November 30, 2011, Austin, TX – Wonders & Worries, an Austin-based non-profit organization, is proud to welcome Trek Doyle as its incoming President of the Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2012. Jason Lavendar is the new Vice President, and David Andrus has been named Treasurer.
Trek Doyle is a shareholder in the Commercial Litigation practice group of Winstead PC. He received his juris doctor with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1994 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Government with high honors from the University of Texas in 1989. Doyle has served on the Board of Directors of Wonders & Worries since 2007. In addition to his work with Wonders & Worries, Doyle has also been involved in various cancer related causes since 2005 and has participated in three endurance events to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through its Team in Training Program. Doyle and his twelve year old son, Cason, regularly participate in the Livestrong Challenge. He is married to Kristen Doyle, General Counsel for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
David Andrus is the founder and president of Andrus Investment Management, Inc. He focuses on equity investing and quantitative analytics. Prior to founding this firm in 1998, David was a vice president in the Private Bank Group of JP Morgan Chase. While at JP Morgan Chase, David focused on wealth management services to large individual/institutional clients. Prior to that, David worked in the audit practices group of Ernst & Young (and formerly Ernst & Whinney). David received his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs Business School. He also received his BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. David is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and a certified public accountant. Prior to working with Wonders & Worries, David’s family were clients of Wonders & Worries. His wife Elizabeth is a lung cancer survivor. David has previously worked with Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church and on their Board of Deacons. David is active at his children’s school; with i9 Sports and Lake Travis Youth Association. David’s family attends Austin Ridge Bible Church.
Jason Lavender is one of the two original founders of ID Theft Solutions of America and is recognized world-wide as a leading expert on corporate and individual identity theft. He has helped to implement Identity Theft Prevention and related programs which today help protect over 1.5 million individuals. His passion is helping educate businesses and their employees on the risks associated with identity theft. Lavender has been certified by the Institute of Fraud Risk Management as a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist (CITRMS) and Certified Identity Protection Advisor (CIPA). In addition, he is also a recognized Society of Human Resource Manager’s trainer. He has worked alongside many law enforcement agencies as well as The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition to his work with Wonders & Worries, Lavender is involved with the National Foster Parent Association
About Wonders & Worries:
The mission of Wonders & Worries is to help children cope when a parent faces a serious or life-threatening illness. Wonders & Worries was founded in 2001 by Child Life Specialists working in a hospital setting who saw first-hand the devastating effects a family member’s illness can have on the emotional well-being of the entire family. Wonders & Worries offers free, bilingual individual and group counseling sessions for children ages 2-18, child/parent relationship training classes, informal support, and bereavement support. Since 2001, Wonders & Worries has worked with more than 3,600 individuals in over 900 Central Texas families. Wonders & Worries receives no state, federal, or government funding or subsidies. 41% of clients served through Wonders & Worries are designated as “underserved” based on household income.
With more than 1.4 million households experiencing cancer diagnoses of a parent while raising children under the age of 18, there is a critical need for the services of Wonders & Worries. Until now, little has been done to help children who are understandably confused by the dramatic news and life changes. Wonders & Worries services are unduplicated, not only in Central Texas, but anywhere in the world.