The Tyler Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (The Metro) has a working Board of Directors that is responsible for establishing the policy of the organization.

Rhonda Brinkley

Interim Executive Director

Rhonda Rayson Brinkley was born in Riverside, CA and is one of six children born to Fred and Virginia Rayson. She is a graduate of Chapel Hill High School and Kilgore College with an Associates Degree in Computer Science. She is the mother of two young men, Derrick and Darrin and worked for many years as an Executive Administrative Assistant for companies such as ASI, American National Insurance and East Texas Tourism Association.

In addition to her working life, Rhonda has spent many years as a business owner of Creation Connection Printing that consisted of a blend of graphic design and computer programming. Later, Rhonda began to consider a non-traditional administrative skills job that would give her more flexibility to spend with her family. Through research, she learned about starting her own virtual assistance company, R&R BizAides Virtual Services and currently VirtuAides Virtual Business Services.

Rhonda took her business training to the next level around 2003 when she hosted the East Texas Minority Business Conference for 4 years. She has years of experience working with children in the childcare industry. In 2016, she created East Texas Home & Small Business Network to assist people desiring to start their own business as well as established business owners.

Derrick Choice


Community Health Program Manager ~ HSR 4/5 North

Department of State & Human Services

Mr. Choice is currently employed as the Community Health Program Manager for the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 4/5 north.

Mr. Choice also worked for KLTV Channel  7 as a Community Affairs Director, where he produce a local public affairs program and worked with local non-profits to promote their message through the KLTV media.  He received the distinguished national “Bonner McClain” public service award for his work with the “every fifteen minutes program”.  A program that teaches youth about the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving.

Currently Mr. Choice overseas several Community Health Programs within the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 4/5 north.  However his passion is addressing HIV/AIDS among the African American Community.  In 2006 Mr. Choice and Region 4/5 north hosted a faith based teen summit on “Knowing Your Status”, over 200 youth and their parents were in attendance.  They received knowledge and information about HIV/AIDS that they may not otherwise would have received.  Mr. Choice also produced Public Service Announcements utilizing local pastors in the African American Community entitled “Our People Parish for Lack of Knowledge”.

Mr. Choice is a past elected official having served as a Tyler City Councilman from 2001-2007. He is the owner and proprietor of Above Average Building Maintenance located in Tyler, Texas. Mr. Choice currently attends Starrville CME Church where he serves as Chairman of the Steward Board, a member of the male chorus, and usher board.

He is married to his wife Vanessa Choice of thirty two years and they have three children, Melanie, Breanna, and Derrick II.

Shannah Cole-Brooks

Shannah Cole-Brooks, a natural native and entrepreneur of Tyler, TX. She is the President and CEO of Skyy Social Club, Inc. and HR Advisor for Patterson-UTI Drilling, ETX Division. Shannah joined the TMCC in 2003. She is graduate of Northwood University, Cedar Hill, Texas, Bachelor of Science in Business and Finance.

Ms. Cole-Brooks inherited her love for social-life entertainment from two African American pioneers in the entertainment business. Her father, the late James E. Cole and her beloved, the late Frazier David Brooks.

Shannah has owned and operated several clubs and served as a business-partner to few. Clubs such as the New Yorker, Mr. J’s, Jackie-O’s, Pizzazz, Sportsman, Esquire, LaMirage, the Original Ice Club and currently, Club Skyy. Shannah has provided employment for over 38 years here in Tyler and surrounding areas.

Through the Corporate stream with Delta Drilling, ZoCom Technology, Efficient Networks, Cox Communications, Delek Oil & Gas, Brookshire’s, and US Postal Service. Shannah has received awards for Outstanding Achiever, Customer Satisfaction, Project Master and Leadership Award. She has also been recognized for financial and food contributions by community organizations such as Pop Warner, Tyler Little League, Churches, Custom & Fleetside Trucker’s and the East Texas Corvette Association.

In addition to her professional work, Shannah has deep roots in Christianity. She is a member of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas of forty-four years. Shannah is Chairman of Trustee’s, Liaison of the Finance, Board Member and Youth Sponsor.

Shannah is the PROUD parent of one daughter, Skyler Cole Brooks.

Malcolm J. Deason

Senior Vice President & Commercial Lending/CRA Officer
First Bank and Trust East Texas

Malcolm J. Deason is a native of Lufkin, Texas and 1993 graduate of Lufkin High School. Malcolm attended Prairie View A&M University and majored in Accounting. He completed his Masters of Business Administration at Stephen F. Austin State University and is also a graduate of The Graduate School of Banking at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  He has been employed with First Bank and Trust East Texas East Texas since 1999. His is currently Senior Vice President Commercial Lending/CRA Officer.

He and his wife Sonjua, a counselor with Lufkin ISD have been married for 18 years and have 2 children. Maya is a Senior at Lufkin High School and Malcolm. Jr. is a 6th grader at Lufkin Middle School. Malcolm’s civic involvement includes Board Chair of Goodwill Industries of Central East Texas, CHI St. Luke’s Specialty Hospital Board, The City of Lufkin Planning and Zoning Commission, and Angelina County Health District Endowment Trust Board. In addition to his civic involvement Malcolm enjoys hunting and playing golf.

LeRoy Francis

Vice President

Community Funeral Home of Tyler, LLC

LeRoy Francis, Sr., President of Community Funeral Home of Tyler, born native of Tyler, Texas attended Emmett Scott High School, received his BBA from Texas Southern University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He's a retired accountant from Atlantic Richfield Company in Los Angeles, CA. In 1996, LeRoy received his funeral director's license from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He is the secretary of the Tyler Organization of Men, member of the Athletic Committee at Texas College, member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and a member of the Liberty Winona Baptist Church which he serves on the governing body of the Trustee Board and is the budget coordinator.

LeRoy is renowned for his community involvement. He's one of the organizers of the political forums to educate and bring awareness to the community on crucial issues. Also, he's been at the forefront of Tyler Organization of Men scholarship fundraisers to benefit high school graduates. Noteworthy of acknowledgment, LeRoy is a five year cancer survivor. LeRoy's core mission is to give back to the community that nurtured him and sculpted his inner being.

Henry P. Jackson


Mr. Henry P. Jackson was born in Tyler Texas. He attended T.J. Austin Elementary School, Dogan Junior High School, Roberts Junior High School and graduated from John Tyler High School in 1970.  He began his college studies at Los Angeles Community College in Hollywood California and completed his studies at Texas College in Tyler, Texas in 1975 earning a B. S. degree in Business Administration.  Upon graduating he was offered a Management Trainee position with the Carrier Air Conditioning Corporation in Syracuse New York.  While in employed with Carrier (1974-1977) he held the following positions: Senior Scheduling Coordinator for the Material Control Department.  March 1976 he transferred to Tyler Texas as a Production Analyst Supervisor in the Quality Control Department,   Production Supervisor of the Welding Department of Production Operations.

In September 1978 he accepted the Assistant Employment Manager position with the Tyler Pipe Industries, a subsidiary of Tyler Corporation.  He became affiliated with Goodwill Industries as Director of Operations in 1980 and later joined the United Telephone Company of Texas Inc. in 1981 where he was employment and Affirmative Action Supervisor.  In December 1984 he was named Equal Employment Opportunity Director for the University Of Texas Health Center in Tyler Texas.

Henry Jackson is a multi-faceted individual and has a history in law enforcement dating back to 1977 when he became a police reserve office for City of Tyler.  While serving as reserve office under the late Sergeant Willie C. Tucker, Jr.  Mr. Jackson established Fail Safe Security Agency.  His law enforcement experience is the foundation for the position he currently holds as Smith County Constable Precinct 1, since January 1999.  Constable Jackson is a long time community volunteer and a member of the Miles Chapel C.M.E. church.  Constable Jackson is also a member of the Tyler Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Henry P. Jackson is a resident of Tyler Texas and has three daughters.

Councilman Ed Moore

Edward Don Moore. Born and raised in Tyler, Texas graduated from Emmett Scott High School. Attended Tyler Junior College, Retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company In July 2007 after 40 years of service. Ed is serving in his third year as Tyler City Councilman representing Northwest District #3. Ed was appointed to the Tyler Metro Board June 2014. 

Ed is married to Lillian Ross Moore they have two adult children Rebecca Martin, Ft. Worth, Texas, Edward Moore Jr. Tyler, Texas, Grandsons Marquis Cobb and Ethan Moore, Granddaughter Lyric Martin.

Herwanea Sirles


Lead Community Health Worker
Tyler Family Circle of Care

Herwanea Sirles is a native of Virginia but has made her mark in East Texas since 1997. She has a long history of experience in meeting/event planning, sales and marketing and now health education.  She currently works at Tyler Family Circle of Care as the Lead Community Health Worker. This is a new program that she is developing and is looking forward to placing Community Health Workers in all of their clinics in Smith and Cherokee counties.  Included in that will be teaching diabetes and heart health classes, a Navigator for the Marketplace insurance, helping patients get signed up for Medicaid and other state funded programs, resource assistance, and promoting the services of Tyler Family Circle of Care to the communities.  Her passion to help people shines through her work that she does at Tyler Family Circle of Care.

She is a graduate of Texas College and continues to support Texas College as part of the Texas College National Alumni & Ex-Students Association, Inc. Mrs. Sirles is a member of Gamma Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she has held several offices. She is a long standing member of the Juneteenth Association of Tyler.  She is a former member and officer of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. and former Top Teen Advisor for Top Teens of America.

Mrs. Sirles is the owner of Lynn’s Desktop Publishing and Brown Suga Catering.  She has owned these business for over 20 years and three years, respectively.  Even though these are businesses, they are her passion and done from the heart and with love.

She is married to Eric Sirles and they have four children: Avanti Burns, Joseph Lewis, Jr., John Lewis and Jeric Sirles; five grandchildren: Brenttavian Burns-Attaway, Lavendar Lewis, Jazzilyn Lewis, Alayiah Biggs and Joseph Lewis, IV.  She enjoys spending time with her family and getting away on the motorcycle with her husband when time permits.  Her family is a member is The Cross Baptist Church.

2000 W. Gentry Pkwy
Tyler, TX 75712

P.O. Box 4362
Tyler, TX 75712

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