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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Evelyn Henry Miller | Chairwoman
Chief Financial Officer, TDIndustries

EvelynMillerEvelyn Miller is the Chief Financial Officer for TDIndustries, a premier mechanical construction and facility services company. She has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector, as well as expertise in media and technology. Ms. Miller was recently named 2012’s Outstanding CFO for Midsize Public Companies by D Magazine. She is involved with many charitable organizations and has served on several boards, including eight years on the board of directors of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. Currently, she also serves on the board of directors for Dallas CASA and DentaQuest. Ms. Miller earned her degree from the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.

Marion Flores | Treasurer
Partner, SeatonHill Partners
MarionFloresMarion Flores is partner with SeatonHill Partners. She began her finance career at Citibank in New York, and moved to Dallas where she has worked in commercial lending, business consulting and media services. She is past president of International Women’s Forum Dallas and UT Southwestern President’s Research Council and currently serves on advisory boards for the Nasher Sculpture Center and UT Dallas School of Business, Center for Finance Innovation. Ms. Flores graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in philosophy and earned an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School.
Matt Adams
Vice President, Northern Trust
MattAdamsMatt Adams is a Vice President at Northern Trust, NA in Dallas, Texas. He joined Northern Trust in 1999 and has over 20 years in both Private and Personal Banking. Mr. Adams holds a Series 7 investment license. He holds a B.B.A degree from the University of North Texas, and has taken advance studies in financial planning at Southern Methodist University. Mr. Adams is on the Advisory Board of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and serves on the Board of Senior Source of Dallas.
Christine Breck
Managing Partner, Longstone Capital AdvisorsChristine Breck serves as a managing partner of Longstone Capital Advisors. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial industry, she has worked in high level roles for Source Trading, Bank of New York, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken and the Bank of Darien. In 2008, she founded Texas Wall Street Women (TWSW), a not-for-profit networking and philanthropic group for women in the financial industry in Texas and serves as president. TWSW supports Young Women’s Preparatory Network schools through financial and volunteer contributions. She received a bachelor’s in French from Connecticut College and is a CFA charterholder.
Lisa Cooley
 Community Leader

(photo credit: Jeanne Prejean, mysweetcharity.com)

Lisa Cooley is dedicated philanthropist involved in many charitable organizations. A new member of Crystal Charity Ball, she is currently serving as the honorary chair for The Family Place’s Partner’s Card and co-chairing the New Friends New Life luncheon. She has co-chaired of the Children’s Cancer Fund, and has served as honorary chair of both Heroes and Handbags and Housing Crisis Center. She moved to Dallas after graduating from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and she and her husband, Clay, started a car sales business. A mother of three and a dedicated advocate for many organizations, she and Clay have have been involved with many organizations including Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Dallas Women’s Foundation, among others. 

Laura Estrada
President & Owner, Garza Business Services, Inc.
LauraEstradaLaura Estrada is president and owner of Garza Business Services, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in corporate, legal and financial printing. Throughout the past 30 years, Ms. Estrada has supported women and girl-focused projects in the community. She is an active member of Dallas Summer Musicals, The Dallas Assembly, The Dallas Summit, and Hispanic 100. She is a graduate of Leadership Texas and Leadership Dallas. Ms. Estrada attended Texas Woman’s University and earned a degree in Radio and Television.

Margaret Keliher
Former Dallas County Judge

MargaretKeliherMargaret Keliher is a practicing lawyer and lobbyist. She is the former Dallas County Judge charged with overseeing the Dallas County Commissioners Court, and the former Judge of the 44th Civil District Court. Prior to becoming a Judge, Margaret was a felony prosecutor in the Dallas District Attorney’s office. Margaret believes in giving back to the community, and currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She is a Past President of Executive Women of Dallas and the International Women’s Forum-Dallas. Ms. Keliher graduated from the University of Virginia and earned a JD from SMU’s Dedman School of Law.

Barbara D'Auria Lerner
Associate Provost of Undergraduate Studies & Academic Partnerships, Texas Women’s University

Barbara Lerner is the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Academic Partnership at Texas Woman’s University. She has more than 30 years of academic experience as a teacher, scholar, administrator and consultant. Dr. Lerner facilitates public school and university partnership programs and serves as liaison to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the George Washington University and her doctorate from Texas Woman’s University.

Whitney Fogle Lewis
Whitney Fogle Lewis serves as associate counsel for Carlson Capital, L.P., a Dallas-based hedge fund. She received her A.B. cum laude in psychology from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mrs. Lewis is passionate about creating equal access to education, ending domestic violence, empowering young women, and tackling other issues that stem from the intersection of race, class and gender. She is the outgoing president of the Advisory Council for the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School; a member of the City of Dallas’ Domestic Violence Task Force; a member of the President’s Advisory Board for UT Southwestern; a Girl Scout troop leader; the president of her Oak Cliff neighborhood association; and a Junior League volunteer at the North Texas Food Bank.
Stef Mauler
President, The Mauler Institute

Stef Mauler

Stef Mauler is founder and president of The Mauler Institute, an educational consulting firm that offers support for high school students and their families with planning and transitioning into college. Previously, she served as senior director of Operations Practice and Management for Corporate Executive Board in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she worked for Lazard Asset Management and the University of Pennsylvania in undergraduate admissions. Mauler graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in economics and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She also has a certificate in college counseling from the University of California, San Diego 

Sharonda Pruitt
A native of Dallas, Texas Sharonda Pruitt is a lifelong educator with over 15 years in public schooling. An accomplished urban school reform practitioner, she has expertise in instituting magnet programs, career themed academies and transforming middle and comprehensive high schools. She has served as a teacher, 21st Century Community Learning Center Site Coordinator, department chair, Dean of instruction, Associate Principal for Teaching and Learning and a head campus leader. She worked as a Legislative Compliance coordinator, assisting in facilitating newly passed legislation into district policy and procedures. Her civic duties include acting as the director of the Clifton Porter Memorial Scholarship Fund. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor for the Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Education. A graduate of Skyline High School in Dallas, she holds a bachelors degree from Southern Methodist University. She has earned a Masters and Doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Michele Snyder
Director of Annual Gifts, Ursuline Academy of Dallas
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Michele Snyder is the Director of Annual Gifts for Ursuline Academy of Dallas. She has over 15 years of dedication to all-girls education and has focused her professional life on creating student leadership opportunities and guiding young women toward exploring new ground. Ms. Snyder earned her master’s degree in Education and National Certification in School Psychology for the University of Cincinnati.
Michele Vobach
Director, Global Markets, Municipal Banking and Markets, Healthcare Finance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
MicheleVobachMichele Vobach is a senior investment banker in Healthcare Finance for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is responsible for leading the coverage of a wide variety of healthcare, governmental and academic institutions through the country. Prior to joining BAML, she was a senior banker with Goldman Sachs. She is active in the community serving on the boards of The Arts Community Alliance (TACA) and the Municipal Advisory Council of Texas. She has also served as Corporate Underwriting Chair for Baylor Health Care System’s Celebrating Women Breast Cancer Fundraiser. Ms. Vobach graduated from Rice University and has been involved with the University in many roles over the years including serving on reunion committees, advisory boards and as DFW Alumni Association President.
Gina Betts | Honorary Director
Partner, Schiff Hardin
bettsgina-jld1160*1200xx1300-731-0-99Gina Betts has extensive experience in corporate and securities law. She represents issuers, underwriters and purchasers in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, and assists public companies in the preparation of periodic reports and proxy statements. She is chairman emeritus of Young Women’s Preparatory Network and serves as a board member of the Posey Family Foundation and Big Thought. She is a Crystal Charity Ball member and co-chaired the Genesis Women’s Shelter 2016 Luncheon and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 2016 Luncheon.
Todd Williams | Honorary Director
Executive Director, Commit!

ToddWilliamsTodd Williams serves as the founding Executive Director and Chairman of Commit!, a non-profit organization working to improve college and career readiness levels across Dallas County. He is the Education Policy Advisor to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and is the board chair for Austin College. Mr. Williams served as chairman of The Real Estate Center at the University of Texas and The Real Estate Council in Dallas. A Dallas ISD graduate, Todd earned an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a BA in Economics from Austin College.