The Raise Your Hand Texas staff team is made up of a diverse, passionate group dedicated to ensuring every Texas child has access to a high-quality, free public education.

Foundation/Programs

Dr. Shari Albright

President, Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation

Cody Huie

Vice President of Programs

Tim Miller

Superintendent in Residence

Jennifer Jendrzey

Director of Strategic Learning and Evaluation

Thea Ulrich-Lewis

Program Director

Briana Mascitelli

Program Coordinator

Christina Dunigan

Program Associate

Laura Hauk

Office Manager

Policy/Advocacy

Michelle Smith, Ph.D.

Vice President of Policy and Advocacy

Bob Popinski

Director of Policy

David Anderson

General Counsel and Policy Analyst

Libby Cohen, PH.D.

Director of Advocacy and Outreach

Laura Mellett

Director of Policy Content and Public Affairs

Max Rombado

Policy Research Associate

Marketing

Petri Darby, APR

Vice President of Marketing

Joel Goudeau

Visual Design Strategist

Anne Bannister

Digital Producer

Lauren Cook

Director of Content

Brian Diggs

Digital Producer

Marcela Giraldo

Multimedia Graphic Designer

Jonah Rohne

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Regional Advocacy Directors

Missy Bender

Regional Advocacy Director – Collin and Denton Counties

Amy Dodson, M.Ed.

Regional Advocacy Director – West Texas

Giovanni Escobedo

Regional Advocacy Director – Rio Grande Valley

Skylar Gallop

Regional Advocacy Director – Panhandle

Matthew Hall

Regional Advocacy Director – Greater Fort Worth

JoLisa Hoover, M.Ed.

Regional Advocacy Director – Central Texas

Cassandra D. Jones

Regional Advocacy Director – Central Houston

Tom Kelchner, Ed.D.

Regional Advocacy Director – East Houston/Gulf Coast

Robert Long III, Ed.D.

Regional Advocacy Director – West Houston

Todd Schneider, M.Ed.

Regional Advocacy Director – East Texas

Rey Saldaña

Regional Advocacy Director – South Texas

Tomás Sigala Jr., Ed.D.

Regional Advocacy Director – El Paso/Trans-Pecos

Kaylan D. Smith

Regional Advocacy Director – Dallas County