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PROFILE: Lorie Son

Stepping Up to Make a Difference

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PROFILE: Pink Trammel

Stepping Up to Make a Difference

Pink Trammel

Volunteer Recruiter
CASA of NE Texas
LT Class of 2018

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PROFILE: Mendy Warner

Mendy Warner
Physician/ Corporate Liaison 
Texarkana Emergency Center
LT Class of 2018
What does leadership mean to Mendy? Getting involved! She says, "You don’t have to be an expert. Input of fresh, new ideas and helping hands are welcome in organizations,"  and she should know!   Currently, she invests most of her time in support of the Race for the Cure Committee (her mother is a breast cancer survivor) and VIPS – the parent organization for Morriss Elementary (her son’s school.) She is also involved in many community events for work through Texarkana Emergency Center. She says "We participate in the CASA Color Run, Dine on the Line, Alzheimer’s Alliance Twice as Nice Wine Festival, Dragon Boat Race, Mistletoe Fair, Fan Fest, Race for the Cure and Kids Glow Run, First Responder Appreciation Day and Jeans & Bling to name a few".
On her experience in Leadership Texarkana: "I learned what an immense number of opportunities for service there are in our great community.  There are so many people interested in improving Texarkana USA. Anyone can find their niche – whether it is developing downtown, expanding the arts, serving seniors or the homeless, beautification, developing a healthy community through trails and parks, healthcare, or educational development.  The list is endless and there is ALWAYS a need for passionate people who want to make a difference.
 
"There are many, many organizations in Texarkana doing exceptional work. Often, there are multiple organization trying to accomplish the same goals and serve the same population.  If we could coordinate our efforts among those organizations – whether it be caring for the homeless or educational advancement for future economic development - imagine the possibilities!  Progress in any given area would be immense."
Born and raised in Southwest Oklahoma, Mendy received her Bachelor in Business Administration from Cameron University in Lawton, OK.  In 1999, Mendy and her husband, Stacy, relocated to Texarkana where Mendy has worked in the healthcare industry: pharmaceuticals, chiropractic and now emergency medicine with Texarkana Emergency Center.  
What does Mendy most love about Texarkana, in general?  "The sense of community.  We have lived here 18 years.  I can go anywhere in town and greet someone I know.  People here are genuine and are willing to invest in each other.  What a great place to live and raise a family.  We love Texarkana and have chosen to make it our home for that reason."
 
Personal statement: Mendy 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 our amazing city. Being involved in many community events through work and non-profit organizations will allow Mendy to inform, encourage, and recruit potential leaders to get involved and make an impact in our many community service organizations to improve Texarkana USA.
 
If you had one wish and could make a difference of significance in Texarkana (your small corner) what would you do with that one wish and why?
That is a challenging question.  There are many, many organizations in Texarkana doing exceptional work. Often, there are multiple organization trying to accomplish the same goals and serve the same population.  If we could coordinate our efforts among those organizations – whether it be caring for the homeless or educational advancement for future economic development - imagine the possibilities!  Progress in any given area would be immense.  We are fortunate to live in a community with so many caring people.  I would like Texarkana USA to be a community that takes care of its own and is rich with opportunity for new families to want to be a part of our community.
What do many people not know about you that you would to share with us? 
My husband and I are self-proclaimed Parrot Heads. We are Jimmy Buffett fans and love to attend his concerts. 14 and counting so far!
 
What are some of your passions and hobbies?  
I love spending time with my family, going to the beach, having dinner with close friends, diving, and working in the yard.
 
What do you most love to do in Texarkana?  
Go to any of our beautiful parks or trails and eat out with good friends.
 
What do you most love about Texarkana, in general?
The sense of community.  We have lived here 18 years.  I can go anywhere in town and greet someone I know.  People here are genuine and are willing to invest in each other.  What a great place to live and raise a family.  We love Texarkana and have chosen to make it our home for that reason.

PROFILE: Christina Guzman

Christina Guzman

Marketing Director, Ledwell & Son
LT Class of 2018

Christina Guzman is originally from Fort Worth, but has called Texarkana home since 2013, working as the Marketing Director of Ledwell, Ledwell Machinery and Ledwell Office Solutions. She and her husband Geoff have two children, a boy and a girl. Christina and her husband enjoy attending events around town like the Four States Fair, Discovery Place Museum and anything with great food. She says, “I love that you have access to shops and restaurants like a big city, but you have that small town feel that makes it a wonderful place to raise a family”.

On completion of the LT program, Christina stated that her intention going forward was “to use my gifts to inspire positive change and encourage others to believe in the possibilities of our community, …to assist in promoting Texarkana as a great place to visit and reside, by using my marketing and advertising skills.”


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Celebrating the Life of Nancy Sandefur

Stepping Up to Make a Difference

 

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Leader Profile: DeMarcus Green

Stepping Up to Make a Difference

DeMarcus Green

LT Class of 2018
Principal, Kilpatrick Elementary 
Texarkana AR Schools 

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PROFILE: 2018 Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Leaders

Stepping Up to Make a Difference

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PROFILE: Antonio D. Williams

Antonio D. Williams

Executive Director
Housing Authority of Texarkana, TX
LT Class of 2018

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Stepping Up to Make a Difference: AR-TX REDI

Stepping Up to Make a Difference

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PROFILE: Jason Horton

Jason Horton
Owner, Jason Horton Law Firm
LT Class of 2009

Jason has lived in and practiced law in Texarkana since marrying Texarkana native Amanda Raney (a 2013 graduate of Leadership Texarkana).

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Congratulations to the Leaders at Opportunities Inc.!

Stepping Up to Make a Difference

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PROFILE: Dr. Matt Young

Stepping Up to Make a Difference

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Totally T-Town Food Faves: Week of April 23-29, 2018

Totally T-Town Food Faves 
from the team at Texarkana Gastroenterology Consultants

"Chicken Piccata from Chappos Pizza & Pasta"
BRIAN J. SO, M.D.


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PROFILE: LeAnne Purifoy Wright

Stepping Up to Make a Difference

Leader Profile: LeAnne Purifoy Wright

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PROFILE: Darla Cigainero

Profiles in Leadership

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PROFILE: Dr. Laura Matteson (LaCroix)

Dr. Laura Matteson (LaCroix)

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Wisdom Animal Clinic
LT Class of 2000

Dr. Laura Matteson (LaCroix) is a country girl at heart, growing up in DeKalb, Texas. She followed a family tradition by attending Texas A&M University where she received a Biomedical Science Degree in 1994, before becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Dr. Matteson moved back home and joined Wisdom Animal Clinic in June of 1998 and has never looked back.

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PROFILE: Myra Loving

Myra Loving

Licensed Professional counselor
Private Practice
LT Class of 2015

I’ve learned that adding a supportive group is a wonderful way to be a leader in Texarkana. When I graduated from Leadership Texarkana, I began a feee support group ‘Left Behind’ for survivors whose loved ones died by suicide. This group meets monthly and has provided an avenue for fostering safe relationships among those with (an often taboo) shared trauma. Establishing this group has also opened a door for adding an ‘International Survivor Day’ in November. I plan to incorporate other agencies so that this might become a day for more people to come honor their loved ones.  

To me, leadership is a practical skill and endeavor someone takes on to help better a group, community, project, etc. Leadership encompasses more than ‘taking charge’ but in working collaboratively and willingly together toward a common goal. Being a leader means finding your best asset that helps as a catalyst toward this common goal. 



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PROFILE: Debra Moore

Debra Moore

Sr. Vice President
Commercial National Bank of Texarkana
LT Class of 1994

What have you learned most about making a difference in Texarkana (or about your opportunity for community leadership) from being a part of Leadership Texarkana?

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PROFILE: Patsy Morriss

Patsy Morriss

President, Women for TAMU-T

What have you learned most about making a difference in Texarkana (or about your opportunity for community leadership) from being a part of Leadership Texarkana?

I was relatively new to Texarkana when I participated in the program, so I learned a great deal about who’s who and what makes the community tick. In order to make a difference, you have to understand what’s going on; Leadership Texarkana is the perfect vehicle for achieving that. 

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PROFILE: Dr. Andrew Curry, D.D.S.

Dr. Andrew Curry, D.D.S.
Dentist & LT Class of 2002

What have you learned most about making a difference in Texarkana (or about your opportunity for community leadership) from being a part of Leadership Texarkana?

Texarkana is blessed to have so many people that care about this community.  


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