Breakthrough Houston Announces Additions to Advisory Council

Houston, Texas, November 29, 2011 – Breakthrough Houston (BTH), part of the national Breakthrough Collaborative, is proud to announce the addition of six new members to its Advisory Council.

Anastasia Lindo Anderson is a School Improvement Officer with the Houston Independent School District. Her career in education began as 1993 Teach For America corps member in Houston. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of Houston.

Carolyn W. Dorros is the assistant to the CFO at Wolff Companies, a Houston based real estate development company.  Previously, she served as the Administrative Director of the Neuroscience Service Line and Director of Business Development at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, California.  She is committed to education reform in Houston, and believes that Breakthrough Houston can help close the achievement gap in our schools. Carolyn holds a bachelors degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Anshula Greene is a pediatrician with The Pediatric Center in Houston.  She was a Breakthrough Houston summer teacher in 1996, the program’s first summer, and has been committed to education since.  She holds a BA in Biology from Rice University and an MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Jeremy Radack is the managing attorney at Radack and Associates, a firm he founded in 2008. He is dedicated to closing the educational achievement gap, and is an ardent supporter of programs and organizations that provide an avenue for students to succeed and achieve great things. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Policy Studies, and Managerial Studies from Rice University, as well as an MBA and JD from the University of Houston.

Allison Stasney brings a wealth of non-profit and fundraising knowledge to Breakthrough Houston, as well as a commitment to close the achievement gap for Houston’s students.  She has experience with events, fundraising campaigns, and strategic planning through her work with Yellowstone Academy, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, YMCA of Greater Houston, and Dini Partners. She holds a BS in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston.

Josephine Smith is a tireless advocate for education reform in Houston.  She served as the Chair of the Houston Regional Board for Teach For America from 1994-2001, and has also been active with the Neuhaus Education Center and the School Literacy and Culture Project at the Center for Education at Rice University. Josephine is a graduate of Smith College whose commitment to education began as a classroom teacher in NYC and continues today.

“Breakthrough Houston welcomes these fine additions to our advisory council. We look forward to adding new ideas and experiences to the wealth of knowledge and commitment provided by our current advisory council. We are proud to have them on board,” said Kathy Heinzerling, Executive Director.

With these additions, the BTH Advisory Council membership rises to 19. In addition to these six, the members of BTH’s Advisory Council are Mark Desjardins, Headmaster of St. John’s School; Mark Dini, the Director of Advancement at St. John’s School; Nancy Eisenberg, Assistant Head of School at Episcopal High School; Carole Engelder, EDP Renewables; Dawn Hanson, member of the St. John’s Board of Trustees; Carter Higley, UBS Private Wealth Management; Frank Hogan, Director, Private Banking USA, Credit Suisse Securities LLC; Rachel Moody, University of Houston graduate student; Josh Schaffer, The Schaffer Law Firm; Douglas Stewart, Stallion Oilfield Services; Brittney Tribble, Owner of MaxBowl; Molly Voorhees (council chair), President of Becks Prime; and Dick Williams, President of Shell WindEnergy.

About Breakthrough Houston

BTH, part of the national Breakthrough Collaborative, was established in Houston in 1996. We have grown from an initial enrollment of 30 middle-school students in 1996 to over 200 students in 2011. Our summer program is generously housed by St. John’s School, while our School Year and College Readiness programs operate at Episcopal High School.

BTH aims to prepare students who possess high academic potential, but limited educational resources, for competitive high-school programs and college admission. We serve approximately 200 underserved Houston area students through our Summer, School Year, and College Readiness programs. Our students have been admitted to some of the highest ranked high schools in Houston, such as St. John’s School, Episcopal High School, Debakey High School for Health Professions, Carnegie Vanguard, YES! Prep, KIPP, and Bellaire High School, and have gone on to attend universities like Duke, The University of Texas at Austin, and Northwestern.

Additionally, we encourage the next generation of future educators. Our classes are taught by talented high-school and college students who are interested in education, and we provide them with a hands on, autonomous classroom experience to encourage them to pursue those interests after college graduation.

For more information on BTH, please contact Michelle Phillips at mphillips@sjs.org or 713-850-4031, or visit our website at www.breakthroughhouston.org.

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