MEET THE STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
I have been honored to work with Teen Life since the beginning, first as Program Director and then as the Executive Director as of Spring 2012. Working with teenagers is what I have felt called to for a long time. Since graduating Abilene Christian University in 2001 with a B.S. in Youth Ministry, I have spent my time gaining experience and being trained to do just that.
I began as a youth minister in North Richland Hills, TX while pursuing a Masters in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University, which I completed in 2004. Over the years, I have seen the need to help teenagers that are looking for direction or who need help making better choices. Thank you for your interest in what we are doing and feel free to contact me with any questions you have about how we can help you or someone you know.
You can reach Ricky in a variety of ways:
I am honored to serve as the COO of Teen Life and am excited to meet the needs of our teenagers. In 2001, I graduated from Midwestern State University with a degree in Kinesology and worked with varsity and middle school sports for two years. After this, I was a youth minister in Vernon and Granbury, TX. During this time, I earned my Masters Degree in Family Life Education from Lubbock Christian University in 2010 to better equip our work with teenagers and families.
My career and educational opportunities have exposed me to teenagers from a variety of backgrounds. Simply put, I love teenagers and have a desire to help them make good choices while also giving their families tools to communicate more effectively as choices are made.
Please feel free to contact Chris via the links below:
I am so excited to join the Teen Life staff after completing an internship during Summer 2014. I graduated from Abilene Christian University in May of 2014 with a degree in Communications as well as minors in English and Family Studies.
I have believed in Teen Lifeline since the beginning when I participated in High School pilot groups as our support group idea began to take shape. I have always had a heart for teenagers and the vulnerable life stage they are in and gained experience in college working with teenagers through youth ministry internships and volunteer opportunities. Now, as I work in Communications, I will have direct contact with facilitators, schools, churches, and students. I am excited to join Teen Life as we seek to reach teenagers and help them live life better.
You can contact Karlie in several ways:
I am excited to be working as the Program Manager at Teen Life! I graduated in 2003 with a degree in Social Work from Abilene Christian University. I completed my Masters Degree, also in Social Work, from the University of Tennessee in 2004. I have previously worked as the Program Manager for Communities in Schools of the the Heart of Texas.
I have had the opportunity in both my personal and professional life to encounter many youth from a variety of situations. I believe teens are learning to navigate the world in a unique way. I am excited to have the opportunity to work not only with students and their families, but also with volunteers who are willing to walk alongside them through an exciting and impactful time.
You can reach Beth through the link below or our office phone:
Stevie Stevens | Executive Administrator
New to Teen Life, I am the Executive Administrator. I am excited to take on this role running things behind the scenes, freeing Ricky, Chris, Karlie and Beth to do what they need to do to minister to teens, schools and their families. I have 20 plus years in supporting roles at a variety of companies, and will bring that knowledge to Teen Life.
My passion for several years has been ministering to children in the foster care system through week-long camps and a mentor program. I am blessed to be affiliated with Teen Life, so I can expand my love for children to encompass teens in difficult situations to better equip them to work through issues in a positive way.
You can reach Stevie through the link below or our office phone:
MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS Heather Gradke – Board Chair . . . The Pilates Center – Owner Jeff McCain – Vice Chair . . . Partner, Chalk, Cullum & Associates Bryce Orr – Treasurer . . . MBA Student at SMU Clay McKenzie . . . Aledo ISD Eric Millner . . . Boulder, Wall & Wenzel, P.C. Kylie Pope . . . Epic Pediatric Therapy Dr. Becky Taylor . . . Associate Professor, Texas Christian University Jay Thompson . . . Co-Founder RAM Products (Retired)
MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Heather Gradke – Board Chair . . . The Pilates Center – Owner
Jeff McCain – Vice Chair . . . Partner, Chalk, Cullum & Associates
Bryce Orr – Treasurer . . . MBA Student at SMU
Clay McKenzie . . . Aledo ISD
Eric Millner . . . Boulder, Wall & Wenzel, P.C.
Kylie Pope . . . Epic Pediatric Therapy
Dr. Becky Taylor . . . Associate Professor, Texas Christian University
Jay Thompson . . . Co-Founder RAM Products (Retired)