Jennifer Villalpando has lived in Little Elm since 2001 and loves spending quality time with her husband and their 2 married children and 3 grandchildren, who all live close by. Jennifer is enjoying her early retirement from JCPenney where she was in various management level positions for 23 years. She uses her retirement freedom to give back to her community in several volunteer roles.
Jennifer currently serves in several non-profit and support organizations which include being Secretary/Treasurer and volunteer with Little Elm Box 620 Support Co.; a volunteer with Little Elm Fire Department’s Auxiliary, and a member of Denton County’s Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT). Jennifer is also an administrative volunteer part time with the Little Elm Fire Department helping with their public safety programs such as Open House and Santa Around Town.
Jennifer is passionate about living in Little Elm as it provides so many great places for her family to play and have fun. Jennifer’s goal is to help the Chamber succeed in building and maintaining community involvement.
Efren Olvera is a mortgage loan officer for Capital One Home Loans. He’s spent 15 years in the financial industry, including a position as branch manager with Capital One. He enjoys bringing his banking experience to his role as a mortgage loan officer. Efren has served on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Texas and the Lewisville and Little Elm Chambers of Commerce. He also volunteers with Junior Achievement and have facilitated financial education classes in both English and Spanish. As a native North Texan, Efren loves all Dallas sports teams, most of all his Dallas Cowboys! He’s been married to my amazing wife, Jennifer, since 1998, and is the proud father of 4 beautiful girls. When Efren gets together with his friends and loved ones, he enjoys playing any type of board game, dancing and singing karaoke. Although Efren didn’t grow up speaking Spanish, he made it a goal to learn as an adult, and is now fluent. Efren knows that homeownership is such a huge and important part of anyone’s life and wants to make the entire experience as worry-free as possible for everyone he helps.
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Karen Perlstein was born in Ft. Worth, Texas and was raised in Pilot Point, Texas. Her parents owned a small grocery, feed store and gas station. She graduated from J Earl Selz High School in Pilot Point. After graduation Karen went to work at Southland Life Insurance in Downtown Dallas where she worked and met her husband. Karen was a youth minister and folk choir director at her church St. Thomas Catholic church in Pilot Point. Later Karen took a fast track course offered by Grayson College to become an Emergency Medical Technician(EMT). She worked on the ambulance service as a volunteer for the city of Pilot Point. Karen was a city councilwoman and Mayor Pro-Tem for the city of Pilot Point for four terms. During her terms on the city council she was the liaison for the Policy and EMS to the City Council. Karen moved to Frisco with her family in 1992 to be closer to her work in Dallas.
Karen worked for Southland Life, Travelers, MetLife and Manulife Financial. She left Manulife Financial to pursue her career as a Business Analyst for Computer Sciences Corporation(CSC). She became a Project Manager for CSC, traveling every week. After Karen retired from CSC she went to work part-time as the Marketing Director for Stonebridge Chiropractic. Karen enjoys working at Stonebridge Chiropractic. She has the opportunity to meet a wonderful group of people in many networking groups that she represents Stonebridge Chiropractic.
Karen is a widow, but has a wedding in her near future. Karen and David live in Frisco. Karen is the mother to one daughter, three step-daughters and four step-sons. Karen loves to cook, plan events, watch movies, hang out with friends and fish.
Claudia is a Realtor with Keller Williams. She has four sons and a daughter, and 8 grandchildren. Claudia currently serves as the Charter President of the Little Elm Rotary Club and the Newsletter Editor of the Little Elm Friends of the Library. She has co-chaired three big events this year with Sandi Sabonis – Murder Mystery dinner benefitting Rotary Club, Breakfast with Santa – a gift to the community and the 20th Annual Trivia Night benefitting the Little Elm Public Library. Events are my thing!!
Claudia loves living and working in Little Elm and being involved in the community. She believes that you should “bloom where you are planted”.
Anthony Reich is the General Sales Manager for Huffines Subaru Corinth. He has worked for Huffines Auto Group for the past 10 years and has been in the Auto Sales industry since 1998. Anthony has extensive knowledge in the auto industry from sales, finance, customer service, management and even ownership, and has helped to grow Huffines Subaru into one of the top Subaru dealerships of North Texas. Anthony has a heart to serve each and every one of his customers to the best of his ability and values honesty in all that he does. Anthony and his family moved here from California in 2006 and love being a part of the north Texas community. He has served in many capacities with his church for the past 8 years alongside his wife Cozy, and their 4 children. He enjoys fishing, spending time on his boat, and being with his family and close friends. Community is very important to Anthony and you will find that he is always looking for ways to be involved and make a difference where he is.
Soheyla Z. Dixon
Soheyla has been practicing law for eight years and is experienced in family law, criminal law, and juvenile law. She has handled numerous divorce disputes, custody matters, and CPS cases. She also has significant criminal misdemeanor and felony trial experience. Ms. Dixon has proven herself to be an effective advocate for her clients and a compassionate attorney who practices the law with integrity.
Soheyla is a member of the Texas State Bar Association, the Denton County Bar Association, and the Denton County Bar Association – Family Law Section. She is a past member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Texas State Bar Committee – Women in the Profession and the Denton County Defense Bar.
She is married to her high school sweetheart, Andrekus, who is a professor the University of North Texas and an adjunct professor at North Central Texas College. They have one daughter, Amira (born in 2015).
Heather Kaplan Weatherly is Director of Business Development and Marketing for HireEffect, a company dedicated to boosting our economy one small business at a time. They work with small and medium-sized businesses helping them get out of the back office and back into why they got into business in the first place by providing outsourced bookkeeping, accounting, recruiting, and technology services designed for each clients individual needs.
Heather is originally from the cold country in the mid-west but got here as fast as she could. She originally moved here in the early 80’s and went away to the University of Arizona for college where she got a degree in media arts (radio/tv/film). She came back to the Dallas area directly after graduating and spent 20+ years in amazing advertising/marketing roles serving many high profile clients.
In 2013 Heather left advertising to focus on family, but after several years realized she missed having a career. So, she took this opportunity to find a career that allowed her to work with small businesses and entrepreneurs in a way that would have a positive effect on their businesses and this is how she found HireEffect. Heather loves working for a company that is a conscious, purpose driven business dedicated to small business success.
Heather loves everything music and has been married to Ty, a professional musician/instructor, for 10 years. You may have heard his band around town, Desperado, a tribute to the Eagles. Heather and Ty have one son and when not out at Ty’s gigs they can be found listening to all the other amazing live music in our community.
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