Board Members


Jennifer Bowden
Board Member

Jennifer is the Director of the International Education Program at the World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth. Prior to joining the Council, she worked at Lewisville ISD as their World Cultures teacher. She has traveled extensively, led teacher workshops, mentored student teachers, worked on a district curriculum alignment team, written several teaching articles, and directed numerous student programs impacting more than 100,000 students. In 2011, she co-led 17 educators to India as the community outreach coordinator on a Fulbright Hays GPA grant. Jennifer holds a Masters degree in Global Studies in Education from the University of Illinois.


Tricia Medrano Bridges
Board Member
President & CEO, Chiapas International -A Global Microfinance Initiative
Tricia’s career in nonprofit began 35 years ago in Dallas. In the mid-eighties, Tricia was transferred to New Orleans to direct activities for a national nonprofit in Louisiana and Mississippi. In 1991, she returned to Dallas to be near family working with several groups including the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, serving as Vice President for Development. Recruited by the University of Dallas upon completion of the Y campaign, Tricia served as Vice President of Advancement for the University. In August of 2005, she joined the Chiapas International, founded by Dallas Real Estate Developer, Lucy Billingsley to fund microfinance to women in several countries in Latin America, including Haiti, Honduras, Bolivia, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. Chiapas International was part of a larger campaign of the Grameen Foundation. In 2010, Tricia was awarded Grameen Foundation’s “2010 Lifetime Achievement Award” for her work with Chiapas International.



Mirinda Hollar
Board Member

Marinda Hollar is an educator and social worker with extensive experience working with health facilities and schools.

Her professional and personal mission is to assist children internationally in gaining access to education.

Miranda holds a degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington.


Karen Phillips
Board Member

Karen Phillips began her career with the International Baccalaureate (IB) in 1993 in Austin, Texas, bringing the first Diploma Programme to Round Rock ISD. Throughout her career, Karen has served in numerous roles for the IB, helping schools to navigate the application process and to maintain successful IB programmes.  In 2004, Karen became the first Executive Director of Texas IB Schools (TIBS), a regional association offering support services to IB schools in the state. Under her leadership, TIBS has sponsored legislative initiatives that support IB schools, provided some of the largest and best received IB workshops in the region, and generously supported IB initiatives such as the Annual Regional Conference, the IB Student World Conference, and the Heads of School Conference.  Karen has initiated partnerships between TIBS and universities to bring quality seminars and conferences to areas throughout the state and to offer the statewide IB College Fair.  A major goal for Karen has been to lead TIBS member schools in statewide service projects in partnership with organizations such as Limbs International and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.