The Board of Directors

Leadership Texarkana's success is due to the generous service of Leadership Texarkana grads who share their time and talents in support of LT's work in the community.  

2017-2018 Board of Directors

  • Clay Roberts, President
  • Eric Cain, President-Elect
  • David Magness, Treasurer
  • Bill Harp, Secretary
  • Genia Bullock, Past-President
  • Ruth Ellen Whitt, Executive Director

 Clay Roberts

Clay Roberts (2003) - President

Senior Vice President & Trust Manager
Regions Trust
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Clay Roberts is a Graduate of Baylor University (1987-BBA) and the University of Arkansas (1992-MSA). He worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tulsa, Oklahoma before returning home to join Regions Bank in 2001. He is married to Kimberly and have three sons, Matthew, Michael and Christopher and is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He currently serves on the Board of Director’s of Opportunities, Inc. and the Texarkana Area Community Foundation as well as the Board of Trustees for the Texarkana, Texas Firefighter’s Pension Fund, is a Member of Wilbur Smith Rotary Club and active with B.S.A. Troop 16. Clay enjoys golfing and camping.

  Eric Cain (2008) - President Elect

Executive Director
American Red Cross Serving NE Texas and SW Arkansas
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Eric Cain is currently the Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas.  For ten years, prior to the Red Cross, he served as an assistant to United States Congressman Ralph M. Hall which afforded him an insider’s view of the areas governmental and political landscapes.   He graduated from Texas A&M University – Texarkana with a degree in Mass Communication.   Eric serves on the boards of CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Leadership Texarkana, CHRISTUS Friends of the Foundation and is President of the TAMUT Alumni Association.  He is a former School Board Member, Former Republican County Chairman and Former Member of the Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Texas.  He and his wife Erica Martinez Cain attend First United Methodist Church Texarkana, Texas. 

 William Harp William Harp (2012) - Secretary

Assistant Superintendent, School Services
Pleasant Grove ISD
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Bill Harp is the Director of School Services at Pleasant Grove ISD. He has held teaching, athletic coaching, campus and district level administration positions in public education. Bill is committed to providing each student with a solid foundation as they enter the next stage of their lives. Bill has twenty nine years experience in education and graduated from East Texas State University. He earned his Masters in Education Administration from Texas A&M Commerce. In addition to the Leadership Texarkana Board of Directors, Bill is on  the Texas A&M-Texarkana, Eagle Club Board of Directors and serves Williams Memorial UMC on the Staff Parish Relations Committee and is a member of the Texarkana Oaklawn Rotary Club.

Genia Bullock Genia Bullock (2006)

Coordinator of Public Relations & Community Involvement
Texarkana Arkansas School District 7
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Genia Bullock is a transplant from Wichita, KS and has lived in Texarkana for 20 years. She is in her tenth year as PR Coordinator for the Texarkana Arkansas School District. In this role, she represents TASD in the community, forges partnerships to help enhance the educational experience for both teachers and students, leads TASD's equity program (Cultural Proficiency), and informs the community of the district happenings and ways to get involved. She received her BAAS and MSBA from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. She has a passion for the Arts, Education, and Child Advocacy and enjoys working with organizations that promote those issues. She believes it is important for individuals to be the change they want to see in their community and in their country. This belief fuels her passion to volunteer and serve.

  Kristie Dempsey

Lesley Ledwell (LT Class of 2014)
Ledwell & Son Enterprises

Lesley is a Texarkana native who graduated from Pleasant Grove High School, then got her undergraduate degree at Duke University and her MBA at the University of Texas. She has worked at Ledwell & Son for the past nine years in Account Management, Operations, Business Development and anything else that was needed. Currently, Lesley lives in Austin but spends a lot of time in Texarkana for work. She participated in the Leadership Texarkana program to learn more about the town she grew up in and how as an adult with a local business, she can be a better citizen in her community.

 Myra Loving

Myra Loving (2015)

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Myra Loving is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Texarkana, Texas. She graduated with her Masters in Counseling Psychology from TAMU-T in 1997. Her daughter and son-in-law have two daughters and live in Texarkana, which allows Myra to be an active MiMi, as family is important to her. After graduating Leadership Texarkana in 2015, Myra started Left Behind, a support group for survivors whose loved ones have committed suicide. She currently serves on the LT board and was on the committee for founding the LT Fall Luau to celebrate the upcoming class. Helping others is a high priority in her life, so community involvement, family support and professional memberships are important. Travel and food are among her hobbies.

David Magness (2010) - Treasurer
Magness Financial Group
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David, a Texarkana native, joined Magness Financial Group in 2007 after graduating from Ouachita Baptist University with a degree in Accounting. His primary focus is fee-based comprehensive financial planning for individuals and businesses. He is married to Chase Magness and they have two young boys, Paul David and Able. David is a member of Heritage Church and serves in the worship band as well as leads a Community Group. 
 Novella Medlock Novella Medlock (2013)

Director of Patient Relations/Customer Services
CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System
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Novella Medlock lives in Texarkana, Texas with her husband, John Medlock III and two of their 7 grandchildren, Myracle and Benjamin. She is the mother of 4 daughters and 1 son. She is a member of Sunset Baptist Church, Texarkana, Texas where she serves as Finance Ministry Leader and Church Treasurer. Novella’s education includes Bachelors and Masters Degrees. She is employed by CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System; with oversight for the Patient Relations/Customer Service Department. Novella’s volunteer service includes Twin City Black History Association, VP Texas Independent School District Diversity Awareness, President- Elect 2013, NAACP Board Member.

 Fred Norton Fred R. Norton, Jr. (1985)

Norton & Wood LLP
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Fred is a member of the Texarkana law firm Norton & Wood where his practice is limited to matters of federal and state taxation, estate planning, probate and the administration of estates, and the formation and operation of business, professional, and nonprofit entities.  He is Board Certified in Tax Law and in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been named a “Super Lawyer” in the field of tax law.  A 1985 graduate of Leadership Texarkana, Fred currently chairs the Community Leadership Initiatives committee and bears primary responsibility for “LifT”–the Leadership Initiative for Texarkana.  He serves on the board of the Baylor Alumni Association and as a trustee of the Baptist Foundation of Texas.  Locally, Fred is a director of the TexAmericas Center and a trustee of the Texarkana Independent School District.

 Paul Norton Paul Norton (2014)

Superintendent of Schools
Texarkana Texas ISD
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Paul Norton has served as Superintendent of Schools for Texarkana Independent School District since June 2011. He was appointed to the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Future Ready Superintendent Academy in 2012 and is on the Region VIII Educational Service Center Executive Advisory Council and Texas Curriculum Management Program Cooperative Board.

 A lifelong resident of Texarkana, Norton has been named Region VIII High School Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, Region VIII Superintendent of the Year and Top Five State Finalist for Texas Superintendent of the Year by TASB.  He is currently on the Texarkana Chamber Board of Directors and a member of the Wilbur Smith Rotary Club.

 Pinson Razaq

Pinson Razaq (2007) 

Curt Green & Co.
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Pinson Razaq comes from a pioneer family of Texarkana. His family, the Bell’s and the Henry’s, were instrumental in the growth of Texarkana through business interests and land development. Pinson learned from an early age the importance of giving back to the community that has given so much to him. There are many honors and activities of note, which Pinson has accumulated. He is a Arkansas High graduate where he was Secretary of the Key Club, a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Real Estate Finance degree, a member of the SAE Fraternity, an Eagle Scout, member of the Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, member of the Texarkana Board of Realtors, the Arkansas and Texas Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

David Reavis (2008)
Interim Dean, College of Business
Associate Professor of MIS and Management
Texas A&M University, Texarkana
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David Reavis is an Associate Professor of MIS and Management at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. He earned his MBA from Texas A&M-University-Texarkana and his Doctorate in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. He is married to Karen Reavis and has two children, Tim Reavis and Julie Larsen. He is a member and community group leader at Fellowship Bible Church.

 Trish Reed Trish Reed (2001)

AVP Corporate Events/Marketing
Guaranty Bank and Trust
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Trish is a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School and Louisiana Tech University. She has been with Guaranty Bank & Trust for over 6 years and serves in the marketing department as the corporate coordinator for events and business development. Trish has been involved with CHRISTUS St Michael Friends of the Foundation, Keep Texarkana Beautiful, Pleasant Grove ISD Education Foundation, Komen Texarkana Board and several other nonprofit organizations.

Amy Roberts (2016)
Educational Administrator
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Amy Roberts is a lifelong resident of Texarkana, Texas who attended Liberty-Eylau High School, Texarkana College, ETSU-Texarkana, and TAMU-Texarkana.  She is a career educator with classroom experience at the middle and high school levels in mathematics, English and technology.  She has held administrative positions on elementary, middle and high school campuses.  Amy is fortunate to be married to Mark Roberts, the father of her two beautiful children and with whom she shares four adorable grandchildren.

Skylar Rogers (2016)
Senior Vice President
Reynolds Realty Management

Skylar Rogers, is native son of Texarkana, USA, a TAMU-Texarkana graduate married to a TAMUT alumna, Erin Rogers, with whom he has one daughter, Lorelai Sagan Rogers.  Skylar is a licensed commercial real estate agent and Sr. Vice President at Reynolds Realty Management Inc. with whom he has been employed five-plus years.   His family recently purchased a home in downtown Texarkana, Arkansas where they moved with their 2 dogs, Athena and Napoleon, and their cat, Hillary Clinton.

  Jennifer Tanner (LT Class of 2017)
Executive Chef, Events
Julie’s Deli
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Jennifer Tanner, a Texarkana native, has been at the helm of Julie’s “made from scratch” kitchen for 10 years. She is happily married to the best-husband-ever, Jeff and they have an amazing daughter, Emily.

 Rae Thigpen Rae Thigpen (1997)

Regional Compliance Officer
CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System
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Rae Thigpen serves as the Compliance Officer for CHRISTUS St Michael, which is an acute care hospital and CHRISTUS homecare, hospice and long term care facility. She has been in compliance for the past 4 years and employed with CHRISTUS St Michael for 22 years. Prior to her compliance role, Rae served as the Director of Surgical Services. Rae graduated in 1997 from Leadership Texarkana. Her civic involvement includes current board member of Salvation Army, Leadership Texarkana, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, and Twin City Black History Association.

 Lance Wharton Lance Wharton (2015)

Banking Relationship Manager
Wells Fargo Bank
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Lance Wharton is a native of Texarkana. After graduating high school, he spent several years working in diverse communities around the country. Since moving back to Texarkana in 2009, he has fulfilled various banking roles with Wells Fargo Bank and currently serves as a Business Banking Relationship Manager. He covers the state of Arkansas and East Texas developing and growing relationships while helping businesses meet their lending and specialized banking needs. He is a devoted husband and father to his wife Ashley and their and five amazing children. Lance holds a B.S. in Marketing Management from Arkansas State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M – Texarkana.


Justin S. White (LT Class of 2017)
Senior Vice-President
Guaranty Bank & Trust
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 Justin White is a lifelong resident of Texarkana; he received his BAAS from TAMUT in 2002. With 17 years in the financial industry, Justin now works as a Sr. Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer of Guaranty Bank & Trust.  He and his wife Kelli have three boys and attend church at St. Edwards. Justin has enjoyed serving many nonprofit and community initiatives, some of which include Boy Scouts of America, The Texarkana Texas Historical Commission, TAMU-T Alumni Assoc, First Choice Pregnancy Center, and The United Way of Greater Texarkana, Red Lick City Council, and the Texarkana Noon Lions Club.


Mary Ellen Young  (LT Class of 1995)
Dean of Liberal and Performing Arts 
Texarkana College 
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Mary Ellen Young is the Dean of Liberal and Performing Arts and the Honors College at Texarkana College.  She is a graduate of Texas A & M University - Texarkana (1984 - B.S.;1994- M.Ed.) and is currently a doctoral student at the American College of Education in Indianapolis, Indiana studying Higher Education Leadership.  She is also an English professor and the advisor for Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society where she has been named an international Distinguished Advisor.  She is the president-elect of the Texas Community College Teachers Association in Austin, Texas. She is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Texas and a recipient of the Texarkana College Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) Teaching and Leadership Excellence Award.  She served as Community Vice President and Sustainer President of the Junior League of Texarkana and formerly served on the Angel Guild for Opportunities, Inc. and the Friends of the Foundation for CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System.  She is the daughter of Donna Young and the late Dr. Mitchell Young.    


  Ruth Ellen Whitt (1989)

Executive Director
Leadership Texarkana
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A resident of Texarkana since 1983, Ruth Ellen is a native of College Station, Texas.  As LT's Executive Director since 2010, Ruth Ellen has recommitted to work she began with LT leadership during the 1990s.  A lifelong student of the performing arts, Ruth Ellen served as Executive Director of TRAHC from 1999-2008, and held numerous other leadership positions there for the twelve years prior to 1999. She has served as President of numerous non-profits in Texarkana, as well as as founding director of others. Ruth Ellen was honored with the Chamber's C.E. Palmer Award for Civic Leadership in 2009.  A 1989 graduate of Leadership Texarkana and a 2009 graduate of the state's Leadership Texas program, Ruth Ellen earned BS and MA degrees  Communications from UT-Austin, multiple teacher certifications, and all coursework, less dissertation, for a doctorate from the UT-Dallas.    


  • The Board of Directors annual term of service is from June 1-May 31; terms are for three years, with a maximum of two consecutive full terms. 
  • The LT membership elects one-third of the REGULAR Board members each year at the Annual Membership Meeting from a slate of nominees which has been recommended by the Governance Committee and affirmed by the Board of Directors. 
  • Any LT member who is recommended in writing by five percent (5%) of the membership will be included on the slate submitted at the Annual Meeting. 
  • Self-nominations and/or recommendations are welcomed and should be submitted by the third week of February annually.  
  • All eligible member names submitted by the membership shall be given due consideration by the Governance Committee.