Eva Bernal
Administrative Assistant

Eva M. Bernal is the Administrative Assistant for The Budd Center. She is responsible for providing administrative, operational and program support for the team. Eva has more than 5 years of experience in various industries. Her passion for Higher Education motivated her to join The Budd Center. She obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from UT Dallas and is currently working toward her MBA in Accounting from SMU.


Dana Stoltz Gray, Ph.D.
Director of Community Collaboration & Evaluation

Dana Stoltz Gray is the Director of Community Collaboration and Evaluation. She is responsible for increasing the capacity of TSZ nonprofit partners to deploy effective interventions to high-needs students by providing individual coaching, support and technical assistance. Dana will accomplish this by working with TSZ's Professional Learning Communities to collaboratively develop targeted responses to student needs. She will provide PLCs with student data, trend analyses and coaching as well as facilitate resource management with TSZ partnering schools. She serves as the interventionist for the Academic Support PLC as well as the Social and Emotional Health PLC.

Dana has more than 25 years of experience in developing and implementing research-based educational initiatives at the local, regional and state levels. She is an experienced trainer, consultant and coach in the areas of leadership, educational reform, PLCs, positive behavioral supports, responses to intervention, special education programming/compliance, and college and career readiness. Dana is passionate about implementing systems and interventions to change outcomes for at-risk youth. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Idaho State University and a doctorate in school psychology from the University of Oregon.

Regina Nippert
Executive Director

Regina Nippert is the founding Executive Director of The Budd Center, where she directs and coordinates its flagship project, The School Zone - West Dallas, a collective impact partnership designed to ensure that West Dallas children have the educational tools they need to exit poverty as adults.

She has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of community development settings, including affordable home building, community and economic development, micro-lending and K-12 education. Regina is an experienced trainer for strategic and business planning, board development, fundraising, project design, community-based development and collective impact strategies. She is co-founder of The PLAN Fund. She served as co-coordinator for the Mayor’s Southern Dallas Task Force – West Dallas, a founding board member of Habitat Texas, a longtime board member at Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and Fort Worth Area Habitat for Humanity, board president at Unity Church of Dallas and vice president for the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

Regina obtained her B-Architecture from Texas Tech University and practiced architecture with several firms, including Edward Larrabee Barnes, for the first 10 years of her career.