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Lawrence W. Hood, Jr.
2217 Cantura Drive
Mesquite, TX 75181





BiographyLance Hood

As a not-for-profit professional, I can tap more than 13 years of paid experience and over 18 years in volunteer leadership positions to provide a full spectrum of knowledge on all topics and functions pertaining to operating a not-for-profit organization. I have experience working with groups ranging in size from four active volunteers to over four million with a service area as small as one residential community to international in scope.

Throughout my career, I have served on numerous volunteer boards, worked with large and small not-for-profit groups, facilitated support groups for various organizations and has spoken to groups ranging from 10 to 1,000 within the United States and abroad. I am currently employed as an executive director of a local non-profit. In addition, I have been a volunteer executive director for a statewide membership-based organization, an international field services director, a national training coordinator, a performing arts theatre manager, a volunteer coordinator, a teacher, a tutor and a soccer coach among other responsibilities.

In my spare time, I have been an active volunteer. I recently concluded five years as a volunteer board member in the Dallas area, as well as currently sitting on two national advisory boards. Additionally, I have served as the executive director (a volunteer position) with the Network of Directors of Volunteers in Texas (NDVT), where I also served on the professional development committee, and served as a homeland security peer reviewer for the Corporation for National and Community Service. I have been a past chairman of the Association for Volunteer Administration’s awards committee and a former Daily Points of Light Award judge.

Currently, I am the Executive Director for Variety the Children's Charity of Texas. Variety has been promoting and protecting the health and well-being of children all across Texas since 1936. In my current role, I manage the day-to-day activities of the organization, secure funding for continued growth of the Tent (from just shy of $362k upon his hiring in May of 2006 to just over $850k at the end of our '09-'10 fiscal year), coordinates all membership activities, works hand-in-hand with the Board of Directors and facilitates the planning process for future development and operations.

Prior to joining Variety, I was the Field Services Director for The Mended Hearts, Inc. (MHI). As the director, I worked hand-in-hand with MHI’s Board of Directors ensuring the field organization had the skills and resources needed to be as effective as possible in offering the gift of hope to heart patients, their families and caregivers. My role entailed designing and delivering training programs on various topics, assisting in the development of new chapters, providing support to existing chapters and connecting interested parties with volunteer opportunities across the country. Additionally, I oversaw the development and implementation of new programs for MHI. This included Mended Little Hearts (designed to provide support to parents/caregivers of children diagnosed with congenital heart defects/heart diseases), which under my leadership became one of six nationally endorsed programs of Optimist International.

For over five years prior to joining MHI, I was employed by the national office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. During my tenure with MADD, I delivered and coordinated numerous training programs on the local, state and national levels; managed a series of Multi-State Trainings from concept to completion; developed and coordinated Leadership MADD (originally Leadership 2000) which was a yearlong volunteer fellows program; was one of roughly twenty trained and certified Victim Advocate Trainers; was responsible for conflict resolution, employee supervision, policy assistance, idea generation and general information for a region ranging from as many as twenty to as few as five states.

Academically, I have earned a Master of Business Administration (with a concentration in Business Leadership and a specializing in Not-For-Profit Management) from the University of Dallas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Maritime Administration from Texas A&M University at Galveston in 1997.

My personal and professional goals are all based on helping others achieve their dreams and bettering themselves. Thus, my dedication to the not-for-profit arena.



Developed and managed a year long fellows program from concept to reality for three years.


Oversaw a volunteer recongition program that spotlighted over 600 volunteers throughout an organizations 20th Anniversary and culminated in the selection of a Top 20 for the year.



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