OUR TEAM

Linda M. Rhodes

Linda M. Rhodes

Executive Director

Linda joined The Women’s Fund in November 2014 as the Executive Director. She has more than 25 years in the non-profit field as both a volunteer and paid professional with extensive experience in fundraising, strategic planning, management, administration and volunteer cultivation and development on the local, state and national level. She has held leadership positions for non-profits including Vice President of Corporate Development for the American Heart Association, Houston and Texas State Director, March for Babies for the March of Dimes where she also held positions at the local and national level. Additionally, she worked as a consultant assisting local small to medium sized non­ profits to develop strategies to maximize their fundraising and volunteer goals.

Andrea Watkins

Andrea Watkins

Program Supervisor

Andrea joined The Women’s Fund in February 2016 and then again in April 2019, due to a life change. Prior to that she was involved with various women’s organizations through the University of Houston, Clear Lake, where she received her degree in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree to become a therapist. Andrea enjoys running, reading, traveling and spending as much time with her dog, Taco, as possible.

Kaila Rodgers

Kaila Rodgers

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Kaila began working with The Women’s Fund in May 2019 after completing an internship with the organization. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Health and Master of Science in Health Education from Texas A&M University in 2016 and 2019, respectively. Kaila is a Certified Health Education Specialist, earning the certification in October 2018 from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, watching movies, and eating delicious foods.

Ana B. Zelaya

Ana B. Zelaya

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Ana joined The Women’s Fund in October 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and hopes to continue her education to receive a Masters in Public Health. Her interests include health policy, equity in education, and refugee and immigrant rights. Prior to The Women’s Fund, Ana worked as a Donor Recruitment Coordinator at The Blood Center and led science classes for an after-school program in the Greater Houston area. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with family, her two rescue dogs, dancing, and traveling.

Bitsy O'Connor

Bitsy O'Connor

Office Manager

Bitsy joined The Women’s Fund in October 2016 after 26 years with Houston ISD in various teaching roles. Prior to that she worked in financial services with Underwood, Neuhaus & Co. and Criterion Asset Management. A graduate of Austin College in Sherman, TX, Bitsy has 2 grown children, enjoys playing golf, walking at Memorial Park, listening to audio books, cooking and traveling.