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In appreciation for the life well lived and in conjunction with the commemoration of Juneteenth, we are hosting the 2nd Annual Erma C. Johnson Hadley Honors Banquet to celebrate her life and legacy. During this event, five outstanding individuals will be honored for their diligent service as community leaders. They have truly embodied Mrs. Hadley’s mantra that “Everyone has what it takes to be a leader. You must lead from where you are.” Like Mrs. Hadley, they have taken up the mantle to leave wherever they have been better than how they found it by being agents of transformation. 

Added to this year’s program will be the presentation of the first scholarship in honor of Mrs. Hadley.




State Representative Nicole Collieris a respected attorney, small business owner, mother of three and grandmother who has spent her life working to obtain the American Dream. As a single mother of two children before finishing high school, she was bolstered by both her faith and family to continue her education all the way through to law school graduation from the University of Houston. She and her husband, Gary Collier, established their home in Fort Worth, Texas and for the last 18 years, Nicole has been a strong advocate for families and individuals. Rep. Collier is the first woman to represent House District 95 in Tarrant County. She assumed office in January 2013 and was re-elected to her fourth term in November 2018. In the short time she has served our community, Mrs. Collier has introduced legislation that has included banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, expanding eligibility for health care under the Affordable Care Act, increasing consumer protections under third-party debt collection practices in Texas, providing earned paid leave to Texas workers, and the commissioning of the Juneteenth specialty license plate. In the 2018 86th Texas Legislature, Representative Collier was appointed to serve as Chair of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.  This landmark appointment made her the first woman in Texas history to serve in that capacity since the committee’s formation in 1879.

Attorney Jim Lane has practiced law in Texas for over 40 years.  He started in 1969 as a fresh Baylor Law School graduate who joined the Army and served as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General Corp (JAGC). He established his own law firm in 1975 handling criminal, personal injury, family law and immigration cases. A seasoned commercial pilot and certified flight instructor, he also represents aviation law cases. Mr. Lane served 12 years representing District 2 on the Fort Worth City Council and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tarrant Regional Water District. He has served in many organizations including Tarrant County Hospital District Board, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board, Fort Worth Ethics Committee Member, NAACP Life Member, National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association Past Regional President. Jim has received numerous accolades and awards including being Voted Fort Worth Power Attorney for 2012 by the Fort Worth Business Press, named among National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2014, and listed in Who’s Who Honoring Executives and Professions 2015. He and his wife Janet have one son and together they run a horse and cattle operation in Parker County and Eastland County. They are proud members of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in North Fort Worth. 


Pastor Milton Pace is a native of Fort Worth and is the Founder and Pastor of Saintsville Cathedral of Fort Worth for 37 years. Through his leadership, Saintsville Cathedral enjoys its 3.5 million dollar campus that houses a Nationally Accredited Children’s Academy and College Preparatory School for youth 18 months through 5th grade, a Food Program for youth and elderly that feeds approximately 10,000 meals per month, and an Employment Network Service that provides jobs and impacts over 100 individuals. He has served on numerous community boards, committees, councils throughout our city including a former member of the United Way Impact Council, JPS Hospital Advisory Board, Black Ecumenical Leadership Alliance, Family Life International Board, and a Connecting Link of the Fort Worth Chapter Links, Inc.  In 2012, he was inducted into the “Wall of Fame” at the historic I.M. Terrell High School. He has received numerous awards including the 2007 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for his outstanding service in the community. Pastor Pace attributes his success to faith in God and the lifelong experiences it brings. He is one of the most successful, multi-talented gospel recording artist, musician, songwriter, teacher, motivator, and mentor in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. A dedicated advocate of the family serving by example, Rev. Pace and his loving wife of 47 years, First Lady Shirley Pace, have three children and 10 grandchildren. 

Germain Trotter believes “If God allows you to dream it, then he has granted you the ability to do it” and he has lived his life personifying what he believes. A graduate of Grambling State University with a major in Mass Communication, Mr. Trotter has established several businesses that have focused on making a lasting impact on the lives of the citizens of his communities. In 1998, he established his first company, N’Depth Entertainment, to seek ways to create positive change by working with youth from impoverished communities, developing their talent, and educating them on life goals. In 2014, Mr. Trotter founded Business Office Setup Services (BOSS) – specializing in workspace planning and reconfigurations. Since launching BOSS, he has hired more than 500 people across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Area and has landed contracts and subcontracts with companies such as Lockheed Martin, Toyota, Facebook, and U.S. Department of Treasury. In 2016, he co-founded The Prep Factory, a 501c3 organization whose guiding principles are to Position, Recruit, Empower, and Produce college graduates beginning in the 7th grade. One of its initiatives is The Prep 2 BOSS Scholarship program designed to assist minority students in underserved communities seeking higher education. Mr. Trotter is co-owner of BOXX534.com an online media network that gives back to the community by offering the Lunchboxx Feed the Homeless Drive in Fort Worth. Most recently in 2018, he founded the Jet Relays Soul Festival, a community track and field event that features talented athletes from some of the nation’s top HBCU colleges and high schools. Mr. Trotter currently lives in Arlington and has two beautiful children.

Shannon Fletcher is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Government and a 2014 graduate of the Texas Christian University Executive MBA Program. In 2015, she was selected to become the first-ever Chief of Staff for Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. Previously, she served as Executive Administrator of Policy, Programs and Outreach to Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks and Executive Director to Generation Hope Laptop Program. She has also served as Executive Director to D.R.E.A.M. Alive, Inc. Ms. Fletcher has been named a “Great Women of Texas” by the Fort Worth Business Press and is a past recipient of the Top 40 Under 20 Women to Watch, the Girls Scout “Take Action” award, the Spirit of John South Award presented by Texas A&M ArgiLife Extension, and named a Dr. Marion J. Brooks “Legends in the Making” Awardee.  She is a 2014 member of the Leadership Fort Worth Class.  She serves as board member to the United Way of Tarrant County and Neeley Alumni Executive Board.

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