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 Operating 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.
Kathryn Looney | Director Human Resources
Kathryn brings 20 years of human resources experience to WiNGS, and has served in many key leadership roles in the for-profit sector. Prior to joining WiNGS, Kathryn was the Vice President of Human Resources for RAPP, a leading full-service marketing agency, where she was responsible for RAPP’s strategic human resources activities, employee communications and social responsibility initiatives.
Kathryn is passionate about being a champion for the social and economic empowerment of women.