Former TCC Director to be Honored at Conference

Ariel Hunter-Chriss, former director of Continuing Education Services at South Campus, will be honored Friday, Nov. 6, during the 4th Annual DFW African-American Professionals Conference? at Trinity River Campus. Chriss was the conference founder and coordinator until her death in May.

South Campus President Ernest L. Thomas will make the tribute during the 11:45 a.m. luncheon on the fourth floor of the Trinity Building, Action A Room, Room 4202. TCC Interim Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley will give the welcome during the 8:30 a.m. opening session.

As CES director, Chriss managed several community programs including College for Kids, Senior Education, Nonprofit Community Breakfast Seminar, Transitional Skills Program and the Youth Technology Program. Her community involvement was widespread and included being vice president of Volunteer Services for Senior Citizens Services of Tarrant County and volunteering for the Cancer Society Tell-A-Friend Program.

Luncheon speaker for the conference is Roland Parrish, president, CEO and owner of Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants, whose company consists of 20 McDonald’s franchises in North Texas with sales of more than $40 million.

“Maximize: Your Career, Your Business, Your Finances and Your Life,” is the conference theme that offers concurrent seminars focusing on segment. A special “Ask the Experts Empowerment Center” will be held throughout the day.  The 15-minute sessions will allow participants who sign up an intensive one-on-one meeting with experts.

Registration is $99. Registration forms are available online at

Ariel Hunter-Chriss, left, with 2008 African-American Professional Conference speaker Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins.