WHO WE ARE
AVANCE North Texas is a results-based program
IDRA report on the effectiveness of AVANCE
On January 23, 2014, the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring educational opportunities for each child) published a new research report documenting the effectiveness of AVANCE’s programs. The study was designed to assess whether participation led to a long-term change in decision and socioeconomic status.
We track the academic achievements of our graduates
The following graphs show the latest findings of how graduates of Avance North Texas compare with their peers in the Dallas Independent School District and the state of Texas.
Avance North Texas Board of Directors
Maria ``Marifer`` Aceves
Douglas M. Cowen
Maria Cristina Jaramillo
Rust E. Reid
Members of the Advisory Board
National Counsel of Jewish Women
Great Girls Network
Tolleson Wealth Management
Telisa Webb Schelin
Stephanie Zapata Moore
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Daisy Cano-Esparza is responsible to deliver high quality programs, maintain the vision of the agency and keep the programs focused on the mission to make a lasting impact on children and parents. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2008 and joined AVANCE North Texas as coordinator of the HOPE program in January 2009. She was an operations coordinator for one year and was promoted to program director in July 2011 and associate director in July 2012. She has proven herself to be a very capable leader for any project.
Ms. Cano-Esparza has experiences as an early intervention specialist, case manager and program coordinator. This experience has well equipped her for her leadership role in supervising operations at an agency dedicated to promoting young children and families.
Michelle S. Anderson
Ana Lorena Galvan
Our Founder: Lisa Oglesby Rocha
Lisa Oglesby Rocha dedicated fifteen years of her life to the mission of AVANCE North Texas, founding the organization in 1996 and serving faithfully until September 2011. Through her tireless efforts, she established AVANCE North Texas as a respected organization. She expanded the agency from being a startup with five employees, three sites and a budget of 300,000 dollars, to a staff that exceeded 50 employees and served more than 2,000 parents and children annually across 33 sites, with a budget of $1.9 million dollars. During her tenure at AVANCE North Texas, she did her best to improve the Dallas community.
Highlights of the years of Lisa Oglesby Rocha at AVANCE North Texas:
- Executive Director of AVANCE North Texas 1996-2011.
- Co-author of articles on education
- Participant in a panel of the Department of Education of the United States, Richard Riley, in the meeting of Satellite City: “Nurturing Readers: Building and Sustaining Community Reading Programs”.
- Honors: Outstanding Individual Award from the Dallas County Women’s Council (May 2017); Dreams, Doers and Unsung Heroes of the Real Estate Council (November 2007).