Lyn 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.
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.
As program manager, Nancy is responsible for conducting workshops and presenting seminars and presentations to agencies, civic groups and corporations along with the program director. She also networks with case managers at referring agencies and represents Attitudes & Attire™ at networking events.
Since joining Attitudes & Attire™, Nancy has found her purpose in life. Always passionate about helping others, Nancy says working with Attitudes & Attire™ and helping the clients become self-sufficient has been life changing for her.
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.
Martha Humphries, Grant Manager
As grant manager, Martha has primary responsibility for researching and writing grants for the agency as well as building relationships with current and prospective funders. She also collaborates with the director of marketing, on social media and public relations and assists with special events. Since she joined the staff, Martha has found she particularly enjoys hearing the inspiring stories of the Attitudes & Attire™ clients. “These brave women have been through so much in their lives. I am honored to be a small part of an organization that helps them to recognize their worth and empowers them to move toward self-sufficiency and stability.”
Martha attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated with a degree in English. She has worked in publishing for more than 35 years as a magazine and book editor and freelance writer. Martha moved to Dallas from Austin 29 years ago and has raised two children in the Dallas. Outside of work, Martha enjoys helping others write their personal history, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
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.
As the Director of Marketing, Marla is responsible for coordinating 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.