Board of Directors

2018 Board of Directors


Susan Stall - Chair

Susan co-founded her Dining for Women chapter in Greenville, SC in 2010 and served as a co-leader for its first five years. During this time, her chapter published DFW’s first cookbook, a project that generated $20,000 of profit for operations. Susan also chaired the 10th anniversary celebration in 2013. In 2012, she joined Dining for Women’s Board of Directors and has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee, and Vice Chair before being elected Chair of the Board in 2016.
In addition to her work with Dining for Women, Susan serves on the board of JustFaith Ministries (headquartered in Louisville, KY) and will join the board of Bread for the World (headquartered in Washington, DC) in January of 2017. JustFaith has a vision of creating a vast community of people who are committed to creating a more just and compassionate world. Bread for the World educates members about hunger-related issues and equips members to become legislative activists who communicate with elected officials regarding policies that impact poor people around the world.
Susan serves as a trustee of Greenville’s FW Symmes Foundation which makes grants to non-profit organizations working in the Greenville area. She is serving in her sixth year on the board of Greenville’s Ten Thousand Villages retail store that supports artisans in the developing world by selling fair trade merchandise.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Business Administration, Susan joined SunTrust Banks in Atlanta. During her 13 years at SunTrust, Susan managed the Southeast Regional Group, managed a Commercial Center in Atlanta and served as an internal strategic consultant reporting to the Atlanta Bank President.
When their two sons were 5 and 2, Susan and her husband moved to Greenville, SC to be near family. As their sons grew, Susan and her husband graduated from serving as middle and high school PTSA Presidents to Co-Chairs of the Davidson College Parents Council. Susan also served for four years as a member of the Diocesan Executive Council for the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, for five years on the board of Public Education Partners in Greenville, and for six years on the Upcountry History Museum board.

Barbara Collins - Co-Founder

Barb Collins has 30 years of professional experience in board development and nonprofit administration. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Gerontology, a multidisciplinary study of aging, Barb began her career in management and public relations for a retirement community in Blacksburg, VA. Ensuing positions took her north to Minnesota and Wisconsin where roles in fundraising, development and alumni relations at William-Mitchell College of Law and St. Norbert College gave her extensive experience organizing, managing and working with boards. In 1993, fueled by a bedrock change in her life priorities, she shifted gears and worked in consulting where she spent six years working with non-profits on strategic and development planning. It was her first step toward fulfilling a growing need to do something impactful. In 2003, a casual invitation to a potluck supper celebrating Marsha Wallace's birthday started a movement that is changing the world. Barb lives in Greenville, SC, where she has focused her efforts on growing Dining for Women, and being an active volunteer in her community, working with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Carolina, and a past member of the Parent Council at Furman University. In 2014, Barb was named an Everyday Freedom Hero by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.Follow

Lynn O'Connell - Vice Chair

Lynn O’Connell has more than 25 years working in the nonprofit sector as a staff person, a consultant, a trainer, and a volunteer. She was appointed Executive Director of Computer C.O.R.E. in Alexandria, VA in January 2008. Prior to joining CORE, Lynn served as Executive Director for the Physician Assistant Foundation where she directed grant programs, established a new grant system, and launched a national health adherence project. She left the sector for 11 years to serve as a Foreign Service Officer. Lynn has a Masters in Philanthropy from Indiana University, a certificate in Executive Non-Profit Leadership from Duke University, and is a Fulbright Scholar. Lynn is also on the adjunct faculty teaching nonprofit courses at Catholic University, The Graduate School, and George Washington University. She is a past board chair of Volunteer Alexandria, Washington Literacy Council, the Association of Women in Communications-DC Chapter, and Empowered Women International. She belongs to Rotary and was a former Vocational Development Committee Chair. She is a Soroptomist and chairs her chapter’s “Live Your Dream” scholarship program.
Lynn joined Dining for Women in 2008. For four years, she volunteered for the Education Committee, writing the book, film, and free trade recommendations related to each month’s grantee. In 2014, she joined the Grant Selection Committee, and in April 2017, she became Chair of the Grant Selection Committee. She has had the pleasure of being a member of four DFW chapters over the years, and she has also participated in a past Travel Program.

Caren Senter - Secretary

Caren Senter works at Upstate International, a non-profit in Greenville, SC whose mission is to foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas. She holds a B.A. from Amherst College, and both an M.A. (Philosophy) and a J.D. from Duke University. After practicing law for over 10 years in Connecticut and while raising her two children in Pennsylvania, Caren served on a number of local non-profit boards including a library, a fine arts organization, and a foundation that served the elderly, indigent population. Caren moved to Greenville in 2014. An avid tennis player and cyclist, she enjoys hiking, working out, and spending time with her two grown children. Caren joined Dining for Women in 2014 and is a member of the SC, Greenville-7 chapter.Follow

Kathy Fitts - Treasurer

Kathy Fitts, a member of the GA, Marietta-1 chapter, has served as an Advisory Member of DFW's Board Finance Committee for the last year and is now stepping into the Treasurer position on the Board. Kathy has a long career as an executive in the world of finance and accounting. She has lived all over the world and brings new ideas and a broad perspective. As a child in a military family, she started experiencing other cultures at a young age. Her global experiences continued as she lived and worked abroad later, including working in Germany. She’s known for laying out all the facts and building consensus. Kathy is an enthusiastic DFW member who has enjoyed participating in the Atlanta-area chapter for four years.Follow

Sarah Durry

Sarah Durry has served as a chapter leader for Dining for Women’s GA, Atlanta-1 chapter for over five years. Her passion for gender equity is exemplified in her professional and personal life, as the majority of Sarah's career has been spent working with organizations whose mission is to serve women and girls. Sarah began her career in nonprofits working as Development Manager for Cool Girls Inc., where she raised funds for programming through grant writing and fundraising events. She has also worked with Women in Technology, bringing together multiple stakeholders to encourage women and girls to stay in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) disciplines. In addition to Dining for Women, Sarah has been a dedicated volunteer with the Atlanta Chapter of One Billion Rising for several years. Sarah is currently pursuing a Masters in Development Practice degree at Emory University and is focusing on gender and health. She is a first generation Ethiopian-American who grew up in Atlanta, Yemen, and Kenya.Follow

Carol Dillon Kissal

Carol has served as the Vice-President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer for Emory University in Atlanta, GA since September 2014. In her role, she is responsible for all financial operations, treasury and debt portfolios, financial reporting, grants and contracts sponsored research programs, procurement and contracts management. Additionally, she has responsibility for the Chief Business Officers supporting the schools and business units in managing their fiscal responsibilities. Prior to joining Emory University, Carol was Deputy General Manager of Administration and Chief Financial Officer for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), where she was responsible for developing, managing and implementing a financial operating and capital plan totaling $2.6 billion annually. Prior to accepting the role at Metro, Carol was nominated to serve as the Inspector General of the Small Business Administration by the President of the United States, a senate confirmed position. Although honored by this recognition, she respectfully declined. Carol has also served as the Deputy Director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation. She has directed the accounting and budget activities for the District of Columbia public school system, and was the Director of Corporate Finance, then Corporate Treasurer for Amtrak.'Follow

Tara LaRose

Tara is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Case Manager. She spent the majority of her career working in a variety of capacities at the ASU Group, which is an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) and provides insurance services. She started as a medical case manager and also served as director of education and president of the case management division. Her last position prior to her retirement in 2011 was president and CEO of the entire company. Tara served on the company’s board of directors as both a Director and Chair, retiring from the Board in 2016.
Tara lives in Plainwell, MI and has been a member of the Dining for Women chapter there since 2011.

Cynthia Radford

Working around the world as an organizational development consultant with leaders and teams from over 35 countries the past 20 plus years has shaped Cynthia Radford's global perspective. Always curious about other cultures, Cynthia was raised on a farm in the North Carolina mountains before heading off to Purdue University for a BS in Nutrition and MS in Instructional Design. After stints in Chicago and Philadelphia with Arthur Andersen, Walgreens and Unisys, she made her way south again and lives in aptly named Travelers Rest, SC. Extensive off-the-beaten-path international journeys and relationships (many in DFW locales) and ten years serving as an International Center of the Upstate director deepened Cynthia's citizen-of-the-world mindset and nurtured a passion for equipping women and girls to break through barriers to health, security and prosperity. Cynthia's been an enthusiastic member since discovering Dining for Women in 2011 and is energized to advance DFW's bold mission. She believes 'Together we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of so many.'Follow