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Thirty Texarkana area residents completing the year-long Leadership Texarkana community leadership program were honored April 24 by the Leadership Texarkana organization at the End of Year Celebration at Northridge Country Club

Gallery: Leadership Texarkana 2018

The program also recognized and honored the many hundreds of individuals who contributed to the curriculum, training and success of the organization's flagship program this past year by serving as presenters, sponsors, facilitators, hosts and administrators.

The Sponsoring Partner for the event was CHRISTUS St. Michael.

Through their involvement in Leadership Texarkana, the participants were given frameworks for understanding the challenges and opportunities in the greater Texarkana area surrounding economic development, healthcare, government and courts, quality of life initiatives, public and higher education, media, and the private public and non-profit sectors. They were also challenged to develop and articulate their individual personal plans for taking active service and leadership roles in the community, and to be active agents for bringing together natural partners in working together for progress in Texarkana.

Throughout the past year, the LT Class of 2018 also provided content for the organization's "Weekly Lift" publication and blasts of "What's To Love Txk!," Leadership Texarkana's initiative to foster and motivate ever more citizens to care about and invest their resources of time and treasure in our community.

Class participants know that this knowledge drives community pride and community narrative, which are foundational to our pursuit of community excellence.

The Chamber of Commerce began the Leadership Texarkana program in 1980, graduating the first class that year. Leadership Texarkana separated from the Chamber of Commerce and became an independent non-profit in 2001, as part of the natural evolution of the organization, a trend mirrored around the country. However, Leadership Texarkana continues to partner with the Chamber.

Applications for the coming year's program for 2018-19 can be found and completed online at The deadline for application is June 23. It is a competitive application process, with the numbers of participants accepted annually limited to thirty individuals. Additional details can be found at

Leadership Texarkana's mission is to engage and equip citizens to work together for community excellence, pride and progress. In addition to pursuing this with one-on-one training through the annual flagship program, Leadership Texarkana also annually offers Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Leaders, a program for area high schoolers, and the all-day Leadercast event for the community-at-large. Leadership Texarkana also pursues its mission of engaging and equipping citizens in working together for community excellence through LIFT: the Leadership Initiative for Texarkana, which is focused around community-wide context and narrative about who we are and what is required of each of us for creating our best collective future for our community.


Kevin Avery

Commercial Lender, Farmers Bank and Trust

Kevin Avery is from Atlanta, Texas, or more specifically Smyrna. He has lived in Texarkana for eight years now. He graduated from Texas A&M University-Texarkana in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in business management. Avery has worked in the financial industry for 11 years. He currently works for Farmers Bank & Trust as a commercial lender. Avery is married to Heather Avery, and they have two children Abby and Owen.

Avery wants be a business partner for local businesses and community members, by giving them sound financial advice on starting a new business or growing an existing business. He wants to help individuals with their dream of building a home or buying that boat and cruising around the lake.


Theresa Baker

Regional Business Manager, Cable One Advertising

Theresa Baker has worked as the Regional Business Manager for Cable One Advertising for 20 years, and has lived in Texarkana for over 25 years. Baker graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Baker has two children, Justin and Kelsey. She also owns an Auntie Anne's Pretzel in Fayetteville, Ark., with her son Justin.

Baker's personal mission for this community is to work with Habitat for Humanity to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope for families in need. Through volunteering with projects and seeking a position on the board, she hopes to make a positive impact in the community.


Dixon Boyles

Dean of Business and Social Sciences, QEP Director, Texarkana College

Dixon Boyles is dean of business & social sciences at Texarkana College where he also serves as liaison for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. A native of Texarkana, Boyles has decades of experience in higher education at Beaufort County Community College, Clemson University, and the University of Arkansas. His wife Tracey is principal of Trice Elementary where their daughters Sarah and Shannon are fourth graders.

Boyles believes the value of a college degree has never been more important, and his mission is to increase the college graduation rate of area citizens and thereby to improve their personal wellness in terms of health, earnings, happiness and many other wellness factors and to help end the generational poverty which so many citizens have endured.


Bonnie Briggs

Location Manager, Guaranty Bank and Trust

Bonnie Briggs has called the Texarkana area home for 21 of her 30 years. She graduated from Pleasant Grove High School and Texarkana College. Briggs is married to her loving husband of eight years and they have a two-year-old son named Cooper. She works as a banking officer at Guaranty Bank and Trust, and has been with the company for eight years this June. Briggs is passionate and excited about the future of the downtown area.

Brigg's mission is to work with Main Street Texarkana and other organizations to help our downtown area thrive. She would also like to work through the Chamber of Commerce to help bring more businesses downtown. She believes that with enough help everyone can really make our downtown a tourist destination.


Karen D. Brown

Assoc Principal, Texas Middle School, TISD

Karen Brown is an educator with Texarkana Independent School District. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark., in 1989. She obtained her master's degree in reading from Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, Ark., in 1992. Brownbegan her career as a classroom teacher. In 2010, Karen was promoted to her current position as associate principal of Texas Middle School. She is married to Ernest Brown, Jr., and they have two wonderful children, Trey and Madison. Karen is a member of St. Paul Baptist Church.

As a leader, Brown strives to bring awareness to young people that education is supreme to the development of mankind. As a graduate of Leadership Texarkana, she will continue to be a servant for this community.


Joe Chalifoux

Design Engineer, MTG Engineers and Surveyors

Joe Chalifoux moved here in June of 2017 from Cypress, Texas, after graduating from A&M-Galveston with a degree in offshore and coastal systems engineering. Currently he works for MTG Engineers and Surveyors in Texarkana, Texas, as a design engineer and plan to become a licensed engineer and also pursue a masters degree.

Chalifoux seeks to optimize every site development so that those in the community can get the most out of their investments and show them that their development dreams can become a reality.


Mashell Daniel

Executive Director of Inspections/Code Enforcement, City of Texarkana, TX

Mashell Daniel graduated from Texas A&M University-College Station with a degree in civil engineering in 2004 and acquired her professional engineering license. Daniel began her professional career as an engineer with the City of Texarkana, Texas. Daniel was promoted to executive director of building and codes in 2017. She finds her job exhilarating as it gives her the opportunity to make a difference in her community. As the director of animal control, Daniel is able fulfill her passion of sharing her love of animals. She is an advocate of educating pet owners about city ordinances and the value of Rabies vaccination to keep their pets safe and free of disease. Daniel lives on a small farm, with her husband and son, taking care of cows, horses, dogs, cats, and chickens. Daniel's mother is a veterinarian, so she started caring for and loving animals at an early age.

Daniel intends serve as a leader in educating citizens on animal care and to encourage a greater quality of life for the citizens of Texarkana and their pets.


T.J. Davidson

Associate Financial Advisor, Magness Financial Group

Graduating from Texas High and Texarkana College, T.J. Davidson then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a F-16 avionics systems specialist. After that, he graduated from Texas A&M University - College Station with bachelor's in biology. While applying to dental school, he worked various jobs to include electronics specialist on the Patriot missile and surgical-dental microscope sales rep in Kansas City. Returning to Texas, he served as his grandfather's primary care taker, worked as a financial advisor for Magness Financial, and is a current board member with Partners for Pathways.

Davidson sees his career paths as well as life experiences, including Leadership Texarkana, as individual cornerstones laying the foundation to be an active board member for Partners for Pathways. He seeks to enrich the lives not only of present and future citizens, but also the lives of visitors, by striving for the betterment of local walking and hiking trails, and in turn, adding to the spectrum of the beautification needs of Texarkana.


Tonya Dunphy

Community and Parent Involvement Coordinator, Arkansas High, TASD

Tonya Dunphy has worked for the Texarkana Arkansas School District for 19 years. Her current role is community and parental involvement/AP coordinator at Arkansas High. Dunphy obtained a master's degree in education in educational administration and completed coursework towards a doctorate. For the last five years, she has sponsored the Interact Club at Arkansas High, which emphasizes youth volunteerism in the community. Dunphy presented with the Outstanding Community Service Award from Oaklawn Rotary and was the recipient of the 2017 Wilbur Award.

Dunphy's personal mission is to find ways to work with youth in the community, no matter what school they attend. She sees the youth as an important piece to breaking down current barriers that are hindering progress in the community. Through the service projects the Interact Club is involved in, youth from other schools are always welcome to participate. This summer, she is co-facilitating Leadership Texarkana's "Today's Youth Tomorrow's Leaders" program where she will have the opportunity to make connections with youth from all the area schools. Dunphy's goal is to work with student leaders from various schools and develop an action plan that allows the students to work together with a common goal. Community leaders will be encouraged to participate and support the students.


Brandy Early

Physician Recruiter, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System

Brandy Early is a lifelong resident of Texarkana and a 1996 graduate of Redwater High School. She completed her Registered Nurse-Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and earned her Master in Nursing from Texas A&M-Texarkana in 2013. Early has worked at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System since 2006. Early is married to Mike and they have one child, Davis.

Early's personal passion is to become a CASA volunteer to help improve children's lives, empowering them to be the change they want to see in the community. She also plans to become more involved in organizations devoted to fostering change in Texarkana; to promote the beautification and cultural growth of the city and serve to attract more people in the Texarkana area.


Becky Easley

Associate Broker, RE/MAX PREFERRED

Becky Easley, a native of Texarkana, is an associate broker at Re/Max Preferred and loving it. She now knows helping people find their perfect home is what she's meant to do. Easly is a long-standing member of Oaklawn Rotary Club and Texarkana Board of Realtors, holding multiple positions. Easly thrives being involved in helping our community. Traveling the world is her other favorite thing and she always finds her way back home.

Easly wants to work in two directions. One is with the multiple shelters and homeless support programs to make sure every person knows how, when, and where they can get food and shelter. She believes she can help implement programs to get struggling Texarkanians on a path of independence. Another way she wants to help is through Habitat for Humanity, because works hand in hand with her mission and with her real estate experience. She loves both sides of the state line so working together is important. Leadership Texarkana gave her the information she feels she needed. Easley is very optimistic for our city and wants to be a part of its success and growth.


Hope Francis

Marketing Coordinator, Texana Bank

Hope Francis is an experienced marketer, proficient in integrated marketing communication, corporate citizenship and event planning and management. She possesses a passion for social responsibility and community. Currently working for Texana Bank, her desire for the community shows through Texana's volunteer and support efforts. She is a graduate of A&M-Texarkana, member of the Junior League and serves on the Community Impact Committee for United Way. As a supporter of the arts, she assistant teaches at the Tammie Duncan School of Dance.

Francis sees her mission is to promote the greater good through relationships and positive impact. By being an advocate for thecommunity, bettering it from within, she intends to continue her service through her work in social responsibility efforts. She wants to improve community well-being and lead others to find their passion for service, strengthening the community one hour of service at a time. In addition, Francis wants to become more involved in the non-profit organizations that she supports, by helping them fulfill their mission and charities through taking on leadership roles. Finally, she would like to serve as a support function to Texas A&M University - Texarkana.


DeMarcus Green

Principal, Kilpatrick Elementary, TASD

DeMarcus Green is a principal at Kilpatrick Elementary with TASD. He is a military veteran, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2005. He completed his bachelor's degree at SAU-Magnolia in early childhood education, and he received a master's degree in educational leadership in 2011. He is currently a doctoral student at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. In 2017, Green was recognized as Magnet Schools of America's Regional Principal of the Year and was inducted into Southern Arkansas University's Educational Hall of Fame.

Green wants to assist in meeting the needs of students by helping others to acquire knowledge of diverse population groups and develop culturally informed strategies to assist these populations. He plans to use his circle of influence to produce needed community change by organizing a volunteer group of education leaders. They will identify strengths to be used to achieve educational goals and produce results.


Christina Guzman

Marketing Director, Ledwell & Son

Christina Guzman is originally from Fort Worth, but has called Texarkana home since 2013. She received her associate of applied business in 2011 and Bachelor of Science in Business in 2013 from University of Phoenix. Christina works as the Marketing Director of Ledwell, Ledwell Machinery and Ledwell Office Solutions. She and her husband Geoff have two wonderful children, a boy and a girl. They attend church at St. Edward's. Christina volunteers for several nonprofits in the community including the ArkLaTex 100 Club and Alzheimer's Alliance Tri-State Area.

She intends to use her gifts to inspire positive change and encourage others to believe in the possibilities of the community. She also wants to give more time to Alzheimers Alliance to assist families in the fight against Alzheimers. Guzman will continue to spread the word about the ArkLaTex 100 Club to all of Bowie and Miller County as well as assist in promoting Texarkana as a great place to visit and reside, by using her marketing and advertising skills.


David Hardy

Student Services Specialist, Texas Middle School, TISD

David E. Hardy is a native of Texarkana, Texas. He is a 1990 Texas High School graduate who went on to attend Southern Arkansas University. In July 2005, David Hardy organized the House of Refuge Church, Inc., in Texarkana, Texas. David is currently employed with Texarkana ISD, where he is the Student Support Specialist at Texas Middle School. David Hardy is married to Melissa Hardy. They are blessed with three children, Jonathan, Shouwan, and Jalissa. They also have a grandson named Kyler.

Hardy aspires to strengthen his community by being influential in his collaborative services. His mission is to provide a place and create an atmosphere where youth, as well as adults can be enriched academically, empowered socially and healed inwardly.


Amy Boler Herrington

Attorney, Norton and Wood, LLP

Amy graduated cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2016 where she served on the Arkansas Law Review's editorial board and law school Honor Council. She received the American Law Institute Scholarship & Leadership Award in 2016 and Arkansas Bar Foundation Scholarship in 2015. After graduation, Boler returned to her hometown of Texarkana to work for Norton & Wood, L.L.P. Her practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions, corporate formation and governance, and general business litigation.

Although Boler will move to Dallas this summer, she intends to remain committed to the betterment of Texarkana—particularly through education initiatives. She is currently working with her undergraduate alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin, to establish a scholarship program for UT students from the Texarkana area. Boler also hopes to assist in implementing Special Olympics Unified Sports in local school districts. Unified Sports allows students with and without intellectual disabilities to compete together on the same team in a variety of sports. She learned about the program in 2012 while serving as president of the Longhorn Volunteers for Special Olympics Texas and has since done research on funding possibilities and sustainability plans which she plans to share with school administrators.


Becky Hall Melton

Finance Director/ HR Manager, Riverbend Water District Resources

After traveling the world with her family while her dad was in the Army, Becky Hall Melton has called Bowie County home for more than 20 years. After graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University, she spent several years leading teams at two local credit unions. Her current role as Finance Director and HR Manager for Riverbend Water Resources District is a great challenge with exceptional rewards. Melton is wife to David Melton and mom to Audrey, Tyner and Wiley.

Melton has heard it said, "It's uncommon to say, 'not every high schools kid is college bound and we need to accept that.'" While she still believes that is partially true, after completing Leadership Texarkana, she now knows there are numerous alternate routes for students who wish to earn a non-traditional education beyond high school. She feels more inspired now to help those students find those paths.


Kaylene Parsons

District Manager, Wells Fargo Bank NA

Kaylene Parsons is the district manager for the Texarkana market that includes Texarkana, Texas, and Arkansas. She leads a team that consists of seven branches and approximately 70 team members. Parsons joined Wells Fargo as a teller in La Grande, Ore., in 2008 and was quickly promoted to a personal banker. This was followed by her career as a service manager, and was a branch manager over several locations. Parsons has been a district manager in the Texarkana region since 2014. Parsons is passionate about helping team members develop into to the heights of their fullest potential.

Parsons is married with three girls and devotes much of her personal time to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she serves as a counselor to the Young Women's group. She actively volunteers through a number of local nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity where she serves on the board and as fundraising chairman, was recently an ambassador for the Chamber. Her passion for community is centered on serving families in need, mentoring children through impossible circumstances and support creating strong leaders.


Randy Roeser

Attorney, Haltom & Doan

Randy Roeser joined Haltom & Doan as an associate attorney in 2015, where he practices intellectual property, business, commercial and personal injury litigation. In addition to his practice, Roeser is a member of the Texarkana Bar Association, Harrison County Bar Association, Texas Association of Defense Counsel and president of the Texarkana Young Lawyers Association. Roeser uses his free time to volunteer for the Clay Eichler Memorial Fund and ArkLaTex 100 Club.

Roeser intends to work with the Clay Eichler Memorial Fund to help benefit The Salvation Army open a new Boys and Girls Club in Texarkana.


Erin Rogers

Reporter/ Sales Rep/ Graphic Design, TXK Today

Erin Rogers is a reporter for TXK Today news, mother to Lorelai Rogers, and wife to Skylar Rogers. She is an active board member of Women for the Arts, President of St. James Day School Parents Club, member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, frequent litter police for downtown, and is currently pursuing her master's in business administration.

Rogers goal is to use her platform as a reporter to inform the community on matters directly affecting them. She will work with different non-profit organizations, school districts, police departments, leaders, and governments to ensure she can directly impact the community regarding events that occur in the Texarkana area. Her hope is that educating and informing citizens in Texarkana will enable them to be engaged members of society.


Jason Smith

Superintendent, Pleasant Grove ISD

Jason Smith serves as Pleasant Grove ISD superintendent and has served over 20 years in public education. He spent three years as a classroom teacher, three years as a middle school principal, four years as a high school principal and 13 years as a Texas Superintendent. Jason also has a doctorate of education administration from Texas A&M University - Commerce. Jason believes, "purposeful teaching, leads to mastery in learning."

Smith's personal mission is building capacity in all stakeholders, to understand how critical it is for students to master 100% of their learning standards 100% of the time to compete in a global market.

He believes this can be done by by building capacity in his students and setting high expectations for every student. Each student should be held accountable balanced with an incredible amount of positive support.

"Kids will do anything for you if they know you care about them," he said.

He also believes in building capacity in his staff by establishing a mental filter of making decisions in the best interest of students first and second making decisions that honor the staff and community.

Lastly, Smith believes in building capacity in my community, by securing trust with the community by providing organizational transparency. He also believes in allowing community members to be partners in the education process of all of our students.


Lorie Son

Director of School, Williams School

Lorie Son serves as director of the Williams School in Texarkana, Texas. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M-Texarkana. She began her career in education at Pleasant Grove Elementary in 2002. She now serves as a trustee on the Pleasant Grove School Board. She and her husband, Scotty, enjoy raising their three daughters Addie (11), Laney (6) and Piper (6). Lorie and her family attend the Williams Memorial United Methodist Church.

She plans to use her passion for education to reach the youngest community members and up through the community education institutes. She intends to play a key role in building and supporting an educational community of excellence. She will work to equip the children of Texarkana with skills needed to be successful in a competitive world and will strive to plant seeds of community ownership. She will work to increase the number of college graduates in Texarkana by creating the support and tools needed to continue their education post high school. She wants to help create powerful educational experiences to impact youth and encourage them to stay or return to Texarkana after college and invest their talents in the next generation, thus keeping the Texarkana Community vibrant and strong.


Gary L. Stading

Dean, College of Business, Engineering, Technology, Texas A&M University-Texarkana

Dr. Gary L. Stading has a strong passion for education and developing the benefits of lifelong learning to better peoples' lives. He is currently the dean of the college of business, engineering, and technology at Texas A&M University-Texarkana and has over 20 years of experience in higher education. He earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M-College Station, his Master of Business Aministration from Miami of Ohio, and a chemical engineering degree from the University of Illinois. He worked several years in engineering and industrial capacities.

Stading is currently the Chairman of the Economic Development Council and serve on the Chamber of Commerce Board. The mission of these is to grow and attract businesses, jobs, and employment opportunities. He also serves on the board for the Red Cross and on the board for the Texas Area Community Organizations Active in Disaster.


Jennifer L. Stuart

Employee Benefits Strategist, Stepka and Associates, Inc.

An employee benefits agent, Jennifer Stuart grew up in northwest Arkansas and attended college at Hendrix in Conway, Ark. After graduating in 2004, she worked in the Little Rock area for 11 years before moving to Texarkana to marry her husband, David Stuart, percussion director for TISD. They have one son, Tyson Davis Stuart, born April 6 of this year. In 2014, she took a position with Stepka and Associates as a benefits strategist, and maintains this position remotely from Texarkana.

Stuart works with TRAHC and the regional arts district to secure more funding and continue improving on the cultural environment of our great community. She is looking for a path to create a regional economic development council or position in the local government so that they can focus on growing the opportunities in the community with the goal of creating more high quality and high paying jobs here at home so young people do not leave the area. Area beautification is another area she hopes to influence going forth.


Pink Trammel

Volunteer Recruiter, CASA of Northeast Texas

Pink Trammel graduated from Arkansas High in 1979. He attended the University of Central Arkansas, on an athletic Scholarship, and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor's degree in education. In 1984, he began a career with Cooper Tire & Rubber Co and retired in 2009. In 2010, he volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate. After six years of volunteering, he became a Volunteer Recruiter for CASA. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

Trammel wishes to encourage more men to become active in child advocacy. Every day in America, four to seven children die from abuse and neglect. He wants to create a program to encourage more men to become active in volunteering for CASA. 51% of children in foster care are boys, however, only 16 percent of men volunteer. His goal would be to challenge men to be the change in these children's lives.


Eric Voyles

Executive VP, Chief Eco Development Officer; TexAmericas Center

Eric leads sales, marketing, public relations as well as property management and redevelopment for TexAmericas Center a state of Texas redevelopment authority. He is responsible for a lease portfolio of over 750,000 square feet, marketing over 2,000,000 square feet of Office, Warehouse, Industrial, Storage, Explosive Bunkers as well as 12,000 acres of ground. He is a seasoned public-private partnership economic developer with over 20 years of progressive experience. Eric has a proven track record of being resourceful, performing well with limited supervision and resources, and delivering significant bottom-line results.

Voyles describes his attitude as "Constructively Discontent," which motivates him in his professional and community missions.


Natalie Vuorenne

Certified Public Accountant, Smith and Lee, PLLC CPAs

Natalie Vuorenne began her career as a certified public accountant over 25 years ago. She currently practices public accounting at Lee & Smith, PLLC, where she offers accounting services and prepares tax returns for individuals and small businesses. Succcess at her job depends on her ability to identify and meet the unique needs and expectations of each client. Natalie has lived in Texarkana since she was a small child, and she considers it home. She has four of sons, all of whom attended the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

Vuorenne wants to join with Leadership Texarkana to make Texarkana a place that young families want to live, work and raise their children by supporting the development of downtown Texarkana, economic development, and excellence in education. Basic needs and quality of life of others are important to her. She is a board member of a relatively new non-profit organization called Haven Homes. The mission of this organization is to bring hope and restoration, housing, training and support to desperate people with nowhere else to turn. She hopes to network with the wealth of other organizations already working towards similar goals to draw on the strengths of each other, and to coordinate efforts, not duplicate efforts or work against them.


Mendy Warner

Physician/ Corporate Liaison, Texarkana Emergency Center

Born and raised in Southwest Oklahoma, Warner received her Bachelor in Business Administration from Cameron University in Lawton, Okla. In 1999, Warner and her husband, Stacy, relocated to Texarkana to start a chiropractic practice and make Texarkana their home. Warner has spent the last 18 years in the healthcare industry, including pharmaceuticals, chiropractic and now emergency medicine with Texarkana Emergency Center. Warner is actively involved on the Race for the Cure Committee, a VIPS Board Member at Morriss Elementary, an active member of Heritage Church and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Texarkana. Warner has one son, Pierce, age 9.

Warner plans on continuing to volunteer in the community and serve as leader to help promote and educate those within Texarkana about the great benefits of Texarkana. Being involved in many community events through work and non-profit organizations will allow Warner to inform, encourage, and recruit potential leaders to get involved and make an impact in our many community service organizations to improve Texarkana.


Antonio D. Williams

Executive Director, Housing Authority of Texarkana, Texas

Antonio D. Williams was the sort of youth who, if he found himself on a stacked team while playing sports, volunteered to switch teams to try to even the odds. His work ethic has allowed him to achieve in various industries. He has traveled and worked halfway around the world, successfully owned a business and has learned from a few disappointments.

Williams' personal mission is to share and contribute his skills, resources, and best practices to address the low-income housing need here in Texarkana. Additionally, he would like to work with like-minded organizations that also have a passion to strategically improve Texarkana's infrastructure and quality of life.


Darrell K. Williams

Business Advisor, Northeast Texas, Small Business Development Center

Darrell Williams developed an outstanding work ethic while growing up in an agricultural community in southwest Arkansas. He attributes his eight years in the Boy Scouts of America, seven years in the United States Army and the Master of Business Administration program at Texas A&M University for his effective leadership abilities. A veteran of Desert Storm, Darrell places high value on his service to God, family, country and community. Darrell is currently a business consultant providing business intelligence to local concerns.

Williams believes the key to growing the local economy is by attracting outside investors to the Texarkana area while providing business intelligence to both developing and thriving businesses. Also, the workforce needs to be enhanced through effective youth programs and beautifying the growing community ecologically, on the internet through social media, and in-person through local church and non-profit activities. Williams plans to use the knowledge gained through the Leadership Texarkana program to help bring this about.

Now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Class of Leadership Texarkana.

All details and applications available online at

Deadline: June 23rd.

Engaging and Equipping Leaders

in Working Together for Community Excellence,

Pride and Progress

Contact: Ruth Ellen Whitt

Executive Director

Leadership Texarkana