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Julia-BryantJulia Bryant
Executive Director
P: 972-636-5000

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.


Amy BecknellAmy Becknell
Executive Administrative Assistant
P: 972-636-5000

Amy Becknell, Executive Administrative Assistant of the Royse City Chamber of Commerce, moved to Royse City in 2016 with her husband, Matthew Becknell. Prior to working for the Royse City Chamber of Commerce, Amy was a legal assistant for 12 years and a flight attendant prior to that.

Growing up in an Air Force family, Amy was afforded the opportunity of living in England and on various Air Force bases in the United States. This opportunity allowed Amy to experience and appreciate difference cultures. Amy is passionate about the community in which she lives and when she is not working, she is often found helping animals, volunteering, and participating in community events.


JoNell MellodyJoNell Mellody
P: 972-636-2413

A Royse City High School graduate, Jo Nell and her husband Jim live in Royse City.

A proud employee of Royse City ISD for 29 years, she currently serves as the Community Relations Director and Executive Director of the Royse City ISD Education Foundation.

Jo Nell has two grown daughters Candon and Casey who are married to Danny Leopold and Gerard Camacho, respectively. Grandchildren Lily, Lane, Ollie and baby girl #2 due in August are the sunshine of her life!

She loves reading, gardening, yoga and playing with Lily, Lane and Ollie.


Leslie WilsonLeslie Wilson
Vice President
P: 469-402-3400

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.

Julie FowlerJulie Fowler
P: 214-207-9391

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.

Julia-BryantKaren Parks
P: 214-902-1200

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.

Vivian Brown width=Vivian Brown
Past President/Ambassador Program Director
P: 214-957-7148
Vivian F. Brown is the owner of Rockwall Happenings. She moved to Texas with her husband and two daughters from Florida in December of 1990. In March of 2011, she was hired as the Outreach Director for Rockwall Happenings, worked at the branding process then became its new owner in January of 2012. Rockwall Happenings was created to inform Rockwall County of events, sales, dining specials, fundraisers, concerts, etc. through website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube media. Rockwall Happenings is an outreach tool in support of the community.

Her past experiences include, retail business owner, executive assistant for an advertising firm, legal secretary and fundraising at school and church. She was an Ambassador for Rockwall County Chamber, an active Member of the Royse City Chamber Board, prior Rockwall MusicFest Board Member, Member of the Rockwall Duck Regatta, Member of the Executive Committee for Relay for Life and member for 5 years of Soroptimist International of Rockwall, an international non-profit organization of professional women helping women & girls in the community and internationally. She also has experience in networking, relational marketing and public speaking and frequently attends workshops and events regarding networking and marketing.

She is actively involved at her church in a ministry for women in the Nexus Program for substance/alcohol abuse.


Cindy TayemCindy Tayem
Board Member

Cindy is the Area Manager for Oncor Electric Delivery.  She has been employed by Oncor for over 38 years.  As Area Manager, she manages community relations within her assigned area and serves as the strategic contact to external audiences including cities and associated groups, individuals and legislators for issues regarding Oncor.  Her area of responsibility includes Rockwall County, Terrell and parts of Collin, Hunt and Van Zandt counties.

Tayem is a past Chairman of the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce and the Terrell Chamber of Commerce, and current President of the Rockwall ISD Education Foundation.  Over the years, she has also served as President of both the Rockwall and Terrell Rotary Clubs.  She is also on the board of Kaufman County United Way and the Terrell State Hospital Volunteer Services Council.  She is excited to be a new member of the Royse City Chamber board.

Cindy is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.  She and her husband, Alex, reside in McLendon-Chisholm.   They have two adult sons, Joe and Michael who live in the Dallas area

Glenn CapertonGlenn Caperton
Board Member
P: 214-607-1900

Glenn was born and raised in Dallas. He has one sister and a great, close knit family who live in Dallas and in the Texas Hill Country. He has been married for 29 years to his wonderful wife, Diane. They have two sons; Clark, graduated from Texas A&M University with his masters degree from the Bush school of government, and Joshua, is a junior at the University of North Texas majoring in chemistry and geology. Glenn likes to spend his free time with his wife and visiting his boys. He also enjoys fishing and hunting.

Glen attended Texas Tech University and was a Texas Tech Letterman in baseball. Being a life long people-person, he has enjoyed a sales and marketing career in various industries and is currently the sales and marketing coordinator for SERVPRO of Rockwall/Royse City.

Lakepointe Church of Rockwall and Mesquite are his long time home. He is active in Lakepointe's Soul Church, an outreach program for the homeless and is also a current board member of the Royse City Chamber of Commerce.


Dr Brad BakerDr. Brad Baker
Board Member
P: 972-635-9115

Dr. Brad Baker specializes in the treatment of spinal conditions and sports injuries without drugs or surgery. Dr. Baker was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin. He then attended the prestigious Parker University and graduated cum laude with a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. During his time at Parker University, Dr. Baker spent time in South America treating Olympic athletes preparing for the London Olympic Games. Before opening Baker Spine and Sport, he worked as an associate of Dr. Jeremy Schmid in Princeton, Texas.

Dr. Baker enjoys being able to serve the community of Royse City through being involved with the chamber of commerce and Rotary Club. Dr. Baker also enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and beautiful fiancé, Danna. He also likes to spend his free time outdoors playing golf or running with his two dogs, Burt and Bell.

Cathleen LewisCathleen Lewis
Board Member
P: 972-636-2108

Born in Mt. Vernon and raised on a Dairy Farm, gave "Cat" strong values and great work ethics. Her career in Real estate began in 2006, after being a teacher for 16 years.

Cat's background allows her the expertise needed to meet all areas of real estate; luxury, residential, investment, commercial, farm and ranch. She loves people and looks forward to meeting and helping her clients and maintaining friendships after their transactions are complete. Kathleen is very active in her community, she started and leads the HIV Ministry at Lakepointe, a member of Soroptimist International of Rockwall, an international non-profit organization of professional women helping women and girls in the community and internationally.

Stephanie ColemanStephanie Coleman
Board Member

Stephanie Coleman is a Royse City Graduate and has been in banking for over 28 years. She currently works for Guaranty Bank & Trust at the Royse City Location. This is Stephanie’s second time to serve as a Board Member for the Royse City Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys serving the community and takes great pride in Royse City.

Stephanie has been married for 25 years and has three awesome children; Tyler, Ryan & Macie. She loves the outdoors and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Lynette CoughlinLynette Coughlin
Board Member

Lynette Coughlin is the owner of Providence Place Bridal Shop in Rockwall, Texas.

Lynette previously worked 23 years for the Dallas Police Department, mostly spending her career as a detective in the Sexual Assault and Homicide Unit.  Lynette attended Dallas Baptist University and has a Master’s degree in Leadership/Management.  Lynette sits on the board and is past president of New Beginning Center, an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence.  She is a member and past president of Soroptimist International of Rockwall.

Lynette is married and has a son Kyle living in New York City.


Kari HollifieldKari Hollifield
Board Member
P: 214-564-2899

Kari has been a licensed agent since 1999 and has 5 years experience in downtown development/redevelopment, community development and has been an active member of the local Chamber of Commerce since 2000. Wife of 15 years to her soul mate and business partner David Hollifield and proud mom to 2 girls, Royse City has been their home since 1999.

She currently works in the residential, small commercial and acreage markets around the Dallas Metroplex. In addition to her primary markets: Rockwall, Hunt and Kaufman Counties, she also works the Dallas, North of Dallas and East of Dallas markets.

She enjoys marketing, professional networking and business development. Currently serving and having served on numerous boards and committees she appreciates team work, dynamic leadership and the power of working as a team to achieve the unimaginable.


Erin KinKaidErin KinKaid
Board Member
P: 972-834-9322

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.

Cristal CienfuegosCristal Cienfuegos
Board Member

Cristal Cienfuegos is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana but moved to McKinney, Texas in 1991 where she attended and graduated from McKinney High School in 1996. She moved to Dallas and attended community college while pursuing her continuing education and profession as a paralegal from 1999-2014.

After moving to Royse City, Cristal remains active with her 3 children Esmeralda, Cristian and Sebastian (who all attend Royse City ISD) and has volunteered her time by coaching sports, participating in school functions and serving as Treasurer for the Royse City Soccer Association.

After a few personal life changes, Cristal decided to choose family over career by changing professions and accepting a position as an event planner with Shenaniganz in Rockwall. She is excited to be a part of the board and is looking forward to assisting with the growth of the community!

Stuart BartStuart Bart
Board Member

Stuart Burt is the Chief Technology Officer for Royse City ISD.  Before coming to Royse City, he served as a technology director, instructional technology coordinator, HS math teacher, and coach. Stuart believes that technology is a crucial part of the education process and that students must be prepared for the technological future. He and his wife Karli are the proud parents of two sets of twins; Raeleigh and Audrey and Tucker and Parker. Together they live in Fate.


Larry HuddlestonLarry Huddleston
Board Member

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Judge Mark RussoMark Russo
Board Member
P: 214-793-2923

Mark Russo currently serves as Justice of the Peace, Precinct Three. He has served on the Rockwall City Council as well as numerous community boards and commissions. Judge Russo moved to Rockwall in 2004. He is married and has one son.