Meet the staff and advisory board that are inspiring North Texas's young people to find their paths to success!

NFTE North Texas Staff

Andrew Kramer, Executive Director
Andrew oversees development activities for the North Texas region including advisory board coordination. He is responsible for strategic planning, relationship management with district administrators and leadership and NFTE expansion. He manages program implementation and new product and project roll-outs. And, he coordinates activities between NFTE North Texas, the National office and other regional program offices.

Andrew brings experience as a fundraiser, first for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program as a Development Manager and then for the North Texas Food Bank as a Senior Manager of Major Gifts and Philanthropy Operations. He co-founded a small start-up, Individualized Differentiated Education and Learning Systems (IDEALS) that focused on math and literacy curriculum for elementary school students, especially those in low income, high-risk schools. He has an MBA from Texas Christian University and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Humanities from the University of Texas, Austin.

Karen Ezell, Program Director
As Program Director of NFTE North Texas, Karen Ezell oversees the successful implementation of the NFTE program in the North Texas Area. Karen works directly with teachers and students within the Dallas and Irving Independent School Districts providing guidance in the development of student owned businesses, professional development for teachers, coordinating guest speakers into the classroom, organizing regional business plan competitions, and ensuring the that NFTE Curriculum is in alignment with the Texas State Standards. 

Prior to joining the NFTE North Texas staff in May 2005, Karen spent 8 years teaching mathematics in the Grand Prairie, Abilene and Garland Independent School Districts.  Karen also has 20 years market research experience having worked with clients such as Southern California Edison, NationsBank, Braniff Airlines, and Hilton Hotels.

NFTE North Texas Advisory Board

John Boaz
President and CEO
Reliant Home Health

Patrick Brandt

Bennett Cloud
President and CEO
Just Brakes

Kristina Hahsler
Hall Financial Group

Craig Hall (chair emeritus)
Hall Financial Group

Tony Hartl
PAH Capital, LLC.

Brad LeBlanc
Congruent Investment Partners

Morgan Watson
Ernst & Young LLP.

Nicole Weeldreyer (chair)
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs

Lauren Wheeler
Commercial Banking Group
Wells Fargo

Herb Weitzman
Chairman and CEO
The Weitzman Group

Stan Woodward
Chief Technology Officer
GoKnow Mobile