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Born in Bangladesh, Shahmeen is the second of three sisters raised by a civil engineer father and schoolteacher mother. Family and community are extremely important to her. Her passion is in public service; active in her community, Shahmeen takes the time to give back to her city, served as the chair of the City of Allen Library Board and a Board of Trustee for the Allen Park’s Foundation. Board member of the Community Development Corporation, which oversees the sales tax revenue for the City of Allen and a member of Allen Kiwanis Club.
She believes in treating everyone with compassion regardless of their views and opinions, she co-founded the non-profit, Collin County Diversity Council through which she increases awareness and understanding in her community.
During her 16 year career in the financial services industry she learned the value of genuine dedication to people (clients) and the importance of earning their trust. As a certified financial coach, she empowers people to take control of their financial health.
When she’s not working or playing with her eight-year-old son Arman and toddler Ilan, she loves to practice yoga.
“When I think back to my life as a young girl and see what the American Dream has afforded my family,” says Shahmeen. “I feel very blessed and grateful.”
Denise Hamilton is a co-founder and current President of Collin County Diversity Council (CCDC). As a member of Multi-Cultural Roundtable Outreach (MCOR) in Plano, Texas, she’s the Co-founder and Chair of Friendship Circle outreach group which touches on relevant cultural topics, encouraging each participant to challenge and move out of their confront zones. For more information about Denise go to
Nasima Chowdhury is a long time resident of Collin County. She has a bachelors degree from The University of Texas at Dallas in Behavioral Brain Science in Child Learning and Development. She is a state certified ESL and Special Education teacher, as well as having her own tutoring service. She has been a very active volunteer with several organizations in Collin County. Additionally, she has been on the board of directors of Plano AsiaFest for 17 years.
John Huber is a Veteran of the US Coast Guard and a Collin County resident since 1984, currently living in Anna.
john serves our community in several ways.
Board Member of Plano Community Forum
Board Member of Collin County Community Forum
Judge for the Dallas Regional Science & Engineering Fair
Judge for local and State BEST Robotics
Active participant in Plano MCOR
The North Texas Pride Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit entity, organizes the North Texas Pride Festival, a family friendly celebration of the LGBT community in the North Texas ‘burbs. Now in its eighth year, we bring together citizens, corporations, small businesses, municipalities and non-profits to unify support for the LGBT community while getting acquainted with new friends in a welcoming environment.
Bangladesh is located in south of Asia on the shore of Bay of Bengal. The Bay of Bengal is on the south and the other three sides of the country by India but she shares a bit of the south-east border with Mayanmar. The tropic of cancer and the 90 degree longitudinal line intersects almost in the middleof the country. She became independent from Pakistan in the year 1971 after 9 months of liberation war. The total land area of the country is 1,44,570 square kilometres and our population is about 150 million. Almost all the people of our country speak Bangla.
CCDC Supports all faith-based organizations. We believe religious freedom is a fundamental human right of every person on earth.
Living by the Golden Rule was an interfaith program hosted by Collin County Diversity Council. “The Golden Rule is a tenet practiced across faith traditions.”
On the WORLD DAY OF PRAYER CCDC celebrated the commonality between all human beings. CCDC organized this program to promote an understanding and respect for one another. And although we all worship in different ways, we have much more in common than we think. Each representative from five different religions discussed how the Golden rule is taught and practiced in their belief system.
‘We may worship in different manners but we all have a lot in common. ‘If you don’t know me don’t judge me. If you want to get to know me just nudge me.’
Collin County Diversity Council Friendship Circle provides an opportunity to promote friendships among members in a small, intimate, and relaxed environment. The goal is to encourage and develop relationships among people from a variety of racial/ethnic groups, promote religious and cultural understanding, and strengthen our community as it values diversity.
In other words: it’s an opportunity to come out, have a good time and enjoy great conversation with old friends and new ones.
Collin County Diversity Council recognizes that the need for mental health care exists in every race, culture, and social class. In other words it does not discriminate. We also recognize that the treatment of mental health often has a cultural component that should be taken into account by practitioners. This becomes even more important in an area such as Collin County with growing diversity in our population.