James Earp UTA MPA Alumni, has recently been selected as City of Hutto's new City Manager to begin in August 2022. Mr. Earp graduated with a Master's degree in Public Administration from UTA in 2005. Having formerly worked as an Assistant City Manager, Mr. Earp has actively participated in various projects and was honored by the ASPA (American Society of Public Administration) "Public Administrator of the Year" award. CAPPA takes immense pride in sharing the success story of leaders actively contributing to various projects and city developments.
Aaron Werner to be announced as the new Executive Director at the Visit McKinney. Aaron returns to McKinney with plans for higher levels of achievement as the department continues to attract leisure visitors, conferences, and business travelers to the incredible city. Having previously served as the Director of Leisure Services for the City of Denison, Mr. Werner has made some phenomenal contributions to the community. Werner graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and is also an active member of the Texas Downtown Association since 2017.
Cristi Landrum, UTA BArch Alumni, recently joined Perkins Eastman as a Principal and Regional Residential Practice Area Leader.
Samuel Digby, UTA MPA Alumni, has been elected Class President of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration's (ILEA's) 59th School of Executive Leadership. Digby has served the Dallas Police Department for more than 21 years and currently serves as the Sergeant. ILEA's School of Executive Leadership provides quality educational programs for the professional development of law enforcement leaders, such as Digby. The School of Executive Leadership offers advanced leadership and ethics training programs to emerging leaders and police executives in different levels of law enforcement across the country. Digby earned a Masters of Public Administration at UTA. Learn more in the Center for American and International Law's (CAIL) News.
Dr. Theron Bowman, UTA PhD Alumni, will be honored with the naming of the City of Arlington South Police Service Center. Dr. Bowman became Arlington's first African American police chief in 1999 and has been recognized for his 34 years of service towards diversity, education, improvements, professionalism, and the community. Currently, Dr. Bowman serves as the CEO of Theron L. Bowman, Inc. to continuously improve police administrations and operational systems. In addition, Dr. Bowman works as a UTA Adjunct Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Bowman accomplished numerous degrees at UTA, including a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Administration, a Master of Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Congratulations for tremendous work that has heavily impacted the City of Arlington.
Rachel Balthrop Mendoza, UTA MPA Alumni, recently accepted a new position as the Development Manager for the Town of Little Elm. Mendoz previously worked as the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Denton. Mendoza graduated UTA with a Master of Public Administration in 2021.
Leonard (Leo) A. Mantey, UTA MPA Alumni, has accepted a position as the Senior Deputy Director for the City of Richmond, Virginia. Mantey was formerly employed as the Strategic Operations Manager with the City of Fort Worth. Mantey graduated UTA with a Master of Public Administration, Master of City and Regional Planning, and Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
Fabrice Kabona, UTA MPA Alumni, has been appointed the City Manager of Madisonville, Texas. Kabona graduated with a Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management in 2015. Kabona previously worked as an Assistant City Manager and Deputy City Manager for Lancaster, Texas. We are proud to see Kabona’s growth as a leading community member who contributes to various city operations and policy developments.
Carroll Pruitt, UTA BS ARCH Alumni, has been appointed to the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council by Governor Greg Abbott. Pruitt is the President and CEO of Pruitt Consulting Inc. In addition, Pruitt is an member of numerous organizations, such as the Texas Society of Architects, AIA Fort Worth, Accessibility Professionals Association, and many more. The Texas Industrialized Building Code Council oversees the regulation of industrialized housing and buildings by state programs.
Carrie Cunningham, UTA M ARCH Alumni, has started a new position as Design Manager at Southern Land Company. Previously, Cunningham worked as a Project Architect at HKS Inc.
Dr. Kapreta Johnson, UTA Alumni and 2021 Ph.D. in Public and Urban Administration graduate, for her recent appointment to the Board of Directors for the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition. The volunteer-led organization provides oversight and planning for homeless services in Tarrant County with the focus of promoting social, economic, and physical transformation of underserved neighborhoods. Currently, Dr. Johnson serves as the Director of Alumni Strategy and Relations for Dallas College. Dr. Johnson expresses her honor and excitement about this opportunity to shape efforts in the eradication of homelessness. “Let’s change our world, one home, one person, one community at a time,” says Dr. Johnson.
Porscha Natasha Brown, UTA MPA Alumni, announces her running campaign to be the Next Democratic Judge of Harris County criminal Court No. 3. Brown currently serves as a public defender in Harris County and shares her belief for criminal-justice reform to reduce the rate of recidivism. Brown’s care for those accused of crimes, victims of crime, and the community have motivated her to run in the Democratic Judicial Primary. Compassion to serve others and previous experiences have empowered Brown’s ambitions to make positive changes in Harris County.
Congratulations to Chris Barnes, UTA BS ARCH Alumni, for his contributions at BOKA Powell and being listed as a finalist for D CEO’s 2022 Commercial Real Estate Awards for Excellence in Architecture and Design. The D CEO’s program recognizes outstanding industry players, projects, and deals. Selected finalists represent the region’s largest developments and transactions along with smaller deals poising as game-changers in their neighborhoods or industries. Barnes, Principal-in-Charge and Owner of BOKA Powell, has been involved with all phases of each project from initiation through completion to meet project goals and aspirations