Governor Greg Abbott has appointed North Texans Ashlee Kleinert, Catherine Susser, and Patsy Wesson, along with Laura Koenig Young from Tyler, among the 14 Texas women named to the Governor’s Commission for Women.
The commission is charged with developing a strategy and plan to help make Texas the No. 1 state for women-owned businesses and to address the issue of human trafficking. The Governor’s Commission for Women, which is housed within the Office of the Governor, specializes in outreach, education, research, and referral services.
Per the Governor’s office:
Ashlee Kleinert of Dallas is founder and operator of Ruthie’s Rolling Café and Ruthie’s Fueled by Café Momentum food trucks. Kleinert is a member of the Dallas Assembly and International Women’s Forum who currently serves on multiple boards, including United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas, SMU’s Dedman College, SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics, Methodist Health System Foundation of Dallas, New Friends New Life, The Rebecca Bender Initiative, and Genesis Women’s Shelter.
Catherine Susser, a new resident of Dallas, is a community volunteer who continues to serve both the Corpus Christi and Dallas communities. She serves on the UT Southwestern President’s Advisory Board and was recently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD), where she served as president of the board as well as vice president and secretary.
Patsy Wesson of Fort Worth owns Carriage Square Jewelers where she has designed custom jewelry for over 35 years. In 2020, Wesson co-founded a new digital custom jewelry manufacturing company called Ellansa. A member of the Jewelers Board of Trade, she holds multiple certifications from the Gemological Institute of America.
Laura Koenig Young of Tyler is president at Brighton Collectibles. A board member for the Cancer Foundation for Life and a former board member of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, the East Texas Communities Foundation, and Southern Methodist University (SMU) Alumni Association.
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