New Danville appoints three new Board members

By: Karyn Grace
| Published 08/13/2019


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX -- New Danville’s Chairman of the Board announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board are, Odette D’Agostino, Karyn Grace and Daniel Tan.

Odette D’Agostino is a certified teacher of the deaf and hold a Masters’ degree from Louisiana State University. Additionally she is an accomplished business woman with experience working in her family’s real estate development business. She is also a Realtor. Prior to moving their company to Texas, she served in numerous areas on the board of Realtors including president of the Commercial Investment Division, MSL and finance committee. She also served as president of the Apartment Association and several areas in the Home Builders Association.
Upon the move of the company to Texas, she headed up D’Agostino Outdoor, the billboard division of the company.

Odette has served on the New Danville board of directors for many years. She co-chaired the New Danville House Raffle, has served on the Tea on the Lawn committee since its inception, a member of the finance committee and currently serves on the development committee. She was the inspiration behind the re-sale store, Jazzy Junque, whose profits directly benefit the day programs at New Danville. After a brief hiatus from the board, Odette was once again invited to join the board.

Karyn Grace is retired from Total, a French-owned oil company where she served as the Public Information Officer and was responsible for the company’s Communications Department. She retired in 2011 and was a volunteer at New Danville when she was tapped to become the program director. Karyn ran the program until mid-2015.

Karyn has served on many boards including the Boys and Girls Club of America and Pennsylvania Ballet and was one of the founders of Ballet Associates, a group formed to raise funds for the bankrupt Pennsylvania Ballet troupe.

In addition to running the New Danville’s day program she has been actively involved with New Danville since 2005. She headed the project to raise money through a Paver Program. She has been involved in many of the Tea on the Lawn events. She also handles the publicity for the day program as well as for New Danville’s resale store, Jazzy Junque. Her daughter has been a client at New Danville since it opened its doors on October 2007.
Karyn chairs the Marketing/Public Relations Committee.

?Daniel Tan was the Honorary Assistant Secretary of the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS). He was also the Chairman of the Residential and Community-based Care Services Committee.

Daniel has been a Board member of MINDS since 2008. He previously served in the Audit Committee, Social Enterprise & Employment Development Committee, School Management Committee, Public Relations/Education/Communications Committee, and was the former chairman of the Volunteer & Donor Management Committee. Additionally he served as MINDS’ representative for the Children’s Charities Association and on the Board of Special Olympics and Singapore Disability Sports Council. Daniel served in the Steering Committee for the Singapore Government’s 2017-2021 masterplan for the disability sector in Singapore and also as President of the Raleigh Society, a youth development organization.

?Daniel is with Exxon Mobil and has recently been transferred from Singapore to the Spring office. He is a Business Improvement Advisor with ExxonMobil Aviation & Marine Lubricants.

“I believe we are building our strongest Board yet,” said New Danville’s Chairman of the Board, Jim Kuykendahll.

New Danville serves adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in an environment promoting dignity, respect and individual choice. Our day and residential programs were developed to empower and maximize personal independence by offering an environment that allows people the opportunity to learn social and work-skills; participate in product-based and job skills-training to promote independence and self-reliance. And ultimately grow by offering activities that enrich the mind, body and spirit. New Danville is a Texas not-for-profit 501©(3) charitable organization.

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