Committee Members

 

RRH Chair – Barbara Berthold  is a Lecturer of German at The University of Texas at Arlington. Helping people and organizations grow is her passion and she has been described as a bridge builder between cultures. After moving to Texas in the spring of 2006, Barbara has embraced volunteerism and served her community in various leadership roles. She is a member of Altrusa International, a Past President of the Richardson Adult Literacy Center Board of Directors and currently serves on the Board of the Richardson Friends of the Library. She is a graduate of Leadership Richardson Class XXVI and the NTX Business Council for the Arts Leadership Arts Institute. Barbara is a certified teacher and holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education from the University of Bremen, as well as, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Dallas Center for Nonprofit Management.

 

Bill Zeigler retired from Rockwell Collins after serving 38 years as an electrical engineer, marketing manager and program manager. In those roles, he oversaw the development and delivery of strategic and tactical communications systems primarily for the U.S. military but customers included international customers as well.

Since retiring, he has become active in volunteer activities relating to the Richardson community. He is President of the Richardson East Rotary, on the board for: Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Real Heroes, and the Waterview Neighborhood Assoc. Mr. Zeigler holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree in electrical engineering, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from SMU.

Tom Brooks has been a Richardson volunteer and business owner in the city since 1984 when he opened Alphagraphics, a design, printing and marketing services company. Tom sold that business in 2013, but has continued volunteer work in Richardson. In 2014, he started TommyWrites, a content writing and marketing consultancy. Tom has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Baylor University and a master’s from the Kiplinger Program of Public Affairs Reporting at Ohio State University. Before opening Alphagraphics, Tom spent 12 years with United Press International, the international news agency, as a reporter, editor and marketing representative. While at Alphagraphics, Tom provided printing and related products to many Richardson nonprofit organizations at no or reduced cost. He is a past president and current board member of the Richardson East Rotary Club and is on the Leadership Richardson Advisory Board. He is a graduate of Leadership Richardson Class XXVII and Leadership Plano Class VI.

Reuben Pratt is a Director at Karen Dillard College Prep, where he assists students get ready for college, by preparing them for the PSAT, SAT and ACT. For 15 years, he has volunteered at Richardson High School with Junior Achievement program, where he teaches the Success Skills Program to the Co-op students.  The students work on real-life skills to get that first job.  They develop interview skills and prepare a resume, leading to a Mock Interview Day, where each student gets an opportunity to walk thru a “real” interview with a volunteer with real world experience in hiring. At First Baptist Church Richardson, Reuben serves as a Deacon and teaches the 10th Grade Sunday School class. Reuben also tutors Math, Science and Study Skills to students in the area. He has lived in the Richardson area for almost 30 year.  Reuben has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Southwest Baptist University and graduate Marketing degree from Southern Methodist University – Cox School of Business.  He has two grown daughters living in the area.

Greg Immel was born in Colorado but considers himself a Texan having lived here since 1972. He worked primarily in the financial field focusing on corporate credit, credit consultant, marketing and sales. His work taught him how to deal with all forms of people in all stages of life and how to address their needs and resolve issues. Greg earned a BS in Economics with minors in Accounting and Finance.

He has been active with his HOA for many years and the Master Gardener’s Organization of Collin County. He also supports many other organizations needing a helping hand, concentrating on addressing the needs of the elders in our community.

His strength has been wife Sue and their two children, Erin and Stephen.  Both have excelled in academics and sports and now in their work. They also have four
grandchildren. He is also looking forward to 2017 when Sue plans to retire.

Carole Harris is Director of Event Planning and Secretary for the Richardson Real Heroes Committee.  Director on the Richardson Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (RCPAAA) Board.  Since then she has added a Texas born son-in- law and two grandchildren to the family.

Carole retired as an office manager for the Family Practice of Richard P. Townsend,  M.D. and Robert K. Dyo, M.D.

Throughout 4 moves to as many states, she has volunteered as a remedial reading and math tutor with several school districts.  She has volunteered with the Richardson Independent School District, American Red Cross and is currently an active member of Volunteers in Police Service and served as Membership Director on the Richardson Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (RCPAAA) Board.

Stan Bradshaw serves as Chief Executive of US Freedom Capital. A recognized entrepreneurial leader, Mr. Bradshaw founded a technology company in Dallas, Texas with peak employment of over 160 and multiple manufacturing locations across the USA. Mr. Bradshaw has been recognized by numerous independent organizations including, five time recognition as a Dallas 100 company and four time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist. Mr. Bradshaw founded The Bradshaw Group in 1990 and successfully guided the firm to $350 Million in revenue over 22 years.

Katherine S Heick has resided in Richardson’s Canyon Creek area for 44 years. Husband, Clem, and two adult children.

Kathy’s volunteer experience includes: Junior League of Richardson, Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Family Outreach of Richardson/Plano, Women In Network, Youth Village, Wild Ride Against Cancer Volunteer Coordinator; and numerous Dallas and Plano nonprofits.

Professional background: Retired Social Worker with professional experience working with the Little Rock and Denver Public Schools, Children’s Aid Society in Pennsylvania and Alabama, Assistant Director at Neighborhood Youth Services & The Volunteer Center of North Texas and Dallas County Juvenile Department Volunteer Coordinator.

Joining the RRH Committee for 2018

 

Manasseh Durkin of Durkin Enterprises, LLC is a second generation general contractor who has worked in all aspects of commercial and residential construction projects since 2003.

In 2013, Manasseh moved to Richardson, and began to expand his business and team in the surrounding areas by offering exceptional service and dedicating himself to becoming personally and professionally involved in his surrounding communities.

Manasseh demonstrates leadership by example and hopes to share his vision for community growth for generations to come with his active participation in the local community.

Laurie Garvie is the Executive Director and President of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Laurie is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, where she majored in Communications. She worked at the JCPenney Home Office for 22 years, holding positions in Advertising, Buying, and Product Development. She currently serves as President of Friends of the Richardson Library, Elder at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, and Corresponding Secretary for P.E.O. Chapter EZ. She is also on the Leadership Richardson Advisory Board and the Junior League of Richardson Advisory Board. Laurie is a graduate of Leadership Richardson Class XXIX.

Laurie and husband, Martin, have lived in Richardson for 21 years. Their son, Evan, is a computer programmer. Daughter, Elizabeth, attends the University of British Columbia.