom graduated from Hillcrest High School in Dallas and the University of Texas at Austin. He is married to Sally and they have two children. Tom has served on numerous boards at the request of Mayors and civic leaders. Many honors have been bestowed on Tom including Dallas’ most prestigious award, the LINZ Award. Recently, he was elected to the Dallas Business Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League Humanitarian Award, the Volunteer Center’s Servant Leader Award, the American Jewish Committee Institute of Human Relations Award, and the Natural Leader Award from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas.

CATHERINE LEBLANC is Founder/CEO of Catch Up & Read. During her first 2 years at SMU, Catherine studied speech pathology/deaf education before switching her major to business. Following a successful 30 year career in Commercial Real Estate, Catherine returned to the field of education in order to equip at-risk children to be successful, productive citizens for the city she loves so much. Catherine’s focus on accountability and measuring outcomes are at the forefront of Catch Up & Read. You will frequently hear her ask two key questions: 1- How do we measure outcomes? And, 2- How are we using data to inform great instruction? Catherine is committed to moving the needle on results so that each child can reach their God-given potential. Catherine is committed to utilizing the most effective, research based solutions in order to catch low performing students up to grade level reading by the time they reach 4th grade. Catherine is married to Dick LeBlanc and is the proud mother of five children, three grandchildren and two spoiled dogs.

Richard is the president of Hanover Property Company. After growing up in Ft. Worth, Dick graduated from University of Texas at Austin. Dick has been active in the real estate development business for over 30 years as founder of Hanover Property Company, a land development entity specializing in the development of large scale master planned residential communities. Dick is a reserve elder at Highland Park Presbyterian Church where he actively supports outreach activities such as Prison Ministry. Dick serves as a Board Member of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church Foundation and the Presbyterian Hospital Foundation. Dick has been a member of the Salesmanship Club since 1987, having served on its Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Camp Board, which is the entity that provides governance to the Salesmanship programs for emotionally troubled youth.

Angie ParraANGIE PARRA is an Executive Director, Client Experience with Requisite Capital Management. Angie received dual degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas; a Bachelor of Business Administration in Organizational Behavior and Business Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and in Spanish. Devoting her professional life to the financial world, Angie has worked for several prestigious Wall Street firms and is a graduate of both the Leadership Arts Institute and of Leadership Dallas. She is currently also on the board of Junior Players, whose mission encourages intellectual growth, mental well-being and the development of life skills in the youth of North Texas. Angie has contributed to Friends of Fair Park, SMU Alumni Board, the Innovators of the DSOL, various neighborhood associations and initiatives and as well as task forces with the DMA, Contact Crisis Line, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Angie resides in Dallas. She enjoys traveling, Hamilton musical fandom, studying for wine certifications, and watching her nieces and nephews grow up.

Ken SandstadKEN SANDSTAD, President of The Sandstad Group, LLC. Ken is a graduate of St. Olaf College and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota. After growing up in Minnesota and learning the commercial real estate business there as the first employee in the Midwest of a firm now called CBRE, Ken moved to Dallas in 1984. Ken has been active in the commercial real estate business his entire professional career. He founded The Sandstad Group in 2001 and it provides strategic advice and counsel to commercial real estate service firms, development firms and significant property owners located throughout the United States. Ken is the former chair of an arts center in Minneapolis, former board member of a private K-12 school in Minneapolis, former chair and board member of The Real Estate Council (Dallas) and former chair and board member of the Dallas Summer Musicals. Ken is also an active volunteer for a Dallas-based prison ministry.

MEG SARTAIN, Secretary
Meg is CFO of VentureDocs and the proud mom of 3 kiddos. After graduating with a BA in Finance from SMU in 1989, Meg joined Bank of America where she held numerous leadership positions as a Vice President of Operations. Meg left the bank to start her own business consulting firm, Sartain Partners, LLC, in 2000. At Sartain Partners Meg specialized in the development, marketing, sales and implementation of new cloud-based software (aka, SaaS). Currently she is the Chief Financial Officer of VentureDocs, a cloud-based legal document drafting company. In addition to Catch Up & Read, Meg is a member of the McCulloch Intermediate School PTA and a past board member of the University Park Elementary School PTA.

Carol VigCAROL VIG is a graduate of ESD and has a B.A. in Advertising from SMU. She is the past President of the ESD Alumni Association and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Episcopal School of Dallas. She is the chair of the Advancement Committee and has served on the communications task force. Carol has served our city by tutoring children in various literacy programs. Carol and her husband, Bennett are past chairs of The Children’s Trust of Children’s Medical Center Dallas and have two children.

Tom WunderlickTOM WUNDERLICK, Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual