The 35th class of Leadership Denton started its program year Friday, and will work to learn more about the community while tackling a community problem.

The program by the Denton Chamber of Commerce works to help Denton-area citizens learn more about opportunities for community service and public office over a nine-month period. 

In addition, participants work on a project to provide solutions to Denton community members. This year, the class will work on finding solutions to recognize and retain talent across different businesses in Denton. In a survey, a majority of chamber members said finding and retaining high-quality staff is a challenge.

This year's class members are: Aaron Carey, of Peterbilt; Adam Smith, of Peterbilt; Amy Jensen, DATCU Credit Union; Angeles Munoz, Denton ISD; Billy Roussel, Make the Move Realty; Chloe Satterfield, Reecer Law Firm; Clinton West, Professional Service Property Management; Colby Berry, Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant; Deval Patel, Aave Cause Restaurants; Dulce Petry, Mayday Manufacturing/Hi-Tech Metal Finishing; Eddie Renz, ChemistCreative; Frank Padgett, City of Denton Police Department; Franklin Cornett, Grunden Financial Advisory, Inc.; Gabby Keys, Guaranty Bank & Trust; Gabriel Cruz, Texas Woman's University; Jay Lancaster, Soulier Financial Group; Jeremy Wear, Medical City Denton; Jessica Burchfield, Texas Woman's University; Jordan McDowell, Title Resources; Justin Hess, Neighborhood Credit Union; Keanna Stallings, City of Denton; Kelly Peace, REMAX Legacy; Kenneth Williamson, North Rock Construction; Kimberly Crain, First United Bank; Kristen Howell, Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County; Lisa Cave, PointBank; Lisa Marie Shaughnessy, Sante Center for Healing; M. Bryce Olson, Fathom Realty; Michelle Harvey, North Central Texas College; Preston Smith, Ciera Bank; Shelli Gomes, Mobius Financial Advisor; Stephanie Adams, Texas Health Denton; Stephanie Neal, City of Denton Attorney's Office; Terry Buzzard Jr., SMI Coaching; and Tyheshia Scott, Giving HOPE, Inc.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @jennafduncan.

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