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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


VP 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


VP of Programs

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


VP of People & 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


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.


Likes: Family, friends and meeting new people

Strengths: Leadership and encouragement


Executive Director of Greater Waco

Amie Reynolds

Amie has spent her career in various ministry, fundraising and leadership roles. She is passionate about serving local kids and families. She is a graduate of Baylor University and is working towards a Masters in Public Service and Administration at Texas A&M University. She and her husband, Jonathan have four children.


Likes: Reading, running, sports and enjoying her kids' activities


Strengths: Leadership, strategic and hospitality


Executive Director of Greater Abilene

Dr. Travis Craver

Launching our Abilene region, Travis brings more than 16 years of ministry experience, from youth to college ministry. He is a graduate of Hardin Simmons University and Baylor University. He and his wife, Caroline have been married more than 14 years and have two children.


Likes: Tennis and being active, traveling, family time, board games, researching church history and psychology


Strengths: Adaptability, critical thinking, strategic and includer

2023 Board Of Directors

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Board Chair, Gaston & Lindley, PLLC, Partner

Justin Lindley

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Board Treasurer, Providence Consulting Group, Principal IT Project Consultant

Chris Craddock

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Board Secretary, Clements Fluids Management LLC, CEO

Megan Tarrant

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Cornerstone Brokerage LLC, Owner/Partner

Andy Guinn

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Merrill Lynch, Managing Director

Ken Lackner

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PARK 4 Investments, President

Roy Martinez

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The Genesis Group, President

Jim Nipp

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Community Volunteer

Vicki Raabe

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Front Porch Coffee Co & Bakery, Owner

Zach Sheets


Community Volunteer

Leslie Rhea

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

Jet Schuler

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Board Programs & Safety Chair, Gold Eye Clinic, Ophthalmologist

Dan Gold, MD

2023 Advisory Council

Dr. Rick Rogers

Greater Tyler

Dr. Stan Ward

Greater Tyler

Kevin Rushing

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

Erin DuBois

Greater Waco

Sterling Hill

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

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