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Chief Financial Operations Officer
Vanessa was born and raised in Southern California, spent several years in San Francisco and headed to Texas in 2006. She worked as a Legal Assistant for over a decade doing Family Law and Criminal defense. She left the legal field for a bit to work for ANTHEM Strong Families as the office manager and also facilitated relationship workshops. She left Rockwall in 2013 to live out “every woman’s dream” to move to Maui, Hawaii. She met her now husband Daniel her very first day and a little over a year later they married on the beach the exact place they met. The following year they welcomed their son, Ezekiel. She worked full time as one of the top sales professionals for Tiffany and Co. for three years. Even with loving Maui and island living, they decided it was time to come back to the mainland in 2016. They put their trust in God and decided Texas was the place to be. They decided Royse City was the place to raise their son where he would grow up with the same kids in his class year after year and enjoy the local shops, restaurants and small-town feel. She is grateful and beyond blessed with the life God chose for her and is excited to be a part of the Royse City Chamber and community!
Chief Membership & Sustainability Officer
A proud resident of Royse City, Ashlee Burke worked for Rest Haven Funeral Home, before coming to the Chamber. Passionate about helping and volunteering, Ashlee has become very involved in the Royse City community.
Ashlee is involved in many groups around Royse City. She is one of the founding members of Luna Burke and Associates, a nonprofit that serves Royse City and provides weekend meals to RCISD children through the Paw Pack Program. Ashlee is proud to serve on the boards for the Royse City Education Foundation and the Royse City Rotary Club. She is very involved at her son’s school.
When Ashlee is not at work or volunteering, she is spending time with her family. She has been with her husband, Shane Burke, since 2005 and they have one amazingly thoughtful, compassionate and hilarious child, Braiden aka “B”.
Past Chair of the Board 2018-2019
Erin, her son and her husband proudly claim Royse City as their home. Erin presently represents the non-profit community through the Rockwall County's Community Solutions Cooperative. Through her work she consults with non-profits, and charities, for sustainable and successful fundraising and development; she has been working in the non-profit sector for 18 years. Erin's background includes international missions, trade shows, event management and marketing. Erin is a past member of the Rockwall Soroptimists, serves on the board of directors for Oasis Second Chance, served with New Beginning Center Women's Shelter and helps deliver food with her family through the Fat & Happy Club - a mobile soup kitchen that has provided meals for over two years to local seniors in need.
With articles in local press about life, love and parenting, Erin is a seasoned blogger and author presently working to release a Christian non-fiction book. Teens throughout North Texas high schools have been a part of Erin's curriculum We Expect Respect- a program that teaches youth about positive relationships and teen dating violence. In addition to her writing, she is an active member in her church community. Erin has her Master Certification in Biblical Counseling from Southwestern Seminary. Erin enjoys providing cost-free Biblical Counseling as a way to minister to her community.
Chair of the Board 2019-2020
Tim, along with his wife Monica, has been connected to the Rockwall County community since 1993. After 18 years of being on a church staff, and two years leading a global child rescue organization, Tim started Cypert Insurance. Today Tim serves as the lead agent at Cypert Insurance and enjoys spending time with Monica and their family.
Vice Chair of the Board 2019-2020
Bret Wilson is originally from San Marcos, TX. He is a graduate of Baylor University and also has an MBA from Dallas Baptist University. Early in his career, Bret worked in the real estate and homebuilding industry before moving into financial services. He worked at a couple of investment firms before opening Wilson Wealth Management in 2005. It became Wilson Investment Services in 2010 and then in 2014, re-established as a Registered Investment Advisory firm through the State of Texas.
He lives in Rockwall with his wife of 30 years, Leslie. They have three children, Charlie—who’s married to Lindsy—Molly and Reese, who are both engaged and getting married in 2018. When he’s not advising clients, watching the markets or reading his favorite investment blogs, Bret enjoys playing golf, building rustic furniture, visiting his kids and going on mission trips with the youth at his church, LakePointe Church in Rockwall.