Staff

lyn_bermanLyn Berman, Executive Director/Founder

Lyn is doing what she loves. As executive director for Attitudes & Attire™ she’s changing the lives of hundreds of women, one at a time. By helping women rediscover their value and worth, Lyn and her staff plant the seeds for personal growth, offering hope and a new direction toward self-sufficiency.

Lyn began her professional career in retail fashion and has been an image consultant for more than 20 years. She began volunteering with various nonprofit agencies and discovered her true passion—helping disadvantaged women. Lyn worked for an agency that served women on welfare, where she observed that job training did not address less tangible skills. She knew they should be taught effective interview skills and professional work demeanor, as well as reminders of their own worth, and belief in themselves. In 1996 she founded Attitudes & Attire with $500 of her own money and one volunteer, advising 65 women that first year.

Reaching out to help other women experiencing adversity was a natural direction for Lyn. Growing up with an alcoholic father, she witnessed years of violence at a tender age. She began working at age 15, married at 20 and had two children. After a divorce, she raised her kids as a single mom. Lyn has been happily remarried since 1978 and has two grown children and four grandchildren. The same passion that helped Lyn found Attitudes & Attire in 1996, keeps it strong today. And because of it, the lives of many women have been changed forever.  Contact Lyn at 214.746.4212 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

mary_pollinzi_brownMary Pollinzi Brown, Program Director

As program director, Mary is responsible for managing the development and delivery of the Attitudes & Attire Program. She facilitates workshops related to self-esteem and successful interview skills. In addition, Mary presents seminars and presentations to agencies, corporations, and civic groups.

Mary is a career educator with over thirty years of experience in public education on the secondary level. She coordinated teen pregnancy programs in both the Dallas and Garland Independent Schools Districts. Mary also served as coordinator of the Career Preparation Program at North Dallas High, placing high school students in jobs and teaching skills for successful employment. She received her Bachelor of Science in home economics education from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, and earned her California teaching credential, as a graduate student at California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. As a family & consumer science educator in school districts in Texas and California, Mary has taught a variety of subjects including: life skills, food & nutrition, parenting education, child development, consumer economics, and career education.

Mary grew up in Dallas, and is thrilled to be a part of the Attitudes & Attire staff, where she is combining her varied experiences in education to make a difference in the lives of many women. She and her husband have been happily married since 1979, and spend most vacations visiting their daughter, son-in-law, and grandson in England. Contact Mary at 214.746.4214 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Evelyn EarlEvelyn Earl, Boutique Manager

Evelyn oversees the Attitudes & Attire boutique and all of our client dressings, working directly with clients and managing volunteers. She is also responsible for all operations relating to the boutique as well as coordinating clothing donations, including sorting, sizing, and labeling. Evelyn also works with donors on clothing drives throughout the year.

Evelyn serves as role model for our clients, preparing them for workshops and dressings and taking an active role in ensuring clients have a positive experience and clothes that are just right for them. Evelyn has been with Attitudes & Attire for nine years. Prior to her position with Attitudes & Attire, she worked at the post office for 23 years.

Evelyn moved to Dallas to follow her dream. She has worked in the retail industry for 15 years and been a wardrobe stylist for 25 years. Evelyn earned her Associates degree in fashion merchandising. She has three children, three granddaughters, and one grandson. Outside of work, her hobbies include reading, writing, and dressing ladies everywhere. Contact Evelyn at 214.746.4215 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Cristal OoiCristal Ooi, Volunteer Coordinator

As a volunteer coordinator, Cristal is responsible for developing and maintaining paper and electronic workshop filing systems, creating and maintaining agency/client databases, ordering office supplies and maintaining inventories, answering and handling telephone calls, creating spreadsheets and reports, and coordinating events.

Cristal, after leaving home from Malaysia at age 21, decided to get a college education in the U.S. She enrolled at Northwood University in Michigan. After having worked in school and studying English for a while during her first year here, she seriously considered the possibility of studying for a degree. She earned her Bachelors degree in business administration, specializing in finance and management information system from the University of Central Arkansas. Then, she continued on to attain an MBA from Webster University. Years after she graduated she moved to Dallas and began volunteering at Attitudes & Attire.

She spends most of her free time hanging out with friends and loves traveling. She learns a lot by traveling to new places and enjoys trying various kinds of foods. Contact Cristal at 214.746.4216 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

tiffany_emilianoTiffany Emiliano, Hopeful Smiles Program Coordinator

As the Dental Program Director, Tiffany is responsible for continued development, augmentation, coordination and maintenance of the Hopeful Smiles Program.

Since joining the Attitudes & Attire Team, Tiffany exuberantly states she has stepped into her “sweet spot”. She feels she has discovered a perfect opportunity and place to utilize her acquired dental experience and skill with her passion for mission outreach. She delights in being able to encourage and inspire hope to those in need, watching the ladies transform through the dental program process and hearing the remarkable, life changing testimonies.

Tiffany was born in Dallas and raised in the Plano area. She is a certified Dental Assistant with 14 years experience in general/restorative cosmetic dentistry, as well as surgical assistant experience in periodontics. In addition, she shares a passion for the health and fitness industry and has served as a certified personal trainer and wellness coach for over 13 years. Along with her career pursuit in the area of dental and health and fitness, she has also engaged in her passion for mission outreach by participating in community and short term international medical/dental campaigns. Her dental experience is an asset to overseeing the program, as well as the ongoing efforts to recruit participating general dentists and specialists to the Hopeful Smiles Team.

Outside of work, Tiffany can be found working out at the gym, her favorite pastime. Of profound importance is her Christian faith so she stays engaged through her church, volunteer, giving or self-enrichment activities. Equally important to her is spending quality time with her family, friends, and precious fur ball Yorkie, Scooter, or you might find her kicking back on the porch swing reading a novel with a cup of Starbucks. She is presently attending Collin College part time with a future goal of acquiring her nursing degree.

Annabelle BaxterAnnabelle Baxter, Project Manager

As Project Manager, Annabelle is responsible for coordinating special projects as well as the marketing and PR for Attitudes & Attire™.

Annabelle was born and raised in a small town in the Texas Panhandle. She attended Oklahoma State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Broadcasting with an emphasis in Public Relations. Immediately following graduation, Annabelle moved to Dallas and began working at Neiman Marcus. From there, she spent several years working at Dupree/Miller & Associates which is the #1 nonfiction literary agency according to New York Times bestsellers. Recognizing her passion is nonprofit organizations, she began working at Best Buddies Texas which provides one-to-one friendships and job opportunities for people with disabilities. Annabelle has completed 27 hours toward a Master of Liberal Arts at Southern Methodist University.

Annabelle is a Kappa Kappa Gamma alumna. She attends St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church where she serves on Altar Guild. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, family and her dog. Contact Annabelle at 214.746.4222 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

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