Jonathan Thompson, an Analytical Chemist, joins Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine as an associate professor of analytical chemistry. He began on Sept. 1. He also serves as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), and a host of academic journals.

Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson was chosen to be part of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative—a select educational opportunity for 38 mayors chosen for the intensive education program. The yearlong program provides mayors with world-class executive training and coaching to help deliver results for cities.

Nurse Practitioner Jason Hathaway, FNP-C has joined Creek Stone Integrated Medical, located at 3501 SW 45th, Suite T. Hathaway will provide primary care, hormone optimization, medical weight loss, IV therapy, platelet-rich plasma treatments, trigger point injections and more. 

Premier Vision welcomes Dr. Lauren Denton to its practice. Dr. Denton received her undergraduate degree in biology from Baylor University. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Houston. 

Rich Gagnon has been named the City of Amarillo Managing Director/Chief Information Officer. In his most recent position with the city, Gagnon was CIO and director of Information Technology.

Andrew Freeman has been named Assistant City Manager for the City of Amarillo. With more than a decade of experience in various city government roles, he has served Amarillo citizens for more than four years.

Claudia Burkett, a 32-year veteran of Education Credit Union, has been promoted to President of the Canyon Market and Executive Vice President. Burkett currently oversees the Lending and Marketing and Business Development teams as well as the Canyon market. 

Marcus Glass has been promoted to Vice President of Operations at Education Credit Union. Glass will continue to lead the Payments team and assume responsibility for Project Management.

Johnny Harris has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Retail Operations at Education Credit Union. Harris will be leading ECU’s Member Support Center and retail branches. Harris joined ECU in 2004, as a Member Service representative at the Hillside branch.  

Lindsey Murphy was recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Education Credit Union. Murphy began as Director of Marketing in 2009 and will continue to lead ECU’s marketing efforts. She is currently building a Business Development program.

Adrian Alejandre has joined Education Credit Union as
the Senior Vice President of Lending. Alejandre comes to ECU with 14 years of banking and credit union experience. 

Jarred Cooley has been named Xcel Energy’s Director of
Strategic Planning for the Texas-New Mexico region. Cooley
will be based in Amarillo.

Center City of Amarillo has received designation as a 2021 Accredited Main Street America program. This designation marks the 19th consecutive year of accreditation for Center City.

Jason Crespin became the Managing/Artistic Director at Amarillo Little Theatre on July 1 of this year, after leading the ALT Academy. Mikayla Green will join ALT as the new Academy Director. Green is herself a product of the Academy.

BSA Health System has recently promoted four team members. After three years as the Nurse Manager at BSA Harrington Cancer Center, Natalie Hall, RN, BSN, OCN has been promoted to Director of Oncology at BSA Hospital. Jessica Van Winkle, RN has been promoted to Director of the BSA Orthopedics and Neurology Department after three years as Nurse Manager for the BSA Medical-Surgical department. After 10 years in various roles for the BSA Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Jamie Milton, RN, BSN has been promoted to Manager of the BSA NICU. Amy Rambo has been promoted to Manager of the BSA Human Resources Department after serving in the same department for two years as Senior HR Generalist.

West Texas A&M University announces new hires and promotions:

Dr. Russ Teweleit and Dr. Betty Coneway were among TAMUS professors who joined the Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators, honoring faculty members who have had a significant impact on the preparation of teachers. 

Dr. Xiaolin Lin is the new Philip J. Gensler Professor of Computer Information Systems. Dr. Jeffry Babb, previous holder of the professorship, recently was named the Stan Sigman Professor of Business. 

Kristin Westbrook has
been named the Dr. Wesley
L. Langham Professor of Nursing, and Austin Wiseman has been named the Mary Wendler Professor of Nursing Practice. Alee Friemel has been named the Northwest Texas Healthcare System/Eunice King Professor in Nursing.  

Callie Hisek has been named
the new Royal R. Brantley Professor of Theatre, and Jon Revett is the new Doris Alexander Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts. 

Dr. Nathan Howell was named the Bell Helicopter Professor of Engineering.

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum announces new curators:  Deana Craighead has begun work as the Curator of Art and Jenni Opalisnki is the new Curator of History. Craighead will be responsible for curation, preservation and collection of art for PPHM in addition to teaching art history-focused courses at WTAMU. 


Upcoming Events


Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Fall Mega Market
Nov. 18
Fairfield/Four Points Downtown Amarillo
1911 I-40 East

Ag Appreciation Luncheon
Dec. 1, 11:45 a.m.
Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza

Chamber Annual Banquet & Business Excellence Awards 
Dec. 9, 6 p.m.
Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza


2021 Holiday Style Show
Nov. 2, 6 p.m.
Legacy Hall, WTAMU

Women in Business Breakfast
Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.
Guest Speaker is Jarah Mendoza

Panhandle Great 25 Nurses
Nov. 4, 5:30 p.m.
Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk St.

Women in Business Breakfast
Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m.