Janet Duvall – Chairperson
Janet is the mother of 4 grown children and grandmother to 9 precious grandchildren. She has been involved in many ministries over the years from mission work, clothing ministries, counseling, teaching Bible studies, and music ministries.
For 5 years, Janet and a friend taught a class called “Making Peace with Your Past” at Carswell Federal Prison. That is where the vision and a need for a Christian transitional home was birthed. So in 2015, the vision became reality.
As founder and chairperson, Janet loves to see women’s lives change as they realize God’s love for them and grasp the divine purpose for their lives.
Kathy Manning – Vice Chair
Kathy has been married to her husband, Mike for 34 years and lived in Weatherford for 33 years. They are parents to two adult children and three grandchildren. She retired from Tarrant County District Attorney’s office as a Criminal Investigator with a total of 36 years in law enforcement. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church in Weatherford and has served on many committees. She is currently recruiting ushers and greeters for the worship services and cooks the Wednesday night fellowship meal at the church. Kathy has served in Kairos prison ministry and volunteers at Theatre Off The Square as a performer and eight years on the Board of Directors. She learned of Sanctified Hope and served as a mentor to a wonderful lady and prays that as she grows in Christ she can serve and minister with love to others.
Elizabeth Mederos – Secretary
Elizabeth understands first hand how difficult it can be to transition from incarceration to society. Elizabeth is a former participant of Sanctified Hope who graduated in October 2018. Since graduation, she has completed the Substance Use Counselor program from Weatherford College. She expects to receive her Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern license in January 2020. In addition, she will graduate from Weatherford College with an Associates of Science in May 2020. Elizabeth plans to pursue her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She wants to continue to help other women overcome the guilt, shame, and stigma of incarceration and addiction.
Elizabeth works for Safe Harbor Counseling Center as an administrator. She also serves and worships at Trinity Bible Church. Elizabeth has a passion for helping others and is very active in her community through volunteering with Sanctified Hope, Zonta Club of Parker County, and Center of Hope. She also has a 25-year-old son, Michael, who is pursuing a career in law enforcement. Elizabeth is extremely grateful for God’s restoration and salvation.
Elizabeth’s favorite scripture is 1 Peter 5:10 – In His kindness, God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So, after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.
Dean Suedmeyer – Board Member
Dean and his wife of 16 years, DeAnna, have lived in the Weatherford area for 30 years. Dean knows first hand what prison is like. He served 38 months on an 8 year sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 2 drug convictions. He was saved in 1994 during that incarceration.
Dean has been the pastor at New Life Fellowship Church for 4 years and a pastor at other church plants for a total of 7 years. He occasionally teaches topical messages, but mainly teaches verse by verse through the books of the Bible. Dean has a heart and a passion for reaching those who are without Christ, as well as discipling those that have a new relationship with Christ. He has recently retired from Ato-Residential-Commercial glass where he worked for 21 years as a general manager.
Dean’s favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by God’s grace I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not ineffective”. His two greatest educators are the Holy Spirit and life itself.
Ava Blais – Board Member
Ava Blais was married to Lawrence F Blais until his death in 2008. They raised their daughter, Lauren, in Parker County, Trinity Bible Church and Trinity Christian Academy. Ava spent part of her career with the Department of Human Services ,(now DFPS) , Child Protective Services and later became a Juvenile Officer for the Family Law Courts in Tarrant County.
Ava was on the board of TCA for several years. Ava and her family were members of and served at TBC in a number of ways. She became a volunteer with CASA Hope for Children, Parker and Palo Pinto Counties in 2012 and is currently active as a court-appointed Special Advocate. Ava is a supporter of Sanctified Hope and other local organizations that support life and new beginnings. As a follower of Jesus Christ
it is her conviction that God is using this ministry to transform, encourage and equip the participants in their Christian walk.
Dr. Arleen Atkins – Board Member
Dr. Arleen Atkins is Dean of Institutional Effectiveness at Weatherford College where she oversights institutional research, planning and assessment, and the college’s ongoing institutional accreditation with the US Department of Education. Throughout her years employed at Weatherford College, she has served in many capacities including Vice-President of Instruction and Dean of Student Services. Dr. Atkins is also a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) with the Texas State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. She supervises Licensed Professional Counselor Associates seeking licensure in her small private practice.
Dr. Atkins earned her Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Guidance and Counseling from Tarleton State University and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision, with a minor in Counseling, from Texas A&M University at Commerce. She has taught as an adjunct instructor at Tarleton State University in the Department of Counseling, and she currently teaches part-time in the Psychology Department at Weatherford College.
Dr. Atkins is active in the local Zonta Club of Parker County where she serves on the Board of Directors, is Scholarship Committee Chairperson, and was named 2020 Woman of the Year. She is a member of the Annetta United Methodist Church where she plays piano and serves on the Church Council. She is also a member of the Weatherford College Wesley Foundation Board.
Dr. Atkins resides in Aledo where she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren and traveling with family and friends.
Jennifer Williams – Board Member
Jennifer Williams is a Parker County native with family heritage that has deep roots right here in Weatherford. Jennifer is married to husband (Carl) of 30 years, they pastor Rehoboth House of Worship in Ft. Worth, Texas where she is also Executive Administrator and Worship Leader. Jennifer and Carl have 3 children (Salyce, Carl Jr. and Veronica) who serve in the ministry as well. Jennifer is also a worshipper and often sings on platforms in the community. She sings in her husband’s music ministry Carl Williams & Tru Praze, where they travel and share their gift of worship with the world. Jennifer has 30 years of Executive level experience which encompasses Management, Director of Finance and Operation & Strategic Planning. She is the President and 10-year member of Parker County Executive Association. Jennifer treads the industry of Real Estate as the Client Services Coordinator for Trinity Classic Homes. Her goal is making sure every buyer has a great home-building/buying experience by letting Christ lead through her. Jennifer comes with years of successful experience working with many different types of personalities, ages, and ethnicities. Her God given leadership quality as well as experience, discernment, poise, and personality allows Jennifer to ignite and establish great relationships everywhere she plants. Jennifer is also a licensed, multi-cultural Stylist serving the Parker County and surrounding areas for over 25 years. Her passion is beautification by hair! Jennifer lives by the scripture I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13