United Way Women’s Initiative members are professionals, community volunteers, and business leaders who inspire those around them to reach out with full and giving hearts. Throughout the year, Women’s Initiative members enjoy educational, networking, and professional development opportunities and host Women’s Initiative events at their homes and businesses to support one another and learn more about the work of United Way.

The Women’s Initiative serves as an extension of the United Way, improving lives and building better communities. Women’s Initiative members are inspired civic-minded women who value and champion community impact, philanthropic stewardship, diversity, and inclusion

United Way Women’s Initiative members make personal gifts of $2,500 or more annually. For more information, contact Isha Baker.

Women’s Initiative Co-Chairs

Karen Kershner Slack
WI Co-Chair
Slack and Co. Contracting

Decie Autin
WI Co-Chair
ExxonMobil Annuitant


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  • Steering Committee

    • Jeanne Abundis
    • Toi Anderson
    • Decie Autin
      ExxonMobil Annuitant
    • Sylvia Barnes
      Tanda Resources LLC
    • San Burnett
    • Cherri Carbonara
      Carbonara Group
    • Jay Fairley
      Enbridge Energy Company Inc.
    • Caroline Fant
      Marathon Oil, Retired
    • Jennifer Gross
      ExxonMobil Global Projects Company
    • Sara Hallam
    • Colette Harden
    • Renee Havrilla
      Westlake Compounds, LLC
    • Shelly Heuser
      TPC Group Retiree
    • Teal Holden
      Memorial Hermann Health System
    • Monica Hwang
      O’Melveney & Myers LLP
    • Sue Kean
      Rubicon Oilfield International, Retiree
    • Karen Kershner Slack
      Slack and Co. Contracting
    • Heide Mairs
      ExxonMobil, Retiree
    • Malaika Mukoro
      Reliance Rail International
    • Karen Nielsen
      Amegy Bank/Zions Bancorporation
    • Tara Nutik
    • Mansi Patel
      Service Corporation International
    • Eydie Pengelly
      Freelance Marketing Strategist
    • Becky Rush
      Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
    • Lamonica Spivey
    • Sharon Spurlin
      Plains All American
    • Sarah Trend
    • Katie Thurman
      ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions
    • Shyann West
    • Kelly Whitley
      Murphy Oil
    • Norene Wolff
      ​Phillips 66

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