Texas Women’s Foundation Today

We are a leading driver of meaningful social and economic change for women, girls and families in Texas. We leverage research, advocacy, innovative programs and solutions, and grantmaking to further our mission. We work to achieve our vision of an equitable society where women and girls are full participants. We celebrate every milestone that has helped us reach this point:

  • We have awarded $78.9 million in grants over 38 years
  • This year we have invested $7.1 million in strategic initiatives, program and grants supporting women’s economic security and leadership.
  • We are one of the largest women’s funds in the world with assets over $36 million.
  • We have deployed 100% of our assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and measurable social benefits to women and girls.

As a community-supported foundation, under the collective guidance and expertise of Foundation Staff and a Board of Directors who represent the diverse interests of the communities we serve, we are sharply focused on achieving our Mission, Vision and Values.


As an organization committed to advancing economic security and leadership opportunities for women and girls, we see progress in every measure of change – even changing our name.

In 2018, Dallas Women’s Foundation became Texas Women’s Foundation. This transformation honors our history and growth over 33 years as the trusted leader in advocating for and advancing social and economic change for women and girls in Texas. Becoming statewide better reflects our position as one of the largest women’s foundations in the world – in assets, impact, diversity and size – and our leadership in promoting equity and supporting solutions empowering women and families to make a better world.

Our Founders

We thank our founders – 19 remarkable women, a deeply inclusive group that represented a broad diversity of ethnicity, race, culture, political affiliation and financial capacity – who came together in 1985 to ensure that more resources were aimed at addressing the unique issues facing women and their families. Through their efforts, Dallas Women’s Foundation was established to unleash the power that strong women have in making a better world.  Today, we continue to honor and reflect our history of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Susan Shamburger Bagwell
Gerry Beer*
Vivian Anderson Castleberry*
The Honorable Harryette Ehrhardt
Catalina E. Garcia, M.D.

Frances Griffin-Brown
Helen LaKelly Hunt
The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison
Madeline Mandell
Joy S. Mankoff*

Maura McNiel*
Patricia Meadows
Carmen Michael, Ph.D.*
Gwendolyn Oliver
CoYoTe PhoeNix

Louise B. Raggio*
Rebecca R. Sykes
Oeita Theunissen*
Virginia Bulkley Whitehill*



The Heart Of Our Work

Texas Women’s Foundation (formerly Dallas Women’s Foundation) is a catalyst for positive change across the state, with a focused mission and vision to empower strong women to build a better world.


Texas Women’s Foundation is a community-supported organization that invests in the power of women and girls to drive positive change. Through research, advocacy, programs and grantmaking, we advance economic and leadership opportunities for women, girls and families to build stronger, more equitable communities for all.


We envision an equitable society where women and girls are full participants.

Values & Core Competencies


We are data-driven and committed to evidence-based decision making. We strive to be a trusted knowledge resource for communities, donors and grantees. We uphold the highest standards of transparency and accountability. We are leaders with a 33-year track record of helping women.


We have a clear vision of the future we are striving to achieve. 
We take responsible risks and are confident in our decisions. We rigorously vet our grantees, programs and investments.
 We act on the conviction that objective research and advocacy are our most important contributions. 
We proudly partner with our grantees in their success.


We value equality, treating everyone with respect and dignity. We embrace ethnic, religious and gender diversity. We are determined that our staff and board will authentically represent the communities we serve. We work together across boundaries, circumstances, backgrounds and cultures.

Our mission, vision, values, and core competencies of integrity, intentionality, and inclusivity supports all women and girls inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.


Our experienced leadership team is a trusted, collaborative knowledge resource for donors, lawmakers and community non-profits. Together, with our sharp focus, deep commitment and courage to invest in both proven strategies and new, innovative ideas, we can unlock opportunities and amplify the impact of every dollar donated and invested in women, girls and families.

Office of CEO



President & CEO



A dynamic, mission-driven and results-oriented leader, Karen has spent the past 20 years leading nonprofit organizations focused on the needs of women and children. With an extensive background in marketing and communications, Karen began her nonprofit career in cause-related marketing with Susan G. Komen where she ultimately served as the Managing Director of Sports and Sponsorships with responsibility for Komen’s Race for the Cure® and 3-Day for the Cure® signature events.

Building on her experience in connecting big brands with life-saving missions, Karen served as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where she doubled the impact of the St. Jude Thanks & Giving Campaign® and expanded the organization’s partnerships with corporate partners and premier sports leagues including the NFL and PGA.

A University of Georgia graduate and member of Tri Delta sorority, Karen returned “home” in 2014 to serve as Tri Delta’s Chief Executive Officer. During her tenure, Karen increased engagement among the organization’s 250,000 collegiate and alumnae members worldwide with a focus on personal and professional development, and diversity, equity, inclusion, access and belonging. She also helped create a culture of philanthropy among Tri Delta’s members. In 2024, Tri Delta will celebrate 25 years of partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will top $100 million in funds raised for the mission.

Additionally, Karen helped grow the impact of Tri Delta’s Foundation, more than doubling its assets under management in support of scholarships, educational grants and needs-based assistance for Tri Delta’s members along with grants to enhance the organization’s educational programs. She also led the significant growth of the Tri Delta’s housing arm through strategic capital investments and acquisitions.

As the single mother of three young adults, Mary Patrick (29), Will (25) and Tee (23), Karen’s passion for women and children runs deeply. To her core she believes that strong women, indeed create a better world. When she’s not advocating for Texas women and girls, she enjoys playing pickleball, practicing Pilates or walking her rescue dog, Murdock.



Director of Administration



Elise Daniel serves as the Director of Administration for Texas Women’s Foundation. In her current role, she is responsible for office administration and Board of Directors support. Prior to joining Texas Women’s Foundation, Elise supported the Mission and Advocacy ministry at First United Methodist Church, where she discovered her passion for nonprofit work and helping others. Before that, she spent her career managing vendor relationships with Fortune 500 customers, payroll implementation and ERP project management with organizations such as Oracle and ADP.

Elise has a passion and gift for giving back. She has been on many local and international mission trips and has served on the board at Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She is an active volunteer at church and Austin Street Center.

A third generation Texan, she grew up in Plano and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Psychology. She resides in Dallas with twins Holden and Isabella, who recently graduated college, and a rescue Boston Terrier. Her oldest daughter is married and lives in Denver. Elise is a lover of the Arts, home improvement projects, traveling, finding new hiking spots, and spending time with family.




Associate Vice President – Communications



Kristyn Senters joined Texas Women’s Foundation as Outreach Manager and is currently Associate Director – Communications. In this position, she oversees all communications, marketing, and public relations efforts for Texas Women’s Foundation, including but not limited to strategy, messaging, brand and identity, print and digital content, and event production. As Associate Vice President – Communications, she also ensures and guides the strategic development and implementation of successful events to support fundraising and awareness goals. This position also represents the Foundation externally with key program partners and/or community organizations and initiatives.

Previously, Kristyn had been with Junior Achievement of Dallas for 11 years, first as Marketing Manager where she managed all marketing and communications for the organization. She was then promoted to Senior Special Events Manager, a position she held for nine years. In this role, Kristyn managed all event development, solicitation, and logistics. In addition, she continued to manage all communications and marketing initiatives within the organization. Kristyn has strong experience and expertise in events management, marketing, public relations, program coordination and volunteer management. Prior to Junior Achievement, Kristyn interned with Howland Public Relations, Inc., and Bates Churchill Public Relations. She also interned in the Office of Publications at the University of Houston, where she earned a BA in Communications.

She has volunteered extensively, including volunteering on committees with Convention and Tourism Committee of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, and as a disaster relief volunteer for the American Red Cross. She is Legislative Voices Fellow for Leadership ISD – Dallas, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. – Northeast Dallas Chapter, where she currently serves as Chapter President and previously as Program Director. She also served on the board of Camp John Marc, where she served on the Communications and Outreach Committee.



Director of Community Engagement



Chandra Matthews is the Director of Community Engagement for Texas Women’s Foundation. In this role, her primary responsibility will be managing The Foundation’s Giving Circles, their membership, and the breadth of their individual grant cycles while working closely with the Giving Circle Leadership. She will also work on evaluating the impact of all Texas Women’s Foundation’s programming, including the assessment of existing programs, the current structure and expansion of our giving circles, and coordination and implementation of new programming.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Chandra worked for Helping Hands for Single Moms Dallas as the Development Director where she had a direct impact on ending generational poverty by assisting single mom families while mom pursued a college education. Chandra specializes in leadership development and relationship building with a lens of helping others reach their full potential.

Chandra is a Dallas native and graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Administration in Management. In her spare time, Chandra enjoys watching her son’s basketball games, reading or watching anything rom-com related, and socializing with family and friends. Chandra resides in Bedford with her husband, son, and mini poodle, Bentley.




Associate Vice President – Development



Joy Busch joined the Texas Women’s Foundation in August 2022 as the Associate Vice President of Development leading the strategy and fundraising for our two signature events, the Annual Luncheon and the Leadership Forum & Awards Ceremony. Having been able to turn her passion for helping others into a profession, Joy offers over 18 years of experience working with or directly for non-profit organizations. She has worked on social events, educational events, and endurance events and has done everything from managing corporate sponsorships and individual giving to leading peer-to-peer fundraising efforts. Having led multi-million-dollar events for Susan G. Komen, JDRF, the American Heart Association and most recently Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Joy is proud to bring her expertise to the Texas Women’s Foundation.




Chief Financial Officer





Senior Accountant








Mission & Grants



Associate Vice President – Mission & Grants



Mary Valadez joined the Texas Women’s Foundation in 2005 and is currently Associate Vice President for Grants. Mary implements the Foundation’s grantmaking strategies which are participatory, intersectional and equity focused. In addition to supporting all facets of the Foundation’s grantmaking efforts, Mary also leads the Foundation’s Young Women’s Initiative in Dallas and Houston. The Initiative’s purpose is to amplify the collective power and voices of young women of color to identify and address core issues and create solutions toward meaningful systemic change.

Mary brings her experience of working in the public sector’s fast-paced, community-centered, and responsive environment to the Foundation with an eye toward creating impact with a high degree of accountability. In addition, she values her own lived experience as a Latina and working at the intersection of gender and race is where she gravitates.

Mary has served on numerous community, advisory and nonprofit boards that support social services, education, community health care, and women’s leadership. She is originally from Central Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Mary and her husband of 25 years are longtime residents of Southeast Dallas and they have one daughter.



Director – Mission & Grants



Kim Hoang is the Senior Manager- Grants for Texas Women’s Foundation. In this role she manages the breadth of the community grant cycle and serves as a resource to grantees and grant applicants on the Foundation’s guidelines and grants process for all grants, including giving circles, LOIs, donor advised fund grants and any off cycle granting opportunities.

Having worked in nonprofit for over ten years, she is passionate about giving back and serving the community through education and support. Prior to joining the Foundation, she has worked at New Hope Housing, overseeing initiatives to end homelessness. She also spent some time with The Alzheimer Association managing their largest fundraising event, and The Salvation Army in Donor Services, working with donors to ensure fundraising goals and reporting were met.

Born and raised in North Texas, she lived for several years in Houston and graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in History and Asian American Studies. In her free time, she co-founded a nonprofit, Operation of Humanity, that brings people together, giving them an opportunity to volunteer and help the community. When she isn’t working or volunteering, she is most likely traveling, camping, hiking, cooking, or reading. Staying still is not a form of enjoyment.

Kim lives in Dallas.



Manager – Mission & Grants



William Capper is the Manager – Grants & Programs for the Texas Women’s Foundation. He serves as cross-departmental support for fundraising events and programs, as well as assisting in TXWF’s many grant cycles. William also oversees the Foundation’s signature leadership development program: the Women’s Leadership Institute.

Prior to joining the Foundation, William spent two years in 16 different countries throughout Europe, Africa and Asia working with local community initiatives to promote equity, justice, and sustainability. After returning to the states, William worked in administration for a company servicing the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

William holds two Bachelors: one in West Asian History, and the other in Linguistic Anthropology from the University of North Texas. In his free time, William enjoys volunteering his time and energy for justice movements and homeless protection, advocacy, and support. He is an avid reader and painter and loves long backpacking trips with friends.

William lives in south Dallas with his cat, Kenneth.


Carrie Freeman Parsons

Freeman Company
Chair of the Board

Cris Zertuche Wong

Goldman Sachs Realty Management
Managing Director

Karen Hughes White

Texas Women’s Foundation
President & CEO

Executive Committee

Chrysta Castañeda

The Castañeda Firm

Jana Etheridge

Capital One
Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff

Hattie Hill

Hattie Hill Enterprises
President & CEO

Lisette Mendez

VP, Latin America Controller


Constance Kleinert Babikian

The Pillow Bar

Phyllis Bernstein

Community Volunteer

Darcy L. Cowell


Sakina Foster

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Debra Hunter Johnson, Esq.

Reciprocity Consulting Group
Founder & President

Renda Mathew

SVP, Dallas Market President

Laura Maxwell

PepsiCo Foods North America
Senior Vice President Supply Chain

Sarah K. Miller

Kozmetsky Family Foundation
Executive Director

Aracely Muñoz

Children’s Health
Director, Corporate Partnerships

Patricia Miller

Community Volunteer

Neena Newberry

Newberry Executive Solutions

Melissa Orth

The Legacy Senior Communities
President and CEO

Holly Reed

Ryan, LLC
Partner, Advocacy Practice Leader

Debbie Rollins

Grant Thornton LLP
Managing Director

Sarah Saldaña

U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Retired Director

Gowri Sharma

Civic Leader for Women’s Issues, Education and The Arts

Shannon Teicher

Jackson Walker L.L.P

Shannon Thompson

Texas Instruments, Inc.
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel

Holly Tucker


Past Board Presidents & Chairs

Becky Sykes – 1985-1987
Sharon S. King – 1988
Matilda Bright Louree – 1989
Arlene J. Dayton – 1990
Ann Ross  – 1991
Barbara Cottrell – 1992
Gloria O. Chapman – 1993
Laura V. Estrada – 1994
Janet M. Harrison – 1995
Tracy Hopkins – 1996

Brenda F. Brand – 1997
Gina Montague-Hill – 1998
Debbie Branson – 1999
Pat Rosenthal – 2000
Lori Feehan – 2001
Cynthia Reavis Alford – 2002
Retta Miller – 2003
Cecila Stubbs Norwood – 2004
Julie Bleicher – 2005
Cecilia G. Boone – 2006

Robbie Raphael – 2007
Helen Frank – 2008
Mary Beth Bardin – 2009
Trea Yip – 2010
Diana C. Dutton – 2011-2012
Ashlee Hunt Kleinert – 2013-2015
Ellenore Knight Baker – 2015-2017
Caren K. Lock – 2017-2019
A. Shonn Brown – 2019-2021
Hilda Galvan – 2021-2023

Advisory Council


Kalita Beck Blessing

President, Quest Capital

Retta A. Miller

Partner, Jackson Walker LLP


Kim J. Askew
Lucy Billingsley
Cecilia G. Boone
Garrett Boone
Brenda F. Brand
Debbie Dudley Branson
Molly Byrne
Karen W. Coleman
Ka Cotter
Cece Cox
Dodee Frost Crockett
John Dayton
Lauren M. Embrey
Laura V. Estrada
Mrs. Regen Horchow Fearon

Carine M. Feyten, PhD
Florencia Velasco Fortner
Pam Gerber
The Honorable Kathryn W. Hall
Linda W. Hart
Marguerite Steed Hoffman
Lyria Frank Howland
Margo R. Keyes
Wendy A. Lopez
Sarah M. Losinger
Sharon E. Lyle
Joy S. Mankoff
Ronald Mankoff
Lynn McBee

Wendy Messmann
Anne B. Motsenbocker
Kathleen H. Muldoon
Erle A. Nye
Dianne H. Patterson
Robbie Raphael
Dotti Reeder
Betty S. Regard
Nancy Tartaglino Richards
Lesa B. Roe
Major General Mary L. Saunders USAF (Ret.)
Lisa K. Simmons
Abigail Williams
Katherine Wynne
Trea C. Yip


The Economic Leadership Council is a select peer group of philanthropy leaders and C-level executives from a cross section of industry helping to advance the next level of women executives in their companies, industries and communities.


Vanessa Salinas Beckstrom

Investigation & Forensics Partner

Debra Hunter Johnson, Esq

Reciprocity Consulting Group
President & CEO


Colleen Affeldt

Partner, Head of Leadership Development

Gillea Allison

D Magazine Partners, Inc

Ellenore Baker

Carter Financial Management
Vice President

Jennifer Biry

McAfee, Inc.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Shonn Brown

Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel

Linda Castaneda

Americas Deputy Vice Chair – Consulting

Bonnie Clinton

Toyota North America
Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Indirect Procurement Shared Services

Summer Collins

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Associate Vice President, Design and Innovation

Dodee Crockett

Merrill Lynch Wealth Advisors
Wealth Management Advisor, Managing Director

Monica Davy

SVP, Chief Culture, Diversity & Impact Officer

Debbie Dennis

Oncor Electric Delivery
Chief Customer Office, SVP & Chief HR Officer

Effie Dennison

Texas Capital Bank
Executive Vice President, Director of Community Development

Kara DeVita

Fossil Group
Senior Director – Social Impact

Stacey Dore

Vistra Corp
Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer, Executive VP of Public Affairs

Ashley Duffie

Ashley Duffie

Celanese Corporation
Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Jana Etheridge

Capital One
Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff

Christina Flores

American Airlines, Inc.
Managing Director, Global Talent and Inclusion & Diversity

Sakina Foster

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Carla B. Gale, JD

Regions Bank
Senior Vice President, Trust Advisor

Hilda Galvan

Jones Day

Vanice Hayes

Dell Technologies Inc.
Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Mary Henderson

Arcosa, Inc.
Chief Accounting Officer

Hattie Hill

Hattie Hill Enterprises
President & CEO

Brooke Hopkins

Alvarez & Marsal
Managing Partner

Michelle Hudson

Michelle Hudson

Hudson Peters Commercial

Lillian Kirstein

7-Eleven, Inc.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Jill Louis

Perkins Coie
Managing Partner

Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall

Dallas Mavericks

Martina McIsaac

MSC Industrial Supply Co.
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Retta Miller

Jackson Walker LLP

Diane Paddison

Founder and President

Carrie Freeman Parsons

Chairman of the Board

Holly Reed

Ryan, LLC
Partner, Advocacy Practice Leader

Joanna Ridgway

Santander Consumer USA
Managing Director and Head of Southwest Region

Colleen Risk

Colleen Risk

Chief People Officer

Susan Salka

AMN Healthcare
President, CEO and Director

Janice Sharry

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Theresa Stone

Oliver Wyman
Managing Partner, Americas

Thear Suzuki

Global Client Service Partner

Ellen Torbert

Southwest Airlines
Vice President Diversity and Inclusion (retired)

Holly Tucker

Partner, Risk & Financial Advisory

Nina Vaca

Pinnacle Group
President & CEO

Rachel Vinson

President, Debt & Structured Finance

Debra Von Storch

Board Director

Janelle Walker

Janelle Walker

Comerica Bank
Wealth Regional Managing Director

Women's Leadership Council

The Women’s Leadership Council is available to women who have graduated from Texas Women’s Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Institute. This visible leadership council is dedicated to ongoing leadership development, building a lifetime professional network and engaging with TXWF’s mission.


Darcy Cowell


Sakina Foster

Haynes and Boone

Steering Committee

Birgit Andersen-Moreno

Oliver Wyman
Head of Global Industries Marketing & Communications

Shajine Blake

Maric Healthcare
Chief Compliance Officer

Colleen Casey

Toyota North America
Group Manager

Catrina Gilbert

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
VP Risk Management

Brook Sims

MAC Diversity Recruiters
Chief Operating & People Officer

Breanna Trimble

AMN Healthcare
RVP, Recruiting & Placement


Laurie Benezra-Arron

Arron Coaching, LLC
Founder & CEO

Zenola Campbell

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
VP Concessions

Jennifer Chapman

Regions Bank
SVP, Commercial Banking

Anna Clements

Celanese Corporation
Improvement and Development Director

Natalie DeLisa

Fossil Group
Global Director Merchandising

Kara DeVita

Fossil Group
Senior Director – Social Impact

Ashleigh Everett

Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
Senior VP and General Counsel

Michelle George

Texas Capital Bank
Community Relations Manager

Barbara Girard

Merchants Capital
Executive Vice President

Lindsey Goldstein Provost

The Boeing Company
Senior Counsel

Katherine Graves

Sr. Finance Director

Dusti Groskreutz

Hunt Consolidated
President, Reunion Tower Operations

Kristen Hahn

Toyota North America
Sr. Manager – Transformation Enablement

Geraldine Hale

Celanese Corporation
VP, Finance Engineered Materials

Amelia Hartman

Hunt Consolidated
VP, Oil & Gas Marketing

Sherell Jefferson

Texas Capital Bank
Sr. Vice President, Private Wealth

Candice Johnson

Children’s Medical Center of Plano
Vice President of Nursing

Stephanie Kupke

Caliber Home Loans
Sr. VP, Strategy

Alexa Marrero

The Boeing Company
VP, Communications

Lisette Mendez

VP, Latin America Controller

Jill Meyer

Westwood Holdings Group, Inc
Sr. Vice President

Kimberly Neff

Principal, Financial Services Advisory

Laura Nieto

Southwest Airlines
Director Community Outreach

Gail O’Bannon

Dallas Mavericks
VP, Diversity and Inclusion

Laran O’Neill

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
Chief Advancement Officer, Foundation

Carrie Phillips

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Plant Manager

Connie Piloto

Oncor Electric Delivery
Director Communications

Stephanie Rabey

Managing Director

Amber Roy

EVP, Chief Operating Officer

Chaunine Shanks

Wells Fargo
SVP, Chief Operations Controls Director

Veronica Singleton

Children’s Medical Center Foundation
Senior Director, Operations & Experience

Elizabeth Smith

Hunt Utility Services
Business Development Manager

Erin Stewart

Pinnacle Group
General Counsel

Siva Surkunalingam

7-Eleven, Inc.
VP, IT Strategy & Governance

Shannon Teicher

Jackson Walker L.L.P.

Stormee Williams

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
VP, Chief Health Equity Officer

XIX Society Steering Committee

Candice Hill

JP Morgan
Treasury Management Sales


Jennifer Fitzmaurice

Varsity Brands
Vice President


Steering Committee

Kanitra Brooks

State Farms
Claim Team Manager

La Sharron Brown

Principal Engineer

Fidelia Johnson

Community Volunteer
Servant Leader

Cindy Masters


Aracely Muñoz

Children’s Health
Director of Corporate Partnerships

Kimberly Shapiro

Shapiro Search Partners


Stephanie Showalter

The Samaritan Inn
Major Gift Officer

Evelyn Zermeno

First Liberty Bank
SVP Treasury


Texas Women’s Foundation brings together and stewards funding from a broad network of donors and philanthropic partners, including individuals, corporations and other foundations. We are committed to upholding the highest standards of transparency and accountability to ensure the continuity of 35 years of trust we have built in our relationships with donors, grantees and community partners.