Our March hero, Luz Contreras, is our hometown girl from Bachman Lake. A graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Luz is transforming the lives of women and families in Dallas at WiNGS. After growing up in Dallas and completing high school, a few caring adults encouraged Luz to explore her interest in social work and juvenile justice at Wheelock College in Boston.

Upon graduating from Wheelock and spending a few years working in Boston, she returned to Dallas to make a difference in her hometown. She began working as a Juvenile Probation Officer at Medlock Treatment Center providing supervision and counseling services. She helped start the Patton Academic Center, a Dallas ISD school for students ages 18-22, to help them get their high school diplomas.  In her spare time, she volunteers (and pulls in her hubby too!) at Café Momentum.

Now, Luz is the Lead Financial Coach at WiNGS, where she’s been for almost 6 years. She oversees their Financial Coaching Model, providing training, guidance and support to all Coaches to ensure consistent delivery.