Chief Executive Officer
Pat has more than 30-years of experience working in the guide field, serving in various roles from guide dog instructor to program manager to revamping guide dog programs. His work has taken him all over the world from Oregon, New York, Australia, New Zealand, and Chile, where he helped build and improve programs. Pat graduated with a masters degree in Orientation and Mobility and is certified by the International Guide Dog Federation as a guide dog mobility instructor.
At Guide Dogs of Texas, a key focus for Pat will be on quality improvement of the puppy raising and training programs; and most importantly on ensuring that the needs of the clients are being met. He understands the complexity and importance of factors such as the dog’s temperament and focus that contribute to the overall success of the dog and safety of their owner.
Puppy Program Manager
Su Young Bae was born and raised in South Korea. Her journey in the guide dogs field began at the Samsung Guide Dog School in Korea in 2003. In 2006, she initiated her training of guide dogs at Guide Dogs for the Blind in Oregon, USA. Over the years, Su Young has worked as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) in various locations, including the USA, Canada, England, and New Zealand. Additionally, during the pandemic, she served as a private dog trainer in Korea.
Through her extensive experience in guide dog business and private dog training, Su Young developed a profound appreciation for the importance of the puppy program. Her passion for this aspect of the work has grown significantly, and she is enthusiastic about collaborating with puppy raisers and their pups in Texas.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Su Young finds joy in exploring Texas, fueled by her love for travel. She also has a fondness for wine and good food, especially when shared with good company. Gardening holds a special place in her heart, and she eagerly anticipates having her own vegetable garden again.
Director of Philanthropy
Michael Crittell serves as our Director of Philanthropy. He has served in the nonprofit sector for several years and possesses an unwavering commitment to effecting positive change. As the Director of Philanthropy, Michael spearheads our fundraising initiatives and forges strategic partnerships to fortify our mission.
Apprentice Guide Dog Mobility Instructor
Lawrence has over 4 years with the organization. Lawrence began working for Guide Dogs of Texas in 2008, as a live-in kennel manager, who provided care and training for the dogs. He also assisted clients in meeting any needs they may have had while they stayed at the center during their training. In 2012, he pursued other passions, returning in 2020. Looking for more meaningful work, he began a career as an Apprentice Guide Dog Mobility Instructor.
Director of Finance and Administration
Diane began her love for accounting at the age of eighteen when her beloved grandmother called an ad in the newspaper, and she got her first interview. She went to work with a local CPA firm and then went on to work for Peerless Equipment, PECO Construction and McKinley Drilling, a great partnership where she would spend the next 20 years and retire as the VP of Accounting.
During her time with Peerless Equipment Diane had the honor and privilege to work under the direction of Mr. Ed Whitacre to where she still holds a great friendship.
Diane continued to enjoy retirement and over the last several years continued to work contract with other CPA’s and non-profits, which has allowed her to advance her accounting knowledge in the non-profit sector. This is what brought her here to Guide Dogs of Texas as Director of Finance and Administration. She is excited to be part of GDTX.
Diane and her loving husband Manuel of over 25 years have six children and four grandchildren. She enjoys Church, Family, Sports and Traveling.
As office manager and client liaison, Hope plays a crucial role in ensuring smooth day-to-day operations here at Guide Dogs of Texas. In addition to keeping the business side of GDTX in order with her exceptional organizational skills, Hope also serves as a compassionate client liaison, offering support to clients and volunteers with a warm and helping hand. Her commitment to our mission is evident in her willingness to go the extra mile.
Outside the office, Hope is the proud mom of three children, as well as two beloved canine companions. At last work, their family was eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new salamander, showcasing their love for animals and dedication to caring for diverse creatures.