Institute Leadership

Mary Anne Alhadeff

Mary Anne Alhadeff
Executive Director and Chief Officer
OMB, Suite 237

Mary Anne Alhadeff has been chief officer of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership at Texas Woman’s University since Feb. 11, 2020. Prior to coming to TWU, she had a distinguished 40-year career in public broadcasting, including 20 years as the top executive at stations in Maine, North Dakota and at KERA in Dallas. During Alhadeff’s tenure at KERA, the station’s operating budget increased by more than 250%, and the number of women in management positions grew to its highest level in the organization’s 60 years.

A native of Minnesota, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. As a graduate of a women’s university, Alhadeff believes preparing women to be leaders in business and public service is more important than ever.

Alhadeff serves as a thought leader within the public broadcasting system and the North Texas nonprofit community through board service and community engagement. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Texas Business Council for the Arts, the PRISM Award from Mental Health America, and was named a Global Leadership honoree by the United Nations Association.

Shannon Mantaro

Shannon Mantaro
Senior Director
OMB, Suite 237

Shannon Mantaro has been the Senior Director of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership since October of 2020. Prior to her position with the JNIWL, she served as Director of the Center for Women Entrepreneurs since 2017. In her role at the CWE, she established a business advisement program, developed a business incubation partnership program, and created small business development training program, and launched several grant programs to advance women entrepreneurs in TX including a $1 million grant to assist women-owned businesses affected by COVID-19.

Prior to coming to TWU, Mantaro served as the Executive Director of Colgate University’s economic development arm in downtown Hamilton, NY. In her position, she worked collaboratively with various university and community stakeholders, and provided leadership and oversight for Colgate’s limited liability companies with total net assets of over $19 million. She has also served as marketing and operations director for a private, non-profit economic development agency in upstate NY. In this position, she was the administrator of the Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training through which she facilitated promotional and networking opportunities and developed monthly professional training programs for women business owners. She also founded “The Next Great Idea” business plan competition and “Connections”—an annual Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference and day-long training and networking opportunity for women business.

She holds a Master’s degree in Communications Management from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Ray Willhoft

Ray Willhoft
Director of Communications
OMB 260E

Ray Willhoft has worked for Texas Woman's University since 2019, previosuly serving as the digital content manager for the College of Business and the College of Health Sciences. Prior to coming to TWU, he worked in marketing and communications for the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Dallas, Loyola University New Orleans and Louisiana State University.

Willhoft holds a bachelor's degree in English from Loyola University New Orleans.

Bonnie Gibson

Bonnie Bisset
Administrative Assistant
OMB 256

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