OUR BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF

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

Debarah Jones

Executive Director

Born and raised in Tyler, TX makes East Texas home for Debarah.  She is a mother of one to a lovely 6 year old little girl Dymin Jones who is her motivation to push day by day. Debarah attends Kaplan University online at this present time, majoring in Business with emphasis in Real Estate, all while being a full time Real Estate Agent and The Executive Director of The Tyler Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.  By joining the United States Army at age 18, she was able to venture out and experience the world. In 2016 after serving 13 years both domestically and internationally, she returned to settle back in the place she calls "Home Sweet Home.” She holds many awards and badges from her time spent in the Army (please see below).  Her experience and her core values inherited from the U.S. Army includes incomparable leadership, persistence, strategic problem solving being detail oriented and most of all Loyalty. With all she has obtained from the military she is ready to serve her community. Learning your dreams, desires and needs will allow her to assess your personal situation and assist you with making your most important investment your Best investment! 

Derrick Choice

President

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

Interim Treasurer

Owner
Club Skyy

Shannah Cole-Brooks, a natural native and entrepreneur of Tyler, TX.  She is the President and CEO of Skyy Social Club, Inc. and a US Postal employee as a Carrier.  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 F. 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 ZoCom Technology, Efficient Networks, Cox Communications, Delek Oil & Gas and Brookshires, 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-one years.  Shannah is Chairman of Trustee’s, Liaison of the Finance Department 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

Owner
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.

Commissioner JoAnn Hampton

Commissioner
Smith County Precinct 1

Commissioner Hampton has demonstrated a long history of public service. She served as a Tyler City Council Member for six years and Mayor Pro Tem for one year.

Commissioner Hampton took office as County Commissioner for Precinct 4 on January 1, 2003. She is now in her fourth term as County Commissioner of Precinct 4 and serves as the voice of the county's northwest district. She also serves on the executive board of the East Texas Council of Governments.  Commissioner Hampton is a recipient of the 2014 Unsung Hero Award from the Winners Circle Peer Support Network of Texas. She is a member of the Star of Bethlehem Court #175 Heroines of Jericho and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Gamma Omicron Omega Chapter.

Mrs. Hampton believes in basing her decisions on sound reasoning which will empower all people with an opportunity to benefit from those decisions. She has a track record of standing firm and defending her beliefs. She is a graduate of Texas College with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

She is married to Kevin S. Hampton and enjoys spending time with their children: son, Miles; daughter, Constance Potts and husband, Robert; and grandchildren, Harper Addison Potts and Noah Atticus Potts, all of whom reside in the Dallas, Texas, area.  The Hamptons are members of Spring Creek Baptist Church.

Henry P. Jackson

Secretary

Constable
Smith County Precinct 4

VITA   

Mr. Henry P. Jackson was born March 3, 1952 in Tyler Texas to the late Reverend J. A. and Mrs. Mollie Jackson.

            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.

Affiliations:

 

.           Former Chairman of the Tyler Storefront Inc. Board

.           Former Chairman of the Tri-Ethnic Committee for Tyler Independent School              District

.           Former Vice President of the Chapel Hill I.S.D.

.           Former Advisory Committee for the Vocational Office Education Program

.           Former Board of Directors at Texas College Early Childhood Center

.           Former Mayor’s North Tyler Task Force

.           Former Executive Board of Tyler YMCA

.           Former American Association for Affirmative Action

.           Former Outstanding Young Men of America

.           Former Fireman Affirmation Action Committee

.           Member of the Rose City Civitan Club

.           Member of the East Texas Justice of the Peace Constables Association

.           Member of the Smith County Officers Association

 

Henry P. Jackson is a resident of Tyler Texas and  he have 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.

ADDRESS
2000 W. Gentry Pkwy
Tyler, TX 75702

P.O. Box 4362
Tyler, TX 75712

CONTACTS
Email: info@themetrochamber.com
Phone: 903 593 6026
Fax: 903 747 3952
Office Hours: M-F 9AM - 4PM