Leadership North Texas Graduates Program’s Third Class

Graduate-Level Leadership Program Builds Regional Stewards and Advocates

The North Texas Commission announces the graduation of its third class of Leadership North Texas presented by Chesapeake Energy. Leadership North Texas is a graduate-level, regional leadership program designed to recruit, develop and support leaders who have a commitment to civic engagement and to the North Texas region.

The class of 28 leaders from throughout the region spent nine months learning best practices in regional stewardship, with discussion including education and workforce, regionalism, the North Texas economy, the impact on incarceration, sustainable development, healthcare and transportation.

The graduating class of Leadership North Texas 2011-2012 is:

  • Salma Adem, Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Joel Ballew, Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy, Texas Health Resources
  • Michael Bauer, Highway Transportation Group Manager, Jacobs Engineering Group
  • Kimberly Britton, Director of Community Relations, Chesapeake Energy
  • Kimberly Buttram, Economic Development Corporation Director, City of Forney
  • Orlando Campos, Director of Economic Development, Town of Addison
  • Joe Cordina, Mayor of Parker and CEO of Component Technology
  • Jennifer Fadden, City Manager, City of Colleyville
  • Susan Falvo, Chief of Staff, Dallas County Schools
  • Melanie Ferguson, Director of Outreach and Development, The Trinity Trust Foundation
  • Allyn Giles, Director of Metro Region Customer Operations, Oncor
  • Bruce Glasscock, City Manager, City of Plano
  • Jerry Holder, Texas District Leaders, HNTB Corporation
  • Karen Hunt, Coppell City Councilmember and Coppell Market President, Frost Bank
  • Jim Jamison, Executive Director for External Affairs, AT&T
  • John Lang, Manager of Public Policy and Strategy, TXU Energy
  • Kate Livingston, Campus Director, SMU-in-Plano
  • Rosa Navejar, President/CEO, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Andy Nguyen, County Commission, Tarrant County Precinct 2 and Founder, AIT Technologies
  • Mark Pacheco, President, Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers
  • Doug Phillips, Rowlett City Councilmember, Infrastructure Architect, Fossil Partners
  • David Setzer, Director of Workforce Development, North Central Texas Council of Governments
  • Allison Thompson, Director of Economic Development, City of Cedar Hill
  • Sandee Treptow, Association Development Manager, Reliant Energy
  • Vicki Truitt, State Representative, Texas House of Representatives
  • Barbara Walker, Director of External Affairs, Verizon Communications
  • Mike Walker, Senior Planner, Development Services Department, City of Frisco
  • Christina Wood, Manager of Land Use/Property Management, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

The application deadline for Leadership North Texas Class 4 is noon, June 8, 2012. Applications are available online atwww.leadershipnorthtexas.org or through the North Texas Commission office at 972-621-0400 ext. 110. Tuition for the program is $3,000.

Chesapeake has been the program's Presenting Sponsor since its inception in 2008.