David’s leadership at the H. E. Butt Foundation spans three decades—he has led the organization through its transformation from a primarily camping-focused culture into a culture-shaping organization known internationally for its commitment to hospitality and excellence.
For more than two decades, David led the H. E. Butt Foundation camp and Laity Lodge programs. During that period, he also launched two new programs: Laity Lodge Family Camp and H. E. Butt Foundation Outdoor School. In 2015, he was named President and CEO in 2015 and has led several new community engagement initiatives in San Antonio and South Texas since.
David is skilled at relational team building and leadership development. Under his leadership, the foundation has grown to one of the largest foundations in Texas and one of the largest operating foundations in the United States.
David earned a BA from the University of Mississippi and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in San Antonio with his wife, Deborah Butt Rogers.
With an extensive career in financial analysis, forecasting, and operational management, Janice has played a significant role in shepherding the financial and operational health of the Foundation during a season of tremendous growth. Named as Chief Financial Officer in 2018, Janice’s highly relational leadership style finds her travelling daily among our San Antonio, Kerrville, and Frio River Canyon locations.
Prior to a call to enter into the nonprofit world, Janice served as the Global Corporate Controller for Rackspace, the world’s largest managed cloud provider. Before that she worked in the oil and gas industry, both as the Vice President of Finance for NuStar Energy and as the Director of Accounting and External Reporting for Valero Energy, the world’s largest independent petroleum refiner.
A graduate of Texas State University, Janice serves on the board of Goodwill Industries of San Antonio. She and her husband James live in San Antonio with their family.
Perri joined the H. E. Butt Foundation in 2004 as Director of Development to increase public support of capital projects and program scholarships. Since then, she has also been instrumental in revamping our guest care services, spearheading a major rebranding effort, and most recently, integrating several initiatives and strategies into the Foundation’s new Community Engagement program.
In that role, Perri runs a multi-year capacity-building incubator for leaders of like-minded youth and family serving nonprofits in San Antonio. Her program also conducts research and pilots initiatives supporting mental health and invests in media and storytelling that lets us better understand the lives of our neighbors.
Before working for the Foundation, Perri served as Vice President of Development for San Antonio’s SAMMinistries. She also served as Associate Director of Development for the Medical College of Wisconsin. Perri graduated from Texas Tech University Human Development and Family Studies, and received her performance measurement certificate from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Executive Education in 2016. Perri lives in Boerne with her family.
Steven has been the face of Laity Lodge for a generation of retreat-goers, leading programming, recruiting, and facilitation of the Foundation’s venerable retreat center. A writer, painter, book-lover, and champion of the arts, Steven has connected the Lodge’s guests to countless speakers, artists, and musicians from around the world, growing the Lodge’s reputation as a culture-shaping institution marked by hospitality and friendship.
Before coming to Laity Lodge in 2006, Steven served as one of the managing directors of Schloss Mittersill, an internationally renowned Christian retreat and conference center in Austria, where he founded an arts conference in 1998. Steven also serves on the Board of Directors for Image Journal.
Steven earned his Masters of Christian Studies from Regent College where he studied Spiritual Theology with an emphasis on its integration with the arts. He is the author of Even Among These Rocks, a title that synthesizes narrative, poetic, and visual artistic impressions. A native of Texas, Steven lives with his family in Boerne, Texas.
As Executive Director of Storytelling and Communications, Patton is charged with leading the Foundation’s strategic messaging and cultivating the Foundation’s narrative voice and brand expression across its six programs and myriad channels. He leads our engagement to drive narrative change around the plight of vulnerable families and children, using storytelling to help us better understand the lives of our neighbors.
Patton brings 20 years of experience in media, publishing, and communications to the Foundation. He has served as editor of multiple national publications and has been widely published in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Newsweek, TheAtlantic.com, CNN.com, and Christianity Today among others. Previously an instructor at the United States Air Force Academy, Patton has taught courses in composition, literature, and film studies. He holds a doctorate in religion and literature from Boston University. His most recent book is The Prayer Wheel: A Daily Guide to Renewing Your Faith with a Rediscovered Spiritual Practice (Convergent). Patton lives in San Antonio with his family.
The H. E. Butt Foundation is an operating foundation that runs charitable programs focused on spiritual formation and health in families and children.
Alex joined the H. E. Butt Foundation in 2020 as Senior Director of Outdoor School. After spending 8+ years serving students in Title I schools, he has a passion for expanding access to the outdoors for youth in our region.
Alex’s love for the outdoors was ignited as a summer camp counselor in New Hampshire where he spent each of his collegiate summers developing life-long bonds with campers and counselors. His experience as a camp counselor allowed him to witness the transformative power nature has on youth development. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University, Alex served as a Teach For America corps member in the Rio Grande Valley and later became a leadership development coach with Teach for America San Antonio. These experiences helped him understand the “adventure gap” in outdoor programming for youth, specifically in urban San Antonio.
Cary is the Senior Director at Laity Lodge Family Camp, serving families in the same Canyon where his own family began.
Beginning in 1985, Cary spent the 13 summers in the Canyon as a camper, then a program crew member, and finally a counselor at Echo Valley where he met his wife, Jenny (Allenbaugh) Hendricks. They even worked some of the early Family Camp camp sessions at Echo Valley in the 1990s.
Due in large part to these experiences, Cary pursued a career in relational ministry, spending eight years on Young Life staff as an associate area director and area director in both Texas and Illinois. During his time in Illinois, Cary also served more than four years at a Presbyterian church as the youth and college ministry director. In 2017, he completed a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently working toward a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller.
Cary and Jenny have been married since July 1999 and have three kids: Seth, Stella, and Sloane. The Hendrickses see Cary’s role at LLFC not just as dad’s job, but as a family mission and ministry for all of them to enjoy.
Chandler is LLYC Senior Director, which means he lives every summer in the Canyon just like he has since 1995, when he launched the first iteration of Laity Lodge Family Camp. Including seasonal positions, his connection to the H. E. Butt Foundation goes back four decades to 1981 when he was an LLYC counselor at Singing Hills.
Today, Chandler leads a large team of LLYC directors, program directors, and seasonal staff scaling a dozen full time employees up to 350+ new seasonal hires each May.
Chandler’s wife, Margo, serves as the LLYC healthcare coordinator and has built the healthcare program from scratch, spending countless hours recruiting and training LLYC doctors and nurses.
Chandler and Margo have three children who have all served at LLYC for many summers in many capacities: Marshall (Texas A&M University, Class of 2015), Maggie (Texas A&M University, Journalism major), and Mollie (Texas A&M University, Business major).
God is good. He has changed many lives through the Pruitts. They look forward with great excitement and anticipation to every crazy summer.
Dacrie began her career in New York City as a senior media relations executive. With more than 20 years of communications expertise, she specializes in dynamic and memorable storylines to help companies increase brand visibility and market share.
She has secured countless business articles for her clients in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and TIME magazine. One of her career highlights was securing a cover story for her client in Forbes Magazine.
Writer, speaker, trainer, and coach, Dacrie has a passion for building authentic relationships and teaching women how to overcome negative self-talk.
She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia. Dacrie is the first person in her family to graduate from college and break the cycle of generational poverty.
She believes adversity builds character and loves to quote her favorite poet Maya Angelou.
“Her mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
Dacrie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, teaching Zumba Fitness classes, and traveling around the world with her family.
Dana Williams is a native Texan and graduated from Nueces Canyon High School in Real County. Prior to her career with the H. E. Butt Foundation, Dana graduated from Southwest Texas Junior College and Shorter University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Human Services. While in Georgia, she worked with Highland Rivers Mental Health Services and served as Executive Assistant and HR Generalist for a small network of churches in the area for over a decade.
Dana joined the foundation in 2010 as Registrar and Assistant to the newly forming Laity Lodge Family Camp. Since then, she has served the foundation in multiple roles, including Camping Programs Administrator, Camping Programs Operations Manager, Operations Business Manager, and now in her current role as Community Engagement Director. Serving primarily in Real County, Dana sets the course for the Real County Community Initiative, strategizing with rural development leaders around the world to determine the best ways to help Real County residents navigate the complexities of rural life. Her certifications in Nonprofit Management, Change Management and Six Sigma aid in her executing the mission and vision to cultivate health and well-being for children and families.
Dana and her husband Billy currently live in Boerne with their family.
María joined the H. E. Butt Foundation after serving for four years as the Senior Director of Diversity and Equity Leadership Development for a national nonprofit developing teachers as policy, elected, and community organizing leaders. Over her 22-year career, she has led a variety of initiatives in California and Texas, including spearheading cross-sector initiatives at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities at Stanford University.
Throughout her career, Maria has worked to address income inequality and educational equity, developing a deep understanding of the nonprofit, education, and government sectors. She has served as a senior leader, advisor, and board member to various social service, faith-based, philanthropic, and government entities. Fully bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English, María also ran her own translation and interpretation business for over 10 years.
Prior to launching her career, María earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Stanford University and a Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. María also earned her Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University in 2019. She lives in San Antonio with her husband, a bilingual-bicultural studies university professor, and her two bilingual children.
As Senior Director of Canyon Operations, Alan is responsible for supporting a talented team of dedicated individuals who work hard behind the scenes caring for our property and facilities so that our programs, staff, and guests can enjoy the best experience possible when visiting the Canyon.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2007, Alan worked for Woodmen of the World Life Insurance providing financial security products to individuals and families in the greater Hill Country area. Earlier in his career, he also held positions as field service engineer, customer relations manager, and a member of the product design team at Friedrich Commercial Refrigeration in San Antonio.
Alan earned his B.S. degree in Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University. He and his wife Amy have lived in the Canyon for 12 years, and especially enjoy special visits from their three children and four grandchildren.
Since 2017, Bonnie has worked to engage donors to support the highest priorities of the H. E. Butt Foundation such as scholarships for programs and the Echo Valley 2020 Campaign.
She also creates a joyful giving experience for our constituents, developing relationships through donor dinners and events, personal visits to donors in their local cities, and phone calls to express gratitude for their support.
Bonnie earned a BBS in Social Work from Hardin Simmons University and an MSW in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University. Throughout her 14- year social work career she held various positions with the State of Texas in children’s services and also management positions with a national private foster care agency.
In 2007 Bonnie pivoted from social work to development, first as a Ministry Ambassador with In Touch Ministries, then as Director of Development for Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries in Boerne, Texas, where she continues to volunteer.
Bonnie and her husband Ken reside in Pipe Creek, Texas.
Christy joined the Communications Department at the H. E. Butt Foundation as the Website Coordinator in 2008. Through that role, she worked with various foundation programs and became invested in their online processes and needs. She eventually helped the organization move to an enterprise management system for foundation data and online operations.
Throughout her time at the foundation, Christy has continued to work with teams across the organization and currently leads both the IT and Kerrville Facilities Departments. In this role, she is able to coordinate streamlined processes for each department and ensure necessary collaboration between the two.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Christy worked as an elementary school teacher and website developer after graduating from Texas A&M in 1993.
Erik joined the H. E. Butt Foundation in 2011 to start the foundation’s outdoor school program. During his tenure as senior director of the H. E. Butt Foundation Outdoor School, the program provided impactful outdoor experiences for approximately 2500 young Texans each year.
In April 2020, Erik officially changed gears by stepping into the role of Senior Director of Risk Management, where he plays a key role in the safe delivery of our amazing Canyon programming.
Prior to joining the foundation, Erik spent 13 years in public education and 2 years as university faculty. He has been honored as Recreation Professional of the Year by the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and his work has received the Outstanding Program Award from the Texas Outdoor Education Association. Erik completed his Master of Science degree from Texas State University.
Erik and his wife, Liz, live in Kerrville with their two boys.
In 1983, Glenn followed a call to camping ministry, moving to the Frio Canyon from Southern California where he had been a general contractor and his wife, Mary, a teacher. Glenn started as assistant to the Camp Director, responsible for maintenance work and hosting Foundation Camp groups. His duties quickly grew to include construction operations in the Canyon.
Glenn enjoys working behind the scenes with the crews that take care of the Canyon. He has led the development and oversight of Canyon operations and the planning and management of multiple construction projects, including the Family Camp facility at Headwaters and the renovation work currently in progress in Echo Valley.
In his current role, he leads the team responsible for ensuring the long-term health of the Canyon, including oversight of property stewardship initiatives and management of facility growth and development. David and Deborah Rogers work with him closely to honor the family’s commitment to excellence in property care and stewardship.
Glenn and Mary continue to live in the Canyon with their four golden retrievers and have two grown children.
Gwenda joined the H. E. Butt Foundation in 2013 as a new human resources department was being formed to update policies, build processes, and ensure compliance during a time of unprecedented growth. In addition to these essential functions, Gwenda and her team now provide foundation staff with development opportunities, unique and exciting benefits, an employee rewards and recognition program, and numerous other ways for employees to be engaged throughout their employment cycle, from recruitment to retirement.
Before working for the foundation, Gwenda’s career included time with Texas Instruments, Dell Computers, and Ethan Allen before transitioning to nonprofit work with churches, church schools, and eventually, the H. E. Butt Foundation.
Gwenda graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a major in Human Resources Development and a minor in Business. Since joining the foundation, she also received her professional HR certification. Gwenda lives in Kerrville with her husband Steve and feels richly blessed to be a part of the foundation family and its ministry.
Marcus directs all expressions of the Foundation brands across web, social, email, print, video, and audio. He also serves as director of the Foundation Archives and managing editor of Echoes magazine, a quarterly publication reaching 24,000 subscribers with encouraging stories about our friends and neighbors across Texas.
Marcus has served the H. E. Butt Foundation since 2005 in a variety of positions, including as editor of The High Calling and Christianity Today’s Faith in the Workplace. His work has appeared in a variety of publications including 32 Poems and Books and Culture (and oddly Zombies! the Magazine). His poetry collection Barbies at Communion was a finalist for Englewood Review’s Book of the Year.
Marcus taught English and Latin for ten years prior to joining the foundation, and he especially enjoyed his time as a publications teacher and as a reader for College Board’s English and Lit AP test. Marcus lives in Kerrville with his family where they are active in their church and their local community theater. He is also president and founder of the Kerrville Robotics Alliance, which has led local teams to the world championship three times.
Paul joined the foundation in 2019 with a diverse professional background including stints in public accounting, industry, and small business. Recently named as Controller, Paul oversees the accounting, payroll, tax compliance, and budgeting functions of the foundation.
Prior to joining the foundation, Paul, a Certified Public Accountant, owned and operated his own practice in Kerrville assisting nonprofits and small businesses across the Texas Hill Country. He has also held various managerial roles in accounting, financial reporting, and planning and analysis capacities in the midstream energy sector. Paul started his career with Deloitte, a global public accounting firm, where he was recognized on multiple occasions for his exceptional client service.
Paul earned his BBA in Accounting and MS in Finance from Texas A&M University.
He currently serves on the boards of several local nonprofits in the area and lives in Harper with his wife Courtney and their four children.
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