Women in Business: A Tribute to Texarkana’s Triumphant Women


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TXK Today has compiled a list to pay tribute to the successful women of Texarkana’s community. We shift the spotlight towards women whose power in business affairs has been acquired from a combination of community influence, personal and professional success, and the capability of demonstrating triumph and personal growth. These women embody success, beauty, responsibility, and dedication; truly defining what it means to pursue one’s dreams, achieve professional success, while still being actively involved in community and family affairs. The women of this community have without a doubt left a mark on every person they come in contact with professionally and in their personal lives, and in a larger scale, Texarkana as a whole.

This is a tribute to Texarkana’s triumphant women.


Virginia Ann Prazak
ERA Raffaelli Realtors
1901 Mall Dr. Texarkana, TX 75503
(903) 794-1800
Attorney at Rafaelli and Prazak
1901 Mall Dr. Texarkana, TX 75503
(903) 792-4444

Virginia Ann is a native of Texarkana, Texas. She currently holds two jobs–partner at the law firm Raffaelli & Prazak and a Realtor for her family’s business at Raffaelli Realtors. Virginia Ann is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law. She and her law partner opened their law firm in 2010, and her main concentration is criminal defense. In 2014, she decided to pursue her interest in real estate and today she happily does both.   As a 3rd generation realtor, helping people attain their dream of home ownership holds a special place in her heart. Virginia Ann cares about the roof over your head, whether assisting to keep it out of jail or under the roof of your dream home. Contact Virginia Ann today and let her help you enjoy your freedom or find the home of your dreams.

Admin-picCindy Young, Leigh Ann Scates & Brooke Marshall
4646 Cowhorn Creek
Texarkana, Texas 75503
(903) 838-8000


Texarkana Emergency Center is Texarkana’s first free-standing emergency room.  The new facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The leadership team is comprised of three amazing, talented women. After years practicing respiratory therapy, Cindy Young became the Practice Manager of an emergency room physician group in Texarkana, Texas. Cindy was in charge of the construction of our Texarkana location. Her strong skills in contract negotiations, along with her experience in human resources, benefit management and financials made her the perfect choice to serve as the Administrator/Director of Operations at TEC. A Northwest Arkansas native, Cindy has resided in Texarkana Texas for over 16 years with her husband, Dr. Matt Young and their two sons, Logan and Garrett. She loves to volunteer in the community and is a Sustainer with the Junior League of Texarkana.

Brooke Marshall, Director of Marketing, graduated from Texas A&M Texarkana with her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She had a successful career in home health marketing and petroleum land management.  Brooke was born in Dumas, Arkansas, and spent eight years in Tyler, Texas, but for the most part, Texarkana is her home and where she currently resides with her husband Todd.  Brooke is also a vital member of the community through serving as a member of the Junior League, on the committee for the local Cattle Barron’s Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society as well as her involvement in Women for the Arts.

Leigh Ann Scates, Director of Nursing, began her nursing career in 1995 working as an LVN at a local hospital.  She went on to become an RN working in the Emergency Department.  Her family moved to Fort Worth in 2002 where she worked as a Trauma Nurse Coordinator at a Level 2 Trauma Center.  While there she gained a passion for leadership and education.  In 2007 Leigh Ann returned to Texarkana with her husband and two children and began working as the Trauma Coordinator at the same hospital where she began her career.  While there she started the trauma program and successful obtained a Level 3 trauma designation in Texas and Arkansas.   She is active in her community volunteering at church, school and local charities.

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Debbie Richardson-Gulley
“Gorgeous Women of Texarkana”
(870) 330-1802

Debbie Richardson Gulley is the Founder of “Gorgeous Women of Texarkana,” a group created on FB with 6.5k members. A group focused on excellence in their personal, professional, spiritual and philanthropic endeavors. Their primary thrust is to enhance, elevate and uplift the communities and women of all ethnicities; through cooperation and teamwork they believe they can achieve excellence and success. The group name “Gorgeous women of Texarkana” speaks about being gorgeous as a reference to achieving real beauty and Agape love to others. It’s about honoring the true beauty within you and without you, knowing that the pureness of your inner strength will captivate your outer beauty to inspire others. As Debbie was pursing her education she wanted to make a difference in her community but her love for the healthcare field pushed her to continue on and achieve her Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management and Masters in Health Service Administration. Despite these accomplishments, Debbie says she felt as though her work was still not complete. “My passion is being an encouragement to others in order to help them remember that by knowing ourselves deeply, it allows us the ability to experience more authenticity, integrity, connection and courage through a sisterhood.  This group of ladies definitely helps shape the group into it true meaning by always inspiring, encouraging everyone to believe in their own worth no matter the challenges they are presented with.  As the founder of this group, I’m truly honored to be among so many gorgeous women who happen to live in Texarkana,” says Debbie.


Sarah Duch
Usborne Books
(870) 904-3526

Sarah Duch is the marketing director with Columbia Property Management, has 3 children under the age of 5 and is now tackling her newest business venture, Usborne Books & More.  As Director at Usborne, Sarah not only sells interactive, engaging children’s books, but she also spends her time training over 400 girls on her team.  Her team is made up of women from around the country, ranging from stay-at-home moms to full-time nurses and teachers.  “I always dreamed of a job with flexibility and fun!  This is definitely it.  I often work from home, curled up under a big blanket with a cup of coffee.  My mom always provided us with a small library of children’s books when we were young, and I have had a passion for them ever since.”  Sarah graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Public Relations and Advertising, with a Masters degree in Education.  “I have always admired my dad’s work ethic and savvy business skills.  His wheels are constantly turning on how he can take his business and make it better.  He takes risks and spots opportunities.  Although his businesses have nothing to do with selling books, I still constantly use business strategies and techniques he taught me over the years.”


Reena Corbin
Coldwell Banker Elite Realtors
4321 McKnight Rd
Texarkana, TX 75503
(903) 832-2486

Reena Corbin is the principal broker at Coldwell Banker Elite Realtors, with over 10 years of real estate experience.  Since taking on that role in 2015, her main objective is to build a positive culture for the Texarkana Real Estate Market.  Under Reena’s guidance, the agents Coldwell Banker Elite not only focus on the needs of clients, but also the needs of the Texarkana community.  Reena’s personal community activities include volunteering at the Domestic Violence Shelter and Water Springs Ranch.  She and her husband, Brandon, have twin toddlers, Khloe and Carson, and attend Heritage Church.

DRSTACEE-1Stacee Burson, DMD, MS
Orthodontics for Kids, Teens & Adults
5508 Cowhorn Creek Rd
Texarkana, TX 75503
(903) 334-8080

 Dr. Stacee Burson is celebrating 25 years of straightening smiles in Texarkana!   She loves to help people of all ages achieve the smile they have always dreamed of.  As a Mother, wife and sole proprietor, she is very aware of the difficulty in juggling work, school and family everyday.   The new low friction, self-ligating braces she uses make treatment less painful with shorter treatment times and fewer appointments.  Her patients love this convenience and rewarded her efforts with outstanding online reviews as well as the Patient’s Choice Award for 2016.  Dr. Burson stays current on all new techniques by attending at least 30 hours of continuing education each year.  She has shown her passion for her patients and community by offering after-hours office tours for several Girl Scout Troops to afford them a hands-on experience while earning a badge and empowering women in the orthodontic field.  She also involves her practice with local charities like the Animal Shelter by donating food, blankets, and $1 to their organization for every new Facebook Like!  Last year she was a Bronze sponsor for the Race for the Cure and this year a proud sponsor for the First Annual Six Leg Fun Run & 5k developed by her patient, Shelby Day.  Dr. Burson is past-President of the Arkansas Association of Orthodontists, member of the Texas Dental Association, Arkansas State Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, America Dental Association, Texas Association of Orthodontists, Arkansas Association of Orthodontists and the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce.  If braces are in your future, then Orthodontics by Dr. Burson is the place to go.  She is Creating Confident Smiles with a Mother’s Touch!


Jade Evans
Mortgage Loan Originator
Farmers Bank & Trust
(903) 223-0651
2700 St Michael Drive, Texarkana, TX 75503
Jade Evans has served as a Mortgage Originator with Farmers Bank & Trust for almost four years. Jade is proud to get an immense satisfaction from working hard to help someone reach their dream of buying a home. She believes it is a rewarding feeling knowing that Farmers Mortgage Team is able to help someone achieve such a significant milestone. Jade enjoys her job as each day brings new clients and new situations where she works to ensure she can find the best mortgage options for clients.  Jade was born and raised in Texarkana and is involved locally with the Greater Texarkana Young Professionals, Red Lick Education Foundation, and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Jade and her family are also members of Williams Memorial United Methodist Church where they enjoy volunteering with various projects.


Jeanna Rogers 
Rogers Real Estate Holdings, Rogers Equipment & Construction, and ServiceMaster Restoration

Jeanna Rogers truly embodies the definition of a triumphant woman who’s leaving her mark in the community of Texarkana. Jeanna is the owner/manager of Rogers Real Estate Holdings, Rogers Equipment & Construction, and ServiceMaster Restoration. Along with running and managing three different businesses, she finds the time to be actively involved in numerous charities and philanthropic events, some which include Co-chairman for 2016 American Cancer Society Cattle Barons Ball, Sustainer Volunteer for Junior League of Texarkana, Incoming President of United Methodist Women, Board of Trustees at First United Methodist Church, and a member of Leadership Texarkana. Jeanna spends the majority of her day overseeing operations at all three of her businesses by making sure all affairs are taken care of and everything is running smoothly. Though Jeanna is a successful and hardworking business woman, her favorite job of all is being a wife to Mike Rogers, mother to three daughters, Tara, Morghan, and Meghan, and a Nina to two grandchildren, Nicholas and Lillian.

Untitled-1Shellye Copeland 
Smartphone EMT
3408 Richmond Rd.
Richmond North Plaza
Texarkana, Texas 75503
(903) 255-0559
 Shellye Copeland’s roots in community service run deep. She began her career in broadcasting while in high school more than thirty years ago. She trained in Radio/TV/Film at Oklahoma State University prior to landing her first management position at a community television station. While working in local television she became active in her community, volunteering her time and talent with more than twenty civic and non-profit organizations. Over the next decade, Copeland spent six years as Community Education Director for McCurtain Memorial Hospital, the county’s public hospital, and later spent four years as Executive Director of Idabel Main Street, an organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, economic development and beautification of the community’s historic downtown district. Over the past decade, she has worked in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas as a media consultant. Copeland is currently a voice talent for Bunyard Broadcasting of Arkansas but her primary employment is as president of ProMotion Investments, LLC and co-owner of Smartphone EMT, of Texarkana, Texas.  Her community service has continued throughout her career with countless contributions to many important area projects and events. Copeland believes success isn’t about what you accomplish in life; it’s about what you inspire others to do.


Kelly J. Brzeski
Certified Public Accountant 
3930 Galleria Oaks, Ste. 123
Texarkana, TX 75503
(903) 223-7429

Kelly Brzeski began her career in public accounting in 1997 after graduating from Henderson State  University and became a licensed CPA in 1999. She has 18 years of experience working in public accounting on a full-time and part-time basis. In November 2015, Kelly decided to focus her career in public accounting only. Kelly opened her CPA practice to better serve her existing & potential clients. Some of the services provided by Kelly J. Brzeski, CPA include monthly bookkeeping, payroll, sales tax, business start-up, and income tax preparation. “My goal is to help individuals and small businesses excel in what they do best by taking care of their accounting needs.”

Barbara S. Walker
Event Sales
Texarkana Convention Center/Hilton Garden Inn
2910 S. Cowhorn Creek
Texarkana, TX 75501
(903) 255-4643 -Direct
(903) 792-1065 -Hotel
(870) 571-8188 -Cell

Barbara Walker-one of the names that comes to mind for the hospitality industry in Texarkana. Barbara’s current adventure is working at The Texarkana Convention Center/Hilton Garden Inn where her focus is Event Sales, in this capacity her expertise in corporate meetings, seminars, trade shows, social events, fundraisers and group room sales can be best utilized. During Barbara’s investment in the Hospitality Industry she has worked with great success under the following brands IHG, Hilton, Marriott, Best Western and Choice Hotels. As a committed member of our community Barbara volunteers for various nonprofits. She is the secretary & treasurer for the Texarkana Hospitality Network, an Ambassador of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Board of Directors for the Four States Fair Grounds, Chair of the March Masquerade, team captain for Team Sumoas to benefit her most beloved charity the American Cancer Society and is the 2016 recipient of the Lydia Enoch Award through the Arkansas Cancer Coalition. In addition, Barbara is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Texarkana. Barbara’s biggest love and accomplishment in life is her two children, Taylor-Anne and Jaxson Walker. “Without them I would have no purpose. They are my life – my masterpiece!” “My goal is to create an experience for all of my clients in our great City of Texarkana, USA and to continue to try to make a difference.” says Barbara.



Cortney Boyd
Shear Country
(903) 277-4640
(903) 831-4445

Cortney Boyd has had a passion for the hair and beauty industry most of her life. She is currently a stylist at Shear Country and during her time there she has mastered a wide range of hair techniques including cutting and color. Cortney uses a wide range of Redken, Paul Mitchell, Schwarzkopf, Kevin Murphy, Caviar, Purology ect. Cortney is the wife of Trey Boyd and the mother of three children, Hunter, Harlo, and Hutch. In her spare time with her family, she enjoy’s their small farm and boarding horses, as their new business. “I feel very blessed to be a cosmetologist at Shear Country (AKA my family), a wife and mother. I get to live my life dream on a daily basis.” Last, but not least, she is committed to continuing her education, so she can be the best she can be, this she knows is important to you. At your scheduled time together, she will look forward to providing you with the best service you will ever experience!


IMG_7454-2Lori Davidson
Owner/Certified Spinning® Instructor
PedalJunkies Cycle Studio
2011 Mall Drive, Suite C
(located next to Bryce’s Cafeteria)
Texarkana, TX 75569
Office: 903-832-SPIN (7746)

Lori Davidson is the owner and certified Spinning® instructor at PedalJunkies Cycle Studio, previously known as Pura Vida Cycle Studio. While maintaining a business, Lori also works full-time as Lead Analyst for a large hospital system where she builds and maintains their operating system. She has 17 years in the healthcare industry, including working in the field as an EMT. She is also a member of Women of Texas A&M- Texarkana. Lori is married to Richard and has three children, Skyler, Keyli and Adriana, along with a new granddaughter, Sawyer. In her spare time she likes to run. “If I can inspire one person to start moving, I have done my job”, Lori Davidson.

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Jessica Teran 
Owner/Tattoo Artist
Red Room Tattoos
3201 New Boston Rd.
Texarkana, Texas 75501
(903) 277-8445

Jessica Teran is the owner of The Red Room, a tattoo and piercing studio. Jessica is an experienced tattoo artist who opened her first studio in 2014 after graduating from Texas A&M-Texarkana with a Bachelors in Applied Arts and Sciences. While her main focus is tattooing, she also enjoys oil painting and doing commissioned art. Jessica will be moving The Red Room to 121 East Broad St. to contribute to the revitalization efforts of downtown Texarkana. “Along with opening the tattoo studio, I also want to host gallery walks for the community, and offer art lessons. We will be opening in June,” says Jessica.


Janet Willis
Century 21 All Points Realty
3209 Richmond Rd, Texarkana, TX 75503
(903) 748-5383

Janet Willis was founder and owner of Dance, Etc. for 28 years, where she had the pleasure of watching little wobbly legs grow into ones that soar across a stage. She taught ballet, tap, jazz and a football team on occasion! After closing that chapter of her life, she quickly discovered that she could not stay off her toes—so she became a Realtor. She began her career in Real Estate in 2010 and currently serves as Broker at Century 21 All Points Realty. Janet says “It is a real joy to be part of a family first business environment, which I believe makes us so great at caring for yours.  It’s not just about empowering ourselves as Realtors; it’s about empowering our clients to achieve what is most important to them—be it a first home, a larger home for an expanding family, or one that’s closer to a new job or school.” Janet wears many hats in her profession, but the most important roles in her life by far are wife and mother.  What she’s found to be the most rewarding is the realization that she doesn’t have to take off one hat to put on another.  When she’s not in the office, you’ll likely find her at the ball field cheering on her teenage son; and just last year, she got a taste of balancing work along with planning a wedding for her daughter and serving as President of the Texarkana Board of Realtors. Needless to say, Janet Willis still very much on her toes! She says, “I am still amazed at the parallels between my real estate career and my years as a Dance Teacher.  Each day, I am given opportunities to nurture my clients—teach them, lead them, encourage them, and celebrate with them when they’ve reached their goals. It is truly a blessing that I don’t take for granted. ”


Diana Howard
Founder/President of Pink Ride

Diana Howard is the founder and President of Pink Ride. Diana started Pink Ride as a small benefit in 2011 to help a friend in need. After receiving multiple phone calls and hearing there was a real need for assistance with medical bills for cancer patients in the community, Diana decided to go bigger. Diana wanted to do everything possible in order to help people and relieve the stress of paying bills while struggling to battle cancer. In 2012, Pink Ride was turned into a 501(c)3 non profit organization to help pay medical bills for men, women, and children who have cancer, Pink Ride pays the bills directly to the providers. By helping patients in need, our goal is to continue to give back to the community by forwarding them the opportunity to pay other bills and purchase goods in order to keep our locals in business. Diana says, “There’s not one person that has not been impacted in some way by cancer and I and my committee will do whatever we can to help make the struggle easier to deal with.” This year will be the sixth year Pink Ride will be taking place in Downtown Front street, beginning March 25th with the Pink Ball at the Arkansas Elks Lodge on Garland at 6pm. Saturday, March 26th day event will consist of the ride, vendors, and live local bands featuring Jawbone and Teazur and lots of other festivities, all day downtown. Please be sure to try to make this wonderful community event.


ashleycooper2Ashley Cooper
9 Star Emerald AdvoCare Independent Distributor


Ashley Cooper, a lifetime resident of Texarkana, TX is an Independent Distributor with AdvoCare. AdvoCare products are sold only through Independent Distributors, you won’t find them in stores. Since joining AdvoCare in January of 2013 Ashley has helped thousands of people regain their health through AdvoCare’s world class products. When Ashley stepped out of the classroom in June of 2013 she traded teaching first graders for coaching her amazing team and customers. The beauty of AdvoCare is you don’t have to be in the same town as your friend, you can have teammates or customers from all around the United States.  If you are looking for energy, wellness, weight loss, sports performance or earning an additional income, Ashley is there to help you. Because Ashley is a work from home wife, she is able to pursue her passion of helping senior and special needs dogs. She’d like to tell you she’s a great foster mom to these fur babies, but she’s really a foster a failure. Ashley has been married to her husband Jason for 10 years and they are the proud parents to 12 dogs.


Brenda Adams

Dust to Diamonds
(903) 556- 8651

Brenda Adams started Dust to Diamonds cleaning service in November of 2015.  She wanted to build a business to help add jobs to the community and allow home owners, business and construction companies what they pay for, a detailed cleaning done to their expectations.  She is also a member of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce. She has a love for God, people and her community. This is not the beginning of her experience in cleaning. She has worked off and on throughout her adult life helping others with their cleaning needs.


Chelsa Hopkins Keathley
Band Director
Ashdown Junior High School

Chelsa Hopkins Keathley has had an intense love for music since her days as Ashdown High School’s Purple Pride Marching Band Drum Major. While there she represented Ashdown and lead the PPMB down the streets of Disney World. Going on to major in Music Education at Henderson State University, as well as being a part of Henderson’s famous “The Showband of Arkansas”. Playing at football games and special exhibitions across the state. After getting her Bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate she was offered the Junior High Band Director position in her hometown of Ashdown, Arkansas. While teaching Beginner Band, and Jr. High Band, she also assists with the Ashdown High School Purple Pride Marching Band. Chelsa is often called on to lead at Henderson State Universities yearly band camp as well as at the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Associations Regional Band Competitions. Chelsa believes that music can affect the soul. By sharing her love for music she can help improve children’s lives and give them hope in this world. She teaches band, not for a paycheck but to make a difference.An accomplished musician herself Chelsa plays Drums, Organ, and Piano for Life House Church in Texarkana. Chelsa is married to local businessman Matthew Keathley of Tri-State Computer Repair. She has a 3yro son, Judah Keathley, and also takes care of her 15yro Sister-in-law, Alanis Keathley. She has previously played in the Second Time Around Community Band as well as the Arkansas Saxophones. Chelsa is also involved in politics as a committeewoman with the Miller County Republican Committee. As an Accomplished Band Director, Musician, Community Leader, Worship Leader, Mother and Wife Chelsa Hopkins Keathley is truly one of Texarkana’s Triumphant Women.


Untitled-1Misty Stivers
Alivia’s Boutique

Misty Stivers is a new business owner for Alivia’s Boutique, an online women’s clothing store. Misty believes women should be two things: fabulous and classy, and owning a boutique has always been Misty’s dream. Though life has presented obstacles and hasn’t always given Misty the opportunity to allow her to do the things she wanted, Misty has continued to push through difficult times and make her dreams a reality. Misty says “sometimes in tragedy we find our lives purpose. You can either let it destroy you, or you can let it make you stronger and let it make you grow.” Misty a successful business owner,  living her dream of owning a boutique and providing women with stylish and classy clothing. Visit Alivia’s Boutique on Facebook and enhance your wardrobe with women’s stylish fashion clothing.

April Stivers
Stivers Motors & Elite Limousine
3120 Summerhill Road
Texarkana, TX 75503
(903) 223-7433

April Stivers, along with her husband, Jeff, are the owners of Stivers Motors and Elite Limousine. She is the proud mother of three wonderful teens, Haley, Hunter, and Laken. April manages all documentation and financials at Stivers Motors, and is responsible for the daily operation and customer service responsibilities at Elite Limousine. She and her chauffeurs are dedicated to providing Texarkana and the surrounding Four States area with the very best in luxury transportation by offering unique and personalized experience for that special occasion. Owning their own businesses gives April a job with flexibility so that she is able to spend more time with her children and family.


Misty Watkins
Realtor, Licensed Assistant
RE/MAX Preferred
5120 Summerhill Rd.
Texarkana, TX 75503
(903) 824-8798 (Cell)
(903) 794-5250 (Office)
(903) 794-5251 (Fax)

Misty Watkins is living her dream everyday as a real estate agent with RE/MAX Preferred in Texarkana. Misty is committed to helping buyers and sellers realize their dream of owning their perfect home. Misty is a committed, energetic professional who loves her job!! “I love the special feeling I get when I hand those keys to a client at the closing table. I’m so blessed to get to be a part of something so special. This is what I was born to do!!” says Misty.


Jessica Luna
Luna Boutique
4020 Gibson Lane
Texarkana, TX 75503
(903) 792-LUNA(5862)


Jessica Luna is the co-owner of Luna Boutique. She and her sister, Marisol Luna, felt there was a need for a trendy, fun, and chic boutique in Texarkana. Luna Boutique opened its doors in the fall of 2012. Jessica was just a sophomore in college, and only 20 years old. Jessica graduated from Texas A&M Texarkana in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Business. Jessica loves spending time with friends and traveling with her family. With Luna’s high increase of sales and popularity they had to expand to a new location. Luna’s new and bigger location opened in the spring of 2015. Jessica believes in exceeding customer expectations and going over and beyond what they expect. She hopes to create more jobs in the Texarkana area and to continue to serve the community.


Annette Kilker 
RE/MAX Preferred
Office: (903) 794-5250
Cell: (903) 277-3744

Annette has 37 years of Real Estate experience in the local market. She is a lifetime member of the Arkansas Million Dollar Club, RE/MAX Hall of Fame, a top producer for RE/MAX & Texarkana Board of Realtors. Annette is known for her professionalism and continued commitment. She strives to go above and beyond the clients’ expectations. She credits her success to the wonderful people of Texarkana. Annette Kilker carries with ease the outstanding qualities of a true Real Estate Professional.



Teresea Welch
Lightning Arrow Ranch and Steakhouse

Teresea Welch is a finance and office manager, for a local physician clinic, she owns the Lightning Arrow Ranch, raising champion bred reining horses and also competing and winning titles at world championship levels.  She also raises and trains outstanding Australian Shepherds. She holds a degree in graphic design and has been an equine photographer for many years, her portfolio can be viewed at www.Whoadangit.com .  Teresea’s latest endeavor is opening her own restaurant the Lightning Arrow Steakhouse with her husband, Vince, and her daughter, Katdie. Every recipe cooked at the Lightning Arrow Steakhouse is one either invented or perfected by Teresea. Her very early mornings start with her horses and dogs, then she heads to the clinic; her evenings are spent in the kitchen of the steakhouse preparing everything from crab cakes to decadent cheesecake. The schedule she keeps for herself is not for the faint at heart.  “I have learned from experience that no one is stopping you but yourself, so make it count”.

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Patty Farley 
Licensed Nail Technician
(903) 701-2815
6500 Summerhill Rd.
Texarkana, Texas 75503

Patty Farley is a licensed nail technician. She specializes in providing manicure and pedicure services for the geriatric or diabetic. “I put the care of your hands and feet, as well as those of your loved ones, into very capable hands,” says Patty.


Leslie Iveroth
LillaSyster Soap
4018 Summerhill Square
(Across from Ellis Pottery)
Open Tues-Fri 10-6 and Sat 10-2
(430) 200-0183

Leslie Iveroth is the owner of LillaSyster Soap Company located in Summerhill Square. She has been making soap for over 5 years. She is a certified soapmaker and a member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild. She first opened her store on the Arkansas side of Texarkana in 2012, but has been very happy in Summerhill Square since 2014. Leslie makes all of her own products, with high quality natural ingredients, in the back room of her store. While her favorite product to make is soap, she also makes body butter, bath fizzies, sugar scrub, lip balm and more. “The best part about my job is testing all of my products on myself!’ she says. Leslie  is excited about bringing something new to LillaSyster Soap Co. soon. “For years, customers have asked if they could have a Girl’s Night Out or a birthday party and make bath and body products at my store. I am currently in the planning stages, but hopefully by next month I will be able to finally start offering this.” Customers don’t have to have a party to come and make products. Leslie will also have nights where anyone can come by themselves or with a friend and make anything from soap and fizzies, to eye shadow and nail polish. Leslie is married to Tor, a native of Sweden. Her husband helped her come up with the name for her store. LillaSyster is Swedish for little sister and Leslie is the youngest of three girls. They have a son, Alexander, a senior at Texas High, as well as a very spoiled cat, Freja. When she isn’t creating at work, Leslie creates at home by sewing, crocheting and writing. And when she isn’t being crafty, she loves to travel with her family or curl up with a good book and a cup of Chai.


Samantha Morgan & Brittany Hano

Charles E. Hollingsworth, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon
Little Rascals Day Care

(903) 793-8966

Samantha Morgan of DeKalb, Texas opened Little Rascals Day Care of New Boston, Texas in May of 2005 at the age of 23. She has also been the office manager for the past three years for Dr. Charles E. Hollingsworth, Texarkana’s most experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. When Samantha left as Director of Little Rascals, Brittany Hano took over as their Director. Over the years they have trained a new director and now Brittany assists at Dr. Hollingsworth’s office as well, yet they both still assist at the daycare morning and evening as needed. Samantha continues to be involved in the day to day operation of Little Rascals while also managing the billing, marketing, and patient care for Dr. Hollingsworth. Brittany has been there a year this month as his medical assistant and insurance coordinator. “We love getting the better end of both deals- working with the patients and people in Texarkana, yet also love having that close knit relationship with our daycare family as well. It’s more than a blessing to work two jobs that you love and get to work for Texarkana’s most experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and have all the hugs and kisses you could ask for from your day care children as well. Also, we both agree that getting to work with your best friend is a plus!”



Fernanda Hernandez
Reporter & Photographer
TXK Today News
(903) 367-4255 (Office)
(903) 733-4287 (Cell)
5502 Cowhorn Creek
Texarkana, TX 75503

Fernanda Hernandez was born in Queretaro, Mexico and moved to the United States with her family when she was 9 years old. Fernanda has been a resident in Texarkana for 16 years, attended Texas High School and is a recent Texas A&M University-Texarkana graduate. After receiving an Associates of Arts from Texarkana College, she went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in English Literature and a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Fernanda completed an internship with TXK Today during her last semester of college, while also working as an Eagle Guide for Enrollment Services at TAMUT. She began her professional career in journalism full-time with TXK Today shortly after graduating. Fernanda has always had a love for writing and photography, and as a reporter she has been able to combine both of her passions. “I have a passion for capturing the true essence of a moment, being able to tell a story right, whether it is by using words to do so or by seizing the moment in a single image. I never thought I would end up being a journalist, but I’m incredibly glad that the road led me here,” says Fernanda.


Jennifer Baczek
Advertising Manager
TXK Today News
(903) 367-4255 (Office)
(903) 824-8288 (Cell)
5502 Cowhorn Creek
Texarkana, TX 75503

Jennifer Baczek started at TXK Today in 2014, and is currently Advertising Manager. She maintains all advertising accounts for TXKToday.com, while obtaining new clients and following up on current advertisers monthly with summary reports of their results. Currently she assists with billing and office duties, as well as outside sales and sales presentations to local businesses. Jennifer has 18 years sales experience and 10 years advertising & marketing experience. She is also a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. She welcomes new businesses, attends ribbon cuttings and social events. Jennifer has been married to Brian Baczek for 14 yrs and they have two amazing boys, Connor and Carson. “I enjoy working with our amazing team at TXK Today. It’s always an interesting day in the news business!” says Jennifer. “I will go above and beyond to provide our advertisers with an effective, customized plan in promoting their business.”



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