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.

Emma Ream

I’m the communications intern at DCTA where I work with the Marketing and Communications Department on different campaigns and promotions. I also help manage DCTA’s social media and work on the amazing Hop on Board Blog! I’m a senior at the University of North Texas where I am studying digital and print journalism and minoring in history.
When I’m not at work you can find me at yoga studios taking classes as well as teaching! I have been practicing yoga for almost five years and just recently began teaching. My favorite forms of yoga to practice are Ashtanga, Power and Yin. I love hiking, reading books and traveling. My favorite place I have traveled to is Italy because of the Roman ruins, amazing food and beautiful architecture of the cities.

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!

Andrew L. 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.

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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