Vicki McCuistion has been the Director for the Barnabas Connection since its inception in 2004. As Director, she has grown an idea into a successful community organization that focuses on health and human services, advocacy, and education. In July 2015, She was selected to serve on the transition team to create the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team, the long term recovery group to help rebuild after the Memorial Day Flood. She served as the Treasurer and then the Secretary of the Board for the BR3T through March, 2017.
Vicki worked as the program coordinator for the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty in Austin, focusing on religious outreach, communications and resource development, and special events from 2005-2014. She is a past Program Assistant and Field Manager for Texas Citizen Action and has an extensive background in grassroots organizing, communications and fundraising.
Vicki served as the Secretary of the Board for Community Shares of Texas, 2009-2010. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Common Good Community Development, Inc., the supervisory board of FreeStore Austin, 2013-2015. Vicki was elected to the Wimberley ISD Board of Trustees in 2014 to fill an unexpired term and was elected to a three year term in 2015.
Vicki graduated from Southwestern University with a B.A. in International Studies, with an emphasis in Asia and Political Science.
Contact Vicki via email or by office phone at: 512-842-7148.
Operation Good Shepherd Assistant
Daphne Smith has volunteered on the Barnabas Connection phone line since 2004. She began assisting with Operation Good Shepherd clients in 2008 when Barnabas began administering the fund.
In 2012, the Wimberley Ministerial Alliance supported funding a part time position under the direction of the Barnabas Connection to help respond to client needs. Her compassion and willingness to help others seems boundless.
Flood Recovery Assistant
Gina Maples volunteered with the Barnabas Connection at Bridges Gym assisting clients daily with financial assistance. She was hired in the Fall to support client care through the Barnabas Connection Flood Recovery Center.
Contact Gina by email or by phone 512-842-7148.
Bill Tarwater is our new Construction Manager. Bill worked as a professional home inspector in Houston, and served on the board of Wimberley Valley Habitat for Humanity for 4 years. Bill now serves on the building committee. As our Construction Manager, Bill secures construction estimate for jobs, coordinates ordering of supplies with funders, supervises and coordinates completion of work by volunteers on the assigned jobs, and works side by side with volunteers to get the job done.