1 empowering women ywca Board of Directors Cathy Bryce, President Superintendent Highland Park ISD 7015 Westchester Dallas, TX (p) Dr. Cathy Bryce recently announced her retirement from her position as Superintendent of Schools for Highland Park ISD as position she has held since Cathy has more than 30 years of experience in the field of public education. Cathy serves on the Legislative Committee for the Texas Association of School Administrators, on the Executive Committee for the Texas Schools Coalition, on the Board of Directors of the Texas Principal Leadership Initiative, and as President of the Texas Association of Suburban & Mid-Urban Schools. Ka Cotter, Immediate Past President 5433 Northbrook Dr. Dallas, TX Ka Cotter joined The Staubach Company as a founding member in Ultimately she was promoted to Vice Chairman and was responsible for the development and implementation of the sales and marketing strategy on domestic and international accounts. Ka continues to play an active part in the success of The Staubach Company as a member of its Board of Directors. Ka s professional and civic activities include the Committee of 200, Executive Committee and Management School Advisory Board of the University of Texas at Dallas, International Women s Forum, and Leadership Dallas Alumni. Valerie O Neal, Treasurer VP/Senior Private Banker Wells Fargo Bank 1445 Ross Ave., 44 th floor MAC T Dallas, Texas Valerie O Neal has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, and presently serves as Senior Private Banker for Wells Fargo. She oversees complex relationships with high net worth clients, incorporating depository, lending, investment and wealth transfer solutions. Valerie serves as VP-Development on Camp Fire Boys/Girls Board of Directors, and is involved in raising funds for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Dallas Symphony League and the March of Dimes.
2 Joyce Meyer, Secretary Liaison to the Board of Directors YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas 4144 N. Central Expwy., Ste. 580 Dallas, TX When Joyce joined the YWCA in 2005, she brought nearly 20 years of experience supporting boards of directors for trade associations and private corporations. She also has an extensive background in domestic and international meeting and event planning, and is recognized by the Convention Industry Council as a Certified Meeting Professional Angela Fontana, Chair, Board Development Committee Partner Weil Gotshal & Manges, LLP 200 Crescent Ct., Ste. 300 Dallas, Texas Angela Fontana is a partner in Weil, Gotshal & Manges corporate department, where her practice consists primarily of financing transactions and debt restructuring. One of her most notable transactions was the representation of the agents and lead arrangers for Kmart Corporation s exit financing. Angela co-authored the Corporate Law chapter of The Corporate Counselor s Desk Book published in 1999, and is listed in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Carol Glendenning, Chair Governance Committee Partner & Chair Strasburger & Price, LLP 901 Main St., Ste Dallas, TX Carol Glendenning advises Strasburger & Price s clients on corporate and securities law matters such as mergers and acquisitions, business contracts, governance issues, and officers and directors fiduciary responsibilities. She also serves as Chair of her firm s Policy Committee, one of the few women who have ever held that position. In Carol co-chaired the Corporation Law Committee of the Texas Business Law Section, and in 2002 she served as Chair of Dallas Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section.
3 Anne Reeder, Chair, Resource Development Committee 3532 Granada Ave. Dallas, Texas Anne Reeder is a community volunteer, who has business experience as well. Highly involved in fundraising events for local charities. Anne has deep experience in fundraising, particularly in strategy development and planning and executing special events. Anne has strong leadership skills in the area of fund development. Maria Scannapieco, Chair, Program Committee Professor, UTA School of Social Work PO Box Arlington, TX Maria Scannapieco has been the Director of the Judith Birmingham Center for Child Welfare at the University of Texas at Arlington since 1996 and is the principal investigator of two federally funded grants estimated at $3.7 million. She has worked in the public child welfare arena for more than 20 years with direct child protection experience as well as foster care administrative experience. Maria has had more than 70 publications and presentations competitively selected. She has also been published in such professional journals as Child Welfare, Social Service Review, Children and Youth Services Review, and Social Work. Margaret Keliher, Chair, Advocacy Committee Executive Director Texas Business for Clean Air 4219 Fairfax Dallas, Texas Margaret Keliher was elected to a four-year term as County Judge in November 2002, and she was the first woman in the history of Dallas County to serve in that capacity. Following her term, Margaret accepted a position with Locke Liddell and is now the Executive Director of Texas Business for Clean Air. Margaret previously handled commercial and business litigation for a local law firm and served the Dallas District Attorney s office as a felony prosecutor. Margaret s community involvement includes service on the boards of Dallas County Mental Health Association, the Dallas Children s Theatre Guild, and the Volunteer Center of Dallas.
4 T. Michael Mike Wilson, Exec. Comm. At-Large Managing Partner Jackson Walker L.L.P. 901 Main St., Ste Dallas, TX As Managing Partner of Jackson Walker, LLP, Mike Wilson s duties include chairing all major committees of the partnership. In 30 years as a trial lawyer, his practice has consisted of representing clients in complex business and commercial litigation matters. Mike is former chairman of the Dallas Association of Defense Counsel and is a life fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. He serves as a board member for the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce and North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts, chairs the board of BioDFW, and is a former board member of the Dallas Citizens Council. Ronald Ron Parker, Exec. Comm. At-Large SVP Human Services PepsiCo, N.A Headquarters Dr. Plano, TX A 25-year veteran of PepsiCo, Ron Parker serves as SVP of Human Resources and leads its Diversity & Inclusion Governance Council. He oversees succession planning, labor relations and human capital maximization. He previously served as Assistant Vice President of American Quasar Petroleum and Assistant Director of Athletics at TCU. Ron serves on the Board of Directors of Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, the Heart Hospital of the Southwest, and the International Board of Visitors and Board of Trustees for Texas Christian University.
5 Marilyn Acheson Principal & Director Keystone Strategies USA, LP 1320 Cartwright Dr. Cedar Hill, Texas ext. 1 Marilyn Acheson is the founding principal of Keystone Strategies USA and serves as Director of Asset Management. She is responsible for asset and property management, client/investor relations and development and the daily business operations. She has more than 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Marilyn is the VP of Restoration Specialists with responsibility for the financial, business development, human resources and risk management operations. Past president of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), Marilyn also served on the NTCAR Board of Directors and is a former member of Dallas Women s Foundation Board of Trustees. Betsey Attel Independent Health Care Consultant 4149 Boca Bay Dallas, Texas Now an independent health care consultant, Betsey Attel has 30+ years of health care administrative and operational experience, primarily in the public sector. As senior administrator of the Division of Women & Children at Parkland Hospital, she was responsible for operations of the largest maternity service in the U.S. Betsey has led numerous personal and professional development workshops on leadership and communication, in collaboration with Contegrity Program Designs. Lola Chriss Manager-Health Benefits, Health Promotions & Occupational Health Texas Instruments P.O. Box , MS 3905 Dallas, Texas As Manager of Health Benefits, Health Promotions and Occupational Health Services for Texas Instruments, Lola Chriss directs operations for employee and retiree health and welfare plans and has responsibility for managing 45 external suppliers. Before joining TI, Lola was on the staff of FedEx where she opened and directed Dallas first regional Health Assessment Center.
6 Susan Conner Financial Consultant 4107 Travis St. Dallas, TX During her 15 years in public accounting, Susan Conner has served as a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers audit and business advisory services division, and later joined Pegasus Solutions, Inc. as its executive vice president and chief financial officer. Highlights of her career include serving clients in a variety of areas within the media and entertainment sectors, and acting as a key member of the team that took Pegasus private in an equity transaction in Susan is a member of Financial Executives International and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. From 1994 until 2000, she served on the Board of Trustees for Dallas Can! Academy and chaired its Finance Committee. Lou Delery Sr. VP- Service Delivery AT&T 208 S. Akard St., Ste Dallas, TX Lou Delery is Senior Vice President, Service Delivery for AT&T Business Markets. His nationwide team is responsible for the overall care of AT&T s business customers from both a pre-sale and post-sale customer care perspective. Key functions include ordering, provisioning, project management and service management. Since joining AT&T in 1982, Delery has held several key positions throughout the firm, including assignments in sales, marketing, product management, strategy, operations, international and general management. Kent Eastman Area President-Dallas/Fort Worth Capital One, N.A Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 300 Dallas, TX Twenty-five years in the banking industry led to Kent Eastman s appointment in 2005 as D/FW Area President & Regional Commercial Banking Manager of Capital One, N.A. Kent served on the Board of Directors of such organizations as the Better Business Bureau, Boy Scouts Ouachita Valley Council, Robert Morris Associates and the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
7 Debbie Frazier President etc group 3629 Wooded Creek Circle Arlington, TX Debbie Frazier is an entrepreneur and owner of ETC Group, Inc. She takes lead roles in community fundraising events. She has significant access for fundraising through community/professional contacts and special events. She is also highly visible in the community, and brings a strong PR/marketing background. Kevin Hanigan President Retail Banking Group Guaranty Bank 8333 Douglas Ave. Dallas, TX Kevin Hanigan s strong background in the banking industry began when he accepted the position of Manager of the Metropolitan Lending Division of Bank One and was later promoted to Senior Vice President. Went on to serve as Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance for Premier Bank in Houston. Kevin joined Guaranty Bank in 1996 and assumed responsibility for corporate business lending and new business development in the Houston area; and currently heads Guaranty Bank s Corporate Banking Group as its Executive Vice President. David Holl President & CEO Mary Kay, Inc Dallas Pkwy. Addison, TX David Holl joined the staff of Mary Kay, Inc. in 1993 and was named President & CEO in As leader of the firm s executive committee, he directs operational and fiscal initiatives for more than 4,000 employees worldwide. Prior to joining Mary Kay, Inc., he served as VP-Corporate Capital Division of Citibank and was a financial analyst for Union Texas Petroleum. David serves on the Board of Directors of the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association and the World Federation of Direct Selling CEO Council, as well as the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce and Dallas Citizens Council.
8 Nichole Jordan Partner Grant Thornton, LLP 1717 Main St., Ste Dallas, Texas In her role as an assurance partner with Grant Thornton, Nichole Jordan serves as the Dallas Financial Services and Financial Institutions Practice Leader. She assists clients with annual filings, debt and equity offerings, due diligence and purchase price allocations, as well as compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and FDICIA. She takes an active role in Grant Thornton. Nichole is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Female Executives, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. Barbara Levenson President & CEO Levenson & Hill Advertising 717 N. Harwood, Ste Dallas, Texas Barbara Levenson is the president & CEO of Levenson & Hill Advertising, specializing in entertainment and retail advertising, publicity and promotion. For more than 35 years in the industry, she has filled senior management responsibilities, including business development, account supervision and financial management. Barbara previously served as VP & Director of Bozell & Jacobs 12 regional media buying offices, and later headed the agency s Retail Services Group. Kathleen Martinez VP Community Affairs Wachovia 5080 Spectrum Dr., Ste. 500-E Addison, TX As Vice President & Community Affairs Manager for Wachovia Bank, Kathleen Martinez leads sponsorships and relationships with non-profit organizations in four states. Responsibilities also include managing Wachovia Foundation and directing the bank s employee community involvement network. Prior to joining Wachovia, Kathleen provided marketing, brand development and reputation management for Laredo Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Congressman Silvestre Reyes, and Southwest Airlines. She serves on the state advisory board for AVID, a national college readiness program.
9 Elizabeth Mitchell SVP Corporate Banking Texas Capital Bank 2100 McKinney Ave., Ste. 900 Dallas, TX Elizabeth Mitchell is the Senior Vice President of Texas Capital Bank, overseeing consumer lending operations in 15 global business units and supporting the development of new markets. Her fields of leadership include strategy, finance and operations. Prior to joining Texas Capital, Elizabeth was on the staff of Citigroup. Elizabeth s community service includes serving on Citigroup s Volunteer Organization and the Wyatt Elementary PTA. Erle Nye Chairman Emeritus -- TXU EN Consulting 2651 N. Harwood St., Ste. 250 Dallas, Texas Now Chairman Emeritus, Erle Nye served as Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive of TXU Corp. from and as President from Erle is a lifetime member of Texas A&M University s Chancellor s Century Council. He was appointed by the Texas A&M Board of Regents by Gov. George Bush in 1999 and has chaired the Baylor College of Dentistry Board of Directors and the executive board of SMU s Cox School of Business. Erle chairs the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations and the Dallas Together Forum. Mary Martha Pickens Sr. VP Market Manager Bank of America N. Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 850 Addison, TX Mary Martha Pickens presently serves as Sr. VP and Premier Banking Manager for Bank of America, where she is responsible for growth, acquisition, credit and investments for premier clients. She coaches other bankers in skills of managing portfolios for affluent clientele. For 10 years before joining Bank of America, she was employed by JP Morgan/Chase Bank where her career developed from financial services representative to VP and Business Banking Area Manager. Prior to entering the field of banking, she was an elementary school teacher.
10 Emilynn Wilson Community Volunteer 3626 University Blvd. Dallas, TX Emilynn Wilson s served as a bankruptcy administrator for Bartholow & Milbank for six years, but she is best known in the community for her generous volunteer efforts. She has served on numerous boards, including Dallas Children s Theatre, Dallas Historical Society, Dallas Symphony League, Genesis Women s Shelter and Ronald McDonald House. She has served with Crystal Charities, the Dallas Arboretum, the Dallas Woman s Club and many more. Emilynn has received are the Zeta Tau Alpha Philanthropy Award, Les Femmes du Monde Honor Roll, and the Women s Council of the Dallas Arboretum Leadership Award. Shawna Wilson VP Enterprise Risk Mgt. PepsiCo Finance 4136 Buena Vista St. Dallas, TX Shawna Wilson is the VP of Enterprise Risk Management for PepsiCo. In her current position she is responsible for the identification and mitigation of global business risks that may make the obtainment of PepsiCo s goal of delivering increased share holder value more challenging. Shawna was formally a Region VP of Finance for Frito-Lay North America and began her 18 year career with Frito-Lay in its Operations. Paige Montgomery (Young Leaders Board president) Associate Weil Gotshal & Manges 200 Crescent Ct., Ste. 300 Dallas, TX Paige Montgomery is an associate in Weil Gotshal s Litigation/Regulatory department. Her practice is focused primarily on complex commercial litigation. She has litigated a wide range of disputes and has also been involved in a number of pro bono activities. Before joining the firm, Ms. Montgomery clerked for the Honorable Barefoot Sanders of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Paige was a founding member of the YWCA Young Leaders Board. Her public service activities also include the Leadership Arts Program, Make a Wish Foundation of North Texas, Promise House, Junior League of Dallas, and Attorneys Serving the Community.