Meet The Writers

Adrienne Hamilton

I’m a communications maven – managing DCTA’s traditional communications and digital marketing efforts to make sure we effectively convey our brand and messaging to the communities we serve and our staff. I love interacting with customers and media, as well as writing various stories and articles about how we are helping improve transportation options to meet the growing demand!

I love shopping and cooking, but one of my favorite hobbies is singing! Don’t be surprised if I randomly bust out in song due to my love of music and eclectic musical taste. I’m very outgoing and am known to be a bit of a drama queen – but I’m working on reining this in a bit! I’m also a bonafide foodie and love trying new restaurants. The most important things to me in life are my faith, family and friends!

Kayla Laird

My days at DCTA consist of creating social media content, interacting with riders online about special events and promotions, crafting press releases and email marketing content, analyzing media coverage and reading on the A-train on the way to work.

I’m a pizza lover who ate 208 slices of pizza in 2018. If you’re lucky you may catch me wearing my full pizza costume (complete with pizza Chuck Taylor All Stars). I enjoy cooking (mostly because I love eating) and hanging out with my awesome friends and family. I am an alumna of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. If I’m not at home with my husband and our amazing rescue dog Alfred, you might find me across the world exploring the beaches of New Zealand.

Nicole Recker

I lead the strategic direction of an awesome team of marketers and communicators to better the communities that we serve. I love making a difference in Denton County. I have the unique opportunity to see the positive impact that our services have on the lives of the people who live down the street and next door. Seeing the effects of your efforts is very rewarding!

I love reading, cooking, and sewing. You can often find me and my husband in a coffee shop sipping on a latte completely engrossed in a book. I enjoy my Camp Gladiator workouts, hiking and taking my dogs for a run. I am a Texas Aggie through and through, so don’t be surprised to hear me start a conversation with “howdy.” I’m a bit of a firecracker! I love to take chances and try new things. No day is complete without a little caffeine and a lot of laughter.

Kayleigh Hansen

I’m the marketing coordinator at DCTA, and I help increase brand awareness through marketing initiatives and campaigns to help the community understand who we are and what we do. I pretty much spend my days creating the graphics, printed materials and images you see on our social media, vehicles and around Denton County! I love sharing DCTA’s goals and stories in unique and creative ways to show the community what DCTA is all about.

I recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a degree in digital and print journalism. When I’m not working, you may also see me cuddling my golden retriever, Gus, watching an episode of The Office for the 100th time, making it my mission to find the best queso in Texas or spending time with my husband, family and friends. If you ever want to really get me talking, I’m a pop culture freak. Whether it’s talking about the Flash, obsessing over Harry Potter or showing you one of my 300 Pop! Funko vinyl figures that I collect, just give me some coffee (or Dr. Pepper) and I can tell you everything you want to hear (and if I talk too much, just show me some dog videos and I’ll quit talking instantly).

Kelly Briggs

Growing up, I always got in trouble for talking too much in class, my teachers didn’t know at the time it was foreshadowing because I have spent the past 20 years talking to people for a living! As the Community Relations Manager for DCTA, I get to spend my days talking to the public about all the amazing services DCTA offers. No week for me is ever the same and I love networking and finding new ways DCTA can partner with the community. I believe in always leaving people better than you found them and hope I am doing just that through my work here at DCTA.

When I’m not shaking hands and making new friends I’m at home hanging out with my family. I have three kids that never slow down and a husband that keeps me laughing. Speaking of my husband, he was my very first boyfriend (I have the birthday card he gave me when I turned one!) and I asked him to marry me when we were 14 (but we waited until we were 30-something)! If I could adopt every animal on the planet I would, but for now I’m mom to a beagle named Rosie and a cat named Banjo. I love good coffee, good wine, watching The Office and am always listening to music. My musical taste is all encompassing and I’ll never pass up the chance to hear live music. I’m obsessed with otters, I can’t stand the sound of Styrofoam rubbing together and I will turn everything in to a song.

Kiera Geils

I’m the Community Relations Coordinator, and you can catch me out in the community talking to anyone and everyone about all things DCTA! I love how public transportation creates more opportunities for everyone and how it connects people.

I’m a huge Dallas Cowboys fan, and I love all things football – including the Women’s Football Alliance. I love being active and I am always down for a game of volleyball (which I may or may not take way too seriously). I’m a big taco lover, and I could eat at Torchy’s Tacos for a week straight and still not be tired of it. I love watching my not-so-guilty pleasure “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” but still haven’t been able to convince enough people to join a Bachelor Fantasy League with me. I also know too much about astrology and could tell anyone about their zodiac sign.

Samantha Balderas

I communicate with passengers by answering inquires and resolving requests via DCTA social media platforms and GORequest. I love hearing what our customers have to say about our services whether it’s good or constructive! Their feedback is essential to providing better transportation services to the community.

I’m a proud Dentonite and an even prouder University of North Texas alumn. I’m a huge supporter of local businesses and I love shopping at the community market on the weekends. I have two amazing dogs—a corgi and a German Shepherd mix—named Korra and Sadie. When I’m not spending time with my fiancé and my dogs, I’m usually practicing photography or working on a new DIY project!

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