Our Board of Directors
KMS Ventures, Inc.
Cindy D. Pagel has been an active member of the FWC board of directors since 2009. She was appointed as the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee in 2010, Board Vice Chair in 2012, and Board Chair in 2013. Ms. Pagel is a proud advocate for the mission of FWC to help children in foster care achieve success in school and life.
A native Texan, Cindy attended high school and college in Oklahoma. In 1988, she moved back to North Texas and began her accounting career as a tax accountant with a high net worth family. She is currently the CFO and Director of Accounting and Tax for a private investment firm in Dallas. Cindy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Science degree in Taxation from The University of Texas at Arlington. She is a certified public accountant licensed to practice in the state of Texas and a member of the AICPA, the Dallas CPA Society, and the Texas Society of CPAs.
Why I serve on the Board: to give a voice to those who may not have a voice and champion a cause that needs a champion
As co-owner and chief operating officer of Allyn Media, Jennifer Pascal specializes in helping corporate and non-profit clients successfully protect and preserve public confidence and brand value in times of crisis and challenge. She has advised clients on issues related to federal investigations and law enforcement, fatalities, regulatory scrutiny, defective products, labor relations, child safety, mergers and animal welfare. In addition to helping clients recover from events and accidents, Jennifer regularly works with clients to assess potential risks and develop comprehensive plans to prevent crises and promote positive brand awareness and advance development. An experienced media trainer, Jennifer has prepared many executives for high-profile interviews and speeches and trained client staffs on preparing for and handling media.
Jennifer has led a number of award-winning communications projects including a PRSA “Business Issues Management” Silver Anvil for their work for ConocoPhillips. She also earned a PRSA “Best Of” Silver Anvil, along with her team, for launching XM Satellite Radio, and a PRSA Silver Spur Award for their work on the Universal Technical Institute Grand Opening of their Dallas / Fort Worth campus.
Jennifer earned a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University.
Jennifer serves on the University of Texas at Dallas Development Board, the Friends of Wednesday’s Child Board of Directors and is a mentor in Big Brothers / Big Sisters mentor 2.0 program.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve Friends of Wednesday’s Child as it seeks to transform the lives of children in foster care through education. Children living in foster care are moved an average of eight times before they are 18, making it hard to get academic traction. By supporting these as they pursue their education, we can help. We know that when kids stay in school and graduate they’re off to a better start in life.
Sidley Austin, LLP
Penny Reid is a partner at Sidley Austin, a global law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in 18 offices around the world.
In recognition of her litigation success, Penny has been named a “Best Lawyer” in the area of Commercial Litigation (2014) and specifically in the area of Commercial Litigation – Alternative Dispute Resolution (2013, 2015) by The Best Lawyers in America. Penny also has been acknowledged since 1997 as a “Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation and Securities Litigation in the New York and/or and Texas editions of Super Lawyers directory.
Penny also has extensive experience handling large domestic and international arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). She has argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals and the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas.
Penny is active in numerous public service organizations, including serving as a current member of the New York Chapter Make-A-Wish Advisory Board and a former member of the National Board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and is a sustaining member of Attorneys Serving the Community. Penny has also been chosen to be a Fellow for the Litigation Counsel of America for 2014-2015.
Delta has served as a member of the Dallas American Heart Association “Go Red” Executive Leadership team for the last three years, and is a member of Go Red’s “Circle of Red.” She is EVP and Chief of Staff at Ryan LLC, where she is also Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Ryan Foundation, a 501(c)(3) with heavy focus on causes tied to education. A native Texan, Delta holds a B.A. in English and Journalism from Angelo State University and a M.A. in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from S.M.U. She holds certifications in secondary education, in mediation, and as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Her request of those considering supporting FWC: “Please help us level the playing field for these deserving children.”
New York Life
Heather is compassionate about serving on the Board of Friends of Wednesday’s Child, as her champion cause is to help change the dismal statistic that only 40% of foster children in the state of Texas currently graduate high school. As the mother of two school-aged children, she believes every child should have an equal opportunity at education and academic support, especially foster children, who must overcome adversity and open doors that may have been closed to them earlier in life.
Heather has worked in the life insurance and financial services industry since 1997. She has been with New York Life Insurance Company and The Nautilus Group® since 1999, working as an estate, business and tax planning consultant for high net worth individuals. In her current role as Head of Marketing for Advanced Markets and Centers of Influence, she develops programs and resources focused on developing relationships with attorneys, accountants, trust officers and financial services professionals.
Heather graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Nebraska where she received both her Bachelor of Arts and her Juris Doctor degrees. She earned her CLU® and ChFC® designations from The American College, where she currently chairs the Marketing Committee for the Alumni Board. She also has earned her AEP® designation from the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.
Delta Emerson is President of Global Shared Services at Ryan, LLC. Delta joined the board of directors of FWC in 2011 because of the passion she has for children who, through no fault of their own, are faced with circumstances that present them with challenges children with “forever” families do not face. As a former teacher and training professional, Delta says that FWC’s mission of investing in the academic success of foster children resonates with her. Additionally, her own daughter’s passion for child advocacy, and who is just beginning her career as an attorney specializing in Family Law, strongly influenced her decision to join the FWC board.
Michael Glosser is a Strategy & Operations consultant at Slalom Consulting. Slalom is a business and technology consulting firm that works to create amazing outcomes for their people, clients, and communities. This means solving some of the most complex and interesting business challenges his clients are facing right now, helping them get products to market quickly and building relationships with their customers. Prior to joining Slalom, Michael spent several years in operations & supply-chain management.
Michael graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Management. Michael has also earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Baylor.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Friends of Wednesday’s Child, Michael also proudly volunteers at events for Dallas Special Olympics, Hearts & Hammers, and Dallas GiveCamp.
I am deeply honored to serve on the board of Friends of Wednesday’s Child. I believe in making a significant impact on our local community by bringing hope and healing to these deserving children’s lives.
Lockton Companies, LLC
Leigh Harris is Vice President of
Lockton Dunning Benefits at Lockton Companies, LLC.
Prior to Benefits Consulting, Leigh spent 6 years as a workforce management consultant with ADP, working with C Level Executives of mid- sized businesses to help maximize their human capital investment and develop long term cost containment strategies. Leigh brings unique insight into all aspects of Payroll, HR, Benefits Administration & Business Process Outsourcing to deliver unmatched value to our clients.
Leigh is a member of the Ernst & Young nominating committee for the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Program.
Leigh played collegiate tennis for the Texas Aggies before graduating from Southern Methodist University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Newtec Business Solutions
Timmy Newsome, a former Dallas Cowboys football player, was named to the The Dallas Cowboys Weekly Newspaper all-decade team (1980-1989). He finished his career as the 9th leading receiver in Dallas Cowboys history; a remarkable achievement considering the abundance of offensive firepower on the roster at the time.
In 1991, Timmy Newsome founded Newtec Business Solutions where they provide information-technology collaboration and communications products, and services to the private and public sector. His firm’s business focus is in the area of unified communications and messaging.
Timmy’s community-service activities are extensive. With education being his primary focus, he is a former vice-chairman of the board of trustees of Winston-Salem State (North Carolina) University (WSSU); past member of the WSSU board of visitors; is past chairman of the school-community council for Townview Magnet High School in Dallas, Texas; and was a member of the school-community council for the Business and Management Center (now a part of Townview).
Timmy currently serves on the Computer Science Industry Advisory Board at Winston-Salem State University; he’s a member of the board of directors for Friends of Wednesday’s Child (Dallas, Texas) and Children at Risk (Dallas, Texas).
Timmy Newsome earned a degree in business administration with a minor in computer science from Winston-Salem State University. He enjoys USTA-level tennis, the preforming and visual arts, weightlifting and moderate jogging.
Business Development Consultant
For the past 8 years, Mr. Taylor has chaired the highly successful annual Celebrity Golf Classic. Currently, Mr. Taylor employs his vast network of contacts, business associates and friends in his role as a business development consultant representing a number of clients in diverse areas helping them connect with new opportunities.
Mr. Taylor retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas after a 25 year career, where he served as Vice President and General Counsel for 22 years. In his last 3 years as Vice President and Special Counsel for Business Development, his responsibilities included assisting with various aspects of sales and marketing, including establishing new business relationships and enhancing existing ones. Mr. Taylor actively represented the company while serving the business, civic and charitable communities. Additionally, while at BCBSTX, he served as a Director and Officer of several subsidiary and affiliated corporations, including the Caring for Children Foundation and TriWest Healthcare Alliance.
Mr. Taylor holds a B.A. In Economics and Business Administration from Cornell College and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law. He retired as a Lt. Col. In the U.S. Army Reserve after a 28 year career.