Wylie ISD Education Foundation Names New Executive Director
The Wylie ISD Education Foundation, Inc. selected Lori C. Villarreal, a strategic professional with a proven track record of leading organizations to greater impact through volunteer and staff partnerships, as the organization’s new executive director. She replaces Jordan Adams and will begin on May 1.
“We are so excited to have someone with Lori’s expertise and experience take the helm of the Foundation. The fact that she is already connected to Wylie and Wylie ISD is a bonus,” said Bryan Brokaw, Wylie ISD Education Foundation President. “Our mission is to support enhanced educational opportunities for Wylie ISD, and Jordan is leaving us in a great position moving forward. We are poised to take some big steps over the next few years and we are confident Lori is best person to help lead us to the next level.”
In her role with the Wylie ISD Education Foundation, she will oversee the organization’s day-to-day operations; including fundraising programs, special events, and financial management. The Foundation currently has $1.4 million in endowments and has awarded more than 380 classroom grants totaling nearly $1 million. More than $250,000 in scholarships has been awarded to Wylie ISD seniors. Villarreal will report to the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Dr. David Vinson, Wylie ISD Superintendent.
For the past eight years Villarreal has served as director of branch fund development for YMCA Camp Grady Spruce where she was responsible for all aspects of the camp’s fundraising and volunteer coordination. This included raising $600,000 annually through grants, community giving, and endowments along with leading volunteer teams responsible for another $250,000-$300,000 in annual giving.
In addition, she has hosted alumni/volunteer recognition events and fundraising related events with attendance ranging from intimate dinners of 25 to crowds of 150. One of her largest events was facilitating an annual golf tournament with recent revenue topping $116,000. In total, $515,000 in proceeds from her last nine events were invested in endowments.
“I’ve worked diligently creating and managing programs to meet community needs and raising funds to fill gaps,” says Villarreal. “For 21 years I’ve served other people’s youth and I’m grateful for the legacy I’ve left. But, Wylie is my home…the home of my son, his friends, and so many people we care about. I can’t stop thinking what a privilege it is to use my skills and experience to serve the very youth I get to watch grow up.”
Villarreal served as the executive director of the Richardson Family YMCA from 2005-2008 where she had similar success in both fundraising and volunteer management. She has served on numerous community boards and committees and has been a member of several leadership training programs, including Wylie ISD’s CLAAS (Creating Leaders and Advocates for Schools) program.
She holds a master’s of science degree from The University of North Texas. She, her husband, and son (a proud Wylie ISD student), have called Wylie home for more than 16 years.