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Executive Director

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ANJULIE PONCE

Anjulie began with Journey Forward Mentoring in 2016 as a mentor to a student at Adamson High School. Profoundly impacted by the experience, Anjulie signed on as Executive Director of the Organization in 2018. “I saw what a ripple effect mentoring can have on the community around us. We can come together to make a difference and learn from each other. That is what makes this program so powerful.”

 

Anjulie graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 2008 with her Bachelor of Science in Economics and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Spanish. In 2011, she graduated cum laude from Baylor Law School. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Anjulie practiced as a trial attorney in Dallas, advocating for those without a voice or the means of pursuing justice.

 

Anjulie lives in Oak Cliff, Dallas with her wonderful husband JJ and their bright-eyed kiddo Amaya.

 

Director of Programs

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'ANA HALE

'Ana joined the Journey Forward Mentoring team in 2021. Although born and raised in Houston, her family roots are in Detroit, MI. Her experiences in both cities have shaped her to be immensely proud of who she is and truly appreciate how people from diverse backgrounds and cultures add to her life and the community as a whole. 

 

'Ana graduated cum laude from Houston Baptist University, is working on her Masters of Social Work at the University of Texas-Arlington, and has worked in youth and family development since 2004. She believes that every student, family, and community already possesses the strengths and talents to be successful, and it is our role to come alongside our community to increase access to resources, obtain necessary information, and remove barriers. From both personal and professional experience, she knows mentorship is one of the most effective ways to help a student reach heights they may not have thought possible. 

 

'Ana and her husband live in Fort Worth and have a blended family of five kids. She loves football (go Texans!) and her 90s/00s R&B playlist.

 

Lead Program Coordinator

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MAYRA CATTERALL

Mayra joined the team in early 2022 as Program Coordinator, where she supports overseeing the high school mentoring program. She is set on spending her life and career helping students reach their dreams and empowering people to be civically engaged through volunteerism and mentoring. 

Mayra graduated from Cal State University, Sacramento with a B.A. in Humanities and a minor in Teacher Education. While in school, she spent her free time volunteering at local elementary schools, museums, and her local library.  She also completed two years of service as an AmeriCorps Member through Reading Partners. 

After graduating, Mayra worked at other education nonprofits and gained a wealth of experience and knowledge around mentorship and programming for youth. It is very important to her to be a part of an organization that puts students and their communities first. It is also just as important for her to be a part of an organization that is committed to real change. This is why she is proud of being part of the Leadership Forward team.

 

Student Advocate & Program Coordinator

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MARTHA CODRESCU

In the Fall of 2023, Martha joined Journey Forward Mentoring. Originally from Laredo, Texas, she has embraced her Dallas identity with enthusiasm. Driven by a deep passion for education, Martha excels in building strong connections with students and understanding the significant impact of positive relationships on young minds.

During her college career, Martha gained valuable experience as a student teacher and student advisor. In 2022, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Bilingual Education. She keenly understands the pivotal importance of high school experiences and the journey that follows. Martha's aspiration is to walk alongside students, helping them uncover their passions and equipping them with the vital tools for success.

Martha and her family live in Forney, Texas, where they love to explore the various coffee shops and restaurants across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

 

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