Dell Children’s Foundation announces new board members


Dell Children’s Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of three new board of trustee members. Please join us in welcoming Leslie Ward, President of AT&T Texas, Shelby Wanswrath, Co-Head of Private Equity, Teachers Retirement System, and Todd Wallace, Managing Director,  JLL.

The Dell Children’s Foundation board is committed to raising awareness and philanthropic community support for Dell Children’s Medical Center. Combined the three new board members bring decades of leadership in key areas to help with the continued support and expansion of pediatric care at Dell Children’s. Please welcome:

  • Leslie Ward: Leslie began her career in telecommunications in 1989 before joining AT&T, then SBC, in 1998. She has been ranked as one of the top corporate lobbyists in Texas since the inception of the ranking system by Capitol Inside.
  • Shelby Wanswrath: Shelby is the Co-Head of Private Equity Funds at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. She holds an MBA from London Business School, MS in Accounting and a BBA from Southern Methodist University.
  • Todd Wallace: Todd has been in the real estate business for over 20 years.  Prior to joining JLL in 2013, Todd led the Austin, San Antonio and Houston     offices of SRS Real Estate Partners, where he was also President of the Leadership Council and a Board Member.

“I am thrilled to welcome these three talented individuals. Their unique backgrounds, diverse experiences and passion for children’s healthcare make them  great assets to Dell Children’s Foundation,” said said Susan Hewlitt, Executive Director of Dell Children’s Foundation. “This team joins the Foundation at an exciting time, as we continue to expand and grow services, while working to become a nationally-ranked children’s hospital.”

Dell Children’s relies on support from the community to ensure our doors stay open and that no child is ever turned away regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Roughly 70 percent of Dell Children’s patients are underinsured or uninsured, and philanthropic support ensures Dell Children’s can continue to provide the same level of world class care to every child. For a full list of the Dell Children’s Board of Trustees, visit

Dell Children’s Foundation is part of the Seton Foundations which raise the funds and awareness necessary to operate and advance the Ascension Seton network of hospitals. Learn more at