Via: D Magazine


Plus: Former OpTic Gaming CEO Adam Rymer finds new e-sports post, Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann hires former Mary Kay chief legal officer, and more.

Texas Women’s Foundation

Karen Hughes White, CEO and President


Texas Women’s Foundation has named Karen Hughes White as its new president and CEO. Prior to taking over one of the largest funds in the world solely dedicated to women, White held roles in similar nonprofit organizations for the past 20 years. Most recently, she served as Tri Delta’s CEO for 10 years and more than doubled its assets under management in support of scholarships and needs-based assistance for members. She also previously served as the SVP of strategic partnerships for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and as the managing director, sponsorship, and sports properties for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. To date, TWF has driven nearly $80 million in impact for Texas women and girls. White will begin her tenure on April 29.

Education: University of Georgia (BA)

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity

Ashley O. Brundage, CEO


Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity has a new CEO in Ashley O. Brundage. Prior to taking over the nonprofit, for 16 years she held various leadership roles at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. In her time at the United Way she launched North Texas Cares which resulted in $58.7 million in grants to over 1,000 different nonprofits; secured $40 million in COVID Relief Funds from the City of Dallas to develop the Dallas Rental Assistance Collaborative that served over 5,000 households; and secured over $1 million to launch Targeted Eviction Prevention Project in South Dallas. Brundage has served on the steering committee for the Dallas Housing Coalition since 2023.

Education: University at Texas at Arlington (MSSW)


Adam RymerChief Product Officer


Adam Rymer has joined independent video game company ProbablyMonsters as its chief product officer. Rymer most recently served as the CEO of OpTic Gaming, which merged with Envy Gaming, for two years where he led the integration of the OpTic brand into Envy and helped erect the eSports Stadium Arlington. He helped spur a $40 million Series C funding round for OpTic. He has also served as SVP, digital platforms for Universal Studios and prior to that was an executive movie producer. In his new role, Rymer will lead ProbablyMonsters’ development team to generate new ideas and opportunities for the company.

Education: The University of Pennsylvania (MBA), Harvard University (BA)


Rees Johnson, Chief Product Officer


Billion-dollar SaaS platform Thryv has brought Rees Johnson on board as its new chief product officer. Johnson has more than 20 years of leadership in the product experience space and most recently served in the same C-suite role for computer security software company Forcepoint. Prior to that, he was SVP of product management for Symantec’s enterprise division.


Education: The University of Pennsylvania (MBA), University of Utah (BS)

Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann

Julia A. Simon, Partner


Law firm Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann has named former Mary Kay chief legal officer Julia A. Simon as a partner. Simon was with Mary Kay for more than 23 years. Before joining Mary Kay, she was a partner at Locke Lord, then known as Locke Liddell & Sapp.

Education: University of Texas at Austin (JD), Texas A&M University (BA)


Courtney Tawresey, Shareholder 


Polsinelli has brought on tax lawyer Courtney Tawresey as a shareholder in the firm’s Dallas office. Tawresey previously worked as a shareholder for Munsch Hardt Kopf & Parr and was with the firm for more than five years. Prior to that, she served as an attorney for Kane Russell Coleman Logan and Husch Blackwell. Tawresey started her career as a litigator.

Education: University of Notre Dame (JD), University of Denver (LLM), Cornell University (BA)