Though Brent was taken from us in the events of September 11, 2001 in New York City, his spirit guides us as we continue to pursue his passion for helping special children overcome obstacles to achieve excellence. Brent graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley where he also started at Tight End for a nationally ranked Cal football team. As a pitcher, Brent played at Cal and then professionally for the AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs until an injury ended his pitching career. He then found himself on Wall Street, working for Keefe, Bruyette and Woods, Inc., a securities firm and investment bank that Institutional Investor Magazine recognized as “Best of the Boutiques.”
Tracy Pierce Bender
Tracy Pierce Bender dedicated her life to carrying on Brent’s mission and serving children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is a highly sought-after consultant to professionals and parents for her expertise in severe problem behaviors, early childhood intervention, autism intervention, in-home parent training, and program consultation. Tracy has over 20 years of experience working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. In 2003, with the grit and determination that won her All Ivy League Honors in volleyball as captain of the Columbia University team, Tracy combined her training in Applied Behavior Analysis and experience with autism to create the Brent Woodall Foundation. Her mission is to empower parents of children with autism and developmental disabilities and to encourage their involvement in their children’s therapy by providing educational training, customized academic and behavioral plans, psychological assessments, and modest financial support. Tracy also makes it a priority to share the knowledge and experience with undergraduate and graduate students through supervision and mentorship. She is also founder of the Cristi’s Outreach Foundation, a branch of the Brent Woodall Foundation that originally started in 2001 as a preschool program for children with developmental disabilities in a local orphanage in Barlad, Romania. In 1993, Tracy joined the AHRC as the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program Coordinator, for which she developed a unified ABA program for several educational institutions. She holds a PhD-ABD and a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from The New School University in New York. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Columbia University. Tracy lives in the Dallas area with her husband Stephen and four children.