Diana1Diana Marquis, CFRE -  Executive Director dmarquis@wedchild.org Diana Marquis is the Executive Director for Friends of Wednesday’s Child. Diana is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and an experienced leader in the nonprofit sector. She is the Immediate Past President for the Dallas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Diana is dedicated to making a difference in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by raising awareness and funds for frontline social services, education, the arts and issues that impact women and children. Before joining Friends of Wednesday’s Child she worked for different nonprofits ranging from a large international organization to a small nonprofit focused on environmental education. Some of her experience includes leadership development, staff training, grants management and major gifts solicitation. Diana’s hometown is in west Texas, between Dallas and El Paso. She holds a BFA and an MLA from Southern Methodist University.
Charnese Evans, LMSW - General Programs Manager cevans@wedchild.org Charnese Evans is a licensed social worker in the DFW metroplex.  She received her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and has over ten years of professional social work experience. Her career in social services has provided opportunities to work with a variety of populations and settings, including child welfare, emergency assistance, and offender re-entry.  Charnese believes that access better education (traditional, vocational and financial) and equal opportunities can help break cycles of abuse and incarceration for at-risk individuals and families. In addition to her role at Friends of Wednesday's Child, she is the Founder and Executive Director of Be a Genius Girl, a nonprofit focused on empowering girls to realize their true potential and achieve their goals in life.  Charnese is a graduate of the Leadership Southwest leadership program and is an avid lover of books and action movies.
Kristen Draughn (2)Kristen Draughn - Success in School Manager kdraughn@wedchild.org  Kristen Draughn serves as the Success in School Program Manager for Friends of Wednesday's Child. She is a native Texas, having lived in the DFW metroplex for most of her life and attended DISD schools. Having person experience in the path through substitute care and adoption as a young child, Kristen is passionate and committed to using her own experiences to help children in foster care achieve success both in school and in life. Kristen graduated from Southern Methodist University, with a Bachelor's degree in Humanities with a supplemental concentration in Education. She has over 25 years of experience as a Child Development Professional, and holds her Standard EC-4 teacher's license with an ESL teacher's certification endorsement. Kristen is well versed in communication disorders, special education, the foster care system, and working with transient populations. In addition to her professional and teaching experience, prior to joining Friends of Wednesday's Child, she volunteered as a child advocate for Dallas CASA for five years and is now a licensed foster parent.
baileyBailey Huddleston - Education Specialist bhuddleston@wedchild.org Bailey serves as an Education Specialist for Friends of Wednesday’s Child. Bailey’s role as an Education Specialist is to help support the Success in School’s Program and work as a team member in increasing the positive educational outcomes for children in the foster care system. Bailey is committed and zealous about helping at risk youth in all settings to realize their potential inside and outside of school. Before starting her career at Friends of Wednesday’s Child Bailey was a crisis counselor working in the elementary schools in Ector County Independent School District. There she worked hands on with crisis intervention in the schools and out in the community. She worked directly with children and adolescents to help them learn coping and emotional management skills to improve their quality of life. Prior to working as a crisis counselor Bailey worked as a case worker for MHMR in which she worked hands on with intellectually and developmentally disabled adults on goal setting and on learning skills to live more independently. Bailey is a West Texas native born and raised in Odessa, TX. She graduated from Texas A&M University in May of 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. From there she continued her education and graduated with her Masters in Clinical Psychology in August 2014, which she used to obtain her professional counseling license. She is currently a licensed counselor intern working towards full licensure. At this time Bailey is working towards obtaining her Applied Behavioral Analysis certification that allows her to work with children on the Autism spectrum in writing and implementing behavioral plans at home and in the schools. Eventually she would like to sit for her boards to become a board certified behavioral analyst.
claireheadshotClaire Anderson - Development Associate  canderson@wedchild.org Claire currently serves as the Development Associate for Friends of Wednesday’s Child. She is dedicated to serving the needs of at-risk and vulnerable populations. Claire values education and is passionate about programs that empower and equip individuals to achieve success. Born in Oklahoma, raised in Texas; she considers herself a Texan at heart. Claire graduated from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Global Studies with an emphasis in community development. She is an AmeriCorps alum and has a Certificate in Volunteer Management from the University of North Texas.  Claire is a provisional member of the Junior League of Dallas, is a member of the DFW Association of Fundraising Professionals chapter, and is a member of the St. Edward's DFW Alumni Chapter Committee.
Alana Jones, MSW - Education Specialist ajones@wedchild.org Alana Jones serves as an Education Specialist for Friends of Wednesday’s Child and is fluent in both English and Spanish. As an Education Specialist, Alana’s role is to help support the Success in School Program and work as a team member in increasing the positive educational outcomes for children in the foster care system. Alana is committed to serving our world’s most vulnerable population in a way that demonstrates how they deserve to be treated and empowers them to develop into the best versions of themselves. Alana is passionate about providing services and interventions for high-risk populations in the fields of child welfare and education. Through the Success in School program, she is excited to have the opportunity to address both of these areas of need in the same capacity. Prior to joining Friends of Wednesday’s Child, Alana worked at Catholic Charities Fort Worth as the Assessment Center Supervisor. During her time there, she worked collaboratively with treatment teams to provide unaccompanied alien children and children in CPS custody a safe and therapeutic environment. Both domestically and internationally, Alana is experienced in working with a variety of populations focusing on language proficiency, program development and evaluation, community capacity building and empowerment. A Texas native, Alana was born and raised in Arlington, TX. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2011. Alana also holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community and Administrative Practice from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently working towards obtaining her Master’s level Social Work license and hopes to eventually earn her Clinical Social Work license as well.