In the SpotlightJun 01, 2018 ● By Christine Perrenot
Allison Miller is the Frisco ISD director of community relations. She connects with community members to engage them with the district, bring in volunteers and see how people can make a difference for students. She is also over corporate sponsorships and advertising for the district.
Mrs. Miller is part of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce International Business Committee, the Rotary Club of Frisco, the Mayor’s Youth Council, the Leadership Frisco Advisory Council and the Frisco Giving Tree. She is also the director of the Frisco Education Foundation.
She received a PTA Honorary Life Membership and the 2005 Frisco Chamber of Commerce Golden Eagle Award. She has been a part of Leadership Frisco and the Citizens of the Community of Frisco.
Mrs. Miller plans to continue serving her community, travel, spend time with friends and family and eventually retire from the FISD.
After moving to Frisco in 2000, Ann Harris’ family started giving back and supporting nonprofits in the community through the Del and Ann Harris Foundation for Christian Principles, giving a yearly scholarship through the Frisco Education Foundation to a senior going to a Christian university.
Mrs. Harris spends time focused on the annual Texas Big Star Half Marathon & 5K, the major fundraiser for the North Texas Community Giving Foundation. She also manages the Frisco Giving Tree and currently supports or raises awareness for Frisco Fastpacs, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Grace to Change, Emily’s Place, City House, Boys and Girls Clubs, Becky’s Hope Horse Rescue, Cornerstone Ranch, Frisco Arts, the Frisco Education Foundation and LifeTalk Resource Center.
Mrs. Harris has been honored on the Top 10 Women in Collin County list (for her work with City House) and with the 2015 Spirit of Frisco Award, the 2015 Spirit of Collaboration Award and the 2016 Community Star Award (for the Frisco Giving Tree). In 2017, Mrs. Harris was on the board of the North Texas Community Giving Foundation that received the Nonprofit of the Year Award from the Frisco Chamber of Commerce.
As of next month, Mrs. Harris will be a two-year breast cancer survivor and looks forward to helping other women who receive a breast cancer diagnosis.
John Lettelleir, an 18-year Frisco resident, is the director of development services for the City of Frisco, which involves planning, building inspections, code enforcement and health and food safety. The department is responsible for updating a variety of plans and ordinances as well as overseeing the submittal of zoning and development cases, processing of building plans, inspections and so much more.
Mr. Lettelleir spends time mentoring planning students, speaking at conferences and guest speaking for a graduate course on planning and development. He loves getting to have a role in the development of the city.
In 2016, Mr. Lettelleir was inducted in the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
In the future, Mr. Lettelleir plans to continue working for the City of Frisco. Once he retires, he wants to stay active and contribute by consulting with communities to assist them with planning and development needs and mentoring people entering the planning profession.
Maher Maso, a Frisco resident since 1992, is currently the CEO of the Prosper Economic Development Corporation. As a previous mayor of Frisco, he is still supporting and encouraging investment in projects across North Texas.
Mr. Maso is a past chair and current board member of the Collin College Education Foundation. He enjoys supporting the region with his involvement in the North Texas Commission, as well as supporting the State of Texas with his past work on the Texas Select Committee on Economic Development and the Red River Boundary Commission.
Mr. Maso was named by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce as Frisco Citizen of the Year, was named by Collin County Business among the 21 for the 21st Century and the Global Chamber of Dallas honored him as Elected Official of the Year.
Mr. Maso’s favorite thing about Frisco is the quality people he has met and what he has learned from them. “It has been an honor to meet so many good people that care about their community,” he says.
Christine Ortega, a Frisco resident since 2004, is the community outreach director at Preston Trail Community Church. She provides opportunities for members to serve the relational, spiritual and resource needs of the community. She develops partnerships, provides practical steps for families to engage in the community, builds ministry teams and develops leaders. She is an advocate for under-resourced individuals in crisis, connecting them to resources and collaborating with the faith community, local government and private entities to serve their needs.
Mrs. Ortega is the president of Grace to Change and the vice president of the Collin County Homeless Coalition. She is also a Collin County Steering Committee member for the Health and Wellness Alliance for Children.
Mrs. Ortega loves that Frisco is home to people who are interested in the community and care about its future. As for her own future, she says, “I have recently challenged myself to step outside of my comfort zone to achieve a compelling goal God has placed on my heart.”
Donny Churchman, a Frisco resident for almost seven years, is the president of Nack Development, LLC. He is heading Frisco’s new downtown Rail District development, which is vital in preserving and expanding Frisco’s rich heritage.
He and his wife have five children, so no day is ever the same! He volunteers as a coach for his son’s 13U baseball team, which includes travel and league play in the Frisco Baseball and Softball Association.
In the future, Mr. Churchman plans to continue to focus on the revitalization of historic downtowns. Frisco’s Rail District is special to him, as it is in his city, but he knows most downtowns need some TLC. “I love bringing these core areas back to vibrant, active downtowns,” he shares.
Mr. Churchman’s favorite thing about Frisco are the people who help make it great.