Board of Directors

Three words that describe our Board of Directors: passionate, involved, talented.

We have strong Board representation in all four of our counties of service; from business owners, retired health care professionals, attorneys, law enforcement, as well as concerned citizens and CASA volunteers. Each member may serve two consecutive 3 year terms.

Hill Country CASA Board of Directors

Dr. John Sheehan currently serves as President of the Hill Country CASA Board of Directors. He joined Hill County CASA in 2011 after serving for eleven years as a CASA and State Certified GAL in New Hampshire. He has substantial experience serving on a variety of boards including American Mensa and the Attorney Discipline System at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. An active Guardian Ad Litem, he was elected to the Hill Country CASA Board of Directors in 2015 and chosen to lead it in 2016.

Dr. Sheehan brings to Hill Country CASA a diverse background with advanced degrees in philosophy and behavioral communication. He has more than thirty-five years of experience as a corporate director and management consultant and gained his initial business experience working for large corporations, where he was responsible for a broad array of communication services that addressed ethical, legislative, and regulatory and opinion leader problems. Following his corporate assignments, he spent the better part of the next decade advising a variety of public and private institutions across the country on avoiding or managing ethical dilemmas.

A lifelong learner, Dr. Sheehan returned to school in 2006 and became certified in clinical hypnosis. He manages a private practice in Kerrville with Elizabeth Early Sheehan his wife, practice partner, and fellow CASA.

Mike Hayes, Vice President From the time he began practicing law in El Paso, Mike Hayes has taken an interest in CASA as a highly effective way of serving kids. Mike has served as an advocate in Houston and Kerrville, and his family has fostered a number of children. He has been a HCCASA Board member for eight years, where he tries to share his limited amount of talent and not get in the way of the very gifted and accomplished staff and other board members. HCCASA is one of the best run organizations that he’s ever been a part of, and he’s proud to be involved in its mission of advocating for children.

 

 

 

Cindy Fowler, Secretary, has her MSW from Our Lady of the Lake, SA and has always worked with children and families. Fowler has been involved in the health and well-being of children throughout her career as she worked at Children’s Hospital of San Diego, Navy Family Services in Norfolk, VA, and now as a volunteer with Hill Country CASA in Kerrville, TX. She is married, lives in Boerne, and has raised two children with her husband, one now married and the other is at UT Austin. She is one of the founders of the Geneva School of Boerne and is passionate about children’s literature and gardening.

 

 

 

Greg Seibert, Treasurer, CPA joined Hill Country CASA’s Board of Directors in 2015 and serves in the role of Treasurer. Greg grew up in Georgia and attended the University of Georgia before ultimately completing his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting at UTSA in 1984. Following graduation, Greg worked for various CPA firms before opening his own practice in June 1996, now located at 820 Main Street in Kerrville. Greg’s hobbies include martial arts and the Scottish Highland Games. He is a proud father of nine children ages 9-32 and greatly enjoys spending time with them and his lovely wife, Lana.

 

 

 

 

 Geri Clouse, owner of Family Matters Education, has been providing educational workshops for individuals, organizations, and conferences throughout the San Antonio and Hill Country areas since 1992. Her workshops provide practical, effective tools that enable parents, administrators, and teachers to communicate respectfully and successfully with children.

Geri’s passion for children began while working as a pediatric dental hygienist, after graduating from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1982. She witnessed the powerful effect that respectful communication could have on children, indeed, that their cooperation and trust could be gained through a combination of empathy, respect, and acceptance.

Geri is a Professional Master Registered Trainer in the Early Care and Education Career Development System, a certified Family Wellness Instructor, and Nurturing Parenting Facilitator.

Geri and her husband, Steven, live in Boerne and have been married since 1984. They have two adult children, Madeline and Zachary, and a Jack Russell Terrier named Brian. She enjoys scuba diving, gardening, and creating pottery. She has served on the Hill Country CASA Board since 2016.

 

Meg Grier is a Financial Representative with Opes One Advisors. Grier has experience as a small business founder and owner responsible for all aspects including finance, marketing, product development and general management. She is the author of Grassroots Women and also served as a Commercial Lender with major banks in Texas. She has been an active volunteer her entire adult life and is most grateful to serve the needs of children in the Texas Foster Care System. Grier lives in Boerne, Texas with her husband Jim. Her son Jon and grandsons James and Gabriel live in San Antonio, Texas.

 

 

 

 

Bonnie Hale has served in public education for 32 years. She has a vision of helping all students be successful both in school and as

productive citizens. She is an inspirational leader who strives to inspire children to reach for their dreams while also being strategic in helping them plan for their future.

Currently, as Director of Testing & At-Risk Services, she oversees the entire state mandated test within Bandera ISD and directs the counseling department. She assists and works with children that are at-risk in both academic and social skills. Bonnie also teaches developmental math classes for Northwest Vista as an Adjunct Professor at the Kerrville campus.

Previously, she served at both the high school and middle level as a school as counselor in both large and small school districts. She taught math and computer science before attaining her degree in counseling. Bonnie is often called upon for her knowledge of the school data systems as well as planning the master schedule for the district.

Bonnie holds a Masters of Education in Counseling from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Computer of Information Systems from McMurry University.

In addition to serving on the Hill Country CASA Board of Directors, Ms. Hale also serves on the board of TEXHILLCO School Employees Federal Credit Union.

Bonnie has lived in Bandera since 2007, when she moved from Midlothian, Texas. She has 2 married sons and 5 grandchildren that keep her busy.

 

Lorri Kendrick discovered a life-long love of service in college, when she joined the Noah Project of Abilene, Texas to work with
children growing up in situations of domestic and family violence. During law school, she worked for the Texas Legal Services Center, a non-profit legal office which provides assistance and training to poverty law advocates and their clients in areas of litigation support, education and communication. Upon graduation from the University of Texas School of Law in 1994, she took a position as a staff attorney in the headquarters of Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Georgia.

Mrs. Kendrick returned home to Texas in 1996, where she entered private practice as an attorney for the Blum Firm in Fort Worth. She spent the remainder of her legal career as a Board Certified Estate Planning and Probate lawyer, while continuing to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in her spare time.

Lorri and her husband, Jack relocated to the Hill Country in 2009, where she left the practice of law to focus on the needs of her daughter and resume her volunteer efforts in the community. In addition to serving on the board of Hill Country CASA, Lorri also serves on the boards of the Good Samaritan Center of Fredericksburg and the Fredericksburg Farmers Market. She is a regular volunteer at the Hill Country SPCA in Fredericksburg.

Bedford Mitchell has always been involved in community service, throughout his adult life, first as a businessman, and now semi-retired. From heading committees at his church, serving as a CASA Guardian Ad Litem, serving on boards at the Museum of Western Art, Symphony of the Hills, Kerrville Parks and Recreation, and Hill Country CASA, Bedford has demonstrated his heart for the welfare and quality of life of Kerrville citizens of all ages.

 

Bedford himself is a proud grandfather of an adopted grandson who once was a ward of the foster care system. Bedford and his wife, Jenny, enjoy golfing, traveling, hiking, and following Longhorn and Sooner sports.

 


Julie Montgomery
moved to Fredericksburg from Houston in 2011. She has two grown children, Riley and Meredith and one grandson, Max.

 

Volunteering has been a very important part of her life. In Houston, she volunteered at The Methodist Hospital, LBJ Hospital, and in various capacities in her childrens’ schools. She and her daughter, Meredith, belonged to the National Charity League where she was on the Board of Directors.

She has volunteered for the Fredericksburg Farmers Market, the Fredericksburg Theater Company, The Pioneer Museum, and numerous festivals. She became a volunteer advocate for Child Advocates (CASA) in Houston in 2007. After moving to Fredericksburg, she continued her commitment to abused and neglected children with Hill Country CASA as a volunteer advocate. She has served on the HCCASA Board of Directors since 2012.

 

 

Charles F. Wetherbee was born in Amarillo, Texas, where he was active in scouting, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Texas A&M University, where he was on the rifle team and a Battalion Executive Officer in the Corps of Cadets. He graduated with a degree in History and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps. He attended the University of Texas School of Law, graduating with a Doctor of Jurisprudence, before serving on active duty with the US Army in Detroit, Michigan, and the Republic of Vietnam. He was awarded a Bronze Star and then transferred to the Army Reserve where he served until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Mr. Wetherbee has been in private law practice since 1971, in Austin, Jourdanton, and now Boerne. His civic and religious organizations include member and past president of both the Jourdanton Rotary Club and Boerne Sunrise Rotary Club, board member of the Kendall County Partnership for Parks, Lay Leader in San Antonio District of the United Methodist Church, State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee member, and is active in the VFW. He has also served on the board of the Guadalupe County Battered Women’s Shelter. Mr. Wetherbee previously served as the Board President for Hill Country CASA and presently serves as the President Emeritus.

He served as a member of the Atascosa County Appraisal District Board of Directors and has served on the Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee, the State Board of Dental Examiners, and the State Board of Pharmacy.

Lucy Wilke, , J.D is District Attorney for the 216th Judicial District. She was raised in the Texas Hill Country and attended Bandera and Comfort Public Schools. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Schreiner University in 1993 and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Baylor University School of Law in 1996, with a concentration in Criminal Law.

Upon graduation from law school, Wilke began her career as a felony prosecutor in January 1997 as Assistant District Attorney in the District Attorney’s Office for the 216th Judicial District, which at that time included Kerr, Kendall, Bandera, and Gillespie Counties. For her first ten years there, she was the sole assistant DA for that district. As Assistant District Attorney, she has successfully prosecuted thousands of felony cases. She has been sole counsel in hundreds of felony trials including Organized Crime, Aggravated Robbery, Injury to a Child, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Kidnapping, Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, Indecency with a Child, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and several Capital Murders, to name a few. Wilke has also handled numerous appeals before the Court of Appeals and the Court of Criminal Appeals. She has handled hundreds of hearings on motions to suppress evidence, among many other pre-trial matters. Lucy was twice appointed by Governor Rick Perry to State Boards.

She is married to Constable Kenneth Wilke, an 18 year veteran of the Kerrville Police Department and a former firefighter for the City of Kerrville for 8 years. They have a passion for serving the public in a law enforcement capacity and have a combined 45+ years of public service. Lucy works in conjunction with other agencies, such as CASA and CPS, to assure that children are not forgotten in the process of criminal prosecution, and that the child’s best interest is protected.