Applications are still being accepted for the 2019 Leadership Richardson graduating class. To learn more, click here. For more information, contact Kim Quirk.
This month Leadership Richardson graduated its Class XXXIII of future community leaders. The program, which consists of monthly all-day classes about all facets of community leadership, has graduated more than a thousand local participants since its founding.

“Our continued success is due to our unending community and business support, our alums who serve as our most vocal advocates and the strength of the curriculum and doors we are able to open,” says Kim Quirk, executive director of the Leadership Richardson program.

This year, the class topped out at 42 students, the maximum number allowed by the organization's bylaws.
Quirk says that the mantra of the Leadership Richardson program is that “You don’t graduate from leadership, you graduate into it.”


“Our hope… is that we have opened their eyes to the numerous ways an individual can impact their community,” says Quirk. At the last session, class members pledged to go serve in one of seven areas of the community and learn how to most effectively to do that with the help of city leaders.  

"We are so proud of the fact that both city and non-profit boards around North Texas seek out our graduates to serve," Quirk added.  "It's a testament to the strength of Leadership Richardson."

Here are a few comments from participants:

  • I believe the LR group goes above and beyond to see that each of our days is special and rewarding. 
  • The program really helped to develop skills to allow for me to be a more effective leader. No matter how old you are, professional growth should never stop.  The tool that were presented in LR will be useful in my profession.
  • I learned so much about the amazing things offered in our city.  I am in awe of the people we met and experiences we were given as part of this program.  It truly gave us a behind the scenes look at things the normal person is not permitted to experience.  It taught me to never be afraid to ask if something is possible.  You never know what someone will share with you if you just show some interest and ask the question.
  • The amount of love, support and what I believe to be true, life-long friendships that have solidified through the year and through my inconvenient detour is immeasurable.
  • I look at the community at a very different perspective (good perspective).  I want to stay connected and plugged in.  I have learned so much about the City of Richardson through the LR journey. I think of myself as a better and more grounded leader of the community than before LR33.  Thank you so much for giving me the tools and exposure to be a stronger and more productive leader!

Listed below are the 42 graduates of Leadership Richard’s Class XXXIII:
Kory Aoyama, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Joseph Armstrong, Team North Texas
Kaili Baines, Texas Republic Bank
Dan Baker, City of Richardson
Kelley Barringer, Ardent Solutions
Erika Batzler, Baylor University Medical Center
Cheree Bontrager, City of Richardson
Stacey Bottolfson, Cisco Systems
Marcie Bunch, West Shore Family Dental
Cara Copley, City of Richardson
Doug Crosby, Crosby Orthodontics
Janet DePuy, Keller Williams Central
Kim Devlin-Allen, Texas Instruments
Eric Eager, BizNet Software
Sean Flynn, Revolution Developments
Marcia Grau, City House
Jeff Griffin, Siemans
David Harrel, Durkin Enterprises
Gary L. Hensler, Richland College
Matt Highsmith, State Farm
Diane Hilbert, Richland College
Bethany James, State Farm
Alicia Marshall, St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church
Will McDonald, Tannery and Company
Juan Navarro, The Heights Baptist Church
Duc Nguyen, Methodist Richardson Medical Center
Tara Null, The Warren Center
Ellis Orozco, First Baptist Church Richardson
Michael Parmerlee, Golden Chick
Daniel Robb, Richardson Police Department
Kathy Rogers, Nothing Bundt Cakes
Jed Roseberry, Restoration Church
Chris Rust, IBM
Glenn Scott, Berlin Packaging
Cindy Shafer, Network of Community Ministries
Kate Swiney, Junior Achievement
Nithya Venkatraman, PepsiCo
Arthur Waterman, IConstruct
Suzanne Williamson, Raytheon
Mary Grace Windsor, Grace by Design
Michael Yeilding, Chase Oaks Church
Mark Zeigler, AT&T