Ann Sutherland Chappell (Fort Worth, TX) is a retired Communications graduate who still enjoys being connected to various phases of communication and training. Mrs. Chappell was the youngest member of the Texas Constitutional Revision Commission and stayed close to politics and policy development over a decade after graduation and moving to Fort Worth. Following the birth of two children, she used her communication training in the Fort Worth Junior League as well as serving as a Regional Training Resource on the Area V Council of the Association of Junior Leagues. In that capacity she helped develop and deliver a 30 hour course in Facilitation Skills which she taught for several years.
Following the rearing of her family, Mrs. Chappell, along with several other friends and cohorts, formed TRAINING UNLIMITED, contracting primarily with non-profit organizations to assist with Team Building, Strategic Planning, Board orientations, and other training modules. When not working with TRAINING UNLIMITED, Mrs. Chappell was actively engaged as a volunteer in Fort Worth Habitat for Humanity, serving in various capacities from volunteer coordinator, general manager and house manager to President of the statewide organization of Habitat for Humanity. She project managed the first “All Women Built House” in Fort Worth and served as President of the Fort Worth affiliate, the Regional Council of North Central Texas and Habitat Texas.
A strong advocate for women’s issues, affordable housing, and immigration rights, Mrs. Chappell was recognized by the Association of Women Journalists with the Courage Award, Outstanding Female Volunteer of the Year from the Fort Worth Commission on the Status of Women, and Woman of Distinction by the Altrusa International Club of Fort Worth. She is a former Graduate Teaching Assistant at UT Austin and a Research Associate at the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. Graduated from UT Austin with a BA in Speech and an MA in Communication, Ann was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award by the College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. In 2013 she received a Robert C. Jeffrey Benefactor Award from the Moody College of Communication. She is married to Attorney, David F. Chappell, and has two grown children.