Texas Financial Education Endowment

Grant Advisory Committee


The Grant Advisory Committee (GAC) provides oversight and serves in an advisory role to the Audit Committee and Finance Commission. The GAC assists with the selection of grant recipients by reviewing applications and providing recommendations to the Audit Committee. Currently, the GAC consists of six members with unique knowledge and skills to effectively manage the TFEE grant program.

McCool, Lori -- Finance Commission Representative, San Antonio

Lori B. McCool is a principal for WoodWay Associates LLC. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. She received bachelor’s degrees from Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas, and a law degree from Baylor University.


Puente, Sr., Vince E. -- Finance Commission Representative, Dallas

Vince E. Puente, Sr. is co-owner and president of marketing and sales for Southwest Office Systems, Inc. He is a member of the board of directors for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, Dallas Regional Chamber, North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and Tarrant County Christian Prayer Breakfast. He is a former board member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Greater Irving Chamber of Commerce, North Texas Commission Board of Directors and the Texas Christian University Chancellor’s Advisory Council. Additionally, he is the former chair of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a former delegate for the Texas Association of Mexican American Chamber of Commerce. Puente attended The University of Texas at Arlington.


photo of Roy LopezLopez, Roy C. – Financial Education Consultant, Dallas

Lopez leads the Dallas Federal Reserve’s community development function, promoting economic mobility and resiliency for low- and moderate-income communities through resources, data analysis and convening that connect them to opportunities in the mainstream economy. He also chairs the bank’s community leadership initiatives and is a member of the subcommittee on community affairs for the Federal Reserve System.  A graduate of Texas A&M University-College Station, he has a master’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and is a 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar.


Norrington, Eric -- Credit Access Business Industry Representative, Irving

Eric Norrington is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at ACE Cash Express. Eric is a graduate of Texas Christian University and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. In 2004, Eric founded the ACE Community Fund, ACE’s charitable-giving program that supports organizations that help children, provide education and promote financial literacy. Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors for FiSCA, the Financial Service Centers of America.


O’Shields, Steven -- Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending Representative, Austin

Steven O’Shields is the Director of Licensing and Information Resources for the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending. He is a graduate of Corpus Christi State University and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry or its regulation. Steven has previously served on the boards of Jump$tart and March of Dimes



Rosen, Laura -- Consumer Advocate Representative, Austin

Laura Rosen is the Project Coordinator for OpportunityTexas, a joint initiative of CPPP and RAISE Texas to move more Texas families toward greater economic opportunity through academic and financial education and savings. Laura worked in commercial banking as a relationship manager at Wells Fargo. Laura was a Fulbright Scholar in Peru where she researched microfinance.