BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brighton Center is honored to be under the leadership of this distinguished group of volunteers serving as board members.

What inspires you to volunteer?

I’m inspired by and privileged to have the opportunity to support work proven to enable children of all abilities to share their God-given gifts and talents with the world and to empower parents to help their children achieve their potential and dreams.   I can’t imagine anything more rewarding that being part of that. 

I’m also inspired by the tireless efforts and commitment of the Brighton Center’s exceptional Leadership Team and staff.

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton

#brightertomorrows

 Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you.

This is the first time I’ve ever used a hastag.  And I’ve had two basset hounds named Bill.

 Finish this sentence – Brighton is……

exactly what children with disabilities or delays and their families need and deserve.

Blake Stribling

Norton Rose Fulbright

Board Vice Chair

Valero

Treasurer

What inspires you to volunteer?

The success of Brighton kids and the highly qualified Brighton Leadership team and staff.

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton:  #WhereDreamsBecomeReality

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you:

I created a successful scholarship fund for and managed by

St. Mary’s University from scratch which has raised over $55,000 in 5 years.

Brighton Center is....INSPIRATION

Steve Lyons

Skanska

 What inspires you to volunteer? 

I have a passion for helping kids and I happen to have a close family member with a child that has a “disability”.  As a parent myself, I know what a ton of  work parenting is, however that pales in comparison to what it takes to support a child with special needs.  EVERY parent wants to help their kids achieve their dreams, I volunteer to help the Brighton Families make the dreams that they have for their kids achievable!

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton:

#ittakesavillage

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: 

Has visited 13 of the current Major League Baseball stadiums and an additional 6 stadiums that are no longer in use.  Fenway Park is my favorite stadium that I have visited.

Brighton Center is…..

Here to help families in need!

Gerry Soto

NuStar

What inspires you to volunteer?

I am inspired to volunteer because I grew up in an environment that segregated children with disabilities or delays in not only the school system.  It was a normal thing and looking back we accepted it because we didn’t know any better.  Now I know better, now I’m a parent who wants his children to become contributors to society and I can think of no better way than to start teaching them that how we treat children or treated them in the past isn't always the right way.

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton:  #godlovesbrightonbecausebrightondoesgodswork

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you:

I was an amateur boxer in middle school and had around 12 amateur fights.  I don’t remember them all but I’m pretty sure I won most of them.

Brighton Center is....LIFE CHANGING

LeAnn Trejo

What inspires you to volunteer?  

I love giving back to the community.  Volunteering with Brighton allows me to direct my passion around childhood education with a program that’s inclusive of all children.  I have seen first-hand what some amazing teachers and providers do with early and consistent intervention for children with all abilities.  It’s awe-inspiring!

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton

#WhereAllKidsShineBRIGHT

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: 

I love a personal cake decorating challenge!  While I don’t bake very much anymore, a few special days out of the year my creative juices get going and I enjoy a fun Pinterest challenge!    

Brighton Center is…..

Beacon of light and hope for all kids!  (Parents included)

Lynette Padalecki  

HEB

Board Chair

What inspires you to volunteer?

All Children are gifts from God.  As parents, we want the best for our Children.  Brighton does just that - It provides the best for special children and their families.  I am privileged to be a part of helping Brighton help others.

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton:

#EveryChildMatters

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you:

I am an avid sports fan – Love Football!!!

Brighton Center is....An amazing group of talented Professionals dedicated to making a positive difference in children’s lives.

Justin Thompson

Meriel Bowman 

Zachry Group 

Secretary

What inspires you to volunteer?  

The knowledge that there are families and children who are not as fortunate as our own.  We are blessed to have the resources and support system we need to help Townsend grow into his full potential.  Every child should be provided the same opportunity.

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton

#LightInTheStorm

#CelebratingTheSpeciallyAbled

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: 

I enjoy and miss skydiving (since I no longer do it post Townsend).

Brighton Center is…..

exactly what our family needs to support Townsend and better than we could have imagined.

Mario Garcia

UPS

 What inspires you to volunteer? 

I have been blessed with the good fortune of being raised and married into a family where looking after others is a part of life. Giving back in order for the kids of the future to move forward is rewarding.  I love seeing the Excitement & Joy when accomplishments are achieved.

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton:

#Brightonkidsfuture

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: 

HI lived in Germany for 9 years.

Brighton Center is…..

an extension of family that provides resources, passion, & Love that enables all kids to reach their full potential.

Lindsay Bolner

Community Volunteer

What inspires me to volunteer?

Giving back is something that I feel passionately about. Brighton does such great work, I feel honored to be a part of it. The ability to help change someones life is such a blessing.

 Hashtag:

#BrightonSomeonesDay

One thing people would be surprised to know?

I'd rather be outdoors than in. I love running, playing tennis, shooting skeet, building sandcastles with my kids...pretty much anything that keeps me outside and active!

Brighton Center is...

Redefining educational services

April Ancira

Ancira Auto Group

What inspires you to volunteer? - "Getting people what they need," is what I love to do. I try to relay the feeling to others by explaining it like this. Volunteering and Donations are like Christmas morning. You got up at 3am to wait in line at a store for 4 hours to get the most coveted toy of the year and on Christmas you cannot wait for your kids to open it. Once they tear through the wrapping and they see the gift they have received they are OVERJOYED and jump into your arms with a HUG. I may not always receive an actual HUG for Volunteering, but it sure feels like I do every time.

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton: #BeYourOwnKindofExcellent

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you:

 I am a Closet Hermit and antisocial yet my job requires me to be incredibly social. I have a huge fear of forgetting faces and names and having conversations that may greatly bore someone else. So its not unusual to find me at a GALA in a corner texting a family member until someone far better at social events than I comes up and begins a conversation.

Brighton Center is...the arms wrapped around every family that has ever needed support of any kind.

Capital Group 

Ramon Hernandez

 What inspires you to volunteer? 

In my lifetime, I have been given so much and I have been blessed by access and guidance to opportunities that have shaped who I am today. Now it is time for me to pay it forward through guiding and creating opportunities for others..

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton:

#Stability

#Opportunity

#Innovation

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: 

My first job was a roustabout in the oil rigs in West, TX.

Brighton Center is…..

consistently looking for new ways to improve the lives of children!

What inspires you to volunteer?  
My desire to volunteer come from a deep sense of gratitude for the many people that have poured into my life. I want to share that energy by giving back to the San Antonio community I love, and I believe there is no better investment than the next generation.  Brighton Center is passionate about providing quality education to ALL children- and that is an easy mission to get behind!

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton: 
#shineBRIGHTatBrighton  

#BRIGHT beginnings 

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you  
Not only do I not drink coffee, I don’t drink any caffeine at all 

Brighton Center is… 

enriching and empowering the lives of ALL children.

Elizabeth Marceau

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