Shelley King D’Souza - President
Shelley began playing golf in 2000 after 3 years of heading up a celebrity charity golf event for her company's title sponsorship of the National Spinal Paralysis Foundation. After joining EWGA Corpus Christi in 2000, Shelley established a handicap, won her flight in the Chapter Championship and ultimately winning 1st place Low Gross at the EWGA Championship in Kiawah Island, SC, being the first winner from Corpus.
Shortly after, Shelley joined the board and served 5 years as the Director of Events. Shelly has served on the boards for March of Dimes and Susan G Komen. Shelley was recognized as a National Recipient for the Pinnacle Going the Distance Award in 2013 for her dedication and fundraising efforts for Susan G Komen. She is the proud mother of one daughter Victoria "Tori" who is 8 years old. Her husband, Val, is a PGA professional and works for KemperSports running golf courses across the country. Shelley currently works for AT&T in Dallas.
Maribeth Fletcher - Record & Finance Director
Maribeth is from Minnesota originally, but has moved around throughout her working career to Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, and Kentucky. She has worked in a variety of roles in the plastics industry, including process engineer, technical service manager, marketing manager, global product manager, and business line controller. Maribeth recently retired and can now devote her energy to improving her handicap and serving on the EWGA board.
When Maribeth returned to the DFW area in 2015, she was happy to find the EWGA Dallas chapter. She had been playing golf every week with girlfriends in Kentucky and was missing those fun times. The EWGA Girlfriend Golf at Luna Vista has helped to fill that gap. In addition, Maribeth has appreciated other opportunities to play golf in EWGA events, meet some great ladies, and develop new friendships.
Patte Lee - Member Recruitment Director
Patte Lee has been involved with golf for "way more years than her handicap reflects". She helped to found the Charlotte, NC chapter of EWGA and belonged to the Atlanta, GA chapter before moving to Dallas and getting involved with the chapter here. She has met life-long friends in EWGA and is thrilled that her parent company, Guardian Life Insurance Company has decided to be a national sponsor for EWGA. In May of this year, she "tied the knot" with her husband Skip Lutz on the golf course (yep, she played in her dress and veil) at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco.
Patte has over 15 years of experience helping families create and preserve their wealth. Since approximately 80% of her clients are women, she is passionate about educating and empowering women to take control of their finances. In fact, she teaches a class in SMU's Continuing Education Program called "Financial Literacy for Women". In addition to obtaining the Certified Financial Planner credential (CFP®), she is also received training as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Patte received her BBA from Howard University in Washington, DC and her MBA from Georgia State University.
Elizabeth Jones - Director of Golf Programs & Services
Elizabeth is a seasoned Event Manager, currently overseeing your favorite events at the American Airlines Center. She graduated from the University of Iowa, and traveled the country opening NFL Stadiums before settling in Dallas. She enjoys traveling, playing rec league sports, cheering on her Chicago-based sports teams, cooking, and wine. She is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers and the Iowa Alumni Association.
Elizabeth joined the EWGA in March of 2016 after coming across the EWGA booth at the Minnesota Golf Expo, and was immediately hooked by the pressure-free girlfriend golf outings. She has been playing golf since the age of five, though only started to play "for real" with the EWGA. Upon moving to Dallas in February of 2017 she transferred to the Dallas chapter, and most recently was a "Captain" of Girlfriend Golf at Sherrill Park. Her current golf goals include competing in the 2018 Chapter Championship, and eventually qualifying for a cup team.
Lisa Papes - Golf Events Director
Appointed by the Board
Lisa grew up primarily in Lincoln, Nebraska and golfed at, and graduated from, the University of Nebraska in 1987. She got to Texas as quickly as she could after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. Lisa considers herself an honorary Texan having now lived in DFW over half of her life and having a beautiful 22 year old daughter, Katie, who is a 7th generation Texan.
Lisa is a Managing Director with C-III Capital; a national commercial real estate fund management company and has been in the commercial real estate/banking industry for 30 years. Golf is her addiction! She started golfing when she was 12 or so and hasn't put down a club since. Lisa joined EWGA two years ago after leaving the country club she belonged to and is so grateful for the wonderful golf experiences, friendships and memories that this organization has afforded her and looks forward to many more. She recognizes the significant voluntary involvement needed to make EWGA so great and is looking forward to contributing as the Golf Events Director.
Daniela (Dani) Connell - Membership Services Director
Appointed by the Board
Dani was born in Texas, but due to her father’s career, she moved to Maryland as a young child. She worked 30 years as a contractor with the Federal government and has traveled to every continent but Antarctica and South America. She has lived in Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, California, Pakistan and Taiwan. Two years ago, after being away from her extended family for 53 years, she pulled a Davey Crockett (“y’all can go to… and I will go to Texas”) and moved back to Texas with her mother. Upon arriving, she immediately joined the Dallas chapter of EWGA and has enjoyed meeting fellow female golfers and making new friends.
Dani began playing golf on a dare from some co-workers during a happy hour and that was the beginning of a love affair with the sport. Currently she is working for an IT company in Burleson as an IT Business Analyst and looks forward to retiring in 2022. She is thrilled about serving on the board this year to ‘give back’ to this chapter in appreciation of what this organization has meant to her personally and to her golf game!
Sherry Taylor - Communications Director
Appointed by the Board
Sherry is an excited Cubs fan from Chicago that is probably the only person from up North that does not like the famous deep dish pizza. She is a Creative that loves learning new trends, programs and technologies in the graphic design field. Also, Sherry creates custom pet paintings in watercolors. After attending the American Academy of Art and Columbia College in Chicago, she moved to Kalamazoo Michigan for three years where she got a taste of playing golf even though the golf season in Michigan is only about three weeks long! She played golf a little bit after moving to Dallas in 1994, but soon set it aside as couples dancing became a passion that took up most of her time. Dallas is THE mecca for couples dancing where one can find every style imaginable to dance seven nights a week. Her favorite is dancing Argentine Tango!
In 2011, Sherry decided to dust off the sticks and get back to her passion of golf. She loves this game that teaches her patience on and off the course. She joined Dallas EWGA in 2016; and in May 2017, was appointed to the Communications Director position.