2020-2021 BOARD MEMBERS


DORI ARAIZA 

PRESIDENT

Dori is originally from Dallas and attended Southern Methodist University.  Dori recently left her job in advertising to spend more time with her kids.  She serves on the Ursuline Alumnae Board and St. Anne’s Board at Christ the King and currently serving as the Co-Chair for the Bishop's Invitational.  She is married to Jesus, and mom to Alexander (5), Mila (2), and Christian (10 months).  In her free time, Dori enjoys traveling, horseback riding, cooking, and shuffling kids around town for activities.


JESSICA VEAZEY

PRESIDENT-ELECT/NEW MEMBER LIAISON

Jessica is originally from Yukon, Oklahoma and attended the University of Oklahoma.  She is married to Matt, the proud mommy of Grace (2), and has two fur baby doodles.  She owns an online clothing boutique called Rosy + Co. that she started 4 years ago and loves spending any free time with her family & friends, traveling and trying new restaurants around Dallas.   


JILL LUGASH

TREASURER

Jill is originally from a small town in Southeast Arkansas.  She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BBA and Masters in Accounting and held various positions in corporate finance for companies in Dallas and New York City.  She is currently taking a break from her career to stay at home with her kids.  She is married to Blake and mom to Cooper and Emerson.  In her free time, Jill enjoys walking, working in the yard and watching HGTV and Bravo!


BRITTANY BANDY

MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT AND HOSPITALITY CHAIR 

Brittany is from Wichita Falls, TX and attended Southern Methodist University.  Brittany works as a stylist for J.Hilburn Men’s Custom Clothier.  She is married to Mike, and mom to Wells (6), Whitley (4), and Wagner (22 months).  Brittany used to sing professionally, and in her free time, she still enjoys doing that but mainly likes playing with her kiddos.


KELIA FURR

MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT AND HOSPITALITY CHAIR

Kelia is originally from Forest City, NC.  She attended UNC Charlotte for undergrad and Queens University of Charlotte for grad school.  She formerly worked in Higher Education Administration at Queens University, Harvard, and Samford.  Kelia is married to Will, and mom to Colton (6) and McClaine (4).  In her free time, Kelia enjoys exercising and taking long walks in the neighborhood, traveling to visit family, looking at decor blogs and magazines, and baking.


AMY BRILLHART

SECRETARY


REEGAN BUSBY

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES CHAIR



CHRISTINA MARSHALL

CHILDREN'S PARTIES CHAIR

Christina is from Pittsburgh, PA and attended Miami University - Ohio.  Christina recently left her position as Director of Marketing at Equinox to stay at home with her twins.  She is married to JW, and mom to twins Blair and James (2), with baby boy number 3 on the way!  In her free time, Christina enjoys yoga, tennis, cooking, playing with their 3 dogs, and is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan!

KATHRYN COPPLE

CHILDREN'S PARTIES COMMITTEE



ASHLEY MAYYA

CHILDREN'S PARTIES COMMITTEE

Ashley Mayya grew up in Baton Rouge, LA and attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for undergrad and then Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.  She owns her solo law practice, Ashley Mayya Law.  Ashley is married to Shay, and mom to Sawyer (4) and Stella (9 months).  In her free time, Ashley enjoys working out, cooking, hanging out with friends, wine, and trying new restaurants in Dallas.

JACQUELINE NELSON

CHILDREN'S PARTIES COMMITTEE

Jacqueline is a Dallas native and attended Tulane University.  She is married to Casey, and mom to Henry (5), Cooper (2) and baby Lainey (4 months).  In her free time, Jacqueline enjoys ordering things from amazon, drinking wine, playing tennis, and cooking.

NELA RIOS

PHILANTHROPY CHAIR



MARLA ANDERSON

COMMUNICATIONS/WEBSITE CHAIR

Marla worked in marketing communications and events in the beauty/fashion industry for many years.  After having twin boys, she put that on hold and currently works part time for her family business in commercial real estate.  She is married to Clint, and mom to Sophia (5) and twin boys Luke and Grant (3).  In her free time, Marla likes to read, travel and have MNOs...but who really has free time as a busy mom?!


HEATHER COLE

PLAYGROUP KICKOFF CHAIR

Heather is from Coppell, TX and attended Southern Methodist University.  She owns and operates four surgical practices with her husband - Surgical Specialists of North Texas.  Heather is an active member of Watermark Church and she enjoys volunteering with the Dallas Zoo, the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, and the Perot Museum through Junior League of Dallas.  She is involved with Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) and acts as their Hospitality Chair.  Heather is married to husband, Tim, and mom to daughters Ashlyn (4) and Annabelle (2).  In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Dallas dining scene and her guilty pleasures of watching the Bachelorette, while eating Nothing Bundt Cakes.


LINDSAY WALLACE

COUPLES PARTY CHAIR

Lindsay grew up in small town Penfield, Ohio, and attended Bowling Green State University majoring in Communications and Public Relations. She is the owner of Bell Family Company, a child care placement service based in Manhattan, which she founded 10 years ago as a babysitter on the Upper East Side in NYC.   She is married to Brad, and mom to Brooks and Bennett.  In her free time, (this doesn’t happen much!) she likes to go on walks and talk to her mom and four younger sisters on the phone. 

FRANCESCA BLACKARD

COUPLES PARTY COMMITTEE

Francesca Blackard was born and raised in Dallas attending Christ the King and Ursuline Academy prior to going to college in Chicago and law school in New York. She is a partner and family law attorney at McClure Law Group located in the Park Cities off of Preston and Northwest Highway. Francesca is married to Drew and is mom to twins Ava and Jack (2). Her and her husband love to travel and you can regularly find them jogging together in the neighborhood. When not traveling or jogging, Francesca enjoys catching up with friends, shopping and trying new restaurants!

EMILY WITZKE

COUPLES EVENTS COMMITTEE

Emily grew up in Indiana and Kenya, East Africa. She owned a video production company in California for 10 years before moving to Texas to complete her undergraduate and graduate studies.  She attended the University of Texas, Dallas for undergrad and the University of Texas School of Public Health for her Masters. She is married to David, and mom to Leif (2), full time stepmom to Malaya (17), and is expecting another little boy in the Spring of 2021.  She loves to workout, travel, cook, and do yoga.

MARA SANTANA

MOM'S NIGHT OUT CO-CHAIR


PURVA JAIN

MOM'S NIGHT OUT CO-CHAIR

Purva is originally from India where she grew up. She moved to New York for college and attended the Pratt Institute. She is married to Parag Vaidya (who is from Dallas) and has two girls – Amalia (4) and Miraya (1). She is an Architect and Interior Designer and is founder/president of Purva Design Studio in Dallas – she works primarily in Preston Hollow and Park Cities neighborhoods. In her free time, she enjoys travelling to different countries, cooking, spending time with family and playing tennis.


CHRISTI ZERBST

PROGRAMS CHAIR

Christi is from Arlington and received her undergraduate degree in Child Development and Family Studies from North Texas. She moved to Dallas a couple years ago after living in the San Francisco Bay Area for 17 years. While in the Bay Area, she directed the preschool at Golden Gate Seminary, completing a Master of Education Leadership degree, and then taught graduate-level ECE classes as an adjunct professor.  Now she continues helping preschools with administrative processes and program development in Dallas and the Bay Area. She is married to Aaron and mother to Lauren (4) and enjoys hiking, the theater, and watching USC football!


SAMANTHA PATE

PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Samantha is a Dallas native and attended Southern Methodist University. Samantha is married to Jay, and mom to Alice (2) and Jack (9 months). Samantha serves as a Personal Risk Advisor at Swingle Collins & Associates . She enjoys working with her clients on all their personal insurance needs. Samantha loves spending time with her family and vacationing in Colorado as often as possible. 

COLLEEN BYRNE

PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Colleen Byrne is from Dallas, TX and attended TCU for undergrad and then SMU Dedman School of Law.  She is currently a stay-at-home mom and is a former attorney at the global law firm, DLA Piper.  She is married to Ryan, and mom to Tripp (4) and a baby girl on the way!  In her free time, Colleen enjoys hanging out with friends, traveling, cocktail drinking, and spending time with family. 

JEN GRACHECK

ADVERTISING CO-CHAIR

Jen Gracheck was born and raised in Texas, growing up in Dallas, attending Ursuline Academy before heading off to the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She has been a marketing executive for 10+ years working alongside national brands such as Pepsi, Frito Lay, Horizon/Silk and most recently for her family business,  MosquitoNix. She is married to William and mom to Frannie (1). Jen loves traveling, spending time with family & friends and playing tennis.

LEE NAYEB

ADVERTISING CO-CHAIR


CAROLINE WEBER

ADVERTISING CO-CHAIR

MANDY MCBRIDE

NEWSLETTER CHAIR

Mandy grew up in Plano and attended Baylor University.  She works in Digital Marketing at Southwest Airlines.  She is married to Trent, and mom to two girls, Jillian (3), and Alice (1).  In her free time, Mandy likes to travel, read, and spend time with her family.


BETH BOYD

SOCIAL MEDIA CHAIR

Beth grew up in a small suburb of St. Louis and attended Texas Christian University for undergrad and Southern Methodist University for grad school.  She is a former elementary school teacher, reading specialist, current SAHM extraordinaire, and toddler chauffeur.  She is involved with Junior League of Dallas and currently serves as their Signature Projects Vice President, as well as volunteers with Community Partners of Dallas, Children’s Medical Center, and Genesis Women’s Shelter.  She is married to Adam, and mom to Arabelle (5) and Lyndon (2).  In her free time, Beth loves to cook, read, write, scrapbook, do yoga, but since having kids, participates in none of the those activities!


We are always looking for volunteers to help on committees!

If you are joining either of these committees or other board position, please send an email to: phecamoms@gmail.com with the subject line of position you are interested in joining.
Preston Hollow Early Childhood Association is affiliated with the
state and national PTA but is not associated with any particular school or religious organization.

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