YWCA Greater Austin

Board of Directors

2018 Officers

 

Deborah Shaw BoatnerDeborah Shaw-Boatner, Co-Chair
Retired Owner
Deborah Shaw-Boatner, CPA

Deborah received her Bachelor's degree in Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin. She was the sole proprietor of her own accounting firm while working as a licensed Certified Public Accountant for over 25 years in the State of Texas. Her professional work experience in the public sector was in budget, accounting, project management, systems analyst, and management. She retired in 2013 from the Texas Comptroller of Pubic Accounts. Currently, Deborah is the Board President of Executive Women in Texas Government and the recipient of the 2015 Executive Women in Texas Government Woman of the Year. She will begin serving the 3rd year of the 2nd term as board member for YWCA Greater Austin and served as Co-Chair in 2017.

 

Felicia PeñaFelicia Peña, Co-Chair
Community Engagement Director
Central Texas Food Bank

Felicia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a certificate degree in Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofits. After graduation, Felicia worked as a Campaign Associate for United Way for Greater Austin assisting with the State Employee Charitable Campaign. Felicia currently serves as Vice President of YNPN Austin and previously served on the Professional Development Committee for 3 years. She also serves as the President of the Young Hispanic Professional Association of Austin. As part of the Young Women's Alliance, Felicia serves as the Vice President of the Austin Under 40 Awards Gala. Felicia was also a participant in the 2013 class of Leadership Austin Emerge. She will begin serving her 2nd term as board member for YWCA Greater Austin and served as Co-Chair in 2017.

 

Sarah Janecka, Treasurer
Community Partner Program Regional Manager
Texas Health and Human Services

Sarah Janecka has nine years of experience serving low-income families and vulnerable populations. Currently, Sarah is the Regional Manager in the Community Partner Program at Texas Health and Human Services. Previously, Sarah worked as the Senior Project Manager at Public Consulting Group (PCG). Prior to PCG, Sarah was the Director of Financial Opportunity at the United Way for Greater Austin where she developed programs to improve the financial wellness of low-income families and served in the 211 office analyzing community needs and trends. In Louisiana, Sarah worked at the Greater New Orleans Disaster Recovery Partnership leading collaborations in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Sarah holds her MPSA from the Bush School of Government and her BA from Texas A&M University. Sarah has been a board member of the YWCA of Greater Austin since January 2016.

 

Farah Muscadin, Secretary
Interim Police Monitor
City of Austin

Ms. Muscadin is the current Police Monitor for the City of Austin. Prior to this she served as the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Chicago State University (CSU). While at CSU, Ms. Muscadin served as the Interim Dean of Student Affairs, the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Board Liaison to the Board of Trustees. Prior to joining CSU, Ms. Muscadin worked as the Associate Director of Legislative and Government Affairs for the City Colleges of Chicago, Director of Legislative Affairs for the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Ms. Muscadin was also Assistant Public Defender for the Cook County Public Defender's Office and Guardian ad Litem for the Cook County Public Guardian's Office. Ms. Muscadin currently serves on the board for the Austin Iowa Alumni Club and is a member of the Travis County Women’s Lawyers Association. She holds a bachelor's of business administration from the University of Iowa and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law. Farah is in the 2nd year of her first 2-year term on the YWCA Greater Austin Board of Directors.

 Members

 

Ainee Athar, Member-at-Large
Ainee Athar is an immigration activist passionate about leveraging technology for social change. She's served one term on the YWCA Board and chairs the Advocacy Committee. Formerly the state director of an immigration reform group, Ainee currently works for the City of Austin's supporting innovation and civic technology. 

 

Tracy Nichols, Member-at-Large
Director of Human Resources
Tracy Nichols served as Director of Human Resources at Huston Tillotson University and as part-time Director of Human Resources at Any Baby Can. She love all aspects of human resources, especially interacting with employees from across the organization. She moved to Austin to attend college and never left. Tracy loves cruising and all things Disney. She just completed an interim as board member at large for YWCA Greater Austin. Tracy serves on the Human Resource Committee.


Tara Sims, Member-at-Large
Vice President, Systems Service Line Engineering
IBM

Tara Sims has twenty years experience in the IT industry leading diverse cloud platform DevOps, software development, delivery and innovation teams with focus on finance, health, retail and government clients. Tara earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from Stephen F Austin State University and has a passion for women equality and supports women in technology mentoring many women across the globe within IBM and is an executive sponsor for IBM's Austin Women's Diversity Group. She also advocates for people with autism and is an electric car enthusiast. Tara is blessed to live in Austin with her husband, who is an IBM technical executive, and her two tween aged children. She just completed an interim as board member at large for YWCA Greater Austin. Tara serves on the Finance and Fundraising Committees. 

 

Dr. DeAnna Harris-McKoy, Member-at-Large
Couple and Family Therapist
Assistant Professor Texas A&M University Central

DeAnna Harris-McKoy is currently a She received two Bachelors of Science from University of Maryland College Park in Family Studies and Psychology in 2007. She then went to Drexel University where she received a Masters of Family Therapy in 2009. She received her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy at The Florida State University in 2013. She has presented research at various national conferences. She is a former American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Fellow. She has received multiple awards for her community service and leadership ability, including the Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, M.D. Social Justice Award. Diana serves on the Advocacy Committee.

 

Sarah Crockett, Member-at-Large
Public Policy Coordinator
Texas CASA
Sarah grew up in Idaho and has a bachelor's degree in political science from Northwest Nazarene University. She obtained a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan in Social Policy and Program Evaluation in 2010 after gaining experience working on women's issues, domestic violence and with refugees. Sarah served as associate director of the Texas Association for Infant Mental Health prior to joining Texas CASA in late 2014. Sarah has significant experience advocating for children, both legislatively and in her role as a CASA volunteer for CASA of Travis County. She served as the Chair of the Prevention Committee for the Child Protection Roundtable from 2014-2016 and has extensive knowledge of both the legislative and Sunset processes. Sarah serves on the Advocacy Committee.

 

Kimberly Strenk, Member-at-Large
Founder and Principal
Five Two SQ

Kimberly Strenk, founder and principal of public relations consulting firm Five Two SQ, is a natural storyteller with an ability to see beyond the surface and uncover the less obvious and oftentimes more compelling narrative. With a PR career that has spanned two decades, she has represented some of the most innovative and respected brands in the retail space, including Nordstrom and Williams Sonoma. As an insider charged with growing established brands and reshaping those in need of a refresh, she has been described by many as a consummate builder.Strenk enjoys giving back and has put her storytelling skills to work as a board member for numerous organizations in Central Austin with a core focus on public education, women’s rights, social justice and females in STEM. Most recently she joined the board of YWCA Central Austin. Her focus will be to serve on the Development and Advocacy committees. When she is not working or enjoying community service, this West Coast native and former San Franciscan spends time with her husband Marcus and their three daughters exploring all that Austin has to offer from live music, outdoor adventures and an innovative farmer's market and dining scene.

 

Nora Bazaldua, Member-at-Large
Channel Business Operations Director
Dell Technologies

Nora's corporate experience in the Latin America market includes sales, operations, project management, call center operations and services marketing. She is adept and experienced in serving multicultural and multilingual audiences. Nora graduated with a B.A. in Communications from Baylor University, an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College Abroad Program (Madrid) and an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. 


Alexa Garcia-Ditta, Member-at-Large
Communications and Policy Initiatives
Director NARAL Pro-Choice Texas

Alexa Garcia-Ditta joined NARAL Pro-Choice Texas in July 2016 after two years of covering reproductive health and rights at various Texas media outlets. She also served as a communications associate for the Center for Public Policy Priorities. She holds a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor of arts in journalism and Spanish from UT-Arlington. Alexa’s role at NPCT combines her reporting, writing and strategic communications experience with her intricate knowledge of the state legislative process and reproductive rights policy expertise. 

 

 

If you are interested in serving on the YWCA's Board of Directors, please e-mail info@ywcaaustin.org