Lareatha H. Clay was appointed to the Texas Historical Commission (THC) in 2001. She served as Secretary from 2003 until 2007, and chaired the THC’s Audit, Administration and Finance Committee from 2005 until 2007. Lareatha also served on the History, Organizational Planning and Excellence, Marketing Communications, Community Heritage Development, THC Friends Liaison, and Historic Sites committees during her tenure, and in 2006, was a leader in establishing the THC Preservation Fellows internship program for students from under-represented ethnic groups. She is also a founding member and a current Board member of the Shankleville Historical Society, Inc. in Newton County.
Clay works as an Organization Development consultant with Primary Resource Management, Inc. of Dallas. Her professional experience includes more than 12 years consulting with a broad range of organizations in training, teambuilding, strategic planning and change management, as well as 12 years in management with AT&T, and six years as managing partner of Omni Business Enterprises, Inc., an Orlando-based event-merchandising firm.
While residing in Florida, Ms. Clay's community activities included service as a member of the City of Orlando's Historic Preservation Board, Trustee of the Orlando Public Library and board member of the Downtown Orlando Partnership.
A Beaumont native, Clay currently lives in Dallas, where she continues her involvement with the Shankleville Community, is a member of the International Association of Facilitators, the American Society for Training and Development and the Leadership Texas Alumni Association. Clay is also a life member of the University of Texas (UT) Ex-Students' Association and chaired its task force charged with planning for the commemoration of the association’s 125th anniversary in 2010.