Mark DiBella, Chris Barbic, Lori & Chip Johnson at the luncheon
Mark DiBella, Laura Arnold, Chris Barbic at the dinner
Mark & Debra Gregg, Kelly & Bill Montgomery at the dinner
Reed & Laurie Morian
Lana Cureton Tamara Tricoli, Carla Knobloch, Beth Robertson, Steve Pearce at the dinner
John & Laura Arnold at the dinner in their home
Eliza & Stuart Stedman at the dinner
Steve & Linda Webster at the dinner
Ann & John Johnson at the dinner
Chris Barbic, Ann & Richard Vaughan at the dinner
Dan Gilbane, Ryan McCord at the luncheon
Claire & Joe Greenberg at the luncheon
Mark DiBella, Caroline Sabin at the luncheon
What: YES Prep Public Schools 20th anniversary luncheon
Where: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
PC Moment: More precisely, there were two moments of import in the doubleheader celebration. The first came at the intimate founders dinner party held in the River Oaks home of honorary chairs Laura and John Arnold, where distinguished development economist Lant Pritchett of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Public Policy was guest speaker. The second came the following day at the luncheon when the $1.2 million proceeds were applauded.
YES Prep board of trustees Lori and Chip Johnson chaired the luncheon that honored Chris Barbic, who founded and led YES Prep for 13 years and who today serves as senior education fellow at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.
Praising Barbic, veteran educator and YES prep CEO Mark DiBella noted, “Chris Barbic has impacted thousands of children through his commitment to providing all students opportunities inside and outside the classroom . . . Under his leadership, YES Prep grew into an award-winning charter school system for underserved communities throughout Houston.” The vision that Barbic had in 1995 when he created Project YES today has 17 schools serving 12,600 students.