Our Team

Pat Dunne

President

Pat serves as the President of the Once Upon A Time Foundation. Prior to his current role, Pat was CFO of Texas Exchange Bank, portfolio manager at Q Investments, Vice President at Koch Industries, and Product Manager for Skid Steer Loaders at Case Corporation.

Pat graduated magna cum laude in electrical engineering from Tulane University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his wife have a 18-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son.

Bethany Harper

Senior Program Director / Director of Grant Operations

Bethany joined the Once Upon a Time Foundation in April of 2018 as an Associate Program Director of the Philanthropy Lab. Prior to joining the foundation, Bethany worked as a Marketing Communications Specialist at Baylor University.

Bethany graduated magna cum laude in May 2016 from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Fellows and Public Relations. After graduation, she spent a year in Greece working for an NGO providing aid and teaching English to Syrian refugees. In her free time, she loves traveling, hiking, running, and going to the beach.

Spencer Meeks

Associate Program Director

Spencer joined the Once Upon a Time Foundation in September 2020 as an Associate Program Director of the Philanthropy Lab. Prior to joining the Foundation, Spencer worked as a Mathematics Tutor.

Spencer graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Christian University in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double-majoring in Mathematics and Theatre. Outside of the Foundation, he enjoys music, running, knitting, and hanging out with his roommate’s cat.

Jamie Loasby

Associate Program Director

Jamie joined the Once Upon a Time Foundation in June 2021 as an Associate Program Director of the Philanthropy Lab.

Jamie graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science degree in University Studies: Business, and a certificate in Social Innovation and Nonprofits. During her undergrad, Jamie took the Philanthropy Lab Class at A&M in the fall of 2020!

Katie Cooke

Associate Program Director

Katie Cooke joined the Once Upon a Time Foundation in October of 2021 as an Associate Program Director. Before working with the Foundation she was the Adult Programs Manager at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Katie received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a minor in Arts Administration from Texas Christian University in 2015. She has been working with nonprofits in the DFW area for almost ten years. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, any outdoor activity, and going to art museums.

Kathy Thomas, M.S. CCC-SLP

Senior Program Director – Child Apraxia Treatment

Kathy is a certified speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience treating adults and children with complex communication needs. Prior to joining the Once Upon a Time Foundation in 2015, she was a Senior Lecturer at the University of North Texas and Director of the UNT Speech and Hearing Clinic. Kathy’s interest in serving children with complex communication needs, including children with severe motor speech and language disorders, propelled her interest in working with the foundation to develop programs to support children with communication disorders and their families.

Once Upon a Time…

is a Nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

EIN 75-2765224