Our Board provides strategic direction and our Committees perform the day-to-day work to meet our annual goals.
Paula is an Education Specialist at Region 9 Education Service Center. She is also an Occupational Therapist who is Board Certified in Pediatrics and holds a Specialty Certification in School Systems with the American Occupational Therapy Association. Within the community, Paula has led numerous initiatives with the Junior League of Wichita Falls, the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, and the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture. Paula currently serves as a Board Member and the Governance Committee Chair of the Association of Junior Leagues International.
Liz is invested in the Wichita Falls area due to being raised and living here her entire life. She went to Midwestern State University and received a Bachelors of Science degree. After college she worked with an international glass company, Vetrotex Saint-Gobain, in technical and manufacturing management for 23 years. After several years off, Liz began working for River Bend Nature Center as an executive director. In her free time, she enjoys her husband, three grown children and two grandchildren.
Shelly was born and raised in Wichita Falls and is a graduate of Midwestern State University with a Bachelors degree in Humanities, a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and administration certification. As a career educator, Shelly taught in WFISD middle schools and devoted much of her career to campus coordination efforts and events. For nearly twenty years, Shelly has planned and led school trips throughout the U.S. and to London to broaden students’ horizons. She currently serves as an Education Specialist at Region 9 Education Service Center. She is married to Gary Cunningham, and has two daughters and a son-in-law.
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Joey and her husband, Cameron, are both from Wichita Falls and knew they wanted to raise their family here. They have two boys attending WFISD and participating in sports, music and Boy Scouts. They are active members of First United Methodist Church. Joey is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Wichita Falls, involved in school PTOs and booster clubs and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Boy Scouts of America. She has been involved with several fundraising events and nonprofit activities through the years.
Christi is a native of Wichita Falls and graduated from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education. After coaching tennis and teaching math, she retired from the Wichita Falls Independent School District as Coordinator of Partners In Education. Christi was Director of Education at University UMC and Finance Director of the Wesley Foundation. She has served on the boards of the Junior League of Wichita Falls, Center for Non-Profit Management, Teens Make A Difference, City Council PTA, Childrens Center Board and Wesley Foundation. Christi is married to Frank Farnsworth and has three children and two granddaughters.
Ashley is a native of Wichita Falls and anchors the 5, 6, and 10p newscast at NewsChannel 6. She has worked at the station since 2002 and loves how the job allows her to connect with people in the community she calls home. Ashley accepted a board position with Partners in Education set to begin this Fall. She has also served on the board of Community In Schools, Texoma Business Women and volunteers her time in the WFISD through PTO and Read to Learn. Ashley and her husband have two kids and enjoy serving in leadership at their church.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair
Dr. Hearn's bio is coming soon!
Ruth Jones Vaughn
Ruth has worked professionally in the nonprofit world for over 15 years with expertise in fundraising, grant writing, donor relations and communications. She received her Certified Fundraising Executive designation (CFRE) in 2015 and is a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. Prior to her role as Director of Fund Development at Presbyterian Manor, Ruth was an assistant grants director at a private foundation and began her nonprofit career as the marketing director of a nationally affiliated nonprofit organization. Ruth currently serves on the Texoma Planned Giving Council board.
Amber was born and raised in the Wichita Falls area. She attended Midwestern State University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Marketing. For the last 15 years, she has been working part-time and volunteering in the community - serving most recently as the President of the Junior League of Wichita Falls (2017-2018) and chairing positions on both the Barwise Middle School PTO and Ben Franklin Elementary PTA. Amber also currently serves on the North Texas Area United Way Board and enjoys being involved in making our community a better place to live. Amber and her husband, David, have 2 children, Hayden & Parker.
Debi was born and raised in Wichita Falls. She is a graduate of Mary Hardin Baylor with a degree in Music Education. Debi was a teacher for 10 years, and then in 2000, she made a career change and has been a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual since. She currently holds four designations, CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter), ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), RICP (Retirement Income Certified Professional) and CASL (Chartered Advisor for Senior Living). Debi has been a prominent fundraiser with several area nonprofits inclusive of Leadership WF and Dancing for the Stars and is currently serving on the Boards of Crimestoppers and Peyton’s Project. She has three adult daughters, a son-in-law, and three grandsons who all call Wichita Falls home.
Pam Hughes Pak
Pam was born and raised in the Wichita Falls area. She attended Midwestern State University and obtained a degree in Mass Communications and Public Relations. For more than 25 years, Pam has served the community through various nonprofit roles. She is currently the Director of Marketing and Development for THE Kitchen - Meals on Wheels. Pam is also affiliated with the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Senior Junior Forum and Chamber of Commerce. Her greatest blessings are her two children, Lexy and Colt.
Katie is a native of Fort Worth, but upon moving to Texoma jumped right into our non-profit world. She earned a Bachelor of Art in History from Loyola University-
New Orleans and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She now resides in Clay County and works with her husband,
Dr. J. Robert Parkey, at their medical clinic and at their ranch. They have three daughters. Katie has served on numerous fundraisers as well as on the board of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Junior League of Wichita Falls, River Bend Nature Center, American Cancer Society, Notre Dame Catholic Schools, Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre, and the Henrietta Park Board.
Leslie is a familiar face in the local nonprofit world with 30+ years of experience. Leslie was named President/CEO of the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation in 2018, after 16 years with The Priddy Foundation. She is a founding board member of the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, a co-founder of the annual Empty Bowls event to benefit the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank and is a past president of the Junior League of Wichita Falls. Leslie and her husband, Alan, have two sons and two grandchildren.
Sonia's bio is coming soon!
Ivonne was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She moved to The United States at the age of 21 to finish her degree in Business Administration at The University of Oklahoma. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, which is where she alsomet her husband Keith. They moved back to Wichita Falls in 2008 and recently started a company called The Burn Shop. They have been successfully running the business together and enjoy staying involved with the community every way they can. Ivonne and Keith have two beautiful daughters, Hailey and Addison.