Monday, December 11, 2006

Texas Parent Child Initiative

(l-r) Lynn Goldstein, Mary Greene, Carla Weir, Frances Guzman

Friday was a milestone day for HIPPY in the Lone Star State! The Texas Parent Child Initiative was established to support and seek funding for HIPPY in Texas. After an 18 year presence, Texas HIPPY has grown into its own non-profit organization. This does not change our wonderful relationship with the University of North Texas or the Texas HIPPY Advisory Council. It does however allow the Board of Trustees of the newly established Texas Parent Child Initiative to fundraise, seek foundation grants and otherwise promote HIPPY and other parent child initiatives in Texas.

Founding Board Members are Frances Guzman (Board President, and staff member at the Intercultural Development Research Association); Lynn Goldstein (Board Treasurer and member of the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section); and Mary Greene (Board Secretary, and KERA Director of Outreach). They named me, Carla Marie Weir as the Executive Director.

Thank you to Frances, Lynn and Mary for making the idea a reality, and to Janet Wright, attorney at Dell, Inc. for providing pro-bono legal services to establish the Texas Parent Child Initiative.

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