OUR STAFF

LaDawn Ingram, Executive Director

LaDawn Ingram was born in Tyler, Texas and raised in Hallsville, Texas. She graduated from Hallsville High School after being involved in many activities and social organizations. She attended Kilgore College where she performed and travelled with the Kilgore College Band whom performed for the world famous Kilgore College Rangerettes.  She graduated with an associate’s degree in Social Science while working in customer service at Toys”R”us. Later she graduated from The University of Texas at Tyler BS in Sociology with a minor in History. She earned her Master’s in Health Care Management from Argosy University. 

LaDawn has dedicated her life to helping others through acts of kindness and leadership. She inspires, uplifts, educates, advocate, and provide support and guidance throughout their life stages. She worked for Community Healthcore, formally Sabine Valley MHMR for 16 years. She worked for the City of Longview with Partners in Prevention. She involved herself with parents, teachers, youth workers, community leaders, young adults, and youth as the Coordinator for Drug-Free Youth. LaDawn has continued to stay involved by being an alumni of Leadership Longview and a member of Unity and Diversity; a previous board member of Keep Longview Beautiful. She remains active as a board member for Wellness Pointe Youth Action Committee and serves as the Co-Chair for the Community Resource Coordination Group (CRCG) and attends the Non-Profit Coalition meetings hosted by United Way.

LaDawn enjoys being a part of this wonderful team of people that are truly invested in the mission of WOW. “This is a unique and exciting atmosphere of learning and growing. This museum is for every child and every adult who isn’t afraid to let the inner child come out to play. This environment comes full circle into the core values that I was taught EACH ONE, TEACH ONE."

  

 Lynsey Lack, Programs/Education Director

Lynsey Lack is a relatively new resident to East Texas.  She and her husband, Aaron, have fallen in love with the sky scraping pines and genuine hospitality. Lynsey received her degree from Texas A&M, which launched her love of teaching and later earned her master’s degree in Educational Technology from Lamar University. As a mother of two young children, never-ending questions and make-believe adventures are a regular occurrence. Lynsey encourages everyone to visit LongviewWOW and fuel their natural curiosity.
 

Kristin Koonce, Activities Coordinator  

Kristin Koonce was born and raised in White Oak, TX. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Communication and dedicates her life to encouraging others on their journey to discover and pursue their deepest passions. Kristin's life was influenced by a place much like Longview World of Wonders. The hands-on entertainment facility she visited as a child was a crucial part of her childhood and it ultimately guided her life in the direction she believes it was meant to go. Kristin believes wholeheartedly in our mission and the work we are doing here, as she has witnessed firsthand what a place like this does for a child's imagination, and ultimately their life. She is eager to watch your child's imagination run wild within these four walls as they discover their passions and a world of endless possibilities.

Shirley Lancaster, Office Manager

Shirley Lancaster is an Overland Park, Kansas native with over 25 years of management and paralegal skills.  College studies were business and hospitality. She has three daughters, 5 grandchildren, 4 of whom are in college, and 2 dogs.  Lancaster previously volunteered serving the homeless, impoverished and disabled in the Kansas City area and CO.  A family tradition for over 30 years has been providing Christmas to families in need and children of incarcerated parents.  Lancaster previously served as President of the Johnson County Bar Auxiliary and co-chair for a black tie fundraiser for prevention of child abuse.

Lancaster’s hobbies include cooking, gardening, exercising and hiking. She loves any and all music and played piano and violin during her school days.  Lancaster loves traveling, NFL football and college basketball, and is an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos and Kansas Jayhawks! 

Lancaster is excited to be part of the growth and success of Longview World of Wonders. She tries to always remember that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel-Maya Angelou.

Rachel McCarty, Front Desk Receptionist
Rachel McCarty is currently enrolled in Longview High School where she is active in the Longview High School band and in Girl Scouts. She has been active in the growth of Longview World of Wonders since she was in grade school. She spent all summer in 2016 working with the board and staff making final preparations for the grand opening. She enjoys working with the other staff members planning station activities and programs.  Rachel's plans after high school include getting her master's in education.
You can find Rachel greeting you at the front door on the weekends at Longview World of Wonders.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Current Board of Directors - 2016-2017

Dr. Janice Petree, President

Veterinarian

Mary Greenwaldt, President-elect

Co-Chair, World of William

Retired Educator (teacher/school director)

Lisa Yarbrough, Treasurer

Chair, Finance Committee

Analyst Relations Manager, Dell Services

Heather Kilby, Secretary

 

 

 

Elaine Campbell, Parliamentarian

Liaison, Bourbon & Bowties

Officer Manager, Stevens Henry, PLLC

Paul Guidroz, Vice-President

Information Technology Business Analyst, STEMCO

 

Susan Mincey, Treasurer-elect
VP / Treasurer of R. Lacy Services, Ltd.

Directors

Nancy Elswick

Chair, Facilities Committee

Assistant Director of Presbyterian Children’s Center

 

Terry Turpin

Educator

 

Karen Tutt

Chair, Seasons of Sharing                  

Mentor for Texas School Ready/Adjunct faculty Kilgore College

 

Karen Ritch

Chair, Youth Advisory Council

CPA, VP ESA Consulting

 

 

Becky Supercinski

Co-Chair, World of William
Retired Speech Pathologist and GT Teacher

 

Oscar Ortiz

 

Tyler Lohr

 

Kelsey Koon

 

Amber Johns

 

 

Tammy Gage

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Board of Directors is proud to support Longview World of Wonders not only with our volunteer time but also financially. We proudly have 100% participation in our Board Campaign which helps support the day –to-day operations of LongviewWOW.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Mike Elswick

Managing Editor, Neosho Daily News

Tom Reardon

Attorney at Law, Stevens Henry, PLLC

Darren Groce 

Co-Chair, Bourbon & Bowties

General Counsel, R. Lacy Services, Ltd.

Pauline Beaumier Green

Co-Chair, Volunteer Coordinating Committee

Co-Chair, World of William

Advertising, Marketing/PR and Education

Committee Chairpersons

Amy McCarty
Chair, Marketing
Software Quality Assurance Manager
Inhouse Associates, L.C.

Stephanie Pugh
Co-Chair, Volunteer Coordinating Committee

Niki Groce
Co-Chair, Bourbon & Bowties
Community Volunteer

YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL (YAC)

Comprised of 8th thru 12th graders from local school districts and homeschooled students, this group is an integral part of LongviewWOW. These students are selected for their commitment, reliability, enthusiasm, a desire to serve and leadership. Throughout the year, they will help create programs for use in the Center and provide volunteer hours to help with the daily operations.

 

 

If you are interested in applying to become a member of our Youth Advisory Council, applications are accepted through the end of June 2017.

Please view LongviewWOW Youth Advisory Council Application here.

For more information or questions, email info@longviewwow.org.

 

 

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