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 15. 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 15 is made up of 36 senior level 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 more than 400 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 continues to be the region’s top professional development program for management level executives proving that regionalism is a must in North Texas,” said Chris Wallace, President and CEO of the North Texas Commission and an alumnus of the program. “Convening public and private sector leaders together to address our region’s greatest challenges is the bedrock of the Commission. LNT participants have a long track record of becoming regionalists who work together to ensure that we improve our region’s sustainability and inclusivity to further grow our economy.”

Leadership North Texas meets nine times and covers topics such as regionalism, the North Texas economy, education and workforce, social determinates of health, the cost of incarceration, and infrastructure and sustainability.

The 2023-2024 Leadership North Texas Class will include the following:

Clint Abernathy, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance
Sally Aldridge, Metroport Chamber
Elise Back, City of Corinth
Christopher Bailey, DFW International Airport
Sheri Belmont, City of Coppell
Mayor Jeff Bickerstaff, City of Sachse
Mayor David Billings, City of Fate
Clint Bissett, Westwood Professional Services
Tricia Clifton, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Collin County
Christopher Cook, City of White Settlement
Cece Cox, Resource Center
Jason Crawford, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Robin Donovan, Dallas College
Council Member Curtis Dorian, City of Richardson
Mayor Michael Evans, City of Mansfield
Henry Florsheim, Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation
Bhasker Garlapati, AT&T
Council Member Gregory Glover, City of Cedar Hill
J.C. Gonzalez, Wells Fargo & Company
Paul Grimes, City of McKinney
Andi Gwyn, City of Arlington
Matthew Jalbert, Trinity River Authority
Maureen Johns, Frisco Chamber of Commerce
Felicia Johnson, The Gatson Group, LLC
John Manganilla, Atmos Energy Corporation
Danielle McClelland, City of Dallas
Eli Mercer, Kingdom Ecosystems, LLC
Thomas Morr, Consultant
Billy Nesbitt, DFW International Airport
Debrah North, Growth Strategies LLC
Phedra Redifer, Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas
Cristal Retana Lule, Children’s Health System of Texas
Jennifer Salazar, Fairway Mortgage Company
Mayor Pro Tem Arefin Shamsul, City of Richardson
Adrienne Thompson, Dallas College
Ryan Tiglas, Paycom

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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