Gwyn Bevel loves her job as the Evening Anchor and Assistant News Director on the KFDX team. Gwyn is thankful since 2005 Texoma has been her home, where she lives with her husband Michael and their boxer Chase.
Gwyn is a native Texan who knew from an early age news was where she belonged. KFDX was her first job and when she started as a reporter she covered city government. She says her Mom is her biggest fan and credits her Father’s involvement in city government for her love of local politics. She currently anchors the 5pm and 6pm with Doug Bilyeu. You can also catch her at 10pm with Darrell Franklin.
Gwyn says as a journalist you have to be passionate about your work and more importantly dedicated to helping others. Whether its a story that could make someone’s life better or you have a need for another volunteer, Gwyn is just a call away. Gwyn serves on the Wichita Adult Literacy Council board, North Texas Area United Way board and the Adopt a Box Committee. She is also a member of the Young Professionals. She is a member of the 20 Under 40 and was selected as Texoma’s Best TV Personality in 2015.
Gwyn is a proud Saluki and when she graduated from Southern Illinois University she was named one of the 25 Most Distinguished Seniors. She worked all four years, while at Southern, for WSIU TV. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting at University of Illinois at Springfield. While in the state’s capital, Gwyn covered the Illinois legislature for WICS TV 20.
Gwyn feels journalist have a responsibility to the people who invite them into their homes for the news of the day. So, if you have a story idea or need help in your nonprofit endeavors you can always reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosemary is a retired WFISD teacher, librarian, and school counselor. She moved to Wichita Falls in 1970, is married to Emerson Capps, and has two sons, Michael and his wife Katherine and Matthew and his wife Jeri.
Carol is a native of Wichita Falls, and has been involved with the nonprofit community locally through various board and volunteering commitments for the past 19 years. Carol and her husband of 32 years enjoy spending every spare minute with our 4 grandchildren and their parents.
Lesley was born and raised in England and moved to the United States in 1984. She moved to Wichita Falls in late 1997, started work at the (then) Kemp Public Library in March, 1998. Lesley has been at the library in various capacities ever since, and has now been the Library Administrator for ten years. She holds a B.A. in English & American Literature from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and obtained her Master of Science degree from North Texas University in Denton. Lesley has been involved with WALC since 2006 and is always in awe of the tremendous work ethic and dedication of the staff, tutors, Board members, volunteers, and of course, the students
Octaviano Garza is the Adult Education Coordinator at Region 9 Education Service Center. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, his family moved to the US when he was 2. He was the first in his family to become a Naturalized Citizen at age 19. His parents did not speak English and he learned English in the public school system along the way. Retired from USAF in 2005 after 21 years of service and stayed in Wichita Falls, Texas. Retirement was not long where shortly after, unknown to him, he started his Adult Education career in 2006 helping his wife teach ESL part time. What started as a helping teach position for a couple of hours quickly evolved into his own ESL classes, then a full time position teaching ESL and GED. He is currently the Program Coordinator of the Adult Education Program, Region 9 Education Service Center in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Lauren has been a member of the Board since 2014. She works full-time for Helen Farabee Centers as their Utilization Reviewer. Lauren has her Bachelor degree in Social work with a state licensure in Texas. She has a Masters of Arts degree in counseling and is working towards her professional counseling license. Both degrees obtained at Midwestern State University. Lauren and Michael have been married for 7 years. She is also an active member of the Junior League of Wichita Falls.
David Preston is a public relations and marketing professional, and has been serving as the Director of Marketing and Outreach at Community Healthcare Center of Wichita Falls since 2014. David has lived in the Wichita Falls area since 1981, and is a 1996 graduate of Midwestern State University with a bachelor’s degree emphasizing Mass Communications and Public Relations. Prior to Community Healthcare Center David was employed for eighteen years in various production, communications and marketing positions at Time Warner Cable. His Time Warner tenure allowed him to gain experience and knowledge in marketing, public affairs, producing, television directing and broadcast media. David has been serving on the Wichita Adult Literacy Council board of directors since 2014. He has also served in various volunteer positions throughout the years for the Boys Scouts of America. David is happily married to his wife of many years, Traci, and has two wonderful children – Alex and Ami. He looks forward to enjoying the path his career is taking, and enjoying the happiness and fulfillment his family brings to his entire life.
A lifelong resident of Wichita Falls, Chad graduated from Midwestern State University and completed his graduate degree in Engineering Technology Management at Oklahoma State University. He works for Alcoa Howmet as the Quality Inspection Manager and is a member of Leadership Wichita Falls class of 2008. Chad enjoys running and competing in triathlons when he isn’t spending time with his wife Kara and children Posie and Theo.
Dr. Jim Sernoe has been on the WALC Board since 2011, was Board President in 2013-14, and is currently Board Treasurer. He served as a tutor from 2004 until 2012. Other community service has included Wichita Falls Library Advisory Board and Backdoor Theatre. Dr. Sernoe is chair of the Mass Communication Department at Midwestern State University, where he has taught since 1995.
A native Texan, Mona Statser moved to Wichita Falls in 1987 from Amarillo. She began working for Nortex Regional Planning Commission in 1988 in the job training department and became the first executive director of the local workforce development board when it was formed in 1996.
As Executive Director of Workforce Solutions North Texas, she oversees the workforce network with a budget of almost $7 million that provides job search assistance, training, support services, and subsidized child care to residents of 11 counties.
She is married to Larry Statser, managing editor at KFDX-TV, and has a daughter, Allison Nordahl, who is a graduate of Midwestern State University.
She is a graduate of Pampa High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from West Texas State University. She is active as a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and is a volunteer tutor, trainer, and Board member with the Wichita Adult Literacy Council. She also is a member of the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee.
Irene Wilson is a former student and now serves as an Emeritus member. She is also the United Way’s speaker for adult literacy programs. Irene says it is a privilege to serve on the WALC Board and encourages everyone to continue learning.