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PROFILE: Clay Roberts

Clay Roberts 
Senior Vice President & Trust Manager
Regions Trust
LT Class of 2003

Clay Roberts is a prime model of an LT grad willing to step up and take responsibility for the well-being of our community and those who live here.  

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PROFILE: Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark
Executive Director
Texarkana Symphony Orchestra
LT Class of 2010


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PROFILE: Scott Norton

Scott Norton
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer 
TexAmericas Center
LT Class of 2004

“Leadership is getting involved and getting your hands dirty. Anyone can stand to the side and comment on what other are doing, but being a leader is being a 'doer' and making a difference in an area where you have a passion. No matter the topic of your passion, whether it be in faith, children, community events, cancer research, or anything else, you must be involved if it is truly a passion. Otherwise, in my opinion, it’s only something of interest and not a passion. Even if you can’t physically get involved, you can get involved financially or in a supportive role. Servant leadership is a powerful thing.”

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PROFILE: Lea Metcalf

Lea Metcalf
Director of Federal Programs 
Texarkana Arkansas School District
LT Class of 2016

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: Rae Thigpen

Rae Thigpen (1997)
Regional Compliance Officer
CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System

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: Lila Walker

Lila Walker, Ph.D.
Director for LT’s SAGE Senior Community Leadership Program
Leadership Consultant and Scholar
LT Class of 1998

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: Rachel Schwartz

Rachael Schwartz
Assistant Vice President & Marketing Officer
Farmers Bank & Trust

Leadership to me means taking initiative to recognize an issue that needs help and believing that you can take it on while doing the right thing for the organization, even if it is going to be difficult. It is also imperative to ask for help when you need it and always give credit to your team. Another important piece of leadership is continuing to find learning opportunities that help broaden your horizons. 

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PROFILE: David Reavis

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David Reavis

LT Class of 2008
Interim Dean, College of Business
Associate Professor of MIS and Management
Texas A&M University, Texarkana 

David Reavis 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.  

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PROFILE: Kimberly Keith

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Kimberly Keith

LT Class of 2014
Executive Director, Christian Care Center of Texarkana

"Personally I feel that by Leadership we can change the world! Leadership is being able to inspire, encourage, and assist those around me to be the best they can be."

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PROFILE: Mary Ellen Young


Mary Ellen Young
Dean of Liberal and Performing Arts & Honors College
Texarkana College
1995 Graduate of Leadership Texarkana
2010 Graduate of Leadership Texas 
Yet Another Best and Brightest Native 

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?
Leadership Texarkana offers a comprehensive view of the community from education to government to non-profit agencies, healthcare, and economic development.  It provides a platform for all of these entities to work together for the betterment of the community.   It has given me the opportunity to meet so many incredible people who have become lifelong friends.  Leadership Texarkana has also given me the opportunity to make connections and network with others to build stronger organizations and events not only in my profession but also in my work as a volunteer.  It has encouraged me to become much more involved my community.  

What does leadership mean to you?
I see leadership from a servant leader’s heart.  I do not ask of others what I am not willing to do myself.  I strive to lead by example.

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PROFILE: Amy Roberts

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Curriculum Director, Liberty Eylau ISD
LT Class of 2016
Yet Another Best and Brightest Texarkana Native

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.

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PROFILE: Sonja Yates Hubbard

Sonja Yates Hubbard
Chief Executive Officer
E-Z Mart Stores, Inc.
1991 Graduate of Leadership Texarkana

Sonja Hubbard is a Certified Public Accountant who received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. 
Sonja is the Chief Executive Officer for E-Z Mart Stores, Inc. and has served in this position since 1998 working for E-Z Mart nearly three decades post college graduation.  This time doesn’t include high school and college summer work stints.  During this tenure with E-Z Mart she has served in a variety of positions, including Receptionist, Copy Clerk, Analysis, Assistant Controller and Chief Financial Officer before assuming her current role.  Before beginning her career at E-Z Mart, Sonja worked in public accounting where she performed audit, tax and bookkeeping services for a two local firms.

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PROFILE: Eric Cain

Eric B. Cain
Executive Director
American Red Cross serving Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas
Graduate of Leadership Texarkana Class of 2008

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PROFILE: Leanne Wilson Maynard

Leanne Wilson Maynard

Marketing Liaison
Neighbors Emergency Center
1998 Graduate of Leadership Texarkana

"Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50 percent of your time in leading yourself--your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20 percent leading those with authority over you and 15 percent leading your peers." --Dee Hock  I love this quote because it hits on how leadership is not just taking charge.  I believe servant leadership is a way of life.  

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PROFILE: Justin Hamilton

Justin Hamilton
Marketing/Leasing Manager
Jones Lang LaSalle
2016 Graduate of Leadership Texarkana

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PROFILE: Theresa Cowling

Theresa Cowling
Principal, North Heights Jr. High
Texarkana, Arkansas Schools
2015 Graduate of Leadership Texarkana

"Leadership is the ability to inspire group of people to work to together to accomplish goals that will have a positive impact of their community and others.  A great leader understands the importance of being a moral role model and helping others.  Great leadership lies in recognizing the talents of others and empowering others to reach their full potential.  Real leaders are passionate and follow their heart."

Theresa Cowling, serves as principal at North Heights Junior High School for Texarkana Arkansas School District.  She has been an educator for 28 years.  She earned a B.S.E. in Early Childhood Education from Southern Arkansas University in 1988.  Later, she earned a M.S.E. in administration and holds certificates in gifted & talented and curriculum and instruction.  Theresa served 14 years as a classroom teacher and gifted & talented teacher.  Theresa worked as an elementary principal for four years and now works with 7th and 8th grade students.

In 2016, North Heights was recognized as a school of distinction by Magnets Schools of America.  Theresa has graduated all three phases of Master Principal at the Arkansas Leadership Academy and has participated in Leadership Texarkana.  In June of 2016, she co-facilitated Today’s Youth… Tomorrow’s Leaders for Leadership Texarkana. Theresa serves on the board for Arkansas Association of Middle Level Educators and participates in other professional organizations and participates in a variety of community and clubs and projects.  She is a member of Kiwanis and promotes activities that help the children in our community.  Theresa is passionate about promoting Texarkana and helping to build a community everyone is proud to call home. 

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PROFILE: Fred Meisenheimer

Fred Meisenheimer
Sales Coordinator
Lonestar Truck Group
2007 Graduate of Leadership Texarkana

Leadership is... "Doing what’s necessary to make your organization great, and keeping it great.  Leadership is action, and not words.  We can all sit around and come up with great ideas, but if we’re not willing to get in the mud and do something, then it’s useless.  Then once you’ve created a great organization, you’ve got to make sure you’ve taught others around you how to keep it going after you are gone.  Sustainability is the difference in great leaders."

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PROFILE: Camille Coker Wrinkle

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Camille Coker Wrinkle
Executive Director
Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank
Graduate of Leadership Texarkana Class of 2014 

Camille Coker Wrinkle was born and spent most of her childhood in Texarkana, before moving to Ashdown during her high school years. She received both her Bachelor of Arts in Business, and Master of Science in Accounting, from Hendrix College. Camille spent over ten years in Little Rock, working for such non-profits as Arkansas Children’s Hospital and CARTI Cancer Center, where she held roles that covered all aspects of fundraising and development. She moved back to Texarkana in 2013, to begin her current role as Executive Director of Harvest Regional Food Bank.  Camille is a member of Wilbur Smith Rotary Board of Directors, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance Board of Directors, Texarkana Homeless Coalition and Texarkana Area Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster. Camille is married to Tommy and they have three children, Emma, Caroline and Benjamin.  

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PROFILE: Landon Huffer


Landon Huffer
Executive Broker
Schimming Company Commercial Real Estate
Leadership Texarkana Class of 2014

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PROFILE: Sarah Berry


Sarah Berry
Leadership Texarkana Class of 2011

“Leadership” has many definitions depending on what a person’s life perspective is. To me, the embodiment of a perfect leader is Jesus. Leadership is not a dictatorship, it is servanthood. Leadership is serving others and not being served yourself.  There are times that leaders must make hard choices, they seem unpleasant and unpopular. However, leaders must be able to see past their present situation and into the vision of where they want to be five years, ten years, even twenty years down the road. Leaders must be able to make the hard decisions that are for the greater good in the long run. “

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