Leadership Team

Leadership Team

In addition to being passionate and mission-driven, AVANCE leaders reflect the lived experience of the families and communities we serve. In fact, they include graduates of PCEP and Head Start, and people of color comprise our entire leadership team, including four Latinas, one Black male, and one Afro-Latina. Learn more about each of our leaders by reading their bios below.


National Office

Dr. Teresa Granillo

Chief Executive Officer

Elida Gonzales

Chief Financial Officer

Sonia Dominguez

Chief Operating Officer

Allison Pape

Chief Program Officer

Alex Chandler

Chief Communications Officer

Melanie Brewster

Senior Director of Head Start & Early Head Start Partnerships

Chapter Leadership

Luz Flores

AVANCE-Houston - Executive Director

Susan Thompson

AVANCE-San Antonio - Executive Director

Cristina Garza

AVANCE-Austin - Executive Director

Ana Lorena Carrasco

AVANCE-North Texas - Regional Director