Ross Owen, President
Ross Owen is a near lifetime resident of Irving having only resided outside the City limits during part of the 90’s and early 2000’s. He and his wife Dorothy celebrated their 41st anniversary this past November and are the proud parents of three sons, Evan, Edward and Alan Owen.
He is a graduate of Irving High School and has managed residential and commercial property for the past thirty years. Among his hobbies are playing music, building and flying airplanes, watching old movies and reading science books (fiction and non-fiction).
Ross was Republican election judge in precinct 4620 in the 1984 general election. In 2012 he was elected precinct chair of 4620 and was a delegate to the Dallas County SD9 convention. In 2014 Ross was elected by the SD9 members of the Dallas County Republican Party Executive Committee to Chair the 2014 Dallas County SD9 District convention. That same year he was appointed to Chair State Senate District 9 at the 2014 State Convention by the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.
Don Van Slyke, VP Programs
Don Van Slyke is a native of Dallas (Oak Cliff) and is†married to Mary Sue Van Slyke (Irving) with one daughter. He graduated from W.H. Adamson H.S. in Oak Cliff, the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A in Math and from the University of Texas at Arlington with a M.A. in Computer Science.
Don serves on Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Henry Holmes Breakfast forum communications, the Irving City Senior Services Advisory Committee, and ran for Irving City Council at-large Place 8 in 2009.
He is a member of several groups at Irving Bible Church. Don is a Vietnam Vet who served in United States Army as a 1st Lieutenant in the Field Artillery group. He is retired from IBM where he was in county-government branch systems support, health-industry marketing/development, and business partner Americas sales.
Don is a fan of the Beatles, Kirk Franklin, and Kari Jobe music. He is currently doing Math TAKS tutoring, education/political statistics and computer consulting. Don has been an Irving education activist for over 20 years. For fun, he likes to work on Republican politics, do Math tutoring, and go on evangelism trips to Russia.
Don has been a state delegate or alternate to the Republican Party of Texas Convention many times from 1988 to 2010 and was first alternate from this district to the Republican National Convention of 1996 in San Diego. Don has worked on many local Republican campaigns, is a former Precinct Chair for 4631, and is past Legislative Chair and VP of programs for the Greater Irving Republican Club.
Colin Denney, VP Membership
Bio to come
Ted Cole, VP/Legislation
Bio to come.
John LaMonica, VP Communications
Bio to come.
Bill Brown, Treasurer
A Dallas native, with roots in Irving, his father graduated from Irving High. Bill graduated from Adamson High School and Arlington State College (University of Texas) in 1966 with a degree in accounting and a minor in economics and received the Certified Public Accountant designation in 1971.
He is married to State Representative Linda Harper-Brown. They have three sons, Craig, Timothy and Terry, three daughters-in-law, Julie, Cheree’ and Linda and three granddaughters, Bethany, Cassie and Haleigh and a grandson: a fifth generation William (Harrison).
After serving as Vice President and Comptroller of a multiple branch, publicly held savings and loan, Bill joined a Dallas public accounting partnership in 1975 with a goal of to become a sole practitioner in DFW and has done so since 1978.
Currently Treasurer of the Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce he serves as its Finance Committee Chair and Audit Committee liaison from the Finance Committee. He is past treasurer of The Greater Irving Republican Club after holding various offices in the GIRC previously, Republican precinct chair, delegate to Republican Convention and a board member of The Irving Family Advocacy Center and Greater Irving Republican Club. He served as Vice President of the Duncanville School Board, an Irving City Council appointee to the Irving Arts Board serving in several leadership positions including Chairman. He has also served as a member or officer of an Industrial Development Board, Bank Advisory Board Member, Irving Symphony Orchestra, ICTG, Irving Schools Foundation, Irving Heritage Society, Entertainment Series, Irving Symphony and the Mammogram Foundation and on several other non-profit boards. He served on two Dallas County Community College’s accounting advisory committees, the Bear Creek Freedman’s Cemetery Association and The Bear Creek Historical Association. He is a recipient of the Irving High Spirited Citizen Award.
He is a life member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the Texas Society of CPA’s.
He has additional fun with the grandkids!