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Message from the LRAA President

As I excitedly write my first President’s Note for the LRAA newsletter, it feels a bit unreal. Like any new adventure there is excitement, nerves, and wonder. For the past few years, it seems that we have been in more of a survival mode than a living mode. Will this year finally start to feel more pre-pandemic like? If so, how does LRAA help achieve that feeling of normalcy? What can we do to bring back the experience of thriving instead of just surviving?

Luckily during the pandemic LRAA had stellar leadership. With Marta Gomez-Frey and Maureen Doherty modeling the way, LRAA kept the high standards we are known to exhibit. Events continued to happen both virtually and in person. New classes continued to go through the LR program and then join the ranks of LRAA.

As the world continues to emerge into a more normal existence, the board members and I look to bring back the ‘normal’ side of LRAA but with the educated vision gained from the past couple of years. We plan on keeping all events in person as we learned that humans need interaction with each other – even the introverts. Our Leadership Development series is securing top talent around the Dallas area to discuss how success continues pre, during, and after world changing events such as a pandemic. We look to continuing to grow the membership of LRAA so that our networking and partnership building can continue to keep Richardson Strong.

With all that being said, I do want to say WELCOME to the newest best members of LRAA – Class 37! We are excited to have you join us. Also, I want to say thank you to all the members that have stayed with LRAA during the last couple of years. It hasn’t been easy to be a part of a volunteer organization, but we would not be who we are, and provide all that we can in Richardson and beyond without you. I look forward to this upcoming year and excited to see what it brings!


Awesome Amy Taylor

Best Class 32 (whoop whoop!)

Please Welcome Our Newest Group of Leaders!

Leadership Richardson - Class XXXVIII 

 Johnette Alter Pretty Lantana LLC
Beril Berk  Dialogue Institute of Dallas 
 Philip Biggs Tourgee & Associates
 Staci Brown  State Farm
 Jill Burt Canyon Creek Enterprises
 Kristin Byno  Richardson ISD
 Ashley Edling Network of Community Ministries
 Raquel Garcia  Starbucks Coffee Company
 Jamie Gerhart   Richardson Police Department
 Brent Gray   American Cancer Society
 Sarah Green   AT&T
 Justin Hale   Lawson & Company CPAs, LLC
 Leona Harder   North Dallas Adventist Academy
 Khristine Harris  Texas Bank and Trust
 Tom Hough  Richardson Fit Body Boot Camp
 Ashley Hust RE/MAX Pinnacle Group Realtors
 Konley Kelley   Dallas College
 Teddy Kinzer   Teqnavi
 Moosa Madha   Longfellow Energy/Transatlantic Petroleum
 Carol Marable   Logotology
 Rockie Marvel   Keller Williams Central
 Robert Murphy   B2B CFO
 Rebecca Newcomb   University of Texas at Dallas
 Lan Nguyen   The Atlo
 Robin Pampillonia-Hunt   Ebby Halliday Realtors
 Stephen Parker   Berry Appleman & Leiden
 Justin Peter   Methodist Richardson Medical Center
 Byron Purdy   JP Morgan Chase
 Courtney Rains   Paramedics Plus
 Debbi Richards   Dallas College
 Tim Roberts   Cisco Systems
 Reid Robinson   Forum Bar
 Shohn Rodgers   City of Richardson
 Cynthia Roldan   JPMorgan Chase & Co.
 Carrie Saunders   Richardson ISD
 Sean Saunders   Lockwood Distilling Company
 Vickie Schmid   City of Richardson
 Margaret Silva   Champion Equipment Finance
 Anne Slagel   Chaplain4U
 Mark Stratton   TSG Financial Strategies, LLC
 Ly Tieu   The Drawing Board
 Mary Vestewig   Extreme Reach

New Class Reception

October 25, 2022
Richardson Woman's Club
2005 N Cliffe, Richardson, TX 75082


Richardson Youth Leadership applications are open to juniors in Richardson! Please help spread the word!

For more information: richardsonyouthleadership.com  

Application: https://forms.gle/SaQzwN9v4umSdmqV9 

If anyone is interested in helping with Richardson Youth Leadership this year please contact Audrey Pruski at audrey@richardsonsymphony.org 

Support an RISD school!

LRAA Speaker Series

The RISD Academy principal has invited a group called Academy 4 into the school, one Friday a month, from 1:00-2:30pm, to mentor every 4th grade student 1:1.

  • This will require approximately 200 volunteers. and that's where we need you!
    • 90 minutes, one Friday a month – (1:00-2:30) You, your friends, your company, can make a difference in a kid’s life.
    • We want every 4th grader to be matched with a mentor at RISD Academy
    • Interested in learning more or serving? The fun starts September 30th. Contact Ashley Shurtleff Or click here

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to hear from Outstanding leaders in our community!

  • Tabitha Branum – RISD Superintendent – The State of Education in RISD. September 15, 2022 -  7:30 breakfast event at The Drawing Board (1900 Jay Ell Dr. Richardson, TX 75081)
  • Curt Hazelbaker – YMCA CEO Dallas Metro – October 20, 2022 
  • Mary Pat Higgins – CEO/President of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum - November 17, 2022

Community Events & Opportunities

FOREVER PLAID book by Stuart Ross

September 16-25, 2022

Fr/Sat 7:30, Sun 2:00

Tickets: $32 adults, $18 youth (ages 10-18)

Box office: 972-690-5029www.rcttheatre.com

Repertory Company Theatre- 770 N Coit, Richardson

Journey back to a time when cars had enormous fins and harmonizing bands were all the rage.  You’ll be humming along with the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s and rollin’ in the aisles from the delightful patter of the original boy band – The Plaids!




20 Years in 20 Minutes seeks to highlight the 20 years of the Eisemann Center during its 20th Anniversary Celebration. The experience will explore the Eisemann Center’s immense impact on the art landscape of Richardson and the greater North Texas area. Throughout its 20-year history, the Eisemann Center has shaped the cultural fabric of the region both inside the doors of the Eisemann Center through its signature events, as well as through community programming outside its doors. This composition seeks to explore that impact, as well as the impact the Eisemann Center will continue to have for many more years to come. Find more information at www.eisemanncenter.com

Richardson Interfaith Alliance in partnership with Compassionate DFW and East Plano Islamic Center (EPIC) announces the 7th annual Feeding Children Everywhere (US Hunger ) Compassion Games Event 

When: Sunday, September 11, 2022 (12 pm-5 pm) 

Where: EPIC, 4700 14th Street, Plano, TX 75074.

General registration to volunteer begins August 1st.  

Register at https://ushunger.org/event/compassionate-dfw-2022/

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