Board of Directors

Janet Bigej-CerquaJanet Profile
Director

Janet, originally from Oregon, moved to Dallas Texas in 1991 where she continued her professional career as a cardiac nurse. While in Dallas she became involved with two different Crisis Pregnancy Ministries; first, in receiving her own healing for a past abortion and then serving within the centers as a client advocate, RN and a facilitator of bible studies for women experiencing the brokenness of past abortions. In 2012 Janet and her husband David relocated to Lindale and she began enjoying retirement after 40+ years in the medical field. Her passion and desire to continue in the ministry of helping other post abortive women led her to CARE where she will continue to be a part of bringing these women hope, healing and freedom.


Daniel DeslatteDaniel Deslatte
Director

Daniel Deslatte is a healthcare executive focusing on strategic planning, business development, and public policy.  Prior to entering healthcare, Daniel spent nearly a decade in senior level positions in government, focusing on health and human services policy and finance.  He is a frequent presenter throughout the United States on health policy and has been invited to testify before the Texas House of Representatives and Senate on innovations in healthcare delivery and finance.
Daniel holds an undergraduate degree in management and finance and a masters degree in healthcare administration.  He is married and has two young daughters.  Daniel is active in the community and the church, having served as a Sunday School teacher, Deacon, and Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Dana FlemingDana Flemming
Director

Dana is a retired educator, with most of her 34 years of service spent in administration. Her roles included Director of the Center for Curriculum Services and Associate Director of Special Services at Region 7 Education Service Center; Special Education Director at Chapel Hill ISD; Special Education Coordinator and Instructional Consultant for Tyler ISD; Educational Diagnostician and teacher at La Porte ISD; and teacher for Pasadena ISD. Dana’s passion is mentoring young women and ministering to men and women experiencing the grief of losing a loved one. She and her husband, Larry, are members of South Spring Baptist Church and have been ministering to young married couples for over 20 years. They have two daughters and sons-in-law and six grandchildren.


Jo Lyonleader of care ministry
President

Jo has been actively involved in abortion recovery ministry for a number of years, leading numerous women through various healing Bible Studies.  Jo has  been a volunteer at the Pregnancy Resource Center in Tyler for 7 years where she counseled with young women about their choice to give birth or adoption over abortion. Having received healing and restoration from her own abortion, Jo’s heart and passion is to see women and men receive healing from their past abortion(s). Jo and her husband Jim are faithful members of First Assembly of God, Mineola. Jo has served as Women’s Director and other various areas of ministry in her church. She has had the privilege to serve as a short-term missionary leading abortion recovery studies and training in several foreign countries. Jo was a hairdresser for 35 years before retiring.

 


Avara MahlerAvara Mahler
Secretary

Avara worked for 18 years in the Tyler retail industry.  Ten of those years she held the position of Manager and Buyer.  She and her husband, Michael, served 13 years as Directors for a Young Married Class at Green Acres Baptist Church. Her passion is facilitating women’s studies with CARE and the church.  She and Michael have 4 sons, 3 daughters-in-love, and 8 grandchildren.

 


Dan OnderkoHead shot
Director

Dan attended Franciscan University, where he met his beautiful wife Rhapsody. While in college, he and his future wife developed a passion for Pro-Life ministry. Within three weeks of graduating, he got married, and moved to East Texas. Since then his family has grown, and he and his wife are the proud parents of three growing boys (John, Max and Dominic). Dan has been active in ministry since college, teaching in Christian schools and leading the youth group at his church. Dan has extensive experience with fundraising and operations. He and his family are members at the Cathedral Catholic Church in Tyler.


 

Earl WaitEarl Waits
Treasurer

Retired CPA & CFO with twenty five years in Manufacturing and Oil & Gas industry. Three years First Lieutenant U.S. Army. Married with two grown children and three grandchildren. Have lived in Tyler three years and on staff and member Pollard United Methodist Church.

 


Mission Statement: Restore lives wounded by abortion and educate the community of it’s consequences.