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2018 Luncheon Bios

Amanda T Cecil Event Co-chair

Amanda T. Cecil, Event Co-chair

Senior Vice President, Private Client Manager, U.S. Trust

Amanda Cecil is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Manager in the Dallas office of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. She works closely with high net worth clients to help develop tailored wealth management strategies that reflect clients’ personal priorities. Working in concert with clients’ Private Client Advisor and other U.S. Trust® specialists, Amanda addresses a number of needs: investment management, trust and estate planning services, customized credit and lending, luxury goods acquisition and philanthropy.

Amanda leverages the expansive resources of U.S. Trust to streamline the client’s financial life, addressing day-to-day issues and long-term initiatives. Amanda strives to be closely attuned to the particular family circumstances, preferences and priorities of each client. She is a central hub for client communications, orchestrating coordinated effort across a client’s U.S. Trust® team. Amanda also spearheads clear communication with a client’s external tax and legal advisors, as appropriate, facilitating a synergy of effort.

Amanda joined U.S. Trust in 2016 while having been in the financial services industry since 1992. She began her career in the management training program at NationsBank. Amanda has held various positions at Bank of America with the most recent role at Comerica in their wealth management national sales team.

Amanda graduated from the University of Mississippi with her bachelor’s degree. She is involved with or a member of the following community organizations: Lakewood Country Club, Heroes for Children, Tri Delta Alumnae Dallas Chapter, and serves on the Board for Heart House Dallas.

Berkeley Holmes Downie, Event Co-chair

A graduate of the Communications School at UT/Austin, Berkeley began her career in NYC
working in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather and publishing at Fairchild Publications. After several
years, she and her husband moved back to Texas where he attended business school and she
worked at Apple until having their first of four children. About 5 years ago when their kids were
all in school full-time, Berkeley started her own business providing graphic design and digital
marketing for locally-owned companies.

Throughout her children’s education, Berkeley has been a steadfast volunteer in various
capacities. She has spearheaded special events, led a myriad of committees, held offices in the
PTA, and worked regularly in the school supply shop and cafeteria. Currently, she is a member
of both YMSL (Young Men’s Service League) and NCL (National Charity League), both national
organizations involving mothers and children who serve together in the community.

Through this involvement, Berkeley has found a specific passion for local philanthropies dedicated to improving the lives of children in underserved communities, such as Heart House. In October 2017, Berkeley co-chaired an inaugural Health Fair for the children of Heart House and ever since has been intent on staying involved, sharing its mission and helping it grow.

Event Speakers

Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Cedillo-Pereira

Liz Cedillo-Pereira, Esq.

Director of Welcoming Communities & Immigrant Affairs, City of Dallas

Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Cedillo-Pereira is the Director of the Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs which was established in March 2017.  The Dallas WCIA seeks to be a bridge connecting Dallas’ diverse immigrant communities with existing Dallas residents so that common ground and shared leadership can be realized.

A Dallas native, Liz has more than 15 years of experience at the federal, state and local level on immigration related matters. Prior to joining the City of Dallas management team, Liz served as the Obama Administration’s Senior Advisor to the Director at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where she focused on immigration policy and community engagement to foster relations in communities across the U.S. An attorney, advocate and policy advisor, Liz is dedicated to improving our nation’s immigration system.

Among numerous awards for commitment to service and excellence in the legal profession, Liz has been conferred with the Distinguished Alumni Award by SMU Dedman School of Law, the Ohtli Award from the Republic of Mexico, the Maura Award by the Dallas Women’s Foundation, the 2018 SMU Latino/a Alumni of the Year, the 2017 Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas Latina Trailblazer Award, D Magazine 2018 Best Attorneys in Dallas.

Liz is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and received her high school diploma from North Dallas High School, her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University.  She is married to Oscar Pereira, an aeronautical engineer, and they are blessed with three children.

Mylinh Luong

Orchid Giving Circle Founding Member & LSG Sky Chefs

Mylinh is the Category Manager, Indirect Materials and Services for LSG Sky Chefs, a collection of global companies producing over 591 million meals annually. She is a seasoned procurement specialist working directly with domestic and off-shore vendors and buyers who calls Dallas her second home. Mylinh has worked for MCS Industries, Michaels Stores, TXF Products, Cole & Ashcroft and Newell Rubbermaid bringing her ability to identify key issues and solutions to drive incremental and sustainable net operating income.

A seasoned world traveler and epicurean enthusiast, Mylinh has served as a member Power of Self Scholarship Committee, Orchid Giving Circle Grant Committee and Dallas Women’s Foundation Grant Committee.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Mylinh is fluent in three languages and lives and serves as the lovebird’s caretaker, her parents, who had the courage and will to escape Vietnam with their five children after the war.

As a child, Mylinh and her family were among the first wave of refugees who escaped Vietnam in 1979. Her family lived in the refugee camp for 12 months until they were resettled to the U.S., sponsored by a Catholic Church in Richmond, VA.


Victor Ulloa

FC Dallas Midfielder

FC Dallas midfielder Victor Ulloa is the longest-tenured member of the club. He is also the longest-tenured Homegrown player in Major League Soccer, having played for the club’s youth teams and eventually working his way up to becoming a professional with the team. A native of nearby Wylie, Texas, Ulloa was the captain of the FC Dallas Under-18 Academy side in 2010 before being signed by the club that July. Victor has appeared in over 120 matches for the club, scoring four goals and four assists for the team in MLS play. FCD’s No. 8 helped the club to its first Supporters Shield (MLS regular season champions) in 2016. Victor also led FC Dallas to its second Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title in 2016 after scoring a stoppage-time, game-winning goal in overtime of the tournament semifinal to beat the LA Galaxy, 2-1.

Victor was born in Chihuahua, Mexico to parents Guillermina and Evaristo Ulloa. He has a little sister, Anahi, and a brother, Ivan. In his spare time, Victor hangs out with his family and friends and playing on his PS3. His favorite team is Barcelona, and favorite player is Zinedine Zidane. Victor tapes his left ankle first then hops on the field twice as his usual pregame ritual.