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.
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Howard Butt, III
President eCommerce and Mexico Operations, H-E-B
President of Central Market, H-E-B
retired Chief Financial Advisor, H. E. Butt Foundation