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.
Alex Brauer is a named-partner with the trial and appellate law firm of Bailey Brauer
PLLC where he represents businesses and individuals in litigation matters. Prior to
founding Bailey Brauer, Alex was a litigator with the international law firm Baker &
McKenzie LLP and Texas-based Winstead PC. Alex is involved with several noteworthy
charities and serves on the boards of Readers 2 Leaders and The Great Investors’ Best
Ideas Foundation. Alex is a graduate of Florida State University (B.S.) and Georgetown
University Law Center (J.D.). Alex is married to Paige Brauer and they have two
children, Ella (4) and Van (2).
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 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 an active member of All Saints Dallas. She also serves on the community development committee of Trusted World.
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 and currently chairs the Fund Development committee.
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 (24) and Samantha (20).
Fran Tynan is a Board Member and a Reading Buddy at Readers 2 Leaders. After
graduating Marillac College, Fran taught French, Sociology and Economics at St. Vincent’s
Academy, Shreveport, LA. She took her Teacher Certificate with her to Allstate Ins. Co,
and joined the faculty of their initial Supervisory and Management Training program,
ultimately working in the field of Organization Development in several large corporations
that supplied product to Sears. She went to work with Mobil Oil in New Orleans, then
moved to Denver and NYC, retiring from Mobil in Dallas. Before joining the board with
R2L, she chaired the board of Resolana, serving female inmates at the Dallas County Jail.
She was a founding member of Fort Worth Avenue Development Group. She is single and
loves living in North Oak Cliff/West Dallas.
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.