May 2022 Newsletter
Greetings from your NLF Chair, Shelby Bruhn
Good Wednesday morning!

Today is “National Say Something Nice Day”, so don't forget to be an encouragement for others.

With students recently graduating from high school, college, and trade schools, now is the time to celebrate our NLF Foundation scholarship program. At our May 11 Board of Directors meeting, Larry Darlage announced that the NLF Foundation selection committee is awarding 24 scholarships. Of this number, 17 will benefit students who will attend four-year universities and seven will attend either a community college such as Tarrant County College or a trade school.

We are grateful for our scholarship selection committee members, who carefully examined the 111 applicants. The total of the scholarships was $44,597. We thank Jean Ann Hamm and the Nancy & Alan Hamm Foundation for providing $22,000 in matching funds for our scholarship program.

There are additional funds still available for Skills Technical Scholarships that may be awarded during the rest of this calendar year.

We look forward to our next breakfast on Tuesday, June 14, at the Hurst Conference Center, where we hope to meet some of our scholarship recipients. We also plan to recognize once again Ish Arebalos from Coca-Cola Southwest Bottling for providing a new Dell laptop computer for each scholarship recipient.

Let’s look forward to welcoming our newest members at that breakfast, as your Board of Directors approved for membership Cathy Neece Brown, Johnette Van Eeden, Shelly Lemman, Joe Harrington, Ed.D., Gary Hulsey, David Rudko, and Randy White.

The keynote speaker will be Wes Lyons, a core member from Eagle Venture Fund who will share how multiple faith-based equity funds are providing financing for various types of community economic development.

Now that Memorial Day is behind us, we look forward to a warm and fun-filled summer season that we will enjoy with family and friends.

Finally, since we continue to receive positive comments from Dr. Ray Perryman’s dazzling, 600 words-per-minute presentation, you may want to share or re-watch his presentation so, please click on this link.

I will always be receptive to your ideas, so please contact me at 817-564-2300 or at [email protected].

-Shelby Bruhn
NLF Foundation Awards $46,500 in
College/Career Scholarships
The Northeast Leadership Forum Foundation announced 24 students who will combine for $44,597 in college and vocational scholarships, as mentioned in Chairman Shelby’s column. Those students are:
Tyler Womble
Nicholas Jones
Olivia Pierret
Jordan Isabella Losack
Genevieve Kaufmann
Fayth Peterson
Vignes Jeevunundum
Hope Burress
Aysia Gallegos
Isha Patel
Jacob Pavlick
Adella Ott
Erin MacLean
Isabella McAdams
Kaitlyn Marsh
Parker Younger
Tyler Ward
Birdville High School
Richland High School
Carroll Senior High
Colleyville Heritage
Grapevine High School
Collegiate Academy
L.D. Bell High School
Euless Trinity High School
Central High School
Fossil Ridge High School
Keller High School
Timber Creek High School
Byron Nelson High School
Eaton High School
Northwest High
Steele Accelerated High School
Westlake Academy
Texas A&M
Univ. of Oklahoma
Notre Dame
Texas A&M
Univ. of North TX
Oklahoma State
Univ. of Texas - Dallas
Univ. of Texas - Arlington
Univ. of New Mexico
Carleton College
Univ. of Oklahoma
Univ. of Miami
Texas A&M
Oklahoma State
Univ. of Texas
Tulane Univ.
Austin College
Community colleges or vocational training: $1,500 – Students choosing to attend Tarrant County College will each be eligible for a matching $1,500 from the Tarrant County College Foundation: 
Zachary Vaughn Faubel
Neleh Little
Emily Harrison
Jacklen Molina
Gianna Rivera
Benjamin Tate
Kailyn Thomas
Timber Creek High School
Birdville High School
Richland High School
Grapevine High School
Central High School
Hill College
Blinn College
We thank our scholarship selection committee for their
diligence in reviewing 111 applications:
Larry Darlage, Chairman
Rebecca Barksdale
Randy Clinton
Bob Golden
Jim Griffin
Tito Rodriguez
Nick Sanders
Howard Shotwell
Shannon Watt
Membership Continues to Grow Following
NLF Award Banquet

We continue to grow the influence of our organization and of our existing members by adding new members who make a difference in our community. We congratulate our seven news members who were approved at our May 11 Board meeting:
  • Cathy Neece Brown – Chief Strategy Officer, James L. West Center for Dementia Care
  • Joe Harrington, Ed.D. – Superintendent, HEB Independent School District
  • Gary Hulsey – Principal/Owner, Hulsey Associates Building Systems
  • David Rudko – President/COO, Better Way Coaching, LLC
  • Johnette Van Eeden – Founder/CEO, Star Wellness
  • Randy White – Founder/CEO, Randy White Real Estate
  • Shelly Lemman - Founder/CEO, Innovative Ways
As you interact with business and community leaders who impress you, please invite them to sit at your table for our next NLF breakfast on Tuesday morning, June 14 at the Hurst Conference Center. These influencers are making a difference in our area, so let's invite them to participate in NLF. Membership is the lifeblood of our organization.
For any prospective NLF members you may know, click here to download the membership application. We want both established and emerging leaders to continue to join our organization to further the dynamic growth of Northeast Tarrant County. 
We specifically ask you to welcome visitors and new members to our breakfast meetings because growing the power of networks is one of the main benefits of NLF.
Please reach out to Craig Hulse, our membership chairman, if you have a prospect: [email protected] or 972-849-3858.
New Member Profiles
Please welcome two of our newest members of NLF.
Cathy Neece Brown
Chief Strategy Officer,
James L. West Center for Dementia Care

Cathy Neece Brown began her professional career with the Texas Rangers – not as a shortstop or pitcher, but as the corporate hospitality planner for the 1995 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Her first non-athletic role was as an annual fund officer at TCU, where she advanced to become Director of Development, raising funds for various schools and colleges at TCU and as Vice President at Brite Divinity School.  
Cathy moved into the performing arts field as Vice President of Development for the Arts Council of Fort Worth, and even served as interim president before becoming Vice President of Development at the James L. West Center for Dementia Care, where she recently advanced to the position of Chief Strategy Officer.
She’s a clever gift-giver, once presenting her husband Kevin with a 1971 Cutlass convertible as well as an out of service ambulance, which she had converted to become the ultimate TCU Tailgate Party vehicle. She and Kevin live in Fort Worth with their daughter and son. Cathy is active with many Fort Worth nonprofits and leadership organizations and, of course, she is a rabid TCU Horned Frog.
Randy White
Founder/CEO, Randy White Real Estate

Randy White grew up in a real estate environment, becoming extremely familiar with the profession through his father and grandfather. While attending the University of Texas at Arlington, he elected to follow in their footsteps and earned his real estate license.
Forty-four years later he has built a strong reputation by focusing on the needs of his clients. He and his team love their motto of “Leading People Home.” By combining integrity, market knowledge, and a true passion for what they do, their main concern is what is in the best interest of their client.
Randy has been recognized as “Best of” in multiple segments from the Southlake area and has been named among “Best Real Estate Agents in Dallas” by D Magazine. His passion for service has led him to serve on the Board of GRACE Grapevine and he supports The Gatehouse as well as volunteering for Summer Santa.
Randy and his wife Natalie live in Southlake. They have one daughter and two granddaughters.
NLF Offers Scholarships to
Local, Regional & Leadership Programs

One of the signs of a vibrant community and its chamber of commerce is a powerful leadership program that opens the doors for the next generation of leaders. Each of the chambers of commerce affiliated with Northeast Leadership Forum is accepting nominations for its leadership program.
Northeast Leadership Forum is providing a 50% leadership tuition scholarship for one person in each of the chambers of commerce leadership programs in our area. In addition, NLF is offering a 50% tuition scholarship for one member who is accepted in Leadership North Texas. Contact your local chamber of commerce about their individual 50% off leadership tuition scholarship, and contact Mary Frazior regarding the Leadership North Texas scholarship.
  • Colleyville Chamber of Commerce
  • Grapevine Chamber of Commerce
  • HEB Chamber of Commerce
  • Keller Chamber of Commerce (in partnership with the City of Keller)
  • Metroplex Chamber of Commerce
  • Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce
  • Southlake Chamber of Commerce
This is your opportunity to identify emerging leaders and seasoned leaders within your company or organization to grow their circle of influence and connections. All Chambers of Commerce listed above participate with leadership programs. Please contact them directly for more information. 
Leadership North Texas is accepting applications until this Friday, June 3, for its graduate level class. Please click below for information and how to apply.
June 14 Program to Focus on
Community Development Funding

One of the emerging trends in community development is the role played by companies such as the Eagle Venture Fund, which focuses on early-stage companies that are transforming their communities through “impact investing” as a venture capitalist.

This concept of impact investing emphasizes the need that companies have to articulate a social conscience and play a strong role in the fabric and culture of their community as part of its mission.

Our speaker will be Wes Lyons, a decorated combat veteran with the U.S. Navy and a general partner of multiple faith-based private equity funds.

Thank you to our breakfast sponsor!
Mark Your Calendar
Membership Breakfast Meetings
Location: Hurst Conference Center
Networking: 7:15 a.m. • Breakfast Open: 7:30 a.m. • Program Starts: 7:45 a.m.
Tuesday, February 8

Wes Lyons, Eagle Venture Fund
Sponsored by:
O. Trevino Construction
Heart of North Texas
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact John Fletcher at (817) 205-2334.