Brighton Center Board of Directors Lynette Padalecki from H-E-B
Lynette Padalecki
H-E-B
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.
Brighton Center Board of Directors Blake Stribling from Norton Rose Fulbright
Blake Stribling
Chasnoff | Stribling, LLP
Board Vice Chair
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 than being part of that. I am 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 hashtag. 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.
Brighton Center Board of Directors Merial Bowman
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.
Brighton Center Board of Directors Justin Thompson from Valero
Justin Thompson
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
Brighton Center Board of Directors Gerry Soto from Nustar
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...
LIFECHANGING
Brighton Center Board of Directors Steve Lyons from Skanska
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:
I have 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!
LeAnn Trejo
Capital Group
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)
Lindsay Bolner
Community Volunteer
What inspires you 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.
Create a hashtag to describe Brighton:
#BrightonSomeonesDay
Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you:
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
Brighton Center Board of Directors Mario Garcia from UPS
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:
I lived in Germany for 9 years.
Brighton Center is…
An extension of family that provides resources, passion, and love that enables all kids to reach their full potential.
Brighton Center Board of Directors April Ancira from Ancira Auto Group
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.
Brighton Center Board of Directors Ramon Hernandez
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!
Brighton Center Board of Directors Elizabeth Marceau
Elizabeth Marceau
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.
Maria Garcia
CPS Energy
What inspires you to volunteer?
CPS Energy team members practice our philosophy of People First! In that spirit, I like to help others and leave everything better than how I found that object, team, task, activity, etc. I love to help make a difference!
Create a hashtag to describe Brighton;
#PeopleFirst!
Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you:
I’m the proud mom of a special needs young adult. I am blessed to experience the world through his eyes, and it makes life very humbling.
Brighton Center is...
A unique, colorful and very loving space where everyone is welcomed, and where our hearts are warmed beyond belief!
Donna Vaughan
What inspires you to volunteer?
During this time in my life, I have the time and opportunity to give back to those organizations that are trying to make the world a better place for others. At Brighton, I am honored to be  a part of their mission that offers resources, support and education to help children and families reach their potential in life and learning.
Create a hashtag to describe Brighton:
#PassionatePotentialforALL
Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you:
I used to be shy. My times, I force myself to introduce myself. I have found taht everyone wants to belong and be noticed. Sometimes, you just need to be the person to start the conversation.
Brighton Center is...
passionate in their mission to provide the resources and services to parents and children in order to help them live their best life ever.
Mark Biegler
Ernst & Young
What inspires you to volunteer?
To help support a great cause and staff dedicated to give back to the community.  As a parent, I recognize the importance of child development and how meaningful it can be to lend a helping hand to families in need of support.
Create a hashtag to describe Brighton:
#LevelingThePlayingField
Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you:
I love music… and also have a great voice but my wife and kids never want to hear my singing.
Brighton Center is...
an enterprise sharing a common passion to help children and families in need.
Molly Kingore Johnson
What inspires you to volunteer?
My mother began my lifelong journey to help others. She was very philanthropic in our small community and I was exposed to many organizations in need as a small child. It inspired me to give your talents where you can and when you can to better improve your community as a whole. Everyone has something to contribute!
Create a hashtag to describe Brighton:
#BrightonsBrightFuture
Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you:
I am an ordained minister(online) and presided over my best friends wedding.
Brighton Center is...
Brighton Center is a refuge for families and students during a transitional and confusing part of their education journeys.
Neena Singh
NuStar Energy
What inspires you to volunteer?
​I fundamentally believe that each child can reach his full potential and become a fulfilled and productive adult able to contribute to the world if he is provided with the right environment.  Brighton provides these children with the right environment.
Create a hashtag to describe Brighton:
#WeOnlySeeAbilities
Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you:
I secretly aspired to be a Bollywood dancer.  At the age of 10, I started teaching myself by watching VHS tapes of Bollywood dances and this continued through my 20s.  Maybe I will get back to it when my kids are older. 
Brighton Center is...
hope.