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Place Six: Councilmember Curtistene McCowan
Curtistene Smith McCowan was elected to DeSoto City Council in May, 2012. Prior to her election, she served five years on the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, where she held the positions of Internal Audit Chair, Vice President and served four years as President. She is a Charter Member and Past President of Concerned DeSoto Citizens (CDC) and also serves on the Advisory Board of Methodist Charlton Medical Center; Planning Committee, Methodist Health Systems; Board of Directors, African American Education Archives and History Program; and Advisory Board for Ready When the Time Comes (RWTC), Red Cross-Dallas.
Councilmember McCowan has also made significant contributions to the advancement of education at the local, state and national levels. On October 29, 2007, Governor Rick Perry appointed her to the Texas Southern University (TSU) Board of Regents, where she is currently serving as 2nd Vice Chair. Ms. McCowan was the first African-American elected to public office in DeSoto, when she won a seat on the DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees in 1990. She served two three-year terms as a School Board Trustee -- two of those years as President. In 2000, Ms. McCowan was elected as the Charter President of the DeSoto ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors and has served on the Executive Committee since 2001. In addition, she is an active participant in DeSoto ISD’s One-on-One Mentoring Program, WINGS Advisory Board and Discipline Management Committee. Since 2006, Ms. McCowan has served on the interview panel for the prestigious Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Internship Program.
In honor of her 30+ years of volunteer service, in 2007, DeSoto ISD named and dedicated the “Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School.”
Ms. McCowan serves on the Trustee Board and as Volunteer Coordinator at Kirkwood Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, where she has been an active member for over 40 years. A Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Ms. McCowan has held numerous regional and local leadership positions, including president of Dallas Alumnae Chapter and Vice Chair of Dodd Education & Support, Inc.
Councilmember McCowan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University and an Associates Degree in Business Management from El Centro College. She was the Senior Investigator for the Federal Trade Commission’s Southwest Regional Office for over 18 years. After more than 32 years of meritorious service, Ms. McCowan retired from the federal government in 2005.
Curtistene and her husband, Leon R. McCowan, have lived in DeSoto for over 35 years. They are the proud parents of two sons, Danny (Angie) and Leon Curtis (Stephanie), both graduates of DeSoto High School. They are also the proud grandparents of Tiana, Kirsten and Taylor McCowan. Councilmember McCowan is the recipient of many awards.
The City of DeSoto, Texas
211 East Pleasant Run Road
DeSoto, TX 75115
Ph: 972.274.CITY (2489)
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