2023 Woman of the Year - Theresa McShan
Congratulations Mayor McShan!
Theresa Yvonne McShan – nominated by Chan McDermott – is this year’s Woman of the Year! This award goes to a leader who epitomizes the values for which EWTG stands and represents the best of who we are as women and as leaders, Theresa fits this description for sure!
Theresa and her fellow nominees – Aelia Khan Akhtar, Karen Howard, Monique Kollar – are all very well respected for their professional achievements, known for their sense of community and appreciated for their contributions to the organizational health of EWTG.
Theresa, who has been with the EWTG since 2006, is the current President of EWTG and is serving a two-year term. Before her current EWTG role, she chaired the Registration and Exhibits committees for the Annual Conference for five years. In 2022, she joined the Board as President-Elect.
When Theresa retired after 35 years of State service, she was the supervisor of employee programs at the Health and Human Services Commission, an agency with more than 35,000 employees.
Theresa was the HHSC statewide and Capital Area Coordinator for the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). In 2017, she received the Barbara Jordan Award for leading the successful switch to an online giving system for HHSC employees. Theresa also served as the agency liaison for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), making sure employees were aware of available services and how to access them.
Theresa has an associate degree in applied science, a bachelor’s in management with a concentration in human resources, and a master’s degree in health education.
Theresa and her family have a long tradition of community service. Her parents S.H. and Mattie McShan were community leaders. Her father is included in the Elgin “Black Icons Mural.”
In 2014, Theresa received the Esther Award for her work in the African-American Church community.
Theresa has been a member of the Elgin City Council, Elgin Main Street Board, and Envision Elgin. In May 2023 Theresa was elected the first black woman Mayor of Elgin, Texas. Theresa plans to run for reelection in May 2024.