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Congratulations Leadership North Texas Class 6!

For the past nine months, a group of 29 leaders have gone to school, explored the world of sports, dissected our economy, learned about the region’s healthcare and even did hard time in Huntsville. Today they complete their Leadership North Texas Class 6 journey, but their path to regional leadership is just beginning.

Leadership North Texas presented by Oncor is a graduate-level, regional leadership program that recruits, develops and supports leaders who have a commitment to civic engagement and the North Texas region.

The graduates of Leadership North Texas Class 6 are the following:


Shannon Bettis, Senior Vice President, Southside Bank

Ellen Buck, Senior Director, Oncor Electric Delivery


Fred Busche, Councilmember, Town of Highland Village

Linda Caram, Regional Director, External Affairs, AT&T


Allen Corry, Assistant Vice President, DFW International Airport

Amanda DeGan, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Westlake


LaToyia Dennis, Director of Development, T.D. Jakes Ministries

Ariane Einecker, Regional Chief Development Officer, American Red Cross, North Texas Region


Mark Felts, Principal Consultant, Slalom

Joy Goodrum, Executive Director, La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation


Dr. Sheila Haley, Assistant Clinical Professor, Texas Woman’s University

Susan Harris, Manager, Public Affairs, Atmos Energy


Tricia Hatley, Vice President, Freese and Nichols

Victoria Huyhn, Deputy City Attorney, City of Plano


Dena Jackson, Ph.D., Vice President of Grants and Research, Dallas Women’s Foundation 

Mark Jacobs, Team Leader, Regions Bank


Lori McMahon, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson

Steve Mitchell, Project Manager, Thomson Reuters and Richardson City Councilmember


Jonathan Morrison, Operations Manager, Morrison & Company

Greg Porter, City Manager, City of Cedar Hill


Eddie Reyes, Veteran, Women & Minority Business Consultant

Michelle Riddell, Vice President of Strategic Communications and Community Investment, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas


Ron Ruthven, Founder, R3F Consulting



Howard Slobodin, General Counsel and Secretary, Board of Directors, Trinity River Authority of Texas


Amy Stelter, Manager of Governmental Relations, Trinity River Authority of Texas

Sue Tejml, Mayor, Town of Copper Canyon


Becky Tucker, Vice President, Integrated Health Campuses for Texas Health Resources


Mitch Whitten, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau


Karen Zahaluk, Program Manager, Hope for the Brave

Recruitment is underway for Leadership North Texas Class 7. Since the program’s inception, nearly 200 leaders from across North Texas have participated, including a state representative, numerous mayors and city council members, city managers and economic development professionals, business leaders, higher education executives and nonprofit leaders.

Over a nine-month period, the class addresses and discusses topics such as the history of North Texas, regionalism, our economy, workforce and education, sustainable development, the impact of incarceration and a plan for civic engagement. They learn best practices in regional stewardship from experts and other regions, and explore how to collaborate to best address current regional issues.

The application deadline for Leadership North Texas Class 7 is noon, June 12, 2015. Applications are available online or through the North Texas Commission office at 972-621-0400. Tuition for the program is $3,000.


Oncor is the Presenting Sponsor for Leadership North Texas.

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