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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.

Tim Carter 
Dr. Vistasp Karbhari 
Sean Donohue
Richard Casarez
Robert Earley
Rosa Navejar
Vice Chairman
Immediate Past Chairman
Special Events Chair
Paul Ballard President and Chief Executive Officer, Fort Worth Transportation Authority
Barclay E. Berdan, FACHE CEO, Texas Health Resources
Mike Berry President, Hillwood Properties
Gyna M. Bivens President & Executive Director, North Texas LEAD
Chris P. Burt, SPHR EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, GM Financial
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
Bre Chapman EVP & Chief Administrative Officer, Federal Home Loan Bank Dallas
Brian Coltharp, P.E. President and CEO; Freese and Nichols, Inc.
David Cooke City Manager, City of Fort Worth
Sean Donohue CEO, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Robert Earley President and CEO, JPS Health Network
Marvin Ellison President and CEO, J.C. Penney
Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D. 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
Keith Holtz SVP Talent Management, Strategic Marketing, and Communications, Cook Children’s Health Care System
Keith Rhodes CEO, American Red Cross North Texas
Dr. Kent Scribner Superintendent, Fort Worth Independent School District
TD Smyers President/CEO, United Way of Tarrant County
Gary Thomas President and Executive Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
LaMonte Thomas President, North Texas & Oklahoma, Cigna
Dr. Michael R. Williams, DO, MD, MBA President, University of North Texas Health Science Center

The Advisory Council

An impressive team of civic, corporate and policy-making stakeholders supports 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
Vickie L. Allen Director – Major Gifts, United Way of Tarrant County
Lillie Biggins President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Scott Castaneda, PHR Field Recruiter, Stevens Tanker Division
Jesus (Jay) Chapa Assistant City Manager – Infrastructure and Economic Development, City of Fort Worth
Cindy Dao President, The Dao Group
Warren Davis, SPHR Sr. HR Partner, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
Carlos De La Torre Retired Area Manager Customer Operations, Oncor Electric Delivery
Linda Garcia, Ph.D Director of Community Relations, ACH Child & Family Services
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
Darron Turner, Ed.D. Chief Inclusion Officer and Title IX Coordinator, Texas Christian University
Linda Valdez Thompson Executive Vice President of Administration and Diversity, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Mike Waldron Managing Director – Diversity & Talent Development, American Airlines

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
Riz Chand Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, BNSF Railway Company
Melanie Kroeker Vice President of Human Resources, Fort Worth Transportation Authority
Ken Reeves Human Resource Manager, Freese and Nichols, Inc.
Nikki Sumpter Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Learning, JPS Health Network
Cara Lundquist Senior Manager, Talent Management & Organizational Development, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
David Gregorio Vice President – Synergy, MedSynergies
Rose Madrid Director of Human Resources, Medtronic, Inc.
Tracey Mellenthin VP, Human Resources, Mouser Electronics, Inc.
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
Jean Hood Vice President Human Resources, University of Texas at Arlington

From The Blog

  • Judi Camerano on #NTxGivingDay
    20 Sep 2016

    I found North Texas LEAD to be a gem in the midst of a vast job seeking search. LEAD provided invaluable services with regards to interviewing techniques, resume assistance, coaching, networking and ultimately endorsement. I was interviewed by a professional and diverse panel who wholeheartedly embraces and projects diversity. Their endorsement was one which epitomizes […]

  • Brian Modrzejewski on #NTxGivingDay

    Becoming a candidate for North Texas LEAD was a defining moment in my career. I had recently been laid off and back in the market to start a new chapter in my career. I realized that I hadn’t been on a real interview in a decade and I was feeling a little out of touch. […]

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