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Vanessa Ellison

Vanessa Ellison is a “Green Queen” and an agent of change! She is the Education Coordinator for City of Denton Sustainability. She is a proud two time University of North Texas Alumni with a B.A. from the Mayborn School of Journalism and a M.S. in International Sustainable Tourism. Currently, she is a doctoral student in the Sociology Department at Texas Woman’s University. Vanessa is a Waco, TX native but has adopted Denton as her home since 2007. In 2013 she married the love of her life, Landon Ellison and they enjoy traveling, reading and game nights.

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Charles Crouch
Vice Chairman/ Marketing Chair

Charles Crouch wears many hats. He is the CFO at The Crouch Group, a Denton-based, full service marketing firm. He also works with The Crouch Group clients on all of their marketing needs: graphic arts, website design, promotional products, social media, and video production. He is also a certified personal trainer and teaches Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED classes. Charles has worked for Texas Woman’s University Fitness and Recreation as the Head Personal Trainer Student Supervisor, a Group Exercise instructor, and a founding member of the student-led Marketing committee. A life long Dentonite, Charles graduated from Denton High, and got a Bachelor’s of General Studies and a Master’s in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University. He is on the Board of Directors for Serve Denton and has served on many other boards for Denton Nonprofits.

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Russell Wallace

Russell has been a Texan his entire life. He grew up with horses and cows, like all good Texans, in the central Texas hill country. He served 6 years in the United States Army Reserves and graduated from the University of North Texas. Russell currently has a Certified Public Accountant designation. He has an amazing wife of 11 years, a son who transforms into a super hero every afternoon, and a daughter who is part princess and part cowgirl. He reads everything business/leadership that he can, is active in his local congregation, a lover all smoked meats, and an almost always disappointed Cowboys fan. Russell began his career at the largest locally owned public accounting firm in DFW. He specializes in tax, accounting consulting, mergers and acquisitions and is focused on navigating clients through complex financial issues while working with owners, lenders, and practices with multiple partners.

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Tomás Sanchez
Membership Chair

Tomás Sanchez grew up near Corpus Christi and earned his BA in Political Science at Texas State University.  As a heavily involved student, he decided to enter the field of student affairs, earning a Masters degree in Counseling.  Moving to the northeast, Tomás worked for several years in housing at the University of Vermont.  In his time there, he met his wife, Sarah, and earned his Doctorate of Education, focusing on the ethnoracial identity development of Tejano college students.  He was happy to accept a position as the Associate Director of Residence Life at the University of North Texas.  Tomás enjoys exploring the outdoors, working on art, and taking advantage of the local music scene.

Tim Smith
Civic Engagement Chair
Founding Member

Tim Smith is a Denton transplant, moving here in 8th grade when his Military family finally came to rest in his Father’s hometown. A Denton Ryan grad, Tim attended Austin College where he played football all 4 years. After graduation, he was working for the City of Denison before finding his entrepreneurial spirit and desire to serve his adopted hometown. In 2013, he opened his financial services practice with Modern Woodmen on the downtown historic Denton Square. Now as a Managing Partner, Tim recruits and mentors others to impact the lives of their clients and their community just like he has.

Randi Skinner
Immediate Past Chairman
Founding Member

Randi Skinner earned her BBA from the University of North Texas with a focus in Entrepreneurship. UNT is where she first developed her passion for the Denton community. Randi currently serves on the board of Giving Hope Inc., volunteers with Denton County Friends of the Family and is an active member of Denton Rotary. As Business Development with Blue Steele Solutions, Randi works to help local businesses create sustainable rock solid marketing strategies and solutions. Randi currently enjoys Denton square living with her husband Aaron.