President: Cindy Gough
Cindy Gough is a Realtor with Camille Johnson, Realtors and loves her community and helping clients as well as helping others in her community. She spends many hours serving her community and is involved in her church at Highland Baptist in Waco. Cindy has served on multiple Boards in different agencies across the Waco area. Cindy is a big Baylor Bear fan and loves spending her time off with her family and her grandkids, Barron and Dawson.
Vice-President: Mike Pool
Mike Pool has been a Schlotzsky’s franchisee in Waco for over 25 years, proudly running two restaurants that have supported many great causes in the area. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University and a big Red Raider fan, as are his two sons, Nathan and Jared, and his wife, Kristen. Mike is a member of First United Methodist Church of Waco, where he has served on several committees. Mike enjoys playing golf and being on the lake with friends and family.
Member: Alexia English
Alexia English, affectionately known as “Lexi,” has worked at Baylor University for the past 16 years where she enjoys serving and mentoring students and watching them blossom from caterpillars into butterflies. Lexi received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and her master’s degree from Houston Baptist University. Lexi has served on various committees at Baylor and has advised several student groups. Lexi is the First Lady of Greater Bosqueville Baptist Church in Waco and she is active in various ministries which are committed to community service. Outside of church, she volunteers her time with a performing arts group, Portraits, Inc. and is an active member of the Waco Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she serves the greater Waco community. Lexi enjoys music, traveling, coordinating group trips, and fellowship with friends and family. Lexi is married to Ronald and they have 2 sons, Rahlil and Rahsiah, and a host of “adopted” daughters and sons and grands.
Member: Laura Graves
Laura Gillen Graves graduated from Baylor University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. After teaching in La Vega ISD and Waco ISD, Laura made the decision to be a stay at home mom. She has three sons and is married to her husband of 27 years, Berry. Community service is close to her heart and she has served on many boards and committees across Waco. Her church home is First Baptist Church Woodway.
Member: Nancy Gupton
Nancy Gupton is the Resource Development Director of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. She has worked in the Waco community for over 30 years in marketing, business relations and fundraising. For the past 14 years, Nancy has been with American Guaranty Title in Business Development prior to joining the Waco Chamber team.
Nancy graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising. She has been an active volunteer in our community and a longtime volunteer of the Waco Chamber. For the past 14 years, Nancy has been a volunteer of the Waco Chamber of Commerce’s Total Resource Campaign and served 8 years as one of the division chairs for the TRC. Nancy and her husband, Wade, reside in China Spring area. They have two sons, Will and Robert.
Nancy currently serves on the board for the First United Methodist Church of Waco, Christian Women’s Job Corp (CWJC) and the China Spring ISD Education Foundation.
Member: Diane Jenkins
Diane Jenkins has been active in the Waco work and volunteer community for more than 40 years and currently works as a commercial and residential broker. Diane previously retired from American Red Cross Blood Services where she served as long time Senior Texas Territory Manager, managed the Gallon Donor’s Club and donated many gallons of blood.
Diane is active in the community and enjoys networking. She’s an officer of Women of Waco and is past president of the Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce where she continues to volunteer. She is married to her husband of 28 years, Bart, and they reside in Woodway. They have one son, Jade Hunt. Her church home is First Baptist Woodway. She loves spending time with her family and friends.
Member: Kelly Karnei
Kelly Karnei graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio with BBA in Accounting. She went on to obtain her license as a CPA and began her career with Deloitte, Haskins, and Sells. After working in the public sector, she worked for Red McCombs in San Antonio before moving to Waco in 1997. Since that time she has worked part-time, been a stay at home mom, and served on several boards within the Midway ISD as treasurer. She loves serving her community. Kelly and her husband Clifton have been married for 32 years and have 3 grown children, Kyle 25, Cassie 23, and Corey 21.
Member: Wes Peyton
Wes Peyton is a graduate of Texas A & M University, South Texas College of Law, practiced law in Hearne, Texas and served as County Judge of Robertson County. In 1991, he was employed as a Hearing Officer by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation and retired from that position in October 2013. Wes and his wife, Sami, are active members of the Robinson Church of Christ, and have three sons and six grandchildren. Wes has a passion to honor God and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through local missions and international missions in India, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Member: Howard Rolf
Howard Rolf is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Vanderbilt University, and is a retired Baylor University Professor of Mathematics. He is a member of First Baptist Church, Waco where he serves as a deacon and trustee. He has four children and eight grandchildren. Some of his more rewarding volunteer experiences have been mentoring at North Waco Elementary School (no longer exists), and joining FBC college students on their spring break mission trips.
He supports CWJC because it changes lives. Each year he contributes one of his woodworking projects to the CWJC Basket of Hope silent auction.
Member: Ellen White
Ellen White has been a member of the Waco Community for over 40 years. As a longtime resident, her vast knowledge of the area, passion for helping others, and her love for working with people led her to real estate. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ellen was the Head Coach of the Baylor Equestrian team. Ellen built a first-class facility during her tenure and the team quickly rose to one of the top in the country. Under her leadership, the Baylor Equestrian team won a National Championship and three Big 12 Titles-they were ranked No. 1 in the nation when she retired. When Ellen is not working hard for her clients, she actively participates in leadership positions at her church, Columbus Avenue Baptist, and serves on the boards of Southern Trinity Groundwater Conservation District and Christian Women’s Job Corps of McLennan County. Ellen also dedicated over 10 years to Keep Waco Beautiful and countless hours volunteering with the Waco Junior League. Ellen has a degree in Economics from Baylor University. Ellen and her husband, Greg, a Baylor law professor, have raised two children in the Waco area and are proud to call McLennan County home.
Member: Karen Willis
Karen Willis is happy to be back “home” in Waco after many years of living out of state. She has always loved volunteering and is quickly getting immersed into the Waco community and at her church, Columbus Avenue Baptist. She is currently teaching the Computer Skills classes at CWJC and feels blessed to be a small part of empowering the incredible women in the program. Karen and her husband, Richard, enjoy traveling and have three grown children.