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Newsmakers:FW municipal court hires Ewing, administrator from Washington

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Veteran court administrator Theresa A. Ewing has been named director of Fort Worth Municipal Courts, beginning May 16.

Ewing has been the court administrator for Thurston County, Washington, for the past five years.

“Theresa Ewing is an ideal fit for Fort Worth as we seek to improve Municipal Court operations in the nation’s fastest growing large city,” Assistant City Manager Valerie Washington said. “She is an innovative leader who has built a career based on providing an efficient court system with outstanding public service.”

Ewing was court administrator for the Bremerton, Washington, Municipal Court for three years and had various positions with the North Las Vegas, Nevada, Municipal Court for 17 years prior to that.

She has served on numerous committees in Nevada and Washington that promote public and judicial branch improvements by training judiciary staff and judges, creating opportunities for increased access to court records through the use of technology, and increasing public and governmental awareness of the independence of the judiciary.

She has instructed classes for court employees throughout Nevada, Arizona and Washington over the last 16 years.

Ewing has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management with the National Center for State Courts. She is attending Michigan State University pursuing a master’s degree in judicial administration.

Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations

Anthony Palagi joined GCG Marketing as account executive. Palagi previously was production manager for The World, a private, residential mega-yacht, where he was responsible for brand management, content creation, team management and budget supervision. Prior to that, he worked in communications and media roles at First Baptist Church Arlington, HSE Films and The MET Church-Houston.

Banking & Finance

UMB Bank, a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corp., expanded its commercial real estate team in key markets, including Fort Worth, where Gregory Stuteville — has been promoted to regional commercial real estate manager. He is responsible for the real estate group, real estate lending and business development for Texas and Oklahoma. Stuteville has more than 33 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry, and he has been with UMB since 2006. Prior to this new position, he was senior vice president at Texas Bank Fort Worth.

Unity One Credit Union hired Patty Revis as director of human resources. Revis will oversee human resource planning and policies, training and development, recruitment, payroll and salary administration, benefits and compliance. She brings more than 20 years of experience in recruiting, talent development, employment branding and marketing. Revis has served on the board of the Fort Worth Human Resource Management Association for more than five years and has been an active member for more than 10 years. She served for three years on the board for the Mid-Cities HRMA and in 2009 was named the HR Professional of the Year. She is a certified international trainer by Junior Chamber International and a master graduate of Rapport International Leadership Academy and she completed the Jobing University Capstone. Additionally, she worked on-air for KTXA-21, providing career advice as the employment expert for two years.

Southside Bank added David Stout to its commercial division and promoted Matt Zohfeld and Jeremy Dean within the mortgage division. Stout joins as vice president, relationship manager for the North Texas region to develop new commercial, industrial and business banking relationships primarily in the Fort Worth market. With six years of experience, his background includes business development, revenue growth generation and commercial loan processing. Stout is a graduate of BB&T’s Leadership Credit Training Program.

With more than 13 years of experience in the mortgage industry, Zohfeld is now senior vice president, regional sales manager, mortgage for the North Texas region. Zohfeld joined Southside Bank in 2011. Dean was elevated to vice president, mortgage secondary and technology manager. With more than 15 years in the mortgage industry, Dean joined Southside Bank in 2010.

Rylander, Clay & Opitz LLP hired Michael Dunlap as manager in the tax department. Dunlap, a certified public accountant, has worked in the accounting industry for more than 30 years. He specializes in oil and gas, real estate, auto dealership, and farming and ranching. His primary areas of responsibility include individual and business taxation, small business consulting and IRS correspondence. Dunlap has served as the president of the Permian Basin Chapter of the TSCPA (Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants), the vice president of CPE of the Fort Worth chapter of the TSCPA, the director of the Fort Worth chapter of the TSCPA, and treasurer and board member for Tarrant Area Food Bank.

Boards & Organizations

Einar T. Ingvarsson, program director of autism services at Child Study Center, is 2016-2017 president-elect of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis. Ingvarsson is a research scientist in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. He is associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Analysis of Verbal Behavior. He is also on the editorial boards of The Behavior Analyst, European Journal of Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board named four Texas students as advisory board representatives. They include University of Texas at Arlington psychology major Pooja Mallipaddi, who was named to the Apply Texas Advisory Committee, and Arabhi Cumbum Nagasunder, a student at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, who was named to the Graduate Education Advisory Committee. The appointments are from June 1 to May 31, 2018.

Officers for the Fort Worth Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators are: President Tim McKay, Past President Lisa Boyd, President-elect Kelli Kennedy, Vice President-Membership Lisa Grigar, Treasurer Karol Kohl Fate, Secretary Sandra Gamez, Director at Large Cynthia Pinson; financial/legal industry, Rick Cruz; human resources/communications, Leah Williams; operations/information technology, Matt Reed; and newsletter, Sylvia Coatney.

Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed Tiffany Burks to the Midwestern State University Board of Regents for a term to expire on Feb. 25, 2022. Burks is deputy chief of the criminal division for the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney. She has been an instructor at the University of Texas at Arlington and an assistant district attorney for the Fort Bend County District Attorney. Burks is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas District and County Attorneys Association and the Tarrant County Bar Association. She is former president of the L. Clifford Davis Legal Association, past member of the Black Women Lawyers of Tarrant County and a 2015 recipient of Texas Lawyer Magazine Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law Award.


W. Stephen “Steve” Damron has been selected dean of Tarleton State University’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Damron will begin his duties July 1.

Since 2011, Damron has been assistant dean of academic programs for Oklahoma State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources. He joined the school’s Animal Science Department in 1988 after teaching at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the University of Wisconsin. While at OSU, he was faculty adviser to 13 student organizations and coordinated the department’s largest scholarship program. In addition to being teaching coordinator, diversity coordinator and research scholar co-coordinator, he has served on numerous higher education, professional and community committees and councils.

Damron earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural science from the University of Tennessee at Martin and his master’s degree and doctorate in ruminant nutrition from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. During his career, he has received 26 teaching and advising awards and recognitions.

Texas Wesleyan University’s head football coach, Joe Prud’homme, hired Paul Duckworth as defensive coordinator. Duckworth coached each of the last 15 seasons with Prud’homme at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth. As associate head coach, defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach, he helped lead Nolan to nine state championship games and seven state championship titles. Duckworth was a sixth-round NFL draft pick by the Green Bay Packers in 1994 but left the team due to injury. At the collegiate level, he played for the University of Connecticut. In 1998, UConn celebrated 100 years of football and named Duckworth to its All-Time Team.

Honors & Awards

Texas Christian University football legends Andy Dalton, LaDainian Tomlinson, Mike Renfro and Lyle Blackwood were honored March 9 at the Legends Luncheon, benefiting Meals On Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County. The event recognizes the accomplishments of Texans who have demonstrated outstanding character through their actions and community involvement.

The BARC team of Balfour Beatty Construction was one of 23 winners to receive the Associated General Contractors of America’s Alliant Build America Award for 2015. The team won for the terminal renovation project at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.


State National Companies Inc. named Matt Beard senior vice president of business development for its program services segment. Beard has extensive insurance and reinsurance experience, specializing in program business. Most recently, he was president for Assure Re Intermediaries Inc. in Dallas. Previously, he assisted in forming and developing Assure Re Intermediaries and had positions at BMS Intermediaries in both London and Dallas. Beard started his career with EWI Re.

Nonprofit Organizations

Sarah Sibilsky joined United Way of Tarrant County as a senior major gifts officer and Hannah Seals joined as a major gifts officer. Sibilsky moved to United Way from the American Red Cross, where she had been a member of the major gifts team since 2012. Sibilsky’s seven years of experience in nonprofits began at the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Seals’ background includes three years of donor management and fundraising experience as a representative for Samaritan’s Purse. Originally from Southern California, Seals worked for Biola University in La Mirada, California, as a key ambassador for a $150 million campaign raising support for student scholarships.

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