Ann Chappell is a “double orange” Moody College alum who also might be called a “connectivity junkie”, as she finds that her allegiances and interests keep interrelating and expanding her horizons. Chappell was the youngest member of the Texas Constitutional Revision Commission and stayed close to politics and policy development over a decade after graduating with her Masters degree and moving to Fort Worth. In Fort Worth she used her communication degrees often as she served as a Regional Training Resource on the Area V Council of the Association of Junior Leagues.
Following the rearing of her children, Chappell and several other training friends founded TRAINING UNLIMITED, contracting primarily with non-profit organizations to provide workshops in Team Building, Facilitation Skills, Strategic Planning and Coaching. Concurrently Chappell was actively engaged as a volunteer in the creation of the Fort Worth Habitat for Humanity. She participated in the builds and in helped create the administrative structure of that fledgling organization. She served as President of the local group, helped found a Regional Council of the dozen area affiliates in the DFW media market, and helped found Habitat Texas, a statewide policy group of affiliates, to represent the work of Habitat in legislative policy matters and training opportunities at annual gatherings.
A strong advocate for women’s issues and affordable housing, Chappell was recognized by the DFW Association of Women Journalists with the Courage Award; outstanding
Female Volunteer 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 Research Associate at the Institute of Urban Studies at UT Arlington. Chappell was recognized in 1998 as the Outstanding Alumnus Award of the UT College of Communication. In 2013 she received a Robert C. Jeffery Benefactor Award from the Moody College of Communication.
She is married to David Chappell whom she met in a Public Speaking class at UT. David is an attorney and consultant, and they have two adult children.