Sustainable Economic Development Roundtable Bios

Cedar Valley College will host a FREE day of roundtables on March 22, 2019 to discuss sustainable economic development in Southern Dallas and Northern Ellis counties. Register in advance for what promises to be enlightening and productive discussions.

The event will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in Building M, Rooms M121 and M122. Lunch is included. To register, please click here. For more information, contact Dr. Maria Boccalandro at 972-860-5204.

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Nicole O. Fontayne-Bárdowell
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, DART

Nicole Fontayne-Bárdowell was promoted to Chief Administrative Officer in June 2018 having demonstrated impressive leadership as the Chief Information Officer since June 2014. She has led the way in expanding the use of technology to enhance the customer experience and increase operational efficiency at DART.

She joined DART with more than 17 years of experience as a Chief Information Officer and Director of IT with large jurisdictions such as Broward County, FL and City of Detroit, MI. She is an accomplished and results driven senior IT and business transformation executive with over twenty years of diversified, industry experience. In addition, she provided consulting services to Fortune 500 organizations.

Mrs. Bárdowell is providing executive oversight to the Human Capital, Marketing and Communications, Procurement and Technology Departments. In her new role Fontayne-Bárdowell will play an instrumental role in developing DART’s strategy and execution towards creating new urban mobility management solutions for North Texans.

Prior to DART, Fontayne-Bárdowell was an Engagement Manager with Everest Group, a boutique, global management consulting firm based in Dallas, focusing on strategy and transformation on highly complex projects with leading companies.

Mrs. Bárdowell has an undergraduate degree from Roosevelt University of Chicago and a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has attended Harvard University Executive Education Programs for IT.

Volunteer activities

Mrs. Fontayne-Bárdowell believes in active involvement in her community. She has a long track record of volunteering for organizations that focus on growth, development and empowerment of women. In addition, she is active as a volunteer Texas qualified mediator.

Mrs. Fontayne-Bárdowell is a recognized executive level speaker on key issues and topics important to business and information technology on a national level.

​Nicole O. Fontayne-Bárdowell

Tiana Lightfoot-Svendsen
Environmental Sustainability Manager at City of Garland

As a child, Tiana was inspired to become an environmentalist by the animated adventures of "Captain Planet." Now, she is applying lessons learned from the TV show in her work as a professional “planeteer.”

Serving as an environmental guru for the City of Garland, Tiana strives to educate the community on actions they can take to maximize materials and reduce landfill impact.

Before joining the City in the summer of 2016, she worked for academic, medical and corporate institutions as an educator and green-collar professional. Tiana holds an Associate’s Degree from Cedar Valley College, a B.A. and M.A. from SMU. She is a Certified Practitioner of Zero Waste Principles & Practices and holds and credentials as LEED AP in EB+OM and BD+C.

Tiana Lightfoot-Svendsen

Dale Crownover
President & CEO, Texas Nameplate Company

TNC is a 40-person, family-owned business that makes nameplates for the identification of products and equipment to the end customer. TNC's website is provides visionary leadership for TNC to receive, among others: (1) the Texas Quality Award in 1996 (the smallest company to have received such an honor); (2) ISO 9001-2008, Quality Management System, Certification; (3) ISO 14001-2004, Environmental Management System, Certification; (4) the 1997 Texas Business of the Year award from the Texas Association of Businesses and Chambers of Commerce (TABCC); (5) the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in Small Business in 1998 and 2004. TNC was the first small business to achieve the Baldrige Award twice; and the smallest business to ever be recognized. Texas Nameplate was also granted a patent (#8540285 B1) in 2013 for chemical etched two dimensional matrix symbols and has two other patents pending 1) for a system and method of by-product removal from a metal substrate. 2) method and system for securing an RFID pipe tracker.

Dale Crownover
Racheal M. Hill

City of Lancaster, Council Member, District 5

Racheal Hill is an experienced operations manufacturing professional, space enthusiast and civic leader. She specializes in developing organizational continuous improvement strategies that build capability, provide innovative solutions, and create high performing teams.   She is employed by McCormick & Co., Inc. in which she is a graduate of the prestigious Emerging Leadership Program.  Racheal received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tuskegee University.  She earned her Master's of Business Administration from Texas A&M University – Commerce.  Racheal is passionate about educating youth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Racheal is a recipient of McCormick's Community Service Award, in which she was recognized by the CEO and Board of Directors for her dedication to STEM education at the company's annual shareholders meeting in 2017 and in the official McCormick global publication, People Magazine.  

Her passion for space, along with STEM outreach and education led to her being selected to serve as a Solar System Ambassador for the NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), in which she has the distinction of being the first African American female in the State of Texas to join this prestigious panel of volunteer space enthusiasts.  Racheal has partnered with municipalities, Independent School Districts and non-profits in the southern sector of Dallas County to host events and give presentations that focus on the solar system and space exploration with an emphasis on STEM educational activities for minority and disadvantaged youth in grades K-12.  Notably, in January 2016, Racheal was recognized by a resolution from the Dallas County Commissioners Court for her commitment to STEM outreach in Dallas County.  In June 2018, the "I Need My Space" outreach program that Racheal created for the Lancaster, TX public library was mentioned in NASA JPL correspondence to the White House and highlighted as a programming best practice for libraries.

Racheal has served on numerous panels that focus on women in STEM and has presented at various conferences for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).  While serving as the Professional Development Chair for the NSBE DFW chapter, Racheal, an X-ray visionary, had the foresight to launch the Inaugural Hidden Figures of Dallas: Top Women of Color in STEM award.  This award recognized women of color who have excelled in STEM professions.  In parallel to this, Racheal led efforts to host the Hidden Figures of Dallas STEM outreach events for girls that included building rockets, rocket launchers, making altitude trackers and the calculation of altitude.

Racheal is an elected official in The City of Lancaster, TX and is presently serving as the Council member for District 5.  Additionally, she has served as the Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission, a member of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan Committee, a member of the Cedar Valley College Presidential Search Advisory Committee and graduate

Racheal Hill

​David Buggs
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Texas Parks and Wildlife

Mr. Buggs is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), an agency of the state of Texas.  He earned his MBA from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and a B.S. in Marketing from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  His role is developing and managing the execution of TPWD’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy.  David is an accomplished cultural compliance and management professional with years of experience in the area of relationship building, leadership development, mentoring, training and executive coaching.  David also provides insight on behavior management, cultural understanding, multigenerational management, and ethical and government compliance.

David Buggs

Tamara Cook
Senior Program Manager of Environment and Development, North Central Texas Council of Governments

Tamara Cook is a Senior Program Manager of Environment and Development at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Environment and Development Department. Tamara has been with NCTCOG since 2004.

Tamara currently manages programs and projects related to a variety of sustainability topics including: water resources and conservation, water quality, flood risk reduction, public works, stormwater, waste management, energy-efficiency, building codes, and development excellence.

Tamara previously managed programs related to long-range transportation planning, Environmental Justice and Title VI analysis; integration of conservation planning into the transportation planning process; and, compatible land use surrounding the Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base. She also has previous work experience in air quality, alternative fuels, and emission reduction strategies.

Tamara is a member of the American Planning Association and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. Tamara is a LEED Green Associate and recently earned certification as a Sustainability Associate from the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.

Tamara received her Bachelor's Degree from Texas Christian University, majoring in Environmental Science.  She subsequently received a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Environmental Planning from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Tamara currently serves as the Director of the Texas APA Midwest Section. She also volunteers her time at her daughter's school as a Room Mom; plays the violin in the all-volunteer Coppell Community Orchestra; and serves as the Special Award Coordinator for the Future City Competition North Texas.

Tamara Cook

​Terrence Maiden
Founder, CEO & Managing Partner, Russell Glen

Terrence Maiden founded Russell Glen in 2018.  As CEO and Managing Partner, he draws on more than two decades of real estate experience to lead and inspire the company.  Terrence is widely recognized for his leadership and vision in the commercial real estate development industry.  He has poured his energy, creativity and expertise in the development and leasing of over two-million square feet of commercial space. 

Before founding Russell Glen Terrence gained valuable experience as Executive Vice President at Corinth Properties, a Dallas based development and investment company.  He was at the forefront of implementing the growth strategy for the company, as a real estate owner and developer. Terrence's most notable projects at Corinth were Glen Oaks Crossings, The Canyon in Oak Cliff, Alexan West Dallas, Red Oak Crossings, RedBird, and the redevelopment of Sears at Richardson Square Mall.  Terrence began his real estate career with The Woodmont Company, spending several years project leasing and developing projects throughout Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and North Dakota.  He subsequently worked within corporate real estate at three well recognized companies, Panda Restaurant Group (Panda Express), PIADA Street Italian Food,  and Panera, LLC (Panera Bread/Paradise Bakery). During Terrence's three-year tenure with Panda, he was the top producer, accounting for over 60 restaurant openings. Terrence was also the recipient for the 2004 Panda IMPACT Award, 2004 Most Store Openings Award, and 2005 Most Store Openings Award. At Panera Bread, Terrence served as the Director of Real Estate, responsible for managing Panera's real estate development efforts and opening over 95 company/franchise cafes throughout the central United States, including 11 states.

Terrence Maiden received a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree from Texas Christian University, where he and his identical twin brother were standout football players for the Horned Frogs. He is actively involved in several professional and civic organizations in Dallas and Fort Worth, including Mayor Star Council, Coalition of African American Professionals and Organizations (Co-Chair), Real Estate Council (Board of Directors), Urban Land Institute, Texas Christian University National Board (Former Vice President – National Alumni Board), Texas Christian University Legacy Committee, International Council of Shopping Centers, Dallas Black Dance Theater (Board Member), and many more. In 2005, Terrence co-founded Two Wins Foundation with twin brother Tim. Two Wins Foundations is a non-profit organization that invests thousands of dollars within inner communities through educational and community revitalization programs.

In 2014, Terrence was the recipient of the Thomas L. Houston Award for his community service and 40 under Forty by Dallas Business Journal.  In 2015, he along with his identical twin brother were inducted in Texas Christian University's Hall of Fame.  In 2018 Terrence received the President's Award from Dallas NAACP and in 2019 was named Community Impact Power Broker of the Year by D CEO Magazine.  Both Terrence and Tim were recognized by WFAA (ABC News) and Cadillac for Shaping DFW. Terrence is also a featured writer for D Magazine's CEO Real Estate Daily.

Terrence Maiden
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