GRACE’s longtime Executive Director was recognized among Society Life magazine’s Top 10 Most Successful, Influential and Beautiful Women in Northeast Tarrant County.

Society Life readers were asked to nominate women whose admirable characteristics compelled them to invest in their community, donate their resources and inspire others to achieve great things.

A dynamic mentality and compassionate spirit is often a delicate balance for a leader, and Shonda embodies both with poise and clarity. It’s not difficult for members of the community to see what her staff already know of her: her deep commitment to families in need, and genuine appreciation for all who work alongside her.

“When I heard that Shonda had been nominated for this wonderful honor, I was so incredibly proud of her and for her.  I have worked with a number of executives in my career and Shonda is by far one of the best. She is extremely intelligent and passionate about the GRACE mission. Shonda is a true servant leader- she does not and would not ask anyone to do anything she herself would not step up to do.  Shonda cares tremendously about her staff, her community and the mission of our agency. She truly personifies ‘successful, influential and beautiful’ and there is nobody more deserving of this honor!”

-Melissa Simpkins, GRACE Executive Assistant

It also comes as no surprise that many of these distinguished recipients are longtime supporters and advocates for GRACE. Their accomplishments and community involvement are too many to do justice in this post, and we know you’ll be inspired by the wisdom and insight of these local women in the original story, which can be found here.

Here is a complete list of winners in alphabetical order:

Traci Bernard– President, Texas Health Southlake Hospital-GRACE Board Member

Cindy J. Campbell-President/CEO, First National Bank

Judi McQueary-President/CEO, The Corinthian Companies- Chief Visionary Officer/ Owner, Corinthian Wellness Spa

Adreienne Menichini-Owner, Southlake Jazzercise Franchise

Debbie Morris-Executive Pastor of Gateway Women at Gateway Church

Pamela Muller-Southlake Visionary/Supporter

Tammy Nakamura-Owner/Marketing and PR Director, Accent on You Cosmetic Surgery Center & Medispa- President, Natico Management Company-Colleyville City Council, Place 1-GRACE Gala Advisory Board

Shonda Schaefer-Executive Director/ CEO, GRACE

Esther Spina-National Consultant, Ambit Energy-Founder, Ambitious Women Conference-Co-Founder, Ambitious Women Success Club-Owner, UFC Gym Franchises DFW

Patty Turner-Owner and Founder, Grayson Allen Fine Jewelers