2022 Juneteenth Parade Honorees

COMMISSIONER BOBBIE J. MITCHELL IS A TEXAS NATIVE AND HAS BEEN A RESIDENT OF LEWISVILLE FOR 51 YEARS.  SHE IS MARRIED AND HAS TWO CHILDREN, NINE WONDERFUL GRANDCHILDREN AND FIVE WONDERFUL GREAT GRANDCHILDREN.  SHE HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF LOVE CHAPEL CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST IN GRAPEVINE SINCE 1959.
COMMISSIONER MITCHELL IS AN ADVOCATE FOR FAMILIES BECAUSE SHE KNOWS HEALTHY FAMILIES CREATES HEALTHY COMMUNITIES.
EMPLOYMENT
EMPLOYED BY GTE 1973-1993 IN VARIOUS MANAGEMENT POSITIONS.  
DENTON COUNTY CONSTABLE JERRY RABURN 1996-2000.

GOVERNMENT PUBLIC SERVICE
CITY OF LEWISVILLE ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 
CITY OF LEWISVILLE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
CITY OF LEWISVILLE’S CITY COUNCIL 1990-1993 
CITY OF LEWISVILLE MAYOR 1993-2000 
DENTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER 2000-2021
COMMISSIONER MITCHELL HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE DENTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S COURT FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS AND WAS REELECTED IN NOVEMBER, 2020.  SHE REPRESENTS THE CITIES/TOWNS OF FLOWER MOUND, HICKORY CREEK, HIGHLAND VILLAGE, LAKE DALLAS AND LEWISVILLE
GOVERNMENT SERVICES
COMMISSIONER MITCHELL HAS AND CONTINUES TO SERVE ON MANY LOCAL COMMUNITY SERVICE BOARDS AND COUNTY RELATED BOARDS REPRESENTING DENTON COUNTY.
SHE IS A MEMBER OR PAST MEMBER OF SEVERAL LOCAL AND REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT HELP LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEVELOP POLICY, RECOGNIZE REGIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND MAKE JOINT DECISIONS ON BEHALF OF THEIR COUNTIES AND THE REGION:
MEMBER NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE BOARD, PAST PRESIDENT
MEMBER OF TEXAS CONFERENCE OF URBAN COUNTIES, PAST PRESIDENT
MEMBER OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COUNCIL, PAST PRESIDENT
PAST PRESIDENT OF NORTH AND EAST COUNTY JUDGE AND COMMISSIONER ASSOCIATION,
PAST MEMBER OF NCTCOG REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL
DENTON COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH LEADERSHIP TEAM 2015 TO PRESENT
DENTON COUNTY HOMELESSNESS LEADERSHIP TEAM 2016 TO PRESENT
COMMUNITY SERVICES
IN ADDITIONAL TO HER PROFESSIONAL ASSIGNMENTS, COMMISSIONER MITCHELL HAS AND CONTINUES TO PARTICIPATE IN A NUMBER OF LOCAL COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES INCLUDING;
VICE-PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN BUSINESSWOMEN’S ASSOCIATION 1988
DENTON COUNTY WELFARE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 1992 TO 1994
CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ACTION (CCA) 1995 TO 1997
GRAPEVINE ROTARY CLUB 1989
LEWISVILLE ROTARY 1989 TO 1999, 2000 TO PRESENT
LIFELINE ACADEMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 1992 TO 1998
SAM’S CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS 1995
MULTI-AGENCY TASK FORCE FOR YOUTH 1994
SALVATION ARMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 1998 TO 2001
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF DENTON COUNTY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 1998 TO 1999
GREATER LEWISVILLE UNITED WAY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2002 TO 2007
CROSS TIMBERS GIRL SCOUTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2002 TO 2004 / 2ND VP 2003
COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD 2003 – PRESENT
DENTON COUNTY CHILDREN ADVOCACY ADVISORY BOARD 2003 
YMCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2003
PAST MENTOR AT MARCUS HIGH SCHOOL
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR 2007 TO 2013
NORTH STAR BANK DEVELOPMENT BOARD 2008
JUSTIN CIVIC FOUNDATION BOARD 2008
DENTON COUNTY FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY ADVISORY BOARD
JOURNEY TO DREAM ADVISORY BOARD 2014 TO PRESENT
LEWISVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 2001 TO PRESENT
LEWISVILLE CHAMBER TO COMMERCE ADVISORY BOARD OF DIRECTOR 2010
FLOWER MOUND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ADVISORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
DENTON COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE 2013
CISNT LUNCH WITH A LEADER MENTORING PROGRAM (HEDRICK MIDDLE SCHOOL) 2015 -2019
CISNT LUNCH WITH A LEADER MENTORING PROGRAM (MILL STREET ELEMENTARY 2022)
PEDIPLACE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 2022
AWARDS/RECOGNITION
AS A RESULT OF COMMISSIONER MITCHELL’S TIRELESS EFFORTS AND ONGOING DEDICATION TO THE DENTON COUNTY COMMUNITY, SHE HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS ACCOLADES AND AWARDS FOR HER CONTRIBUTION, TIME, AND OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO THE DENTON COUNTY COMMUNITY.
YMCA MINORITY ACHIEVER 1990
HARTE-HANKS WOMEN WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARD 1990
LEWISVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD 1993
B.O.S.S. AWARD 1994
GOOD SCOUT AWARD 1994
ALLOFUS MINISTRIES OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE 1999
UNITED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY/DALLAS TEXAS EXTENSION HONORARY DOCTOR OF LAWS DEGREE APRIL 27, 2003
GRAPEVINE HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF FAME 2004
NCTC F. M. HEMPHILL DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD 2017 
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR FOR BOTH LEWISVILLE AND FLOWER MOUND CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE,
TAU RHO OMEGA CHAPTER JOAN PARKS SAUNDERS PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD 
THE BETTYE MYER’S HUMANITARIAN AWARD 
EDUCATION
GRADUATE OF GRAPEVINE HIGH SCHOOL
ATTENDED TARRANT COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE
ATTENDED COOKE COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE
NUMEROUS MANAGEMENT TRAINING COURSES GTE/CITY/COUNTY
GRADUATE OF LEADERSHIP LEWISVILLE
GRADUATE OF LEWISVILLE CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY
VG YOUNG COMMISSIONER COURT LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 2009 TO 2010
COMMISSIONER MITCHELL IS AN ADVOCATE FOR FAMILIES, HEALTH CARE, HOMELESSNESS INITIATIVES, SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES, EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT, EDUCATION, VETERANS ISSUES, LOW TAXES AND OTHER COUNTY SERVICES.
SHE IS AN ADVOCATE FOR TRANSPORTATION AND HAS BEEN A PART OF SUCCESSFUL BOND PACKAGES THAT HELPED THE COUNTY ENHANCE SAFER ROADWAYS AND BUILDINGS FOR CITIZENS USE.


Pastor Cedrick and Mrs. Tammye Chambers have been married for over twenty years and in Ministry the last 27 years. They are parents to three daughters and grandparents to one granddaughter and two grandsons. Pastor and First Lady have led The Mount Calvary Baptist Church since 2013. Pastor Chambers and his vision and obedience to God has led Mt. Calvary through renovations, community service projects and now the non-profit geared towards community development, Project Hope. First Lady leads the Women’s Dept ages 18-55 and works with our Young Women Lady ages 11-18.
Pastor can be seen leading with Vision, Vigor and Passion in the Church as well as outside the Church and First Lady can be seen leading with her infectious laugh and bright smile. There’s not a stranger that Pastor and First Lady doesn’t meet and there’s not a Divine task, they do not obey and complete. 

2022 DENTON JUNETEENTH SCHOLAR

“I have been blessed beyond measure in so many ways. I have a village
of family and friends that support me spiritually, emotionally, mentally,
and encouraged me even when I did not believe in myself. I continue
to sing and create music to share with others. In addition to playing
the violin, I have enjoyed teaching myself to play the piano! I have
been accepted and will be attending Texas A&M Corpus Christi where I
will be majoring in Theatre Arts/Theatre Production. In my free time, I
enjoy hanging out with friends and being involved in community
activities where I have the opportunity to give back to others in need.”

2022 DENTON JUNETEENTH HOMETOWN HEROES SPONSORED BY A BETTER WAY ENTERPRISE

Hero: Dr. Shahla Alai-Rosales is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. She has taught courses in Texas, Europe and the Middle East on a variety of topics, including ethics, autism intervention, and cultural diversity. Shahla has lived in Denton forever 25 years and has two children and one grandchild. In one way or another.  Shahla has been privileged to be part of MLK across the years,in children’s classes and activities, junior youth empowerment programs, birthday parties, quinceañeras, baby showers and more! Like many people, MLK has been a foundation of community life for Shahla! But her favorite activity of all is working with the MLK tutoring programs. She is grateful for all of God’s blessings and the opportunity to serve her community.


Hero: Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Ph.D., is author of the book The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II. A Professor of History at Texas Woman’s University, she teaches courses in the 20th Century and Public History. Landdeck challenges her students to ask hard questions about the past and its relationship to the present, to separate myth from fact, and to recognize their own value as historians. A Guggenheim Fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and a Normandy Scholar, she is a producer and consultant on several Emmy Award-winning documentaries and has appeared as an expert on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” PBS, the History Channel, and the television series “Mysteries of the Abandoned.” Landdeck is working with her students on a deeper understanding of Denton’s Quakertown as a part of local history and in a national context. She believes understanding our past is essential to shaping our future


Obadiah Harris is the assistant principal at Betty Myers Middle School.  He is loved by students and colleagues.  His leadership role expands beyond the role of administration. 

Encourage, support, discipline, lead…are just a few adjectives to describe Mr. Harris.  For years, he served as a Coach for numerous sports and his love for athletics has not waivered. As a former athlete, he believes in instilling in youth a solid work ethic on and off the court.  He teaches students to think before they speak…lead with integrity…perform well in the classroom so that it will show up on the bench. Therefore, Mr. Harris is imparting into youth skills that will make them better people and not just high performing athletes that can positively impact the future.


Frank Dixon was sworn in as the Chief of the Denton Police Department on October 15, 2018. Chief Dixon oversees a department of 205 authorized sworn personnel and 59 civilian employees with an annual budget of $35 million. Chief Dixon prioritizes transparent communication and community policing to build upon and improve the existing relationships within the Denton community. 

Chief Dixon came to Denton with more than 23 years of law enforcement experience with the Austin Police Department, where he successfully worked his way up through the ranks to the position as Assistant Police Chief.  

Since coming to the City of Denton, Chief Dixon has begun transformational change in the culture of the police department. This includes the implementation of revised General Orders (policies), a full time Homeless Outreach Team, and a new model of crisis response in a collaborative Crisis Intervention Response Team (CIRT) that pairs a civilian Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a plain clothed police officer. The unit is available 24/7 to respond to calls for service involving those in mental health crisis, as well as conduct limited follow-up with mental health consumers within the City of Denton. 

Born in Fort Worth and raised as one of two children born to an Air Force Master Sergeant, Dixon grew up in Hawaii, Nebraska, South Carolina and Austin.  Chief Dixon attended Lamar University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice.  He is a member of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Institute, the Senior Management Institute for Police by the Police Executive Research Forum, APD’s Leadership Command College, and the West Point Leadership Course. Chief Dixon is an active board member of the Salvation Army/Denton, United Way of Denton County, has been named a Paul Harris fellow by the Denton/Lake Cities Rotary Club, and is a Senior Fellow at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. 

Chief Dixon has always had a leadership philosophy of being present and engaged, mentoring and actively leading from the front.  


Deliah Johnson-Seastrunk is a longtime resident of Denton, Texas. She was born and raised in Pilot Point, Texas, a small town north of Denton and is the 10th out of 12 children. She is a mother of 4 children, 2 sons Jeremy and Micah Mack and 2 daughters Taylor and Mariah Seastrunk. She and her husband, Reginald Seastrunk (deceased) were guardian parents to a host of at-risk youth from the community in the past years.
Ms. Seastrunk is currently an Administrator in State & Federal Programs with Irving ISD. She was an educator in Denton ISD for 12 years where she taught middle school science for 10 years and spent 2 years as a reading and math interventionist for 3-5th graders.  She graduated high school in Pilot Point, TX; before obtaining her Bachelor of Administration degree from Texas Women’s University. She received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Texas Women’s University and is currently working on her second Master’s in School Counseling at the University of North Texas. Ms. Seastrunk loves singing and enjoys supporting local ministries in any way she can. She is a member of Antioch Christian Fellowship in Corinth, TX. She has had the opportunity to be a participant in local community choirs, such as Total Witness, Federation Choir, and most recently Laurie’s Joy Choir which supports the Denton Friends of the Family organization.
Her passion is and always has been to serve those in need by helping anyway she can. In honor of her husband, Coach Reginald Seastrunk, she has continued to support the community by giving back through scholarships. Reginald Seastrunk Foundation has given scholarships through the NAACP organization and Denton League of United Latin American Citizens Council#4366 (LULAC) also through Denton LULAC. Students from all three of Denton’s ISD high schools have been in receipt of these monetary gifts.

Doing the will of God from the heart, doing service, as to the Lord and not to men. (Eph 6:6-7)


Hero: Linda Eaddy
BIO: Born in Dallas, Texas –   Lived in Lubbock Texas for 1st grade then moved to San Antonio. After graduation from Highlands High School attended North Texas State University (Now UNT). Met husband in Graduate school and married in 1981. Two children and four grandchildren later, Linda loves being a “Gigi” and giving back to her community.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, University of North Texas- Denton, TX. & MBA- Personnel and Industrial Relations, University of North Texas, Denton
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Delta Air Lines   1972-2003 (Retired)
Flight Attendant   1972-1978 and 1989-2003
In-Flight Service Supervisor   1978-1989
Co-Owner- Stride Rite Children’s Shoe Store – Denton, Texas    1989-1992
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WORK:
Denton Black Film Festival- Director of Film Programming 2016-Current
Dir. Of Operations/Content Committee Member 2014-2016
University of North Texas – College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board – Fall, 2016- Current
Greater Denton Arts Council- Board President 2016- 2020
VP of Membership 2015-2016, Member 2014- 2020
Jack and Jill of America- North Texas Chapter- Treasurer/Member 1998-2004
Denton Public School Foundation Board of Directors 2000-2001
Sam Houston PTA Volunteer & Organizer of Reading Program Store 1995-199 


Pastor Michael Herron is the founder and Senior Pastor of Purpose Church of Denton! Pastor Mike started Purpose Church over 9 years ago because of the desire to see people walk out their full purpose in God in their lives. His practical teaching style allows for others to grasp an understanding of God’s word as he makes it plain and simple to all those who hear it. 

Pastor Mike served for 7 years as Youth Pastor under the Apostolic covering of Apostle Michael Horne and the Believers Church International family before he felt the unction of the Lord calling him back to Denton to begin a church of his own. 

Pastor Mike is married to his wonderful wife of 28+ years Pastor Mal Herron as they both work in the ministry as one. They have 3 children and 3 beautiful grandchildren that they love to dote on and spoil whenever they get the chance.

Pastor Mike has his MBA and BSBM, Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. He also has his Certificate of completion from Faith Bible Institute in Monroe Louisiana. 


Dr. Roxanne Del Rio currently is serving as Dean of Students and Outreach at North Central Texas College (NCTC). She has been with the NCTC for over 14 years. Dr. Del Rio is from Corpus Christi, Texas and attended the University of North Texas where she earned a Master of Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration.  

Dr. Del Rio has traveled worldwide throughout Latin America, Middle East, Europe and Asia establishing partnerships with colleges and universities abroad. 

Her philosophy centers on the establishment of a student focused administration through a persistent focus on Servant Leadership. Also, her passion is working with students. 

I also serve as a community member and Board Member to non-profit agencies in Denton County:

Current Board Position and Membership Committees and Coalitions:

  • Board Member – C7 Human Trafficking Coalition
  • Board Member – Denton Together Coalition 
  • Board Member – Communities In School of North Texas
  • Board Member – Serve Denton
  • Co – Chair of the Workforce Success Leadership Team – United Way Denton County 
  • Member of the DENTON COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH LEADERSHIP TEAM – United Way
  • Member of the Denton County Homelessness Coalition  
  • Board Member for C7 Human Trafficking Coalition 
  • Board Member Denton ISD Foundation Board

Rev. Vanessa Sims has been in servant ministry for over 41 years. For most of her ministry, she served alongside her husband Rev. Anthony L. Sims.  She currently serves as an ordained minister with the Association of International Gospel Assemblies. She is the founder and Executive Director of Thou Art My Sister Ministries.  Thou Art My Sister Ministries have a mission-chartered under the Association of International Gospel Assemblies and is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.  

Vanessa inspires others by sharing her unique story of God’s amazing grace and unwavering love.  During her faith journey, Vanessa earned a Master of Theological Studies and a Certificate of Pastoral Care from Southern Methodist University-Perkins School of Theology, a Certificate of Theological Studies from Texas Christian University-Brite Divinity School, a Bachelor of Science from Tarleton State University, and an Associates of Art from Weatherford College.  

She recently served as a Moderator at the 2022 Dallas Literary Festival, was a 2021 Service to Mankind Honoree recipient, and participated in SMU’s 2020 Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence – What’s A Preacher to Do During This Pandemic of Racism series.

Other recent achievements include the 2020 release of her song entitled, “Don’t Take My Breath Away” and her 2018 book of poetry entitled, “Thoughts from The Depths of My Heart.” In addition, one of her poems was published in the 2014-2015 Perkins School of Theology Student Journal.  Another one her poem was published in Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner’s book entitled, “Overture to Practical Theology – The Music of Religious Inquiry.”

Vanessa’s passion for helping others led her to organize community forums, programs, and training programs such as “HIV/AIDS – The Silent Killer in African American Families, Reading Revolution, Life Skills for Daily Living, Christians Uniting to Heal Our City, and Leadership-Building from the Past by Envisioning a Better Future.     

  Vanessa credits her study of “Practical Theology” at the University of Cambridge, Wesley House, Cambridge, England, for her simple and practical approach to ministry, social justice, community service, and advocacy. 

She uses her combined experience as a pastor’s wife, Adolescent Substance Abuse Counselor, Probation Officer, Drug Court Program Coordinator, Economic Development Director, Realtor, as a consultant to the Tarrant County Juvenile Drug Court, the Tarrant County Domestic Violence Court and as a Tour Coordinator for the First Lady of the Republic of Liberia to help transform lives of people God places in her path. 

One of her favorite biblical text is “Nothing can separate you form the love of God.” (Romans 8:39) With this text in mind, Vanessa allows the Holy Spirit to lead and guide her in using her spiritual gifts to encourage, inspire, teach, preach, serve, and uplift others.  Most importantly, she enjoys sharing the good news of God’s unlimited amazing grace, love, and power.  She also enjoys advocating for others, reading, writing poetry, fashion, home decorating, landscaping, event planning, and gaining knowledge from senior citizens.