2021-2022 Board Officers
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.
Marta Gómez Frey
For more than 25 years, Marta Gómez Frey has helped grow businesses and communities. From her beginnings in a family business, to her current work with entrepreneurs through the Collin Small Business Development Center, she has advised 100’s of local companies and organizations in the areas of marketing, financing, growth strategies, process improvement and proposal writing. As a community advocate, Marta served on the City of Richardson City Council – Place 5, Richardson City Plan Commission and the Richardson Charter Review Committee. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Network Board of Directors, as the past Board Chair for the Leadership Richardson Alumni Association (LR Class XXVI) and is on the Advisory Board of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. Marta moved to Richardson in 1976 and attended Dartmouth Elementary, Hamilton Park Elementary, Apollo Junior High and Berkner High School. Marta is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is the proud mother of two sons, Alex and Noah.
Suzanne has proudly called Richardson her home since her large family of nine relocated here in the late 50’s. She graduated from Richardson High School, Dallas Baptist University and UT Dallas. She and her husband, Johnny raised two daughters here and now, their three granddaughters are all students in RISD schools.
Suzanne’s first career was teaching ESL in RISD for 10 years followed by three years as an elementary classroom teacher at a private school in Plano. She began a career with the City of Richardson’s Community Events Department in 1999. As an Events Manager, she developed and managed music, art and/or outreach programs within City events such as Cottonwood Art Festival, Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, Santa’s Village and Huffhines Art Trails. Many of these programs she developed received local, state and international awards and almost all continue to be programs unique to those events.
Suzanne has served on the Richardson Adult Literacy Board, the Leadership Richardson Alumni Board and the Network Board of Directors. Among her distinctions, Suzanne was named Leadership Richardson Alumnus of the Year in 2013, Altrusa Woman of the Year in Local Government in 2008 and received an Ambassador of the Arts Award from the Richardson Arts Alliance.
Suzanne is the Illustrator and Co-Publisher of the Garden of Virtues Calendar. After retiring from the City in 2018, she graduated from the Dallas County Master Gardeners program and this past spring, her butterfly and herb gardens were a stop on the Richardson Woman’s Club Garden Festival.
Suzanne loves her volunteer time and the people she works with on Wednesdays in Network’s Food Pantry, assisting with Network’s Annual Golf Outing and the Fork-Off event, cooking, gardening, entertaining, and attending her granddaughter’s sports events.
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.
Immediate Past Chairman
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 Katharine have been married for 47 years and are the parents of two children and grandparents of four.
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.
Board of Directors
Michael Bussiere is Assistant Chief for 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.
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.
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.
Manasseh Durkin is a second-generation contractor with more than 15 years of experience in every aspect of commercial and residential construction management. As President of Durkin Enterprises, Manasseh has cultivated lasting relationships with both private clients and developers, leading to the company’s involvement in more than a quarter million square feet of commercial and residential tenant finish-outs, commercial amenities, and single-family residential build-outs in 2018 alone. Manasseh also helms Durkin Properties, a Richardson, Texas-based firm that focuses on adding value to assets and communities by purchasing and improving promising properties. In addition, Manasseh is the founder of Cityline Property Management. This gives him unique perspectives on the real estate life cycle, from new construction to managing tenant relationships. Manasseh is quick to credit mentors for his expertise and to offer advice to colleagues with the mindset that conducting business with generosity and integrity leads to shared success. Manasseh moved his family to Richardson in 2013, and quickly became personally and professionally involved in the surrounding community, devoting time and support to a number of organizations that promote its economic and cultural growth. He is a committee member of Richardson Real Heroes, an organization honoring the silent generosity of community members who serve others and is an Executive Committee member of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. A Vice Chairman of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, Manasseh was named the 2018 Volunteer of the Year.
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.
Dr. Melissa Heller
Dr. Melissa Heller currently serves as the Chief of Strategy and Engagement for the Richardson Independent School District. In her role she supports the district strategic plan, as well as all internal and external communications, and Community and Family Engagement efforts for the district. She previously served as the Executive Director for Professional Learning and has had the opportunity to lead and serve in RISD since 2016. Previously, she worked in Wylie ISD supporting staff development and instructional technology staff training since 2004. Melissa graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Consumer and Family Sciences. She received her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University and recently completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership, also from DBU. Melissa has been active in civic work as part of her professional career, including having previously served as the Chair of the Wylie Chamber of Commerce and active in the local Rotary club. She is a proud mom to a son who attends RISD schools and is also a local Richardson ISD resident. She is excited to serve as part of the Board to support the important work and services that Network provides to the greater Richardson community.
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 Anritsu Corporation, a multinational corporation in the telecommunications electronics equipment market. 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.
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.
Messina received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa – spending her last year abroad in Germany. She went on to earn a juris doctor from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. After completing her 14 years of service at the Dallas District Attorney’s in 2015, Messina made the strategic move to criminal defense. A capable leader in a tumultuous time, Messina was voted by her peers in 2014 as Prosecutor of the Year. She was the youngest attorney ever appointed to the role of First Assistant to the DA in Dallas County, overseeing approximately 220 attorneys and nearly 500 total employees. During that time, Messina helped create the Reformative Justice Unit, which is the nation’s largest DA-driven diversion unit, as well as the DA in Schools program, which helps build relationships between law enforcement and at-risk youth. She currently serves as the Criminal Law Chair for the Dallas Bar Association. Awards and Service Positions:• D Best, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021• Super Lawyers, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021• Top 100 National Trial Lawyers• Criminal Law Chair, Dallas Bar Association• Board Member Trial Skills Section, Dallas Bar Association.
Messina is married to Anthony Pampillonia. They live in Richardson with their three children and two dogs.