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.”
Kate Rose Marquez | Chief Executive Officer
Kate Rose Marquez comes to WiNGS with a strong and deep background, having most recently served as director of development at St. Vincent de Paul Society of North Texas. Kate Rose has helped various nonprofit and for-profit organizations fulfill their mission through impactful branding and transformative fundraising. She has worked on all sides of the nonprofit equation and understands how to marshal the resources and infrastructure needed to successfully serve the North Texas community.
As the vice president of marketing at The Dallas Morning News (TDMN), Kate Rose led a team of professionals in creating and executing all TDMN and sub-brand communications. In addition, she was the point person for all TDMN’s sponsorships in the North Texas community – crafting multi-year, multi-million dollar partnerships that leveraged the TDMN brand while supporting hundreds of area community efforts.
Kate Rose has also consulted with several area nonprofits to help them evaluate themselves “from soup to nuts,” examining mission, processes, structure and internal database practices, and guided the development of branding, fundraising, board succession plans and long-term goals that further their mission externally. She has an extensive history of fundraising and especially executing large events such as Cotes du Coeur and Go Red for Women for American Heart Association, Partners’ Card for The Family Place, Change is Good for Community Partners of Dallas, among others.
With a heart for service, Kate Rose has served on many regional nonprofit boards over the past 20 years, utilizing her expertise in fundraising, marketing and board development to support their efforts. She also serves on many advisory boards/councils including Community Partners of Dallas, Heroes for Children and Launchability. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
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.
Tameka Y. Cass | Chief Development Officer
With more than 18 years of expertise as a fundraising professional in the nonprofit industry, Tameka Cass is skilled in strategic planning, fund development, relationship management, capital campaigns, event management, grants management and compliance, volunteer engagement, board/advisory committee oversight, team building, and both internal and external communications.
Additionally, Tameka proudly serves as the President of the Parent Student Association (PSA) Board at St. Philip’s School & Community Center, the Vice President of External Affairs of the Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), a founding member of HERitage Giving Circle, and is a founding member of Power in Action–Dallas, a collective unit of community leaders focused on removing systematic disparities impacting Dallas’ African American communities. Tameka holds a Master of Science in Human Relations & Business from Amberton 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.