The Frisco Fire Safety Town Advisory Council is a diverse group which consists of members from various resources throughout Frisco. Members include:
Mack Borchardt, Fire Programs Consultant
Chief Borchardt joined the Frisco Fire Department in the summer of 1973 and became the Fire Chief in February 1979. He is a certified Master Firefighter and an Intermediate Instructor with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Chief Borchardt is married with four children and two grandchildren.
Dana Baird-Hanks, Communications Director for the City of Frisco
Dana has 17 years of experience as a news anchor / reporter / producer and currently directs media relations and events planning for the City of Frisco. Since 2000, Dana has been responsible for managing the City of Frisco cable channel, the Focal Point newsletter, volunteers and major special events such as the annual Frisco 4th of July Freedom Fest. Dana is a Frisco resident and is married with two daughters.
Craig Harper, BELO Corp.
Craig is Vice President / Technology for Belo Corp. Craig joined WFAA-TV in 1990 as a News Operations Manager. In November of 1997, Craig moved to Belo Corp., parent company of WFAA. Belo owns and operates 21 television stations and 6 regional cable news channels across the U.S. Harper is a graduate of the Frisco Citizens Fire Academy. Craig and his wife Paula live in Frisco.
Randy Evans, North Texas Tollway Authority
Randy is the Marketing Manager for the North Texas Tollway Authority. Responsible for media relations, special events, and marketing, Randy is a valuable resource for marketing strategies for Frisco Fire Safety Town.
Steve Kaufman, Kaufman Company
Steve has a business degree in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and is the owner of Kaufman Company, a turnkey concrete contractor in Frisco. Having worked in Frisco for over 20 years, Steve was eager to contribute his knowledge of the building industry to the Frisco Fire Safety Town project. He has been instrumental in bringing the idea of a residential component to the town. As a result, the project has many homebuilders who have committed to build 5/8th scale homes on the perimeter of Frisco Fire Safety Town. Steve is married and has two daughters.
Tommy Osborne, SHW Group
Tommy graduated from Kansas State University in May 1992 with a bachelor of architecture degree. Tommy joined this group as a Project Architect for Phelps / Wood in June 2000 and worked on plans for Frisco Fire Stations #4, #5, #6, Central Fire Station and Frisco Fire Safety Town. He and his wife Elaine live in Frisco.
Dipa Thakker, Frisco Private School Liaison
A busy mom, Dipa lives in Frisco with her husband and two elementary age children. Dipa works with Frisco Fire Safety Town to help provide a voice for those children who attend private and home schools in Frisco.
Lawrence Wood, Architects Phelps / Wood
Lawrence graduated from Texas Tech University in 1970 with a bachelor of architecture degree. After graduation, Lawrence moved to the area and in 1980 formed a partnership with architect Arthur Phelps to create Architects Phelps / Wood. In 1982, the firm was moved to Frisco to a location on Taft Powell Road, which was actually the first residential house on that road. Lawrence has designed all of the Fire Stations in Frisco and most recently worked with Project Architect Tommy Osborne in the design of Frisco Fire Station #6, which opened in April 2008.
Shana McKay-Wortham, Frisco Independent School District
Shana McKay-Wortham is the Director of Communications for the Frisco Independent School District. She has been in public school communications since 1989; prior to that she was a newspaper reporter. Shana graduated from Texas A&M University in 1986 and graduated from Prosper High School in 1982. This Collin County native is married to Garland ISD Communications Coordinator and Outdoor Humorist Reavis Wortham and has two daughters, Megan and Chelsea.