Who Is Involved

Bob Ivancic, LPC
Board President / Social Services Director

Robert (Bob) Ivancic has a Masters degree in counseling psychology and has been a licensed professional counselor since 1994 with his private practice at Cathedral of Hope Counseling Center and Lifetree Counseling Center.

Bob is cofounder of Youth First Texas and has worked with youth since 1989 in such settings as residential treatment, psychiatric hospitals, and emergency shelters as well as in private practice. Areas under his direction include counseling, mentoring, life coaching, referrals, and much of the consultation and outside training.

Bob's goal for Youth First Texas for the next 2 years is " - to solidify the social services currently offered and grow the training element of the services."

Bob's favorite donut? " Favorite donut??? You are kidding right? Just in case, chocolate glazed. "

To contact Bob Ivancic, you can e-mail him at BobI@YouthFirstTexas.com

Board Member / Director of Development

This is an open position and the board is actively seeking qualified individuals of help in the area of development.

If you are interested in knowing more about the position, please contact Nancy Dodge at Nancy@YouthFirstTexas.com




Lee Dewey
Interim Board Treasurer / Young Woman's Group Facilitator / Volunteer Coordinator

Lee Dewey, CPIM, is Certified in Production and Inventory Management, and has been in materials management since 1980. Lee also volunteers with the Cathedral of Hope, where she has been active since 1985.

Lee began volunteering with Youth First Texas in 2001, by assisting with weekly group facilitation and chaperoning events. Also in 2001, she and a youth began the young women's group, which Lee still facilitates. Lee joined the YFT Board Spring 2003 and serves in the areas of fundraising and young women's programming.

When asked about her goals for YFT over the next 2 years, Lee said, "I'd like to see the growth of the young women's programming and to establish greater financial resources for Youth First Texas."

Lee's favorite donut? "Donuts? I'd rather spend my calories on dark chocolate. Now we're talking!"

You can E-mail Lee Dewey at Lee@YouthFirstTexas.com

Nancy Dodge
Board Secretary / Community Liaison

Dr. Nancy N. Dodge is the director of the Rainbow Clinic at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio and received her medical degree from The University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Dodge serves as associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In addition, Dr. Dodge is a fellow member of the Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics, in which she is a former 2-term chairperson of the Executive Committee Section on Children with Disabilities.

"As a pediatrician of 17 years and a parent of two teenagers, I figure I have reasonable qualifications for working with youth. I'm having a wonderful time getting to know the community better though my role at Youth First Texas as Community Liaison. My number one goal for YFT over the next two years is to get the word out about this great organization so that all youth who could benefit will find each other & YFT!"

Nancy's favorite donut? "Chocolate, of course!"

You can E-mail Nancy Dodge at Nancy@YouthFirstTexas.com

Bob Miskinis
Board Vice-president / Recreational Director

"Cowboy Bob" Miskinis is owner of the Lawn Ranger Landscaping Service and is Recreational director for Youth First Texas. Bob is also a part-time staff person with YFT and is the adult director of the Youth Leadership Board.

Bob has worked with GLBTQ youth for more than 5 years, starting with Journey-Out as program coordinator for their mentor program. Since then Bob has worked with GLBTQ youth with YFT, overseeing the Grupo Unidos program (Latino/Latina Outreach) as well as the other youth support-groups. Bob also coordinates the summer "Friday Cookouts" at the youth center along with other recreational events.

Bobs passion around working with GLBTQ youth is evident: "I remember the hard time I had on the pro rodeo circuit knowing I was bisexual My goal is for YFT to have a solid fundraising program so YFT can continue to offer the services the youth need and desire. I am very committed to putting the needs of the YOUTH FIRST."

Bob's Favorite donut?: "Cream filled Krispy Cream."

You can E-mail Bob Miskinis at BobM@YouthFirstTexas.com

Richard Marvin
Board Member / Marketing Director.

Richard Marvin is a Marketing Manager for Sprint, where he has worked since graduating from the University of Texas in Austin in 1990. Richard received a BBA in Finance.

Richard is one of the newest Board members and has been a volunteer for Youth First Texas for some time and is also a volunteer with the Cathedral of Hope where is has been a member since 1993.

Richard's marketing background is a huge asset with Youth First Texas' goal to expand its visibility in the Dallas GLBTQ community. Richard's goal is "..to see the awareness of Youth First Texas grow substantially over the next 2 years, so that we are able to increase our outreach to many more GLBTQ youth in the area."

Richard's favorite donut? "I generally avoid donuts, but if a fresh Krispy Kreme glazed donut is in the area, I've been known to indulge!"

You can E-mail Richard Marvin at RichardM@YouthFirstTexas.com

J.R. Potts
Board Member / Mentor Program and Fundraising

J.R. Potts, Esq. is an attorney and In-House Counsel for a Dallas-based pediatric healthcare firm. J.R. started with dual undergraduate degrees in psychology and premed/biology before he taught for a short time in the Dallas Independent School District. J.R. decided to go back to school at the University of Tulsa College of Law where he received his Juris Doctor (law degree). J.R. is admitted to practice law in both Oklahoma, and Texas.

Along with his studies in Tulsa, J.R. volunteered with “Open Arms Project” working with GLBTQ youth. In Dallas, J.R. found Youth First Texas while working with the Dallas Resource Center and joined the board of YFT in the summer of 2004. J.R. will be working with the Mentoring Program and Fundraising.

When he was asked about his goals with working on the board of YFT, J.R. replyed “In the next 3-5 years, I see YFT growing and empowering youth from all over North Texas, including our Collin County Group. I want to see the youth develop leadership abilities so that they can pick up the gauntlet, be proud of who they are, and ensure that the next generation is free from the prejudice that former generations have suffered.”

J.R.’s hobbies include computer science, ice hockey, theatre’ acting and stage production and Gay-Rights advocacy.

J.R.’s favorite donut? " A delicious cruller or a glazed donut-hole – I’m Jewish.. as long as it's not unleavened or dipped in bitter herbs, I'm happy!”

You can E-mail J.R. Potts at JRPotts@YouthFirstTexas.com

Betsy Winters
Board Member / By-Law Review

Betsy Winters has been a costume historian for over 25 years and joined the Youth First Texas Board Spring 2003.

Betsy is working on the tough task of revising and updating the Youth First Texas by-laws/procedure handbook.

What Betsy would like to see for Youth First Texas is "- to have all Dallas GLBTQ youth know about YFT, even if they never step foot in the door, so that they can tell other youth about us."

Betsy's favorite donut? "Fresh, warm glazed."

You can E-mail Betsy Winters at Betsy@YouthFirstTexas.com

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