Hal Holtman, President (Holtman and Company, LLC)
Hal is a graduate of New Braunfels High School and the University of Texas at Austin. Hal is a Certified Public Accountant and has practiced in New Braunfels since 1982. Hal has served on various boards in the community. The non-profit boards include the following: the McKenna Health System, Connections, New Braunfels Noon Lions Club, and New Braunfels ISD Education Foundation. He currently serves as a board member on First Commercial Bank and was previously on the bank boards of Citizens Bank (now Wells Fargo in New Braunfels) and First State Bank (now Prosperity Bank in New Braunfels). Connections is a special organization to Hal because it helps provide choices and empowerment to children and families who do not have the same opportunities as their peers. Hal is married to Karen Holtman. They reside in New Braunfels. They enjoy the outdoors and their nine grandchildren.
Carolyn Lehmann (Wish List Direct)
A native of New Braunfels, Carolyn Lehmann is the owner of Direct Texas, a direct marketing mail firm. She has worked in retail sales and management, and has owned a retail clothing store. In the late 80’s, she worked at Teen Connections (currently Connections) as secretary to the founder and executive director. Carolyn also served five years as the first full-time executive director of The New Braunfels Children’s Museum growing it to fill 10,000 square feet of donated space. With her experience in sales, marketing, buying, bookkeeping as a store owner, in fundraising and grant writing at a non-profit, and now in direct marketing for others,, she brings a wide and varied skill set to Connections. She has three children and seven grandchildren, and enjoys exploring museums and art galleries, as well as attending theater and live music performances.
Jane B. Childers, Ph.D. (Trinity University)
Jane Childers is a Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Trinity University. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Baylor, and an MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from UT-Austin. In addition to teaching courses in child development, she has an active research lab studying children’s early verb learning. She lives in New Braunfels with her family, and is an active member of Christ Presbyterian Church.
Dawn Sloans (FirstMark Credit Union)
Dawn Sloans is senior vice president, chief talent & culture officer for Firstmark Credit Union. Ms. Sloans is a member of the Credit Union’s executive team and is responsible for developing and leading people and talent development strategies focusing on employee experience, culture, collaboration and shared commitment. Ms. Sloans joined Firstmark Credit Union in 1998 and has over 36 years of experience in Human Resources Management. Prior to joining Firstmark, Ms. Sloans held a series of management positions at Zachry Corporation and BancPlus Mortgage Company. Ms. Sloans holds a BBA in Human Resources from St. Mary’s University, and an MBA and MA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Ms. Sloans lives in Schertz and enjoys traveling, hiking, volunteering, and exploring state parks with her family.
Travis Wommack (Sodalis Elder Living)
Elizabeth Kolb (Kolb and Murray, PC)