Board of Directors
Chris Barnes attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where he turned down the temptations of a possible future in professional basketball to be an architect. Barnes is Principal-in-Charge of BOKA Powell, LLC. Architectural Firm. He is an active member of American Institute of Architects, Texas Society of Architects, The Real Estate Council and Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). In addition to serving on the NETWORK Board of Directors, Barnes is active in his church. Barnes lives in Lake Highlands with his wife and two children where he still finds time to shoot hoops and stay as up-close-and-personal with his family.
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; Eucharistic Minister—Our lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Eucharistic Minister to the Homebound—Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Co-founder of Pampillonia Designs—jewelry manufacturing facility in Richardson, Texas. Co-founder of Pampillonia Jewelers– retail destination for custom and precious jewelry.
A resident of Plano, Brian has been a CPA since 1985 and is currently employed as director for Bland Garvey, P.C. in Richardson. He attended Texas Tech University and received his BBA in Accounting from Baylor University. Howell currently serves on the Audit Committee at NETWORK and is a graduate of Leadership Richardson. Married and a father of three, he also serves in various school clubs and committees and is a member of First Baptist Church Richardson.
Ralph graduated from Albion College in Michigan with a BA in business. He has extensive experience in both manufacturing and service industries with corporate management in the financial and sales/marketing field. Ralph has been a Network volunteer for five years and currently serves as shift coordinator and project leader seeking corporate donations of food for Network’s pantry. He and wife Rosemary of 42 years are the parents of two grown daughters and nine grandchildren.
Debbie Cox started with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) in 1993. She began her career by supporting BCBSTX’s Caring for Children Foundation– a non-profit 501© (3) organization providing immunizations to uninsured children. Debbie also helped to implement, and managed the Blue Bear program, BCBSTX’s health and wellness ambassador. In 2008, she moved into her role as Community Affairs Representative. Her current responsibilities include managing the BCBSTX volunteer program, working with their grants and sponsorship programs, and serves as a liaison for the BCBSTX within the communities where we live and do business. Debbie is a graduate of Leadership Richardson Class XXVIII and a member of Leadership Richardson Alumni Association. She is also a proud grandmother of 2, and enjoys spending time with her family.
Peggy is a Registered Nurse, who prior to retirement was Clinical Manager of the inpatient telemetry unit at Baylor Medical Center, Garland. Before changing careers and entering the nursing field, she worked as a corporate chef in Dallas. She has served as a volunteer at Network in multiple areas for nine years. She and her husband Kent, who is also a Network volunteer, have been married for 49 years, reside in Garland and are the parents of three grown children.
Having earned a BS in education/art from Dallas Baptist University, Suzanne creates, produces and manages special events for the City of Richardson. Some of the events she has managed include Cottonwood Art Festival, Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, Santa’s Village and Huffines Art Trails. Suzanne has also develops music, art and/or education outreach programs within events. Prior to her employment with the City of Richardson, Suzanne spent many years as an educator in the RISD. Among her many distinctions, Suzanne has been named Leadership Richardson Alumnus of the Year in 2013, Altrusa Woman of the Year, Local Government in 2008 and is an Illustrator/Publisher of the Garden of Virtues Calendars and Book.
Tya-Mae is a physician with a specialty in gastroenterology and has authored multiple articles and book chapters in that specialty. She is a graduate of Leadership Richardson and Richardson Citizen’s Fire Academy, as well as serving in various community organizations as a volunteer.
Charley holds a bachelor’s degree in business statistics from the University of Texas at Austin and has completed executive studies at London Business School. Charley is President and CEO of C.H. Kiser & Company, LLC, a management consulting practice specializing in developing business and technology strategies. He is also, the co-inventor on several patents and has spoken at national quality and electronic banking industry conferences. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, running, biking, and an occasional triathlon.
Captain Danny Martin started his career with the Richardson Police Department in 1986. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2006 Martin graduated from the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration’s 42nd Police Management College. In July of 2010 he graduated from the Leadership Command College of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. . This July he was made Acting Assistant Chief of Operations. He is married with two teenage children.
After leaving her position as a Vice President in the mortgage industry, Linda began her second career as a volunteer. She has served on the church council, coordinated for Meals on Wheels and delivered for them. Linda is also a Stephens Minister. She has served as president of the Network Board and has volunteered in almost every capacity at Network since 1990.
Neil graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering from California State University Long Beach and an MBA from University of Southern California. He has experience in refinery project management, operations and financial analysis, crude oil transportation and has served as Vice President of ARCO Crude Trading, Inc. Neil is a long-time member of Richardson Rotary and a graduate of Leadership Richardson, with multiple leadership roles in both organizations. He also serves as a volunteer Area Manager in the Money Management program of Senior Source and is a handyman with Network’s Senior Net. Neil and wife Katherine have been married for 47 years and are the parents of two children and grandparents of four.