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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.
Elaine Cardenas worked for more than 40 years as an executive in several Washington DC social policy think tanks and public opinion polling companies, most notably The Gallup Organization, Abt Associates and Data Recognition Corporation (DRC). She also headed the Washington, DC office of Juarez and Associates, a small Hispanic-owned business engaged in international social marketing. During her career, Dr. Cardenas designed and headed several national public information and social marketing programs relating to alcohol and other drug abuse and mental health issues, including bullying and school violence. In recent years, she turned to survey research, including research on military personnel and their families for the Army Research Institute, studies of sexual assault in the military for the Department of Defense, and epidemiology studies of soldiers returning from the Gulf wars for the Veterans Administration. She also worked with private sector clients conducting market research for such companies as Subaru, and headed business development entailing the oversight and management of large government proposals. Since retiring to Wimberley, she has headed the scholarship committee of the Wimberley Community Civic Organization and helped found En Confianza, a new program designed to address the needs of Spanish speaking people in the area. She earned her MBA and doctorate in Cultural Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
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.
Dorothy is a retired teacher, education consultant, and community networker. She taught high school English and then college English in the Freshman Studies program at St. Edward’s University in Austin. Dorothy also served as an education consultant at the Texas Education Agency and the Dana Center at the University of Texas in Austin, working with Title 1 schools to improve educational effectiveness. After retiring to Wimberley she has served on the boards for Habitat for Humanity, the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, the Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development, Unity of Wimberley, and the Hays County League of Women Voters. Her community participation supports work that engages individual members and promotes projects that benefit the whole community.
Rev. Sandy Londa
Sandy graduated with a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. While in Houston she worked for the United Cerebral Palsy as the director of a swimming program for developmentally disabled children and adults. After several years at home raising her family, she became the Director of Singles and Older Adult Ministry, which she held for 13 years.
After several mission trips, especially two life-changing mission trips to Kenya, Sandy entered seminary at Perkins School of Theology and a residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at The Methodist Hospital in Houston. After completing the residency, she was hired as a Staff Chaplain at The Methodist Hospital where she worked from 2002 until 2012. During this time, Sandy graduated from seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, became Board Certified in hospital ministry with the Association of Professional Chaplains, and was ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.
Sandy moved to Wimberley in June 2012 and worked as the Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator for Heart to Heart Hospice in San Marcos until retirement in September 2015. Sandy became a Barnabas phone volunteer in January 2015 and has volunteered at the Back to School Fiesta and the Christmas Store. In addition to volunteering with the Barnabas Connection, she is on the Board of Directors of the Wimberley Senior Citizens Activities Inc., and is active in various ministries at Wimberley United Methodist Church.
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Susan graduated with a BS in elementary education, (Reading Specialist) from the University of Texas. She retired after 32 years of teaching and now works part-time at Texas Medical Plans, the insurance agency, she co-owns with her husband, Greg. Susan has lived in Wimberley for 34 years and owns a home in South River. Susan was on the PFO Board at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School (SSES), and also helped organize and run the SSES Silent Auction for sixteen years. She helped run the flood center at Cypress Creek Church, and is still part of Flood/Disaster Committee there. Susan also volunteered at the 2016 Back to School Fiesta, and the 2015/ 2016 Christmas Store.
Susan loves spending time with her three daughters: Courtney Mecklenburg, Lauren Myers, Whitney Tabash and her two grand-daughters: Brooke and Reagan Mecklenburg.
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 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Peg Wolfe, Secretary
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. Wes Cain
Rev. Wes Cain is the Senior Pastor of the Wimberley United Methodist Church. He is an ex-officio member of the Barnabas board of directors.