Carlton Mitchell
Associate Vice President for Global Student Success, LeTourneau University

At LeTourneau, Carlton oversees the enrollment process, academic advising and academic support for all global and some dual-enrollment students. He previously served the university as the Director of Student Support Services and as an adjunct professor in the School of Business. He is an active volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club, the East Texas Literacy Council and serves on an Advisory Panel for the Longview Police Department. A licensed counselor and veteran, Carlton received his master’s degree from LeTourneau University’s Counseling program.

Patti Albright
Consultant & Trainer, aha! Process

Patti Albright of Baytown, Texas, began her career in education in 1975 and served in multiple roles including classroom teacher, curriculum writer, staff development provider and language arts team leader on multiple campuses. She worked with at-risk students and struggling readers for the bulk of her teaching career.
Patti was introduced to Dr. Ruby Payne’s “A Framework for Understanding Poverty” 20 years ago. Dr. Payne’s research and presentation opened her eyes to the impact of poverty on student achievement as well the challenges impoverished students face as they navigate life and school with limited resources. After retiring in 2006, Patti became a consultant for the aha! Process and travels the country training educators on numerous research-based learning strategies.

Shamir Davis
Athletic Director, Thrive 360

A former professional basketball player, Shamir leads the athletic of Thrive 360’s after school and summer programs for kindergarten through 8th-grade students. His work focuses on such sports as basketball, soccer, football, and volleyball in full collaboration with Thrive 360’s mentoring and leadership skills programs. He graduated with a psychology degree from Northwestern State University and is currently pursuing his MBA from LeTourneau University.

Holly Fuller
Manager, Partners in Prevention

Holly serves as a liaison between the City of Longview and the Bridges Out of Poverty steering committee and provides oversight for five program initiatives: the Coalition for Drug-Free Youth, the East Texas Anti-Trafficking Team, Longview Bridges Out of Poverty, the Partners In Prevention mentoring program and the Unity and Diversity Committee.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler and Stephen F. Austin University, she is a certified presenter of Bridges Out of Poverty and an Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist with the State of Texas. She is an active community volunteer and was recently appointed to serve on the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness.

Kelly Hall
President/CEO, Longview Chamber of Commerce

Kelly has lead the Chamber since 200, bringing her expertise in Business and Community Development initiatives to greater Longview. She received her marketing degree from Oklahoma State University graduate and her Masters in Strategic Leadership from LeTourneau University and is also a graduate of Leadership Texas, the Institute of Organizational Management at SMU and received a national fellowship from the LUMINA Foundation through the Association of Chamber Executives with a focus on Educational Attainment.

Patrick Johnson
Founder, JSTAR Ministries

Launched in 2000, JSTAR (Johnson's Success Through Attitude and Respect) is a Longview-area program serving youth age 6-16. JSTAR's focus is youth behavior and the ABC's of Life: Attitude, Behavior, and Choices. Patrick's team leads physical training, mentoring, life skills classes, anger management, and character development.
JSTAR's mission is helping today's youth become tomorrow's leaders. Their team involves their youth in community service projects with such organizations as Longview Community Ministries, Wellness Pointe, Newgate and Habitat for Humanity as well as disaster relief.

Bryan Partee
President & CEO, Boys & Girls Club of the Big Pines

As president of the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Pines, Bryan oversees youth development, after-school and summer programs at 28 locations in Gregg and Harrison County. New in 2017, he Boys & Girls Club partnered with three Longview school districts, adding 12 new program sites housed in local schools.
Born and raised in San Diego, Bryan graduated from US San Diego with degrees in child psychology and communications. After a stint working in professional sports, he moved to Marshall where he served as a City Commissioner and later executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Harrison County where he has served since 2005.

Michelle Heflin
Project HOPES Supervisor, Bucker Children and Family Services

Since 2003, Michelle Heflin has served at Buckner Children and Family Services for a total of 13 years. Michelle’s journey at Buckner started as a part-time employee serving families who were accessing community-based resources. Upon graduating from East Texas Baptist University with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and Minor in Counseling, Michelle joined the Foster Care and Adoption team at Buckner working as a Case Manager. She later transitioned to completing home studies as the Foster and Adoption Home Developer Supervisor. It was through working with children, who many times have no voice, her desire to be part of program leadership and lead our community by collaborating with others grew. After transitioning to be the Community Programs Director for Buckner, Michelle received a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington with a concentration in Public Budgeting and Organizational Development. Upon completing her MPA, Michelle joined East Texas CASA to serve as their Executive Director for 2 years. In 2015, Michelle returned to Buckner in order to lead a new program awarded through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ division of Prevention and Early Intervention. Project HOPES is an in-home parent education program that uses an evidence based curriculum to empower parents and focuses on child development information. By providing the intervention of parent education, the goal is to ultimately lower the child abuse rates in Gregg County. Through this journey, Michelle has had the privilege of collaborating with many non-profits in our community, served on varies non-profit boards and currently serves as the Vice President of Community Programs for The Junior League of Longview. Michelle met Joel Heflin at ETBU and has been married for 10 years. Joel is the Director of Operations for WWB Ventures Subway Sandwiches of East Texas. The center of their world revolves around their 3-year-old daughter, Ireland Heflin.