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Louis N. (“Buddy”) Lee, III

Weaver Johnston & Nelson, PLLC

Attorney


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.



VipinNambiar

Hunt Investement Group

Managing Director & VP


Vipin is 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.

Vipinis 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.



Julie Ray Roberts, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D

Speech, Language, & Learning for Life, PC

SVO Power Tech, Inc.

Founder & Director


Dr. Julie Ray Robertshas served on the board at ISW since July 2015. She is the director and founder of Speech, Language, and Learning for Life, PC and is a speech-language pathologist and board certified behavior analyst. She completed her BS degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she majored in audiology and speech-language pathology and minored in sign language studies. Subsequently, she attended Louisiana Tech University where she obtained a MA degree in speech-language pathology. In 2010, she completed her PhD in special education and autism intervention from the University of North Texas.

Dr. Roberts began her career as a speech-language pathologist in a Texas public high school in Deaf education settings. She has been in private practice providing direct speech therapy, training, and consultations since 2007. In addition to having a significant clinical background, she has worked as an adjunct instructor for the University of North Texas where she taught courses regarding autism, parent-professional communication, and learners with exceptionalities and has worked as a speech-language pathology graduate student supervisor.

Most recently, she has been training others on using the SVO Power™ method and iPad app. The development of the SVO Power™ app and method began in 2011 as a result of her desire to make a functional communication system more accessible by individuals who struggle to communicate. After working in close proximity to the It’s a Sensory World team, Dr. Roberts took a special interest in their growth and well-being and is thrilled to be a part of their non-profit organization.

She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and 4 pets. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, traveling, and cooking.



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.



RekhaSuryanarayana

It’s a Sensory World!

Co-Founder, Managing Director


RekhaSuryanarayana 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.

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