2019-2020 Board Officers
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.
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.
Warren Caldwell is a born and raised Richardson kid who threw a Richardson Daily News paper route, sometimes on a unicycle. It was a magic time spent climbing on the rocket at Heights Park, eating at Pizza Villa and buying Beatles albums at Sound Town in Promenade Shopping Center. When we skinned our knee, we rubbed dirt into it and carried on. A product of Richardson schools, for the last 15 years Warren has served as an independent Real Estate Broker and Realtor who operates his own firm, Homes North Texas. He is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Warren is the President of the Canyon Creek Homeowner’s Association and is a Graduate of Inside RISD, the Richardson Citizen’s Police Academy, the Richardson Citizen’s Fire Academy and Leadership Richardson Class XXXII. Warren currently serves as an Advisor and Curriculum Coordinator for Leadership Richardson. He also serves as a Director on the Board of the Richardson Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association. He participated as a member of a Strategic Action Team tasked to create a Plan to guide the Richardson Independent School District into the next decade. Warren also serves on the Business Program Advisory Committee at Richland College. Previously, he was deeply involved in the Boy Scouts of America serving in many different capacities including Quartermaster. Warren was privileged to be tapped out for Order of the Arrow and sits regularly on Eagle Scout Review Boards. Warren and his wife Laura recently celebrated their 30th Anniversary and have a son (Wyatt) who is an Eagle Scout and Fighting Texas Aggie Engineering Student. The Caldwells share their home with 3 rescue dogs and a one-eyed dratted cat.
A resident of Carrollton, Teresa has been a CPA since 1997 and is currently employed as a senior manager for Bland Garvey, P.C. in Richardson. She received her BBA in Accounting and MBA from Texas A & M-Commerce. Teresa currently serves on the Finance Committee at Network and is a graduate of Leadership Richardson Class XXXI. She is also a Certified Senior Advisor, and enjoys helping seniors in the community. She and husband Don are the parents of two grown daughters and two granddaughters. She also serves on her church council as well as plays violin in the River of Faith Band as a member of Webb Chapel United Methodist Church.
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.
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Charlie has lived in Richardson for 34 years; the president and owner of United Benefits, Inc., a group of life insurance companies also in Richardson. He is a graduate of Rice University with a BA in mathematical science and economics. A certified actuary (Fellow of the Society of Actuaries – FSA) and investment analyst (Chartered Financial Analyst – CFA). Member of First United Methodist Church of Richardson. Charlie and wife Helen, celebrating 39 years of marriage, have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Hobbies include golf and writing.
Serri is a long time employee of the City of Richardson’s Parks and Recreation Department. Originally from Colorado Springs, she moved to Richardson as an intern for the Parks and Recreation Department and has been there ever since, starting the Heights Recreation Center doing everything from gymnastics to special events, in 1997 she became the Manager of the Senior Center before becoming the Superintendent of Community Events. Community Events oversees the production of the award-winning Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson’s Family Fourth Celebration, Huffines Art Trails, Santa’s Village, and the city’s signature event– the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival. In 2010, Serri was recognized as Altrusa’s Woman of the Year in Government. Serri is a graduate of Leadership Richardson Class 26, is an alumnus of Leadership Arts Institute of North Texas and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Excellence in Education Foundation.
Michael Bussiere is a Captain in the Richardson Police Department, leading the Patrol Operations Division. He relocated to Texas following retirement as Chief of Police in Lewiston, Maine. Mike has served in multiple capacities, including as Crisis/Hostage Negotiator and on both the Criminal Justice Advisory Board at Central Maine Community College and the Board of Directors of United Way. He holds a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Maine, is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and the Senior Executives of State and Local government from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Richard Covington serves as the Missions Pastor of The Heights Baptist Church. Richard has been in full time ministry for over 25 years and has been at The Heights for the last 15 of those years. Richard has been very involved in the community over the last several years. Richard has been married to Cara for 18 years and they have three boys, Collen (14); Carter (8); Crockett (6).
Brenda grew up in nearby Farmersville, Texas, and after graduating from college, she worked for the Richardson Independent School District for thirty-six years. Serving as teacher, elementary school principal and Executive Director of Secondary Instructional Support. Upon retirement in 2005, Brenda has volunteered through out Richardson, serving on numerous boards. She was board chair of the Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation and is currently chair of the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation. Other passions include Richardson Woman’s Club, Richardson Retired School Personnel and Altrusa Inc of Richardson. Since retirement she has served as a volunteer chaplain for the Methodist Richardson Medical Center. As active members of the First United Methodist Church Richardson, she and husband Bert hold numerous leadership positions. They have been richly blessed with four daughters and twelve grandchildren.
David Dugger is a Financial Planner and Partner at WDW Financial. After growing up in Richardson, David graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting. David spent four years with the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers prior to joining his current firm in 2000. He has been a CPA since 1996 and a CFP since 2002. David was a member of the Board of Directors of iGoGlobal, a Christian missions organization from 2004-2018 and he and his family are involved in their church. David and his wife have a daughter in college, a son in high school and two crazy rescue dogs. He spends his free time enjoying travel, the outdoors and live music.
Born and raised in Texas, David has lived in Richardson since 1960. He is a graduate of Richardson High School and Southern Methodist University with a BBA in Business and Real Estate. David works for Ebby Halliday Realtors and is a member of the National and Texas Associations of Realtors. A Previous board member for 2 separate terms, David has previously served as Network Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair. David and his wife Edith have 2 children and 3 grandchildren with another on the way. They love being with family, snow skiing, and being outdoors at the Frank Family Ranch.
Marta Gomez Frey
Marta Gomez Frey graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors in History and a Minor in Languages. She has been a Director at Collin Small Business Development Center from 2006 to present where she counsels men and women in the areas of marketing, management, financing and growth strategies among several other areas. Marta is a past member of Network’s Board of Directors, serving as Board Secretary. She has also been on several City of Richardson Commissions and Committees, as well as recently serving on City Council. Leadership Richardson, Junior League and Richardson Symphony Orchestra are just a few of her many areas of involvement. Marta was also a finalist in Altrusa Richardson’s Outstanding Women of Today awards in Education and Government. She is active in her church.
Angie serves as the Managing Director of Herrington Wealth Management and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baylor University. Angie began her career at Accenture in 1995 in management consulting and later moved on to lead business consulting teams at Arthur Andersen as a Senior Manager and has experience in management consulting, technology and finance. Angie and her husband, Galen, live in Allen with their two children. She and her husband grew up in the Dallas area and have been married for 18 years.
Originally from Roy, Utah, Melinda calls Richardson, Texas her “real” home. As a former Air Force brat and then moving all over the country with her husband’s work, they moved to Richardson 10 years ago and have finally set down roots.
Melinda has a BSBA from the University of Utah and University of Phoenix with Minors in Accounting and Finance. She worked in medical billing and managed several branches for DME companies before becoming a stay-at-home mom, where her time was far from idle. For the past 20 years she has chaired or participated in numerous non-profit foundations, was a Girl Scout leader for 15 years, served as Band Treasurer for 4 years and has been on too many PTA boards to count. Today she works part-time (or tries to keep it part-time) for eMedical Media and will occasionally line-edit manuscripts for her favorite authors.
Melinda has been married to Ken for 27 years and they have two amazing daughters; Karilyn (at Texas A&M) and Kimberly at Plano East who will be attending Texas A&M next Fall.
Jane graduated with a BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M and earned a Graduate Marketing Certificate from SMU. Her career in marketing and communications has spanned Fortune 500 companies, founder/owner of a marketing consulting firm and non-profit agencies serving the North Texas Community. She is currently working at CommScope, a global provider of communications infrastructure solutions. She is a graduate of Leadership Richardson class of XXXII. Jane and her husband Paul have 2 children and are long-time residents of Richardson.
Marcie Johnson is an estate planning and elder law attorney. She graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law after receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Marcie was named one of D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas 2016. She is an active member of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and was in the 2016 Leadership Richardson Class XXXII. Marcie actively participates with the Dallas Women Lawyers Association and serves as a Fellow of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation. She serves regularly as an Attorney/Guardian ad Litem for Collin County. In her spare time, Marcie enjoys music, camping, hiking, water skiing, and interior decorating.
Saïd Majdi is a management consultant and an executive coach. He received his MS in electrical engineering from the Paris Institute of Technology in Paris, France, with dual specialization in telecommunications and control engineering. He is an inventor and has spoken at national and international conferences on intelligent transportation systems. He was a US Delegate on several ISO standards committees. Saïd is a graduate of the Richardson Citizen’s Fire Academy. He currently serves on the Steering Committees of the Richardson Interfaith Alliance, Faith Forward Dallas, and the Interfaith Council of the Thanksgiving Square Foundation. He is a member of the Islamic Association of North Texas.
Kathy Rogers is the Owner/Operator of Nothing Bundt Cakes – Richardson since 2016, and has been involved with that company since 2011. She is also Business Manager of Design Concepts and Graphics from 2001 to the present. Kathy is an alumna of Louisiana Tech University with both a BA and MPA in Accounting and a graduate of Leadership Richardson class of XXXIII. She was awarded the Richardson Chamber of Commerce Newcomer Award and has received the WOW Award for top customer service from Nothing Bundt Cakes, both in 2018. Kathy is currently active in her church and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador. She and her husband Bryan have three grown children and 2 grandchildren.
Monica Scott has recently moved back to Richardson proper, but has lived in or near Richardson for over 50 years. She is a product of RISD schools and a graduate of University of Texas at Dallas with both an undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics and again with an MBA. She graduated from Leadership Richardson and has been heavily involved in that organization as a curriculum advisor and Alumni Association board member. She is a member of the Richardson East Rotary and serves on the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation, Richardson Symphony and Canyon Creek Homeowners Association Boards. Professionally, she and her family own and operate an embroidery and promotional product business. Personally, she is married to Glenn with a blended family including Taylor, Shelby, Cole and Garrett.
CEO – Cindy Shafer
Originally from the Greater Pittsburgh area Cindy has spent nearly 25 years working in local and national non-profits primarily with a focus on serving the poor and vulnerable.
Cindy is currently serving as the President of Helping Agencies Serving Richardson (HASR) along with being the Community Service Co-Chair for Richardson Rotary. In her spare time, she leads a small group for Milestone Church in Keller where she also serves as an usher. Cindy is a proud graduate of Leadership Richardson Class XXXIII and is a member of LRAA.
Mrs. Shafer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grove City College and a Master of Science degree in Professional Leadership & Nonprofit Management from Carlow University. Cindy and her husband, Dave live in Denton and have been proud Texans for the last five years.