Regen has spent most of her life focused upon the lives of young children starting as a student teacher during high school, elementary teacher, school counselor, head of early learning program, and, for the last 30years, as a civic leader for a variety of organizations serving young children and their families. She is a local leader and advocate for issues impacting the healthy development of young children.
For 12 years, Regen led the Zero to Five Funders Collaborative which, under her leadership, built and launched the Bachman Lake Together Family Center.
Currently, Regen serves as Chair of Early Matters Dallas, a local coalition and leader of a statewide network of advocates for policy change, increased funding, better coordination, and measurement of quality early learning experiences for all children.
In the Dallas community, Regen’s service includes previous leadership positions at the Child Care Group, Dallas Assembly, Dallas Foundation, Junior League of Dallas, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Dallas County Community College Foundation Board, Educational First Steps, Girls’ Adventure Trails, The Hockaday School and Planned Parenthood. Currently, she serves on the boards of Commit Partnership, Executive Committee of the Dallas County College District, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, UTSW President’s Advisory Board, the Executive Council of the Yale Child Study Center.
A Dallas native, Regen is a graduate of The Hockaday School, Yale University and holds an M.Ed from the University of North Texas, Regen has a daughter working in NYC and twin girls attending Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and Cornell School of Hotel Management.