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National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Elects New Board Members


Fort Worth, Texas – The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum (NMWHM) announces the appointment of Di Ann Sanchez, Christopher L. Taylor and Rodney White to its Board of Directors. The election of the museum’s three newest board members to their first term took place at the January 2013 board meeting.

“These appointments reflect NMWHM’s continued commitment to finding the very best community leaders to lead and guide NMWHM, “said James N. Austin, Jr., President of the museum board. “Their knowledge, skill and expertise will be invaluable to the museum’s growth and development.”

Di Ann Sanchez is the founder and president of DAS HR Consulting, LLC. Ms. Sanchez develops test questions for the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and is active in The Society of Human Resources (SHRM). She currently serves as an active participant of “Executives in Action”, a national non-profit organization that provides pro bono consultants to charitable agencies and is a counselor at the Fort Worth Business Assistance Center which promotes new businesses and entrepreneurs. Ms. Sanchez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Organizational Management and Human Resources from Capella University.

Christopher L. Taylor is an associate at Kelly, Hart, & Hallman, LLP, where he is an associate in the firm’s Litigation section and a member of the School Law and Healthcare Law practice groups. Mr. Taylor’s experience includes the representation of commercial and individual clients in a wide variety of issues including complex contract disputes as well as family and employment-based immigration matters and guiding clients through Medicare compliance issues as well as creation of healthcare entities. He was selected as “Top Attorney” under five years in practice by Fort Worth, Texas magazine, in 2012. Mr. Taylor graduated from the University of North Texas (B.A. Political Science, 2007) and Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D. 2010).

Rodney White is the inaugural Principal of Paul Laurence Dunbar Young Men’s Leadership Academy (YMLA), Fort Worth Independent School District’s first single-gender school for boys. The Academy offers students a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that begins in 6th grade. As a college preparatory school, the YMLA has a varied curriculum aimed at helping students acquire knowledge and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in order for them to be successful in and out of the classroom. Principal White received his education at Abilene Christian University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (Minor – Biology) and University of Texas at Arlington (Master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies).

The museum’s 2013 Officers, Executive Committee and Directors include James N. Austin, Jr., President; Tre Garrett, Vice President; Kyle Davie, Secretary; Bob Holmes, Treasurer; Bob Jameson, Executive Committee; Steve Heape, Executive Committee and Gloria Reed Austin, Executive Director. Additional NMWHM Directors include Candace Alley, DMA, W. Marvin Dulaney, Ph.D., Darryl Duncan, Cherie Gordon, Sylvia McElvy, CPA, Clara Ruddell, Ron Spencer and Ernest L. Thomas, Ph.D.

NMWHM New Board Members Elected
About NMWHM: Founded in 2001, the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum (NMWHM) (formerly National Cowboys of Color Museum) was founded to give recognition to the “forgotten cowboys” of multicultural western ancestry who played a role in settling the early American western frontier. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the museum acknowledges a diverse group of individuals who continue the legacy of western culture, tradition and play a part in keeping this important piece of American History alive. NMWHM offers a true and complete historical perspective of the people and activities that built the unique culture of the Old West. The work of artist who documented the people and events of the time through journals, photographs and other historical items are part of the museum collection. The museum’s programs build reading, writing, researching skills, healthy self-esteem, and respect for all cultures. NMWHM is located at 3400 Mount Vernon Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas, 76103, (817) 534-8801. For more information about the museum, please visit www.cowboysofcolor.org, email info@cowboysofcolor.org or you may contact the administrative offices at (817) 922-9999.

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