Board of Directors
Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect those in need.
James Webb | Chairman
James Webb is an Elder at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Houston.
He is active in the Houston bay area Emmaus community, Camp Gilmont counselor, Crossroads at Parkplace, Love Out Loud, and Young Life.
Married to Charelle and dad to their three kids, Davis, Aldan, Darcie. James and Charelle own a staffing company called Clearpoint in Houston.
Rene Franciotti | Vice Chairman
Rene and her husband Kevin are members of Clear Lake United Methodist church. Her and her family (Kevin, Sarah & Brooks) have a legacy of serving others in need. She is a project manager for Shell Trading in Houston, responsible for India base project management operations.
Bill Gaupp | Treasurer
Bill Gaupp is currently the Business Administrator of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church.
Rev. Gloria Villa Diaz, D.Min. | Secretary
Gloria is the Bilingual minister at New Day In Christ Ministries serving inmates around the country and Day-Laborers in Houston, TX. She also serves as a member of the Unification Task Force of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America.
Along with her husband, Rev. Fredy, Gloria serves children and youth through camps and church activities within her denomination.
Betty Flanders, former director of Caring Ministries and Outreach Ministries, has demonstrated unwavering faith and compassion toward those who are less fortunate in our community by her many years of service at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church.
Harry Hulen is a long-time member of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church. His personal involvement and leadership of initiatives such as UM Army (United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth) has run deep and continuously for many years.
Martin Yeager is a member of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church and has assisted his wife Jean with the Youth Ministries and Family Promise programs at the church for many years. They raised three sons in Clear Lake City. As a graduate of Louisiana State University in Construction, he has enjoyed a career as a project controls manager in the oil and gas industry.
Ex Officio Board Members
Jim Brackeen | Current Executive Director
Jim Brackeen served on the board January 2015 – January 2018. He and Linda, his wife of 53 years, are members of Clear Lake United Methodist Church. They have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. My life changed because of the ministry of Crossroads at Park Place. I have learned to embrace people experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty as worthy members of the community.
Art Stephenson | Former Board Chair
Art Stephenson, former Director of NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center, is a member of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church. Since stepping down as Chairman of the Board, Art has invested considerable time in SIFAT, Servants in Faith and Technology, helping to bring clean water to inhabitants of Ecuador and other under served places in the developing world.