School Advisory Council: Meet our members
Sister Donna Marie Crochet
I was born in Houston, Texas and am one of 8 children. I entered the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur in August of 1963. I started teaching kindergarten in 1968 at OLV School in Ft. Worth. And I have taught 7th and 8th grade Religion at Nolan High School as well as 5th grade in Dickinson, TX. I went to Dominican College in Houston,TX and graduated in 1975 with a BA in Elementary Education, English with Early Childhood Certification. I went on to teach in Houston and Ft. Worth before going to St. Cecilia in 1984 where I taught Kindergarten for 5 years and then PK-4 for 25 years.
After I retired in 2014, I moved to the mother house of the Sisters of St. Mary, in Ft. Worth, where I live today. I now drive the Sisters to places they need to go. I also do a lot of shopping for them and for things needed for the kitchen and the house.
Although I am a native of Nashville, Tennessee, I have lived all my adult life in the Dallas area since graduating from SMU. I am married and have two wonderful children.
I retired from St. Cecilia School after teaching eleven years in fourth grade. My experiences at St. Cecilia were so outstanding because of the students’ eagerness to learn, the supportive families, and the encouraging professional community at this school.
Dianne McCorcle, Secretary of St. Cecilia School Advisory Council
Bachelor of Arts in Library Science and Spanish/English Education
Masters of Library Science
40 Years as a School Librarian
Retired from Dallas ISD
Employed by the Dallas Public Library as a school librarian at Arcadia Park Branch Library, a joint use facility with Dallas ISD.
Parent of Nydia and David McCorcle, graduates of St. Cecilia Catholic School
I believe Catholic schools have a strong academic focus and a sense of order. The school’s moral tone is manifested in a shared spiritual mission that helps mold our children into responsible citizens for our diverse community.
Lauren Wambold Patel
Lauren is a 14-year consumer marketing, merchandising, and strategy veteran. She has 10 years of strategy consulting experience with The Boston Consulting Group, The Corporate Executive Board and as an internal strategy leader at Dell. In industry, she built Dell’s Consumer & Small Business Go-To-Market Planning function and led marketing, merchandising and P&L planning for both online and retail channels in North America.
Lauren's experience extends across consumer retail; high-tech hardware, software and mobile; healthcare devices and pharmaceuticals; and the travel & hospitality industries. She is an expert in building business models that drive customer growth, pricing modeling and digital + traditional marketing integration.
Lauren holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.