Leadership

Charlene Crump

Founder/Director – Mary Lee Foundation

Charlene is the Founder and Director of the Mary Lee Foundation. Since 1963, Charlene has worked to establish and provide many innovative programs for men, woman and children with disabilities. Seeing her parents help and volunteer with the Marbridge Ranch facility in far South Austin, made Charlene think about what could be done to help women. This experience sparked the vision and mission of the Mary Lee School of Special Education, which of course later became the Mary Lee Foundation. Among other many accomplishments, in 2001 Charlene was awarded the Texas Governor’s Award for Outstanding Service to People with Disabilities.

Phone: (512) 443-5777

Fran Rodda, B.A.

Controller/Business Manager

Fran is a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies.  She began working with the Mary Lee Foundation in 2007 as a Bookkeeper at the Southpointe program and the Central Office. Since then she has been involved with the many aspects of the accounting department, compliance with State and Federal regulations and reporting, appropriation of donations and oversight of grant expenditures. From 2012 through 2016, she worked as the Development Coordinator in close collaboration with the Director. In August of 2016 she took the role of Controller/Business Manager of the Mary Lee Foundation.

Phone: (512) 443-5777

Velma Hernadez-Mercer

Human Resources/Office Manager

Velma started working for the Mary Lee Foundation in 2000 and was promoted to Human Resources/Office Manager in 2012.  She came to us from Austin Travis County/MHMR (now called Integral Care).  She loves spending time with her husband of 18 years, 10 year old son, Caeden and their 3 furry babies.

Phone: (512) 443-5777

Leigh R. Dunson, B.A.

Administrator – Mary Lee Foundation Southpointe Program

Leigh joined Mary Lee in 2000 working as a QIDP (Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional) and Case Manager while also volunteering as a Big Sister. Leigh was asked to take on the important role of Administrator of Southpointe in 2007 after briefly working for the Department of Aging & Disability Services in Austin.

Phone: (512) 442-6077

Brian Woods, MBA

Director of Development and Communications

Brian received his Master’s Degree from Walden University.  Prior to joining the Mary Lee Foundation in 2019, Brian was the Annual Fund Director for Concord Community Music School and the Director of Development for Lebanon College.  A native of New Hampshire, Brian and his family moved to the Austin area to be closer to family and specialty care for one of their sons.

Phone: (512) 443-5777

Christina Esparza

HUD Property Manager

Originally from Chicago, Christina spent the past 16 years in property management, the last 5 working with HUD communities for the Houston Housing Authority.  Christina joined the Mary Lee Foundation in 2019 and brings a heart of serving and is ready to win over Austin.

Phone: (512) 448-9628

William Whitley

Property Manager

William joined the Mary Lee Foundation in 2019.  Prior to joining us, William was the Property Manager for the Round Rock Housing Authority, before that he was the Property Manager for the Housing Authority of the City of Austin.  William moved to Austin as the Senior Pastor for the Pilgrim Rest Primitive Bible Church in 2008.  He is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie School for Public Speaking, has been married for 48 years, has 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren!

Phone: (512) 448-9628