New United Way Board Members | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Meet Our Newest Board of Directors and Foundation Board Members

We’re honored to welcome six dedicated community leaders and successful business executives to our 2021-2022 Board of Directors and United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas Board. The members will serve three-year terms and provide strategic direction to achieve our mission: ensuring every North Texan has the opportunity and access to thrive.

Our new board leadership, including top-level chief executives from Axxess, Celanese Corporation and Trinity Industries, will serve as trusted advisers for our organization as we work to improve education, income and health—the building blocks of opportunity.

New United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Board of Directors members include:

John Olajide

Founder and CEO, Axxess

Lori Ryerkerk

Chairman, CEO and President, Celanese Corporation

Jean Savage

CEO and President, Trinity Industries

As we continue to work toward achieving our Aspire United 2030 goals, we are grateful to add this group of innovative, diverse and engaged members to our boards. Their collective expertise will prove invaluable as we work to create opportunity for all North Texans.

Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

“We are fortunate these accomplished individuals share our vision to create opportunity and access that empowers all North Texans to thrive,” said Charlene Lake, United Way board chair and AT&T’s corporate social responsibility and chief sustainability officer. “They will be joining a board of respected and influential community leaders committed to driving impact in our communities.”

The newest United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas Board members include:

Anne Motsenbocker

JPMorgan Chase (retired)

Pedro Lerma


W. Kevin Walker

CEO, Dallas Citizens Council

“United Way is uniquely positioned to improve education, income and health in our community, now and into the future,” said Terri West, senior vice president of communications and investor relations at Texas Instruments and United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas board chair. “By working collaboratively and strategically to steward United Way’s mission and assets, we can create transformative change that will last for generations to come.”

Be Part of the Change

As we welcome our new board leadership to United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, remember that you too can help support our strategic direction. We invite you to join our movement to improve education, income and health right here at home. Click here to make a donation or to join one of our Giving Societies today.

This article was published on: Oct 4, 2021