2019 - 2020 ADMIN BOARD OF DIRECTORS
"Doing the Kindness Thing"
Bobbi Klein, President
2019-2020 President, Bobbi Klein is serving her second term as president of Altrusa Richardson. Since becoming an Altrusan in 2000, she has served in almost every club capacity, except Treasurer, including founding Club Foundation Trustee. She has also served as District Nine Membership Co-Chair, and other District program team positions. She served as International Membership Co-Chair in 2015-2017. Bobbi is also proud to note that she has never missed a District Conference or International Convention. Bobbi and her husband Steve moved to Richardson in 1978. Retired recently from Camp Summit, she spent the last 20 years of her career in the non-profit area. Bobbi has one son and two grandchildren.
Samanthia Slaight, President Elect
President Elect, Samanthia Slaight is a native Texan, originally from East Texas, but moved to Richardson with her family in 1963.
She worked at The University of Texas at Dallas as an International Student Advisor, later joining Richland College as an International Student Specialist and ESOL Instructional Specialist. In addition, she was the Director of International Student Services and Adjunct Faculty at North Lake College. After retiring from this position, she continued teaching ESOL at North Lake College as Adjunct Faculty. Currently, she is an Adjunct ESOL Faculty at Richland College. Samanthia joined Altrusa in 2004 and has held many board positions over the years.
She was married to Mike Slaight, her late husband, and they have two children. In addition, she has a step child, and three grandchildren.
Lynn Solomon, Corresp. Secretary
Lynn Solomon is a proud Southern Belle from Hammond, Louisiana. She is married to Mark Solomon and they have two children and six grandchildren. Mark and Lynn have owned and operated Assurnet Insurance Agency in Richardson for 33 years. Lynn is also retired from Education Service Center Region 10 with 23 years of service. They love traveling and spending time with their family.
Mary Beth McLemore, Admin. Treasurer
Administrative Treasurer, Mary Beth McLemore, grew up in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. After attending Texas Tech, she taught 20 years in RISD, teaching English, Public Speaking, Acting and Debate.
Seeking the American dream, she and her husband, Carl, took courses for Property Management at Richland College. In 1991 they purchased a small apartment complex where they maintained the financials, tenant interaction and maintained the property for 25 years.
Mary Beth and Carl found retirement to be wonderful and although cruises are their passion, Altrusa is Mary Beth's family.
Thanh Tran, Director
Born in Vietnam and grew up in Dallas, TX. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UT Dallas and holds Master’s degrees in Healthcare Administration and Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University. Thanh has over 20 years of healthcare management experience. Currently she serves as CEO of North Central Surgical Center, a multi-specialty surgical hospital. She has been an Altrusan since 2019. Thanh and her husband reside in Richardson with their three rescued dogs. In her downtime, Thanh enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Sarah Ross Nesbit, Immediate Past President
Sarah Nesbit, stays busy as a senior staff member at the Eisemann Center in Richardson as well as volunteering with the Dance Council of North Texas, The Association of Business Communicators, and has been a member of Altrusa since 2007. She has two children and one grandson who lives in Houston. Sarah loves to travel, and some favorite places are New York City, Eureka Springs, AR and Santa Fe NM.
Donna Buhr, Vice President
Donna Buhr, is a Lead Product Engineer for Esri Inc. specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Software Development. Donna is married and has one daughter.
“I feel that volunteerism is my privileged obligation to help others and to give back to our community. One of my favorite quotes concerning volunteerism is “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead, anthropologist.”
Rosemary Gouger, Recording Secretary
Born in Dallas, TX, raised in Richardson, TX since 1961. Graduated JJ Pearce High School and worked 35 years as Fine Dining Chef and Caterer in both the US and UK. Retired, married to John B. Sanders. They have three children living and three grandchildren.
Robbin Murley, Director
Director, Robbin Murley, moved to the Richardson area in 2017 after living in Southlake/Colleyville area for over 25 years. A new job in the Plano area with L3Harris, as the Quality Engineering Director, initiated the move. She joined Altrusa in 2018. She has two children who live in the metroplex area and one granddaughter.
Barbara Cornelius, Director
Barbara Cornelius, is originally from Michigan, then transferred to Texas working for EDS. She has been an Altrusan since 2009. Barbara & Jerry Cornelius founded Canyon Creek Art & Frame in 1995 in Richardson where she handles the marketing, administrative responsibilities and web design. Barbara and Jerry have lived in Richardson since 1990, they have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Gayle Ingle, Director
Director, Gayle Ingle, was born and raised in Midland, Texas. Gayle met her husband Rusty at Texas Tech and they remain avid Red Raider fans to this day. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. After retirement, Gayle has been busier than she was when she worked 40+ hours a week, and she loves every minute of her volunteer work!
Altrusa is especially interesting to Gayle because of the many service opportunities, but not forgetting the closeness of the group which she felt immediately on her visits before joining.