melendy Melendy Lovett, Co-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.
heidi Heidi Means, Co-President:  Heidi leads one of the largest volume wafer fabrication sites at Texas Instruments, and she is actively involved in community support and TI diversity initiatives. These include the TI Women’s Initiative, which encourages and influences the retention, recruitment, and advancement of women throughout TI and its community, and activating the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women programs across TI. Heidi was named Working Mother of the Year by WorkingMother magazine for her significant contributions and leadership at TI while also balancing family responsibilities and inspiring other women to pursue careers and leadership opportunities. Before joining TI, Heidi served in the U.S. Army as a Commissioned Officer at Ft. Hood, Texas, and the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C.
carolyn Carolyn Tobin, Treasurer:  Carolyn has long been dedicated to increasing the number of young women entering STEM fields. She joined the High-Tech High Heels leadership team in 2012 and has guided the organization’s transition from a Donor-Advised Fund to an independent 501(c)3 corporation. Carolyn recently retired after 25 years with Bell Helicopter, where she held a variety of engineering management positions. She is an active volunteer serving local and national organizations, including the Dallas Junior Forum, where she serves on the development committee and as a mentor, and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, where she currently serves as the treasurer of the fraternity’s Dallas alumnae association.
Robin Robin Bray, Secretary:  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.
 Ellen Ellen Barker, Board Member: Ellen volunteers on the High-Tech High Heels grant committee. She is 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 30-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 Cancer Society in the McKinney Relay for Life and is an active leader in her church.
 linda 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.
mariquita Mariquita Gordon, Board Member:  Mariquita volunteers on the High-Tech High Heels development committee. She is the general manager of Texas Instruments DLP Embedded Products and was previously vice president of Business IT. During her 30 years at TI, she has held leadership roles in Sales Operations, Information Technology, Marketing, Worldwide Facilities and Customer Support. In addition to serving on the High-Tech High Heels board, Mariquita served on the advisory council for the SMU School of Engineering Management, the Board of Directors for the U.S. Corporate Athletic Association and the Board of Directors for the Dallas Zoological Society. She is an active sponsor/donor for the Harvard Club of Dallas, Harvard Track Alumni Association, Tocqueville Society for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. She is also an active sponsor for TI’s Global Diversity and Women’s Initiatives.
 Julie 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.
 Kristen Parrish_headshot Kristen N. Parrish, Board Member: Kristen serves on the High-Tech High Heels volunteer and communications committees, and is the HTHH webmaster. She is a systems engineer in R&D at Texas Instruments. She became involved with mentoring younger women in STEM through WEP at the University of Texas and is passionate about inspiring ladies of all ages to explore STEM careers. Kristen received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.
 vicky 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.
slagle Laura Slagle, Board Member:  Laura co-leads the communications committee for High-Tech High Heels. She is an executive director with Golin, an integrated marketing agency where she has spent more than decade working with world-class companies in the consumer, technology, education and retail industry sectors. Previously, she was a spokeswoman for SBC Communications (now AT&T) as part of the Fleishman-Hillard corporate account team, and she spent several years working for Edelman’s technology practice. In addition to High-Tech High Heels, Laura is part of the national marketing committee and leads the North Texas marketing committee for After-School All-Stars.
 laura steffek 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.
kwelchpic Katrina Welch, Board Member:  Katrina serves on the High-Tech High Heels development 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 treasurer of National Charity League’s North Dallas Chapter, developing strong women leaders serving and impacting the community. She also is president of Young Men’s Service League’s Carrollton Chapter assisting, supporting and serving those in need in our community.
christine Christine Witzsche, Board Member:  Christine co-leads the High-Tech High Heels communications committee. She works in digital marketing at Texas Instruments, where she has worked since 2013. Prior to joining TI, she was the communications director at Cooper Aerobics, and she began her career at Golin, an integrated marketing agency. In addition to High-Tech High Heels, Christine is an active volunteer for Make-a-Wish North Texas and served as the 2013 Co-Auction Chair for its largest fundraiser, Wish Night.