Diane joined Breakthrough Houston in 2019. She began her career at Ernst and Young and has worked as a practicing CPA in public accounting and industry.  She also spent several years working as a grant writer/manager for Spring Branch ISD and in operations for another educational nonprofit. Diane is an advocate for education and is passionate about every child to find their path to college and/or a career after high school. She has been an active volunteer in Spring Branch ISD at the campus and district level for 20 years. Diane graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Accounting. She is a proud graduate of the 2018 class of West Houston Leadership Institute. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching sports and TV shows with her husband, and spending time with friends and family.  She has two children working in Dallas and two crazy rescue dogs.

Why did you choose a career in education?

I actually chose a career in accounting and have worked as a CPA in several industries. I developed a passion for education while raising my children. I volunteered in multiple roles in the school district where they attended and even worked there for several years as a grant writer.

What’s your favorite part about working with students?

Unfortunately, I don’t get the opportunity to work with students very often. However, my favorite part is seeing students set goals and achieve them.

What do you hope to achieve with Breakthrough?

In supporting the staff of Breakthrough Houston so they can accomplish the organization’s goals. It is my way of being able to contribute to the success of the program and the students.

Why is Breakthrough’s mission important?

I believe it is important that all students have an opportunity to create a meaningful future for themselves. Not all students have the resources available to help them find that future, and Breakthrough provides that opportunity. I also know how important a high-quality teacher is to the success of students, and Breakthrough provides an excellent training ground for those interested in pursuing the profession.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

I enjoy what I do, but I have to admit that I get up and going early so I can beat the Houston traffic (well not so much now as I am working from home).