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 my way to the office.

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 and eating fish and chips.

Nicole Recker

I lead the strategic direction of an awesome team of marketers, communicators and community outreach gurus to better the communities that we serve. I love making a difference in Denton County and doing it with a group of exceptional ladies who are beyond talented. I have the unique opportunity to see the positive impacts that our services and programs have on the lives of the people who live next door, down the street and in neighboring communities. Seeing the effects of your efforts and working with such a tight-knit crew is beyond rewarding!

First and foremost, I’m the proud momma of a brilliant little boy who is the light of my life. I love a good DIY project, reality TV and coffee at all times of the day. I spend most of my free time with my family exploring the sights and sounds of our community. I am a proud Texas A&M University graduate!

I believe in spreading joy to the best of my ability and strive to look for the silver lining in all situations. I’m a bit of a firecracker and never shy away from taking chances or trying new things. In my mind, no day is complete without a little caffeine, a lot of laughter and knowledge that you’re living your very best life!

Jacqueline Trevino

As the Communications Intern at DCTA, I support the Marketing and Communications department by writing monthly blog posts, researching and reporting on a variety of public relations and social media projects and engaging with the community via our social media channels.

Being a part of the DCTA team means I get to see the great efforts that are made to improve the lives of our riders first hand. From being a reliable source for commuters to helping the environment, DCTA is making our community a better place.

I’m a huge advocate of working hard and embracing challenges of all kinds. If you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine! In my free time, I enjoy shopping, eating pasta and binge-watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S (even though I’ve probably seen all the episodes at least three times each)! Fun facts about me: I love sneakers, anything vanilla-scented and I’ve been to 14 concerts in my lifetime!

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.

Andrew Smith

As the Community Relation Coordinator for DCTA, I have the privilege of serving as the organization’s liaison to the public. You’ll find me working closely with our region’s special events and community partners. I love getting to meet a variety of people in my position and each week is a completely new adventure for me!

I am a double alum of the University of Texas at Dallas (Whoosh!). When I am not working, you can usually find me spending time with my partner and our extra-spoiled 9-year old papillon (Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt Smith-Salimitari III). When Teddy allows me the time, I also enjoy kickboxing, baking, local craft breweries, traveling and failing miserably at DIY craft projects from Pinterest. As a literal giant among men, I am also extremely talented at reaching things on tall shelves and running into low-hanging light fixtures.

Hollisia Breedon

I’m the Community Relations Intern here at DCTA. Right now, I’m learning how to plan events that help connect DCTA to the public. I love being able to spread vital information for getting around in a growing society where transportation is necessary.

I’m a full-time student at UNT, studying Communications and Marketing. When I’m not at work or studying you can find me playing with my dog Winston, watching a new scary show on Netflix or playing a Mario Brothers game. I am absolutely in love with Marvel’s Daredevil and I have been collecting his comics and Pop! Bobbleheads ever since I started watching the Daredevil Episodes on Netflix. I just love his persistence in facing his problems despite any odds against him!

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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