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Julia Bryant, Executive Director of the Royse City Chamber of Commerce, lives in the Heritage District with her husband Carey and son Cory who is a Senior at the Art Institute of Dallas.
Helping to make her a proud "Ju-Ju, Daughter Christa, son-in-law Chris and children Conner and Kenslee live in Greenville and son Korbin, Daughter in Law Rachel and Baby Lilly live nearby in Royse City.
Leslie has been the Marketing Director for Rockwall Urgent Care since they opened in April 2010. A Rockwall resident since 1993, Leslie had been involved in a variety of organizations, including Rockwall HeartChase, Team Promise Makers and Rockwall Christian Writers.
Personally, she's been active with PTA, RHHS boosters, MOPS, and Moms in Prayer. She and her family are long-time members of Lake Pointe Church, where Leslie has taught children's and youth classes. Leslie loves to speak and tell stories to audiences large and small. She's also a published author, former newspaper columnist, ghostwriter, and freelance editor.
Leslie and Bret, married since August of 1988, have three children: Charlie (24), a UT Houston medical student who's married to Lindsy, a teacher, Molly (21), a psychology major at Dallas Baptist, and Reese (20), who is studying economics at Vanderbilt. Leslie enjoys hanging out with her family, snow skiing, playing board games, watching Sherlock or just talking. Bret and Leslie enjoy finding rustic and industrial elements at Canton (or on the side of the road) and re-purposing them into amazing new furniture pieces.
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.
Originally from Naperville, IL, Julie started her career as a graphic designer after college as an illustrator for Osco Drug Store chain. After that she assisted several art directors at an advertising agency in downtown Chicago for four years where she gained her computer knowledge, and working with all the art directors gave her the insight she needed to finally venture into design herself. She then moved into the travel industry and worked her way up to senior design and production specialist where her job took her on African safaris, Egypt and sailing the Mediterranean. Relocating to Texas after marriage, in 2005 Julie was able to find the balance between motherhood and career by launching Fowler Designs and becoming part of our chamber.
Julie has been in Texas for nearly 12 years and she and her husband Ed have 3 children, Jillian, Kaitlyn and Christopher.
Karen Parks has been in the financial services industry for over 24 years. She currently manages at Inwood National Bank in Rockwall.
As a long time supporter of the Royse City community, Karen is serving on the Royse City Chamber Board of Directors for a second time. She also received the Royse City Chamber Volunteer of the Year award in 2011.
Karen lives in Rockwall and is a proud graduate of Rockwall Leadership Class of 2014. She also serves on the board for the Boys & Girls Club of Rockwall County.
She loves traveling and spending time with her 3 grown children, Devin, Marissa, and Wolfgang.