Board of Directors

Carrie Welch, CPCU, CLU
Chair, Board of Directors

Growing up as an only child in the Midwest part of the U.S. shaped Ms. Welch’s strong sense of family and responsibility and made her the person she is today. Born in corn country, Ms. Welch left her secure roots in the State of Illinois to attend college at Virginia Tech. Ms. Welch studied Family and Child Development as well as Psychology where she pursued her fascination with what motivates and drives people.

After graduating, Ms. Welch followed in her father’s footsteps and began her extensive career with State Farm Insurance. Her first assignment had Ms. Welch traveling through the U.S. working with families who suffered catastrophic losses. Helping people at the height of distress was extremely rewarding and meaningful for Ms. Welch.

Ms. Welch’s career with State Farm Insurance took her to the state of Indiana and now to Austin, Texas where she opened a State Farm agency in the March of 2008. Ms. Welch has earned professional designations including the CPCU and the LTCP.

Ms. Welch has cherished all the rewards and challenges of being a business owner. The blessings she has gained from this experience are the relationships she has built with clients, peers and members of her community.

Currently serving on two boards, Ms. Welch is the Board Treasurer for the Standish Foundation, and is the Board Secretary for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Austin Texas Chapter. As one of the founding Directors of Standish Foundation, Ms. Welch has been instrumental in establishing the Foundation’s operations and programs, particularly the extensive governance and ethics practices.

Animals are a great passion and Ms. Welch falls in love with any creature that comes her way. Although Welch’s immediate family is still living in the state of Illinois, she feels fortunate to have a wonderful pseudo-family in Austin, including her incredible partner Mark, his two wonderful children and all of her close friends.

Throughout her professional and personal life, Ms. Welch has been guided by a strong work ethic, integrity, devotion to friends and family and service to her community.

Megan DiBartolo, CLHMS, CNE
Board Director, Secretary

Mrs. DiBartolo was born and raised in Houston, TX where her parents founded and ran a private, international school and taught her a strong work ethic from a young age. While Mrs. DiBartolo’s passion for real estate began as a teenager her career officially started in 2003. In 2004 she joined McVaugh Custom Homes as a sales associate where she had the opportunity to volunteer for Habitat For Humanity. In 2005 the McVaugh team was recognized by the National Association of Builders as the Small Volume Custom Home Builder of the Year.

In 2006 Mrs. DiBartolo relocated to Austin, Texas with her husband where she was a marketing associate for Stewart Title, served on the membership committee of the Austin Home Builder’s Association, and volunteered for the Austin Board of Realtors Foundation. By 2007 Mrs. DiBartolo joined The Winnett Group in Flintrock Falls and has since earned the Certified Luxury Marketing Specialist and Certified Negotiations Expert designations. A member of the Million Dollar Guild, based on real estate sales that represent the top 10% of the market, Mrs. DiBartolo’s business management degree and interest in productive marketing help propel her in the field.

In 2013 Mrs. DiBartolo co-founded and began developing HipPocketz Beta™, a private real estate listing marketplace which launched with great success in 2015. Mrs. DiBartolo is a member of the Austin Board of Realtors, The Texas Board of Realtors, The National Association of Realtors and The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.

Mrs. DiBartolo enjoys family time with her husband Giovanni and daughter Giuliana, traveling, cooking, interior decorating, photography, running, boating, wake boarding and being with friends. In 2015 she was invited to serve on the Board of Directors for The Standish Foundation for Child and Family Centered Healthcare which she considers a great honor.

Rebekkah Schear, MIA
Board Director

Rebekkah has spent her career working at the intersection of global health, education, and international development. Over the last seven years at the LIVESTRONG Foundation, she has led the Foundation’s implementation of six international programs throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia. Her work focused on building capacity of cancer NGOs to make health policy more patient-centered; training cancer survivors to become advocates; and reducing cancer stigma through improving knowledge and changing attitudes by empowering survivors to share their cancer stories.

In her current role, she oversees strategy and implementation of the Foundation’s Navigation services and patient-centered cancer care programs, including the programmatic building of the LIVESTRONGCancer Institutes, a new, innovative model of cancer care that has a simple yet powerful mission: to reinvent the way cancer patients and survivors are cared for and supported.

Bekkah’s passion for serving community has been ingrained from a young age, as she spent time volunteering in her mother’s elementary school special education classroom. Her work in international development kicked off with a journey circumnavigating the globe on a ship in 2003, and this path has provided her the opportunity to work on issues ranging from gender empowerment, to poverty reduction, to HIV/AIDS, to global education spanning from Cambodia, to China, to the United Nations, to Botswana. She brings many of the lessons to her work and role with the Standish Foundation that her students imparted upon her when she worked as a classroom teacher in low-income communities of Los Angeles. Rebekkah holds a BA in Mass Communications from UCLA and a Master of International Affairs in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University. In her spare time, Rebekkah teaches Dharma Yoga, a Tibetan-Buddhist influenced style of yoga, where she lives in Austin, Texas.

“Andy” Andrea Mangione Standish, CCLS
Board Director

Samuel Golter said, “There is no profit in curing the body if in the process we destroy the soul.” Walt Disney said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” It is where those two quotes intersect that you will find the work, hopes and dreams of Ms. Mangione.

An experienced Child Life Educator and Certified Child Life Specialist, Ms. Mangione is an advocate, educator, practitioner, trainer, mentor, volunteer and consultant. She has worked extensively to promote and support the rights and needs of ill children and their families and has helped introduce sustainable child and family friendly healthcare practices globally.

Ms. Mangione is a key note speaker and workshop presenter discussing her passion to implement sustainable practices to make healthcare more child and family friendly. It’s been a pleasure for her to speak to: fellow child life specialists, doctors, nurses, residents, psychologists, hospital play specialists and allied health professionals in the USA and in Italy, Brazil, Japan, Jordan, Nicaragua, Taiwan, Israel, Georgia, New Zealand, Egypt and the Philippines.

Ms. Mangione has volunteered on medical missions in: Brazil, China, Jordan, Nicaragua, Egypt, Vietnam, Honduras, Ethiopia, Laos and the Philippines. She has worked with children and families in the acute and chronic settings in the following units: oncology, hematology, pediatric intensive care, emergency department, inpatient surgery, outpatient surgery, acute dialysis and outpatient dialysis.

Ms. Mangione loves her poodles, traveling, reading, sewing and everything Texas. She claims her two favorite aromas are cinnamon rolls and jet fuel. And yes, she loves purple.

Casey Fisher
Interim CEO, Board of Director

Casey is a native Texan, having grown up in a small town on the Texas gulf-coast. He spent most of his formative years fishing, playing sports, and performing manual labor for his father. He attended Texas A&M where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution. He suffers from recurring delusions each August, continually thinking this is the year the Aggies will win another Football National Championship. Luckily this problem is short lived, typically passing by early November.

Casey’s business career started in consulting, where he worked for Ernst&Young in their process improvement consulting practice in Dallas. Next he joined Compaq Computer, when they were the largest manufactured of personal computers and servers in the world. After almost 5 years with Compaq, he joined Apple where he spent 11 years in a number of executive roles. He worked for Apple in Cupertino, Singapore, and Austin. He left Apple to join Ceva Logistics, a global logistics provider where he served as the regional CEO for South East Asia based in Singapore, the Regional CEO for Australia and New Zealand based in Melbourne, Australia, and as the Head of Business Development based in Austin. He now serves as the Managing Partner of Provident Global Advisors, a consulting firm focused on interim executive services and business improvement consulting.

Casey is currently serving as the Standish Foundation Interim CEO. He works with the Board of Directors to Ensure the Foundation’s mission is achieved in the most effective means possible.

Casey is a family man, and loves most any activity outdoors. He is the devoted husband, proud father of three children, and the meal ticket for two dogs. He spends most of his free time watching kids sporting events, but tries to sneak in some running and golf when time allows. Along with his wife Kristy, he serves in the children’s ministry program at his church, and is an Ambassador for Pine Cove Ministries.