Patricia Garza - Board Member; Volunteer Coordinator
I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I’m a cradle Catholic and attended Catholic schools from elementary through high school. Upon graduating from college, I taught in New Orleans Public School System for three years. I married a military member and spent 2-1/2 years in the Philippines before getting an assignment back to the United States, Wichita Falls, TX. Our next assignment took us to San Angelo, Texas, Goodfellow Air Force Base. I transferred as an instructor for the Department of the Air Force. With expert training programs, I served in several technical training positions. I retired from Civil Service in January of 2014 with over 33 years of faithful service to the government.
I’ve been a member of Sacred Heart Cathedral since 1988; taught CCD classes from the mid-1980s to the present. I’m a member of the Ladies Altar Society and served as secretary for 2 years. Read more...
Vonda Wilde - Founding Board Member - VP/Treasurer; Website Manager
My most important role in life is that of wife, mother, and grandmother. My husband, Will, and I have been married 43 years. We raised three amazing and successful children in the farming community of Wall, TX. Our seven grandchildren delight us in ways we could never have imagined! They are God's greatest gifts to us. Raising our children and now grandchildren, in the Wall and Veribest areas is a blessing also. It's a tremendous gift to live in a place where community is family and neighbors are friends. As a member of St. Ambrose, I have served in many ministries from Eucharist Minister to Confirmation Catechist, CDA Grand Regent, and Festival Chairlady. I am an active participant in the ACTS community and currently serve on the ACTS Chapter for the San Angelo Diocese as Director. I am so grateful for the life experiences and the opportunities to serve others and grow spiritually in these ministries. The Heart of JMJ Catholic Women's Conference has enriched my life in so many ways, the greatest being the amazing new sisters in Christ that I now know and work.
Carmen DeHoyos - Founding Board Member; Event Decorator (not shown)
Pam Kempen - Secretary; Exhibitor/Vendor Coordinator
I was born and raised in San Antonio and lived there or near there until 7 years ago. My husband and I moved here after my retirement from teaching Agricultural Science for 29 years. We are blessed with a blended family of 4 children and 5 grandchildren.
I was confirmed into the Catholic Church at St. Ambrose in Wall, TX 6 years ago, since that time I have been active in the church. I am a Lector, Commentator, and Choir member. I am an active participant in the ACTS community and currently serve on the San Angelo ACTS Core as the facilitator. Jeremiah 29:11 says "I know the plans I have for you." I can't wait. to see how those plans are laid out in the future.
Ruth McPherson - Board Member; Religious Contact for Reconciliation
A parishioner at the Cathedral Church of the Sacred Heart, I relocated to San Angelo, Texas, in 2015 from the Houston area.I am a retiree from Katy Independent School District where I worked as a reading teacher.
As a mother of one son and three daughters, my pride and joy comes from the eight grandchildren they and their spouses have blessed me with. So moved by the first San Angelo Catholic Women's Conference, I am honored to now be a board member.
JoAnn Turner - Founder & President; Event Coordinator
Texas born, Yankee raised, born in Fort Worth and raised in New York and Connecticut! I came to San Angelo in November 1988 and in January 1989. I started to work at the American Cancer Society local office where a job quickly turned into a Ministry. In 2005 Our Lord brought me to the Pecos Benedictine Monastery in Pecos, NM where I studied to become a Spiritual Director and in 2006 received my certification. In 2007 I made my Perpetual Oblation as a Benedictine Oblate, attached to the Pecos Monastery. I have called Holy Angels Catholic Church my home since I moved here. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 2000 and have been a member of the Heart of Mercy Catholic Charismatic Prayer group since. I am active in a number of ministries at my Church, a member of the ACTS community and lived my Cursillo in 2002. I am single and share my home with a beautiful cat named Mia. I retired in 2014 and love it! My time is spent reading, attending daily Mass and spend time with friends. God has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams.
Debbie Halfmann - Board Member; Registration Coordinator
I was born and raised in San Angelo/Wall Texas. I am a cradle Catholic and attended Angelo Catholic School (then called Sacred Heart Catholic School) until my freshmen year when we moved to Wall, TX. I graduated from Wall ISD. I married my best friend and love of my life and we will be celebrating our 37th anniversary in September. God has blessed us with three wonderful and talented children and two of the cutest grandsons ever.
I attend ACTS in 2017 and in 2019 I served on the ACTS team. Participating in and watching the Holy Spirit come alive in the ladies and in myself has renewed and deepen my faith. I am excited to join the JMJ Board and hope to spread God’s love by word and example. Blessings always!
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Perla Garcia - Emcee
I'm a growing disciple of Jesus. And I cling to His Mercy daily. I currently work as director of Youth Ministry for St. Ann's Catholic Church in Midland, TX.
A few of my favorite things: long chats with real people over coffee; being outside; and taking spontaneous trips!
I hope you really encounter God and His Love at this conference! I've been praying for you and I'm so happy you are here!! Enjoy."
Nancy Book - Board Member; Merchandise Coordinator
My goal in life is to make a difference by helping others. I have been blessed to have a wonderful family. My husband and I live on a farm/ranch where we raise crops, sheep and cattle. What a great place to raise children too. Things on a farm can be hectic, but never ever dull. After my children were older, I was the registrar at Wall High School. Teenagers can definitely give you a perspective on life. It was a joy to work there and now see these same students grow into successful adults. Since retirement, I have come full circle and I am helping on the farm again full time and taking care of my dad.
The JMJ Conference has been a great opportunity for me to set aside time to be in the presence of Jesus. We all have busy lives, but it is so good to spend time with the Lord. It helps put things into perspective and place my focus on what is REALLY important. My hope for you this weekend is that you experience God’s love and go home with a special “peace” that only He can offer you!
Lupe Blackwood - Founding Board Member; Spiritual Coordinator
Catholic education has been an important part in my life. As the mother of four wonderful grown children and the grandmother of five lovely grandchildren, I see the need for the continuation in knowledge and growth in our Catholic Faith. I have been a parishioner of the Cathedral Church of the Sacred Heart for the past fifty years. I have served in many ministries at Sacred Heart and am currently singing in the choir.
Outside of the Parish I belong to the Heart of Mercy Catholic Charismatic Prayer Group, I have lived my Cursillo and I am active in our ACTS community. I believe strongly in the power of prayer to bring us closer to the Heart of our Lord and His great mercy. I believe he answers our requests. I praise the Lord for giving me my life for I am a cancer survivor of 15+ years. Currently, I am disabled and not working, but I see it as an opportunity to grow in my Catholic faith. Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother have been with me throughout this journey and I want to share how wonderful and awesome is our God!