CEO, Graham Chamber of Commerce & Visit Graham
One thing you will quickly learn about Cathy is that she is passionate about her faith, family, and the people and projects in the community in which she lives.
Starting with faith: Cathy retired as a Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church of the North Texas Conference on February 1, 2020. She served as an Associate Pastor at Royse City United Methodist Church for two years and as an Associate Pastor for First United Methodist Church of Frisco for seven years. She was then appointed as the Senior Campus Pastor of a new church start in Princeton for two years, and last was appointed as Senior Pastor of Caddo Mills United Methodist Church for two years. That is a total of 13 years in ministry prior to retirement and each of those years brought a deeper understanding of the relationship between God and God’s people, many new friendships, new skills, and new adventures.
United Methodist pastoral ministry was a second career following over thirty years in the field of law, serving at some very small and quite large law firms in various capacities from secretarial, to paralegal, to law firm management. Only God could have gotten her to leave those paychecks behind.
Second, family: Cathy’s family consists of her husband, Brad, and THREE dogs – Annie a Goldendoodle, Emmie a Labradoodle, and Dasher, a Yorkie puppy. Cathy and Brad do have some two-legged children, one daughter and two sons who are doing well in life all on their own. They also have three grandchildren, Shaun, Jaiden and Isaac. Cathy and Brad decided that when they retired, they wanted to live on a lake somewhere – and fortunately for them they ended up here in Graham. Cathy and Brad are both very active, enjoying long walks, bike riding, golfing, kayaking, and just about anything else that keeps them on the move.
Third, community: She describes herself as a “people person” and is passionate about impacting the way people live, learn, lead, and love. Therefore, the opportunity to serve our community through the Graham Chamber of Commerce fits her perfectly.
Cathy is a Texas native who grew up in Royse City and graduated from high school there. Her college career is long and diverse, having attended courses at Texas A&M Commerce, Whatcom Community College, and Liberty University. Cathy completed her Course of Study classes at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in July 2014.
Other community interests have included serving for a long time in the Dallas Emmaus Community, in addition to serving on the leadership team for the Clergy Women of the North Texas Conference, Chair of the Fellowship of Local Pastors, on the Board of Ordained Ministry, Collin County Council on Family Violence board, and on Disaster Response teams. Now all that energy and passion (or most of it) will be focused on the Graham Chamber of Commerce.
Executive Director, Visit Graham
Amanda Dulany joined the Convention & Visitors Bureau as the Executive Director in May 2023. Originally from Benbrook, Texas, Amanda graduated from The University of North Texas in 2009 with a Bachelor of Social Work. Amanda has lived coast to coast, a journey credited to the 10 years her husband, Jake, spent as an active-duty Marine. After Jake and Amanda felt called to take their family home to Texas, they landed in Graham, America in 2016. Outside of work, you are most likely to find Amanda volunteering for a community event, or on an outdoor adventure with her family.
Executive Assistant, Graham Chamber of Commerce & Visit Graham
Brooks Hays joined the Chamber and Visit Graham teams at the beginning of 2024! Originally from Dallas, Brooks moved back to her hometown after graduating from Texas A&M in 2017 (GIG ‘EM A WHOOP!) as she started her career in sales where she eventually moved to Chicago. Knowing her husband, Ben Hays, was rooted in Graham, Brooks wanted to find a way to be more involved in the local community which led her to taking a position with the Chamber of Commerce! In her free time, you can find her on the golf course, hanging with her two dogs, Kinsler and Lyla, cooking, or cheering on her Aggies…however easy or hard that may be!
Executive Director, Graham Chamber of Commerce
Cayley Strickland joined the Chamber of Commerce in April of 2022 in the role of Administrative Assistant and, after three months, moved into the Chamber Executive Director position. Cayley grew up in Jacksboro, TX, and graduated from Oklahoma State University in December of 2018. After graduating from OSU, she moved to Wichita Falls and began her career as a social media account executive for a local marketing agency. After 2.5 years in marketing, she decided it was time for a change and began her journey with the Graham Chamber of Commerce. When she is not at work, you can find her with her family in Jacksboro or back in Stillwater, rooting on the Cowboys at football games!
Economic Development Director
Grant Ingram joined the Chamber of Commerce team in May of 2019 in the role of Convention and Visitors Bureau Manager. Grant grew up in Tyler and is a graduate of Texas Tech with a Bachelor's degree in Restaurant and Hotel Management. After college Grant spent several years working on a ranch in Wyoming before returning to his roots here in Texas. In 2021, Grant accepted the position of Economic Development Director for the City of Graham and he looks forward to continuing his service to the local economy.