John joined EFS in January 2012. Former president of a major subsidiary of Transamerica Corporation, he brings exceptional skills in business, strategy and management to Educational First Steps. For the last ten years, John served as an educator, enlightening young minds in the areas of science and technology at the Lamplighter School. John received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and his Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University and its public management program. After years in the business world, John's young children inspired him to change careers and he became a teacher at Lamplighter. During the decade he spent at Lamplighter, John grew in his passion for the education of young children. The executive director position at Educational First Steps provides him with an opportunity to apply both his business and education experience and skills for the betterment of young children.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Judy joined EFS in July 2013. Judy has been a Development Director and consultant in Dallas for over 20 years. Her fundraising skills and event planning talents took root in the schools her children attended. As an avid volunteer and advocate for education she took leadership roles, raised funds and planned events for Temple Emanu-el Early Childhood Education Center and Greenhill School of Dallas . Judy’s children inspired her to pursue fundraising for the arts education and theatre arts, leading to positions as Development Director for Dallas Children’s Theater and then WaterTower Theatre. Before joining EFS, Judy’s fund raising and event planning consulting work spanned working with a number of non- profits, helping to further their missions and passions for the arts, education and health and human services.
Director of Outreach and Enrichment
Linda is a Master Trainer on the Texas Trainer Registry.
Director of Early Learning Programs
For the last 24 years, Samantha has served as an early childhood professional, sharing her passion for improving the lives of young children. She started her career as a Preschool Teacher and quickly moved into management. She has been a Program Director in both local and national agencies including La Petite Academy, YWCA and Girls Incorporated. In May of 2007, Samantha joined EFS and was successful in several roles as a mentor, Team Lead and Program Manager before being promoted to Director of Early Learning Programs. She is proud to play a key role in the development of Four Steps to Excellence 2.0 as well as EFS’ new tracking program, MAAP (Mentoring, Academy and Assessment Profile).
Tarrant County Director
Kym spent many years as a Program Specialist for EFS and was promoted to Tarrant County Director in the spring of 2010. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Management and an Associate's Degree in Child Development. Kym has more than 20 years experience in child care working as a teacher, an assistant director and director of childcare centers and also an after school coordinator.
Development Director (Tarrant)
Elizabeth joined EFS in July 2013. She has spent more than thirty years in the nonprofit community working in fundraising, management and consulting capacities. She attended St. John’s College and graduated from The University of Texas with a BBA in Finance. After working for the Arts Council of Fort Worth and the American Cancer Society she served as Assistant Director of Development at UTA, Executive Director of Equest and managed the Arts & Business Connection in Fort Worth. While serving as development director for the “I Have a Dream” Foundation she discovered her passion for quality education for all.
Director of Finance and Human Resources
Donna started working part-time for EFS in June as our bookkeeper. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a degree in Finance. She moved to Dallas in 1985 and worked for nine years as a National Bank Examiner for The Comptroller of the Currency. Since 2000, she has performed accounting functions at her husband's law firm. They have four children and two black labs. "It's chaos, but fun chaos," comments Donna.