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Meet Our Leadership

We are godly, dedicated people passionate about sharing the love of Christ with children and families.

Mission and Vision

Mentoring Alliance exists to mobilize godly people into the lives of kids and families, to provide tangible help and eternal hope.

Who We Are

As a team, we strive to embody these core values in everything we do:

Christ Centered

We are laser focused on pointing people to Jesus.


We prioritize diversity while pursuing oneness in Christ.

Biblically Grounded

We are shaped and guided by the Truth.

Grace Based

We treat people with the same grace God gives us.

excellence driven

We do everything ultimately for God – so we strive to make it great.

Leadership Team


President & CEO

Kevin East

Compelled by his love for Christ, and desire to impact kids and families from differing backgrounds - especially those from hard places - Kevin stepped into the role of President & CEO early in 2013. Kevin is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and Louisiana State University and has an extensive background in ministry, both in church and non-profit settings.


Likes: Working a chainsaw, mowing the lawn, date nights with Stephanie, cheering his kids on at their cross country races and everything about Christmas 


Strengths: Visionary, dynamic communicator, motivator, cancer survivor

Matt Edwards

Executive Director of Greater Tyler

Matt Edwards

Matt served in personal ministry for 20 years in healthcare settings in Chicago before moving to Texas and serving as the COO for a large Christian camp ministry. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler. He and his wife, Karen have been married for more than 30 years and have two daughters, Samantha and Leah. 


Likes: Family, friends and meeting new people


Strengths: Leadership and encouragement


Vice President of Marketing & Development

Mark Lamb

Mark has dedicated his career to relational ministry, previously working for organizations serving foster children and refugees. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Erin, have two daughters, one of whom came to their family through foster care.


Likes: College football, reading, traveling, hiking and making breakfast on Saturday mornings


Strengths: Strategic thinker, builder and justice seeker


Vice President of Program Development

Anne Ferguson

Anne has spent her career in the nonprofit sector, focused on issues that impact children and families. She is a graduate of Baylor University and is a true Waco native. 


Likes: Baylor sports, cooking, reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family


Strengths: Strategic, problem solving, advocate, passionate


Vice President of People and Culture

Chia Pierson

Before going into ministry full-time, Chia served in the Army for 13 years as an engineer and project manager. She is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Chia and her husband, DeMarcus have three sons and pastor a local ministry.


Likes: Murder mysteries, joke battling with her son and doing ministry with her husband


Strengths: Critical thinking, developing processes and stand-up comedy


IT Manager

Rob Williams

Throughout his career, Rob has served in many different capacities including vocational youth ministry, business and technology. He is a graduate of Liberty University. Rob and his wife, Teresa, have been married for more than 20 years and love traveling together. 


Likes: Traveling, music and cooking


Strengths: Organization, process management and problem solving

Ian Wade

Director of Mentoring Alliance Summer Camps

Ian Wade

Ian joined Mentoring Alliance in 2016 and has served in both part-time and full-time roles. Aside from non-profit work, Ian serves as the pastor at Grace Alone Church in Tyler. He and his wife, Fausthyara have four children. 


Likes: Classic Disney movies on VHS, amusement parks, playing drums and learning new things


Strengths: Visionary, communicator and community influencer


Events Director

Jennifer Comeaux

Originally from California, Jen fell in love with Texas and event planning early in her career. Before joining Mentoring Alliance, she owned her own wedding-planning company and worked in corporate events. Jen and her husband, Dan, have three children, a few hobby farm animals and bees. 


Likes: Traveling, hiking, horses and gardening with her family.


Strengths: Goal oriented, creative problem solver, organized, team player, and passionate


Marketing Director

Brittany Sartain

Brittany brings a strategic marketing background across various industries, from agency, retail and healthcare. She is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and Texas Tech University. Brittany and her husband, Logan have two cats, Andy and Jack.


Likes: Photography, animals, sports, traveling and leading worship with her husband


Strengths: Detail oriented, strategic, achiever


Art Director

Steve Gardner

Before joining Mentoring Alliance, Steve worked marketing and multimedia, including graphic design, photography and videography in the corporate sector. He is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Likes: Reading the bible, mentoring, crossfit, photography and hiking


Strengths: Visual storyteller, extrovert and detail oriented

Garret Ward

Program Director, Greater Waco

Garret Ward

Before coming to Mentoring Alliance, Garret worked for a summer camp ministry. He loves seeing people built up in the gospel to then create more disciples. He and his wife, Anna, have a daughter named Rose.


Likes: City league softball, national parks, college football and a good Reese’s


Strengths: Harmony, consistency, context and connectedness

De'Onte Garrett

Director of Mentoring Alliance Mentor Connect

De' Onte Garrett

De’onte has dedicated his life to aid in breaking the cycle of the fatherless home. He is a graduate of Harding University and he and his wife, Gabrielle, have one son named Joshua.


Likes: The state of Arkansas, working out, playing Spades, Dominoes and pool, and spending time with family


Strengths: Versatile, passionate, public speaking, personality and drive

Board Of Directors


Board Chair, Gaston & Lindley, PLLC, Partner

Justin Lindley


Board Treasurer, Providence Consulting Group, Principal IT Project Consultant

Chris Craddock


Board Secretary, Clements Fluids Management LLC, CEO

Megan Tarrant


Cornerstone Brokerage LLC, Owner/Partner

Andy Guinn


Merrill Lynch, Managing Director

Ken Lackner


PARK 4 Investments, President

Roy Martinez


The Genesis Group, President

Jim Nipp


Community Volunteer

Vicki Raabe


Front Porch Coffee Co & Bakery, Owner

Zach Sheets


National Christian Foundation, Texas President

Susan Wommack


Caregivers Home Health Texas, Co-Owner, President/CFO

Jet Schuler


Board Programs & Safety Chair, Gold Eye Clinic, Ophthalmologist

Dan Gold, MD

Community Volunteer

Leslie Rhea

Advisory Board

Dr. Rick Rogers

Greater Tyler

Dr. Stan Ward

Greater Tyler

Tara Hinton

Greater Tyler

Thomas Neuhoff

Greater Tyler

Bill Evans

Greater Tyler

Rowdy Nutt

Greater Tyler

Jeff Millslagle

Greater Tyler

Shannon Glenney

Greater Tyler

Charles Burns

Greater Tyler

Dr. Johnita Ward

Greater Tyler

Dr. Stan Ward

Greater Tyler

Victoria Calderon

Greater Tyler

Dawson Barksdale

Greater Tyler

Jon Jenz

Greater Tyler

Kevin Rushing

Greater Tyler

Susan Wommack

Greater Waco

Leslie Rhea

Greater Waco

David Sykora

Greater Waco

Kemi Ingram

Greater Waco

Ashton Gustafson

Greater Waco

Everett Phipps

Greater Waco

Ben Doskocil

Greater Waco

Sterling Hill

Greater Waco

Erin DuBois

Greater Waco

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