Sarah Oliai earned a Bachelor of Science from Loyola University Chicago, a Master of Science from Northern Illinois University and Juris Doctor from University of Baltimore School of Law. Sarah currently is an attorney atOliai Law Firm, PLLC. Sarah is also the parent of a child with special needs. Sarah has lived in Chicago, Baltimore, and New York City before landing in Dallas and is very aware of the on-going struggle to find quality programs and care facilities for individuals with special needs. Sarah is a member of SEPAC and also provides pro bono Guardianship services through Legal Aid of Northwest Texas/Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. Sarah is a licensed attorney in Maryland, Illinois, and Texas. Sarah has been married for 16 years and has two children. You can reach Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JoAnn Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dallas Baptist University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Texas. She has former careers in banking and teaching. JoAnn has served as a community, school and church volunteer for over 25 years. JoAnn is a current Member of the Board for the Ryan Foundation, a charitable foundation located in Fort Worth. JoAnn is married to John Ryan. They have four children. Her twenty-four year old son has a Traumatic Brain Injury. You can reach JoAnn at email@example.com.
Mindy Walls is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She majored in Special Education and Elementary Education and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Converse College in South Carolina. She earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Additionally, she earned Principal Certification during her Master’s Degree coursework. She has served as a Special Education Resource teacher, as well as a Special Education Program Specialist for 16 years in the Richardson Independent School District. She currently serves as a Special Education Campus Coordinator for the Highland Park Independent School District.
Janet Salazar majored in Finance with a minor in Real Estate and earned a BBA at the University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA in Marketing from Texas Christian University. She has over 20 years of experience in corporate marketing and sales. Janet is an active participant in her community, school and church. She volunteers at Dallas Pregnancy Resource Center (DPRC), and serves as a Board Member of Life Alliance. This organization serves as the marketing arm for DPRC. She also serves on the SEPAC. Janet and her husband, Orlando, are parents to a child with special needs.
Bob Lancaster attended Washington & Lee and The University of Texas at Austin and received BA in history and English in 1964. He worked three years as a commercial loan officer for a Dallas bank before opening an institutional equity sales office for Loeb Rhoades and co., a New York investment bank in 1967. Through a series of name changes and mergers over the next forty- three years (the most notable of those names being Lehman Brothers) he retired from Barclays Bank in 2010, the firm which bought Lehman’s assets in bankruptcy. In twenty of the forty-three years at Lehman Brothers, he served as the manager of institutional equity sales for the South-central division of the U.S. in addition to his responsibilities as senior equity salesman. Since retirement, he has done volunteer work for Meals On Wheels.
Nancy Himes earned her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas. She has ten years of experience in corporate management and marketing in the staffing industry. Her corporate experience included recruiting, interviewing, hiring, sales presentations and responsibility for net profits of branch offices. Nancy also has three years of interior design experience as a residential and commercial kitchen designer and twenty years as professional calligrapher. Since its inception in 2002 until 2013, Nancy has served on the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC). She led as Co-Chairman for two years. Nancy served as the Recruiting Chairman on the Parent Executive Committee of Highland Park’s Crew Team. She has played competitive TCD league tennis for over 10 years. Nancy has two children and has been married for 25 years to Doug Himes. Her husband is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and has worked as a gymnasium equipment sales/project manager for thirty years.