What our members are saying:
“You should introduce this program to everyone by making it a requirement for all college students.”
“Services were very helpful and I will recommend them to my daughter.”
The executive team provides the strong leadership essential to helping women and families find their path to a better life.
Jennifer M. Ware, CAP® | Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer Ware was chosen to lead the organization in March 2009. Jennifer has drawn on her fund raising and brand experience to develop a strategic direction that will increase WiNGS’ impact on women, families and the community. She speaks regularly in the community on women, poverty and strategies to help women change their lives.
Jennifer brings more than 20 years of nonprofit management experience, including a more than a decade of executive leadership at two large Dallas nonprofit organizations. Jennifer serves on the Community Economic Stability Advisory Board, the Partnership in Philanthropic Planning Board of Directors and is immediate past president of the Nonprofit CEO Council. She is a member of Dallas Assembly and a graduate of Leadership Texas, Leadership Plano Class 22 and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Austin College. She holds her designation as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) from The American College.
Susan Smithson | Chief Strategy Officer
Susan Smithson brings more than 20 years of experience in program development and administration to WiNGS. She has worked in public, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors and has held multiple leadership positions for agencies serving the needs of individuals and families.
Susan is committed to decreasing economic and health disparities in the community, and represents WiNGS on numerous community initiatives. Her passion had led her to serve on the Advisory Board for the Center for Community Health, RAISE Texas Board of Directors, and the Information and Education Planning Committee for Parkland Health and Hospital System. Susan holds a B.A. in Psychology from Texas Women’s University.
Susan Loy, CPA | Controller
Susan Loy has extensive experience in both public and non-profit accounting. Her experiences include time at a hospital and church in the Houston area, before landing at the YMCA in San Antonio, where she oversaw accounting for local YMCA branches.
With a strong work ethic and a desire for service, she prefers to lend her skills in areas of community support. After sending her two children off to college, she re-entered the job market at the largest charter school organization in Texas before being lured away to WiNGS. Susan is passionate about the prospect of women supporting women, and especially those who may need extra support and encouragement.
Tiffani Davis | Chief Development Officer
Tiffani was first introduced to the nonprofit world as an Executive Assistant in the 1990’s. While working at The Family Place, she accidentally learned about development, which eventually led her to event planning, grant writing, facilitating partnerships, consulting, and leading the development office for nonprofits of various sizes and missions. Through this experience, Tiffani learned about the challenges and joys of nonprofit leadership from many different points of view.
From 2009-2016, Tiffani was Director of Development for Family Compass, where she was privileged to work alongside its smart and dedicated team to advance the work of child abuse prevention in Dallas. Leaving for three years to work as a Consultant for the Caring for Children Foundation of Texas, Tiffani was excited to return to the workforce full-time in the fall of 2017. As Chief Development Officer at WiNGS, she has been blown away by what the team has accomplished in our community to empower women, fight poverty and impact generations. She is also inspired by the opportunity to tell the story of WiNGS impact in our community.
Tiffani holds a B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies from Texas Tech University.
Lauren Richard | Chief Program Officer
Lauren has 15 years of local experience in the nonprofit industry, specifically in program strategy, design, development, execution and evaluation. She is passionate about empowering women, fighting poverty, preventing childhood trauma and strengthening family systems.
Lauren joined the WiNGS team after spending three years as Director of Therapeutic Services for Momentous Institute, a nonprofit that helps children and families experiencing complex trauma and the toxic stress of poverty build and repair social and emotional health. Lauren led efforts to increase the capacity of the clinical team, redesign and expand programs, and move the department toward robust outcome measurements. Prior to her role at Momentous Institute, she worked at The Family Place as the Executive Program Director of Non-Residential Services where she led all prevention and intervention programs for female survivors of domestic violence. In this role, Lauren oversaw all program evaluation efforts and raised over $6M to support direct service programs. Her most recent role was Chief Program Officer at New Friends New Life where she led all direct service programs designed to empower women who were trafficked and exploited to achieve self-sufficiency.
Lauren holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University.