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.
Sandi Sabonis grew up in the mid-west, moving from Lawrence, Kansas in 1994 with her job for Coca-Cola Enterprises to settle in Frisco, Texas; where she has lived for the last 22 years. She met her husband Chris in 1998 and they married in 2001. Together they opened Zip it Postal Center in 2006 in Little Elm. The original store was located in the Lowe’s shopping center and moved to the Kroger Marketplace when it opened in 2011. We love serving and doing business in the Little Elm community with the home-town, lake feeling it provides.
Prior to opening the store, Sandi had a successful career in software development in various industries with companies such as Ash Grove Cement Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and Countrywide Home Loans (now Bank of America). She has a son attending University of North Texas in Denton. Sandi enjoys sharing new recipes over dinner parties with friends and family, making home-made skincare treatments, laughing with her husband, and playing with her two rescue dogs.
Zip it Postal Center provides full service shipping and mailing, utilizing UPS, FedEx, LSO, DHL, and USPS products. Printing (both large and small format), copying, binding, laminating, fax, notary, private mail box rental, greeting cards, and gifts round out the other offerings at the store. Sandi’s background in computer software and her self-taught graphic design capabilities allow Zip it Postal Center offer customers these additional services.
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.
Amy was born and raised in Ohio and is an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan. She was a ballet dancer for over 30 years and went to the University of Akron as a Dance Major. Amy moved to Texas in 2010 and now resides in Little Elm with her husband, David Hillock the Mayor of Little Elm.
Amy is a Realtor with RE/MAX Lakefront; the only full-service brokerage in Little Elm that services all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. As a real estate agent, she works with property buyers or sellers and help them navigate the complex nature of the property market. Amy talks and listens to her clients to find out what kind of property they want and what they are willing to pay, and any specific amenities they are seeking. I work with many real estate brokers to find properties that suit my client’s needs.
Amy spends a lot of time volunteering, from her current role as the President of the Little Elm ISD Education Foundation, a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors, the Republican Women of Greater North Texas, the Little Elm high school PTSA, The Ryan Project, Operation Finally Home, North Texas Angels and in general, just helping her community. Amy Hillock was Mrs. Little Elm United America 2012, Mrs. Texas United America 2013 and is the current Director of the Little Elm Autumnfest Pageant. Amy has two children, two stepchildren, two “kid-in-laws”, and two grandsons. Family and friendships are the most important aspects of Amy’s life.”I love where I live and live where I love. Let me help you find the right fit as well.”
~Amy Hillock the First Lady to call for all your Real Estate needs.
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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.
Michel is a local independent insurance agency owner in Little Elm, TX, whose primary focus is to help clients protect their assets and understand what the numbers behind their policies really mean. So often people get insurance because it is required or they know they need it without understanding how that policy will perform when they need it the most. Because of this, Michel’s company motto is to educate, advise and empower consumers and her clients to not just get insurance, but get the right insurance for them, their families and their assets.
Michel and her husband Kevin have lived in the Little Elm community for thirteen years and couldn’t imagine living any where else. They have one child, McKaylah. Michel is very involved and active in the community and is currently serving as Board President of the Little Elm Friends of the Library and is the Admin Chair for the Little Elm Rotary Club. In her downtown she likes to run the various trails that have been added to the Little Elm landscape.
Joshua Youngblood Joshua Youngblood is currently the Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President of PointBank in Little Elm, Texas. Joshua has nearly 10 years of experience in the financial industry. Joshua is also serving the community of Little Elm as the Public Relations Chair of the Little Elm Rotary Club and by serving on the Little Elm ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors. Joshua Youngblood is also the Director of Promotions for the North Texas District Youth Ministries. In addition, Joshua is in the process of launching a brand new church in Little Elm, Grace Church, with his wife of 8 years Shelly Youngblood and their two boys.
Joshua Youngblood obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing from the University of Texas at Tyler. He also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Joshua is an accomplished public speaker and has taught business courses at Midwestern State University for several years. The Youngblood family spends spare time trying new restaurants, playing sports, and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys.
George Scherer, founder of Scherer Legal P.C., was born in Fort Worth, Texas and has lived most of his life here in North Texas. He attended The University of Texas at Austin and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. George worked in the financial services area before enrolling in law school. He attended Washburn University School of Law and graduated with Dean’s Honors.
After graduation from law school, George returned to Texas to practice law. He has practiced law in Texas since 1992. He is also licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas. He is a member of both the Denton County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association.
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 .