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Board of Directors

Brighton Center is honored to be under the leadership of this distinguished group of volunteers serving as board members.

block image Jason Speights, ChairSpeights & Worrich block image Justin Thompson, Vice-ChairValero block image Rebecca Mortis, SecretaryCapital Group block image Chris McCorkle - TreasurerBranch Banking & Trust block image Mark KiehneDavis, Cedillo & Mendoza block image Lynette PadaleckiHEB block image Scott CaroselliPrimelending block image Yolanda GoodpasterBroadway Bank block image Blake StriblingNorton Rose Fulbright block image Adrienne SudduthRBFCU block image Gerry SotoNuStar block image Beki WebsterHOLT Cat block image Steve LyonsSkanska
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What inspires you to volunteer?  The success of Brighton kids and the highly qualified Brighton Leadership team and staff.

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton:  #WhereDreamsBecomeReality

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: I created a successful scholarship fund for and managed by St. Mary’s University from scratch which has raised over $55,000 in 5 years.

Brighton Center is….INSPIRATION

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What inspires you to volunteer?  I volunteer because I think it is important to help others.  I volunteer at Brighton because they are experts at helping children achieve their full potential and dreams.

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton:  #acheivingdreams

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you:  I took 5 years of Japanese in high school and college.

Brighton Center is…..a source of hope and comfort.

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What inspires you to volunteer?  When I wanted to volunteer, I looked for an organization that made a difference. When you meet the children, families, and staff at Brighton, there is no question that Brighton makes a difference in people’s lives each and every day.

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton: #makingadifference

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: I used to wrestle and compete in judo. I was a four time state place winner in wrestling and a two time state champion in judo.

Brighton Center is…..making a difference, one child at a time.

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What inspires you to volunteer? My beautiful daughter, Ryleigh reminds me every day how important it is to be grateful, patient and giving.  She may have Down Syndrome but that does not define her.  It is up to everyone as a parent to educate their children about individual differences.  Love is important and children with different abilities aren’t any less deserving of receiving it.

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton: #AllInclusive

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: As a young girl my grandmother convinced me to enter a queen’s pageant to represent and commemorate a milestone anniversary of Canyon Lake.  I won and was awarded the title of “Hot Dam Cold Water Queen”.

Brighton Center is….. a family made up of the most compassionate staff who genuinely care about educating the community about inclusion and what amazing abilities ALL children have!

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What inspires you to volunteer? I am inspired to volunteer because I grew up in an environment that segregated children with disabilities or delays in not only the school system.  It was a normal thing and looking back we accepted it because we didn’t know any better.  Now I know better, now I’m a parent who wants his children to become contributors to society and I can think of no better way than to start teaching them that how we treat children or treated them in the past isn’t always the right way.

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton:  #godlovesbrightonbecausebrightondoesgodswork

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: I was an amateur boxer in middle school and had around 12 amateur fights.  I don’t remember them all but I’m pretty sure I won most of them.

Brighton Center is….LIFE CHANGING

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What inspires you to volunteer?  I have been blessed with so much – amazing family & friends, great health, meaningful work, strong community, glorious travel.  With such abundance of joy and opportunity comes great responsibility.  I’d like to give back so that others might experience these same blessings.

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton: #Brightonsomanylives

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you: You’d never know by looking at me!  But I really enjoy long distance running and biking and have completed several half marathons, marathons, centuries and one ultra.

Brighton Center is…..Love

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 What inspires you to volunteer?  I have a passion for helping kids and I happen to have a close family member with a child that has a “disability”.  As a parent myself, I know what a ton of  work parenting is, however that pales in comparison to what it takes to support a child with special needs.  EVERY parent wants to help their kids achieve their dreams, I volunteer to help the Brighton Families make the dreams that they have for their kids achievable!

Create a hashtag to describe Brighton: #ittakesavillage

Tell us one thing people would be surprised to know about you:  Has visited 13 of the current Major League Baseball stadiums and an additional 6 stadiums that are no longer in use.  Fenway Park is my favorite stadium that I have visited.

Brighton Center is….. Here to help families in need!