Leadership North Texas Announces Lineup for Class 11

July 31, 2019

North Texas – The North Texas Commission, a public-private partnership dedicated to advancing the vibrancy of the North Texas region, has selected the members of Leadership North Texas Class 11. Leadership North Texas is a graduate-level, regional leadership program that recruits, develops and supports stewards of our region. Oncor is the presenting sponsor for the program.

Class 11, the largest LNT class to date, is made up of 36 leaders from across North Texas in a variety of industry sectors including elected officials, municipal leaders, executives from DFW International Airport, education leaders and the business community.

Since the program launched in 2008, Leadership North Texas has graduated more than 300 leaders including a state representative, numerous mayors and city council members, a county commissioner, business and non-profit executives and higher education leaders.

“Leadership North Texas has been a catalyst for creating and supporting regional leaders for nine program years, bringing together leaders to form bonds and develop solutions across the region,” said Chris E. Wallace, President and CEO of the North Texas Commission and an alumnus of the program. “For more than a decade we’ve brought together the best of the best from across North Texas to work together to keep North Texas vibrant.”

Leadership North Texas meets one day a month, September through May and covers topics such as regionalism, the North Texas economy, education and workforce, the cost of incarceration on a community and transportation and sustainability.

The 2019-2020 Leadership North Texas Class will include the following:

Shashea Adams-Guess, Assistant Vice President, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Tami Alexander, Senior Vice President, Frisco Chamber of Commerce

Bob Aniol, Regional Director, Sundt Construction

Michael Awosemusi, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Hon. Pamela Bell, Realtor/Councilmember, Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors/City of Rowlett

Mercedes Bolen, Director of Communications, Hillwood

Scott Bollinger, Neighborhood Resources Administrator, City of Garland

Kimberly Burke, Vice President of Business Development, Skanska USA Building

Celina Cardenas Fleites, Communications Manager, Atmos Energy

Thad Chambers, Economic Development Director, City of Haslet

Jay Chapa, Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Worth

Vicki Chiavetta, Deputy City Manager, City of Coppell

Traci Clements, Attorney, Ferguson Brawell Fraser Kubasta PC

Webb Cochran, Senior Director, Government Relations, Tenet Health

Lonnie Freeman, Assistant Police Chief, DFW International Airport

Dexter Freeman, VP of Operations and Administration, Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce

Brian Hasenbauer, Vice President, Marketing, Astanza Laser

Mathias Haubert, Assistant Project Manager, Bohler Engineering

Taylor Huynh, Administrative Services Manager, Trinity River Authority

Kenneth Johnson, Fire Chief, City of Lancaster

Neha Kunte, CEO, MNK Infotech Inc.

Christy Lambeth, President, Lambeth Engineering

Adrienne Lothery, Assistant City Manager, City of Colleyville

Jeremy Ludwig, Sr. Product Management Consultant & Test Director, BGI, LLC

Jeffrey Martinez, Senior Manager, Fund Accounting, Fidelity Investments

Marcus Mitias, Program Director, Government Affairs & Advocacy, Texas Health Resources

Cathy Neece Brown, VP for Development and Community Outreach, James L. West Center for Dementia Care

Adam Polter, Former Senior Director, Technology Services at Rouse Properties

Raymond Rivas III, Assistant City Manager, City of Mesquite

Joshua Roehm, Chief Operating Officer, B&H Engineers, Inc.

Janet Sherlip, Chief Visionary Officer, JKS by Design

Chelsea Stallings, Government Affairs, State Farm Mutual Insurance Company

Sam Watkins, Director of Architecture, BKV Group

Jason Williams, Planning Manager, DFW International Airport

Shan Zaidi, Principal, VF Partners

Marlen Zuniga, Registered Interior Designer, Wright Group Architects

Established in 1971, the North Texas Commission is a regional consortium of businesses, cities, counties, chambers of commerce, economic development entities and higher education institutions in the North Texas Region. The North Texas Commission improves the economic vitality, infrastructure and lifestyle of North Texas by marketing the region, promoting collaboration and advocating on critical federal and state issues.