Board of Directors

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

President

Curt Krohn

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.”

Vice President

Dr. Delva J. King

Vice President

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.

Board Director

Michael Baldwin

Board Director

Michael T. Baldwin is the former Assistant Vice President of concessions at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).  A seasoned executive with over thirty years of diverse experience in Airport Concessions Consulting in Retail and Food Service Environments, Enterprise Strategic Planning, Contract Negotiations, Transition Planning, Category/Operations Management, Sales/Marketing, Product Development, Purchasing, Supplier Diversity, Personnel Supervision, Training and Franchise Operations. 

As a member of the senior management team for DFW’s concessions department, Michael and his team shared the responsibility for achieving over $425 million in annual revenues.

Responsibilities included charting strategies and monitoring progress to identify, recommend and develop new business opportunities to increase non-aeronautical revenues, monetized telecommunications services, customer service enhancements, and tenant design build-out.   

Michael consistently focused on effectively developing and managing a diverse, full-spectrum multi-dimensional concessions program to optimize the airport’s revenue potential. 

Michael is a recipient of DFWs Leadership in Diversity Award in the Senior Management Category, the result of demonstrating his outstanding commitment to diversity at DFW and surrounding communities.  He is also past chair of the ACI-North America Business Diversity Committee.

Prior to joining DFW, Michael was national category manager of prepaid services for the Southland Corporation (7-Eleven) where he developed new product concepts, identified marketing strategies and expanded prepaid calling cards and cell phone categories, generating over $249 million in annual revenue.  Prior to 7-Eleven, as an entrepreneur Michael worked in his family’s business developing and expanding The Famous Amos Cookie Corporation Franchises in airports and street-side locations both nationally and internationally.  He is known for his innovative business development skills, love for music, extreme energy, positive outlook on life, love for people and spiritual inspiration.  His mottos are “Always Begin With The End In Mind” and “Choose To Have A Great Day!”

Michael is an International Airport Professional and graduate of the Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program (AMPAP); a graduate of the McKinsey Black Executive Leadership Program; and graduate of the Southern Bible Institute College in Biblical Studies.

He is also the recent recipient of the Airport Industry’s First-Ever AX Industry Icon Award – Airport Experience News.  

Michael and his wife LaVerne have two lovely daughters, one son-in-law, two grandsons and one granddaughter.

Board Director

Rodney Brown

Board Director

  • Adjunct Professor Dallas College Business School
  • Howard University BA, UT Dallas M.P.A., M.B.A.
  • 1999 Presidential Management Fellow
  • 18 years of Public Service with Social Security Administration & Small Business Administration.
  • Owner of discount retail store “Gotta Dollar”.
  • Community Pillar Award recipient for Economic Development Southwest Dallas Count Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Lifelong member of New El Bethel Baptist Church in Dallas.
  • Former board member of A.W. Brown Leadership Academy.
  • Coach of Desoto Heat youth basketball team.
Board Director

Latosha Herron Bruff

Board Director

Latosha (Tosha) Herron Bruff is the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Senior Vice President of Community Engagement. In this role, she focuses on understanding the needs and overcoming the challenges of underserved areas, such as Southern Dallas. With more than 20 years of experience advocating for marginalized communities, combined with her background in real estate, Herron Bruff brings a wealth of knowledge of the industry and commitment to projects that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion for all.

Prior to the DRC, Herron Bruff spent more than 10 years with Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity working to improve the quality of life for diverse communities across Southern Dallas. She held several positions during her time at Habitat and worked alongside some of the biggest names in nonprofit and social responsibility. Under her leadership, the organization became a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) certified counseling agency focused on financial education and providing access to affordable housing opportunities.

A Dallas native and longtime DeSoto resident, Herron Bruff holds a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and attends Concord Church where she sits on the education committee. She has served on the City of Dallas Housing Policy task force and the advisory board of Children’s Health. Herron Bruff and her husband are the proud parents of two children.

Board Director

Lonice Stoker

Board Director

Lonice Stoker is a full-time entrepreneur and owner of Laced by Lonice Spa and Boutique in Dallas Texas. One of Dallas’ top luxury day spas for the past six years.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs and Community Service from the University of North Texas and has been featured in NBC Texas Today’s “Business Spotlight” as one of Dallas’ premier business owners.
She thrives on helping and giving back to others offering mentorship and guidance to aspiring estheticians and spa owners based on her successful endeavors.

Lonice is a graduate of DeSoto High School and currently resides with her family in DeSoto.

“We are always sad to see our current Board members depart, but just as the community has asked the Development Corporation to broaden its efforts, we are adding Board members who are engaged widely in the Metroplex and will bring a regional aspect to the DDC’s operations.” said Matt Carlson, the new Executive Director of the DeSoto Development Corporation.

Board Director

Carlos L. White

Board Director

Carlos White is a transactional attorney who has substantial experience in representing companies of all sizes on corporate, financing, capital raising acquisitions and divestitures and franchising matters. As a result of Carlos’ expertise, he has clients throughout the United States and has been recognized multiple times by D Magazine as one of the best franchise lawyers in Dallas.

Carlo’s approach is a derivative of his experiences in private practice, as General Counsel of a mid-market telecom company, and as a small business owner. In private practice, Carlos’ accomplishments include among others: creating and restructuring over 20 franchise programs; closing over 20 international franchise development transactions, consummating numerous private offerings, M&A transactions, and strategic transactions from letter of intent through definitive agreements, and serving as outside general counsel for companies in various industries.

Carlos was a franchisee of a large quick service franchise concept. And, this experience adds nuance and creditability to the counsel he gives to clients, and this helps build confidence, goodwill, and trust with his clients.

Economic development, volunteering and mentoring are passions for Carlos. Accordingly, Carlos has served and participated on boards and programs relating to the Southern Dallas Economic Development Board, Dallas County Big Brothers Big Sisters Board, Jaguar Foundation of Atlanta, Williams Chicken Small Business Forum, Empower Series Financial Literacy Program, Invest Atlanta Guild Program and Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce.

Carlos and his wife reside in DeSoto. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Southern University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and is an avid supporter of minority business. Carlos has created a Minority Business Initiative in which he provides discounted legal services. The Initiative will help to reduce the hurdles minority businesses face with respect to accessing capital, lack of information about essential business needs, choices and options, including corporate structures, capital raising, advisors (qualified board members), and limited network to supply chain opportunities, customers, and alliance relationships.