Foundation for YWLA Announces New, Returning Board Members

The Foundation provides financial support to Fort Worth ISD’s only single-gender school for girls, which focuses on STEM and visual arts and empowers young women typically from low socioeconomic households to excel in traditionally male-dominated fields.

The Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth (YWLA) welcomes six new community members and two new partner representatives to its board of directors in 2019. The Foundation board consists of 22 members — 17 community members and 5 members representing the Foundation’s partners: Fort Worth ISD and Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN). 

“We have an amazing board comprised of local industry and community leaders,” said Courtney Radcliffe, Executive Director of the Foundation for YWLA. “These incredible men and women bring diverse perspectives, expertise, backgrounds and passions to the table. I look forward to what the future holds for the Foundation as we continue to foster relationships with people and businesses in the local community and spread our mission of empowering our future female leaders through academic and leadership excellence.”

New Foundation board members in their first year of service include:

Ashleigh Blaylock serves as Deputy General Counsel – Litigation, Investigations and Restructuring for TPG Capital. As chief litigator, Ashleigh oversees litigation matters and investigations involving the firm and is the legal lead for restructuring involving TPG’s portfolio companies. She also co-leads TPG’s Fort Worth Women’s Affinity Network and is a member of TPG’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Lane Borrello is the Vice President of Public Affairs at GM Financial, responsible for the company’s public affairs and media relations. Lane previously served in a leadership capacity at 2e Creative, an award-winning healthcare agency, where she worked with clients like Alcon, Abbott Medical Optics and Siemens Healthcare on PR, employee communication, social media and patient advocacy campaigns.

Brittyn Brender serves as Director, Client Advisory Team at Tolleson Wealth Management. With 14 years of experience in wealth management, she was previously Sr. Vice President & Wealth Advisor for Argent Financial Group, and Sr. Vice President/Director of Private Trust at Tolleson prior to that. Brittyn also serves on the board of Junior League of Fort Worth as Assistant Finance Vice President.

Jeanelle Davis is the Regional Public Affairs Director of BNSF Railway, where she manages community, media and local government affairs for the company’s southeastern region. Previously, she served as an American diplomat, including assignments in Indonesia and Guinea. Jeanelle has extensive experience promoting education and advocating the inclusion of women in economic development. 

Tricia Elliott, M.D., serves as Sr. Vice President, Medical, Academic, and Research Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, Designated Institutional Official at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth. She is also Professor of Family Medicine at the TCU/UNT Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and Affiliate Professor at UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Berta Fogerson is the Chief Academic & Accountability Officer for Young Women’s Preparatory Network. A 36-year veteran of education, Berta has 24 years of administrative experience, including serving as an assistant principal, middle school and high school principal, and as assistant superintendent. Previously, Berta served for six years as principal of a single-gender, public, all-girls school.

Keonna Roberts, Ed.D, serves as Director of Operations for Albert Roberts Law, PLLC in Fort Worth. Previously, she thrived as an elementary educator for 11 years in Fort Worth ISD and Birdville ISD. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) and Fort Worth Alliance of Black School Educators.

David Saenz is the Senior Officer for the Office of Innovation and Transformation at FWISD. A leader with more than 17 years of experience in public education at both the campus and district levels, David spent his first 12 years in Irving ISD serving as a middle school science teacher, middle school Assistant Principal and Middle School Principal. 

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