Collin County Citizens Appointed to Boards and Commissions
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:
- Barbara Batista: North Central Texas Workforce Development Board
- David Bristol: North Central Texas Economic Development District Board
- Chris Catullo: Collin County Parks Foundation Advisory Board
- Kristin Grammar: North Central Texas Workforce Development Board
- Diann Jones: Collin County Health Care Foundation Advisory Board
- Kristin Kim: Collin County Health Care Foundation Advisory Board
- Scott Manis: Collin County Planning Board
- Tony Nichols: LifePath Systems Board
- Mark Quinn: Collin County Planning Board
- Judge Nathan White: Collin County Historical Commission
- Ebony Wilson: Collin County Myers Park & Event Center Advisory Board
- Brittany Yurkovitch: Collin County Historical Commission
Barbara Batista is the Director of the Collin College Child Development Lab School. She has been in the field of early childhood education for 30 years. Barbara’s passion is advocating for quality care and education for young children. She has taught college-level child development courses and has presented at early childhood education workshops, forums and conferences. She is an active member of the Collin County Early Childhood Coalition, where she serves as the Co-Chair of the Quality Child Care Committee. Barbara serves on the Board for the Collin County Chapter of Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAEYC). Barbara also serves on the accreditation committee for TXAEYC. She has a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from University of North Texas, and a MS in Child Development from Texas Woman’s University.
David Bristol is the co-founder, President, and CEO of Employee Solutions, LP, one of the largest privately-held staffing firms in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The company employs over 3,000 individuals on a weekly basis and provides more than 100 internal full-time jobs. Employee Solutions was named one of the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing privately held companies in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015; and received the SMU Cox School of Business’ Dallas 100 Award in 2012, 2013, and 2014. During his first career in the United States Air Force, Bristol served as an F-111 and F-15E fighter pilot, for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous Air Medals. He is also a former councilman and Mayor Pro Tem for the Town of Prosper, and is the vice chairman of the North Central Texas Workforce Development Board.
Chris Catullo is the Vice President of Sales for National Accounts at Compass Group – the world leader in food, facility and hospitality management. With over 23 years of experience in the Compass sales organization, Chris has mastered developing real solutions for workplace challenges. Chris is responsible for the delivery of strategic, collaborative strategies for food and facility management services to Fortune 100 companies. Chris excels at developing solutions that enhance employee engagement and productivity; the safety, security and well-being of employees; attracting and retaining the best talent; reducing expense and mitigating risk; and delivering national and global governance structures. A Chicago native, Chris earned his MBA from Eastern Illinois University. Chris, his wife Shannon, and their children relocated to Prosper, Texas in 2006 and currently reside in Lucas. Chris attends Hope Fellowship McKinney, actively leads a bible study small group, and has competed in 13 Ironman Triathlons.
Kristin Grammar has joined CertSimple Inc., along with its sister companies, CityCentral and NewGate Development Company, LTD. As Senior Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Kristin is focused on expanding the footprint for all 3 companies, by creating synergetic win/win partnerships and developing brand specific growth strategies & plans. In her past role, she served as Senior Vice President at TIG Real Estate Services, bringing with her years of commercial real estate experience. Kristin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors for Visit Frisco. Kristin was named the 2019 Young Professional of the Year by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. Kristin is also a graduate of the highly recognized Leadership Frisco Program (2015-2016). Kristin earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas Tech University. Kristin also stays busy with her two energetic boys of 5 and 8.
Diann Jones is retired and has worked at various volunteer positions in Collin County. She is politically active, being one of the founders of Collin County Conservative Republicans, having worked many local elections, and she still serves as a precinct chair for the Republican Party of Collin County. She has also worked as a Special Commissioner on numerous cases using her knowledge of real estate appraisal. Diann enjoys volunteer work and seeks to serve through community service.
Kristin Kim is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) practicing with Dr. W. Brad Gates MD PA in Plano, Texas. Kristin graduated from Plano Senior High School before attending The University of Texas at Austin where she received a degree in math and education. Upon graduation, she returned to Plano ISD to teach at Mitchell Elementary School. Kristin also taught at Rountree Elementary School in Allen, Texas and Coram Deo Academy in Plano, Texas before starting nursing school at Texas Woman’s University. Kristin was a Mother/Baby nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas when she started her Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Texas Woman’s University. She joined Dr. Gates’ practice upon graduating in 2019. Kristin serves on the PTA Board of her children’s school and resides in Frisco, Texas with her husband and three boys where they attend Providence Church.
Scott Manis is a senior healthcare executive who has served as CEO at four hospitals and in other senior executive roles throughout his 25 year career. Scott’s primary interests have been in enhancing operations effectiveness, business development and strengthening strategic relationships to improve the overall health of the community. He earned a BS in Biology from UT-San Antonio and an MS in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University and is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Scott previously served on the Board, Executive Committee and as Finance Chairman for the Dallas Arboretum during its largest period of growth. Manis currently volunteers with The Shoe Guy and The Shoe Gal ministry distributing over 1000 pairs of shoes to homeless individuals on the streets throughout North Texas between Thanksgiving and New Year each year. Scott and his wife, Vicky (a realtor), have been married for 36 years, have three children, a new grandson and live in Richardson.
Tony Nichols is the founder and President of The CFO Matrix,LLC, a local firm which offers strategic financial leadership services on an affordable, as-needed basis to privately held businesses and non-profits. He has enjoyed a long career in accounting and financial management with companies and non-profits in various industries, including healthcare, construction, restaurants and professional services. Tony grew up in Arlington, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant and a Certified Exit Planning Advisor. Tony and his wife, Dr. Keila Nichols, live in Richardson, have four children and are followers of Jesus Christ.
Mark Quinn, DVM is Founder and Managing Partner of Melissa Feeders and Value Feeds, agriculture companies based in Collin County. Melissa Feeders is a large livestock operation located in Collin County since 1989 and is known for its innovative approach to cattle feeding by using of a large portion of its feed from byproducts that are only suitable for cattle consumption. Value Feeds recycles dairy byproducts as a service to milk processing plants in several states. Through a proprietary process, the company de-packages, processes, and recycles 97% of the products returned to these plants. These recycled products feed approximately 20,000 calves daily and create 150,000 lbs of plastic per month for recycling. The development of these practices has led to Quinn’s businesses being recognized within the agriculture industry for its environmental stewardship. Quinn received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M. He is past President of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, a national organization that works with large livestock operations worldwide. He is also a Founder and past President of the Professional Dairy Calf Raiser Association, past Board Member of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and currently a member of CODAC at Texas A&M. He has delivered seminars internationally on a variety of topics including animal health, production, and environmental practices for livestock operations. His expertise has been leveraged on projects in Asia, and Africa. His work as liaison to the US Grains Council to develop a livestock operation in Morocco has been called one of their most successful projects to-date. Quinn leads his Collin County businesses with his family, and a team of dedicated staff. Mark and his wife, Becky, are blessed with three children and six grandchildren. They are active members of Saint Gabriel Catholic Church in McKinney.
Senior District Judge Nathan E. White, Jr. served as Collin County Judge from 1975-1982 and as Judge of the 366th District Court from 1989-2006. He continues to serve as a “visiting judge sitting by assignment.” He has long been involved in Collin County’s various historical and genealogical organizations. He was one of the organizers of the Collin County Historical Museum in McKinney and the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano. He is a member of the Collin County and Dallas County Genealogical Societies and several hereditary organizations. He is a Former President General of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, as well as President of the Texas Society and of the Plano and McKinney Chapters. He was recognized as Plano’s Citizen of the Year in 1982. He is a Past District Governor of Rotary International and a Past President of the North Central Texas Council of Governments. He has been a resident of Collin County for over 70 years and is a graduate of Plano High School as is Wanda, his wife of 57 years. He has two sons and three grandchildren, all of whom live in Collin County.
Ebony Wilson proudly serves in the United States Air Force as a Technical Sergeant. She is an honors-graduate of the University of North Texas, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Ebony also attended Texas Woman’s University; she holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Ebony and her husband, Lance, ran a non-profit organization called Alabaster Jar Ministries and Prayer for Kids in Schools where they awarded scholarships to students (K-12) and spearheaded other community projects. Ebony previously served as the District Director for a former State Representative in Carrolton, Texas. There, she sharpened skills, built relationships in local and state government and served on community boards. Ebony’s greatest joy is her three girls and loving husband. Ebony prides herself on giving her best to family and she relies on her faith in Jesus Christ to guide her.
Brittany Yurkovitch is a wife and homeschooling mom who loves rural Collin County. Prior to staying home, Brittany taught social studies to students in Richardson and Plano and continues to tutor college-bound students today. Brittany encourages families to homeschool and founded Classroom Counterpoints, a charity whose mission is to support parents and teachers in the pursuit to provide students with a high-quality education that encourages critical thinking and celebrates the achievements of Western civilization. One of the charity’s major projects is The Weston Post newsletter which supports civic engagement, promotes student writing, documents local history, and encourages families to stay abreast of community happenings in the Weston area.