Dallas Regional Chamber Announces Leadership Dallas Class of 2020

Date: August 7, 2019
Contact: Olivia Breedlove – Managing Director of Communications
Direct Line: 214.746.6790


Dallas Regional Chamber Announces Leadership Dallas Class of 2020
Business and community leaders selected to participate in Leadership Dallas,
the Dallas Region’s premier leadership development program

DALLAS (August 7, 2019) – The Dallas Regional Chamber today announced the 44th class of Leadership Dallas, the premier leadership development program in the Dallas Region.

Founded in 1975, Leadership Dallas prepares a diverse group of leaders through intensive curriculum that explores critical issues and creates positive change. The program serves as an opportunity for individuals who are both acknowledged and aspiring leaders to continue their professional development and further cultivate a demonstrated commitment to serving the community.

“The Leadership Dallas Class of 2020 was selected based on each individual’s commitment to community and high potential for leadership,” said Dale Petroskey, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber. “It is an honor to welcome this new class, and we at the DRC look forward to continued collaboration as we help make the Dallas Region the best place in the United States to live, work, and do business.”

During the 10-month educational program, participants develop leadership capabilities as they build strong relationships with fellow classmates and current community leaders. Through lectures, discussion groups, on-site visits, simulations, class projects, and other leadership development activities, participants gain a deeper understanding of the critical issues facing the Dallas Region. They are challenged to apply their talents towards addressing these issues in the future.

“Leadership Dallas participants are immersed in the history and current affairs of the Dallas Region to identify the challenges we face as a community,” said Joseph Oyler, Managing Director of Leadership Programs for the Dallas Regional Chamber. “It is our hope that each Leadership Dallas graduate will use the knowledge and enhanced leadership skills gained through the program to bring positive change.”

Leadership Dallas has more than 2,200 graduates who continue to positively impact the region. Many alumni have achieved the top executive role at their current organizations, founded their own businesses, or gone on to a career in public service. Leadership Dallas alumni include former police chiefs, former U.S. Ambassadors, and elected officials at the city, state, and national levels.

The members of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2020 are:

Name Company Title
Nicholas Diaz Amegy Bank of Texas Executive Vice President
Yuki Whitmire Arcosa Inc. Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Mohammed Farshori AT&T Director, Citizenship & Sustainability
Oric Walker Atmos Energy Corporation Vice President, Public Affairs
Anita Paxton Axxess Vice President, Talent
Tershea Green Bank of America Sales Performance & Support Executive
Mitch Dean Baylor Scott & White Health Vice President & Assistant General Counsel
Jason Aboujeib The Beck Group Associate Principal
Amanda Rainey Big Thought Chief Advancement Officer
Holly Herin-Wallace Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Director, National Account Management
Dawn Kahle Children’s Health Senior Director, Communications
Andrew Witkoff Citi Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager
John Siburt CitySquare President
Elizabeth Saab City of Dallas External Relations Manager
Amanda Mahaney Comerica Bank Senior Vice President, Director of Business Banking
Gillea Allison D Magazine Partners President
Philip Huang Dallas County Health & Human Services Department Director
Katherine Haskel Dallas Historical Society Director, Education
Angie Gaylord Dallas Independent School District Deputy Chief, Transformation & Innovation
James Walton EY Partner – Advisory Services
Lane Conner Fuzse Founder & CEO
Brittani Rettig GRIT Fitness Founder & CEO
Darwin Bruce Haynes and Boone, LLP Counsel
Andrew Schick Hilti North America Talent Acquisition Director
Josh Ramsey Hilton Senior Director, Customer Care
Benjamin Revello JPMorgan Chase & Co. Vice President
Stephanie Sparks Jackson Walker LLP Energy Regulatory and Litigation Partner
Adrianna Vandercook Jacobs Engineering Project Manager
Elizabeth Dacus Junior League of Dallas, Inc. President-Elect
Erin Gollhofer Kimberly-Clark Corporation Global CSR Consultant
Erika Salter Law Office of Erika N. Salter, PC CEO
Kelly Vickers Locke Lord LLP Partner, White Collar Defense
Mike Smith Lockton Dunning Benefits Vice President and Risk Advisor
Yulise Reaves Waters Lone Star Justice Alliance Director, Dallas Programs
Kevin Pailet Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC President, Dallas Office
Ben Kohlmann McKinsey & Company, Inc. Senior Associate
John Phillips Methodist Dallas Medical Center President
James Ray MetLife Investment Management Director, Real Estate Acquisitions and Developments
Emily Somerville MV Transportation, Inc. VP, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Sana Syed Nicholas Residential Executive Vice President, Community Outreach & Development
Geoff Bailey Oncor Chief of Staff
Megan Rossi PwC Assurance Director
Sara Garcia Duran Sidley Austin LLP Partner
JJ Ponce Texas Capital Bank Senior Vice President, Community Development
Samantha Dwinell Texas Instruments Incorporated Vice President, Human Resources
Chris Carter Toyota Motor North America Senior Manager – Product Planning & Strategy
Nicole Little Turner Construction Company Project Executive
Abigail Williams United to Learn Founder and Executive Director
Nakia Douglas University of North Texas at Dallas Executive Director: TRIO and Pre Collegiate Programs
Diane McGhee UT Southwestern Medical Center Director, Advancement Operations
Priscilla Barbour Vistra Energy Manager, Federal and State Advocacy
Edward Franklin Voice of Hope Ministries President/CEO
Aracely Rios Weaver Assurance Partner
Brendon Riley Wells Fargo Dallas Market Executive – Commercial Banking
Jenny Lyon WFAA-TV Executive Producer
Howard Mudrick Winstead PC Executive Director

For more Leadership Dallas information visit: www.dallaschamber.org/leadership


About the Dallas Regional Chamber

The Dallas Regional Chamber is one of the most established business organizations in the nation and serves as the voice of business and the champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas Region. We work with our member companies and regional partners to strengthen our business community by advocating for pro-growth public policies, improving our educational system, attracting talented workers from around the world, and enhancing the quality of life for all. Our goal is to make Dallas the best place in the United States to live, work, and do business. For more information, please contact the DRC at 214.746.6600 or visit www.dallaschamber.org.