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Personnel Moves

Make-A-Wish North Texas Welcomes New CEO

Plus, United Way of Tarrant County hires new CMO, McKool Smith adds new principal, and more.
By Suzanne Crow |

Make-A-Wish North Texas

Kim Elenez, President and Chief Executive Officer

Kim Elenez

Kim Elenez previously worked at The Integer Group, where she served as executive vice president of client leadership and growth. Prior to that, she was chief marketing officer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her new role, Elenez will lead Make-A-Wish as it continues to work toward granting the wishes of children with terminal illnesses across North Texas—even those wishes delayed by the pandemic.

Education: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

United Way of Tarrant County

Deanna Titzler, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer

Deanna Titzler

In her new role, Deanna Titzler will lead, implement, manage, and evaluate all marketing communications strategies, including promotions, advertising, and public relations for nonprofit organization United Way of Tarrant County. Before joining United Way, Titzler held multiple positions at Texas Woman’s University, most recently serving as interim associate vice president of marketing and communication. She has also previously worked for Lockheed Martin, culminating in a role as senior manager of workforce planning and integration.

Education: Gonzaga University (M.A.), Baylor University (BBA)

McKool Smith 

Alfonso Chan, Principal

Alfonso Chan

Alfonso Chan has joined the Dallas office of McKool Smith, a trial firm. Chan litigates intellectual property disputes for research institutes, universities, and technology companies. He specializes in semiconductor, electronic technology, biomaterials, and medical device issues. Previously, Chan was an adjunct professor of International Comparative Law at Southern Methodist University. Before practicing law, he was a nuclear propulsion engineer at Naval Reactors Headquarters and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Education: Southern Methodist University (J.D.), University of Virginia (M. Eng.), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (B.S.)


Catherine Abejar, Vice President of Land Use and Processing

Catherine Abejar

Catherine Abejar joined MD7 in 2006 as a lease negotiator and has worked in multiple roles since, including lease processor, team lead, project manager, and program manager. MD7, a digital infrastructure consultancy, is planning to build EV charging stations and a mobile communications network landscape worldwide. In her new role, Abejar will help facilitate this growth. She will be based at the company’s Allen headquarters, where they are currently hiring roughly 100 employees.

Education: California State University San Marcos (B.A.)


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