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Staff Directors Archive - Educational First Steps

Vickie Allen-Brown, MPA

Vickie L. Allen joined Educational First Steps in June of 2019. Previously, Vickie was senior vice president of development at United Way of Tarrant County. She has also worked for WiNGS and consulted in Texas and St. Paul, Minnesota. In St. Paul, she was an assistant professor/co-chair of the business…

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Dominique McCain

Dominique S. McCain is a change management expert and organizational solutions maven. She’s spent over twenty-years capacity building and working directly with influencers and thought leaders in identifying and implementing solutions to some of their most thorny challenges. A proven cartographer of connection with diverse, educational leadership experience in both…

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David C. Smith, Ph.D.

David Smith is a professionally trained historian, educator, and development leader with over fifteen years of experience, inside academia as well as the local nonprofit sector, in advancing education as a means to help build economic opportunity and greater social equity for communities across North Texas.  At Educational First Steps,…

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Teel Wilkinson

Teel Wilkinson is an accomplished Human Resources professional with over five years’ experience and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration HR from Texas Women’s University.  She is knowledgeable in recruiting, talent development, and employee relations. Wilkinson joins Educational First Steps as the Director of Human Resources….

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Telisha Akers

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Shanta Bell

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Calenthia Cheatham

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Savannah Espiritu

Savannah Espiritu is an effective Events and Marketing professional with over five years of experience and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services from Iowa State University. She consistently utilizes her expertise in marketing communications, fundraising, and event management to surpass goals and increase the impact…

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Chris Evans, CFRE

Chris began her development career while interning at a support center for eating disorders and earning her BA in Psychology. Originally from western New York, she has worked on development teams in Colorado, North Carolina, and most recently Texas. Specializing in database management, special events, and donor relations, Chris enjoys…

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Tera Haggerty

Tera Haggerty has been with Educational First Steps since March 2015, first assisting with the Bridge Fund Pilot program, then transitioning to the Development Team in August 2021. She is responsible for managing the Agency’s donor database, entering data, producing reports, and acknowledging donor gifts. Tera loves to laugh, is…

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