LITTLEFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DEZI VARGAS, Vice President of Administration
Dezi Vargas is beginning his first three-year term as a Chamber of Commerce board member. He is employed in the compliance department of First Federal Bank. He has lived in Littlefield 18 years (from 1979 to 1997) and again one year from 2013-2014. He is the son of Ray and Elvira Vargas of Littlefield. While in Littlefield High School, he served as a high school teller at First Furch, of the Rotary Club of Littlefield, the Common Cents Investment Club, Reading Buddies at Littlefield Primary School, and the Chamber of Commerce.
LINDA RAMIREZ, Secretary/Treasurer
Linda Ramirez, a 32-year resident of Littlefield, is employed as a fraud officer at Security State Bank. She has been employed at Security State 19 years. She is in her second term on the Chamber Board of Directors, since she had served a three-year term in prior years.
She is the mother of Joe Luis Ramirez, 30; Nathan, 25; and Bryan, 21. She is also the proud grandmother of Joey, 8 and Christopher, 5. She attended South Plains College. She says she is a member of the Chamber of Commerce because "I care about Littlefield and want to do whatever I can to add, improve and benefit Littlefield.
Besides the Chamber of Commerce, she is a member of the Early Risers Lions Club, and member of First Baptist Church.
ELAINE ARAGON, Vice President of Events
Elaine and husband, Anthony, are parents of four children, Ty, 28; Stephen, 24, Zachary, 14; and Jordyn, 11. She worked at Venetian of Lubbock and Ortega Bath environments 19 years before opening Jo Jo's Attic seven years ago.
Elaine is a 1985 graduate of Littlefield High School, and attended South Plains college. She says she is a member of the Littlefield Chamber of Commerce "To bring more economic growth to the City of Littlefield." The thing she likes best about Littlefield is: "The small-town community!" Besides work, Elaine is a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, is involved with Littlefield Girls' and Boys' Youth basketball programs; and served on the Littlefield Centennial Celebration Committee.
DR. BRIAN HILL, Vice President of Media
Dr. Brian Hill, senior pastor of Littlefield's First Baptist Church the past three years, is serving his first term on the Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors. He also served on the Littlefield Centennial Celebration Committee, and is on the Celebrate Littlefield Committee this year.
He and his wife, Kristi, are parents of three sons: Jared, 21; Ethan, 19; and Bryson, 17. Dr. Hill has been in the ministry since 1999, and has served churches in Granbury and Levelland, before coming to Littlefield. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Hardin-Simmons University. He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity degree; then earned his doctorate degree from Baylor University's Truett Seminary. "It is a way for me to better see and understand our community, and it is an opportunity to further serve Littlefield," is the reason he says he is a member of the chamber of Commerce. What he likes best about Littlefield is: "The people!!" Other organizations besides First Baptist Church, in which he is involved are 2014 president of the Early Risers Lions Club and is a member of the Littlefield Rotary club.
TAMMY DEMEL, Vice President of Membership
Tammy Dremel is serving in her second year on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is vice president of membership to the board, and will continue her service on the "Celebrate Littlefield" board. She is the technology coordinator for Littlefield ISD schools, and has served the district for 25 years. She began her career at LISD, teaching technology classes at high school. After 15 years in the classroom, she moved to her current position. She received her Undergraduate Degree in Business from Angelo State University, the completed her Master's Degree from Texas Tech University. Tammy has lived in Littlefield since she was five years old, when her family moved from Odessa. Both she and her brother graduated from Littlefield High School. Tim is now a physician assistant in Lubbock. Her father retired from Littlefield ISD after 35 years of service as a teacher, coach, and athletic director. Her mother worked for the Department of Agriculture, is now retired and both still live in Littlefield. They work in conjunction with Tabby as LBT Creations, which has developed from a love of creating crafts, jewelry, and design.
Tammy is married to Pat Demel, who is employed at AimBank of Littlefield. After graduating from Angelo State, the couple moved back to Littlefield. They have a strong tie to this community, and wished to raise their family among family and friends. Both believe that community involvement is very important. They are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Pat is on the school board, and is president of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
LANCE BROADHURST, New Director
In October of 2003, he went to work for First United Bank as a loan officer, and was promoted to his current position as Branch Manager in May of 2005.
He was educated at South Plains College and West Texas State University.
He says he is a member of the Chamber of Commerce because: "I believe we have a responsibility to attract new business into Littlefield, but even a bigger responsibility to preserve what we currently have. We have many fine businesses that have been around a long time. I think sometimes, we take that for granted, and we need to work for those businesses.
He says, "The ability to get from home to work in two minutes, and the very friendly people," are the things he likes best about Littlefield.
Besides his involvement with First United Bank, he is also a Deacon at First Baptist Church, is vice president of the Littlefield School Board, and works with the food distribution program of First Baptist Church.
RALPH RENE DURAN, New Director
Ralph Rene Duran has lived in Littlefield 33 years, and is serving on his first term as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is employed as parts manager at John Roley Auto Center
He and his wife of 20 years, Janie Duran, are parents of two daughters: Denise Duran, 20, and Erin Duran 15. He is a Littlefield High school graduate, and has enjoyed working for John Roley Auto Center in Littlefield. He says he is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, "To represent his employer, and to bgive a personal service and to be active with all Chamber events. The thing he likes best about Littlefield is: "It's my hometown and it's fairly small, quiet, cozy and safe. It is a good place to raise a family."
Besides his work and Chamber of Commerce actives, he is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church
SHARON JOHNSON, New Director
Sharon Johnson has lived in Littlefield the past four years, and is employed at Lowe's Corporate Offices as a payroll clerk. She is in her first term as a Chamber of Commerce Board member. She is the mother of her 17 year-old daughter, Zamika Bradley, a senior at Littlefield High School.
Sharon worked 11 years at the American Cotton Growers' Denim Textile Plant, then moved to Norfolk, Virginia for 10 years where she was employed by the United States Post Office.
She returned to Littlefield, and is currently employed at Lowe's Corporate Offices in the payroll department. For her educational background, she attended kindergarten at Sudan, the first through her senior years at Amherst. After graduation, she earned her Associates Degree in Computer Information services at South Plains College.
She says she is a member of the Chamber of Commerce because: "I enjoy being active in the community. I'm a busy body, and love a challenge." What she likes best about Littlefield is: "Littlefield is home, I have lived near here, and grew up in this area. I know and am familiar with many people here."
In addition to the Chamber of Commerce and her employment, she is a member of Lowe's Wellness Committee; is a Littlefield Little Dribblers Coach; is the Youth Sunday School Teacher at the New Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where she is also secretary for the church's Usher Board; is a member of the church's Women's Missionary Union, and a member of the Daughters of the King; she serves on the Board of the Annual Black History Committee; on the Board of the Juneteenth Committee; and is a member of the SPC Upward Bound Parent Committee.
Rick Richards has lived in Littlefield 18 years, and is director of Littlefield Independent School District's Business and District Services. He is in the second year of his first term as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and also served on the Chamber of Commerce's Centennial Committee, organizing the Centennial Celebration for Littlefield's 100th birthday. He is now serving on the "Celebrate Littlefield" committee.
Rick and his wife, Jan, are parents of two adult sons, Nick, 29, and his wife, Meg; and Joe, 27, and his wife Jess.
Before coming to Littlefield ISD, he had work experience in banking, real estate and mortgage lending for 17 years. During the 18 years with LISD, he has held various positions with the district. He earned his BBA degree in banking and finance at Abilene Christian University, received his teaching certification from Texas Tech University; received his Master of Education degree from Wayland Baptist University. He is a registered Texas School Business Administrator.
Rick is a member of the Chamber of Commerce "to help promote business and economic development in the community." Rick is also a member of the South Plains Chapter of Texas Association of School Business Officials, and the Littlefield Planning and zoning Board of Directors.
BRIAN SAENZ, New Director
Brian Saenz has lived in Littlefield 40 years, and is employed as a residential roofing specialist with Fortenberry Roofing Company. He is in the first three-year term as a member of the Littlefield Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
He and his wife, Tonya, are parents of three children: Summer, 17; Amanda, 14; and Braedy, 9 years old. Since he graduated from Littlefield High school in 1992, he has been employed with Lowe's Corporation in 1992; with Littlefield EMS volunteer from 1992 - 1997; at American Cotton Growers' Denim Textile Plant from 1992 - 1997; and currently with Fortenberry Roofing since 1997. He was a trainer with SNAP Fitness from 2012-2013. He also trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's Paramedic Program.
He says, "I am a member of the Chamber of Commerce, due to my involvement with the Celebrate Littlefield committee during the Centennial Celebration."
"All members were professional and a whole lot of fun to work with. Having a business in Littlefield allows me to continue to be nvolved in promoting Littlefield.," he explained. "What I like the best about Littlefield is the day-to-day friendliness of the people, especially the strength and faith found in our people of Littlefield," he says.
Other organizations with which he is involved are: Coach for Little League Baseball; Coach for HPYFL; active in the fitness community, such as SNAP fitness and Fit Camp during the spring/summer months; organizer of the annual 5K Color Dash and Tuff Tire, sponsore by Fortenberry Roofing Company.
At First Baptist Church he is part of the impact leadership on Wednesday nights for boys in 10th to 12th grades; is also a group leader with the First Kids program for fifth and sixth grade boys on Wednesday nights; and is also part of the Emmaus Community.
CARY HANLIN II
Cary K. Hanlin II has lived in Lamb County 15 years, and is a 1992 Littlefield High School graduate. He is employed with USDA Farm Service Agency as the County Executive Director.
He and his wife, Carrie, have been married 15 years, and are parents of three children: Kambri, 14; Karson, 12; and Kennadi, 7. He worked for Perot Systems from 1998 to 2002, and since 2002 has been employed by the Farm Service Agency for both Lubbock and Lamb Counties. After he graduated from Littlefield High School, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems from Lubbock Christian University.
He says he is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, "To do my part in promoting growth in Littlefield, by supporting any new business, as well as the existing businesses within our city." Other organizations in which he is involved are: crescent Park Church of Christ, Littlefield Youth Football League, baseball and softball leagues, as well as many 4-H activities with his children.
SHAWNA WAGLEY, Director
Shawna Wagley was born and raised in Littlefiled, and attended Littlefield Schools all 12 years. She graduated with the class of 1996. After graduation, she attended South Plains College in Levelland, and then earned her Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Mortuary Sciences from Amarillo College. She has be a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2003. After working in Lubbock for several years, she felt a need to return to Littlefield to serve families in her hometown, providing them with compassionate care during their hardest times. In 2007, the opportunity arose, and partnerig with her former classmate and friend, Sam Billinglesey, Hillcrest Funeral Home was established." In addition to daily operations at the funeral home, Shawna is very active in her community, with the Littlefield Early Risers Lions Club, serves on the board of the Littlefield Chamber of Commerce, Littlefield Celebration Committee, the Littlefield Ex-Students Association, and the New Horizons Emmaus Community. She has just completed a multiple-year term on the Panhandle Funeral Directors Association's board of directors, and stays current on all industry updates, and newest products, and regularly attends continuing education classes and conventions.
Shawna has two sons, Stetson nd Rody, who both attended Littlefield High School. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Littlefield. In her spare time, she spends time with her family, travels, does a lot of photography, reading, scrapbooking, and distance running.
Her favorite thing about living in her hometown is watching her children grow up with the same traditions as she did as a child, and being a part of a community where everyone comes together in times of need, good or bad. She enjoys serving on the Littlefield Chamber of Commerce Board, because the importance of small businesses is very important to her, having parents who own and operate one here in Littlefield, and owning one herself.
CODY WEST, Vice President of Media
Cody West, owner of KZZN Radio, has lived in Littlefield the past three years, and is in his first term on the Chamber Board of Directors. He was appointed by the Chamber Board of Directors to serve as the chairman of the Littlefield Centennial Celebration Committee, which is a branch of the Chamber of Commerce.
Cody has two sons, Ryan, 10 years old; and Caleb, one year old. Cody is a 13-year veteran of radio broadcasting, including the last three at KZZN in Littlefield. He worked at KIUJ/KPTX Radio in Pecos for 10 years prior to purchasing KZZN in Littlefiled. He is a graduate of Andrews High School, then attended Odessa College and Texas Justice Court Training Center of Texas State University. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, because "Our local chamber offers many benefits to its members. I enjoy membership because of the visibility it creates for my business, and the opportunity it gives me to help other businesses succeed." Other organizations and activities in which he is involved include: member of First Baptist Church of Littlefield; is president of the High Plains Youth Football League, and member of the Littlefield Board of City Development.
SUE WILLIAMSON, Director
Sue Williamson has lived in Littlefiled 8-1/2 years, and is in her first year to serve on the Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors. She is Administrative Assistant with Lamb County Electric Cooperative, Inc. She and her husband, Johnny Williamson, together have five daughters, five sons-in-law, 12 grandchildren (and one on the way). Their children are: Becca and Kenny Navarro of Lubbock; Tonya and Brian Saenz of Littlefield; Kristin and Phillip Bowman of Amarillo; Ashley and dRew McKinnon of Littlefield, and Keeta and James Lucero of Lubbock. "Our awesome grandkids are: Lacey, Summer, Logan, Amanda, Andrea, Gavin, Braedy, Jaylee, Audrey, Diego and twins, Madi and Ally," she says.
Her first job after college was with Lubbock Children's Home, then with Hopson Claims in Amarillo; then Coldwell banker Paxton Real Estate in Levelland, before beginning at Lamb County Electric Coop 14-1/2 years ago. She is a graduate of Levelland High School, and after two years at South Plains College, she received her Bachelor of ASecretarial Science degree. "I am thrilled to be part of the Chamber. I am leearning new concepts and activities in which the chanber is involved. One of our seven principles of working at an electric cooperative is "concern for community" and I am ready to step up and serve the people of Littlefield the best I can," she says is the reason she is a memeber of the Chamber of Commerce. The thing she likes about Littlefield is: "I love living in the small town atmosphere with the friendly and caring people of Littlefield. It is the best place to live with neighbors and friends helping each other whenever needed, and being part of their lives."
Other organizations in which she is involved include: Church attendance in Lubbock with their children; and being involved with various community activities; parades; Relay for Life;Celebrate Littlefiled, and the Government-In-Action Youth Tour, which is a program sponsored by Lamb County Electric Cooperative, Inc.