Thane Arther

Thane-Arther7541.jpgThane Arther is the Finance Manager for Leadership Fort Worth.  He is also owner of Arther Business Services, a company he started in 2015. Most recently he was Vice President of Finance and Human Resources for the Landscape Partners.  Non-profit work includes Cancer Care Services, the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Thane’s honors include Bank of America “National Leading Leaders” in 2007, the “National Neighborhood Excellence of Achievement of Award” in 2007, and  “Outstanding Young Men of America” in 1984. He has served as the President of Texas Wesleyan University Alumna Board, Chairperson of the National Scholarship Committee of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and Board member of both the Cancer Research Foundation and the Center of Leadership Innovation National Development Committee. Thane is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University and is actively involved in his local church where he serves as the Director of Music and the Financial Administrator.

Ann Barr

annbarr_5577Ann Barr is LeaderKids Program Director.  She has worked with LFW since 1999.   She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Elementary Education. Ann’s husband, Allan Barr, is a 1976 graduate of LFW. Before joining LFW, she worked in her husband’s family business, The Barr Company, Printers. She has taught school in Dallas and Fort Worth, and her family has always been involved in civic activities locally. Her father-in-law, Willard Barr, was mayor of Fort Worth in the ’60s, and her brother-in-law, Kenneth Barr, was mayor from 1996-2003. Ann and her husband are active members of University Christian Church where she has served as a deacon and is an elder. She has served in several positions on the UCC Weekday School Board. She has been a member and served in several positions in the UCC Chancel Choir.  She is a sustaining member of the Fort Worth Junior League where she has served as McFarland House co-chairman, Mayfest Entertainment chair and Food & Beverage chair. Ann is active with Jewel Charity, The Woman’s Club and several other organizations.

Lawrence Epps, Jr.

lawrence_5462Lawrence Epps, Jr. serves as Program Director for Leadership Fort Worth’s Leadership Class and Leading Edge programs. Lawrence is also CEO and managing principal of LEE Diversified Consulting Group, a firm dedicated to helping its clients find ways to accelerate business results through a more deliberate focus on leadership and organizational effectiveness. He is a former IBM executive with more than 30 years of experience in the information technology industry. His tenure at IBM included more than 15 years in line management roles and more than 15 years of executive consulting experience in the areas of leadership and organizational development, client satisfaction management and employee engagement. Lawrence is a native of New Orleans where he graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a B.S. in Accounting. He completed more than 600 hours of education over the course of his career at IBM including training provided by Harvard Business School, the Hay Group, and the Human Capital Institute.

Sara Fairley, MA

Sara FairleySara Fairley serves as Program Director for Leadership Fort Worth’s LeadershipClass and LeadingEdge programs. Sara Fairley was born and raised in Fort Worth and holds her Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding. Sara has lived and worked in Vermont, Washington D.C., Myanmar and most recently San Antonio, Texas. Sara started her career as a Case Manager for Refugee Services at Catholic Charities Fort Worth, which motivated her to gain more knowledge about transforming conflict and understanding peacebuilding tactics. Following graduate school, she moved overseas and spent a year living in a Monastery in Myanmar developing and disseminating training curriculum for adult learners. Sara returned to Fort Worth, Texas in 2018 to support a local political race and to bring meaningful and impactful change in her hometown. Most recently she was the Chief Social Programs Officer with RAICES, one of the largest legal nonprofits in Texas, where she created a department, launched three new social service programs, increased case management capacity and invested in the leadership of her team. Sara believes relationship building is central to leadership. Sara always brings a sense of curiosity with her personally and professionally and is an avid reader, dabbles in creative projects, loves visiting and supporting local art in Fort Worth and spoils her wiley dog, Harley. 

Shirley Martin

Shirley Little Martin is the Program Director for LeaderPrime. She has had an insider’s view of government that is rare.  She honed her public-sector skills throughout a 28-year career with the city of Fort Worth as chief of staff to four different mayors. During that time, she also was responsible for oversight of the Public Affairs/Media Relations Division and was Director of Government Relations/Legislative Affairs Office.  Her work allowed her opportunities to work closely with local, state and federal officials as well as local business leaders. Shirley is experienced in both state and federal legislative issues.

In addition, Shirley served for two years as Campaign Manager for Congresswoman Kay Granger.  Aside from her government career, Shirley has worked on many community efforts in areas such as public health and higher education.  She has served on boards and committees with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Resource Recovery Council, Community Enrichment Center and many others.  Shirley has a B.A. in business administration and management and a M.A. in organizational behavior and management . She has been an adjunct professor for over 15 years teaching Leadership, Organizational Behavior and Management, and Human Resource Management.  She has also done preliminary coursework on her PhD at the University of Texas at Arlington, has her certification in conflict resolution and has received the “Woman of the Year in Education” from Zonta/DFW.  She now is CEO of her own consulting firm, The Martin Team,  and partners with firms in Austin as well as working with local organizations on special projects.

Tiffany M. Morgan

Tiffany M. Morgan is the Operations Manager for Leadership Fort Worth and joined the team in September 2019.  She partners with the Executive Director and LFW team to ensure the organization runs smoothly from program delivery, membership database management, event logistics, website management and more!  She holds a degree from Texas Woman’s University and also runs Efficient Executives, LLC where she helps entrepreneurs create effective websites for their businesses.  Tiffany has a strong track record of administrative experience and enjoys helping the team, program participants, alumni, Board members and volunteers have a positive experience with Leadership Fort Worth.  When she’s not busy working, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband and twin daughters.

Jennifer Treviño, MBA

Jennifer Treviño is the Executive Director of Leadership Fort Worth and a graduate of the LeadershipClass 2009.  Prior to joining LFW, in January 2021, she was the Chief Development Officer for Girls Inc. of Tarrant County where she led the agency’s fundraising and marketing efforts, ensuring growth and sustainability while increasing brand and community awareness to support the mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Before Girls Inc., Jennifer was a Management Consultant with the Brittain-Kalish Group (BKG), a management consulting firm based in Fort Worth that specializes in healthcare.  She was involved with client projects from a provider credentialing audit to a practice start-up to physician recruitment and process improvement for human resources and clinical leadership teams.  From 2007-2017, Jennifer was Vice President of Administration and Chief of Staff to the President at UNT Health Science Center.  Jennifer served as liaison between the President and 11 direct reports to manage special projects, implemented new programs and helped maintain the strategic focus of the academic health center.

Jennifer is a member of several organizations including the Fort Worth Chapter of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (HWNT) and Women’s Policy Forum.  She is a former District 2 Appointee to the Zoning Commission and City Plan Commission, Planned Parenthood Community Advisory Board, and Tarrant Transit Alliance Board.  She also served as a member of Fort Worth’s Race & Culture Task Force.

Tracy R. Williams

Tracy Reneé Williams coordinates the Issues Initiative for Leadership Fort Worth. a partnership across municipal, not for profit, and civic organizations to identify and complete engagement projects that create sustainable impact for the city. Tracy is also the Vice President of Learning and Development/Head of Valence Bonds for Valence Community. Prior to joining Valence, Tracy worked in leadership development for YPO (formerly Young Presidents’ Organization); Chevron Corporation, and TCU; and through her independent consulting, she trains and coaches leaders on emotional intelligence and communication mastery.

Civically, Tracy serves as President of the Texas Christian University (TCU) National Alumni Board and ex-officio member of the TCU Board of Trustees and was recently appointed to the Tarrant/Parker Leadership Impact Council for Texas Health Resources. Tracy’s favorite role is being auntie and godmommy to the cutest kids on the planet.