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Our Purpose


We attract and connect top talent to outstanding organizations who are driving diversity and inclusion.


To be a driving force in North Texas that fosters an open environment of diversity and inclusion for top talent.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors strives to make North Texas the destination of choice for top diverse talent. Board of Directors meetings provide opportunities for the sharing of best practices on how to create inclusive corporate cultures.

Robert Earley
Tim Carter
Richard Casarez
Rosa Navejar
Robert Pence
Vice Chairman
Immediate Past Chairman
Paul Ballard President and Chief Executive Officer, Fort Worth Transportation Authority
Barclay E. Berdan, FACHE CEO, Texas Health Resources
Gyna M. Bivens President & Executive Director, North Texas LEAD
Randy Blubaugh VP Total Rewards and Corporate HR, Cash America
Victor J. Boschini, Jr. Chancellor, Texas Christian University
Tim Carter Regional President, North Texas, Southside Bank
Richard Casarez, P.E. Vice President Fort Worth Customer Operations, Oncor Electric Delivery
Sean Donohue CEO, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Robert Earley President and CEO, JPS Health Network
Erma C. Johnson Hadley Chancellor, Tarrant County College District
Carl Ice Chief Executive Officer, BNSF Railway Company
Vistasp M. Karbhari, Ph.D. President, University of Texas at Arlington
Dennis Knautz President and CEO, Acme Brick
Frank Marshall President, MedSynergies
Rosa Navejar President, The Rios Group
Robert Pence, P.E., BCEE President and CEO, Freese & Nichols, Inc.
T.D. Smyers CEO, American Red Cross – North Texas Region
Gary Thomas President and Executive Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Jean Wallace Vice President Human Resources, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Dr. Michael R. Williams, DO, MD, MBA President, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Gary Wortel President and Publisher, Star-Telegram

The Advisory Council

An impressive team of civic, corporate and policy making stakeholders support North Texas LEAD by serving as ‘door openers’ to move strategy forward. They are community leaders who position LEAD before community organizations for brand recognition and candidate recruitment.

Anthony Patricio Chairman
Salma Adem Assistant Vice President of Corporate and Foundation Relations, University of Texas at Arlington
Lillie Biggins President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Jesus (Jay) Chapa Director, Housing and Economic Development, City of Fort Worth
Carlos De La Torre Retired Area Manager Customer Operations, Oncor Electric Delivery
Mark McClendon Vice Chancellor for Finance, Tarrant County College District
Melanie W. McGee Director of Corporate Relations, College of Business, University of Texas at Arlington
Anthony Patricio CEO, Spero Solutions
Keith Rhodes Executive Vice President of Development, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
Darron Turner, Ed.D. Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Affirmative Action Officer, Texas Christian University
Linda Valdez Thompson Executive Vice President of Administration and Diversity, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Human Resources Executives Network

Senior Human Resources Professionals are playing an increasingly strategic role in creating inclusive and effective workplaces. By meeting quarterly to share ideas and experiences, these executives are better prepared to work with their executive management teams to attract and retain the very best talent.

Ricardo Coronado, Ph.D., SPHR Chairman
Ben Muro Vice President Human Resources, Acme Brick
Mike Waldron Managing Director, Diversity & Talent Development, American Airlines
Safronia Fife Sr. HR Advisor, American Red Cross
Riz Chand Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, BNSF Railway Company
Thomas Dallam, Ph.D. Vice President of Human Resources, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Sammy Monge Assistant Supt. – Human Capital Management, Fort Worth ISD
Melanie Kroeker Vice President of Human Resources, Fort Worth Transportation Authority
Peggy Freeby Human Resource Manager, Freese and Nichols, Inc.
Nikki Sumpter Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Learning, JPS Health Network
Laura Hopkins Director, Workforce Strategy and Acquisition, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
David Gregorio Vice President – Synergy, MedSynergies
Janet Woodhouse Business Development Officer, Southside Bank
Kyle Davis Director, Employee and Labor Relations, Oncor Electric Delivery
Matt Byars Director of Human Resources, Star-Telegram
Ricardo Coronado, Ph.D., SPHR Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, Tarrant County College District
Mark Morales Vice President of Strategic Workforce Planning, Texas Health Resources
Sheryl Posey Director of Talent Acquisition, University of North Texas System
Jean Hood Vice President Human Resources, University of Texas at Arlington
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