Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Yasmin Waring

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Yasmin Waring is absolutely fearless, a trait she inherited from her daddy. And this month, she takes the Oral Fixation stage in “Pullin Teeth” to talk about transitioning from his child to his daughter. 

Yasmin Waring’s parents were both STEM professionals. Her father Joseph was a mathematician, and her mother Betty a nurse. And the sum of their efforts resulted in a child that still, to this day, counts using her fingers. She did, however, earn a Master’s degree, a law degree and Steve Wozniak’s bad ass business card.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Anna Lassiter

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Anna Lassiter is a teacher that never likes to give up on a student, no matter how unruly they become. Later this month she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Pulling Teeth” to talk about Julio, who pushed her to her limit.

Anna Lassiter grew up in Dallas, and is back after 11 years away. She spent five of those years teaching, and the three years since trying to catch her breath. On the weekend, you can find her reading, settling Catan and snacking.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Tracy Hawkins

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Tracy Hawkins loves to laugh. But for awhile there, thanks to her meth habit, showing her teeth was something she was too embarrassed to do. In a few weeks, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Pulling Teeth” to talk about how she got her smile back.

With four children and eight grandchildren, Tracy Hawkins loves her life packed full with family, camping, dancing and four-legged friends: a chow named Buddy and a rabbit named Olivia Bunny Benson. Close to becoming a licensed chemical dependency counselor, Tracy looks forward to helping others find their way.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Stan Cobb

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Stan Cobb’s favorite road is the one he’s never been down before. Roads like these have taken him to a small town out in the country to open his first dental practice, and back to the big city to begin sharing his wisdom with others. Next month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Pulling Teeth,” to share some of those pearls of wisdom with you. 

Stan Cobb is a dentist, writer, speaker, artist, teacher, cowboy and minister. Stan started his speaking career as “The Cowboy Dentist from Spearman, Texas.” The Director of Ethics Education at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, Dr. Cobb is also the Dallas Director of The Christian Medical and Dental Associations.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Greg Silva

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Greg Silva just loves telling funny stories — especially ones involving poop. Fortunately, a certain hospital stay gave him the poop story of a lifetime. And next month he’ll rock the Oral Fixation stage like a post-surgery deuce in “Pulling Teeth.”

Greg Silva has spent the last two decades trying desperately to make people laugh at things he’s either written or performed. He fills his considerable amount of downtime with videogames and bike rides. His wife and dogs think he’s hilarious.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Poonam Desai

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Poonam Desai’s teeth weren’t always quite so straight. She had to earn them by surviving torturous devices with such intimidating names as “The Big Daddy.” And next month she takes the Oral Fixation stage to describe this battle in “Pulling Teeth.”

Poonam Desai, Ph.D. is a school psychologist, with a social justice bent. She is working to bring mindfulness to Texas schools. She loves painting, traveling with her husband, blowing bubbles in the sun, dancing, reading Harry Potter and cooking for friends.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Lyndol Woodruff


No matter where he went, Lyndol Woodruff had little trouble finding new bad influences — that is, until the day he realized he had become the bad influence. Next month he takes the Oral Fixation stage to describe his battle with substance abuse in “Partner in Crime.”

Lyndol Keith Woodruff is a unique blend of personality, creativity and business mindedness. A product pitchman by trade, he spent years in Los Angeles working in entertainment, the non-profit sector and has built quite the network. He is VP of Solarity Studios, a writer, actor, stand-up comic and aspiring author/inspirational speaker.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Paul Yanez


With the help of his four-legged companion, Paul Yanez has learned that he’s up for facing any adventure life throws at him. Next month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Partner in Crime” to recount the time he burned through three cars on a 12-hour-drive. 

Since his quadruple bypass in 2013, Paul Yanez has looked for meaningful ways to spend his time. He supports a small film company (H4H Films) that focuses on human rights issues. Their current project is based on Bessie Rodriguez, whose son was murdered by a Dallas police officer in the ‘70s.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Brooke Lancaster

Whenever she wants to try her hand at a new career field or hobby, Brooke Lancaster doesn’t hesitate to just go for it. Next month, in “Partner in Crime,” she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage, to reveal how that mindset brought her frighteningly close to bank robbery. 

Brooke Lancaster has recently come home to Texas after a decade on the East Coast. She developed a storytelling program for a correctional facility and works with inmates to write a positive next chapter for their lives. Shooting pool, drinking good whiskey, and welding ring in her new year.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Nicole Fillion-Robin


After suffering through a harrowing summer of domestic violence, Nicole Fillion-Robin could have melted down. But next month, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage to talk about how her “Partner in Crime” and fellow DV survivor got her through. 

Nicole Fillion-Robin is a social justice professional, travel enthusiast and lover of most humans. While she enjoys risky behavior — like rock climbing, anarchy and hitchhiking — at heart she’s a true nerd-pacifist and loves losing herself in fiction, journaling and learning foreign languages.

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