Administration Staff Staff

Becky Hodnett


Becky Hodnett has been a part of the Vanguard faculty for over 21 years. After completing her undergraduate degree in psychology from Southern Methodist University, she started in 1997 as a kindergarten teacher. Along the way she also taught high school math and middle school language arts until completing her masters degree and licensure as a counselor in 2002. For 14 years Becky worked as part of the therapy team at Vanguard, helping children and their families find their way to success in relationships, learning and life! She served for several years as assistant principal before moving in to the Principal role in 2016.

Becky feels blessed to have been able to be a part of so many children’s lives and to have called Vanguard a second home for so long. She loves her job and the children she gets to work with every day. When she’s not at work, Becky enjoys spending time with her own children, Drew and Hannah, her husband, Bo, and Lady, Snickers, Doc and Homer, the dogs, the horse and the donkey.

Patti Pickering, MBA, LPC

Head of School

Patti Pickering joined Vanguard as Head of School in May 2016. She has master’s degrees in business administration and professional counseling and over 25 years of experience in a variety of healthcare and therapeutic environments. Prior to joining Vanguard, Patti was the Vice President of the transplant programs at Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) in Dallas and Fort Worth. Her responsibilities included directing strategic initiatives and program development including a collaboration with the Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Patti left BSWH to found and become the executive director of a non-profit serving adopted children and their families and to establish a private counseling practice for adolescents. Patti is passionate about helping children who have experienced trauma and other challenges find a safe place to heal and discover their full potential.

As Head of School, Patti combines her business and clinical experience to expand and strengthen the program at Vanguard. Under her leadership, the Vanguard Center for Neurological Health (VCNH) was launched in April 2019, offering a continuum of therapeutic services at the school including testing, individual and family therapy, speech, occupational and nuerotherapies. VCNH clinicians collaborate closely with the school teachers and staff to assist students in achieving their highest potential.

When she isn’t at Vanguard, Patti enjoys spending time with her partner, Luci. They have been together for 14 years and were married in 2016. Patti also enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, birdwatching, and spending time with friends as well as her dogs, Rosie, Cory, and Bodie. Bodie can’t wait to finish his training, so he can join Sunny and Hershey as a Vanguard therapy dog!

Jill Herrington

Operations Director

Jill Herrington joined the Vanguard team full-time in 2019 as Operations Director. She graduated from Baylor University with a Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and began her career as a speech therapist. Jill spent the majority of her 15 years in healthcare at Baylor Scott & White health, with experience in direct patient care, workflow analysis/redesign, clinical informatics, and leadership. Jill loves to explore how processes can be improved to increase efficiencies, quality, and enjoyment in the workplace.

Outside of work, Jill enjoys cycling, hiking, photography, and cooking. She is happiest when she’s outdoors or traveling the country with her family in their RV!

Lauren Campos



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