Via: My Sweet Charity

By: Jeanne Prejean

Texas Women’s Foundation has added eight new board members and a new chair-elect of the executive committee.

The new members include:

  • Avery Belyeu, Regional Director, South Central Region Lambda Legal
  • Darcy Cowell, Principal, EY
  • Sakina Foster, Partner, Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Melissa Orth, President and CEO, The Legacy Senior Communities
  • Gwen Parker, Community Leader and Volunteer
  • Holly Reed, Principal and Practice Leader, U.S. Advocacy Services Practice, Ryan LCC
  • Gowri Sharma, Co-Owner, Top Pot Donuts
  • Julia Simon, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Mary Kay

Jones Day Partner-in-Charge Hilda Galvan has been made chair-elect of the committee that includes Chair A. Shonn Brown, TWF President/CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Programs Committee Chair Bonner Allen, Secretary Cheryl Alston, Investment Advisory Chair Bev Goulet, Advocacy Chair Betsy Healy, Treasurer/Finance Chair Michelle Hudson, Governance Committee Chair Lisa Montgomery, Members-At-Large Stacey Doré, Debra Hunter Johnson, Laura Nieto and Charmaine Tang.

According to Shonn, “Our legacy of inclusion is unique in many ways. Texas Women’s Foundation was built on dedication to equity and deep commitment to ending injustice. Our history speaks volumes – from the racial, cultural, ethnic and social diversity of our founders, to the fact that today our board is 49 percent and our staff 53 percent women of color and LGBTQ. As chair, I am proud of what we have achieved, yet I know we have so much more to do as advocates for gender and racial equity. Happily, we are welcoming Hilda as chair elect and eight outstanding new board members. Together, our 47 board members make up one of the most diverse and powerful boards in this region. We’re here to support the magnificent work of TXWF on behalf of women and girls, and to use our power, influence, voice and resolve to advance equity for all.”