Executive Leadership

President

Ruben Landa is an experienced and accomplished leader in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. He has more than 18 years of experience in public involvement, public affairs, communications and diversity program management. His career includes time with STV Incorporated, HDR Inc., the Texas State Senate, K Strategies Group and now with WSP USA, Inc., where is the Senior Communication Manager for the Texas and Mountain region of the US. Ruben’s professional career includes extensive experience developing and managing public involvement and diversity programs on many high-profile legacy projects in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, as well as Phoenix, Arizona. Ruben maintains an in-depth understanding of public policy, public administration and community factors that can affect decision making on major public projects. This has allowed him to develop programs using a strategic approach that has produced positive results for both the client and the community.

Through his considerable expertise, Ruben has developed strategic partnerships and maintains leadership roles with numerous advocacy organizations in the industry, including minority chambers, contractor associations and trade organizations. He is a committed industry leader and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association (RHCA), Vice President of Outreach for the MBE Institute for Public Policy (MBEIPP) and Vice President of Programs for the Greater Dallas Planning Council (GDPC).

Secretary

1st Vice President

Rosalyn McDonald has 13 years of experience in the Diversity field which includes public and private projects.  She currently serves as a DBE Manager for North Tarrant Infrastructure, LLC in Fort Worth, Texas.  Rosalyn is responsible for ensuring the company’s disadvantage business enterprise utilization program metrics are met and are in compliance with her company’s business model.  Rosalyn has an MBA degree, and two B.S. degrees.  She also completed her Master Compliance Administrator (MCA) and Executive Certified Master Compliance Administrator Certifications through the American Contract Compliance Association.  Rosalyn volunteers her time serving as an Alumni Intern Coordinator with the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program, and as a liaison to Senator Royce West’s Senate District Executive Director.   She looks forward to serving the members of the North Texas Chapter of COMTO as 1st Vice President.

Second Vice President

2nd Vice President

Bianca Sandoval is Sr. M/WBE Program Administrator for Austin Commercial, general contractor, based out of Dallas, TX.  Austin Commercial is one of the largest builders and is nationally recognized for their exceptional safety records, diversity-inclusion program and innovative construction solutions in the following markets: advanced technology, aviation, corporate/office, healthcare, hospitality, mission critical, mixed-use/retail/residential, public assembly and sports, and university.Bianca offers over 15 years of contract compliance and inclusion program management in construction and heavy highway. Bianca is responsible for managing inclusion program across the board for the company. Her goal is to ensure that M/W/DBE firms get a fair opportunity in the procurement process and grow their capacity. In addition to her responsibilities at Austin Commercial, she also serves on several boards and committees and maintains active in her community as well as minority organizations on a national level.

Treasurer

Treasurer

Dorothy R. Cheatham  is the President and women owned business of Vision 11, LLC,  a full service distributor of advertising specialty products and services.  All type of products and apparel can be customized with the company’s logo and integrated to meet any companies marketing need  to promote smart advertisement that makes the users experience memorable, fun and useful.EnVision Safety Apparel & Accessories is a division of Vision 11, LLC,  an apparel distributor that  offers a variety of uniforms and  safety products from hard hats, gloves, hearing and eye protection to high visibility apparel  that  meet  OSHA regulations for industrial safety.

Secretary

Lorenzo Chess is a dedicated leader that illustrates integrity and loyalty. He has been with the FWTA for seventeen and a half years. Currently, he is the Fixed Route Operations Street Manager at Trinity Metro.  Lorenzo has oversight of the FWTA Fixed Route Street Operations team, which include a team of twenty Supervisors and 250 coach operators.  Additionally, he oversees Trinity Metro’s transit service that covers 400 + square miles.

Lorenzo brings to the table 30-years of transit experience working as a transit supervisor and manager for Trinity Metro and another twelve years as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps with oversight of Motor Transportation Training and Dispatching. He has traveled the world in defense of our country. His most profound accomplishment was serving under President George H Bush as a combat Marine in the original Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm / Desert Shield.

 

Parliamentarian

Parliamentarian

Jimmy Malone, As a tenured Parliamentarian for the COMTO Local Dallas Chapter I have a proven track record of supporting the local Presidents’ in a plethora of  roles and responsibilities. My responsibility to the local chapter has been as  an individual who advises board members and presiding officers on parliamentary procedures to include, (i.e., preparing for meetings, counting  ballots, tracking of those wishing to speak, amendments, motions, handling  procedural questions, maintaining order, etc.). Moreover, during my tenure  I’ve been able to serve as an impartial adviser. Professionally, I’ve served to  improve the organizations effectiveness in a variety of different settings and  circumstances.

Meanwhile, If afforded the opportunity to serve once again, I will take on  the roles and responsibilities for making sure that our organization board  follows the correct procedures and basically serve as an adviser on the  well-known Robert’s Rules of Order process in board meetings.

Finally, I look forward to serving once again as your Local Dallas Chapter  Parliamentarian and hope that you’ll give me another opportunity – with  your vote, to do so.

Scholarship Chairman

Barbara Oldums is the Owner of Industrial Solutions Company. She is the only African American, Women-Owned Converter Manufacturer of a Specialty Disposable Towels called “TUF Towel” in the Country. Her company is also a Wholesale Distributor of Janitorial Supplies, Industrial Gloves, Cloth Towels and Safety Supplies. Industrial Solutions Company is certified as DBE/MBE/SBE and HUB-CMBL.

A Native of Arkansas, Barbara Oldums has lived in Texas since 1981. She is a former News Reporter and Cable TV Talk Show Host. She has a B.A. Degree in Radio, TV & Film and a Minor in Journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

She is an Alumni of the DART Small Business Academy, Amos Tuck Minority Executive Program at Dartmouth College, National Inner City Capital Connections Program, National One Million Cups Entrepreneurs Chapter in Ft. Worth, the Austin Commercial MBE Mentor Protégé Program and TxDOTSmall Business LINC Program.

Her company was nominated for the Arlington Chamber 2018 Small Business of the Year Award. She was also a nominee for the NCTRCA DBE of the Year Award in 2014 & 2017. She serves on the Arlington Chamber Business Retention & Expansion Committee, which is an Initiative of Arlington Mayor, Jeff Williams. She served on the Texas Rangers Minority Task Force Committee to help keep the Rangers in Arlington. Barbara Oldums is a Member of the COMTO North Texas Chapter. She serves on the Board and chairs the Scholarship Award Committee.

She and her Husband, Leonard who works in the business with her resides in Arlington, Texas. They are Founders of Cornerstone World Outreach Ministries and Authors of The Power Within. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

Membership Chairman

Shenita Cleveland is CEO & Founder of Diverse Global Strategies, LLC., headquartered in Dallas, Texas. DGS is a Diversity Program Management/Outreach, P3 and Business Development Consultant. Under her leadership, DGS will help redefine how the world’s leading companies make their most important decision about partners, project pursuits, public commitment to Diversity & Inclusion. Before DGS, Shenita worked in the Supplier Diversity, Architecture & Engineering, Construction, Trucking Industries. Her tenure has included, Parkland Health & Hospital System, David Mason & Associates (A/E) and as an M/WBE Consultant. Shenita led their firm’s business development and supplier diversity efforts, on a wide variety of services critical to their success. This included reducing operations risks, increasing revenue & profit, partnership development, client retention and community-political engagement. She is a member of the Dallas ISD Minority & Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee, Regional Hispanic Contractors Association (LUNA {Fundraising Co-Chair} & Business Development {Sponsorship Chair}), COMTO Membership Chair and the Greater Dallas Planning Council Board Member & Mobility Taskforce Member.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Grambling State University.

She believes, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

Immediate Past President

Immediate Past President

Carmen Garcia began her career at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), July 14, 2008 as Director-Outreach Programs and was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Diversity/Outreach in February 2017.

In her role, García oversees DART’s Outreach Programs by directing, coordinating and administering the agency’s minority outreach program as it relates to minority contracts and D/MWBE vendors.  She maintains programs relative to the needs of the community.  She develops and maintains external strategic partnerships and serves as a liaison to major chambers representing minorities, women and other groups whose goals include the development of economic opportunities for minorities and women.

Prior to joining DART, Carmen spent seven years with the State Fair of Texas as the director of community affairs in which she had the responsibility of the Fair’s Speakers Bureau and special events. Additionally, she is active in a broad spectrum of groups by serving on committees and participating in organizational projects. The Houston native graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in public administration.