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
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
Interim Board Treasurer / Young Woman's Group Facilitator / Volunteer
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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 Im 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
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
Betsy's favorite donut? "Fresh, warm glazed."
You can E-mail Betsy Winters at Betsy@YouthFirstTexas.com