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Association of Leadership Programs

624 W. University Drive B289
Denton, Texas 76201

Lura Hammond, ALP Executive Director
Phone: 214-587-4538


Lura Hammond

Lura Hammond

Executive Director

Lura Hammond Details

Lura Hammond serves in a part time capacity as the Executive Director for the Association of Leadership Programs. In 2003, she retired after 12 years serving as the Executive Director for Camp Summit, Inc. (Dallas, TX) a camp for individuals with disabilities. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director for the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce (Mesquite Texas). Her love for leadership programs began during her time in Leadership Garland, TX. She then formed Leadership Mesquite, and later graduated from Leadership Metrocrest and ultimately from a regional program, Leadership North Texas.

She is also a founding board member the Association of Texas Leadership Programs (1990) The Metroplex Leadership Network (1991); and the Sundown Exchange Club (1988). Her involvement in the National Exchange Club earned her national recognition for organizing three local service clubs within the North Texas area. She has served on numerous boards over the years earning awards and recognition from the State and National PTA; Business Women of the Year, Business and Professional Women of Northeast Dallas County; and Texas Economic Development Commission. She is a Past President of TxACOM, a Texas Association of Conventions, Events and Meeting Professionals. She has also served on various committees at her local church.

Along with a degree in Business Management from Stephen F. Austin University, she also holds an IOM (Institute for Organizational Management) and Certification in Non Profit Management. She (and her husband) are accreditated PVM’s (Professional Vendor Members) of the Association for Challenge Course Technology.

Jo Ellen Carson

Jo Ellen Carson

Membership Director

Jo Ellen Carson Details

Jo Ellen Carson serves as the Membership Director for ALP. Previously she served as the executive director of Leadership Winston-Salem, starting in 2005. Jo Ellen was a music major in college (Florida State University) and that training has been quite helpful in her career. She studied music therapy and learned a lot about behavioral psychology; knowledge that came in handy during her tenure at Wachovia where she managed Learning and Development functions. After 18 years, she left Wachovia to start her own consulting firm, with the intent of working in the nonprofit world. She is married to Dr. Todd Smith and has two daughters, Kyra and Brynn.

Mary Ligon

Mary Ligon

Resources Director

Mary Ligon Details

Mary Ligon joined ALP as the Resources Director in January 2018. She graduated from Leadership Albany (Georgia) in 1990 and served as a volunteer in several roles with Leadership Albany including Board Chair of the Leadership Albany Alumni Association. Mary accepted the role of Executive Director in 2000 and retired in 2017. In 2016, She was recognized by ALP with the Preceptor Award. Mary is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development Regional Economic and Leadership Development Program as well as Locate South Georgia Leads Regional Leadership Program.

Mary has volunteered with a variety of organizations and served in leadership roles on numerous community boards and in her church. She is currently serving as chair of the Chehaw Park Authority. A past President of the Dougherty County Rotary club and past Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 6900, she currently serves as Rotary District 6900’s District Grants Chair. Mary was named District 6900 Rotarian of the year in 2017 and was recently recognized by The Rotary Foundation with the Citation for Meritorious Service.

Established in 1994, Mary maintains her consulting business, Mary Ligon, etc. LLC. Previously with IBM as a Systems Engineer and Marketing Representative, Mary has a BBA degree from Georgia Southern University in Management/Information Systems. Mary and her husband, Jim, have two adult daughters.

Denise Warren

Denise Warren

IT/Website Director

Denise Warren Details

Denise Warren is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science minoring in Business Admin. She lives in Arlington, TX and has been active in leadership development for 15 years with Leadership On The Move! 

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