Dani Bartells
Development & Events Coordinator


Dani started her Fortress journey as a volunteer in 7th grade, and has been on staff since 2010. After spending eight years overseeing Fortress's programs as its Volunteer Coordinator and then Program Director, she is excited to join the development team and is eager for the new challenges and opportunities this season will bring. She is particularly excited to combine her passion for telling Fortress's stories with her skill of gathering and interpreting data to share the growth and success of Fortress's programs with existing and potential donors.

Dani also enjoys sharing Fortress's work on local and national levels. She has been a presenter at the Texas Mentoring Summit, North Texas Giving Day Social Media Training, National Mentoring Summit, and Beyond School Hours Conference. She also led the Texas team in advocacy for vulnerable youth through the National Mentoring Summit's Capitol Hill Day in 2017. 

Dani spends her free time cheering on the Texas Rangers and Horned Frogs football and binge-watching Netflix original series. She lives in Fort Worth with her husband, Kevin, and their two cats, Felix and Yzma. She is looking forward to spending her first few years of marriage travelling with Kevin to different parts of the country and the world -- so far, they've enjoyed visiting Seattle, the Texas Hill Country, and Paris, France together!