Home > Inside the CDC > Board of Directors

Community Development Board of Directors




Larry Lott Executive Director Not an elected member
Dena Elder President 04/09 – 12/17
Mike Gilbert Vice-President 01/08 – 12/18
Tonya Brown Secretary Not an elected member
Charles Houk Member 04/09 – 12/17
Clay Ellis Member 01/07 – 12/18
Richard Pense Member 03/12 – 12/18
Bobby Gladu Member 12/13 – 12/17
Jesse Vaughn II Member 01/13 – 12/18


Larry Lott

Larry Lott – Executive Director
P.O. Box 969
Royse City, TX 75189
Office: 972.636.2183

Not an elected member

I have lived in the Royse City area for 12 years. Prior to that, I lived in Rockwall for 25 years. I have been the Executive Director of the Community Development Corporation for the city of Royse City for 13 years and serve on the boards of Royse City Main Street and Texas Leadership Bank. What I enjoy most about Royse City is its small-town, friendly atmosphere and watching it grow and flourish.


Dena Elder Dena Elder – President
PO Box 1661
Rockwall, TX 75087
Cell: 972.948.2225
Appointed: April 2009
Term Exp: December 2017

I have enjoyed calling Royse City my home since 1995.  As a  Real Estate Agent for the past 13 years in my hometown, I have experienced the growth of our community first hand. While I proudly serve on the boards of the Royse City Community Development Corporation and Chamber of Commerce, I am also involved in C.A.S.A. I feel it it’s important to be involved in my community, for the betterment of my community. Royse City is a great place to live and work because of its friendly people and small-town atmosphere.


Mike Gilbert

Mike Gilbert – Vice President
PO BOX 246
Royse City, TX 75189
Office: 972.636.7020
Appointed: January 2008
Term Exp: December 2018

l have lived in Royse City for fifteen years. As an Architect and General Contractor I serve on the Royse City CDC Board of Directors because I feel it is the best way the help bring economic growth to my city and its surrounding areas. I am also on the Main Street Board and Heritage Board. For me personally, the best thing about Royse City is its small-town atmosphere and friendly people.


Tonya Brown

Tonya Brown – Secretary
216 N Arch Street, Suite A
Royse City, TX 75189
Office: 972.636.2184

Not an elected member

Living in the Royse City area for the past 14 years has been a real blessing. Here, I am able to enjoy the slow pace of country living, while still benefiting from the amenities of a big city just minutes away. Being a wife and mother of 2 wonderful children, it is important to me that my children have plenty of space to explore, play and grow. For the past 12 years I worked at home raising my family; now, I am honored to now hold the position of Administrative Assistant at the Royse City Community Development Corporation and serve as its Secretary for the Board.  While Royse City is growing, it has been able to maintain its small-town appeal with friendly, caring people. With neighbors that are more like family, I can’t think of any place I’d rather live.


Charles Houk

Charles Houk – Treasurer
509 Rosemary
Royse City, TX 75189
Cell: 469.338.8423
Appointed: April 2009
Term Exp: December 2017

I have lived in Royse City for five years. I own Southern Junction Nightclub & Steakhouse and I serve on the Royse City CDC Board because I am excited about the opportunity to improve Royse City’s quality of life by making decisions that help bring good jobs and stable businesses to our community, while balancing our current needs with our future goals as a city. I love Royse City because, being married with three boys, it’s a great city to raise a family.


Clay Ellis

Clay Ellis – Member
P.O. Box 506
Royse City, TX 75189
Office: 972.636.9491
Appointed: January 2007
Term Exp: December 2018

Royse City is my home and has been for the past 10 years. It’s also where I work as an insurance agent. In addition to the Royse City CDC Board, I also serve on the Rotary Board, Heritage Board and City Council. I feel that, by serving on the Royse City CDC board I can be more effective at attracting good business that will benefit our city.


Richard Pense – Member
PO Box 479
Royse City, TX 75189
Appointed: March 2012
Term Exp: December 2018

I have worked in Royse City for seventeen and a half years. I am the Assistant Principal at Ruth Cherry Intermediate School and I am active in the Boy Scouts’ Troop 312. I also serve on the Community Development Corporation’s Board of Directors because it is important to me to help to continue cooperation between the school district and the city. I believe that it is imperative to take an active part in preparing for the future needs of our growing community. What I love most about Royse City is its traditional values and family orientation.


Bobby Gladu

Bobby Gladu – Member
PO BOX 246
Royse City, TX 75189
Office: 214.744.1422
Appointed: December 2013
Term Exp: December 2017

I have recently moved both of my businesses to Royse City and love the community support I have experienced.  I feel the growth in this city is going to be huge in the next few years and I want utilize my business experience to assist with that growth.  For the past 25 years, I have served as President of Artisan Masonry Inc. and President of A&A Granite Kitchen and Bath.  I also serve as Director of the following boards; President of North Texas Stone Fabricators Association, Masonry Contractors Association of America, Royse City Community Development Corporation, Royse City Education Foundation, Royse City Main Street Design Board and Vice President of the Royse City Merchants Association.  I enjoy serving this warm, close knit community to help direct its growth, to the benefit of our citizens, in a way we call be proud of.


Jesse Vaughn II

Jesse Vaughn II – Member
786 Featherstone Dr.
Rockwall, TX 75087
Office: 972.636.7994
Appointed: January 2013
Term Exp: December 2018

While I do not live in Royse City, I have worked here for 2 years as a Financial Planner for Edward Jones Investments. I enjoy helping investors plan for their retirement goal. I currently serve on the boards of the Royse City CDC, the Royse City Chamber of Commerce and the Royse City Boys and Girls Club. I have a vested interest in Royse City and intend to make a difference by being part of its planning for growth. I grew up in a small town like Royse City and it provides me the “sense of family” I loved as a child. There are good, honest, hardworking people here; it’s the kind of place where your word and a handshake mean something.