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Bio Jane R. Bennett
Volunteer positions held:
Early Childhood PTA: Newsletter Editor, President, Social Chairperson
Vaughan Elementary School PTA: Programs, President
Allen/Lovejoy Council of PTAs: President
Allen Community Outreach: Meals on Wheels volunteer; Thanksgiving Food Boxes; Christmas Gift Program
Girl Scouts USA: Troop Leader; Song Tree Coordinator, Eagle’s Nest Girl Scout Camp
Foundation for Allen Schools: Board Member and Officer, 6 years; Advisory Board after that; many years on
the Grant Review Committee
Allen Philharmonic Symphony: Formed Junior Guild to support newly formed Symphony Orchestra
Allen ISD: Long-range strategic planning group, twice; Project Kids; Multi-Cultural
Committee; After Prom, twice (Prizes, Chairman)
Friends of the Allen Public Library: President, 5 years; Bach to Books programming, 2 years; ALLen Reads founder
and chairperson, 10 years +
City of Allen: PAC for Bond for New Library, 2000, Chairperson
Oversight Committee for the new library planning
Public Art Committee. Chair and Board member, 13 years +
Collin County Diversity Council: Founding Board Member, Secretary, 2 years +
I have lived in Collin County for 32 years, Fairview, then Allen.
Awards received: 21 Leaders for the 21 st Century (Collin County Business Press)
Friend of Education (Allen ISD)
Spirit of Allen (FOL, as President, from the Allen Chamber of Commerce)
Lifetime Friend (Friends of the Allen Public Library)
Lifetime PTA (Vaughan PTA)
Work history: Currently retired after 6 years teaching, 25 years in the Social Expression industry (Greeting cards/Gifts),
and 7 years of part-time work designing closets and more at The Container Store.
College: Bachelors in Education/English University of Michigan
Masters in Education/Language Arts Temple Universityl
Throughout her financial services career,Shahmeen has been guided by this simple yet effective approach: listen actively, follow-up thoroughly and go the extra mile to meet the needs of clients. This guiding principle is key to fostering meaningful relationships with clients of the Piellucci Financial Group. For more information go to
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
Marianna Sennour is a community volunteer working in the areas of diversity and inclusion, human services support and public education. Her current positions include founding board member of Collin County Diversity Council, steering committee for Collin County MLK Appreciation Day 2020 and co-coordinator for 2021, and Development Committee for Allen Community Outreach. She previously held the position of Vice President of the Allen Arts Alliance, served on Project Kids 2015 for Allen ISD, 2016 City of Allen Citizens Input Committee and ALLen Reads. Additionally, Marianna is a graduate of the 2019 Allen ISD Leadership Academy. She has a BBA in Management from Texas State University. Marianna and her family have been residents of Allen since 2008 and are committed to making Collin County an even better place to live.
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.