Who are we?
The Think Ahead Group (TAG) is a group of young professionals who are passionate about brain health.

What do we do?
TAG is teaching people how to think about the current and future health of their brains. We raise money to support research at the Center for BrainHealth that discovers and implements new ways to understand, protect, and heal the human brain.

Accomplishments:

  • Securing former First Lady Laura W. Bush as a special guest speaker
  • Growing to over 400 past and present members
  • Raising over $300,000 in financial and in-kind gifts
  • Hosting multiple lectures and social events

Media Recognition:

  • Dallas Morning News
  • PaperCity
  • D Magazine Blog
  • Dallas Modern Luxury
  • Park Cities People
  • RSVP Calendar Blog
  • My Sweet Charity Blog
  • Luella & June


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Haynes Strader

Name:
Haynes Strader

What is your involvement with TAG?:
I've been a TAG member since graduating from SMU in 2011. This is my first year to serve on the TAG Board and it has been a great way to learn more about the Center for BrainHealth.

What is your favorite thing about being involved with TAG?:
I have really enjoyed getting to know the other TAG members and learning about their interests. Brain health issues effect each of us in some way or another and it has been fascinating to learn why people are engaged with TAG and to see their passion for helping the Center.

Tell us a little bit about your background.:
I was born in Dallas, but moved to North Carolina where I grew up. I came back to Texas to attend SMU and have remained in Dallas since. After graduating, I joined Teach for America and taught 6th grade English at Summit Preparatory in Arlington, TX for two years. I now work for CBRE in Dallas. Brain health issues have impacted my life in a number of ways, ranging from seeing my grandmother suffer with dementia to having been diagnosed with ADD at a young age. As a teacher, I regularly had students with serious mental disabilities and learned how difficult of a burden that could be on a student and his or her family. The Center is actively working to find solutions for brain diseases and developing methods to increase brain activity. Getting to interact with that work through TAG and to see the Center in action has been a great experience.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving?:
I am spending my Thanksgiving in the UK, which should be fun. One of my best friends is getting his MA in History at Oxford University, so I'm going to spend some time in London and a few days in Oxford. It should be fun!