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2017 Barnabas Board of Directors

Frank B. Walker, Chair
Frank received a B.A. in History and English from Texas Western College and a Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University, where he served as Articles Editor of St. Mary’s Law Journal.
Frank’s volunteer experience includes the El Paso Science Museum and Residential Intervention Center in El Paso. In Wimberley, Frank is an active member of the Lions Club, and has served in multiple areas within St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, including service on the Vestry. He is the Chancellor of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School.

Jeanette Kinard, Vice Chair
Jeanette has an undergrad degree in Journalism from UT-Austin and her law degree from U of H in Houston.  She has been a licensed attorney since 1978.  Most of her career has been in the area of criminal law…the last ten  years focusing on  mentally ill clients within the criminal justice system.

She has owned property in Wimberley since 1980 and moved here from Austin in 1994.  Jeanette has been a volunteer with the Back to School Fiesta several times and currently serves as a Barnabas phone volunteer.  Since retiring in December, 2014, she has served on several boards, including the Travis County Managed Assigned Counsel Board, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and other non-lawyer organizations. She is an active member of Wimberley United Methodist Church.

Ellen Debenport, Secretary
Ellen Debenport’s first career was in journalism, working as a reporter for United Press International, then as political editor for the Tampa Bay Times. She was posted in Washington, D.C., when she began to feel a call to deeper spiritual exploration.

Ordained by Unity Worldwide Ministries in 1999, Ellen served eight years as minister at the 1,000-member Unity of Dallas church, took a year off to write, then came to Unity of Wimberley in the spring of 2009. She is the author of The Five Principles: A Guide to Practical Spirituality and a book to be published in the fall of 2015, Hell in the Hallway, Light at the Door, about the spiritual path through change and transition.

In addition to her weekly Sunday messages at Unity of Wimberley, Ellen speaks at Unity churches throughout the country and has hosted nearly 200 shows for Unity Online Radio with its 100,000 monthly listeners. She also teaches classes, leads workshops and conducts retreats within the Unity network as well as for other spiritual-but-not-religious seekers. Her weekly blog reaches a growing international audience. www.EllenDebenport.com

Janet Crowley, Treasurer
Janet Crowley moved to Wimberley from Austin in 1996 and raised 2 sons, Parker and Wyatt.  She has owned and run her own business – Travel Shop, an entertainment travel agency for close to 30 years. Now that her boys are grown, Janet is looking forward to working within the community and traveling.

Betty Jo Slider
Betty Jo received an Associate of Science degree and worked as an x-ray technician until she and her husband Bob were gifted with twin boys. Five years later they welcomed another son. Betty Jo became a stay at home Mom and volunteer. Her activities included working in the schools, serving on PTA boards, den mother for Cub Scouts, deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church, and teaching Sunday school. She served on the Meals on Wheels board as well as serving as a driver.

In October 2013 Betty Jo and Bob moved to Wimberley. She joined the Wimberley Community Civic Club where she serves on the hospitality and spring events committees. She is also a member of WIC, Wimberley Garden Club and Hill Country Herb Society and has helped out in various capacities with them. As a member of Wimberley Presbyterian she serves on the Fellowship and Youth committees.

Betty Jo volunteered at the 2014 Back to School Fiesta and became a phone volunteer, and joined the board in 2015.

Harold Tannahill
Harold is a retired entomologist with the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation. He graduated from Texas A& M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in entomology and UT Pan Am with a Master of Science in Biology.

He has served on the Board of Directors for John Knox Ranch and worked with youth groups in Wichita Falls, Weslaco and Uvalde, Texas. He is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian church and is a member of Wimberley Presbyterian Church, where he served on the outreach committee. haroldtannahill@yahoo.com

Peg Wolfe
Peg Wolfe has had a long career in business, including public relations, advertising and editorial positions in Indianapolis, IN, San Antonio, TX, Stanford, CT and Atlanta, GA.

After moving to Wimberley in 1992, she continued her business career, working as a mortgage broker and later as a city administrator.  In 2009, she followed her passion for fitness and began a new career as a personal trainer and later she received a degree in medical exercise.

Volunteer activities have included serving as Precinct Election Judge, President of League of Women Voters, Wimberley Library master plan, Wimberley Flood Adopt-a-Family, meal deliver to Wimberley flood survivors, PTO treasurer, reading tutor for elementary school children, Boy Scouts of America, Woodcreek Public Facilities Vice President,  Peg is a member of the Dripping Springs Presbyterian Church.

Rev. Richard Young
Rev. Richard Young is the Senior Pastor of the Wimberley United Methodist Church. He is an ex-officio member of the Barnabas board of directors.