Board of Directors: Biographies

 

Ted Schweinfurth

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

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

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

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.


Bud Browne

Bud Browne is a Board Member and a Reading Buddy at Readers 2 Leaders. Bud is the 

Executive Sales Engineer at GrowthNet Trading where he architects Holistic Internet-

Centric Communication Systems and help Clients manage their Cultural Systems 

through Collaboration. Bud is the Chairman of the Education Committee of the Oak Cliff 

Chamber of Commerce that gives scholarships to Oak Cliff Seniors & awards to Oak 

Cliff Teachers and provides a bridge between the Educational Community and Oak Cliff 

Community Resources.  He works with Cedar Valley College’s Carter High School 

“Transformation from Within” project.  Bud also works with UNITE, Girls Inc., Boys & 

Girls Clubs of Dallas and Granny’s Place in Desoto. Bud is married to Linda and they 

have one son, a CPA in Washington DC. 


Giles Davidson

Giles Davidson's career in Information Systems and Project Management has spanned 30 years,

working for companies such as Verizon, MCI/Worldcom, and Discovery Communications, where he

served as Director of the Project Management Office. He is also a Managing Partner of GoWest, LLC,

a residential development company located in Baker, West Virginia.

Davidson spent almost 30 years in Washington, DC before moving to Dallas in 2010. Seeking to become

more involved in educational issues, he became a member of the inaugural class of Leadership DISD

(Dallas Independent School District). Davidson now serves on a number of local and national non-profit

boards and committees, focusing his philanthropic work in the areas of education, mental health, and social justice.

Davidson holds a BS in Journalism, Minor in Chemistry from West Virginia University, and an MBA from

The George Washington University. 

 

 


Guennael Delorme

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).


Michael Kleiman

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

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

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.