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Newsmakers: New USS Fort Worth Support Committee executive director

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As Fort Worth-based Alcon prepares for its April 9 spinoff from parent company Novartis, it announced that Timothy C. Stonesifer will join the company as senior vice president and CFO. He will report directly to David Endicott, Alcon’s CEO, and become a member of Alcon’s Executive Committee.

He succeeds David Murray, who is returning to Europe and remaining with Switzerland-based Novartis, where he has held finance leadership positions since 2001.


Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Cassandra “Cassie” Bering, Richard Dean and Ryan Dollinger to the Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. The board advises the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division on programs and preventive solutions and submits recommendations regarding federal compliance issues and federal grant disbursements. Bering of Fort Worth is a contract monitor with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Private Facilities Contract Monitor Oversight Division. She is former president of Brite Divinity School Black Seminarians Union and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She has a bachelor’s degree in family/child development from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master of divinity from Texas Christian University Brite Divinity School. She is a student in the doctor of ministry program at Regent University.

Abbott has appointed George Green and Shelley Rayburn to the OneStar Foundation for terms set to expire on March 15, 2020. The foundation provides technical assistance, education, information and other support to the state’s volunteer community, and works to improve and strengthen the volunteerism and community service infrastructure. Rayburn of Fort Worth works with Rayburn Realty. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Christian Counseling, a former volunteer with Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center, and former member of the Aubrey Independent School District school board. She has a bachelor’s degree in human service and counseling from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a master’s in human service: marriage and family counseling from Liberty University.


The Lone Star Flight Museum has announced the selection of four new inductees into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. They are Christopher C. Kraft, H. Ross Perot Jr., Peggy Whitson and the late Air Force Gen. Ira C. Eaker.

The group will be inducted on April 12 at the 2019 Texas Aviation Hall of Fame luncheon at the flight museum, which is located at Houston’s Ellington Airport.

Perot is being honored for his support of aviation, from co-piloting the first around-the-world helicopter flight in 1982, at the age of 23, to the development of Alliance Airport. He was chairman of the U.S. Air Force Memorial Foundation, which built the Air Force Memorial in Washington, D.C. Perot is a recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s Samuel P. Langley Medal for Aeronautics for contributions to the sciences of aeronautics and astronautics, and his record-setting helicopter is on display at the National Air and Space Museum.

A panel of aviation historians, authors, publishers, archivists and aviation experts selected the honorees.

Easterseals North Texas’ Hats Off to Mothers committee will honor five mothers at the 2019 luncheon May 8 at the Ridglea Country Club. They are Victoria “Tori” Adams, Mary Kathryn Anderson, Leticia “Letty” Martinez, Lenda Richards and Jane Sykes. The women were chosen for their impact on the community and for their dedication to their children, family and friends.

Adams, a Master’s prepared critical care nurse, is a lifelong community volunteer in education, the arts, social services and women’s health. She is a former president of the Fort Worth Country Day board of trustees and has long affiliations with Texas Ballet Theater, the Junior League of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition.

Anderson is a lifelong community volunteer, especially in the areas of child and family health, and retired recently as director of business relations at Tarrant Area Food Bank.

Martinez, an attorney, has been chief of the Family Violence Unit and the Crimes Against Children Unit in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. She is the mother of twins, one of whom has autism.

Richards is the former director of volunteers at the Parenting Center and founder of the First Grandmothers’ Club in Fort Worth.

Sykes helped start the First Presbyterian Day School, now the Early Education Center. Her volunteer work also focused on the well-being of children at the Child Study Center, United Community Centers, Trinity Valley School and others. She was a founding board member of the Tarrant County Immunization Collaboration and the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas.


Civitas Senior Living has promoted Misti Powell to chief people officer. Powell is a co-founder of the senior living management company and was previously its senior vice president of operations.


The USS Fort Worth Support Committee has hired a new executive director, Sam Petty. She is a Fort Worth native who graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin. Petty previously had her own graphic design company after working as a marketing associate for Protect America, a security company based in Austin.

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