Person Type: Board

Michele Glaze

Head of Communications & Community Affairs
Samsung Austin Semiconductor

Michele Glaze is a communicator, connector, and community advocate who has architected programs for great brands that galvanize stakeholders for a common cause. She succeeds in promoting and protecting reputations, selling products, advancing causes, raising dollars, and inspiring individuals to take action.

Serving one of the world’s most advanced manufacturing facilities, Michele is the Head of Communications & Community Affairs team at Samsung Austin Semiconductor. She manages a team responsible for communications and corporate citizenship strategies to preserve, protect, and promote the corporate brand and reputation with partners, government, media, employees, and other stakeholders. Michele was also part of the leadership team that managed the $17 billion economic development invest in Taylor, Texas.

Prior to Samsung Austin Semiconductor, Michele served as the Chief Development & Marketing Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area where she led fundraising through diversified revenue development, business development, volunteer management, and impactful marketing and communications. Prior to this role she served as the Director of Community Advancement at USAA where she helped to build the company’s CR programs. In addition, she spent 17 years at Dell, Inc., where she served in several marketing and communications roles including the Dell Foundation, Public Sales Line of Business, Public Affairs, Corporate Communications, and Services Marketing and ended her career on the Corporate Responsibility team leading corporate giving and employee engagement for the Americas.

Michele has had numerous “firsts” and “industry leading” activities throughout her career. She quarterbacked the Samsung decision to build a new fab in Texas and facilitated expansion of their employee resource groups. Michele led Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area in securing funds for their new Sheth Family Home Club and being #1 during Amplify Austin for 3 years. In addition, she changed the world ‘one computer at a time’ through a national donation program for underserved middle school students, architected possibilities for hundreds of nonprofit organizations and thousands of employees through philanthropic and employee engagement programs, led the merger of all United Ways in Williamson County, created community partnerships that effectively ended military homelessness in San Antonio, and advanced STEM skills and workforce development for youth in Central Texas. Michele has been honored and humbled to have worked with such great brands and colleagues throughout her career.

Michele is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations, and is proud to serve on the Moody College of Communications Advisory Council. She has supported the community in numerous leadership roles and currently serves with United Way of Greater Austin, Austin Regional Manufacturing Association, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Manor Schoolhouse Foundation, Boys & Girls Club, and The University of Texas’ Moody College of Communications Advisory Council. Michele is a graduate of Leadership Texas and Leadership Austin.

Ryan Frederick

Founder & CEO
SmartLiving 360

Ryan is the Founder & CEO of SmartLiving 360. SmartLiving 360 helps institutions and individuals thrive in the Age of Longevity by providing strategy consulting, real estate development services, and consumer content.

Ryan’s efforts and expertise are focused on the intersection of place, including housing, and successful aging. In 2021, he wrote an Amazon bestselling consumer book, Right Place, Right Time: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Home for the Second Half of Life, with Johns Hopkins University Press. His work and insights have been cited in Forbes, The Washington Post, and CBS, among other outlets and his white papers have been published in academic journals.

Ryan is a member of the National Advisory Council for the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University, a member of the AgingWell Hub, a collaborative of innovators in the field of aging led by Georgetown University, and a Fellow of Nexus Insights, a thought leadership platform dedicated to the dissemination of ideas and models that challenge the status quo and contribute to the transformation of housing and aging services for older adults. He is an Encore Public Voices Fellow and was appointed to the Advisory Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center Health and Housing Task Force headed by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros.

Ryan is a graduate of Princeton University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Ryan lives in Austin with his wife and three teenage kids.

Jay Fox

President
Baylor Scott & White Health – Greater Austin Region

Jay Fox is the CEO and president of Baylor Scott & White Health – Greater Austin Region. Baylor Scott & White Health is the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas with 51 hospitals and more than 1110 access points. Mr. Fox is committed to helping Baylor Scott & White achieve its mission to serve all people by providing personalized health care and wellness through exemplary care, education, and research through its Christian ministry of healing.

Mr. Fox has received degrees and certifications from the following: Baylor University, The University of Oklahoma, Southern Methodist University, and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Fox was selected (as one of a few in the U.S.) to participate in the Malcolm Baldrige National Executive Fellowship Program.

Mr. Fox has served on the boards of many professional and non-profit organizations. Most notably, he was a nominee for the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year Award, and was included on the Dallas Business Journal’s prestigious “40-under-40” list. Mr. Fox also served on the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council Board as chairman, Dallas Summer Musicals Board and Executive Council, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Citizen’s Advisory Board, past-chair of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Board of Directors, the national Malcolm Baldrige Board of Examiners, the Health Industry Council, and LaunchAbility. Mr. Fox has served on numerous other boards that include the ZACH Theatre; the Long Center of the Performing Arts; YMCA of Greater Williamson County; United Way for Greater Austin; Austin Chamber of Commerce, President’s Council; Texas CASA Board of Directors; Austin Area Research Organization; the Austin Monitor; Austin Healthcare Council, Chair; Texas Hospital Association Council on Policy Development; HOSPAC Board of Directors; and University of Texas Innovation and Design in Health Advisory Board, Chair. In addition, Mr. Fox was recently recognized by the Austin Business Journal as an Inspiring Leader and was selected as one of the Healthcare Heroes Award recipients by the Austin Chamber.

Dr. Sarojani Mohammed

Founder and Principal
Ed Research Works

As a research mobilizer, Dr. Sarojani Mohammed fights the injustice of knowledge-hoarding by making deep, meaningful connections between research and practice to foster the best learning experiences for each learner. She is Founder and Principal of Ed Research Works; a founding board member and Executive Director of Capacity Catalyst; and a co-founder of the Teaching and Learning Research Community.

As a quantitative evaluator and researcher, Saro has spent over 15 years’ conducting and advising on studies and external evaluations of (mostly education) programs implemented in public, private, and nonprofit settings to ensure that research improves learning experiences. Previously, she was Managing Partner, Research and Measurement at The Learning Accelerator, and before that, the inaugural assistant director of two research units at UT-Austin. Since 2008, she has worked directly with over 20 school districts through research and program evaluations, and one-on-one with more than 10 states to address capacity building and provide technical assistance.

Saro serves as a reviewer for and advisor to changemakers in the sector, including the Education Innovation and Research federal grants, United Way for Greater Austin, and SXSW EDU. She holds a doctorate in educational psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science degree in brain and cognitive sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Saro spends most of her time with her husband and son in Austin, TX, where they spend way too much time fishing. The rest of the time, they’re in Trinidad or Tobago enjoying Carnival and tropical beaches.

Cathy Harm

Regional Vice President
H-E-B

Cathy Harm is the Regional Vice President for H-E-B in Central Texas. In her role, she leads over 20,000 partners (employees) to deliver outstanding stores, products, services and community connections. Her responsibilities encompass store operations, merchandising, human resources, real estate, public relations, loss prevention/security and financial returns.

Being a recent Diversity Advocate award recipient, Cathy is known for her work involving young female leaders through the Coffee Talks program which is an inspiring and empowering forum that encourages and actively develops female leaders to important leadership roles. Her efforts, however, are not limited to this group as she is well known for talent development at all levels and with all groups.

Cathy has an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Texas Lutheran University. She has been married to her wife, Tracey Blackwell, for 30 years. They have two sons. Austin, who is a recent college graduate enjoying the start of his career in Alaska and Chase who is a sophomore at Baylor. Cathy has a passion for cycling and completed her first Century Ride this past October at the MS150 Ride to the River.

Patrick Dorsey

Retired Media Executive

Patrick Dorsey is the former publisher of Statesman Media, which includes the Austin American-Statesman, Statesman Studio, Statesman.com, Hookem.com, austin360, austin360 Radio and multiple other websites and niche publications. He is also a former vice president of Gannett, the Statesman’s parent company.

Patrick received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and went on to become a certified public accountant in Virginia. He began his career as an auditor with The Auditor of Public Accounts for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

He started in publishing with Gannett in 1993 as an internal auditor at their corporate offices in Virginia. He then served as a controller for Tucson Newspapers, Inc., in Tucson, AZ; director of finance for Army Times Publishing Company in Springfield, VA; group controller for Gannett Offset, also in Springfield, VA; director of finance of FLORIDA TODAY and group controller of the Gannett South newspaper group headquartered in Melbourne, FL. He was appointed publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat in 2005 and then publisher of the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, FL in 2012, where under his leadership the newspaper won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. In 2018 Patrick was appointed publisher of the Statesman.

Patrick sits on the boards of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, United Way for Greater Austin and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation. He is a past board member for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation (past Chairman), The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, the Florida Press Association (past Chairman) and the First Amendment Foundation among others.

He and his wife Kecia have two sons and a daughter: Connor, Griffin and Makenna.

Allison Dwyer

Retired Speech-Language Pathologist

Allison Dwyer is a retired Speech-Language Pathologist, wife, and mother to four daughters. After receiving her BA in Communications from The University of Texas, she went on to earn her Master’s degree from The University of Houston’s program in Communication, Sciences, and Disorders.  Allison’s focus was early language development and school age children. Working as an Speech-Language Pathologist in a Title 1 school illuminated for her that school age children didn’t need to be behind or qualifying for special needs if more resources were directed to quality early childhood education, whether at home or in pre-K. A child’s success in school, in fact, depends on this important foundation. Volunteering at her children’s schools has only validated this notion.

In 2017, Allison found United Way for Greater Austin’s Success By 6 programs and decided to devote her extra time to promoting their mission which was aligned with her own – to ensure all children begin Kindergarten ready to learn. She quickly joined the Executive Board for Women United, and currently is a Classroom Observer in United Way for Greater Austin’s partnership with Austin ISD. She is excited to serve on the Board and continue to learn and promote the good work of United Way for Greater Austin.

When not working, Allison enjoys spending time with her husband Kelly, daughters Emily, Annabel, Katherine and Maggie, getting outdoors, and walking her pups.

Yvette E. Ruiz

Vice President of Corporate Responsibility
JPMorgan Chase

Yvette E. Ruiz serves as Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase. Primarily supporting the needs of low-income communities, Yvette’s work with community thought leaders and nonprofit organizations advances policies and programs that are key to driving inclusive economic growth and economic prosperity.

Yvette has shaped JPMorgan Chase’s commitment to building the capacity of nonprofits led by people of color, supporting communities of color through a combination of direct programming and collaboration with local partners. Prior to her work at the Firm, Yvette managed a global community relations program at Austin-based National Instruments.

Yvette was raised in the Rio Grande Valley and earned Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations with a minor in Business from the University of Texas at Austin. Yvette was a finalist for the 2015 Profiles in Power by the Austin Business Journal and a finalist for the 2018 Austin Under 40 awards.

Yvette serves our local community in a number of ways, including active board service with KLRU-PBS, Austin Education Foundation, Barton Springs Conservancy, RAISE Texas and the Junior League of Austin. Yvette also serves as co-chair for the Austin Community Foundation’s Hispanic Impact Fund.

Jehmu Greene

Founder, Barbara’s Legacy
Political Analyst, Fox News

Jehmu Greene is the Founder of Barbara’s Legacy, a new initiative honoring Barbara Jordan and dedicated to amplifying the impact and voices of women of color thought leaders. With a curriculum designed from her 25 years at the forefront of progressive advocacy, Barbara’s Legacy trains, nurtures, and directly supports women of color to best position them to thrive as impactful thought leaders. A Distinguished Fellow at the Athena Center for Leadership at Barnard College, Jehmu is also a Fox News Political Analyst where she has unapologetically defended progressive values and policies on the network for the last ten years. Together with Jose Vargas, Alicia Menendez, and Jake Brewer, she co-founded Define American, an organization that uses media and culture to elevate the immigration reform conversation and was recently named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in America.

In 2017, Jehmu was the only woman of color to run for Chair of the Democratic National Committee. She ran on a platform of ideas, innovation, and uncomfortable truths. While her campaign garnered only half a vote from institutional Democrats, she changed the narrative of the race and inspired young people and women of color across the country to run for party leadership positions and win. She is also a Founding Board Member of VoteRunLead, a non-partisan organization that has trained more than 35,000 women to run for office. As a National Trainer for VoteRunLead, Jehmu travels the country training women to tell their stories and run as they are.

Jehmu previously served as the U.S. president and global Chief Marketing Officer of WakaWaka, working to bring solar power to people living without access to electricity; president of Rock the Vote, where under her leadership young voter turnout in a presidential election had the highest increase ever recorded; and president of the Women’s Media Center where she designed the Name It, Change It campaign to fight sexism against women candidates and trained progressive women to amplify their voices in the media. From Botswana to Ukraine, Jehmu has traveled the world training young people and women on how to amplify their voices and increase their political power. She was appointed to the U.S. Commission for UNESCO by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

An award-winning media and advocacy strategist, evangelist for social good, guacamole aficionado, and proud Texan, Jehmu splits her time between Austin, NYC and Instagram: @jehmu

Mollie Duckworth

Partner
Latham & Watkins

Mollie Duckworth is one of the founding partners of the Austin office of Latham & Watkins, an international law firm that delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. She focuses her practice on corporate and securities law, advising companies with respect to public and private issuances of equity and debt securities, compliance with federal securities law issues, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Mollie received a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and a B.S. in Communications Sciences & Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin. Before attending law school, Mollie worked as a recruiter for an enterprise software company and as a real estate broker in Austin.

Mollie is heavily involved in several of our donor networks at United Way – she currently serves as the Co-Chair of Tocqueville United, and has been involved with Women United for over ten years. Mollie is passionate about the important role of United Way to fight poverty in our community. She is also passionate about restoring historic homes with her husband Clay, enjoying the great outdoors, and spending time with their two children, Addison and William.