Board of Directors


John is an attorney in the Greater Waco area; located at 523 Herring Ave. He graduated from Baylor University and Baylor School of Law.  John is married to his wife, Antonette, who is a graduate of the University of Texas.  He has three children and six grandchildren.  John is currently the President of LULAC Council #273 and serves on the board of Community Projects Inc.  John also serves on the Waco Convention Center & Visitors Bureau Commission. He currently serves on the Executive Board for the Texas Association of Mexican American Chamber of Commerce (TAMACC).  John has proudly served on the CTHCC Board of Directors for many years and continues to focus on helping men and women pursue business ownership.  John tries to lead by example and in addition to his law practice, is the owner of JAM Investments, a real estate company, Waco Cabinets, LLC, a custom cabinet manufacturing shop and M&M Kitchen & Bath, LLC, a company which specializes in the installation of custom granite in homes and businesses. His goals include doubling the Chamber membership and increasing Hispanic business ownership across Greater Waco.

Josh is the Chief Operating Officer at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. A Waco native, Josh graduated from Waco High School, Baylor University, Amarillo College, and Leadership Waco, Class XXXV, through the Greater Waco Chamber. Josh is actively involved in Selected Independent Funeral Homes, an association in which membership is by invitation only. He is a graduate of their Leadership Academy and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Josh also has several years of experience working with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and with their families. He continues to be an advocate for mental health. In his free time, he enjoys spending quality time with his family, especially his nephews and niece. He enjoys running the trails in Cameron Park, playing tennis, traveling, and supporting the Baylor Bears.


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Jonathan Olvera is a Loan Officer/Member Services Representative with Heart O’ Texas Federal Credit Union (HOTFCU). Jonathan and his wife, Alex, have two daughters: Priscila and Ximena.  Jonathan serves on the Executive Board of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) as the Vice Chair of Young Professionals and as a formal representative of CTHCC. Jonathan also serves as a committeeman for the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo Esperanza Committee, as well as Worship Leader at Ministerios Betania Waco. HOTFCU has been a proud supporter of CTHCC events for many years; Jonathan is proud to formally represent the organization through Board and community roles. He looks forward to creating a positive impact in the Hispanic Community, as well as the Greater Waco area by increasing the Chamber’s influence within today’s growing neighborhood and business sectors.

Vice President and lending officer with American Bank. He is a life-long Wacoan. After graduating from high school at Texas Christian Academy, Mark attended MCC for two years and then transferred to Baylor University to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Risk Management and Insurance. He is very active in the community by serving as a board member of the Building Standards Commission for the City of Waco, treasurer of City Center Waco, and Chairman of the steering committee for the LaSalle Avenue Overlay District. He is passionate about donating resources and time to his life-long parish of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, playing sports, or relaxing with family and friends. Mark is proud to represent his employer and family, both having long ties to chamber growth and community development. Mark looks forward to building professional and personal relationships with all chamber members by seeking opportunities to work together on mutual goals. He is happy to lend a hand with upcoming projects, growing the chamber one experience at a time.


Please welcome our new member of the board, Bridget Heins!

Gerardo Martinez is a Lender and Assistant Vice President at TFNB Your Bank for Life where he started off as a teller 7 years ago. Before joining the bank, Gerardo used to be in music production and worked at a radio station in Austin. When Gerardo isn’t getting involved with the community or at work, he likes to spend time playing sports and hanging out with friends and family. Gerardo is passionate about the Hispanic chamber because he wants to be involved in the community as much as possible and wants to represent TFNB in the community in the best way possible.

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Linda Rubio Frausto served as a Certified Nurse’s Aide for over twenty years before becoming a full-time Insurance Agent for Direct Auto and Life and where she has been for 7 years and has lived in the Waco area for last 15 years. In that short amount of time, Linda has actively led a high-performance team, earning the 2013 Team Player Award, 2014 Top Performing Agent Regional Award, 2014-2015 Top Performing Store, 2014 -2018 Agent Marketing Award, 2014 Store of the Year, 2014 Dealership Marketing Award, 2014 Bright Idea Award, 2016-2017 highest net written premium, 2016 Highest FC Score, also Lead Agent for Direct Auto,  2014 CTHCC Corporate Business of the Year Award and 2018 Recognition for Dedicated Service. She and her late husband, Raul Frausto, have five children and seven grandchildren. Linda is very involved with her families’ school interests and activities in addition to church activities at First Baptist Church of Elm Mott. In her spare time, she loves to read and volunteer with community events. Linda looks forward to engaging Chamber members and community partners in upcoming events, making a difference one connection at a time. Linda also serves on the First Baptist Church of Elm Mott Youth and Personal Committees.

Pat Atkins is a local attorney. He recently completed 17 years of service on the Waco ISD Board of Trustees, serving as President for nine years. He is a founding board member and current Board Chair of Prosper Waco. Pat also serves on the board of trustees of the Ascension Providence Healthcare System. He has served in several leadership positions in the community including serving on the boards of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Community in Schools, the Waco Humane Society, Friends of the Waco-McLennan County Library, and Lake Air Little League.  He and his family attend Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church, where he has served two terms on the vestry. Pat is a partner in the law firm of Atkins Wright, PLLC and is a Life Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation. He and his wife, Sandy, have three children, Ben, Alexandra & Nick.

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Mark Heslep has owned Luxury Limousine of Waco for ten years, and won the 2014 CTHCC Small Business of the Year Award.  He attended McLennan Community College, Clear Creek Seminary, and Warren Robbins University. He and his wife, Margie, have three sons:  Mark, Jr., Brent and Preston.  Mark serves as a church minister at Grace Gospel Church in Axtell where he shares a strong passion for God and music.  He has enjoyed his Chamber membership for years, appreciating how staff & leadership focus on helping small businesses succeed.  He looks forward to serving as a Board Director to increase his opportunities in helping others achieve their personal and business goals.

Hermann is a public school administrator who works with students and teachers to develop a positive school experience. Hermann believes that all schools need dynamic leaders who believe in making a difference. Hermann is currently the Principal of Connally Career Tech Pathways in Technology Early College High School as well as the Career and Technology Education Director at Connally ISD. His leadership has earned his campus and district a number of grants and recognitions from the Texas Education Agency, University of Texas STEM Center, Educate Texas and Texas State Technical College. He also spends his summers as a National Staff Developer for Advancement Via Individual Determination. He has led professional development in leadership, curriculum, culturally relevant teaching, and career and technology. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Masters in Educational Administration from Baylor University.