PROSPER Person of the Year

Prosper is the place where everyone matters…and these six individuals are gracious and giving leaders who make Prosper the amazing place that it is! Our community is growing at an unprecedented rate, but the one thing that we all continue to strive for is that small town feel. We are excited to announce this year’s Prosper Person of the Year nominees – they love our town and work endlessly to make it a fun and safe place to call home. While they would not generally seek out this recognition, we are Prosper Proud to celebrate them and all that they do for our community! 

Wayne Bartley

Wayne Bartley loves the town of Prosper and the people who live here. He spends countless hours serving the community through Cornerstone and the Prosper Chamber of Commerce. Whenever there is someone in need, the first person that I think to call is him. He will drop whatever he’s doing to help, say a prayer or find necessary additional resources. He is a strong family man who loves Jesus and loves to network! Wayne is a successful Realtor because he is driven by building relationships and doing what is best for his clients and friends. He loves to support local businesses and can often be found networking as much for others as he does for his own business. I am so happy that the Bartley’s chose Prosper to call home all of those years ago!

Tamara Blankenship

Tamara is a wonderful wife and super mom of five children and currently is a bus driver with the ISD. The reason I’m nominating her is because she is godly and extremely selfless. When she commits to something, she gives it her all. Tamara serves as a leader with the youth at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship; with such fervor and tenacity. She is truly a shining light not only at Lighthouse but within her community. She is responsible for the 600 hot dogs that are served yearly at the Prosper Community Picnic. I’ve known her for a decade and each year her service in humanity has grown with the population increase. It is an honor to nominate her.

Shaw Eft

Assistant Fire Chief Shaw Eft is a good man who does so much for Prosper. Although he’s only been a part of the Prosper Fire Department for less than 2 years, I couldn’t imagine the department without him. He is a wonderful leader who believes in his team and does everything he can to support and encourage them. Just recently, he and a few Prosper Firefighters deployed to California to help with the wildfires. He spent two weeks there helping with them through the devastation. He is a true servant leader and Prosper is blessed to have him protecting us every day! 

Holly Ferguson

Holly Ferguson has served in PISD for over a decade. She started as a Principal at Rucker Elementary then moved over to Rogers Middle School. She now works in Central Administration as the Associate Superintendent. When Dr. Watkins was injured last summer, Mrs. Ferguson stepped into his role, leading the district with grace and humility – just as Dr. Watkins would have expected. She has a way of making students, parents, teachers and administrators feel encouraged, loved and appreciated. I think Mrs. Ferguson is the epitome of what makes Prosper great!

Chris Kern

Chris Kern is a jewel to have in Prosper. He does so many things behind the scenes that many would never even know about. He and his wife Gina are the masterminds behind the Coat Drive for Cornerstone Christmas. His servant heart is evident in all that he does – you can always find him at Town Council meetings, community events and doing great things for Prosper. He also runs a very informative Facebook page that keeps the people of Prosper in the loop about what’s coming around town. Because he spends so much time researching and attending Council meetings, he KNOWS what is on the horizon for Prosper and is one of the best sources of information for our town.

Iris Meneley

I am thrilled to nominate Iris for this honor! She does so much for the children in Prosper and has given many of them several opportunities that they may not ever have otherwise. Her leadership at Texas Amps and Axes is second to none, and the students there are blessed to have her in their corner. She created a youth band, Amplified, and has secured several big performances for them over the last year. She is instrumental in the development of these young musicians. We are lucky to have her in Prosper!

    1. Online Voting at will run from 1/1/2019 – 2/15/2019. Each email address will be allowed ONE vote.
    1. A selection committee will be formed and will meet on 2/12/2019. If you’d like to be considered to be on the committee, please email
    1. Each nominee will be photographed and will be asked to complete a short questionnaire about what Prosper means to them. These will be included in the March issue of PROSPER Magazine.

    1. The WINNER will be featured on the cover of PROSPER Magazine in March and will receive a commemorative plaque for their contribution to the community.


“My mother taught me to volunteer. She raised four girls, worked full time, managed a household and gave of her time to the community.  I have been blessed with a loving family, and a great husband.  When you give to other, you will get back.  What I received was a wonderful daughter.  I realized that feet on the ground volunteering is what I love.  You meet so many wonderful people.  Our town is blessed with great volunteers full of love and kindness.” – Patty Felan