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Louis N. (“Buddy”) Lee, III

Weaver Johnston & Nelson, PLLC


Louis N. Lee, III (“Buddy”) has been on the Board of ISW since July of 2015 and has served as its Chairperson since August of 2015. Prior to that time and prior to ISW converting to a 501(c)(3) charitable organization earlier in 2015, Buddy served as counsel to its predecessor for-profit company since its inception in October of 2007.

Buddy is an attorney with the law firm of Weaver Johnston & Nelson, PLLC spending a considerable amount of his time advising and providing legal services to a variety of closely-held businesses in a number of different industries. He began his career by working for the federal government in Washington, D.C. for four years before taking a position in the Dallas office of a Philadelphia based Fortune 500 energy company. After 10 years with that company rising to a mid-level management position, Buddy took an early exit package and went into private practice in Dallas where he has enjoyed the opportunity of representing businesses and their owners for almost 30 years. Buddy has been with Weaver Johnston & Nelson, PLLC since its inception in July of 2016.

During his career, Buddy has served on several Boards of Directors including three that he presently sits on of which one is ISW. Buddy has been on the Board of Directors of the Dallas All Sports Association (“DASA”) since 2005 and was its President from May of 2009 until May of 2011. DASA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization formed to provide college scholarships for disadvantaged children of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area with particular attention to those who graduate from the Dallas Independent School District. Prior to becoming President, Buddy served on both the Scholarship and the Banquet Committees for DASA and since completing two terms as President, has served continuously on its Executive Advisory Committee.

Buddy earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder, his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and his masters in law, emphasizing taxation, from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Buddy has two sons and has been married to Becky McGee Lee, also an attorney, for more than 34 years.

Vipin Nambiar

HN Captial Group

Managing Partner

Vipin was formerly a Managing Director and Vice President (VP) in the investment group at the Hunt organization in Texas. He has over 11 years of experience in public and private real estate having invested in and managed over $2 billion of assets. He was previously a Vice President at Hunt Realty Investments Inc. responsible for Hunt’s credit investments in real estate, and served as the portfolio manager for Presidio Investments, a leading CMBS and CRE structured product investor.

Vipin is passionate about ISW Academy and joined its board in 2015. He has been the finance chair since then, and helps develop the school’s budget, fund raising targets, tax forms, and assists in all aspects of governance through his role on the board. He was previously a member of the Urban Land Institute, and has served on the diversity council for the Texas Real Estate Council.

Vipin has an MBA, with a focus on finance and economics, from the University of Chicago. He was trained as an urban economist and an architect prior to that.

Reagen L. Anderes

Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Senior Director of Digital Marketing

Reagen L. Anderes has served on the board of It’s a Sensory World! (ISW) since July of 2015. A graduate from Southern Methodist University with two degrees in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, as well as Sociology, Reagen is a native to Dallas being born, raised and residing there.

Currently, Reagen is the Senior Director of Digital Marketing for Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Her career began at a Dallas-area advertising agency where she developed, created and managed their digital marketing business. Reagen grew the digital business from the ground up to become a multi-million dollar producing business. After 6 years with the agency, rising from an intern to a department head, Reagen then settled with the Dr Pepper Snapple group where she leads digital marketing for their shopper marketing business.

In addition, Reagen and her brother own and manage RAM Properties, a real estate company focusing on developing desirable spaces for the modern generation. They specialize on spec homes, property rehabs and renovations.

When not working or serving time with ISW, you can find Reagen spending time with her family, working out, cooking, or with her 4 rescued dogs.

Rekha Suryanarayana

It’s a Sensory World!

Co-Founder, Managing Director

Rekha Suryanarayana has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas and worked in the Semiconductor industry for 6 years. When her son was diagnosed with Autism in 2001 at the age of three, she left her job to devote herself full-time to his rehabilitation.

She spent most of the next 6 years, watching him work with speech therapists, occupational therapists, ABA therapists, cognitive therapists and play therapists and learned to work with him at home. At the end of 6 years, she believed strongly that parent empowerment was the key to successfully rehabilitating a child with a disability. While children spend a few hours a day with their teachers, and a couple of hours a week with their speech or occupational therapists, they spend a bulk of time at home with their families. She had a vision of starting a center where children with special needs and their parents could participate in activities together and parents could get hands-on experience in facilitating their child’s successful participation across all the settings, not just at school or at a therapy center.

Simultaneously, she experienced a void in mainstream activities for young children with special needs. These children attended therapy, which is essentially one-on-one training, but could not function in group settings. Further, mainstream activities - like gymnastics and soccer - group children according to age, not ability levels. Children with autism and other delays have communication and social deficits and are not able to be successful in such programs. Yet, they needed the activities and the movement to keep them regulated, just like any other child if not more.

Thus was born It’s a Sensory World! - A Parent-Child Learning Experience. This center, which Rekha opened together with Angela Stephens - a special education teacher with a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders, opened its doors in October of 2007. Since then, the center has grown to offer not just recreational services, but educational programs and supplemental services to therapy as well. Their program is unique and highly individualized. Combining the use of a therapeutic gym with teachers who understand communication disorders and are trained in behavior modification techniques ensures that every child who attends their program makes progress.

Rekha has several responsibilities at Sensory World! She is primarily responsible for running the company on a day to day basis. This includes book keeping, bills, taxes, payroll and facility management. She is also the first point of contact for most families, and participates in networking meetings with professionals and parents in the community. She is responsible for print, online and in person marketing. Her foremost mission is to ensure that the children who attend It’s a Sensory World! reach their highest potential and that their parents feel confident that their children can thrive in the outside world.

Carla Johnson

It’s a Sensory World!

John Foley

It’s a Sensory World!

Board Member

John Foley and his wife Jennifer have a 14 year old son on the autism spectrum. They have been very involved in the autism community in Dallas. Originally from upstate New York, John escaped the “Great White North” and relocated to Dallas in 1989.

John is a global human resources executive with more than 30 years of experience in the high-tech, manufacturing and distribution industries. He is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for Builders FirstSource (BFS) in Dallas Texas. BFS is the largest supplier of lumber and building materials to the residential housing market in the US. John has held previous human resources leadership roles with Austin Industries, Maxim Integrated Products and Dallas Semiconductor Corporation.

John received his undergraduate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1985 and an Executive M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 2003.