Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Kelly Corbett, Chairman
Kelly Corbett is the Business Development Officer for First State Bank, beginning her role with the bank in January 2011. She is a 1999 graduate of Era High School and a 2003 graduate of Texas Woman’s University. In 2012 Kelly became captain of the Chamber’s Welcome Wagon Ambassador’s team, has served on the Leadership Gainesville Committee the past three years and is a past board member of the NTMC Foundation. She is married to Clay Corbett and has two children, Carson 8 and Chloe 5. Kelly and her family reside in Lindsay and she enjoys spending time with family and friends and being involved in the community.
Gary Baldridge, Chair Elect
Gary was born in Silver City, New Mexico, Raised in Arizona and attended college at University of Arizona prior to serving in the Air Force from 1968-1972. He was married in 1973 and has resided in Texas since 1990. He owns Gary’s Business and is a Professional Residential Real Estate Inspector. He also serves on the Gainesville Area Habitat for Humanity Board as Chair. He enjoys the community and is happy to be involved where necessary. He has two children, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Amanda Riley, Vice Chair
Amanda Riley was born, raised and still lives in Era with her husband Shane and two kids Gage 8 and Kailey 4. She has been with NASCOGA Federal Credit Union for 4 1/2 years as the VP of Operations and Business Development and has enjoyed being a part of the exciting growth of the Credit Union. Amanda currently serves on the Cooke County United Way Board and is part of the Chamber Ambassadors.
Byron Berry, Past Chairman
Byron R. Berry is a graduate of Gainesville High School and received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University. He earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law. His civic services include the following: Leadership Gainesville Steering Committee, Gainesville Adopt-A-School Steering Committee, Rotary (Past President), and NCTC Foundation Board of Directors. He practices in the areas of business, bankruptcy, corporations, probate, and estate planning. Byron is a partner in the law firm, Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant serving Cooke, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Montague, Tarrant, Young and Wise Counties.
Byron is married to Reanae and has three children. They reside on his ranch in Rosston Texas.
Brandon Bayer, Director
Brandon Bayer is a Muenster native, graduating from Sacred Heart in 1996. Upon earning his B.B.A. from Midwestern State University in 2001, he began his lending / banking career with Wells Fargo in the DFW area. In spring 2008, he and his family moved home to the Cooke County area, and Brandon began working for Muenster State Bank (Gainesville branch) as Vice-President. Brandon is a former president and is an active member the Gainesville Kiwanis Club, serves as treasurer on the Boys Baseball of Cooke County Board, Lindsay Youth Supporters Board member and a past member of the Cooke County United Way Board of Directors. He is married to Holly Harris-Bayer and has three children: Macy, 10; Maverick, 7; and Tennyson, 4. Brandon and his family reside in Lindsay.
David Fulton, Director
David was born and raised in Denton, TX. He graduated from Denton High and attended NCTC for 2 years. He has been married to his wife, Angela for 24 years. They have 2 children, Logan and Larissa.
David grew up in the scrap metal business. He started working along- side his Dad at the age of 10, learning the metal business. In 2002 he came to Gainesville to run the recycling business. He loves everything about Gainesville and what Gainesville stands for. In 2012, along with Angela, they opened DEF Recycling. Both of their children help out in the business.
In 2013-2014, he attended and graduated from Leadership Gainesville. He is a member of the MOH Host city program. David & Angela are also members of the Gainesville Zoological Society.
David is currently serving his 3rd term on the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Gulf Coast Chapter board, which covers 7 states. The Institute is the Voice of the Recycling Industry. He is also a board member for the Gainesville Butterfield Stage Players. He is on the board of the Blue Ribbon Club of Denton County, raising money for scholarships for youth in agriculture. He is board member and president elect of the Gainesville Rotary Club for 2015-2016. He is now serving on the Gainesville Chamber Board.
When David is not working in the scrap yard, he is working on his farm where he and Angela reside in Sanger.
Rita Greer, Director
Rita has been a Realtor with RE/MAX First Realty since 1996. Rita brings the strength of many years of experience & knowledge in the real estate business. She has been helping the local residents for over 20 years. As your Hometown Realtor® she has a WORLD of experience. A longtime local top producer and Gainesville neighborhood expert, she has been servicing the residential, commercial, second homes, new homes, lake property, farm & ranch, & investment real estate needs of Cooke County and surrounding area. She is an Accredited Buyers Representative and Certified Residential Specialist and is ranked #1 in Cooke County 2014. Rita was born & raised in Gainesville and received her associate degree here at the local community college. Rita is married to David Greer, who is also a realtor. They have one son, Chris Greer, who is a realtor in Austin, TX.
Shelley Head, Director
Shelley Head has been in Gainesville for six years and is originally from Lubbock, Texas. She began her career as a paralegal working in oil and gas industry in the Lubbock area, then on to litigation in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex area for several years and then moved on to complex litigation in Chicago. Upon her return from Chicago, Shelley found her way to Gainesville as a paralegal for B-29 Investments. In 2015, Shelley started a new business, Songratus Land Solutions & Services, LLC, as a licensed right-of-way agent and specializing in land services, including land transactions and oil and gas negotiations. Shelley is involved with CASA, United Way Power of the Purse, Moving through the Mud with Landon, Missy’s Pals Relay for Life, Chamber’s After Hours Ambassador Team, and currently serves as a Board of Director for Butterfield Stage Players. She has also been very active in multiple performances with Butterfield as well as volunteering for other community projects.
Sharon Norwood, Director
Sharon was raised in the Lubbock area and is a graduate of Texas Tech University. After working across the state as a teacher and school administrator she came to Gainesville in 2012 to serve as Principal of Edison Elementary. After attending Leadership Gainesville she wanted to become more involved in promoting this great community and became a Chamber Ambassador. She is involved in church activities through First Baptist Church where she is a member of the sanctuary choir. She has a son, Tyler who lives with his wife Janet and their two children in Amarillo. She currently works for GISD as Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction and Bilingual/ESL. She is beginning a new term as a Chamber board member.
Brent Wallace, Director
Dr. Brent Wallace is the Vice President of instruction for North Central Texas College. Brent arrived at NCTC in August 2011 as Vice President of Instruction and Chief Academic Officer. Brent attended Hardin Simmons University, graduating with a Bachelor in Business Administration Degree in Marketing.
Dr. Wallace then attended Abilene Christian University where he completed a Master of Arts in Human Communication and graduate certifications in conflict resolution and specifically family mediation. During this time Brent accepted a position as the Assistant to the Dean of the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, a consortium of Abilene Christian University, Hardin Simmons University and McMurray University. After a year, he was promoted to the Director of Student Services, serving all three universities nursing students and managing four offices while pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University, which he completed in 2010.
Dr. Wallace left Patty Hanks Shelton to become the Chair of Business Management and Administration at Cisco College. After three years as Chair he was promoted to Dean of Instruction where he served as administrator of all academics and multiple technical programs.
Dr. Wallace comes to NCTC with a research background in conflict and strategic planning in higher education. He has been a presenter at state and national higher education conferences and in a member of multiple state higher education groups including the Texas Community College Instructional Administrators, the Texas Community College Teacher Association, and the Texas Community College Instructor Leaders, to name a few.
Gene Cole, Director
Gene was born in Gainesville and graduated from Sanger High School. After graduation he spent 6 years in the US Navy riding nuclear submarines. Upon his honorable discharge, he came back to the North Texas area and began working in the automobile industry. He spent years learning all aspects of the car business – selling cars, managing used car department, assistant sales director for new car sales, and General Sales Manager. He spent the bulk of those years working for the McNatt Auto group as General Manager at the Denton location. He is currently the co-owner of the Cole McNatt Chevrolet-GMC-Buick dealership on Highway 82 in Gainesville. He and Jennifer have been married for 23 years and reside in Argyle. They have a daughter, Marie, and two sons, Jared and Gentry. He has thoroughly enjoyed his business move to Gainesville and supporting the local community through much sponsorship: Trunk or Treat, Summer Sounds, several charity golf tournaments, Abigail’s Arms, United Way car show, Gainesville Rodeo, Medal of Honor Parade and numerous school districts.
John Waltershceid, Director
John Walterscheid is a long time resident of Muenster. He graduated from Muenster High School in 1981 and is a North Central Texas College graduate. John and Dana Walterscheid raised four wonderful daughters, and now are enjoying their first two grandchildren. He has been employed at Cooke County Electric Cooperative Association for 35 years and is currently the Member Communications Coordinator. John also owns and operates Koesler Haus Cabin Rental in Muenster along with this wife Dana. Community organizations and community service have always been a big part of his life. He currently serves as the President of Cooke County United Way and is also a member of the Muenster Chamber of Commerce and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Board. He looks forward to working on the continued economic development of the Gainesville and Cooke County area.