Advisory Council

Members of the Institute of Women's Leadership advisory council standing on the steps of TWU's Old Main Building
Members of the Institute for Women's Leadership Advisory Council, May 2018. Photo by Michael Modecki.

The Institute for Women’s Leadership Advisory Council is part of Texas Woman’s unprecedented commitment to engage women year-round and build lasting foundations for the future. Council members will lend their expertise in developing better, more effective engagement strategies in leadership, business and politics.

Council Chair

A photo of Sue Bancroft looking to the left and smiling at a formal occasion.

Sue Schrier Bancroft 
Chair, TWU Center for Women's Leadership Advisory Council (Denton)
Area of Leadership: Education

Sue Schrier Bancroft is known for her community leadership in education and the arts. Bancroft is a retired professional musician, bassoonist and University of North Texas music professor. She served as the president of the Argyle Independent School District Board, the Texas Winds Musical Outreach and the Festival Ballet of North Texas. She was appointed to the Texas Commission on the Arts, and was a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra board, the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County Advisory Board and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Advisory Board. Sue is also a former chairwoman of the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents, past chair of Texas Winds Musical Outreach, past member of Texas Gifted and Talented Commission, past member of Cliburn Competition Board and TCU Board of Visitors. In May 2018, Bancroft received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Texas Woman’s University. Bancroft will serve as co-chair of the Institute Advisory Council with TWU Chancellor Carine M. Feyten.

Council Members

Arcilia Acosta
President & CEO, Carcon Industries & Construction (Dallas)
Area of Leadership: Business

Arcilia Acosta serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Carcon Industries & Construction, specializing in commercial, institutional and transportation design and build construction. Acosta is the founder of Southwestern Testing Laboratories, LLC, and serves as its chief executive officer and president. She also is the chief executive officer and controlling principal of STL Engineers. Acosta has been a board member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board since March 2016. She also serves on the National Board of Advisors at BBVA Compass Bank and is the chair of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce.


Dolores Barzune 
Community Volunteer (Dallas)
Area of Leadership: Education

Dolores Barzune has been a community volunteer for more than 33 years. A former music and art teacher, she is involved in arts education and arts advocacy. Barzune has served on the advisory council for the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas in Austin, served as co-chair of the advisory board for the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, chaired the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Dallas and the Board of Governors of the Dallas Symphony, and serves on the Dallas Planning Advisory Growth and Excellence Board for Texas Woman’s University in Dallas. Barzune is a Texas Woman’s University Distinguished Alumna, recognized for bringing honor to herself and her alma mater through outstanding professional achievements or notable contributions to society.


Charla H. Bradshaw
Managing Shareholder, KoonsFuller (Denton)
Area of Leadership: Business

Charla Bradshaw is an accomplished board certified family law attorney and Denton Managing Shareholder. Awarded 2016’s Best Divorce Lawyer by Murray Media’s “Best of Denton County,” Bradshaw has also been listed among the “Best Lawyers in America” since 2011. Bradshaw has written acclaimed articles in the world of family law and has received honors for those publications. She is a regular speaker at State Bar continuing legal education programs. She is the course director for the largest continuing legal education course in the State of Texas (Advanced Family Law Course). One of her most proud accomplishments in her profession is her service on the State Bar of Texas Family Law Council Legislative Committee where she has served since 2009. She has been instrumental in family law legislation, often testifying at the legislature on family law legislation. Bradshaw is a Texas Woman’s University alumna.


The Honorable Elizabeth Ames Coleman
Partner, Energy North America (San Antonio)
Area of Leadership: Business/Politics and Public Policy

Elizabeth Ames Coleman consults with clients in the federal and state energy regulatory arenas and provides strategic planning to companies navigating the intersection of their corporate planning with regulatory and political energy policy. Coleman served as one of three statewide elected commissioners and former chair of the prestigious Texas Railroad Commission, the oldest oil and gas oversight agency in the world. Coleman was only the second woman elected by the people of Texas to her position in the then 114-year history of the rulemaking body. She also served in the Texas House of Representatives from 2001 to 2005.


The Honorable Myra Crownover
Business Owner & Former State Representative (Denton)
Area of Leadership: Business/Politics and Public Policy

Myra Crownover is a businesswoman actively engaged in the banking, real estate, and energy sectors. Myra served in the Texas House of Representatives from 2000 to 2016. During her time as the State Representative from Denton, she was appointed chair of the Committee on Public Health, vice chair of the Calendars and Energy Resources Committee, and served as a lead negotiator for the House of Representatives on the Conference Committee on the Texas budget. Crownover holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Arts from Texas A&M University at College Station, both in professional education.


The Honorable Maurine Dickey
Vice President, Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. (Dallas)
Area of Leadership: Business/Politics and Public Policy

Maurine Dickey served two four-year terms as a Dallas County Commissioner from 2005 to 2013. Prior to her election to the Dallas County Commissioners Court, Dickey served as the former chairman of the Parkland Hospital Board of Managers, and was the only county commissioner to have served on the Parkland Board. She serves as chair of the Barbecue, Boots, and Badges Foundation, was chair of the Texas Department of Protective & Regulatory Services, the Dallas County Child Welfare Board, and served on the County Juvenile Board. She was also a founding member of CPS Community Partners and The Rainbow Room in 1990. The Dickey family owns Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, a franchised chain of 500 restaurants nationwide.


The Honorable Lee Gabriel
Justice, Peace 7 of the Second Court of Appeals of Texas (Ft. Worth)
Area of Leadership: Business/Politics and Public Policy

Lee Gabriel was appointed as the first District Judge of the 367th District Court in Denton County and presided in that general jurisdiction for more than 20 years. In 2010, Governor Rick Perry appointed her to the position of Justice, Place 7 of the Second Court of Appeals of Texas. Gabriel has been appointed and elected to numerous State Bar of Texas and other professional boards and committees including the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas’ Ethics Committee and the Board of Directors of the Texas Center for the Judiciary. She is also president of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court. She was previously the chair of Criminal Law Exam Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and served on the Judicial Advisory Council to the Community Justice Assistance Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She teaches criminal law at Texas Woman’s University and coaches a mock trial team.


Hilda Galvan
Partner-in-Charge, Jones Day Law Firm (Dallas)
Area of Leadership: Business

For more than 20 years, Hilda Galvan, a nationally recognized trial lawyer who focuses on complex intellectual property litigation, has represented plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts across the country. She has served as lead counsel for IBM, Texas Instruments and Essilor in the enforcement of their patent portfolios and in defending against allegations of infringement. She is chair of the Dallas Regional Chamber, serves on the board of trustees of the University of Texas School of Law, and on the boards of Parkland Hospital Foundation, Dallas Women’s Foundation and the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation.


Jennifer Waisath Harris
Owner, JWH Communications (Austin)
Area of Leadership: Business

Jennifer Waisath Harris currently manages public affairs campaigns for corporations, associations, non-profits and individuals. She brings more than 15 years of extensive strategic communications, grassroots and coalition management and media relations experience to her clients at JWH Communications. She previously served as press officer and spokesperson for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, coordinating response and messaging for complex issues including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, outsourcing and state contracting. Jennifer served as press secretary and communications director for Texas Secretary of State Geoff Connor and office director for former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza during his tenure as Texas Secretary of State and Railroad Commissioner.


The Honorable Sarita Hixon
County Commissioner, Kenedy County, Texas (Houston)
Area of Leadership: History

Sarita Armstrong Hixon, the Kenedy County Commissioner Precinct 3, was an associate attorney with Andrews & Kurth, LLP. Hixon is the chair of the board of trustees of the San Jacinto Museum of History Association. She is a board member of the Texas State Historical Association, Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, Houston Hospice, and previously served on the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board and the Friends of Communities in Schools board of trustees. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she received a law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.


Trea Yip
CEO, TY Commercial Group (Dallas)
Area of Leadership: Business

Trea Yip formed her company in 1990 and currently serves as TY Commercial Group CEO. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles, and her master’s degree from Southern Methodist University. She currently holds a Texas Real Estate Broker License. Yip serves many notable organizations including Baylor Health Care Systems, the Portfolio Advisory Board of Texas Women Ventures, North Texas Public Broadcasting (KERA), and is the former chair of the Dallas Women’s Foundation.


Lynn McBee
CEO, Young Women’s Preparatory Network (Dallas)
Area of Leadership: Education

Lynn McBee is a seventh-generation Texan and great, great, great, great-granddaughter of Emily Austin, sister to Stephen F. Austin, The Father of Texas. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where she received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. She worked as a consultant with a privately held biotech firm for 23 years. In January 2014, she was named the chief executive officer of Young Women’s Preparatory Network. McBee is best known for her leadership roles in the Dallas community and for her philanthropic endeavors. She serves on many boards including the Bridge Homeless Shelter, The Family Place Foundation, AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Dallas Women’s Foundation and the Texas History Museum.


Stacie Dieb McDavid
CEO, McDavid Investments (Ft. Worth)
Area of Leadership: Business

Stacie Dieb McDavid is a Texas businesswoman and philanthropist. She is currently chief executive officer of McDavid Investments Company, which involves real estate and other investing as well as operations for the McDavid equine breeding and training business. McDavid is vice president of the board of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and a board member of the Fort Worth Zoo and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She is also a proud Texas Woman’s University alumna with a Bachelor of Science in physical education.


Sara Madsen Miller
COO/Co-Owner, 1820 Productions (Dallas)
Area of Leadership: Business

As COO and co-owner of 1820 Productions, Sara Madsen Miller consults with business leaders on how to grow their business by increasing their brand and product awareness through digital marketing and paid media advertising. She is a results-driven business executive with more than 20 years of delivering revenue and successful outcomes by creating collaborative business strategies to help clients drive brand awareness. She also has served on the boards of the Cotton Bowl Classic Association, Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas Women’s Foundation, The Family Place, and the Dallas Assembly.


Neena Newberry
President, Newberry Executive Solutions (Dallas)
Area of Leadership: Business

Neena Newberry has spent more than 25 years advising and coaching business leaders in Fortune 500 companies. Her 12 years of experience as a management consultant span strategy development, operations improvement, and leadership development. In the last few years of her 14-year career at Deloitte, she was on Deloitte’s U.S. HR Executive Committee and led performance management and career planning for 34,000 U.S. Deloitte employees. In 2008, she launched her own company. She is an adjunct professor in executive education at the SMU Cox School of Business and serves on the faculty for the Women’s Initiative Fellowship Program at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Newberry serves on the boards of the Dallas Children’s Theater and the Akola Project, in addition to serving on committees at United Way and the Dallas Women’s Foundation.


Nancy Painter Paup
Regent, Texas Woman’s University, Ex Officio Council Member (Ft Worth)
Area of Leadership: Business/History

Nancy Paup is a fundraising consultant and former corporate relations and membership manager of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Paup currently serves on the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents and Ex-Officio for the TWU Center for Women’s Leadership Advisory Council. She also has served as a board member of the Texas Woman’s University Foundation and Schreiner University Board of Trustees, and campaign vice chair of the Texas State Historical Association “A Future for Our Past” fundraising campaign. She is a member of Certified Fundraising Executives International and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a graduate of Leadership Texas. Paup received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education from Texas Woman’s University.


The Honorable Betsy Price
Mayor of Fort Worth (Ft. Worth)
Area of Leadership: Politics and Public Policy

Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected in 2011 as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth. In 2017, Price was re-elected for her fourth two-year term. As the 16th largest city in the U.S., Fort Worth remains one of the fastest growing large cities in the country. Along with her focus on promoting jobs, strengthening education, fighting crime and improving mobility, Price has made significant strides along the path toward her vision of a healthy, engaged and fiscally responsible city. Price graduated from Arlington Heights High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Since then, she has been an active mother and a leader in the Fort Worth community, serving on numerous boards, commissions and professional associations. After running her own successful business for 17 years, Price turned to public service, and was elected in 2000 to serve as Tarrant County’s Tax Assessor where she quickly made her department one of the most efficient in Texas, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.


Rienke Radler
Commissioner, Governor’s Commission for Women (Ft. Worth)
Area of Leadership: Business/Art

Rienke Radler is a community volunteer and philanthropist. Previously, she worked as a physiotherapist in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Rienke currently serves on the Governor’s Commission for Women Board. She is also on the executive board of directors for the Fort Worth Pregnancy Center and the Radler Foundation and served on the Texas Ballet Theater Board. She is a group leader at Bible Study Fellowship International. Radler earned a Bachelor of Science in physiotherapy from the University of the Free State in South Africa. She is a native of South Africa and currently resides in Fort Worth.


Jean Stuntz, PhD
Professor of History, West Texas A&M University (Canyon)
Area of Leadership: History

Jean Stuntz has an academic background teaching Texas history, U.S. women’s history, Spanish Southwest, historical methods, U.S. history surveys and world history. Stuntz is a board member of the Texas State Historical Society and is involved in professional history organizations like the West Texas Historical Association and the Southern Association for Women Historians. She currently serves in her second term as president of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, the largest scholarly organization in the world.


Carla Thompson
Senior Vice President - Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services, Inc. (Ft. Worth)
Area of Leadership: Business

Carla Thompson has been in the investment business for more than 35 years, working with clients, various institutions and money managers. Within the team, she is responsible for bond trading. Thompson also manages client relationships and oversees the team’s technology operations. She is active in the community, serving on several boards of nonprofit organizations primarily in the arts including the Van Cliburn Foundation, Inc., and Kemp Family Farms.


Roslyn Dawson Thompson
President and CEO, Dallas Women’s Foundation (Dallas)
Area of Leadership: Business

Roslyn Dawson Thompson is president and CEO of Dallas Women’s Foundation, the largest regional women’s foundation of the 120 women’s funds worldwide. She is also the chair of the board of the Women’s Funding Network, which represents women’s foundations globally. A lifelong advocate for women and girls, she moved in 2011 from a 25-year career owning a national marketing communications firm to leading Dallas Women’s Foundation, where she had been a volunteer leader and donor since its inception. Under her leadership, the Foundation has seen remarkable growth. Dawson Thompson serves on the executive committee of Prosperity Together, an initiative of 27 public women’s foundations that have committed $100 million to advance women’s economic security in the U.S. over the next five years. Locally, she serves on the executive committee and executive board of Circle Ten Council Boy Scouts of America, the board of the Dallas Regional Chamber and the advisory board of the Junior League of Dallas.


Fran Vick
Retired Publisher and Author (Dallas)
Area of Leadership: History

Fran Vick is the retired publisher and founder of E-Heart Press and the University of North Texas Press. She is the 2011 president of the Philosophical Society of Texas and president of the Texas State Historical Association, 2008-2009. She is a former president of the Texas Institute of Letters and a fellow in the Texas Folklore Society. Vick serves on the development board at The University of Texas, the advisory board for the College of Liberal Arts, and the Heritage Society of Texas Exes. She serves on the advisory board for Texas A&M University Press and the President’s Council at the University of North Texas.


The Honorable Laura Wheat
Mayor of Westlake (Westlake)
Area of Leadership: Politics and Public Policy

Laura Wheat is currently the mayor of Westlake in northern Tarrant County. Wheat is active in the not-for-profit community and previously practiced securities law for 10 years. She has served on numerous boards including the JPS Hospital Foundation, Texas Health Resources Hospital-Alliance, The Gladney Center for Adoption, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, Cancer Support Community of North Texas and National, and the Westlake Academy Arts & Sciences Center capital campaigns.

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