Crystal Ramirez-Scanio, a bilingual financial manager, will take over as executive director of the Irving Schools Foundation effective immediately, the board of directors announced. Ramirez-Scanio replaces Mandy Hamilton-O'Neill, who accepted the position of chief executive officer for LeukemiaTexas after three years of service at the foundation.
Formerly with Merrill Lynch in Irving, Ramirez-Scanio spearheaded recruitment events and marketing campaigns while managing relationships with current and potential clients. Prior to that she was a top sales producer for AXA Advisors while serving on a number community organizations, including the Junior League of Arlington, the Greater Arlington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber.
"This allows me to follow my heart as well as my head," Ramirez-Scanio said in a news release. "I love Irving and I want the foundation to serve more students with broader support from the community."
She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Texas Tech University and a financial planning certificate from Southern Methodist University. She was named by Latino Leaders Magazine as one of their "Top 25 Young Latino Leaders DFW" in 2012.
The Irving Schools Foundation is a nonprofit that has provided over $2 million worth of scholarships and grants since 1985 through the help of community donations.
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