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. This is her 18th year with LFW. 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 been a part of the UCC Chancel Choir for 37 years and has been active with the Junior League serving 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., along with Paulette Turner, 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.

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.