Board of Directors

Our five board members are appointed by the City Council to serve for a three-year term with a two-term limit. Learn more about member qualifications here.

Vice President

Curt Krohn

Vice President

Curt Krohn and his family have been a part of the DeSoto community since 1994 and he is in his 21st year of serving as a pastor at Faith Bible Church in DeSoto. Prior to moving to Texas, he was a Pastor of Student Ministry in two churches in Indiana where he also served as Associate Staff with Sonlife Ministries, a national leadership training ministry.

In addition to leading the ministry of Faith Bible Church, he has been involved in a variety of ways in serving the city of DeSoto. He has been a DISD PTA member and president, an elected official for nine years on the DISD Board of Trustees, served the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce Board as a Director and a member of the Executive Committee, led the DeSoto Ministerial Alliance and currently participates with DPAC (DeSoto Police & Clergy), serves on the DeSoto Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, and is a past member of the DeSoto Rotary Club. He is also involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and serves on the North Central Texas Council of Governments Criminal Justice Policy Development Committee.

Curt has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Grace Theological Seminary. Curt and his wife, Lana, a DISD teacher, have two sons that are both graduates of DeSoto ISD and who went on to receive degrees from Baylor University and Texas A&M. “We have a wonderful city with passionate, qualified leadership. My one desire is to be able to give back to this city of DeSoto that has given so much to my family.”

Treasurer

Michelle Jordan

Treasurer

Michelle is Assistant Vice President, Human Resources Leadership Development Programs & College Recruiting for AT&T. She leads a team responsible for developing and executing college recruitment strategies for STEM, graduate and business full-time development programs and internships.

Since joining AT&T in 2006 she’s held a variety of leadership roles with increasing responsibility in the areas of Marketing, Corporate Strategy, Customer Service, Corporate Communications, Sales, and Executive Training and Development. Prior to joining AT&T, she owned and operated several businesses including small business consulting, youth leadership development consulting, real estate investing, a barber and beauty salon and a retail storefront.

Michelle has been a proud citizen of the Desoto community since 2012. She is passionate about bringing an outsider perspective and being a difference maker in the community. A native of Saginaw, MI, Michelle holds a B. S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, FL as well as an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. She is a member of Southwest Suburban Dallas Chapter of Jack & Jill, Inc, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Bishop Dunne Catholic School Ambassadors’ Council, Concord Church and United Way Women of Tocqueville.

Michelle was appointed to the Desoto Economic Development Board of Directors in 2018 where she currently serves as Treasurer. She and her husband of 19 years, Jeff have two debonair sons, Mylan (15) and McKinley (14). She’s an avid reader and enjoys golfing, traveling and mentoring small business owners.

Director

Bobby Waddle

Director

As a lifetime resident of DeSoto, Texas, Bobby G. Waddle has spent his entire adult life in service to his country and community. He was first elected to City Council in 2001, then served for five years as mayor pro tem after being selected for the position in 2002. In 2007, the city of DeSoto elected him mayor.

Mr. Waddle is the city council liaison to the DeSoto Independent School District and a member of the DeSoto Planning and Zoning Commission, Tri-City Regional Animal Shelter Board, DeSoto Finance Committee, and Dalworth Soil and Water Conservation District. He also has served as president of the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

In 2005, the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce created the Bobby Waddle Citizen of the Year Award.

He served as commander of the 40th Cadet Squadron at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Waddle was chief of Air Force Academy Activities Group at the Pentagon. He received two Legion of Merit Awards, the Distinguished Flying Cross and 11 Air Medals. Waddle retired as a United States Air Force colonel in 1985.

Mr. Waddle graduated from Texas Tech in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He also earned a master’s degree in urban sociology from the University of Northern Colorado.

Director

Dr. Delva J. King

Director

Dr. Delva King has been an entrepreneur in the Dallas area for over 30 years. Currently she and her husband are in partnerships with The Pappas’ Restaurants and TGI Friday’s at DFW International Airport where they have ownership in two Pappadeaux’s Seafood Kitchen, two Pappasito’s and four TGI Friday’s. She was owner of one of the largest African American Advertising agencies in the Southwest, The King Group, Inc., for 20 years which produced radio and TV commercials for major corporations, public relations and community relations. In addition, Dr. King is owner of Ethnic Focus Research, a consumer marketing research firm that concentrates on qualitative research and analysis of ethnic consumers and diversity training. The King Group, Inc. was listed in Black Enterprises Magazine – “Top 20 Black-Owned Advertising Agency of the Year” for many years.

Prior to her successful business career, Dr. King worked in the mental health field where she served as Director of Child and Adolescent Services for Dallas County Mental Health and Mental Retardation She was responsible for programmatic development, management of comprehensive mental health services for the children and youth of Dallas County and the supervision of 150 psychologists and psychiatrics. A full–service mental health hospital was under her responsibilities along with the budgetary management, hiring, supervision, and Board responsibilities. She also was employed as a school psychologist for Dallas Independent School District where she provided psychological assessments, crisis intervention and student “at-risk” services.

Dr. King earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from North Texas State University (currently University of North Texas) in 1971 and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Texas Southern University in 1976. She received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology from Texas Woman’s University in 1986. Dr. King and her husband, Johnnie, have lived in the DeSoto community since 1985. They have supported city leaders and provided contributions and consultation to various city programs. They continue to support the DeSoto High School football team and have served as mentors in guiding many DeSoto students into college. They have one son who graduated from DeSoto High School along with four of their grandchildren. Dr. King and her family love the city of DeSoto and are committed to its progress and development.

Director

Paul L. Griffin, Jr.

Director

Paul Griffin and his family moved to the North Texas area from Houston, Texas in 1996.  In 2005, they became residents of Desoto, Texas after leaving Plano.

As a Business Development leader, for the past 25 years, Paul’s work across the United States with school districts and his affiliation with community service and industry professional organizations, he has been able to connect with key education and business leaders while experiencing the school and business climate of major cities across the country.

Paul began his career working in the institutional foodservice industry in sales representing two leading food manufacturers, General Foods Corp. (now Kraft Foods) and Hunt Wesson Foods (now Conagra Foods).  His targeted market segments were school districts, restaurants, colleges/universities, hotels, hospitals, fast food chains and sports arenas. In 1989, his work transitioned into the education industry accepting positions at Texas Southern University (Instructor/Co-Principal Investigator), The University of Texas Health Science Center (Nutritionist), and Texas A&M University (Manager of the Expanded Nutrition Program under the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture), before being recruited in 1995 to join textbook giant, Houghton Mifflin as a Sales Representative.

After 22 years with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, he retired in 2017, as Vice President of National Strategic Relationships.  Also in 2017, he joined Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company as the Head of National Partnerships. Both (Lexia Learning and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) are global education companies with a primary focus on advancing literacy attainment.

Paul enjoys life memberships in the following organizations: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., (32nd International President–2005-2009); National Alliance of Black School Educators; and the NAACP.

Paul served on the Board of Directors of several community service organizations such as the Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Acres Home Community Development Corporation, and SHAPE Community Center. He also served on the Advisory Board of the National League Cities, and the Institute for Youth, Education and Families. Paul holds an M.A. Degree in Foods and Nutrition and a B.S. Degree in Dietetics, both from Texas Southern University. He is married to Belinda Marks Griffin, and they have 2 adult daughters