Board of Directors

Lynn O'Connell - Chair

Lynn O’Connell is a veteran nonprofit leader with more than 25 years working in the nonprofit sector as a staff person, a consultant, a trainer, and a volunteer. She currently works with Women Traveling Together, a women’s travel company that offers about 120 domestic and international trips annually. Prior to this, she served as Executive Director of Computer CORE, a workforce development program, for just over a decade, and Executive Director for the Physician Assistant Foundation where she directed grant programs and launched a national health adherence project.
Before her work with nonprofits, Lynn served 12 years as a Foreign Service Officer.
Lynn holds 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.
Lynn joined Dining for Women in 2008. For four years, she volunteered for the Education Committee, writing the book, film, and fair-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.
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Barbara Collins - Co-Founder

Barbara Fintel Collins is co-founder of Dining for Women, the largest global giving circle network dedicated to advancing gender equality and well-being for women and girls around the world.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in gerontology, Barb has devoted her career to the nonprofit sector, first opening the doors of Warm Hearth Village in Blacksburg, Virginia, then honing experience in alumni relations and resource development at William Mitchell College of Law and St. Norbert College. Then she discovered her passion for infusing innovation into nonprofit mission impact strategies, and for shaping thriving and sustainable organizations.
After a life altering trip to Tanzania a flame lingered for reaching across the oceans to keep opening doors of opportunity for the remarkable women she met. In 2003, when invited to her neighbor’s unusual birthday party, where dinner guests dined-in and pooled their dining-out dollars to global women’s programs, Barb’s passion and experience merged into her calling. Since that night, she continues to guide Dining for Women, educating and mobilizing more than 470 chapters spread throughout the U.S, amassing small gifts into $7 million in grants to organizations in over 60 countries, and initiating partnerships with the Peace Corps, UNICEF, OXFAM and Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn Initiative. In May 2018, the United States Institute of Peace opened its door for Dining for Women’s fifteenth anniversary celebration. DFW’s simple model that nurtures community and democratizes philanthropy is resonating in a world calling for change.
In 2014, Barb was named an Everyday Freedom Hero by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and in 2017 she was named a SHEro Phenomenal Philanthropist by SHEGreenville.
She is the author of the soon-to-be published book, Love, Norm, which tells the story of her father, Dr. Norman D. Fintel, his life lessons, and how deeply he made her believe she could change the world.
Barb has two grown daughters, Nora and Jeanette, and lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and soulmate, Greg, a husky named Annie, and Phoenix, the feisty cat.
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Susan Stall - Past 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 joined 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.
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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 has been a member of DFW’s GA, Marietta-1 chapter since 2013. She joined the Finance Committee as an advisory member in 2016. In 2018, she was joined the Board of Directors as Treasurer.
Kathy has spent over 35 years as a financial executive in corporate America. In 2016, she transitioned to a consultant role. She specializes in financial and accounting projects supporting chief financial officers.
As a child of a career Army Officer, Kathy was born in Germany and has lived all over the U.S. including Hawaii. These culturally diverse life experiences formed her world view very early on. Her desire to work for better outcomes for women and girls led to her involvement with DFW.
She is an avid world traveler which works out well, since her two grown children have moved across the country to the west coast.
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Dr. Shaniece Criss

Dr. Shaniece Criss is a health science faculty member at Furman University in Greenville, SC and a community-engaged qualitative researcher addressing health equity and health communication. She is an elected official on Travelers Rest City Council and serves on the board of directors for Prisma Health, Public Education Partners, and SC YMCA Youth in Government & Teen Achievers. She has been named a “ChangeMaker” by the Jefferson Awards Foundation.
Dr. Criss is a fellow of Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative, the Shi Center for Sustainability, the Shucker Leadership Institute, and the Collaborative for Community-Engaged Learning. During her Peace Corps service, she hosted a national health television show in Guyana, South America. Previously, she held positions at ICF International, Centers for Disease Control, and CNN. With a passion to implement effective public health interventions and policies, she earned her doctorate from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, her MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a MPH from Emory University, and a BA in communication from Oglethorpe University.
Dr. Criss has been a member of Dining for Women’s SC, Greenville-15 chapter since 2018.
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Jo DeBolt

Jo spent more than 30 years as a nonprofit executive and consultant to nonprofit organizations and foundations. She is enjoying Emeritus status after recently stepping down from involvement as a full-time Partner in La Piana Consulting.
Prior to joining La Piana in 2005, she launched an initiative for the Pittsburgh Foundation, served as the director of the Tides Center offices in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., and was the founding executive director of a regional coalition of community economic development organizations. She is a long-time board member of the Human Services Center Corporation, regarded as the premier provider of in-school programs for youth in the Pittsburgh area. Jo was a founding board member of the Allegheny County Library Association, served as a public-school trustee, and chaired a Congressional commission working with the National Park Service on efforts to preserve the history of steelmaking in Western Pennsylvania.
A native Pittsburgher, Jo has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS in Business from Duquesne University.
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Sarah Durry

Sarah Durry served as a chapter leader for Dining for Women’s GA, Atlanta-1 chapter for 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

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet is the President & CEO of Project Concern International (PCI). PCI is a global development organization working with families and communities to enhance health, end hunger, overcome hardship and advance women and girls.
Prior to PCI, Carrie served as Director of the Peace Corps (2015-2017) and Deputy Director (2010-2015), leading America’s iconic international volunteer service organization with programs in over 65 countries. At the Peace Corps, she led historic reforms to modernize and strengthen the agency to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
Before being appointed to the Peace Corps by President Obama, Carrie worked as the Vice President and Director of the Washington D.C. office of John Snow, Inc. (JSI), overseeing the management of public health programs in 85 countries around the world. Her decades of global health work also included serving as the lead consultant on the first Five-Year Global HIV/AIDS Strategy for the President George W. Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), working with USAID in Indonesia on maternal and child health and HIV programming, founding the Special Olympics in The Gambia, and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer with her husband in Western Samoa.
Carrie is passionate about empowering communities to discover their own sustainable, innovative solutions to poverty. She holds a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Boston University.
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Tara LaRose

Tara has been a member of the Kalamazoo chapter since 2012 after she retired from her position as CEO and president of the ASU In 2012. She was an active member of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan ( ESOP) and developed the first board governance policies for the company.
She remained on the board after her retirement and served as Chair until 2016. She is honored to serve on the board of DFW.
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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

Melinda Silverstein

Melinda Silverstein is a member of Dining for Women’s CA, Santa Cruz-2 chapter.
For over 30 years Melinda has devoted her career, with an emphasis in executive management and development, to helping people through working at non-for-profits. She received a B.A. in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and a Masters in Public Health from San Jose State University. She has been an executive manager using program management, strategic goal setting, and targeted fundraising to transform organizations and build sustainability. She has a long track record of managing resource development, major gift solicitation, and donor stewardship. Melinda recently retired after 18 years as the Executive Director of the Cabrillo College Foundation where the organization flourished even in tough economic times and was recognized as one of the model leaders in the Community College system. One of the cornerstone innovative programs of CCF is Women’s Educational Success (WES) -- a grant program to help women students who experience unexpected emergencies stay in school and graduate. The annual WES campaigns built a loyal, broad, and diverse donor group who provide substantial funding and are committed to making a difference in women’s lives.
Melinda also worked in development in the Health Sciences of UCSC, served as the Executive Director of United Way for Santa Cruz County, and was an adjunct faculty member of the Health Sciences Department at San Jose State University.
Melinda’s husband of 37 years is a tennis teacher and they live in Santa Cruz, California. Their twin grown daughters have chosen careers to work in non-profits to make the world a better place. Melinda is an avid hiker, book club member, and traveler, and is passionate about playing her viola in orchestras, chamber groups, and recently with a bluegrass group.
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Betsy Teutsch

Betsy Teutsch, from Philadelphia, PA, learned about Dining for Women as a Board Member of Shining Hope for Communities, a 2011 DFW Grantee. She spoke at three Delaware Valley DFW chapter dinners and came away so impressed she pitched the idea of starting a local chapter in her monthly Weavers Way Food Co-op column. To her amazement, three (now four) chapters launched. These four chapters continue to thrive, nurturing friendships and local solidarity as well as supporting global women and girls.
As a writer, Betsy is a Solutions-Focused Storyteller concentrating on greener living, sustainable low-tech, humanitarian engineering, and women’s empowerment. Her book, 100 Under $100: Tools for Empowering Global Women, features many DFW initiatives that exemplify integrated approaches for women to escape extreme poverty and bring their families and communities along with them.
Her second book is another compilation of effective tools, with the Postharvest Education Foundation, titled 100 Under $100: Tools for Reducing Postharvest Losses. Halving postharvest loss and waste, Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, offers female farmers (who make up over 50% of the Global South’s smallholder farmers) great opportunities to address both food insecurity and poverty.
Betsy, a grandmother of four, just welcomed identical twin grandsons who live in Philadelphia. Newly retired, she has a new gig: taking care of them one day each week. She is a native of Fargo, North Dakota.
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