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Dallas Women’s Foundation has announced eight new board members, who will serve three-year terms from 2018-2021, and has also named A. Shonn Brown as its chair elect. Brown, a partner with Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, has been a member of the Foundation board since 2015, co-chaired the Annual Luncheon in 2017 and helped found The Village Giving Circle at Dallas Women’s Foundation.  She will succeed current board chair Caren K. Lock July 1, 2019.

New members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors are: Chrysta Castañeda, shareholder and founder, The Castañeda Firm; Effie Dennison, senior vice president, director of community development and corporate social responsibility, Texas Capital Bank; Stacey Doré, senior vice president and general counsel, Hunt Utility Services, LLC and InfraREIT, Inc.; Samantha Dwinell, vice president of human resources, Texas Instruments; Laura Maxwell, senior vice president of supply chain optimization, Frito-Lay; Sara Madsen Miller, principal and chief operating officer, 1820 Productions; Charmaine Tang, executive director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Rachel Vinson, president, Barings Multifamily Capital LLC. For a complete board list, visit

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Foundation president and CEO, said, “We are so fortunate to have 47 extraordinary leaders on our Board of Directors, and we’re proud that our board is one of the most diverse and inclusive in the entire region, with 43 percent being women of color or LGBTQ.  We are delighted to welcome our eight newest members, who bring expertise, passion for the mission and broad networks of influence to support our work. Our leadership lineup of officers is also an absolute dream team, with Caren Lock as chair, Shonn Brown as chair elect, Beverly Goulet as secretary and Mary Hatcher as treasurer. We are grateful to all of our board and executive committee members for their dedication to Dallas Women’s Foundation.”

Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $37.6 million since inception and over $4.5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.

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