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Ivy Pate

Ivy Pate of Beaumont is regional vice president of CHRISTUS Health Southeast Texas. She is a member of the American and Texas Hospital associations, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Grant Makers Alliance of Southeast Texas, and Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Government and Public Affairs Committee. She is also a board member of the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center, a member of the Rotary Club of Beaumont, past chair of the Three Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Dinner, and past co-chair of the American Heart Association of Beaumont Go Red for Women Luncheon. Pate received a bachelor’s degree from Lamar University.

Julie Parsley

Julie Caruthers Parsley is a partner at Parsley Coffin Renner LLP in Austin, a firm focused on a broad utility, energy, and telecommunications practice.  Prior to forming the firm, Ms. Parsley served as a Commissioner on the Public Utility Commission of Texas.  In that capacity, she also served on the Governor’s Energy Planning Counsel and as President and Vice-President of the Regional State Committee of the Southwest Power Pool.  Prior to her service on the Commission, Ms. Parsley served as Solicitor General of Texas with the Office of the Attorney General, she is board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Certification and of Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.  She received her J.D. from the Texas Tech School of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University.

Mica McCutchen Mosbacher

Michele “Mica” Mosbacher fills a number of leadership positions in the worlds of business, international trade and philanthropy. As sponsor and director of Off-Track Events at Godstone Ranch Motorsports, Mosbacher successfully blends these areas via the popularity of motorsports racing. Godstone Ranch Motorsports, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, was formed to raise awareness and funds for select charitable organizations through the professional Grand-Am racing circuit. Godstone and its ruby red Ferrari 458 GT recently formed an alliance with the American Red Cross of Central Texas.

Mosbacher also serves as the Honorary Consul General to Iceland, a position she was appointed to in 2010. She is Vice Chair for the University of Houston Board of Regents and was appointed to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) host committee. Mosbacher was inducted into both the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She was instrumental in bringing the public art installation, Tolerance, to Houston which features sculptures by the renowned Spanish sculptor, Jaume Plensa. Mosbacher serves on the board of the American Hospital of Paris Foundation.

The widow of former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Robert Mosbacher, she is an award-winning feature writer and motivational speaker.  Born in Florida, Mosbacher grew up in Houston and received her communications degree from the University of Texas.


Sonny Messiah-Jiles

Sonny Messiah-Jiles is the CEO and Publisher of the Defender Media Group (formerly the Houston Defender Newspaper), Houston’s leading Black Information Source. The media group includes the Defender newspaper , the website and several social media sites.  She has been at the helm of the company since 1981 when she purchased the newspaper at age 27.

Messiah-Jiles served as the chairperson of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (The Black Press of America), a federation of African-American newspapers across the country. She also served as the National Alumni Chair for the Houston Alumni Organization (University of Houston).  Currently, Messiah-Jiles serves as Vice President and Director of Grand Slam, a marketing/investment consulting firm. Her professional activities include being the first African-American female board member of the Greater Houston Partnership, and she currently serves on the M.D. Anderson Board of Visitors. She has served on the Advisory Board of J.P. Morgan Chase-Houston, United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, Center for Houston’s Future, NAACP-Houston, JobPlus, Hester House, March of Dimes Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, American Diabetes Association, and American Leadership Forum.

Messiah-Jiles recently received the Houston Association of Black Journalists Trailblazer Award.  In addition she has been honored with many other awards including the Phenomenal Woman Award, NNPA Publisher of the Year, American Civil Liberties Freedom of Speech Award, YWCA Outstanding Woman of the Year, Jaycees “Outstanding Texan”, “Women on the Move”, UH Distinguished Alumni Service Award and the National Dental Association Civil Rights Award. She has been named by EBONY Magazine as one of the100 most influential Black Americans. She and her husband were awarded the “Community Service Award” by the University of Houston Downtown. In December 2008, Messiah-Jiles was inducted into the Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce inaugural Hall of Fame along with former first lady Barbara Bush and eight other women.

Messiah-Jiles received an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and did postgraduate work at Texas Southern University and Rice University.

Prior to purchasing the Defender, Sonny worked as a radio news reporter, a television talk show host, and an advertising account executive at the Houston Chronicle.

Messiah-Jiles is married to Jodie Lee Jiles an investment banker. They have two sons, Jodie and Clyde. She is a native of McNair/Baytown, Texas.

Kay McNutt

Kay Martin McNutt of Austin is the Chief Financial Officer and a board member of Martin Automotive Group, Inc., a southwest Louisiana based Daimler-Benz Freightliner, Mitsubishi Fuso and GMC truck dealership which serves commercial, fleet and retail clients in local, regional and national markets. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University, Kay spent a decade as vice president of a major Houston bank in commercial real estate construction lending. She then moved to Austin and continued her real estate career as a commercial broker while raising two children with her husband, Gordon. She has enjoyed volunteering for and serving on various boards of non-profit organizations and foundations including The Helping Hand Home for Children, Inc., The Junior League of Austin, The Women’s Symphony League, Les Amis de Hospice, Casis and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Schools’ Parent Associations and the Boys Scouts of America…to name a few.  Kay has lent her financial expertise to many of the organizations that she has served through the development of budgets, financial oversight, structuring of policies and procedures, and dealing with financial institutions in the handling of account relationships and securing credit. She truly believes that by serving and giving back, you gain an education that is invaluable to you personally as well as professionally.

Melinda Cook McMichael, M.D., FACP

Melinda McMichael, M.D., practices primary care and internal medicine at the University of Texas at Austin University Health Services. She previously served as medical director of that organization, and continues to contribute in various clinical and administrative capacities. Her current practice includes a special interest in the treatment of eating disorders.

Dr. McMichael received her medical degree from the University of Kansas and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she served a year as chief resident and clinical instructor in internal medicine. She is board certified in internal medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is a member of the Travis County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association and the American College Health Association.

In 2007, Dr. McMichael was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Medical Board; she currently holds the position of board vice-president.


Becky Deyhle McKinley

Becky McKinley of Amarillo is a cookbook author, owner of Dining by Design Catering Co. and food journalist for Accent West Magazine as well as a contributor to many online food websites and newspapers.  McKinley also servers on the Governors Commission for Women.  She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, International Caterers Association and James Beard Foundation, and a board member of the Samaritan Counseling Center, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health Advisory Board, and the Women’s Philanthropy Fund. She is also a past board member of the Baptist Saint Anthony Hospital Foundation, Polk Street United Methodist Church, KACV Public Television, Junior League of Amarillo, Amarillo Symphony Guild, Harrington Cancer Center, and City of Amarillo Traffic Commission. McKinley received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University.

Carol McGarah

Carol McGarah, Blackridge CEO, has worked in and around the Texas Legislature since 1991.  She represents several Fortune 500 companies and is well-known and regarded for her experience and knowledge of various topics including: education, energy, environmental issues, financial institutions, IT, and transportation.

Previously, McGarah served as the Committee Director of the powerful Senate Natural Resources Committee.  During her 10 years with this committee she established solid relationships with key members of the legislature and various environmental agencies, and developed a thorough knowledge of Texas’ air, water, and waste issues.

McGarah dedicated countless hours to the preparation and passage of groundbreaking pieces of legislation, including Senate Bill 1 in the 75th Legislative Session and Senate Bill 2 in the 77th Legislative Session.  Both of these bills dealt with state water management measures and greatly impacted the state.

McGarah was also instrumental in the development and passage of SB 5 in the 75th Legislature, which created the Texas Emissions Reduction Program.  This program has served as a model for numerous other states across the country, and has been a vital component in assisting Texas meet the Federal Air Quality Standards.

Patsy Woods Martin

As founder and chief executive officer of I Live Here, I Give Here, Austin’s Campaign for Philanthropy, Patsy Woods Martin leads a collaboration of individual philanthropists, nonprofit organizations, family foundations, local businesses and religious leaders. The group is working to increase awareness of the needs in Central Texas and the role each of us can play in creating solutions to those needs. This pioneering movement to deepen and expand the culture of personal philanthropy in our community by inspiring Central Texans to share their financial resources more generously is built on public awareness, nonprofit mobilization, and donor education.

Before assuming her role at I Live Here, I Give Here, Patsy was the vice president of resource development for United Way Capital Area. She has been a key fundraiser and volunteer for a wide range of Austin nonprofit organizations for over twenty years. Patsy currently serves on the board of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, and the Women’s Fund of Central Texas. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Junior League of Austin, Leadership Austin, and is a founding member of Impact Austin and UWCA’s Women’s Leadership Council. She has also co-chaired galas for the Helping Hand Home for Children and Hospice Austin and was a member of the Board of Regents at Texas Tech University. Patsy received Leadership Austin’s Polly Scallorn award for community trusteeship in 2010. She has been recognized by Ballet Austin as a “Woman on Her Toes”; by the Junior League of Austin as “Volunteer Extraordinaire” and by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas as a “Woman of Distinction”.

Patsy and her husband Jack have three grown children: Mackenzie, Andy and Shannon. The Martins have called Austin home for over 30 years.

Lisa Lucero

Lisa Lucero grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and now makes Austin her home.  Lucero is serving her fourth term on the Governor’s Commission for Women.  Prior to joining the Texas Oil and Gas Association staff, Lucero held positions at ExxonMobil, the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Racing Commission and the Texas Senate.  Lucero has been recognized for volunteer efforts on behalf of St. Austin Catholic School and Parish.  Lucero attended the University of Texas at Austin.  She and her husband Homero have 2 daughters, Olivia and Lilly.

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