Councilman Robert Shankle, President
Councilman Robert Shankle was elected to Lufkin City Council as Councilmember of Ward 2 on May 9, 2009. He received his education in the Lufkin Independent School system and graduated from Lufkin High School in the Class of 1985. A Desert Storm Disable Veteran, Councilman Shankle served in the United States Army, National Guard, and US Army Reserve for a total of 14 years. He has assisted in founding several committees for the benefit of the community including The Lufkin Pro Day Group, The Neighborhood Leadership Council of North Lufkin, and Clergy and Police Alliance (CAPA). Councilman Shankle is a member of Texas Association of Black City Council Members and National Black Caucus of Local Elected officials. Councilman Shankle received the Eagle Award from The Citizen Chamber Of Commerce in 2017 and a graduate of Leadership Lufkin in 2012, Home Town Hero Award in 2013. Councilman Shankle is a member of The Church by Christ Jesus where he is very active. Additionally, he serves his community in the following membership capacities:
4B Economic Development Board
Citizen Fire Academy Alumni
United Way Board
Angelina County & Cities Heath Coalition Board
African American Alzheimer's Alliance Board
Lufkin Convention Visitors Bureau Board
Leadership Lufkin Committee Board
Lufkin Pro Day Group
Neighborhood Leadership Council Of North Lufkin
Angelina County Economic Development Partnership Board
Clergy and Police Alliance
Mosaic Center Board
Patricia McKenzie, Vice President
Educational Background: 1987-Texas A&M University, College Station, Doctor of Education; 1968-University of Pittsburgh, Master of Public Health (Nursing focus); 1963-Prairie View A&M University,Bachelor of Science in Nursing; 1996 Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.
Employment Experiences: 1 Angelina College-1987-2016, Vice President and Dean of Instruction (formerly Dean of Instruction and Admissions); 1976-1988, Associate Director of Health Careers; 1969-1976, Nursing Instructor.2. 1968-1969, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Community Health Nursing Instructor; 1963-1965, Wichita Falls ISD School Nurse and Health Education Instructor; Other work 195-1967, Peace Corp Volunteer, Dominican Republic as Nursing Instructor.
Memberships/Community Service: Angelina Public Health Coalition, grant program with Angelina County and Cities Health District;The Mosaic Center-Christian Women Job Corp Program, Board of Directors; The Coalition, Board of Directors and Chair of Family Friendly Festivals; CHI St. Luke's Health San Augustine, Advisory Board after completing 22 years on Board of Memorial Medical Center of East Texas; Texas College, Board of Trustees; Life member of NAACP; Angelina Rotary Club, Charter member (1990); Sigma Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, Prairie View A&M Chapter
Recognition/Awards: 2016-The Eagle Award from the Angelina County Citizens Chamber of Commerce and the ATHENA Leadership Award from the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce 2015-Outstanding Dedication to Education in the Lufkin Community from Dunbar High School Alumni Ass. and Wall of Honor for supporting the Athletic Program and promoting S.O.A.P.( Success Oriented Athletic Program); 2013-Meritorious Service from the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges; 2012-Salute to Healthcare, Individual of Merit from the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce; 2000-Rotary International- District 5910 Roll of Fame; 1993-Silver Spike for Community Service from the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce; Inducted into the Dunbar High School of Honor.
Church Commitments: Active member of Long Chapel CME Church as Director of Christian Education ,Sunday School teacher of youth, Chair of Trustees and Choir; Houston District, Vice-President of Board of Christian Education; Southeast Texas Region, President of Stewardess Board, Leadership Director of Board of Christian Education and member of Board of Truestees; Eighth Episcopal District as Health Coordinator; CME Connectional level as member of the General Personnel Services Board.
My heart is truly for service. I would be honored to serve in any capacity that would be helpful and make an impact in the lives of the people in our community. I have a large network of community members and experience in serving on Boards as well as event planning and implementation. I am always looking to learn new things and enjoy teaching, training and decision-making. Thank you for your consideration.
Nacogdoches High School- graduate 1996
Stephen F. Austin State University- graduate 2000
Interdisciplinary Studies Degree with a double major in English
2000-2007 First Grade Teacher, Corrigan ISD
2007-2012 Director of Sales, The Journey Magazine
2012-2015 Business/Office Manager, Real Graphics
2015-present Business Development Officer, Commercial Bank of Texas
Angelina College Foundation, Events Chair
Angelina Rotary Club, Treasurer
Chamber Power Networking Breakfast Chair
Greeter Team, Timber Creek Church
Junior League of Lufkin, Sustaining Member
The Mosaic Center, Vice- President
The Salvation Army, Board Chair
Leadership Lufkin Class of 2012
Junior League of Lufkin Volunteer of the Year 2014
Angelina Rotary Club President 2016-2017
Junior League of Lufkin President 2017-2018
Chamber Diplomat of the Year 2018
Rotary District 5910 Hall of Fame 2018
Ms. Archie Jenkins Cornish is a Professional Tax Preparer and CEO of AC Income Tax Ministry. Ms. Cornish has served and worked in the community for many years as a Community Activist. She has had several roles over the years: Election Judge for the City of Lufkin and Angelina County, active member of the political arena, Assistant Librarian at Temple Library (Diboll), Supervisor of the Original Lufkin Day Care Center, Reading Teacher at Leggett ISD, active member of the Angelina County Voters League and was instrumental in the development of the first Life Skills Program at Lufkin ISD.
Ms. Cornish love of learning is reflected in her obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Minor in Sociology from Stephen F. Austin University, extended study at Prairie View A&M, studied at Texas Southern University in Business Administration and Physical Education, graduate of Dunbar Junior and Senior High School as well as intense studies of “How To Pray Productive Prayers” at The Prayer Institute in Houston Texas. She continues to expand and sharpen her computer skills at Computer Learning Center in Lufkin, Texas. as well continuing education and development with Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
A few recognitions and accomplishments are: chosen as one of 600 persons by TEA to serve on the TECAT Pilot Program for Teachers in Texas, selected and served on the Recruiting teams for Black Administrators (Lacy Chimney and Johnny Giles), member of the Dunbar Alumni Association (instrumental participant for getting the name of Dunbar restored), has received Letters of Recognition from Mayor Bob Brown, City of Lufkin, President Barack Obama and Texas Governor, Greg Abbott recognizing her for work and betterment of the community during her 80th birthday celebration.
Ms. Cornish continue be an active member and servant of several community organizations and at her church Windsor Village United Methodist Church. Ms. Cornish is very passionate about going forward with Buddy Temple's Vision " IMPACT LUFKIN”.
I grew up in Diboll, Tx and graduated from Diboll High School in 1990. I then went to Angelina College and graduated with an Associate of Applied Arts and Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1992. I then attended the East Texas Police Academy and earned my Basic Peace Officer Certificate in April of 1993.
I began my Law Enforcement career as a Reserve Police Officer with the Diboll Police Department in July of 1993, and worked as a Jailor with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office from January 1994 until January 1995. I began my career with the Lufkin Police Department in January 1995. While with the Department, I have worked on Patrol, and spent 13 years in the Criminal Investigation Division both as a Detective and a Supervisor. I promoted to Sergeant in 2009, and have been back on patrol since then. I promoted to Lieutenant in August of 2014, and currently am the Watch Commander over A, E, and C shifts, Supervising 24 Officers. I have been married to my wife, Beverly, for 10 years, and we have four children between us. We also have four grandchildren. We are members of Harmony Hill Baptist Church. In my spare time, I like to hunt, fish, play golf, and pretty much anything else outdoors.
About: Jack Gorden was born and raised in Lufkin, TX and comes from six generations of Lufkin residents. Jack Gorden is married to Sue Roff Gorden and has a son, Trey Gorden who lives in Indiana.
Education: Jack Gorden graduated from Lufkin High School and attended Stephen F. Austin State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Jack Gorden attended and graduated from the University of Colorado- Bank Marketing School. Jack Gorden then went on to graduate from the Southern Methodist University School of Banking.
Membership/Community Service: Jack Gorden has presided as the Chairman of the Deep East Texas Council of government (13 counties), the Chairman for United Way and the Chairman of the East Texas Bankers Institute of America. Jack Gorden has also presided on the Executive Committee of the Texas Municipal League and the Governors Committee for Interstate 69. Jack Gorden was a Trustee for the Memorial Hospital of East Texas and was on the board of Texas Bankers Association. Jack Gorden was a part of the founding group of the Crown Colony Country Club. Jack Gorden served as the Mayor of Lufkin, TX from 2006-2012 and served on the city council of Lufkin, Texas.
Employment: Jack Gorden was the President and Founder of People’s National Bank of Lufkin and was also the President of First Bank & Trust East Texas.
Present Trustee: Trustee of the Christ Church Lufkin, Texas Forest Country Board and Member of the Impact Lufkin Board.
Special Interests: Jack Gorden’s interests are in working with Non-Profits and helping people and communities overcome poverty and socioeconomic barriers.
Sydney Benemon grew up in Lufkin, Texas, attended public school in Lufkin and graduated from Lufkin High School in 1971. After high school, Sydney graduated from Angelina College with an Associate degree in social science in 1973. Sydney Benemon went on to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and majored in Criminal justice. After graduation, Sydney Benemon started working at the Lufkin State School as a home manager in residential services in January 1975. Sydney worked for 42 years and retired in June of 2017. Sydney has been a faithful member, of over 25 years, to the New Zion Temple of Deliverance Church, under the service of Pastor Bishop Clifford Olford. Sydney Benemon has one daughter, Tamicka, who lives in Huntsville and one grandson, Ty.
Sydney Benemon serves as the President of the Lufkin Chapter of the NAACP and as the Vice President of the Angelina County Voters League. Sydney Benemon is a member of the Top Ladies of Distinction, a member of the Neighborhood watch, and a member of Lufkin Juneteenth committee.
Sydney Benemon’s favorite word to watch is “Service.” Sydney Benemon believes in helping the community and those who are in need and she wants to help the community of North Lufkin to be better and to be the best it can be.
Freddie L. Avant, Ph.D., is a Professor and Associate Dean/Director of the School of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas. He is also responsible for co-directing the Rural Social Work Research and Development Center. He has been teaching and practicing social work for over thirty years. He is well known nationally for his consultative knowledge related to the accreditation of social work programs in higher education and the development of innovative health and well-being programs in the community. He has been involved in community-based youth and adult programs most of his professional career. He is a licensed master's level social worker with advanced practice recognition. His practice and research background are in the areas of children and family, mental health, cultural diversity, forensic social work, rural social work practice, medical social work and social work administration.
LaDonyae Thomas is currently a Community Outreach Representative. She received an
Associate of Applied Arts and Science Degree at Angelina College in Child and Family
Development and then later attended Stephen F. Austin University. She has over 17 years of
leadership experience, over 11 years of experience with children and families, and 5 years of
marketing experience. In 2014 she received the Hairgrove Rising Above Excellence Award and in 2015
received recognition for the largest Community Gathering of Counties. She's currently a member of the
African American Alzheimers Alliance and the Nacogdoches Coalition of Pantries.
She loves being apart of projects aimed at making a difference in the life of others and making
an impact within the community, and that's why she excited about her board member role. She's
eager and honored for the opportunity to serve as a board member of Impact Lufkin.
Oscar Kennedy Jr.
Oscar Kennedy grew up in Lufkin, and graduated from Lufkin High School in 1972.
He attended Control Data Institute in Oakland, California and majored in Computer Science.
After graduation he moved to Houston, Texas where he was employed by Pennzoil Petroleum,
Greater Southern Life Insurance Company, and Baker Oil Tools. Oscar returned to Lufkin and
accepted employment with Temple-Inland with acquisitions from International Paper
and Georgia Pacific for 38 years.
Oscar serves his community in the following membership capacities
National Minority Supplier Development Council
Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association
Lufkin Dunbar Alumni Association
Angelina County Democratic Voters League
Lufkin Sideliners Booster Club
Concern Black Mens of Lufkin
Lufkin Pro Day Group
United Way of Lufkin
Lufkin Planning and Zoning Commission
Angelina County Chamber of Commerce
Oscar enjoys the outdoors in his spare time, hunting and playing golf, but his passion is mentoring
and developing young men in the community to become productive citizens,
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