NOLANVILLE — After an hourlong executive session Thursday, the City Council appointed Kara Escadjeda to a recently vacated position on the economic development corporation board.

Sidney Shelton, former vice president of the board, stepped down in December due to work conflicts and time restraints, Nolanville City Manager Stephen Pearl said.

Escadjeda was chosen after three of four applicants were interviewed by the council and EDC president Colleen Smith.

While some applicants had more extensive business experience, Smith said Escadjeda demonstrated several other qualities needed by the EDC.

“We picked Kara because of her quality control (experience) and also because of her work ethic,” Smith said.

“She said her weakness was going in many different directions at once to get something accomplished, and just starting up, that’s exactly what all of us are doing.”

Escadjeda is currently an active-duty environmental science engineering officer with the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade.

She has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Maryland, University College.

She lives in Nolanville with her family.

Mayor Christina Rosenthal said she stands by the council’s appointment of Escadjeda, who has proven time-management and multi-tasking skills.

“She’ll be able to stand on her own two feet and manage family while all this is going on,” Rosenthal said.

The seven members of the EDC will meet Feb. 19 to choose a new vice president. | 254-501-7559

Contact Courtney Griffin at or 254-501-7559

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