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The publishers of U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America have recognized Texas-based Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith on the list of best law firms.

The 2020 list of best law firms represents the sixth consecutive selection for Siebman Forrest, which maintains offices in Sherman, Plano, Dallas, Marshall, Tyler and Lufkin.

Earlier this year, firm co-founder Clyde Siebman was named as the 2020 lawyer of the year in Dallas-Fort Worth in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in copyright law matters and also was recognized in Best Lawyers for his expertise in commercial litigation, trademark law and patent litigation.

Flint woman named VP at Methodist Children’s Home

Traci Wagner of Flint has been appointed vice president for Family Outreach for Methodist Children’s Home in Waco.

Wagner has served MCH since 2008 through MCH Family Outreach, first as director of community outreach for the office in Tyler, and the last eight years as program administrator, overseeing the seven MCH Family Outreach offices in the eastern region of Texas.

“Traci’s experience, passion for our ministry, eagerness to contribute to our future vision and solid training over the years made her the right choice for this position,” said Trey Oakley, president and CEO of Methodist Children’s Home.

Wagner will provide strategic leadership for the organization’s 13 outreach offices that reach more than 5,000 children and families across Texas and New Mexico each year through a variety of programs. MCH Family Outreach offers services to strengthen families to help them provide a stable, safe and healthy environment. Community-based case managers provide family solutions through parent education, advocacy and support, connection to resources in the community, foster care (in some locations), and assistance to grandparents and other caregivers who care for children in the absence of parents.

Wagner earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s in counseling from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. She also holds certification as a licensed child care administrator and a licensed child care and child-placing agency administrator. A native of DeSoto, Wagner and her family live in Flint. Wagner and her husband, Sammy, have two children: Hayden, 16, and Aubri, 13.

Milissa Barrick chosen as top attorney

Milissa Barrick of Tyler has been chosen by The Best of the Best Attorneys as among the 2019 Best of the Best Top 10 Family Law Attorneys.

Selections are based on either nomination by peers, clients and/or our research team.

January After Hours

Tyler Young Professionals Network in association with the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce will have January After Hours from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at B2B Expo at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St.

Altra to open new credit union in Lindale

Altra Federal Credit Union has purchased land at 404 S. Main St. in Lindale for the future location of its fourth office in the area. A formal date for groundbreaking has not been set.

“It’s exciting to bring an Altra location to the Lindale community,” said Brian Selph, assistant vice president for retail operations for Altra Federal Credit Union. “We currently have many members that reside in Lindale that can now be served where they live.”

Altra employs more than 440 employees nationwide with 43 in Tyler. It is expected Altra will hire from six to eight employees for the new Lindale office.

Businessman named to Wood County Economic Development Commission

County Judge Lucy Hebron has announced the appointment of Tom Keenan to the board of the Wood County Economic Development Commission, as well as to serve as chairman of the board for a two-year term that began Jan. 2.

“Wood County and our EDC are very fortunate to have an outstanding individual with substantial business acumen join and lead our EDC, working together to improve Wood County’s quality of life by improving economic development,” she said.

Keenan is a founding partner and president of Strategic Healthcare Initiatives Inc. In his role as a health care executive and consultant, he has worked closely with insurance companies, children’s hospitals and health care organizations providing startup operations for companies.

Keenan and his wife reside at the Land’s End development in Wood County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University.

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