Board of Directors: Biographies
Ted Schweinfurth is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Readers 2 Leaders. Ted is a
partner in the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie, where he represents individuals and
businesses in business transactions and matters. Ted has been active in the West Dallas
community for over ten years and has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations. In
1997 Ted helped launch VMLC and he served as VMLC’s Founding Chairman and President
from its founding until 2001. Ted also served on the Board of Mercy Street, a mentoring program
in West Dallas, from 2004-2010, and served as its Chairman from 2007-2009. Over the years,
Ted has coached various youth sports teams in West Dallas, including tennis, baseball and
soccer. Ted also served on the Boards of Literacy Volunteers of America – Dallas and Emily’s
Place. Ted is married to Stephanie and they have two children, Will (22) and Stewart (18).
Tracey Beckwith is a Board Member and reading Buddy at Readers to Leaders. Tracey is a former
special education teacher. Tracey is active in the community involved with Advocates for
Community Transformation, and International Justice Mission. Tracey is an active member
at Watermark Community Church as a leader in the Woman’s Bible Study, children’s curriculum
writer and teacher for preschoolers. Tracey and her husband Van have a daughter, Hannah, and
a son, Scott, who is married to Mari Caroline.
Clarence Brown is the General Counsel of Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE), a major
international producer of titanium dioxide products. Previously he was a corporate and
securities attorney with a predecessor firm of Locke Lord LLP. Clarence has been involved
with several non-profit organizations, including serving as a member of the Board of Trustees
of St. Philip’s School & Community Center from 2007-2013. Clarence is a graduate of The
University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A.) and Emory University School of Law (J.D.). Clarence is
married to Shonn and they have three children.
Guennael Delorme is currently employed at Samsung (Mobile division), where he leads some
business development activities. Previously, he was a strategy consultant at The Boston
Consulting Group where he worked on education assignments including a pro-bono project for
an early-education non-profit. Outside of work, Guennael loves team-building sporting activities
such as GORUCK Challenges and ultra-marathons; he also volunteers at his son's Scout Troop
and tries hard to attend every campout and activity. Guennael received his MBA from UT Austin.
He is married to Hortencia and lives in Plano with their two children, Julian (11) and Andrea (8).
Michelle George serves as Assistant Vice President, Community Relations Manager for Texas Capital Bank, where she leads employee engagement and corporate social responsibility initiatives. She received her Masters of Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University and Bachelors in Music from Oklahoma Baptist University. Previously an educator, Michelle dedicates her time and efforts toward educational equity in the Dallas community. She lives in Oak Cliff with her husband and son and is also a fellow in the Mayor’s Star Council.
Frank Gonzalez co-founded TSP with Rick Skaggs in 2002. As CEO of TSP, Gonzalez is responsible for running and maintaining sales and operations for all TSP business as well as leading the organization’s overall strategy. He has more than 20 years of business experience in the IT services industry. Prior to 2002, Gonzalez held various technical and leadership positions at Honeywell International, including Field Service Manager and National Field Service Leader. In these roles, Gonzalez earned respect for his focus, supervision, coordination, and overall management for the Infrastructure Design and Support Organization. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University.
Michael Kleiman is Director of Marketing for Tyler Technologies’ Courts & Justice division –
the largest software company in the nation solely focused on the needs of the public sector.
Michael’s career has concentrated on marketing technology products, especially software,
including management positions at Compaq Computers, Sprint, and Alcon Laboratories. He has
also helped various Dallas not for profits via his consulting work at Executives in Action. He
joined the board in 2013.
Michael is a graduate of Emory University, and received his MBA from UT Austin. He is
married to Denise Kleiman and they have two children Joe (28) and Samantha (23).
Greg McCoy is an entrepreneur in the fitness industry. Greg founded and became owner of two successful gyms over the past nine years and was a minority owner and Marketing Director for global apparel company SF Group. He has also maintained a personal training business for more than ten years and promotes and participates in fitness events around the world. Greg is a lifelong athlete, competing in everything from Triathlon, Motocross, and Adventure Races to his main athletic passion of Body Building. Greg graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2008 and lives in Plano with his wife, Tawna.
Amanda Meter is the Director of Development at Parish Episcopal School, where she provides leadership, planning, and management of all fundraising programs as well as manages logistics and operational oversight of Parish’s capital campaign. Prior to joining the Parish, she spent the last decade working in various roles in higher education development – most recently serving as Campaign Manager for Colorado State’s $1B comprehensive campaign. Amanda is a two-time graduate of Florida State University (B.A. and M.A.) and a die-hard FSU football fan. She is a mentor with The Women for FSU as well as volunteers with Dallas Public Libraries and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Amanda resides in East Dallas with her rescue dog, Captain Pancakes.
Lawson Pedigo, formerly with the United States Department of Justice's Tax Division and
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., joined Miller Keffer & Pedigo as a name partner in 2004. He
concentrates on representing individuals and entities involved in complex commercial and
financial litigation matters as well as governmental investigations of all types. Mr. Pedigo,
licensed in Texas in 1985, has over twenty-five years of experience in litigation.
Since entering private practice, he has represented individuals and corporations in a wide
range of complex financial litigations matters. Mr. Pedigo received a BBA in Accounting in 1982
and a Juris Doctorate in 1985, from Baylor University, and a Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM)
from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990. Mr. Pedigo is a Certified Public Accountant
licensed in Texas. Mr. Pedigo also remained active in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and retired
in 2014 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He has also received a number of military honors, including the
Combat Action Ribbon for his service in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Aimee Sheahan is the founder and principal of Sheahan Communications, a Dallas-based marketing communications agency that partners with nonprofits, schools, foundations and other social-good organizations to tell their stories and galvanize support for their missions. Her involvement in the community has included serving on the Dallas Afterschool board, the After the Bell Alliance leadership council, Friends of Wednesday’s Child and the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty. In addition, she is an active PTA board member at Parkhill Junior High School and a Girl Scout troop leader. Prior to founding Sheahan Communications, Sheahan spent two decades in roles with local nonprofits and public relations agencies in Dallas and Charlotte, NC. Sheahan graduated from Davidson College cum laude with a B.A. in English. She lives in Dallas with her husband David and their daughters, Julia and Ella.