Collin County Citizens Appointed to Boards and Commissions

March 17, 2021

News . Appointments

I’m pleased to announce the appointment of several Collin County citizens to serve on various volunteer boards and commissions. The Commissioners Court received applications from scores of tremendously talented and experienced applicants, and I’m grateful to each person who demonstrated a willingness to serve our community. The following appointments are effective immediately:

  • Anne Bramlett: LifePath Systems Board
  • Kacie Braxley: Child Protective Services Board
  • Dorothy Culham: Child Protective Services Board
  • Matt Duncan: LifePath Systems Board
  • Candace Fountoulakis: Historical Commission
  • Brian Dale: Health Care Foundation Advisory Board
  • Joy Gough: Historical Commission
  • Ginger Herrick: Child Protective Services Board
  • Doug Kowalski: LifePath Systems Board
  • Deanna Kuykendall: Child Protective Services Board
  • Dianne McCall: Child Protective Services Board
  • Douglas Reece: Planning Board
  • Paula Ross: Historical Commission
  • Janet Stovall: Historical Commission
  • Janet Thatcher: Historical Commission
  • Carson Underwood: Parks Foundation Advisory Board
  • Cindy Wheeler: Health Care Foundation Advisory Board
  • Sammy Yang: Planning Board

Dorothy Culham (“Dot”) has been appointed to her second term on Collin County’s Child Protective Services Board. Dot has a real passion for abused and neglected children, and sees her service on the CPS Board as an opportunity to assist the wonderful families who step up to the plate to take loving care of these kids. Dot is a trial attorney with the Dallas litigation boutique of Carter Arnett, PLLC. Prior to joining Carter Arnett, Dot had over 30 years’ experience in litigation, first as a partner in the now dissolved firm of Johnson & Swanson and then 7 years as a solo practioner, then 16 years in-house with American Airlines, EDS, HP, and Dell Services. She also volunteers with Northwest Texas Legal Aid and the Dallas Police Department C.O.P.S. program (Citizens Offering Police Support). Dot graduated from LaRoche University in Pittsburgh, PA with a degree in administration and management and from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she also served as Articles Editor for the Law Review. Dot moved to Collin County when she married Wil in 1984, and they have one son who is also an attorney. Appointed by Commissioner Duncan Webb.

Brian Dale began his career in 2001 as a banking officer/risk management manager. He started his current career at Commercial Bank of Texas, N.A. in 2012 as Vice President of Commercial Lending in Allen, TX. He was promoted to North Texas Market President in 2014 and currently oversees the North Texas region for CBTx, which covers four banking centers, located in Allen, Bedford, Lewisville, and Farmersville. Prior to this appointment, Dale served as Risk Management Banking Officer, Underwriting officer, VP of Commercial Lending and as a Senior Credit Analyst at banks in McKinney. He has 20 years of banking experience, including Commercial Real Estate, C&I, and Agricultural Lending. Dale is involved in his community and spends much of his time attending and participating in community events. He has served as Chairman of the City of McKinney Housing Finance Board from 2012-2015 and the Collin County Commissioners Court appointed him in 2013-2021 to serve on Collin County Boards & Commissions Parks Foundation Advisory Board, which he Chaired. He has served on the Collin County Health Care Foundation Advisory board since January 2014. He has been serving as treasurer for the Foundation for Lovejoy School District since 2016 and has recently been appointed by the City of Lucas to the Board of Adjustments. He has also served on the board of Circle Ten Council. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a BS in Business and Finance. Brian also graduated from the Graduate School of Banking program at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. He resides in Lucas with his wife, Robin, and their two children, Nolan and Ella. In his down time, he enjoys going to his kids’ sporting events and activities. Appointed by Commissioner Darrell Hale.

Matt Duncan currently serves as Executive Vice President, Senior Risk Officer at Independent Financial based in McKinney, Texas. A graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Matt has been a community banker for over 25 years and is a graduate of the SW Graduate School of Banking at SMU as well as the RMA/Wharton Advanced Risk Management Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Matt is a servant leader in the community and has volunteered his time and talents to a number of organizations over the years, including Allen Community Outreach, Avenues Counseling, McKinney Rotary Foundation, and LifePath Systems. He resides in Plano, Texas with his wife Sharon and their daughter. Appointed by Commissioner Duncan Webb.

Candace Fountoulakis is a long-time resident of Plano and has promoted the cause of historic preservation in Texas since she helped rescue from neglect the 1847 Young Cemetery in 2008. Working with the Texas Historical Commission’s programs for historic cemeteries, Candace expanded her reach to other burial grounds in Plano and other parts of Collin County. Trees and native plants have long been a focus for Candace since leaving the corporate world and becoming a Collin County master gardener while completing an inventory and assessment of trees in Plano parks. Candace has been a frequent speaker on topics of historical interest to clubs and other organizations in Collin County and beyond, including the annual convention of Preservation Texas. Candace previously served as a board member of The Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation and continues on the board of the Young Family Cemetery Association. Recent achievements in preservation include the Fox Haggard house, built in 1861, as well as research and recognition for both Collin and Stephens County historic sites. In addition, she has designed wayside signs for county cemeteries, natural areas and two along White Rock Creek which highlight the rich history of the Shawnee Trail. Candace and husband Mike enjoy the hike and bike trails in Collin County and share an appreciation of our unique and colorful history. Appointed by Commissioner Duncan Webb.

Joy Gough has been a member of the Collin County Historical Commission for many years. She is the author of several books on Collin County history including Cemeteries of Collin County, Texas, Collin County Place Names, The History of Railroads and Interurbans in Collin County Texas, and Early Collin County Roads. She has also compiled the Collin County Historical Markers Book 2011, and the Decatur Maxwell Murphy Cemetery Book, Vol 1 and 2. Joy was the State Historical Marker Chairman on the Historical Commission for 20 years and wrote 16 applications for state markers. She is currently on the Historic Assets and Tax Abatement committee and is the webmaster for Appointed by Commissioner Cheryl Williams.

Ginger Herrick is a Retail Branch Manager of First National Bank of Omaha and a longtime resident of Collin County. She has been married to her best friend and husband, Lucain for 15 years. They have been inseparable since they went on their first date 20 years ago. They enjoy traveling the world together, as she cheers him on at his SCL strongman competitions. They have most recently been to Germany, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Curacao, and Holland. When they’re not traveling the globe they enjoy spending time with their three rescue dogs (Mattie, Carson, and Lucy) and their many (23) nieces and nephews. Ginger is passionate about serving her community and dedicating her time to a worthy cause. She has given back through her hobby of photography; providing family sessions for those who may not otherwise be able to afford them and recently through Foster Friends as a sponsor of National Adoption Day. It was there that she realized she had found a phenomenal organization that she wanted to be a part of. She is extremely excited and looking forward to serving her community as President of Foster Friends and a member of the CPS board. Appointed by Commissioner Cheryl Williams.

Deanna Kuykendall is a fifth generation Texan, born and raised in the Texas Panhandle. After graduating from Eastern New Mexico University, she moved to North Texas to begin her career in government and government affairs. Deanna spent nearly a decade as a congressional staffer in the office of former U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson and four years as Chief of Staff for former Texas State Representative Scott Turner. Currently, she manages state government affairs for a national association. In addition to Deanna’s first term serving on the Collin County Child Protective Services Board, she also volunteers her time on the Foster Friends Board of Directors, the Volunteer McKinney Board of Directors, and the McKinney Planning and Zoning Commission. Some of her previous volunteer work included the McKinney YMCA Board of Management and the Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney board. Deanna is a graduate of Leadership McKinney, class of 2010. She and her husband, Chuck, have been residents of McKinney for 17 years. Appointed by Commissioner Susan Fletcher.

Dianne McCall is beginning her second term as a board member of the Collin County Child Welfare Board and board member of Foster Friends. She is also currently serving on the Region 3 Child Protective Services Council. Dianne retired from CASA of Collin County five years ago after serving as Program Director for 12 of the 14 years she was on staff. Prior to entering the world of child protection, she was Human Resources Director for a Houston hospital. She earned a master’s degree in Family Studies from Texas Woman’s University and was certified as a Family Life Educator. Dianne and her husband, Tom, live in Frisco and are active in several areas of service with their church, Prestonwood Baptist Church. Appointed by Commissioner Susan Fletcher.

Douglas Reece is a lifelong resident of the North Texas area. Born and raised in Texas, he grew up in the Lake Highlands area, and subsequently graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in History/Government, specializing in International Affairs/Soviet history and politics. Upon graduation, he was accepted into the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator. Being based at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, he was deployed all over the western Pacific, where he flew to over 30 countries in 3 years.Subsequent tours of duty included being a jet instructor and liaison to different European Naval Commands. He retired after 22 years having achieved the rank of Captain. Doug joined Delta Air Lines in 1988, and flew as International Captain till his retirement in 2018. He currently is working as a pilot instructor for American Airlines, instructing on the Airbus. In addition, Doug became a Realtor in 2002, and is active to this day. He not only is an active sales associate, but volunteers a large amount of time with the Collin County Association of Realtors. Within this 8,000 member organization, he has been the chairman of the TREPAC committee, Government Affairs committee, was the Secretary/Treasurer, and then President-Elect. In 2016, he was honored to be selected as the President of CCAR. In the past, he has been on the City of Plano Telecommunications Committee, and is currently the Vice Chairman of the Collin County Planning Board. He is married to Mary, a school teacher in Plano, and has lived here for 20 years. They have 2 grown children and are members of the Custer Road United Methodist Church. Appointed by Commissioner Duncan Webb.

Paula Ross is originally from Missouri and a graduate of the University of Missouri—Columbia. She moved to Texas in 1974. Paula has worked as an interior designer and custom window covering expert with P.E.R. Designs since 1979. She is an active member of the International Furnishings and Design Association, serving twice as President locally and served on the Board of Directors-Internationally for three years. She joined the Allen Heritage Guild in 1997 and has served as President three times in the past eighteen years. Paula has been instrumental in helping develop the Allen Heritage Village and the Allen Heritage Center as a Museum. She has worked on numerous projects to help develop Sam Bass/Railroad History Day and the annual Christmas at the Heritage Village. She has worked with the City of Allen to apply for and receive a Texas Historical Commission grant to develop the Historic Driving Tour for Allen, and the photographic collages of early Allen for the Depot exhibit. Paula joined the Collin County Historical Commission’s Coalition group and was involved with the vision to develop the interactive county map showing Historical assets. She has served on the Collin County Historical Commission since 2008 and has served on various committees in leadership roles – Preservation Celebration, County Historical Markers, County Workshops, and is currently serving as the Chair for the second time. Reappointed by Commissioner Darrell Hale.

Janet Stovall, her husband, Steve, and their two sons moved to Plano in July 1989. She received a nursing degree from Texas Woman’s University, worked at Parkland for ten years and was a founding staff member of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Plano (BSWMC) as a Clinical Nurse Manager in 2004. She was a Nurse Executive – Board Certified and was honored as one of the Great 100 Nurses in DFW in 2009. Her last position at BSWMC was as the Director of Operation Excellence (Lean Director, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt) before retiring in 2019. Janet has served the community in a variety of positions with the City of Plano and organizations in Plano including the Transition and Revitalization Commission, Planning and Zoning Commission, Plano Bond Referendum Committee and Multifamily Guidelines Committee for the City of Plano, Far West Plano HOA, Willow Bend North/West HO Group, Collin Intervention to Youth Board (CITY House), Plano Symphony Orchestra (PSO), Leadership Plano Class of 2005, and as the Republican Party Precinct Chair for precinct 90. Currently, Janet is serving on the Bond Referendum Citizen Advisory Committee and the Board of Adjustment for the City of Plano, Storehouse and Joseph’s Coat volunteer and member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, and Janet is currently in her second term as President of Conner Harrington Republican Women. Appointed by Commissioner Duncan Webb.

Carson Underwood is the founder, and CEO of CKU,LLC. A private equity company which specializes in the acquisition, rehabilitation, and leasing of real estate. Mr. Underwood has a passion for philanthropy, antiquities, the perseveration of ecological habitats, and the cultivation of rare cacti. Mr. Underwood in the past has severed as the President of the American Junior Paint Horse Association, and previous member of the Professional Horseman’s Committee for the American Paint Horse Association. Mr. Underwood is a graduate of Greene County Tech High School, which is located in his home state of Arkansas. Appointed by Commissioner Duncan Webb.

Cindy Wheeler has over 30 years of successful leadership and experience in Human Resource Management with her most recent role at TeamSupport, LLC where she holds the position of Human Resource Director. Throughout her tenure in Human Resources, Cindy has had the opportunity to work for several organizations on their benefits platform including health insurance and wellness programs. She also has a track record of HR department development, managing change, regulatory compliance, employee training and recruitment. She holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, a PHR, a SHRM-CP, and is a Certified Meditation Specialist. Cindy has volunteered for several non-profit organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Susan G. Komen Foundation, and is currently a member of the Dallas Board, Best and Brightest Places to Work. In her free time, Cindy enjoys yoga, gardening, and traveling. Appointed by Commissioner Darrell Hale.

Sammy Yang has been with AT&T since 1998, where he has worked for several departments, including revenue management, information technology, and human resources. In 2010, Sammy was elected as one of the Asian ERG national officers of the company. Sammy is also one of the AT&T Aspire Mentoring Program Event Leaders; investing in the younger generation is one of his highest priorities. Sammy started volunteering with Junior Achievement of Dallas in 2003. He is also a coach/judge of DECA at the State level. He became a scholarship committee member of Great Dallas Boys and Girls Club in 2014. He also served on the Richardson YMCA Board in 2014-2016. Sammy’s hobby is to serve the community; he has received the President’s Volunteer Award since 2011, earning one gold medal, eight silver medals, and one bronze medal. Sammy served as president of the Chinese Institute of Engineers (USA/DFW Chapter) in 2012, and he currently serves as the president of DFW Asian-American Citizens Council. Sammy holds an MBA from the University of Dallas. He has been married to his wife, Mary, for 39 years. Their daughter and son both work for major corporations in Dallas. Appointed by Commissioner Duncan Webb.