Board of directors
Kali Adams has spent her recent years as a public servant committed to eliminating homelessness across the state of Texas and currently serves as the Homelessness Programs Specialist at the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. As a native-Austinite, Kali is passionate about seeing true change in the city that shaped her as a child and in seeing Austin transform into a better, stronger community for all of its people. She is passionate about community development and social justice, especially as it relates to housing and public health. Kali holds her Bachelors in International Development and Social Change and her Masters in Community Development and Planning from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. When she’s not spending time with her family, she enjoys camping, gardening, and almost any outdoor activity you can name. You can regularly catch her and her 100-pound rescue pup, Lily, at any of Austin’s amazing parks.
Laura Razo is a 22 year educational professional and currently the Job Placement Manager for Transit. She has served as part of the Nuestra Palabra Educator Outreach team for the Edward James Olmos Latino Book and Family Festival and is a founding member of the Librotraficante Caravan: social justice through literacy, intellectual freedom, and performance protest. She is a 15 year volunteer for the National Hispanic Institute and is currently a Board Trustee. She has served as a Puente Mentor and has been recognized by various organizations for her work: 2013 MANA Outstanding Houston Area Educator, 2009 Baytown Sun’s-Unsung Hero, 2008 National Hispanic Alumni of the year, 2000 Educator of Year-Nuestra Palabra.
Cecile is most excited about leading efforts to drive diversity and inclusion in a business or community. In business, Cecile is advocating for women leadership via multiple Employee Resources Groups and campus recruitment events. In community, she serves 300+ hours annually to keep children, women and men with different backgrounds connected safely and grow healthy together. Cecile is an Achiever, Connector, and Leader, excelling at driving results with team collaboration to deliver services and products that cultivate a better-connected world. She comes from a two-generation female cancer survivor family and enjoys learning new things all the time. After graduated from MBA at McCombs business school, University of Texas at Austin, Cecile joined Dell as a Business Intelligence Manager for Small Business Sector in North America. She currently is a Marketing Operations Manager for Server Business in North America. Cecile has been working with several non-profits in the past for refugee camp youth education, low-income residency neighborhood building and healthcare services in the local community.
Dr. Tracilynn Wright-Bloodworth received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, a Master of Education degree from Concordia University Chicago and a Doctor of Education degree from Concordia University Texas. She has over 25 years of service in public education in both Illinois and Texas as a teacher, campus principal, and district administrator. Dr. Wright has been committed to equitable and innovative opportunities for all children, especially those most marginalized, and is thrilled to join the YWCA Greater Austin Board of Directors to support their mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities. Dr. Wright also serves on the executive board of the Capital Area Association of Black School Educators (CAABSE). She recently celebrated her one year wedding anniversary to her husband, Christopher Bloodworth.
Faye Dedrick is a passionate problem solver who loves helping people solve their most complex problems. She has previously worked at IBM as a Software IT Architect. Currently, she is retired but spends her time volunteering with many organizations. At the YWCA she serves on the board of directors as the treasurer.
Faye serves as the chair of the finance committee.
Mashariki is an unapologetic black woman, loving wife, outdoor enthusiast, and self-proclaimed barbeque connoisseur committed to nurturing an anti-racist practice. She has over 15 years of experience working for social change and developing strategies for growth and sustainability in the nonprofit sector.
As a social justice champion, she advocates for racial equity in education, housing, criminal justice, healthcare, and employment. Mashariki is an avid volunteer, mentor, and literacy coach to students. She enjoys long walks with her husband and taking adventurous camping trips with family and friends.
Currently Mashariki serves on the Board Governance Committee.
Jess has been a proud Austinite for over 10 years. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, her career began as a public servant to the State of Texas and she currently serves as the Government Relations Manager for an Austin tech company.
As a member of the Junior League of Austin and involved with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas and The Center for Child Protection, she has a passion for empowering those who cannot advocate for themselves.
In her spare time, Jess enjoys yoga and running around town lake with her pup Olive.
Pam is a 15 year Supply Chain professional working in the technology consulting industry. She has served in the non profit community serving in the areas of fund development, board governance and advocacy with nonprofits in Alabama and Illinois.
Glynis has spent the last seven years working in Tech, leading teams focused on legal and partner operations. Prior to that, she was a middle school teacher, teaching both locally in Austin and as a Teach for America Corps member in Rhode Island. Since her days in the classroom, Glynis has been committed to education, equity, and racial justice advancement. Glynis holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Education in Urban Education from Providence College. At home, Glynis is kept busy with her two pups, two cats, and three chickens.
Susana is a seasoned organizational development consultant. She is trained in a multitude of techniques to authentically engage and facilitate constructive and productive conversations. Susana has consulted and worked extensively with non-profits nationally and internationally. Susana strongly believes in lifting up the collective voice of the community in order to create and nurture healthy, sustainable, equitable communities. With over two decades of community service, Susana is committed to serving on the board of the YWCA. Currently, she volunteers for the American Evaluation Association, is a trainer for NAMI Central Texas, a career coach for Dress for Success Austin, and is a national board member for the Open Architecture Collaborative.
Jen Pavich is a Feminist Life and Leadership Coach, a certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and the host of the Unquiet Sisterhood podcast. Jen has held leadership roles in corporate, education, policy, and nonprofit organizations, in addition to serving on a variety of nonprofit boards. She served on the board of Partners for Women's Equality, a US-based, indigenous women-led organization with operations on three continents from 2010-2014. She also served as board co-chair for the Minnesota Women's Consortium, a statewide public policy and advocacy organization. Jen is passionate about empowering women to lean into courageous leadership. Her experience in advocacy and policy work has enabled her to take part in courageous conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism for more than a decade.
Ashley Saulcy is a disaster resiliency professional who is passionate about community transformation in the face of calamity. She is currently a Senior Managing Associate at Hagerty Consulting, an emergency management firm working in preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives nationwide. She holds her Bachelor’s in International Studies from the University of Wyoming, and her Master’s in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her early education and career focused on emerging democracies and post-conflict transformation, including work in Nepal to support gender equality and social inclusion initiatives in local governments during the country’s transition to federalism. Upon returning to the United States, she spent two years with a volunteer non-profit rebuilding homes impacted by Hurricane Harvey throughout the Coastal Bend and Houston communities. She loves the outdoors and can often be found hiking and running the trails in the Barton Creek Greenbelt, Shoal Creek Greenbelt, and our many amazing Texas State Parks!