Meet the Board of Directors
Scott Lowry, President: Scott is a previous CJC board member. He became interested in CJC when he and his Emmaus Reunion Group provided lunch for the women’s program. Since then he has served on the CJC board, as a Bible Study instructor to the CMJC men’s program, and as an advisor. He sees the great accomplishments and blessings the organization provides the people in this community. Scott has lived in Boerne since 1981 and his wife, Debbie, and he are owners of Dependable Insurance Agency. Scott also serves on the City of Boerne’s Board of Adjustments and is an active member of the Boerne Emmaus Community. He is also an USTA Certified Official. Debbie and Scott have two sons and are members Nineteen:Ten Church.
Emily Swope, Vice President: Emily gave her time, talent, and financial resources to help start CWJC and develop it into "the program" for women in the greater Kendall County area. She became involved in community service since the day she arrived in Boerne in 1979. Besides CWJC, Emily has led various boards including the Chamber of Commerce, Noon Rotary Club, Republican Women's Club, Boerne Area Community Center, and Montessori School, and still supports numerous other community organizations. She was the San Antonio Assn. of Realtors "2008 Realtor of the Year" and the Boerne Chamber's "2008 Business Woman of the Year." Emily is married to Perry Edmonson and they are members of Summit Christian Church, San Antonio. Serving God, the needs of her family, and this community are paramount in Emily's quest to fulfill the purpose God has for her.
Dana Mathes, Secretary: Dana relocated to Boerne from the Indianapolis area in 2014 after retiring from a 35-year career as a chemical engineer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Dana has a strong desire to see people become whole in Christ and to help them develop and utilize the gifts and talents that God has given them. Dana and his wife Liz are active members of First Baptist Church of Boerne. They have been involved in Bible teaching, pre-marital mentoring, and missions support throughout their marriage. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Roberta Belanger, Treasurer: was born in Michigan and grew up in the Panama Canal Zone. She relocated to Kerrville, Texas where she attended Schreiner University and began her career in banking. She moved to Boerne in 2003 where she is employed by Frost Bank as a trust administrator. Roberta has held leadership positions in several non-profit organizations, most recently as an Advisory Director for the Hill Country Youth Ranch and as Secretary for the Boerne Area Community Foundation. She is a former director of the Boerne Public Library Foundation. Roberta has three adult daughters and two grandsons. She enjoys nature where she finds beauty in all of God's creations.
Mike Harkrider has served as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Boerne since 2005. He enjoys working with people and being involved in the community to help people experience the Living Christ in daily life. Mike has been a church staff pastor in a number of churches all across Texas. He currently serves in the Ministerial Alliance in Boerne and is the alliance representative Christian Job Corps. He also serves as a spiritual director in the Emmaus community in Boerne. He is also a committee member of the Hill Country Baptist Association. Mike is also a member of the Board of Trustees, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. He and wife Pat have two married daughters, and one grandchild.
Harold Teel, a native Texan, earned his architectural degree at the University of Texas in Austin. His graduate studies included Greek Art, Archeology and Architecture and its influence on Roman Classical Civilization. Among his architectural achievements were numerous medical and educational facilities, office buildings, religious facilities, and the King Ranch Museum. As an architectural professor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, Harold was awarded the "National Teaching Excellence Award" by the University of Texas. After more than 30 years as an architect and a professor, Harold retired to the Hill Country to pursue a new career as an artist. He and his wife, Pam, currently reside in Bulverde. Harold has taught adult Bible classes for over 20 years and they have both served as leaders of small Christian Bible study groups since 1991. They are actively involved at Cibolo Creek Community Church and are serving as leaders in small groups there as well. Harold and Pam have also served on mission trips in China and Trinidad-Tobago. Their desire is for all people to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sue Turquette moved to the Boerne area in 2005 and has been involved in church and community activities ever since. Some of her activities include leadership roles in the Hill Country Newcomers, the Walk to Emmaus Fourth Day Community, and PEO International, a faith-based sisterhood that empowers women through educational scholarships, loans, and grants. She served on the Praise Team, Women’s Ministries, and Open Hearts Resale Shop at the First United Methodist Church in Boerne. She appeared onstage at the Boerne Community Theater and helped with their fundraising events. And during all this, she remains a faithful volunteer at the Boerne Public library. She and husband John are pleased to live in the Hill Country to witness the spirit of generosity and faith that is so evident here. Sue is especially excited to join the Christian Job Corps board of directors knowing God will continue to bless others through her ministry.
Lynn Heckler was the Lord’s instrument to begin CWJC of Kendall County in 2004. After six months of praying for how to help women become free from bondage and introduce them to Jesus Christ, the Lord brought her in touch with CWJC, a Woman's Missionary Union program. Lynn retired from the Air Force in 1999 and since then has devoted her life to local Christian ministries. She served on the Ladies Ministry Council at First Baptist Boerne; as FBC's
Care Boerne outreach leader partnering with other ministries, and as a member of the Boerne Chamber's Small Business Council. Lynn has a M.S. in Nursing and a breadth of experience in leadership and administration. She is married to former Boerne City Mayor, Dan Heckler. Lynn’s mom, Eleanor McLeod, resides with them and all are members of First Baptist Boerne.