Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee is a diverse group of community representatives whose purpose is to assist and advise the Junior League.  Eight community leaders serve on a staggered term basis and are selected for one year terms with membership limited to three consecutive terms.  The League Accountant and Attorney are considered Permanent Members.

The Community Advisory Committee enhances the League by:

  • Communicating the League’s purposes and programs to the community
  • Increasing the League’s visibility, credibility, and importance in the community
  • Assessing and advising on community needs and resources
  • Providing feedback from another perspective
  • Counseling the Board on specific issues facing the League
  • Assisting in strategic planning and program development

Meet out current Community Advisory Committee members.  Please take time to get to know these area leaders and League supporters.


Deb West, Executive Director of United Regional Foundation

Julie Gaynor, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Midwestern State University

Henry Florsheim, President/CEO of Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Tom Whaylen, President of Sheppard Military Affairs Committee

Dr. Dusty Johnson, President of Vernon College

Shane Porter, Principal of Zundy Elementary School

Stephen Santellena, President WS Construction/Lonestar Highway Products

Margie Johnson Reese, Executive Director of Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture

Permanent Advisors

Mr. Mac Cannedy is a Partner and Certified Public Accountant with Freemon, Shapard & Story.  He attended MidwesternState University and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1967 and his CPA Designation in 1971.  Mac serves his firm in both tax and audit and has extensive experience in estate tax planning and taxation, oil and gas mining operations, farming and ranching, financial institutions, television broadcasting, fiduciary accounting and taxation, and not-for-profit taxation.  His professional affiliations include the Midwestern State University Charitable Trust, Campfire Council of North Texas, Nonprofit Management Association, Optimist Club, Presbyterian Manor, and others.  He is the President of the J.S. Bridwell Foundation and Bryant Edwards Foundation and the Vice President of the Fain Foundation.  He and his wife, Connie are lifetime residents of Wichita Falls.

Mr. Joe Steimel is the Junior League’s attorney. He is married to Gloria Steimel, and they have two children.