|Heidi Means, Past President: Heidi has served as a member of the High-Tech High Heels board since October 2014. She volunteers on the development committee. Heidi is currently the manager for Dallas Wafer Fab at Texas Instruments. She has held various leadership roles at Texas Instruments in Sherman and Dallas over the past 16 years. At TI, she serves as a mentor for the next generation of leaders. In addition to HTHH, she has supported the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women since 2013. Awards and recognition include 2016 Tech Titan Community Hero Award and 2012 Working Mother of the Year by WorkingMother magazine. Before joining TI, Heidi served in the U.S. Army as a Commissioned Officer.|
|Melendy Lovett, Past President: Melendy is one of the original founders of High-Tech High Heels in 2001 when she and other TI women were concerned with the low number of females graduating with technology-related degrees. She is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Trinity Industries, Inc. Before joining Trinity, Melendy spent more than 20 years at Texas Instruments, where she most recently led the company’s Education Technology business. In addition to High-Tech High Heels, her current board affiliations include Trinity Industries, Inc. and AVID Center. She also has served on the boards of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, the Employment Policy Foundation, the University of Texas Pan American and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.|
|Carolyn Tobin, Treasurer: Carolyn has long been dedicated to increasing the number of young women entering Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. Aligned with her passion for growth of STEM in the United States and associated opportunities for women, she joined the leadership team of High-Tech High Heels in 2012. In so doing she has helped refine volunteer organization and development activities. Most recently, she has accepted the role of Treasurer of High-Tech High Heels as the organization moves from a Donor-Advised Fund to an independent 501c3 corporation.|
|Christine Witzsche, Secretary: Christine serves as Secretary of High-Tech High Heels. She is a director of digital marketing and employee communications at Texas Instruments, and has been at TI for five years. Prior to joining TI, she was the communications director at Cooper Aerobics Health and Wellness, and she began her career at Golin, an integrated marketing agency, supporting clients in B2B and consumer tech industries.|
|Ellen Barker, Board Member: Ellen volunteers on the High-Tech High Heels development committee. She is senior vice president and chief information officer of Texas Instruments, where she leads TI’s Information Technology Services organization and is responsible for IT strategies and operational management of IT applications and infrastructure worldwide. A 33-year TI veteran, Ellen joined TI as a new college hire and has held a number of management positions, contributing her operational, financial and management expertise to diverse operations and functions across TI. Ellen believes in giving back and helping inspire the next generation of technology professionals. During her tenure at TI, she has served as a recruiter for the University of Texas and the University of Dallas and lectured on “high performance teams” at the graduate programs. In addition to her TI contributions, Ellen volunteers with the American Heart Association – Go Red for Women and serves on the board of Tech Titans, the largest technology trade association in Texas.|
|Robin Bray, Board Member: Robin has served as a member of the High-Tech High Heels board since 2014. In addition to her role as secretary, she co-chairs the Development Committee and is Event Chair of the High-Tech High Heels Friendraiser. Robin has worked for Texas Instruments for more than 21 years and currently is the senior manager of America’s pricing execution. In addition to High-Tech High Heels, Robin has served in several leadership roles with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and is actively involved with Susan G. Komen North Texas, where she was the top individual fundraiser for the Komen North Texas Race for the Cure for two of the last three years. In 2013, she received the TI Founders Community Service Award for her outstanding service to these organizations.|
|Jill Burrows, Board Member: Jill serves on the communications committee for High-Tech High Heels. She is director of digital marketing operations for Texas Instruments, and has been at TI for 12 years acting in various roles in Information Technology, Communications, and Human Resources. Prior to joining TI, she worked at several companies in the telecom, electricity, and food industries in software engineering roles. She is passionate about helping our younger generation get excited about STEM and the opportunities that are available to all. She enjoys speaking at universities and schools about mixing passion and engineering skills to find the perfect career . In addition to serving on the High-Tech High Heel board, Jill is an active participant in Leadership Texas, an active volunteer in United Way, and volunteers her time as a running coach for Luke’s locker and as a softball pitching coach for young girls.|
|Linda Diehl, Board Member: Linda serves on the High-Tech High Heels finance committee. She is vice president of finance, customer service and support for Bell Helicopter Textron, where she has worked for more than 26 years. In addition to High-Tech High Heels, Linda serves as treasurer on the Bell Helicopter Humanity Fund Board of Directors and is actively involved in the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Grapevine, Southlake and Colleyville, the National Charity League Metroport Chapter, Second Saturdays and the Dallas Junior League.|
|Julie Knecht, Board Member: Julie serves as a member of the development committee for High-Tech High Heels. She is vice president of financial reporting at Texas Instruments, where she has worked since 1999. Prior to joining TI, she worked in finance at Nortel and in real estate accounting at the Dallas Galleria and The Archon Group. In addition to High-Tech High Heels, Julie is actively involved with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Richardson Independent School District PTA.|
|Tracy Hamilton, Board Member: Tracy co-leads the High-Tech High Heels Speakers Bureau and has served on the High-Tech High Heels Friendraiser committee for 3-years. She also supports TI’s diversity initiatives and TI’s Women’s Initiative. With a background in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Tracy has been working in these areas for 28-years, including 12-years at Texas Instruments. In 2016, the National Society of Black Engineers Association awarded Tracy the Outstanding Woman in Technology Golden Torch Award. She is currently the Program & Product Management director in TI’s Education Technology group, delivering solutions that create an engaging learning experience leading to student achievement in math, science, and engineering worldwide. She also is the project lead for TI’s Annual Corporate Citizenship Report. Tracy is passionate about coaching and mentoring all students and is committed to introducing tomorrow’s leaders to the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experience.|
|Mary Henderson, Board Member: Mary serves on the High-Tech High Heels finance committee. She currently serves as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for Trinity Industries, Inc., where she has worked since 2003. Licensed as a CPA since 1983, Mary has helped leadership positions in a variety of industries before joining Trinity. Coming from a family of educators, Mary has always had a passion for education, especially access to education for all members of our society. High-Tech High Heels provides a unique opportunity to help young women better understand the STEM environment and increase their interest in these professions. In addition to High-Tech High Heels, Mary is actively involved in the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, where she currently serves on the finance committee. Previous board positions include The Board Connection and the University of North Texas Accounting Advisory Board. In 2011, Mary was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Chief Accounting Officer, Controller, or Treasurer in conjunction with the 2011 D CEO Magazine’s Financial Executive Awards.|
|Stephanie Pike, Board Member: Stephanie is a technology veteran with over 15 years in the digital space, including roles in software product management, digital marketing, BI/Analytics and eCommerce leadership. She is passionate about helping her companies thrive in a rapidly changing environment by adopting new digital tools and processes while building high-quality teams. She also has a passion for bringing girls and women into the technology space through active mentorships at her previous employers, including Dell, Office Depot, and Ricoh Americas. Prior to joining the technology field, Stephanie worked as a teacher at both the middle and high school level in northern Florida, and has an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Auburn University. New to the Dallas area, she currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Digital for Balfour/AAC and has been with the company for about a year.|
|Vicky Rupp, Board Member: Vicky coordinates the High-Tech High Heels Speakers Bureau. She has more than 30 years of experience in the Information Technology field (IT) at Texas Instruments, where she is a system programmer in TI’s Manufacturing Group. Vicky was recognized with the first “TI Founders Community Service Award” to recognize employees for their community service. In the community, Vicky is an Alumna of Leadership Texas that helps improve the lives of women in America. She also served as member of the Board of Directors for CITY House from 2005-2008. Vicky was recognized by Women of Color Magazine as a Technology All Star.|
|Amber Scheurer, Board Member: Amber is the chair of the High-Tech High Heels Grant Committee and has been involved with High-Tech High Heels since 2013. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, Amber joined Texas Instruments as a Process Engineer for DLP® Products. In 2017 she completed four rotations in the DLP Engineering Rotation Program and now works as a Product Marketing Engineer for DLP Pico™ Products. She has been the Texas Instruments Campus Manager for UCF since 2014, where she organizes and participates in recruiting events on campus. Amber is also a member of the DLP Women’s Initiative, TI Pride Community Impact Team, and Dallas Society of Women Engineers.|
|Laura Steffek, Board Member: Laura leads the High-Tech High Heels grant committee, has been on the HTHH board of directors since 2011 and involved in HTHH since 2007. She is director of operations for the Audio product line at Texas Instruments, and has also held leadership positions within the Analog division. Laura was inspired to become an engineer because of the example and encouragement of her father, also an electrical engineer. She is a passionate advocate for young women in STEM fields, and enjoys speaking to students, scout groups, educators and adults about engineering careers.|
|Prathibha Tammana, Board Member: Prathibha serves on the High-Tech High Heels development committee and is co-chairing Friendraiser 2017. She leads Project Execution department for Enterprise Applications at Texas Instruments. In addition to providing oversight to major projects enabling TI growth, her team also supports efforts to increase productivity and cost/risk avoidance. Prathibha started her TI career in 2002 as a Linux Engineer in the Education Technology group. Over the past 13 years, she has held various leadership roles including Software Test, Integration and Release Management for OMAP/Wireless Business Unit, Infrastructure Program Management for IT Services and PMO manager for IT Security. Prathibha earned her Master’s degree in Computer Science from UT Dallas; she is SANS Certified Information Security Leader and a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow Program.|
|Katrina Welch, Board Member: Katrina chairs the High-Tech High Heels governance committee. As Vice President and Tax Director at Texas Instruments, she is responsible for TI’s worldwide tax matters. Prior to joining TI, she worked in the high tech industry over the last 15 years. Katrina has a passion to serve and enjoys engaging in the community. In addition to being a board member for High-Tech High Heels, she is a member of Dallas First Presbyterian Church’s Youth Committee and secretary of National Charity League’s North Dallas Chapter, developing strong women leaders serving and impacting the community.|
|Rachel Williams, Board Member: Rachel Williams co-leads the development committee for High-Tech High Heels. Rachel has worked at Texas Instruments for over 12 years and is currently the controller and director of finance and operations for Analog Linear Power. She began her career in Investment Banking at Bear Stearns in New York City focusing in technology and entertainment industries, which eventually lead her to Texas Instruments where she has held a number of leadership positions in operations, finance, and accounting. At Texas Instruments she is a leader in diversity awareness, employee recruitment, training and development. Rachel has two young girls that continue to drive her passion around gender equality and inspiring young women in the fields of math, science, and technology. In addition to High-Tech High Heels, Rachel is on the Children’s Council of First United Methodist Church of McKinney, is a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and a 2018 Leadership America professional. She has served as the Vice President of Community Service for the Indiana University Alumni Board, a Big Sister for BBBS, 3-Day Walker for Susan G. Komen, volunteer for North Texas Food Bank and is a Leadership Texas Alumna.|
|Allison Shelton, Board Member: Allison Shelton is a member of the Development Committee and is the chair of the 2019 Friendraiser. She has been a member of the Friendraiser committee since 2015 and is passionate about making sure young girls are inspired to pursue, and know how to prepare for, STEM college level degree programs. She is a Product Manager in IT Infrastructure Services at Citigroup. In addition to High-Tech High Heels, Allison is actively involved with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
| Rosemary Aguilar, Board Member: Rosemary serves on the High-Tech High Heels Education Committee. She is currently director of the Infinity Project, a national engineering education program for secondary schools in the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University where she has worked for 14 years. Ms. Aguilar works with leading university engineering professors, industry experts and educators to develop project-based engineering curricula designed to inspire middle school and high school students to pursue STEM related fields of study. She is also responsible for the delivery of professional development institutes and creation of instructional support materials that enables math, science, and technology educators to implement engineering education successfully into their classrooms.
Previously, Ms. Aguilar managed technical training and documentation functions for Nortel Network and Samsung Telecommunications. She started her career teaching Mathematics and Computer Science in the public schools. She is a graduate of Leadership Texas and Leadership America and over the years has volunteered and served on various boards such as American Association of University Women, Hispanic Women’s Network – Dallas Chapter, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and DFW Technology Education Council.