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History of the Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods

About UsThe Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods was founded in 1985 by four neighbors: Chris Goetz, Dr. Glenn Kroh, Mary Palko and Ben Ann Tomayko who believed in the importance of neighborhood involvement in the civic decision-making process, especially when it directly impacted the quality of life in our communities. 17 charter member neighborhood organizations signed up to join in the pursuit of forming a citywide coalition to create a strong and coordinated voice at city hall.

Today, the League of Neighborhoods still promotes the same philosophy. Drawing on the collective experience of its 25-year long history as an institution, the League is recognized throughout the region as an umbrella organization advocating for neighborhoods at various levels of government and other non profits. Our membership is made up of associations of neighborhoods, homeowners, property owners, taxpayers and neighborhood alliances. The League continues to provide education and guidance to its member organizations and the community at large.


Presidents of the
Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods

Past President of FWLNA
Eva Bonilla

Past President of FWLNA
Glen Kroh

Mary Lou Martinez 2015
Carlos Flores 2013 - 2014
Libby Willis 2010 - 2012

Barbara Tumlin

Shirley Gansser



Brenda Sanders-Wise   2008
Matthew Hudson 2006 – 2008
Eva Bonilla 2004 – 2006
Madelyn Gibbs      2002 – 2004
Cathy Hirt 2000 – 2002
Jim Hodges 1999 – 2000
Gwen Neal            1997 – 1999
Diana Kern 1996 – 1997
Carol Kenel 1995 - 1996
Mary Lynn Holder 1993 - 1995
Lynne Manny 1991 - 1993
John Morris 1990 - 1991
Sharon Casstevens 1990 - 1991
Gwen Neal 1988 - 1990
Ben Ann Tomayko 1987 - 1988
Tim Petrus 1986 – 1987



FWLNA Board of Directors, 2015

President Mary Lou Martinez, North Beverly Hills Neighborhood Association

Vice President Eva Bonilla, Linwood Neighborhood Association

Secretary Larry Patterson, Ridgmar Neighborhood Association

Treasurer Steve Epstein, Hallmark/Camelot/Highland Terrace Neighborhood Association

Oleta Ansley (Andy), Eastgate Neighborhood Association

Lance Griggs, Summerfields N.A.

Rita Vinson, Brentwood/Oak Hills N.A.

Monnie Gilliam, Vicki Lane/Bowie Street Homeowners & Tenants Assoc.

John Belknap, Ryan Place Improvement Association

Jesse Martinez, Wedgwood South N.A.


2015 Advisory Committee



2015 Audit Committee

Neighborhood Newsletter Awards - Eastern Hills HOA, Harriet Creek Ranch and Ridglea North Assc

Fort Worth Pride - Ridglea North Association

Spirit of Fort Worth - Ridglea Hills Neighborhood Association

Ben Ann Tomayko Neighbor of the Year Award - Eva Sandoval Bonilla

Mayor’s Civic Engagement & Community Collaboration Award - EastGate Neighbors Crimewatch

Mayor’s Health and Wellness Award - Chadwick Farms HOA

2014 Neighborhood of the Year - Lake Worth Centennial Celebration Committee







“Fort Worth is a great neighborhood town; we have a unique city because of the hard work of the residents. The Neighborhood Associations, especially in the older areas of town, strive to make sure they keep their charm and character. It is truly a grass roots effort. Your commitment to keeping our communities should be commended.”  

~ Karen Greenwood, Fort Worth Cats

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