Our Board of Directors are a group of passionate volunteers who believe in the mission of Bridge and help oversee the success of the organization. Each board member is an advocate and supporter of our kids. With the support of a strong and engaged Board of Directors, Bridge looks forward to great things.
lee burton | BOARD MEMBER
Lee is the Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis for Sammons Corporation (of Sammons Enterprises, a diversified holding company headquartered in Dallas, Texas). Lee received a BBA from Baylor University and a MBA from Southern Methodist University. Lee is a CPA and has 25+ years experience in various roles in accounting and finance. He and his wife Cricket have three children Mark (’14 St. Mark’s School of Texas), Frances (’16 The Hockaday School) and John (’19 St. Mark’s School of Texas). The children have all played lacrosse and Frances and John have both been members of the Leadership Board. Lee is also active with Wesley Rankin Community Center where he is the past treasurer and continues to serve on the board of directors. Lee and Cricket (and family) feel strongly the contributions that Bridge Lacrosse makes to the Dallas community are admirable and very worthy of their support.
Chris Creedon | BOARD MEMBER
Chris Creedon serves as the Vice President of the McKinney Lacrosse Association, where his five children play. He has been a youth coach for five years and a summer coach for Coast2Coast U-13 team. Chris has supported the tripling in size of McKinney lacrosse in the past five years and has been a vital advocate for promoting both the sport and many of the same values, teamwork and respect, that Bridge also represents. Chris is Vice President for TruSouth Oil, makers of new TruFuel premixed fuel for small engines. Originally from Stanford, CT. and a graduate from Tulane University, Chris also spent 13 years with Dr. Pepper/Snapple, most recently as Vice President of Marketing. In the past he has also served with the March of Dime in Los Angeles, heading up Winefest, while co-charing WalkAmerica.
Jason Detweiler | BOARD MEMBER
Jason is a Territory Sales Representative at Cardinal Health. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 2008 with a B.S. in Political Science. He moved to Dallas in 2013 and joined Bridge as a volunteer coach for the St. Philip's Saints in 2014. Prior to joining Bridge Jason played midfielder at Illinois and coached JV at Libertyville High School. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kappa Kappa Chapter of Sigma Chi. Jason is a believer in the mission and impact of Bridge and enjoys giving back to the youth of the Dallas through lacrosse.
sean duffy | BOARD MEMBER
Doric Earle, PhD | PRESIDENT
Doric’s diverse professional and personal background has shaped his interest in public affairs. Having traveled and or lived in over 20 countries, starting at a very early age, Doric has developed an appreciation of complex and diverse cultures, governance systems and development issues. Doric went on to earn his BS from Syracuse and MBA from The University of Connecticut in the early 1980s. And now a PhD in Public Affairs Urban Planning from UTD. Today, Doric manages client service delivery for a global business process and IT outsourcing corporation. In addition, Doric volunteers his time, or is a member of organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, YMCA, local youth sports programs, the Volunteer Center of North Texas, Sierra Club, Dallas, Love of The Lake Org, Dallas World Affairs and Federation of American Scientists. He is married and has a college age and a teenage son with his spouse, who applies her substantial legal expertise as a Public Defender for Dallas County. Doric’s father-in-law, John F. Kain, steered him to The University of Texas at Dallas, when John Kain was on sabbatical from Harvard College and spent time at the good offices of UTD in the early 1990s.
MARK FREARS | BOARD MEMBER
Mark R. Frears is an Executive Vice President at Texas Capital Bank in Dallas. His responsibilities include Liquidity Risk, Balance Sheet management, Investment Portfolio, and Interest Rate Risk. He has been with the bank since July 1999. Prior to joining Texas Capital Bank, Mr. Frears was a Senior Vice President with Bank of America for twelve years. His experience there included all functions on the trading desk, and during a three-year span, worked closely with Balance Sheet Management in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Frears received a B.S. from University of Washington in 1980, and an M.B.A. in Finance from University of Texas – Dallas in 1992. He is an associate professor at Collin College and also on the Board of the Prestonwood Baptist Foundation. He and his wife of 27 years strongly support Bridge Lacrosse and its mission. His love for lacrosse started through coaching his young children and continues now in watching his one son coaching/teaching other children.
Joe Hearne | BOARD MEMBER
Joe Hearne is a graduate of Paul Quinn College. Received a BS in Organizational Management. Served as president of the PQC National Alumni Association after graduation. He retired from Raytheon Systems Company in 2007 as a Quality Assurance Engineering, Supply Chain and Logistics Manager. After retiring taught math and science as a substitute teacher for three years. Currently serving as a Physical Plant Administrator for Pilgrims Rest Missionary Baptist Church near downtown Dallas part time. Appointed to serve on the Board of Texas State Technical College by Governor Rick Perry in 2005 for six years. Re-appointed in 2011 for another term of six years. My grandson attends St Philips School and Community Center where he has played lacrosse for the Saints since 2nd grade. He is starting grade 6 this year.
ALICIA HERRERA | BOARD MEMBER
Bob Jones | BOARD MEMBER
Bob is a partner in the law firm of Holland & Knight, where he primarily represents funds, banks, and other capital providers. Bob was one of the founding partners of Holland & Knight’s Dallas office, which opened in July, 2013. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and then graduated from Stanford Law School. Bob is a long-time supporter of youth sports, and formerly served on the board of directors of the North Dallas Chamber Baseball League. He and his wife Lori have two children, Reagan, who attends St. Mark’s (class of 2018), and Natalie, who attends Hockaday (class of 2019). Both Reagan and Natalie have been avid lacrosse players for years, and both play for their school teams. Bob, Lori, Reagan and Natalie all believe very strongly in the mission of Bridge Lacrosse, and all have seen firsthand the impact of this program in our community.
Michelle Jordan | BOARD MEMBER
Michelle holds a B. S. in Chemical Engineering from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, FL and a MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. She began her career with AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) as an Environmental Engineer. After that she worked for UCB Chemicals as a Process Development Engineer and Product Manager. As a small business owner, she owned and operated an upscale stationery design studio in Midtown Atlanta and as an adjunct instructor at Atlanta Technical College, taught Marketing and Business Law classes to small business owners. She joined AT&T in 2006 and since then has held a variety of positions in Marketing, Corporate Strategy, Customer Service and Corporate Communications. In her current role as Executive Director, AT&T University, she leads the design, development and delivery of AT&T’s flagship leadership development program, Leading with Distinction, an annual program she and her team deliver to more than 280,000 employees around the world. She and her husband Jeff have two sons, Mylan and McKinley. Both of their sons attend Bishop Dunne Catholic School and were introduced to lacrosse at age 7 through Bridge Lacrosse. She and her husband are strong advocates of Bridge Lacrosse and for the expansion of the game of lacrosse in the South Dallas.
Tracey Perry | Board member
Tracey holds a BS in Physiology/Health from the University of Maine. She is a member of the Penobscot Indian tribe part of the Wabanaki Confederacy. Her native heritage anchors a strong connection to the history and Native tradition of the game of lacrosse. Tracey served locally as President of Keller Lacrosse until 2015 where she was also a Varsity coach with the Keller HS Girls program. Currently she is the Program Administrator for the DFW Lacrosse League and also serves on the board of the US Lacrosse Chapter of North Texas. She is also certified as a youth boys’ lacrosse official with the NTLOA. Married to her husband Dan for 29 years, they have four boys; Daniel ’12 (St. Georges School, Newport RI), Simon ’16, Jude ’18, Moses ’22 (Westlake Academy, Westlake TX). All played/play lacrosse and Simon and Jude have served on the Bridge Lacrosse HS Leadership Board for multiple years. The Perry family believe in the mission of Bridge Lacrosse and are advocates for the organization and its service through the outlet of lacrosse.
ROSE RANGEL | BOARD MEMBER
Rose is currently a senior consultant with TEKSystems serving her client AT&T in the role of Lead Technology Project Manager. She spent recent years with consulting firms, Slalom and Statera, serving top Fortune 100 clients in telecom, real estate, and retail industries. Before becoming a consultant, Rose spent a dozen years working in finance including an Assistant Vice President position at JP Morgan Chase and launching a Commercial Lending division at GM Financial. She served as Co-Chair and Director-at-large on the Board of Adelante; a JP Morgan Chase Hispanic Employee Networking group. Rose is a transplant from Northern California who relocated to the DFW metroplex 10 years ago. Rose became involved with Bridge Lacrosse 3 years ago when her son began playing with the 6th grade Saints team and he has continued to play the last two seasons with the 7th/8th grade Eagles team. Miles is very active with Bridge off the field as well including travel to Los Angeles for City Lacrosse camp/college visits and participation in the Naked Stage event. Rose most recently served as the Parent Advisory Committee member for the Boys 7th/8th grade Eagles team.
Vinita Schroeder, MD | BOARD MEMBER
Vinita Schroeder, MD completed her undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin and received her medical degree from UT Health Science Center San Antonio. She completed her residency at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, and completed her fellowship in pediatric and adult Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Schroeder is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern and has been a clinical faculty volunteer in the Asthma Clinic at Children’s Medical Center for 13 years. She has been in private solo practice since 1997. Vinita and her husband Jim, also a physician, have 2 sons, James and Sam, ages 16 and 13. Both boys started playing lacrosse about 7 years ago. James currently attends Jesuit and Sam attends Greenhill School. Last fall, James founded the West Dallas Development Board with the help of BRIDGE Lacrosse. He was able to tutor, mentor and coach a group of boys through the Nash Davis Recreation Center. This proved to be a rewarding and successful experience for all involved, and sparked the desire for Vinita and the rest of her family to become more involved and active in Bridge Lacrosse, as well as continue to develop student-athletes in predominantly low-income neighborhoods.
DAVID HIGBEE | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
David Higbee is a 2008 graduate from the University of Oklahoma where he received a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and played midfielder for Oklahoma. David moved to Dallas upon graduation and prior to becoming the Executive Director for Bridge, worked in the environmental industry. David joined Bridge in 2009 as a volunteer coach with the St. Philip's boys teams. Since then, he has enjoyed coaching year-round and participating in various events on behalf of Bridge. In 2011, David was a recipient of the Positive Coaching Alliance's Double Goal Coach Award for North Texas. David has enjoyed developing lasting relationships in both the lacrosse and the philanthropic landscapes.
Cricket Griffin | ACCOUNTANT/Bookkeeper
Cricket Griffin is retired and devotes her time to community involvement and painting. She is the former CEO and CFO of a real estate investment trust. Her lacrosse experience includes serving on the boards of the Highland Park Boys Lacrosse, Inc., Friends of US Lacrosse-North Texas Chapter, and the North Texas Youth Lacrosse League. Cricket has run numerous tournaments and special events for the North Texas lacrosse community. Cricket is a familiar figure at any and every major lacrosse event in the DFW Metroplex and generously shares her time and her considerable talents helping the sport grow.
EDIE LYCKE | FOUNDER
Edie Lycke was an immense catalyst for the growth of lacrosse in North Texas. Her passion for the sport began with her daughter's playing days at The Hockaday School. The formation of Bridge Lacrosse Dallas began with the US Lacrosse initiative to diversify and grow the game in under-resourced areas of the nation. Bridge Lacrosse began with programming in 2004, primarily out of St. Philip's and Irma Rangel YWLS. In 2008, Bridge Lacrosse reincorporated from the previous organization of Friends of North Texas. Edie's contagious passion for Bridge and serving the community through such a unique sport has spread to what is now the Bridge Lacrosse we see today.
Past Board Members
Taylor Smiley | Christina Cotten | Rivka Linksman Altman | Richard Moses | Franklin Byrd | Misty Pressley | Marcia Beare | Kevin Mondy | Julia Danklef | Patricia Morris | Barry Smink | Alex McGeoch | Seth Woodberry | Roby Mize | Cricket Griffin | Edie Lycke (Founder) | Marna Wohlfeld | Dennis Winston | Kathy Crow | Sandy Boyce | Chip Hiemenez | Bernadette Nutall | Carlton Dixon | Jack Tierney | Fran Berg | Chris Surran