Leadership North Texas Announces Lineup for Class 12

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 12. 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 12, one of the largest LNT classes to date, is made up of 33 leaders from across North Texas in a variety of industry sectors including elected officials, municipal leaders, education leaders and the business community.


Since the program launched in 2008, Leadership North Texas has graduated nearly 400 leaders including a state representative, numerous mayors and city council members, a county commissioner, business and non-profit executives and higher education leaders.


“The fact that we recruited one of the largest classes in the 12 years of Leadership North Texas proves that even in the midst of a pandemic, regional stewardship and leadership are important to the stakeholders of North Texas,” said Chris Wallace, President and CEO of the North Texas Commission and an alumnus of the program. “Even in challenging times, people are looking for ways to connect more than ever to ensure our region’s future remains bright.”


Leadership North Texas meets nine times and covers topics such as regionalism, the North Texas economy, education and workforce, racial inequity, the cost of incarceration, and transportation and sustainability.


The 2020-2021 Leadership North Texas Class will include the following:

Elias Bahar, Balfour Beatty

Hon. Lily Bao, Plano City Council

Chief Danny Barton, City of Coppell Police Department

Jerry Bates, Oncor

Sarah Beeks Humphrey, Communities Foundation of Texas

Kseniya Benderskaya, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Demetria Bivens, dlb Consultants LLC

Darby Burkey, Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce

Matt Canedy, UNT Health Science Center

Mayor Rick Carmona, City of Terrell

Ali Dadpay, University of Dallas

Tiffanie Douglas, Dallas College - Brookhaven Campus

Corbett Howard, City of Celina

Deisy Jaimes, Office of State Senator Johnson

Tina Jenkins, Tarrant County College

Jeremy Ludwig, BGI, LLC

Fernando Marino, Texans Can Academies

Tony Mbroh, Mbroh Engineering Inc

Susan Medina, SKM Communication Strategies, LLC

Alberto Mercado Flores, Lockwood, Andrews, & Newnam, Inc.

Kristin Navarro, CPS HR Consulting

Beverly Neu Menassa, Dallas College - Brookhaven Campus

Cynthia Northrop, City of Rhome

Hon. Angela Powell, Plano Independent School District

Kyle Riley, HNTB

Jan Rugg, Atmos Energy Corp

Janet Sherlip, JKS by Design

Pat Smith, Serve Denton

Coler Snelleman, Oncor

Hunter Stephens, North Texas Municipal Water District

Shani Suber, Dallas College

Felicia Williams, Texas Health Resources


Established in 1971, the North Texas Commission is a unique public-private partnership that drives large impactful projects and legislative issues benefiting a robust 13-county region, and tackles the region’s greatest challenges with board and staff subject matter experts who provide resources to market the region and educate future leaders. The Commission also manages the region’s unified advocacy voice at the state and federal levels.


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