Dawn Mountain Staff

MaryScott Hagle, Executive Director

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MaryScott is a seasoned non-profit manager whose past experience includes seven years as the Alley Theatre’s education director and a stint as program officer for the Methodist Hospital Foundation.  A life-long learner and educator, MaryScott has taught high school English, creative writing (with Writers in the Schools), art, woodworking, lifeguard training, Nia, and Forrest yoga to name a few. She sits on the boards of  the ACLU of Texas and Writers in the Schools, Houston, and sings “eclectic a cappella” with the Lager Rhythms octet. MaryScott lives in the Heights with her architect husband, Daniel Kornberg, and an ever shifting constellation of teenage humans and furry mammals of various sizes.



Jerri Edgington, Operations Manager 


Jerri has extensive non-profit bookkeeping experience including handling all the books for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Kingston, New York and managing the bookkeeping department at a payroll company in Glens Falls, NY.   She is responsible for managing all the accounts housed at Dawn Mountain, including those of the Tibetan Cultural Preservation Initiative and Earth Thunder Fund.  In her spare time she is a national award winning scrapbooker and a chain mail artist as well as best grandma ever to “Tigger,” aka Kaiden and his little sister Avery, aka “Lil Miss Roo.”



Barbara Homann, Communications Manager  

Barbara is a Human Resources manager and corporate trainer with a background in clinical counseling and a personal mission to make a difference.  She is a dedicated member of the Rothko Chapel Guild and mentors their new volunteers.  A long-time Buddhist, she has coordinated the English Dharma Group at the Jade Buddha Temple for four years, and she recently joined the board of Compassionate Houston.  Barbara has three children and three pets and has been a vegetarian for three decades!  When not at Dawn Mountain, the Rothko, a HUB meeting or Jade Buddha, you can often find her sipping and networking at the Path of Tea on West Alabama, her home-away-from-home since she currently resides in Katy.  



Claire Villarreal, Program Director


Claire Villarreal PhD, a native of Fort Worth, TX, has been practicing and studying Buddhism since 1997.  She completed her undergraduate studies, including two years of Tibetan language study with Dawn Mountain co-founder Anne C. Klein, with a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies at Rice University in 1999.  Next she traveled to Thailand, where she trained with Theravada Buddhist monastics, and she has spent time in India and Nepal practicing and studying Tibetan Buddhism.  Returning to Texas, Claire has taught mindfulness in a variety of settings in Fort Worth and Houston since 2004.  She defended her dissertation, on the interface between contemplative practice and philosophical developments in Tibet, at Rice with Anne as advisor in spring of 2015.  She administers Dawn Mountain’s programs, teaches meditation, and practices kung fu.


Simone Woodage, Family Educator

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Simone is a mother of three boys and a sought-after youth and family educator in the Houston Area.  In addition to being a long-time practitioner at Dawn Mountain, she is trained as an Inner Kids instructor through Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child:  How to Help Your Child Cope With Stress and Become Happier, Kinder and More Compassionate.  Simone holds a certificate in mindfulness fundamentals from Mindful Schools and is currently enrolled in their online curriculum training program.


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