2016-2018 Board of Directors

In June of 2016, a Board of Directors was slated from a group of parents who expressed interest in serving in a leadership role. The inaugural Board will serve a two year term, and they are looking for help in each of their focus areas. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer!

Wendy Z Hatchell - President 
About Wendy
Lakewood Heights
Current Cougar: Reva - Kindergarten
Future Cougar: Booker (2020)

I moved to Dallas in 2007 after meeting my husband Matt, (a Dallas guy), in New York City. We "aged out" of Uptown a few years later and settled in on Lakeshore Drive. I work full time as an HR Director for McCarthy Building Companies which takes me to many exotic places like El Paso, St. Louis and Bayport. I got involved with Pre Lee In 2014 after meeting with a few current PTA parents. I realized what a little gem of a school (IB, free and public!) we had right in our own neighborhood. They encouraged me to go forth and build out the "Pre Lee" program to educate our neighbors about the great opportunities and programs Lee had to offer to future students. This gig keeps me busy, but its led me to some fabulous friends, parents of my kids' future classmates and connected me to my community. On a lighter note....if you need restaurant recommendations, want to know what's good on Instagram or missed last nights episode of Ink Master, I'm your girl.

As the President, I help the group set the vision, timeline and strategy. I am the lead wrangler at our Board Meetings and support the team in everyway I can to make this group a success, for our school and for our kids' futures. Please reach out to me with any questions, suggestions or comments!

Lydia Wright - President-Elect 
About Lydia
Vickery Place
Future Cougars: Charlie (class of 2019) and Gwenie (class of 2021)

I am a part time stay-at-home mom with a three year old, Charlie (Lee Cougar class of 2019) and a one year old, Gwenie (Lee Cougar class of 2021). My husband, Ben, has a veterinary clinic that has served family pets in our neighborhood for the last eleven years. I have lived and worked in East Dallas for almost twenty years and this is truly my home now. I am also involved as a board member for Heart House Dallas, an after-school program for refugees in the Vickery Meadows neighborhood. When I'm not running after Charlie and Gwenie (which is basically all we do at the current moment), I love cooking with my husband, squeezing in a run, dreaming about our next trip to Italy and hanging out with family and friends.

I will be serving Pre-Lee as the President Elect to help support our fearless leader Wendy and learn the ropes for when it's my turn to take the lead. My pre-Mom life was a career with DISD for fifteen years so hopefully my experience in elementary education will be an asset in this role for Pre-Lee. I have a strong passion for public education and our corner of East Dallas which drew me to Pre-Lee. The bonus of meeting other moms at the same phase of life as me who I can lean on or pour a glass of wine for is priceless. I am excited about the momentum that is building at Lee and can't wait to see how Pre-Lee can help Lee get better and better.

Erica White - VP - Membership 
About Erica
Lives in Belmont Addition
Future Cougars: Charlie (Class of 2020) and Faye (Class of 2021)

My husband Brandon and I have lived in Belmont Addition since 2012 and our son Charlie attends Spanish House part time. I work full time heading up a private mortgage firm and Brandon owns his our personal fitness company. A huge draw to the neighborhood is all of the young families and the dual-language program at Lee. Being bilingual, it is important my kids are as well and so glad to see a school offer a great program!

In my free (limited) time, I enjoy teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga to mommies at several studios in the area and eating at new restaurants-especially if they have a rockin happy hour! Got to eat earlier with kiddos these days :)

As VP of Membership, my goal is to recruit and welcome new members. Plan to see me in the area educating parents about the amazing benefits available to members of Pre-Lee!

Leah Williams - VP - Communications 
About Leah
Jami Kalmbach - VP - Community Outreach 
About Jami
Lower Greenville
Future Cougars: Wilhelmina (2019), Franklin (2021)

My husband, Eric, and I have lived on Vanderbilt since 2011 and our children currently attend Community School of the Park Cities. I work full time as a Financial Systems Analyst for Jones Lang LaSalle, and am actively involved in the Junior League of Dallas. In my spare time (what's that?) you can find me running, listening to a podcast, or enjoying a cocktail with Eric on a Lower Greenville patio.

As VP of Community Outreach, I manage our relationships with Neighborhood Associations, Business Partners and other groups interested in supporting and promoting the school. I also coordinate special events when they involve these partners and neighbors outside of our core membership.

Kasey Pozzi - VP - Fund Development 
About Kasey
My husband, Bryan, and I have lived in the Lower Greenville area since 2009. We have twin girls (Future Cougars in 2019) who currently attend Incarnation Academy a couple of days a week. I work full time at Pioneer Natural Resources in the Corporate Communications department and my husband works at Willis Towers Watson.

We love the neighborhood and all of the great families we have met over the years. Once we had children we decided we would make the area work for us and Lee is a very big part of that.

We enjoy family time at The Dallas Arboretum, Tietze and Glencoe Parks, and pretty much anywhere we can let the girls get outside and wear themselves out! Bryan and I love to sit on a good patio with cocktails and live music.

As VP of Fund Development, I am excited to get the neighborhood businesses involved with Lee. I would also like to offer the opportunity to all of our neighbors, with kids or not, to get involved by becoming Friends and Family of Lee. The future is looking very bright for this great school and I am happy to be part of it!

Kristen Orlando - VP - Programming 
About Kristen
Megan Rossi - Treasurer 
About Megan
Vickery Place
Future Cougars: Olivia (class of 2019) and James (class of 2022)

My husband Matt and I moved to Dallas from Chicago in 2010. We loved living in Uptown for 5 years but after baby #2 we decided we might get funny looks pushing a double stroller by the bars every day. We moved to our house on Willis in the fall of 2015 and absolutely love living in Vickery Place. I am a CPA and work in audit for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and my husband works in sales for Bacardi USA. Our daughter Olivia currently attends Incarnation Academy two days a week.

As the Pre-Lee Treasurer, I will strive to ensure that the Pre-Lee Association is accountable to all of its members. I will monitor appropriate use of funds and will maintain accurate and timely books and records. Becoming a part of Pre-Lee has been such an amazing way to get to know other parents in the neighborhood and get involved in the community. The school has so much potential and I am excited to see what can happen when we all get involved and show our support.

Dara Enzler - Secretary 
About Dara
Belmont Addition Conservation District
Future Cougars: Dylan (2019), Olivia (2021)

My husband, Matt, and I have lived in the area since 2006. We lived first on Richmond before moving two streets over to Goliad in 2014. Right now our son Dylan goes to Primrose of Preston Hollow where his sister Olivia will follow someday. I work in sales for a medical software company called Addison Health Systems on a part time basis. Matt works for Trammell Crow Residential.

When I'm not chasing after one of our kiddos, you can find me somewhere on Lower Greenville, decorating for an upcoming holiday, cooking or planning our next trip abroad

As a Co-Secretary, I record and share our meeting notes and also help out with various tasks that other board members may need help with.

Crystal J Woods - Parliamentarian 
About Crystal
Belmont Addition Conservation District (BACD)
Future Cougars: Jamis (2022)

My husband, Jarrett, beat me to the BACD in 2009, but I was quick to join him a few years later. We love East Dallas, particularly the culture and people it encompasses, and could not be more excited about raising our family here. I am an employment litigation attorney at Andrews Kurth Kenyon, LLP located downtown. When I am not working on the ever-so-fun billable hours, I love traveling, sailing, running, White Rock lake, live music, cooking (and eating), and spending as much time as possible with our family and friends.

I am so honored and excited to be a part of the Pre-Lee Board. I hope to utilize the tools that I have gained through my legal career in my role as Parliamentarian, and give back everything I can to ensure this amazing organization continues to prosper for the benefit of our community and our children.

Erin Clark - PTA Liaison 
About Erin
Belmont Addition (BACD)
Future Cougars: Tessa (2017), Clara (2020) & Julia (2020)

My husband, Scott and I have lived on in BACD since 2005. We believe this area of East Dallas is the crème de la crème and can't imagine living anywhere else in Dallas! Our 5 year old started kindergarten at Lee this year and we couldn't be happier with the school. She's loving it! When we aren't enjoying the patios of Lower Greenville, we are off on camping trips or at the zoo with our 5 year old and 3 year old twin daughters.

I feel very fortunate to be part of the the Pre-Lee Board, which is made up of an amazing group of moms dedicated to supporting our local Robert E. Lee Elementary and providing the best education for our kids.