Our Board of Directors is composed of various leaders throughout the Waco community. Each member of our board is passionate about the Waco community and the Prosper Waco initiative.
Pat Atkins is President of the Waco ISD Board of Trustees. During his time on the board, he has served on the board’s Finance, Education, and Inter-Governmental Relations Committees and has chaired the Long Range Planning Committee. Pat is a graduate of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Waco program. Pat has practiced law in Waco for more than 20 years and is a partner in the law firm of Tekell & Atkins, L.L.P.
Brett Esrock is the President and CEO of Providence Healthcare Network in Waco. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, holds a MBA degree and a BS in Finance. Brett has extensive experience and a long career with faith-based hospital systems, and he believes strongly in the mission, vision, and values of Providence and Ascension Health. He serves as a Board and committee member for several community organizations such as Waco Rotary Club, Waco Family Practice Foundation and the Baylor University Healthcare MBA Advisory Board.
Virginia DuPuy, President and CEO of DuPuy Oxygen, served as Waco’s mayor from 2005-2010. Between 2000 and 2005, she served as a Chair of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, President of the Workforce Board and the Waco Business League, during which time she discerned the need for a new community visioning process and a business perspective on the City Council. The Community Visioning Project, initiated by the late Dr. Mae Jackson and carried forward by Virginia, ultimately led to the founding of the Greater Waco Community Education Alliance that merged with the Prosper Waco Collective Impact Initiative. A Baylor alum and advocate, she was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award and continues to serve Baylor on various boards and committees. She has also served on numerous local foundation boards, including the Waco Foundation and is currently a Lifetime Member of the Cooper Foundation Board.
Bill Clifton is the president of the Clifton Group and the director at the Central National Bank. Bill graduated from Duke University and holds a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Bill is a native Wacoan and is active in various civic activities such as: director at Baylor-Waco Foundation, Waco Leadership Forum and president of the Waco Business League. Bill enjoys horse racing and breeding, tennis, hunting and golf.
Ramona Curtis, MA, is the Director of Civic Engagement & Educational Development at Baylor University in Waco. She works to develop strategies, foster curricular and co-curricular partnerships, and launch programs that cultivate civic engagement knowledge and passion in students. She speaks throughout the nation on leadership, racial reconciliation, service, diversity and a variety of other professional development issues. Her most recent award was a 2013-2014 Fellowship in the Center for Disease Control’s National Academy for the Public’s Health. She has received numerous other awards including the 2014 Educational Excellence and Dedicated Service Award by Phi Delta Kappa, the 2004 Public Citizen of the Year Award by the National Association of Social Workers and the Woman of Distinction Award by Girl Scouts of America.
Kyle Deaver was elected Mayor on May 9, 2016. He served as the District V representative to the Waco City Council for four years prior to that. Kyle is an attorney and businessman who is active in the Waco community. Mayor Deaver is currently on the board of the Waco Foundation. He has served on the boards of the Cameron Park Zoological Society, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Vanguard College Preparatory School, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School. He served six years on the Waco Plan Commission. Mayor Deaver is in partnership with his brother, John Deaver, in their law firm of Deaver and Deaver. They are also directors of American Bank and co-owners of American Guaranty Title.
Malcolm Duncan, Jr.
Malcolm Duncan, Jr. served as Waco’s mayor from 2012-2016. He has served on the boards of the Waco-McLennan County Health District, Waco-McLennan County Library Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, and Waco Business League. Additionally, he worked on the city’s Planning and Zoning Committee. He is currently the president of Duncan Motors, Inc. of Waco, and has been a prominent figure in the Freightliner and automotive sales industry.
Roland Goertz, M.D., MBA
Dr. Goertz is the CEO of the three foundations that oversee all operations of the Waco Family Health Center. He is an active member and leader of numerous voluntary state and national professional organizations. He currently chairs the Family Practice Residency Advisory Committee of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and a member of the Advisory Board of Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. Dr. Goertz is a member of the Waco Rotary Club, Waco Community Health Action Partners, the Waco Business League, and serves on the executive committee of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.
Shirley M. Langston, Founder and Executive Director of Restoration Haven, Inc., serves as a passionate professional bringing restoration, transformation and empowerment to families in at-risk communities. As a part-time lecturer at Baylor University, she is connecting students to the community, as she instructs and trains them to become effective servant leaders. Shirley has more than 20 years of experience as an Employee Benefit Consultant with companies such as KPMG LLP and ING Investment Services. Her service has been recognized in local and national newspapers, magazines, television and other media sources. She has been the recipient of the Greater Waco Interfaith Conference Humanitarian of the Year Award, the Mission Waco, Mission World Champions of Christian Service 2015 Award, the 2014 Northwest Texas Conference Anvil Award in Recognition of Outstanding Community Service, and the Waco Chapter of the Links, Inc. Meritorious Service Award. Shirley holds a Bachelor of Arts & Science and a Masters of Arts in Counseling, both from Dallas Baptist University.
Rev. CJ Oliver recently retired as Senior Pastor of Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church Waco, Inc. He has been very instrumental in working with community organizations in order to better the greater Waco population. He is the founder of B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S of Waco, Inc. His favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 which states, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” CJ is also a member of the Prosper Waco Community Engagement Council and is passionate about the community being involved and engaged in collaborative efforts.
Alfred Solano is Major Accounts Manager at Texas Document Solutions Inc. in Waco. His community activities include currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and he serves as the Past Chair of the City Center Waco Board of Directors. He has served on the boards of the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Health Systems Inc., First Central Credit Union as well as several other local boards and committees.
Tom Stanton’s executive career has spanned over 40 years beginning with American Broadcasting Company subsidiary Word Incorporated, as Baylor University’s Athletic Director, and currently as the Executive Director of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation since 2007. Tom has served as President/CEO of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, Board of Director member for the College Baseball Foundation and board member for Avance-National. Tom graduated from Baylor University in 1973 with majors in management, marketing, physical education, and education. He holds a masters in education.