What Would Willie Want
The QuadW Foundation (What Would Willie Want) was founded in memory of Willie Tichenor who died in 2006, at 19 years old, of osteosarcoma. Out of pain and loss, Willie’s family and friends established QuadW, redirecting the lens of hope that had focused on curing Willie to finding better treatments and cures for sarcoma, as well as supporting his passions of transformative mission and higher education.
We have concentrated, through our young board of directors, on creating leadership skills in the next generation of philanthropists. This dynamic collection of Willie’s friends provides QuadW with a stream of ideas and new approaches. The QuadW board consists of an oncologist, a minister, artists, actors, musicians, students and philosophers. The composition and nature of the advisory board reflect Willie’s personality – he was a showman and a prankster, a master of both hilarity and sincerity.
Over ten years ago, we asked ourselves a question: What would Willie want?
Since then, we've been answering. Read more about the progress the QuadW Foundation has made with over a decade of dedication and research.
Meet the board
Bret Alexander graduated from the University of Southern California with BS in Business Administration and a BS in Music Industry. He lives with his wife, Katlyn, in Dallas, TX and works as a consultant, focusing on clients in the Media & Entertainment industries. Bret enjoys traveling, music, and going to the movies.
MARY KATHERINE CLARKE
Mary Katherine Clarke, originally from Fort Worth, currently lives in Dallas, TX with her husband, Robbie, and their daughter Louise. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law. She grew up with Willie and has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the QuadW Foundation, watching it grow since its inception.
Charlie Haggard graduated from South Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Television. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Elizabeth and their dog Roscoe, where he works as a Music Supervisor for NBC Universal. An avid record collector, Charlie also enjoys cooking, making music and hanging out with friends.
Lauren Jordan graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. Upon graduation, Lauren moved to New York to begin her career as an actor. She has worked as a Research Assistant at Guggenheim Partners and MSD Capital before focusing on the arts full time in 2012. Lauren is an actor, improvisational and stand up comedian, and can be seen performing throughout New York and Regionally. In the fall of 2014, Lauren and her husband Michael moved to Rowayton, CT where they are raising their sons, Murray and Russell. In her free time, Lauren enjoys figuring out this whole parenting thing, spending time outdoors, spin classes, and traveling.
Johnny Peters graduated with a BS and MA in Speech Communication from The University of Southern Mississippi, and a Masters of Divinity from Southern Methodist University. He is the Director of the University of South Alabama Wesley Foundation. Johnny enjoys tinkering, playing, creating, and redeeming. He lives in Mobile, Alabama with his wife, Danielle, sons John and Andy, and his dog, Bodie.
Neil Moseley is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BA of Philosophy & Southern Methodist University with a Masters of Theological Studies. Neil is Director of Community Engagement at White Rock United Methodist Church in Dallas. Neil loves movies, music, grammar and arguing. Neil lives in Dallas with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son Nathaniel, daughters Evangeline and Josefine, and two obnoxious cats, Velcro & Corduroy.
Elizabeth Trieu is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she received a BA in Theatre and Dance. She lives in Austin and is involved in various creative projects while chasing her acting dreams. She enjoys dinner parties with friends, singing, hiking, and challenging people to dance-offs.
Ross Vick graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in Philosophy. He lives in Dallas with his wife Jessica, daughter Ella, and son Liam. He, like many, has decided to pursue that slightly-less-than-hopeless dream of being a musician he shares with so many others, past and present. He grew up with Willie and misses him dearly.
Mac Tichenor serves as Executive Director of the QuadW Foundation. He is also President of Tichenor Ventures, LLC, which invests in early-stage biotechnology companies. He was previously Chairman and CEO of Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation, later Univision Radio. Mac holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS from the University of Texas at Dallas. He enjoys flying, hiking, bicycling, and snow skiing.
Lisa Tichenor is a graduate of the University of Texas with a BBA in finance. For over two decades, she was a “stay-at-home mom” to Taylor and Willie. In addition to her work with the QuadW Foundation, Lisa is involved in several ministries of the United Methodist Church, including Africa University, and runs a community garden. She enjoys cycling, reading, snow skiing, hiking, and being with friends.
Taylor Tichenor graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana with a BA in Spanish and a certification from the Christian Leadership Center. Taylor and his wife, Sarah, live in Dallas where he has started a business called McT Designs. He is interested in photography, science fiction, music, hiking and snow skiing.
Medical science advisor
Bob Mennel is a medical oncologist practicing at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. His greatest joy in medicine has been teaching, especially the Oncology Fellows, the medicine house staff at Baylor University Medical Center and medical students. His greatest joys in life are his children and grandchildren.