WHO’S WHO

The collaborative work of Prosper Waco initiative would not be possible without partners aligning their contributions to the community’s goals, Leadership Council members supporting the efforts of the initiative and guiding the backbone staff, the Board of Directors for providing governance and vision for the Prosper Waco initiative, and the backbone staff convening and facilitating the cross-sector groups. Use the menu below to learn more about who is involved in the initiative.

Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas
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Lowe’s of Waco
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Family Abuse Center
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Waco Housing Authority & Affiliates
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Restoration Haven, Inc.
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HOT Regional Advisory Council
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Skillpoint Alliance – Waco
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Texas Health & Human Services – Office of Minority Health Statistics and Engagement
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Hiz House Ministries
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STARS Mentoring Project
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Texas Hunger Initiative
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Waco Hippodrome
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Texas Tech University – Waco
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Mayborn Museum Complex
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Midway ISD
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United Way of Waco-McLennan County
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Waco Habitat for Humanity
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Methodist Children’s Home
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Susan G. Komen – East Central Texas
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Matthew Polk, PhD, MBA
Executive Director

Dr. Matthew Polk is a graduate of Baylor University and holds a PhD from Harvard University and a MBA from Baylor. Before joining Prosper Waco, he served as superintendent of Rapoport Academy Public School, a public charter school district in Waco. Polk is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Waco and a member of the Waco Rotary Club. Matthew and his wife Kristen live in the heart of the Waco community with their children, Nate, Abby, Anna and Theo.

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Education Service Center Region 12
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Tarleton State University
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McLennan County
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Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce
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Aramark
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Act Locally Waco
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Waco Downtown Farmers Market
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Cargill
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Youth Connection Waco
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Urban Gardening Coalition
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World Hunger Relief, Inc.
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KWKT – Fox 44 News
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Oh My Juice
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The First National Bank of Central Texas
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NAMI Waco
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The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation
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La Vega ISD
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The Shepherd’s Heart
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Meals on Wheels Waco
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STARRY
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Texas State Technical College
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The Salvation Army of Waco
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Extraco Banks
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Domtar Personal Care
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The Cove
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Compassion Ministries
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Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
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Community Bank & Trust
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Christian Men’s Job Corps
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Christian Women’s Job Corps
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Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries, Inc.
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Care Net of Central Texas
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Cooper Foundation
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Mission Waco, Mission World
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Family Health Center
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CASA of McLennan County
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Connally ISD Career Tech – ECHS
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Providence Healthcare Network
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Hobbs Bonded Fibers
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Heart of Texas Region MHMR
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Jack Of All Trades
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Cenikor
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Enrich Seniors
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SmartBabies Initiative
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Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Hillcrest
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City of Waco
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Waco-McLennan County Public Health District
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Communities in Schools
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Waco Community Development
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Live Well Waco
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Wells Fargo
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Waco ISD
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Nurse-Family Partnership
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HOPES
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Caritas of Waco
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Junior League of Waco
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Klaras Children’s Center ECI
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Center for Occupational Research & Development
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Waco ISD – Parents as Teachers
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McLennan Community College
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YMCA of Central Texas
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Talitha Koum
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Waco Foundation
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Baylor University
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Pat Atkins
President

Pat Atkins is President of the Waco ISD Board of Trustees and has practiced law in Waco for more than 20 years and is a partner in the law firm of Tekell & Atkins, L.L.P.

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Virginia DuPuy
Secretary

Virginia DuPuy, President and CEO of DuPuy Oxygen, served as Waco’s mayor from 2005-2010. Between 2000 and 2005, she served as a Chair of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, President of the Workforce Board and the Waco Business League, during which time she discerned the need for a new community visioning process and a business perspective on the City Council.

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Tom Stanton
Treasurer

Tom Stanton is currently the Executive Director of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation. Stanton's executive career has spanned more than 40 years beginning with American Broadcasting Company subsidiary Word Incorporated and as Baylor University’s Athletic Director.

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Bill Clifton
President-Elect

Bill Clifton is the president of the Clifton Group, an investment management firm. Bill is a native Wacoan and is active in various civic activities such as the Waco-McLennan County Economic Development Corporation and the Family Health Center. Bill graduated from Duke University (BA, Economics) and earned a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Ramona Curtis

Ramona Curtis, MA, is the Director for Community Engagement & Initiatives at Baylor University. Ms. Curtis has received numerous other awards including the most recently awarded Baylor University’s Diversity Enhancement Award. Ms. Curtis is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she serves as the chair for the Healthy Soul Food Cooking Demonstration, Policy and Procedures Committee, and International Awareness Trust. 

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Malcolm Duncan, Jr.

Malcolm Duncan, Jr. served as Waco’s mayor from 2012-2016. He has served on the boards of the Waco-McLennan County Health District, Waco-McLennan County Library Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, and Waco Business League. Additionally, he worked on the city’s Planning and Zoning Committee. He is currently the president of Duncan Motors, Inc. of Waco, and has been a prominent figure in the Freightliner and automotive sales industry.

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Dr. Roland Goertz

Dr. Goertz is the CEO of the three foundations that support and oversee all operations of the Heart of Texas Community Health Center, Inc. (Waco Family Health Center). He currently chairs the Family Medicine Residency Advisory Committee of The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and is a member of the local City/County Public Health Board and Regional MHMR Board.

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Dr. Marcus Nelson

A. Marcus Nelson, Ed.D., became the Chief Executive Officer and Superintendent of Schools for the Waco Independent School District in 2017. Prior to his current position, Dr. Nelson served as the Chief Executive Officer and Superintendent of Schools for the Laredo Independent School District where he was named the 2014 Superintendent of the Year for the state by the Texas Association of School Boards.  

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Reverend CJ Oliver

Rev. CJ Oliver recently retired as being Senior Pastor of Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church Waco, Inc. He has been very instrumental in working with community organizations in order to better the greater Waco population. He is the founder of B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S of Waco, Inc. His favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 which states, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

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Glenn Robinson

Glenn Robinson has been the President of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest since September 2007. He has more than 30 years experience in hospital and healthcare management, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and has received several professional awards. Glenn serves on a number of national and state healthcare boards, including the AHA Regional Policy Board.

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Alfred Solano

Alfred Solano was raised in Waco and is a graduate of Texas State Technical College. He is a Major Accounts Manager at Texas Document Solutions Inc. in Waco. His community activities include currently serving as the Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of the Hillcrest Health System, Inc., and Prosper Waco. 

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Sarah Guajardo
South Waco

Sarah Guajardo was born and raised in Waco, Texas. She is a lifelong resident of South Waco and graduated from University High School. She currently works as an administrative assistant at the Mercedes Benz of Waco. Sarah received her Certificates in Secretarial Training and Medical Secretary from McLennan Community College. She currently serves as a member and former secretary of La Benemerita Sociedad Mutualista Mexicana De Jornaleros (Mutualista) and as a member of Mighty Wind Worship Center.

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1SG (Ret.) Leonard Montelongo Jr.
South Waco

1SG (Ret.) Leonard Montelongo Jr. was born and raised in Waco, Texas. He attended all Waco ISD schools growing up and is a graduate of University High School. He served in the United States Army just shy of 23 years and is currently the Senior Army Instructor for JROTC at University High School. He is a member of the American G I Forum and the American Legion of McLennan County. He earned his bachelor’s degree from National Louis University in McLean, Virginia.

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Chela Rosas
North Waco

Heracelia Rosas was born in Mexico and is a mother of five children. She obtained her degree as an elementary teacher, became a Spanish teacher and holds a masters in education. She currently works as a librarian at Brook Avenue Elementary School and as an instructor in Adult Education ESL through MCC.

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Reverend CJ Oliver
North Waco

Rev. CJ Oliver recently retired as being Senior Pastor of Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church Waco, Inc. He has been very instrumental in working with community organizations in order to better the greater Waco population. He is the founder of B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S of Waco, Inc. His favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 which states, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

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Minister Sandra Henry
East Waco

Min. Sandra Henry serves as an associate minister at Abundant Love Fellowship Church in Waco. She is currently serving as the Education Ministry and Mission Ministry Director. She is an honorably discharged veteran from the United States Army with four years of active service. Min. Henry and her church developed the Book Club and Mentorship at J.H. Hines Elementary School with the help of Waco Community Development in the school year of 2013-2014.

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Ruth Graham
East Waco

Ruth Graham is proud to claim her hometown as Waco! She has spent the adulthood of her life in the medical field. The latter part of her career was spent as a traveling nurse. While she was a traveling nurse, she taught medical students in central Africa. This indelible and illuminating experience opened her mind to what could be done in Waco. She strives to teach, educate and improve the Waco culture.

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Ashley Allison
Waco Foundation
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Elaine Botello
Waco ISD
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Libby Cain
Extraco Banks
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Juan Carreon
Hiz House Ministries
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Dustin Chapman
McLennan County
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Kris Collins
Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce
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Malcolm Duncan, Jr.
Prosper Waco Board of Directors
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Sarah Elliott
Aramark
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Deidra Emerson
City of Waco
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Dr. Jon Engelhardt (Ret.)
Baylor University
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Felicia Goodman
Cooper Foundation
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Ruth Graham
Prosper Waco CEC
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Dr. Frank Graves
McLennan Community College
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Dr. Jackson Griggs
Family Health Center
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Dr. Rich Haskett
Providence Hospital
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Sandra Henry
Prosper Waco CEC
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Dr. Fred Hills
McLennan Community College
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Milet Hopping
Waco Public Housing Authority
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Adam Hutchison
Texas State Technical College
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Janet Jones
Waco-McLennan County Public Health District
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Dr. George Kazanas
Midway ISD
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John Kinnaird
Community Bank & Trust
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Dr. Mary Konrad
Waco ISD
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Shirley Langston
Prosper Waco Board of Directors
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Matt Meadors
Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce
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Dr. Jim Morrison
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Hillcrest
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Barbara Mosacchio
United Way of Waco-McLennan County
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Cuevas Peacock
Waco CDC
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Alfred Solano
Texas Document Solutions
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Tom Thomas
Heart of Texas Region MHMR
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Ashley Thornton
Baylor University
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John Tipton
Wells Fargo
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Scott Vernon
Domtar Personal Care
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Lisa Ware
Cattleya Foundation of Hope
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Ashley Weaver
Waco Foundation
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Dr. Yara William
Waco-McLennan County Public Health District
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Sherry Williams
Waco-McLennan County Public Health District
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Brittany Fitz-Chapman, PhD
Director of Data & Research

Brittany is a graduate of Baylor University and holds two master’s degrees and a PhD in Sociology from Baylor University. She has engaged in community research in Waco and has published professional articles about what makes communities strong. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their two puppies!

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Liz Ligawa
Director of Community Engagement

Although Liz is not a native to Waco, she has lived in the Waco community for almost 20 years. She recently graduated from Baylor University with her Master of Social Work and Master of Divinity. The focus of her graduate studies in social work was community practice. Liz has a second grader at Rapoport Academy and they enjoy activities that include ice cream, burgers and board games!

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Christina Helmick
Director of Communication

Christina is a graduate of Baylor University with a BA in Journalism, Public Relations & New Media and is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration through Tarleton State. She is originally from Washington, D.C., but is proud to call Waco her home. Christina sits on the Board of Directors for Waco Habitat for Humanity and serves as a community advisor for Junior League of Waco. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching Baylor football. Sic ’em Bears!

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Jillian Jones
Initiative Coordinator

Jillian is a graduate of Baylor University with a BA in Political Science. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a native Wacoan, she enjoys spending time at the lake, running, and hanging out with her many local family members.

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Destinie Mangrum
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Evan Hebert
Program Coordinator, CampusTown Waco Initiative

Evan is a December 2016 graduate of Baylor University with a degree in Corporate Communication. He is a Waco native, and is excited to have a hand in the development of the downtown Waco area. Evan is actively involved in the Waco Men’s Soccer League and is passionate about all things Waco and Baylor.

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Cassidy Helm
Marketing & Communication Intern

Cassidy is from Lubbock, Texas and is a senior at Baylor University. She is currently studying journalism with a focus on public relations and marketing. She is excited to further her involvement around Waco and looks forward to helping make the community a better place.

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