GRACE has some amazing staff members who are graduating this year from various leadership programs across our community, and we want to highlight their astonishing accomplishments!

Grant Writer, Kristina Davis, Operations Manager, LaMon Walker, and Food Pantry Manager, Marcus Miranda, are all graduating from Leadership Grapevine. Leadership Grapevine is a program of the city of Grapevine and the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce that offers an educational experience designed to develop an awareness of the city, its relationship with the DFW Metroplex and to provide personal leadership training. This year’s class included 30 individuals who had the opportunity to experience the behind the scenes look of the city of Grapevine. From visiting the Gaylord to speaking with the City Manager, these individuals learned much from this nine-month program. “Leadership Grapevine was a unique experience,” said Kristina. “I got to see the behind-the-scenes operations of, what I think, is the best city in Texas and develop relationships with an incredible group of people.”

Donation Station and GRACEful- e Manager, Dorcas Holloway, graduated from Leadership HEB last Friday. Leadership HEB is a program for the development of community leaders in the Hurst, Euless, and Bedford areas. During the program, participants have the opportunity to learn more about the community while participating in team building activities that they can apply to all areas of life. Dorcas says the program was one of the smartest decisions she has made. “This program is one of the best things that I have ever done,” Dorcas admitted. “I have learned more about my community and have made lifelong friends.”

Seasonal Programs Coordinator, Beth Chernik and Transitional Housing Manager, Martisha Smith will graduate from Leadership Southlake next week. Leadership Southlake is a dynamic and fun way to learn about the growing city of Southlake and the people who made it what it is today. Individuals participate in this 10 month program and study topics that affect our quality of life. Participants also partake in various activities, including professional development courses, leadership training and networking events. The program ends with a group project designed to bring awareness to what’s happening in the community. This year, the class put on the Taste of Southlake event in March. “Being a part of Leadership Southlake has been very pleasing,” Beth revealed. “I was able to learn more about my community, network with many individuals while also having a good ole time.”

Congratulations to all of the graduates across our community. You have learned more about your community and have shown great leadership throughout this journey. Continue to rise to the occasion and lead your community with pride!