Frances Leigh Jordan serves as President from 2018-2019. Frances works as a Senior Community Outreach Manager at Rifeline, a public involvement and community relations firm in Austin, serving organizations that rely on public support to achieve their goals. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science at Tuskegee University in 2008 and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky in 2011.
Frances L. Jordan
Megan Yeager is YWA’s first Chief of Staff. She has been an active member of YWA for two years, serving as the Membership Engagement & Retention Chair and Co-VP of Development. Megan is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. She works for the Ex-Students Association as the Chapter Events Coordinator, helping serve 115 domestic chapters praise, promote, and protect The University of Texas.
Erin Wendt previously served on the Membership and Events committees, including VP of Events. Originally from Houston, Erin has developed a deep pride for Austin’s community. Outside of Erin’s Legal Operations role at Flex, she is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Travis, County.
Sarah Williamson is the 2018-2019 YWA/F Immediate Past President. She has been an active member of YWA for eight years, serving in chair positions for multiple committees and as Vice President of Operations (2014-2016) and Strategic Partnerships (2016-2017). Sarah earned her degree from Texas A&M University and works as a Senior Project Manager for Netsync.
Elizabeth Pargaman serves as the Co-Vice President of Communications. Upon joining YWA, she worked as the Newsletter Chair on the Communications committee. Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Austin College. She currently works in brand marketing at Personify.
Liz Rubio is honored to serve as Co-VP of Communications for the Young Women’s Alliance (YWA) for the second consecutive year. Liz earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently works as an Account Manager for Invodo, an Austin-based production agency. Liz is also an active member of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce and volunteers regularly for the Dress for Success Austin Chapter and the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN).
Originally from Atlanta, Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in Communication and Chinese from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is currently the Senior Event Manager at Dimensional Fund Advisors where she oversees all North America events as well as all food and beverage operations. She has served on the communications and AU40 committees and speaks German, Chinese and Spanish.
Suhailah Waheed is honored to serve as the 2018-19 Vice President for Development. She hails from Durham, North Carolina. Suhailah is a graduate of North Carolina Central University. After graduation, Suhailah moved to Austin, TX. She has been an active member of YWA since May 2017. She is the Operations Coordinator for Impact Austin and a self-published author.
Karly is proud to serve as the VP of Events for the 2018-2019 YWA Board Year. She is a local lawyer who specializes in commercial construction litigation. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin and her Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law. In addition to YWA, Karly is an active member with the Urban Land Institute and Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association
Anastasia Teague serves as the Vice President of Programs, bringing educational and professional development opportunities to YWA members. She currently works at Pandora Media as a Senior Account Manager. Anastasia has a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.
Taryn Feigen serves as the Co-VP of Operations for YWA. Taryn graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Government. She currently works for the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation as the Assistant Director of External Relations. Outside of YWA, she enjoys volunteering with the Girls Empowerment Network, engaging in local politics, and walking her dog Bartlet.
Andréa Erving serves as the Co-Vice Presidents of Operations for YWA. She previously served as the website chair for YWA during the 2017-2018 year. Andréa currently works as a Finance Manager in the real estate development industry. She is an active volunteer with SAFEGuild, a community serving Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace. She holds a Masters Degree in Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship.
Virginia Moore will serve as President from 2019-2020. Virginia is an award-winning Digital Marketer with 10 years of experience. She received her degree in Art History from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. She has been an active member of YWA for over 3 years serving in a variety of roles with Austin Under 40 Awards, VP of Communications, and most recently on the Events committee.
Hope is the 2018-2019 Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. After graduating from the University of Texas, Hope has worked in and around the Texas Capitol, currently serving as the Legislative Director for a State Representative out of Dallas. A member of YWA since 2015, Hope also fosters with Austin Pets Alive! and the Heart of Texas Lab Rescue, assists the Love Hope Strength Foundation as a Team Lead for Austin City Limits, raises money for the Central Texas Food Bank with the Sine Die Smokers, and volunteers with the Breast Cancer Resource Center.
Originally from Peoria, IL, Katy moved to Austin in 2009 and currently works as an account manager at Voxbone. She joined YWA in 2017 seeking networking opportunities but got so much more! Quickly becoming engaged in social and community service events, she looks forward to starting off her second year as the VP of Membership.
Natalie Merrick is the VP of Finance for YWA/YWAF. Natalie co-founded Tequila Sheela in 2014 and three years later left her corporate role to be fully dedicated to sharing the passion of Tequila Sheela with the world. She is a licensed CPA who studied accounting at Texas A&M University and earned her Master of Science from the University of Texas at Dallas.