Leadership Plano Selects 2019-2020 Class 37 Participants

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August 23, 2019
PLANO, TX - August 16, 2019 - The Plano Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership Plano Board of Directors are pleased to announce the 32 members of Leadership Plano Class 37. The roster of community leaders includes civic and community-focused, forward-thinking individuals who are committed to the continued growth and improvement of Plano. Leadership Plano has helped to develop the leadership skills of many civic leaders who have served our community through more than three decades of growth and change.
As a program of the Plano Chamber, Leadership Plano will now come under the direction of Shannon Kmak, Program Director.
Kmak is an alumni of Leadership Plano (Class 32) and looks forward to guiding the class this year. "Leadership Plano gave me a better appreciation for my community, broadened my network and strengthened my leadership skills. It provided an inside view of how our community operates."
Spanning nine months from September through May, the program is designed to increase community awareness and leadership skills. The opening retreat, a two-day orientation weekend beginning September 14, 2019, at 7 a.m. at the Plano Chamber, focuses on individual leadership styles and techniques. From October through May, the class spends one day a month examining specific aspects of the community such as education, government, local business and economic development, health and human services, criminal justice system, and more.
Gaining a broad perspective of the Plano community equips participants to become well-rounded leaders ready to apply their skills in a variety of ways. Leadership Plano provides a foundation for long-term involvement in Plano and assists in launching a supportive community network of colleagues and friends.
Leadership Plano Class 37 List with Affiliations
Name, Community/Business Involvement
Name, Community/Business Involvement
Abbie Alter, Plano Moms LLC
Brandon Maxey, Mayer LLP
Greg Andrew, Toyota Financial Services
Jason Bell, Ebby Halliday
Emily Moore, Sedgwick Claims Management
Tara Bidwell, Junior League of Collin County
Paulette Mulry, Children's Medical Center Foundation
Corey Clark, Toyota North America
Don Proeschel, University of Texas at Dallas
Betsy Colter, Collin SBDC/Collin College
Irum Rashid-Jones, Junior League of Collin County
Scott Cummins, Texas Health Plano
Karen Rhodes-Whitley, City of Plano
Garry Evans, Collin College
Brian Schwall, Compass Professional Health Services
Katherine Goodwin, Community Volunteer
Pooja Singhania, Capital One
Courtney Hitt, Hitt III LLC
John Stafford, Promos Signs Etc.
LaStarr Hollie, Park Place Dealerships
Laura Starr, Starr Law Firm, P.C.
Bri Huedepohl, Vizient Inc.
Yama Thompson, Each Beat Counts
Marty James, Berkshire Hathaway PenFed Realty Texas
Melissa Threlkeld, Sarah Cannon at Medical City Healthcare
Raj Kolhe, VN Consulting
Semida Voicu, Semida Realty
Brad Krocheski, Austin Bridge and Road
Theresa Williams, Plano Independent School District
Sarah Lassberg, New York Life & Elf Army of Light
Brandi Youngkin, City of Plano
About Leadership Plano: Leadership Plano began in 1983 and is dedicated to educating, developing, and empowering current and future leaders for the community and motivating them to service civic, charitable, and business organizations. Medical City Plano serves as Presenting Sponsor for Leadership Plano. 
About the Plano Chamber of Commerce: Established in 1946, the Plano Chamber represents over 1,200 businesses and community organizations in Plano and the surrounding area. Accredited as a 5-Star Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and awarded 2018 Chamber of the Year, the Plano Chamber of Commerce is committed to maximizing business development and economic growth of the community through advocacy, education, innovation, and collaboration.
Katie Gimenez, Communications & Marketing Director
(972) 424-7547

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