YES Prep Professionals

YES Prep Professionals is a group of professionals from a variety of sectors who are committed to advancing and accelerating the strategic priorities of YES Prep Public Schools.

YES Prep Professionals supports YES Prep in three ways: 

Community Awareness and Outreach: Engaging community leaders, like-minded organizations and other groups and individuals to raise general awareness of the critical issues surrounding YES Prep, including public education, public finance and school choice.
Fundraising: Raising funds earmarked for enhancing student opportunities at the campus and individual levels in the form of one-time grants and scholarships.
Student Mentorship and Campus Involvement: Creating a strong network of professional resources for YES Prep alumni in college and beyond and leveraging the group’s collective professional and volunteering support at the campus level.

YES Prep Professionals Executive Board 

Varun S. Babbili
Vice President, White Deer Energy (Emeritus Executive Board Member)
Kristen Browning
Communications Professional
Paula Canlas
Director of MLP Operations & Investor Relations, Salient
Alexandra Caritis 
Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Ginny Castelan
Associate, King & Spalding LLP 
Jonathan G. Castelan 
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP 
Shamus Crosby
Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Eric J. Doyal
Vice President, Rock Hill Capital (Emeritus Executive Board Member)
Elyse Espadas*
Project Manager, Harris County 
Lauren Ford
General Counsel, Alta Resources
Beth Hockett
Marketing Specialist, Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, Inc.
Alle Houstoun
Public Relations Manager, Direct Energy
William Mancia*
Financial Analyst, CenterPoint Energy
Carole Mariani
Specialist - Commercial Analytics, Calpine
Neo Nanna
Management Consulting Analyst, Accenture
Regan S. Nielsen
Manager, Corporate Development & Investor Relations, Civeo Corporation
Clay Rynd
Principal, KKR
Raj Salhotra
Student, Harvard Law School 
Kathleen Turner
Assistant Vice President & Associate Counsel, EIG Global Energy Partners
Crystal Usoro*
Senior Tax Associate, LyondellBassell 
Jillian Rae Waldo 
Gabriella Wise
Accounting Analyst, Alta Resources

* denotes YES Prep Alum

How can I get involved?

If you would like to learn more about YES Prep Professionals or join our organization, please contact Adriana Bolivar at