The Commit Partnership is supported by a dedicated backbone staff of over 50 professionals, each a strong believer in the need to lift all voices within our community to reach our goals.

We believe that talent is distributed equally but opportunity is not, and our team is dedicated to ending that inequity by supporting each of our over 200 partners to collectively create significant economic mobility for every student in North Texas through equitable access to a quality education.

More than 40% of our team are former teachers, campus principals, school district and higher education leaders. We also include professionals with strong backgrounds in analytics, communications and advocacy. Each is hired one by one, seeking alignment with our core values and commitment to the transformational power of education.

Commit Backbone Staff

Laura Abadiano

Associate, Human Resources

Erica Adams

Managing Director, Strategic Relationships

April Allen


Marie Appel

Senior Manager, State Coalition

Devron Armstrong

Manager, Best in Class

Eric Ban

Managing Director, Dallas County Promise

Kendra Boyle

Director, Operations

Brianna Buford

Associate, Advocacy

Briana Carter

Associate, Finance

Nicole Cavazos

Associate, Analytics

Tonya Clark

Deputy Director, Best In Class

Betsy Cook

Deputy Director, Best in Class

London Durham

Associate, Donor Engagement and Event Coordinator

Kristyn Edney

Director, College Readiness & Success

Phillip Fabian

Manager, College Readiness & Success

Mark Flanagan

Senior Director, Dallas County Promise

Erica Fowler

Manager, Analytics

Asenath (Azzy) Francis

Associate, Analytics

Karla Garcia

Associate, College Readiness & Success

Kate Greer

Manager, Advocacy

Ana Luz Hernández

Manager, Best in Class

Chris Hudgens

Director, Regional Analytics

Carla Israel

Project Manager, Dallas County Promise

Chelsea Jeffery

Senior Manager, Early Matters Dallas

Sarah Jensen

Senior Consultant, Texas Promise

Nicholy Johnson

Manager, Early Matters Dallas

Chantel Jones

Manager, Dallas County Promise

Kai Jones

Associate, Analytics

Ernestine Key

Associate, Best in Class

Angela Callado Kiley

Chief of Staff

Ashwina Kirpalani

Managing Director, Analytics

Joshua Kumler

Associate, Communications

Garrett Landry

Director, Best in Class

Ryanne Legrand

Manager, Strategic Philanthropy

Kimberly Manns

Managing Director, Early Matters Dallas

Lory Marshall

Associate, Operations

Abby Mayer

Director, Individual and Major Giving

Libby McCabe

Senior Policy Advisor to the CEO

Dominique McCain

Managing Director, Best in Class

Brittany Meyer

Associate, Communications

Skiler Miller

Associate, College Readiness & Success

James Murphy

Manager, Dallas County Promise

Stephanie Nixon

Manager, Dallas County Promise

Kevin Paul

Executive Assistant, Executive Team

Alex Pomales

Administrative Assistant, Operations

Norie Pride-Womack

Managing Director, Operations

Mary Lynn Pruneda


Ana Ramirez

Associate, College Readiness & Success

Jennifer Richardson

Senior Manager, Operations

Carla Robertson

Associate, Early Matters Dallas

Carlos Ruiz

Associate, College Readiness & Success

Rob Shearer

Senior Director, Communications

Navy Sisomphou

Manager, Communications

Dottie Smith


Sara Soto

Associate, Early Matters Dallas

Luvia Tapia

Associate, Analytics

Tamika Terry

Manager, Strategic Philanthropy

Amani Thomas

Associate, Communications

Jose Valerio

Manager, College & University Partnerships

Treasure Washington

Senior Associate, Communications

Turner Willett

Associate, Analytics

Todd Williams

Chairman & CEO

Nicole Wilson

Associate, Strategic Philanthropy

Fellows & Interns

Vladimir Dinolov

Fellow, State Coalition

Miriam Dombrowski

Fellow, Advocacy

University of California
Hometown: Vacaville, CA

Krish Patel

Intern, Analytics