Newsmakers Former prof rejoining TCU as Fine Arts dean

Anne Helmreich, a former art history professor at Texas Christian University from 1996-2003, will return to campus Aug. 1 as dean of the College of Fine Arts.

Helmreich is an art historian who specializes in 19th century art and the digital humanities. She is co-author of the article “Local/Global: Mapping 19th Century London’s Art Market,” which won the 2015 prize for online publication from the Association of Research Institutes in Art History.

Helmreich was associate professor of art history at Case Western Reserve University, where she also served as director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. Since 2011, she has been senior program officer at The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles.

She earned her doctorate in art history from Northwestern University, her master’s degree in art history from the University of Pittsburgh and her bachelor’s in history from Dickinson College.

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“I am thrilled to be returning to Texas Christian University and joining my colleagues to highlight the arts as a vital part of 21st century education,” she said. “TCU, with its close ties to the distinguished arts and culture organizations in the D-FW metroplex, is a unique learning laboratory for the arts.”

Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations

Balcom Agency promoted Lesley Dupre, formerly social media manager and public relations coordinator, to account manager and PR specialist. Her new responsibilities include day-to-day management for such clients as Cash America International and Tony Lama Boots. She will also continue to manage projects for the Neeley Executive MBA Program at Texas Christian University and develop social media content for the program. Dupre joined Balcom in 2010.

Banking & Finance

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EECU hired Brad Schone as chief financial officer. Schone brings 15 years of experience in the finance industry and returns to EECU after four years as senior vice president of finance at Park Community Credit Union in Louisville, Ky. He previously was an internal audit manager at EECU. As CFO, Schone will lead key financial initiatives, including risk management, strategic planning and treasury management.

Premier Bank Texas, a branch of Providence Bank with locations in Missouri, appointed Frank I. Brinegar as director of commercial banking. Brinegar joined Premier Bank Texas in May 2011 as executive vice president, Texas market president, and will continue to fill that role while assuming responsibilities in the bank’s Missouri operations. Brinegar has more than 30 years of commercial banking experience.

The new leadership team at Property Damage Appraisers includes Kenneth Loose, chief operations officer; Tom Slimak, chief business development officer; David Eisman, chief sales and marketing officer; George Lyle, chief financial officer; and Katherine Slate, chief administrative officer. Loose brings more than 25 years of multi-line claims and claim management experience and is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and general management of PDA. He previously worked 22 years in executive positions at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. Slimak has more than 20 years of experience in claims and field management. Previously, he worked for Travelers Insurance Co. in multiple management roles. Eisman has more than 25 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry. Before joining PDA he was a principal at iClaimsSolutions. Lyle has been with PDA six years and is responsible for the finance department. He previously worked at Moll Industries Inc. as the corporate controller and has more than 15 years of finance and accounting management experience. Slate has spent nine years with PDA, overseeing franchise relations, corporate planning and human resources. Previously, she was the assistant vice president of franchise relations and director of corporate development at PDA as well as the director of HR and training for a Hardee’s franchisee with 47 locations. In addition to PDA’s leadership restructure, Tresa Loose has been named vice president of marketing and sales. She has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance claims and collision repair industry working for companies including State Farm Insurance.

Boards & Organizations

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John Goobeck, vice president and director in charge of Greenwood Funeral Homes and Cremations, is the new president of the North Texas Region of the Texas Funeral Directors Association. The 32-year veteran funeral director assumes his new role in addition to his work at Greenwood.

Newly elected directors of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show include: Rose Alvarez, Becky Renfro Borbolla, Robert Herod, John Menzies, Jamie Morgan and Scott Prince. Named as honorary vice presidents were Wayne C. Jordan, elected to the board in 1982, and Arvil J. Lewis and Charles R. Rollins, both elected to the board in 1989. Re-elected were Bradford S. Barnes, president and general manager; Edward P. Bass, chairman; Charlie Geren, vice president; Charlie Moncrief, secretary; Randy Rogers, treasurer; and W. R. “Bob” Watt Jr., president emeritus. Full-time staff changes include Bruce M. McCarty, promoted to executive vice president; Lauren Lovelace, promoted to horse show manager, and Cal White, promoted to assistant operations manager.

Engineering & Construction

New team members at The Barron Companies Inc. include Megan Wills, chief financial officer; Curtis Yarger, vice president, Barron Energy; and Michael Doddridge, director of business development. Wills spent five years at Deloitte followed by positions at D.R. Horton Inc. and Pier 1 Imports Inc. as accounting manager and financial reporting manager, respectively. Yarger has 35 years of experience in all aspects of land surveying. He is vice president of the Barron•Stark•Swift Survey Division, managing surveying for large-scale pipeline projects and well platting. He also manages teams that survey for the electrical transmission industry across multiple states. Doddridge, a certified church consultant, has worked within the faith-based market for nearly 13 years with experience in design/build, general contracting and construction management. An Army veteran, he served in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield.


Kelly Huang joined Galderma as vice president and general manager of the company’s Aesthetic and Corrective Business Unit in the United States, while Chuck Paschke has been named senior director of organizational health. Huang worked at Johnson & Johnson for 16 years, where he focused primarily on skincare, leading product launches in cosmetic and OTC products as vice president of research and development, professional sales and marketing, and as a corporate officer of J&J’s Neutrogena Corp. More recently, he was president of Endo Pharmaceuticals’ HealthTronics division as well as for medical device research and development, manufacturing, and sales and marketing.

A 35-year veteran of the pharmaceutical and healthcare field, Paschke joined Galderma in 1997 as director of managed care and trade national accounts. He also served as director of sales, vice president of sales and most recently as senior director of leadership, commercial excellence. Paschke will lead the company’s efforts to set new standards for organizational efficiency as a member of Galderma’s U.S. leadership team.


Christopher Klement joined Cantey Hanger LLP’s Dallas office as an associate. His focus is on bankruptcy and general civil litigation. Klement spent the last two years as corporate counsel for ViewPoint Bank, where he advised on state and federal law and helped to identify, analyze and offer solutions to legal issues arising from various bank activities.

Nonprofit Organizations

After two years serving as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, Rob Roby has returned to his legal career as a litigation attorney. Roby has been a significant donor and board member, and continues to be a Big Brother and mentor to his Little Brother Deonte for a combined 15 years.


Seccuris Inc. added Stacey Cochran as its new information security consultant and appointed Marshall Sansbury as partner manager. Cochran is responsible for developing the marketplace in Texas and 15 states along the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast. Before joining Seccuris, he was senior solutions architect for a major global systems integrator. Prior to that, Cochran owned and managed his own information technology consulting firm. Sansbury, formerly an account executive, is responsible for partner and reseller management. He joined Seccuris two years ago and previously spent more than 10 years working with successful technology startup companies from pre-launch.

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