Our Board of Directors

Executive & Advisory

Roselle Tenorio

President

Roselle Tenorio (pronounced roh-zEl ten-OR-ee-oh) (they/them) is a queer, seventh generation Tejanx person born and living on Kiikaapoi, Wichita, Jumanos, Tawakoni and Caddo land (Dallas, Texas).

They redistribute resources and value community, justice, and liberation, currently working as a Philanthropic Professional at a Grantmaking Institution toward more equitable grantmaking practices. Abide was the first local organization that they found with an alignment in values and started volunteering in 2019. After going to school at Irma Rangel in South Dallas for many years, Roselle is glad to be back in the community serving as a Board member with the compassionate and visionary team that is Abide Women.
This picture was taken by Samantha Muñoz.

Sharifa Stevens

Vice President

Sharifa Stevens communicates to exhale; working out being a misfit, alien, idealist, and the beloved. It’s how she stays tender in a concrete world.

A New York native, Sharifa earned a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia University before moving to Dallas, Texas, where she received a master of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. She contributed to the book Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, & Marginalized Women of the Bible as well as an upcoming book entitled Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice. Sharifa is a pastor’s wife married to a Renaissance man, and mother to two lively boys.

Esther Villarreal

Secretary

Esther Villarreal lives in West Dallas but is from the Chicagoland area originally. She and her Oak Cliff native husband (a real estate agent and tax consultant) have three children and are both active in their neighborhood, pursuing equitable housing and environmental justice. They attend church in a small congregation in Downtown Dallas and enjoy living so close to the city center and being involved in many faith-based endeavors. Esther teaches 4 year olds to love and respect the earth in her classroom at a local parent’s day out program and also works part time for the City of Grapevine Parks & Rec department. Esther began working with children & women’s ministries at All Saints Dallas in spring of 2021.

Savohna Brown

Treasurer

Savohna Brown is a Senior Accountant at Texas Women’s Foundation and is a proud graduate of Austin College (Go Roos!) with a BS in International Economics and Finance and a minor in Spanish. While there, she studied abroad in Guatemala and Peru which ignited her love to travel and desire to learn about the world. She is currently taking extra upper level accounting classes to increase her knowledge and to earn credit to qualify for the CPA exam. She brings over four years of non-profit accounting experience as she previously worked for The Dallas Foundation. Savohna’s passion for numbers and community service is what makes working at a non-profit the perfect match. She brings high energy and a positive attitude wherever she goes.
Savohna fulfills her passion for giving back by volunteering with nonprofits through The Junior League of Dallas, gathering her friends together to volunteer with various organizations in Dallas, and now as a part of the Social Venture Partners Dana Juett Residency 2021-22 Cohort.
Although not a native of Dallas, Savohna has fallen in love with the city and looks forward to continue to be involved in the community.

Rhyan Brown

APR N, CPNP-PC | Member

Rhyan is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with over ten years of clinical healthcare experience. She has served in many capacities throughout her career, ranging from caring for patients at the bedside to Nurse Practitioner. She currently works at a UT Southwestern Medical Center. The favorite part of her job is equipping parents with knowledge, so they are able to make informed decisions about their child’s health. She has special interests in health promotion, parenting, nutrition, and childhood health conditions. Rhyan lives in Dallas with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling, writing, and listening to podcasts in her spare time. Rhyan is excited to serve Abide Women’s Health Services as a Board Member and is thrilled to see the continued impact the organization will make on reversing the negative maternal health outcomes in the Sunny South Dallas community.

Smitha Caroline Dante

Member

Smitha Dante is a healthcare attorney and a Director of Legal Services at a Dallas-based Accountable Care Organization health plan. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Smitha earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Princeton University, a Masters in Chemistry from UC Santa Barbara, and a law degree from the University of Virginia. A recent transplant from Seattle, Washington, Smitha is a passionate believer in healthcare as a human right and strives to actualize a future where healthcare equity is a given, and people of color, especially women of color, receive high quality care and treatment regardless of income level or ability to pay. In addition to her work with Abide, Smitha is also involved with the Junior League of Dallas, and serves on the Board of the Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research. She is excited to be a member of the Abide Board and work to improve maternal and infant outcomes in Dallas.

Antonea Bastian

Member

Antonea Bastian is a Minister at Mosaic Church of Richardson where she oversees Women’s and Family Ministry. She grew up all over the U.S. and made her way to Dallas when she attended SMU and has happily grown to see DFW as home. After graduation, she taught for two years in a high school in Downtown Dallas before transitioning to full-time vocational ministry. She is thrilled to be a Board Member of Abide Women’s Health Services as a co-learner on this journey of seeking the flourishing of women and children holistically. She enjoys iced coffee, long walks, reading and exploring her newly adopted hometown of Richardson, TX.

Advisory Board

Advisory board Member

Cherilyn Holloway

Advisory Board Member

Lenita Dunlap

Advisory Board Member

Roxanne Anderson

Advisory Board Member

Amber Webb Sims

Advisory Board MeMber

Quantrilla Ard

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