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Christie McAdams Leedy, DDS

Dr. Christie Leedy is the owner of Abilene Dental and has been practicing innovative esthetic and cosmetic dentistry for over 20 years. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She was appointed by Governor Perry to serve on the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners in 2011.  Dr. Christie, as her patient family calls her, is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American and Texas Dental Associations, and a founding member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health.

Dr. Christie was appointed to the Texas Women’s Commission in 2001. She is the creator of the Angel Smiles program; where dentists can donate a smile to someone in need and in memory of someone they love. She is also a speaker and mentor for Young and Motivated, a program which helps to enable young adults to transform into the leaders of tomorrow.  In Abilene, she has served on the advisory board of the Noah Project a center of care to protect domestic abuse victims. An avid supporter of the Go Red for Women campaign; Dr. Christie is committed to raising awareness for women’s health issues. She will also be a 2012 participant in the “Dancing with the Abilene Stars” to benefit the Hendrick Home for Children.

For the past 8 years, Dr. Christie has been named a “Super Dentist” in cosmetic dentistry by Texas Monthly, an honor that is voted on by her peers. Each week she is featured on the KTAB news segment “Healthy Living 4 U”, where she educates viewers on the latest that dentistry has to offer. She also participates in” Tooth Tuesday” a weekly radio spot promoting dental health awareness on all local cumulus stations. Dr. Christie was also featured in the Winter 2010 edition of Abilene Living which showcased her love for her patients and her community.

Dr. Christie grew up in Haskell, TX where she met her friend and mentor Anita Perry. Anita helped to inspire her to follow her dream of becoming a dentist. Her parents Nan and Tommy McAdams are her role models. They taught her to value her family and friends, and to always have passion and commitment in her work. Dr. Christie has lived and worked in Abilene since 1990. She has two grown sons Corey (25) and Jace (23), who share her love of life and family. They enjoy family karaoke nights where Dr. Christie is considered a fantastic backup twirler.

Sheri S. Krause

Sheri Shelby Krause of Austin is past chairman of the Texas Historical Commission. She is managing partner of JBS Holdings, LP and is vice-president of Krause & Associates, LLP. Krause serves as a board member of The Sam Houston Society–Friends of the Governor’s Mansion. She also serves on the Texas Conference for Women’s Advisory Council, and is a member of the Austin Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund and the Dell Children’s Medical Center Women’s Trust. She is a past president of Central Texas Seton Family of Hospitals’ Development Board and the Elizabeth Ann Seton Board. Krause has served on several Gubernatorial Inaugural Committees and was the recipient of the Junior League of Austin’s prestigious Community Service Award. Commissioner Krause has a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Art History from Southern Methodist University.

Shelby E. Krause

Shelby E. Krause is a current resident of Dallas, Texas, and is proud to serve in the office of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson of the Third District of Texas. Krause has previously worked for the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University, Weber Shandwick Worldwide, served as First Lady’s Director of Scheduling during Governor Perry’s 2012 presidential campaign, and worked in the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Texas Conference for Women with her mother Sheri Krause, who has shown her how important it is to be involved in one’s community. Krause is also involved with several other organizations in Dallas, such as the Dallas Museum of Art, the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas Dallas – Think Ahead Group, Salvation Army of Dallas Junior Auxiliary, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, Dallas Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma, as well as serving on the board of The Slipper Club of Dallas. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History.

Glenda Kane

Glenda Kane has been a public health advocate for 30 years.  She currently serves as chairman of the Texas Department of State Health Services Council, as well as a member of the MD Anderson Board of Visitors and other health-related institutions.  Throughout her career as a public servant, she has been involved in the United Services Organization (USO), having served as president, and was the first female commissioning chairman of a naval vessel, the U.S.S. Gonzalez.

Her major interests are cancer, having helped initiate the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Fund, as well as the Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast program at MD Anderson, both of which were the first two comprehensive treatment programs for those diseases.  Her other major interest is mental health and substance abuse and their devastating impact on society; she is currently working on a re-design of the system in Texas.

Her advocacy is to give a voice to those who have no voice.


Susan Hance

Susan Hance is an attorney and an active participant in the community. Susan holds positions in numerous organizations including the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House, Charities of the Southwest, the National Advisory Board for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), Texas Regional Office, Advisory Board.  Additionally, she represents NCMEC, Texas Regional Office on the Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force, chaired by the Texas Attorney General.

A native Texan, Susan was born and raised in Houston. After graduating from the University of Texas with a B.B.S. in Special Education, she received a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Susan and her husband, Texas Tech University Chancellor Kent Hance, have 5 children and 7 grandchildren.


Cris Graham

Cris Graham was born and raised in Fredericksburg.  She graduated from Selwyn School in Denton and attended the University of Denver.  Cris then worked as a Montessori teacher at St. Mary’s Hall in San Antonio.  As an Air Force wife living in The Netherlands, she was responsible for American families stationed in that country while their husbands were deployed to Desert Storm.  After her husband retired from the Air Force, the family returned to Fredericksburg.  She went to work at Luckenbach, managing the store and co-producing Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic for five years.  A few years later, she opened Hondo’s in Fredericksburg, combining the magic of Luckenbach with great food and music.  She has also served as a member of The Governor’s Commission on Women.

Cris has two grown children – Alice Welder and Captain John S. Graham – and three grandchildren.

Melinda Garvey


Melinda Garvey is regarded as one of the most dynamic women in the greater Austin area for her work as a successful female entrepreneur, community philanthropist and role model.

As founder and Publisher of Austin Woman Magazine, and the new ATXMAN Magazine she is responsible for leading the fastest-growing niche publications in Central Texas. As a community leader, she is a powerful contributor to many Austin organizations and serves as a mentor for young organizations and businesses.  Currently, Garvey is serving as Entrepreneur In Residence for The McCombs Business School at The University of Texas.

With proven publishing and marketing expertise, Garvey has guided austinwoman Magazine to become the first successful women’s business and lifestyle publication highlighting entrepreneurs and causes in the greater Austin area. The magazine has become highly recognized for its in-depth profiles and success stories on distinguished, educated and interesting women, with well-remembered covers on Susan Dell, Luci Baines Johnson, Jody Conradt, Liz Carpenter, Wilhelmina Delco, Elizabeth Christian, Gay Gaddis and many others. ATXMAN, after only a few short months is following closely in its sibling’s footsteps with a focus the great men in Austin.

In 2006, Garvey was one of nine women nationwide selected to receive Office Depot’s “Businesswoman of the Year” Award. She also is the 2006 winner of BIG Austin’s “Most Creative Company Award” and the Greater Austin Business “Community Advocate Award.”  Austinwoman also recently won the Hispanic Chamber “Best Media” award and BIG Austin’s award for “Best Business Practices”.

Garvey is a graduate of DePauw University and holds a Masters in International Management from the University of Maryland University College. When she’s not selling the publication or buzzing about the community, she enjoys spending time with her wonderful New Zealander husband and four year old son, Beckom.

Amanda Beck Foster

A lifelong resident of Austin, Amanda Beck Foster received a BBA in Business from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. Foster concentrates her time on managing her family business interests and enjoying her family.  As a mother of two adult daughters, she celebrates the pursuits of young women as entrepreneurs.  Foster is a member of Helping Hand Home Society, The Junior League of Austin, Les Amis de Hospice, The Seton Development Board and Women’s Symphony League.  She has served on many community boards and has chaired numerous fundraisers for local charitable organizations.


Janice Flores

Janice Manning Flores moved from St. Louis, Missouri to Austin, Texas in 1999 so her husband could start an advertising agency, LatinWorks.  Originally from San Antonio, Flores graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Masters in Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She and her husband, Manny have two daughters, Jessica at the University of Texas and Caitlin at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy.    In addition to caring for her family Janice is a member of National Charity League, Capital of Texas Chapter, Helping Hand Home, Women’s Symphony League, and has served on committees for the St. David’s Taste of the Town.

Patricia Dewhurst

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