1980 - 1989

1980 - 1989

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Lena Milstead
B.S. in Home Economics, 1981

Lena Milstead has over 30 years of experience in real estate and 15 years in banking. As a lifetime resident of Collin County, she and her husband, Earl, are the founding partners of The Milstead Team and have continued to grow the business through booming and tough times. Throughout her career, Lena has worked as onsite sales representative for custom builders and also owned her own real estate company. The Milstead Team made a move in 2001 to join Keller Williams Realty where they have been recognized numerous times for being one of the top Real Estate Teams at Keller Williams.

Lena holds a bachelor’s degree from North Texas State University and Certificate in Banking from Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

Steve Wesley
B.S. in Clothing and Textiles, 1984

After working in the retail field for 30 years as a District and Regional Manager, Steve was able to transition into the education field as a Culinary Arts Instructor for Birdville ISD. It would not have been possible without his time at the University of North Texas (North Texas State)

Christy A Crutsinger, Ph.D.
M.S. in Human Resource Management, 1987

Christy Crutsinger, Ph.D., is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of North Texas. In this role, Crutsinger oversees the development and revision of academic policy, evaluation of centers and institutes, and student and faculty success initiatives. Prior to her current post, Crutsinger served as the Vice Provost for Faculty Success providing support and programming for 1,100 full-time faculty in the critical areas that support their teaching, scholarship, and service. Crutsinger, a professor in merchandising, is recognized as a leader in innovative teaching and web-based course development. Under her leadership as department chair from 1998-2006, the Merchandising Department at the University of North Texas received the American Textile Manufacturers Institute’s (ATMI) Award for Excellence for exemplary and innovative programs including the nation’s first 100% web-based graduate merchandising degree. Crutsinger has studied the impact of work experiences and expectations on job satisfaction and career intentions in the retailing industries.

Paige Elliott
B.S. in Fashion Merchandising , 1988

Paige was an active member of her sorority, Alpha Phi and was a little sister to the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at UNT. After graduating, Paige started her career as a Store Analyst/Assistant Buyer for Charming Shoppes for four years. She refocused her career path differ at Prudential Preferred Properties. Paige and her husband, Curt Elliott, formed the team Elliott & Elliott in 2007 with a focus on providing the highest level of quality customer service. She has served on the board of the HPISD PTA, is a member of the University Park Community League, and a member of the Park Cities Learning Difference Association. She also is an advocate for families with special-needs children.

Holli Burlison
B.S. in Fashion Merchandising , 1989

During her time at UNT, Holli was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority while pursuing her studies in Fashion Merchandising. After graduating, she gained experience through numerous positions such as a production manager, coordinator, and buyer for several companies in both Dallas and New York City. Holli currently sits on the Board of Directors for Zulahoo, Inc. and holds the VP Associate Director of Integrated Production for Publicis Hawkeye in Plano, TX where she oversees art and print production along with the companies’ studio.

John Dirba
B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management , 1989

John E. Dirba began his hospitality career in Dallas while finishing school with an internship at the Omni Melrose Hotel. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management and a minor in Business, the hotel offered him full time position, which he remained at for several years. After his stint with Omni, his career took him to other hotel brands such as Stouffer Hotels and Resorts and Renaissance Hotels. In addition, John spent four years in restaurant catering sales for well-known establishments such as Star Canyon with renowned chef, Stephen Pyles.

Since 1999, John has worked with HelmsBriscoe, the largest hotel sleeping room procurement company in the world. John has been elevated through several titles and is recently Regional Vice President. He holds a CMM accreditation and is a member of GBTA. He has served on the Resource Center Board of Directors from 2012-2014 and is an investor in High Hill Farm, a resort and spa currently being built in Arp, Texas outside of Tyler, Texas.

Mary Prince
B.S. in Vocational Home Economics Education, 1989

Mary has been teaching for 23 years. The majority of her teaching has been in FCS, but she has taught kindergarten and elementary school as well. She is currently teaching Family and Consumer Sciences courses at O' Connor High School in Helotes, Texas.  For the past 10 years, she has been teaching for the Northside School District and living in San Antonio with her husband and 3 children.