Participants prepare to increase their leadership capabilities
ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Round Rock Chamber today announced the 2020 Leadership Round Rock and Ascend participants. The chamber’s leadership programs are designed to help current and emerging leaders understand the dynamics of the community and the role leadership plays in its long-term success. Graduates emerge from the program with an unprecedented level of community awareness as well as insights that they can apply in the workplace. By developing a strong and diverse pool of community leaders, the chamber is ensuring that Round Rock’s future will meet or exceed its successful past.
The 2020 Leadership Round Rock class consists of:
Kolbi Andresen, YMCA of Greater Williamson County
Taylor Buchanan, Community Impact Newspaper
James “Jim” Burke, Wells Fargo Bank
Julie Burton, Willow Real Estate, LLC
Elaine Childress, A+ Federal Credit Union
Zachary Flores, Don Quick & Associates, Inc.
Jessica Gonzalez, The Ring
Celina Henry, Baylor Scott and White Health Round Rock
Tyler Humes, Lott Brothers
Layne Kohlhoff, Atmos Energy
Brian Kuhn, City of Round Rock
Alvin Lankford, Williamson Central Appraisal District
Justinamarie Mojica, Affiliated Bank
Jessica Mosman, Financial Integrated Solutions
Jodee OBrien, United Way of Williamson County
Lisa Pierce-Jones, City of Round Rock
Antonio Prete, Waeltz & Prete
Mark Sabella, Halff Associates, Inc.
Tiffany Sturman, Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center
Matthew Teifke, TRE Homes
Ella Thorpe, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center
Wesley “Wes” Tidwell, Ascension Seton Williamson
Nicholas Turner, Dell Technologies, Inc.
Christine Valdovino, City of Round Rock
Edward Youmans, Pizza Delight
“Our leadership programs are an important component of the chamber’s talent development efforts.” said Amy Mizcles, the chamber’s vice president of community enhancement. “We look forward to watching this cohort of participants grow in their knowledge of Round Rock and strengthen their already stellar abilities to positively impact our city.”
Leadership Round Rock consists of ten, full-day sessions occurring from January through December. Past participants are serving in roles ranging from CEOs to elected officials. The program sets the tone for responding to change by challenging participants to identify their own passions, take ownership of their surroundings, and get involved in making a difference.
Ascend is a young professional program that develops a pipeline of leaders for Round Rock through four pillars; personal development, community engagement, peer-to-peer, and community impact.
The 2020 Ascend class consists of:
Garrett Blount, Watkins Insurance Group
Deana Cavanaugh, Lott Brothers Construction Company
Tyler Deck, Deck Law Firm PLLC
Charles Gaines, Abilene Christian University
Claire Mackowiak, Baylor Scott & White – Round Rock
Regina Munson, Anchor-Ventana Glass
Lucia Murguia, Garver
Aneil Naik, City of Round Rock
Amy Norris, Edward Jones
Benedict Patrick, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Amin Salahuddin, EIXSYS, LLC
William “Trey” Swor III, Joeris General Contractors
Jonathan Voight, VeraBank
Charles Waters, Bancorp South
Brad Wiseman, City of Round Rock
“The chamber extends our congratulations to these community leaders, and we thank them for the commitment of time they will dedicate this year,” said Jason Ball, the chamber’s president and CEO. “The business community recognizes that leadership development programs like Leadership Round Rock and Ascend reduce turnover. Employees that participate generally remain in their company and are more satisfied in their community, and engage in other professional and philanthropic organizations.”