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People March 3, 2014

Architecture & Engineering Andrew Ickert has been named vice president and manager of the Fort Worth office of Halff Associates Inc. Ickert will be responsible for leading operations and expansion of the Fort Worth office through its civil engineering, water resources, transportation, land development, planning, environmental and surveying services. Ickert succeeds J. Russell Killen, who recently was named executive vice president and appointed to Halff’s corporate management team. With more than 12 years of experience at Halff, Ickert has served as project manager on a variety of engineering projects for the public and private sectors. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Texas Floodplain Management Association and is a certified floodplain manager and licensed professional engineer in Texas.

Boards & Organizations New board members of the Corporate Employees Recreation Association (formerly Lockheed Martin Recreation Association) are: Greg Walker, president; Marcia Ceplecha, secretary; Reagan Ferguson, treasurer; John Babb; Dan Cartie; Charles Williams and Peter Stanfill. The Northeast Texas Chapter Fort Worth office of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation elected its 2014 board. Allan Meyer, chairman, is joined by Michael Benkel, Brandon Brewer, Lance Federick, Cory Jaetzold, Keith Hook, Kevin Jones, Zach Jones, Michelle Jumonville, Michael Moore, Shannon Moore, Paige Montgomery, Ryan Montgomery, Julie Mudry, David Pettit, Matthew Radler, Drex Rutledge, Bobby Sharp and Kim Sissen. The Tarrant Area Community of Churches’ 2014 board officers are: president, John Wright, Baker Chapel, A.M.E. Church; vice president, Hal Leeds, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth; secretary, Royce Rose, Gambrell Street Baptist Church; treasurer, Gail Warren, Grace Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church; personnel chairman, Gilbert Marez, Iglesia Cristiana Camino de Paz; and development chairman, Steve Harding, First United Methodist Church in Hurst. Board members are: Megan Amman, River Oaks Christian Church; Bill Anderson, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church; Jim Bisch, Westwind Christian Church; Troy Chapman, First United Methodist Church Crowley; Raymond Daniel, First Presbyterian Church Fort Worth; Shalini Doss-Parker, Grace Lutheran Church; Tom Faile, First United Methodist Church Keller; Kristie Gibson, University Christian Church; Jane Goodspeed, Morningside United Methodist Church; Ken Hall, First Christian Church; A’Isha Malone, Tarrant County College; Lori Roberts, Broadway Baptist Church; Iona Smith, St. James A.M.E.; Jorene Swift, Broadway Baptist; and Reuben Thompson, Community Christian Church. Travis Patterson, an associate in Shannon Gracey’s Fort Worth office, is the District 26 representative for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. He will represent the affiliated young lawyer divisions from North and West Texas. He also will handle disaster legal services under the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency should there be a federal disaster during his two-year tenure. Patterson also will represent the division to the boards of Texas Young Lawyers Association, Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.

Energy Schramm Inc., a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of mobile, land-based hydraulic drill rigs, appointed Kelly Shideler to the new position of oil and gas business development manager based in Houston. Shideler’s responsibilities will include the energy sector in the south central region of the United States including shale development areas in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arkansas. Prior to joining Schramm, Shideler was vice president, land rig business at TSC and had several positions at oil field equipment and service provider TESCO, including executive assignments in China and Russia.

Law Jackson Walker LLP elected Sara McEown and Colin Murchison to the firm’s partnership. McEown, an attorney in the litigation section, represents clients in complex business, construction, energy, real estate, and oil and gas matters. She has an educational and professional background in business and, in particular, in the construction industry. She was certified in 2002 as a certified professional constructor-associate constructor by the American Institute of Constructors. McEown also worked for a commercial general contractor prior to attending law school. A member of the wealth planning team, Murchison focuses his practice on probate, probate litigation, guardianships, and estate planning and tax, with an emphasis on the taxation of individuals, estates and trusts. He is also an experienced probate litigator representing clients in will and trust contests and guardianship disputes. He is board certified in estate planning and probate law and is certified by the State Bar of Texas as an attorney ad litem and a guardian ad litem. Shoshana Thoma-Isgur is a new partner in the investment management, hedge funds and alternative investments practice at K&L Gates LLP’s Fort Worth office. She advises on investment management and securities compliance matters, including investment fund formation, federal and state securities regulations and regulatory examinations. Cantey Hanger partner Caroline Harrison has passed the written examination to become board certified in labor and employment law as designated by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Nonprofit Organizations Volunteers of America Texas appointed Jennifer Leney as vice president of finance. She will oversee the organization’s financial operations across Texas, including in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Additionally, she will be a key member of the organization’s executive leadership team. Prior to joining Volunteers of America Texas, Leney was chief operating officer for Christian Community Action. She has nearly 20 years of experience in finance and more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with a focus on social services.

Real Estate The Greysteel Co., a Washington, D.C., real estate investment services firm, launched Greysteel Texas LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The company appointed real estate veteran Boyan Radic as managing director and practice leader of Greysteel Texas’ multifamily division. Greysteel Texas will initially represent private and institutional investors, developers and lenders in investment sales and financing of private capital and middle-market multifamily properties and portfolios in North Texas and the south central United States.

Brooks named associate at VLK Architects VLK Architects named John Brooks an associate in its Fort Worth office. Brooks joined VLK in 2011. As senior project designer, he brings 30 years of experience providing designs for primary, secondary and higher education facilities; lifestyle centers; auto dealerships; corporate office buildings; interiors and mixed-use developments. His experience also includes numerous athletic facilities for colleges and national stadiums such as Apogee Stadium at the University of North Texas; a renovation of Dodger Stadium and master plan for improvements in Los Angeles; the south end zone building for Amon Carter Stadium at Texas Christian University; consultation on the FIFA World Cup venues in Brazil, including renovations on the iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro; and a proposal for Baghdad Olympic Stadium in Iraq.

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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