Leadership

Our History

In 2010 CARE first began under the umbrella of Green Acres Baptist Church and in 2011 became a 501(c)(3) Non profit organization. Isaiah 61:1-4 speaks to the heart of who we truly are and what God has called us to do.

Barbara Bobo

Barbara Bobo

Founder / Board Emeritus

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Barbara is one of the founding members of CARE and served on the Board of Directors for several years. Volunteering as a lay counselor for more than 11 years at the Pregnancy Resource Center and leading post abortion training for volunteers led to her passion to help men and women wounded by abortion. She derives her greatest joy and satisfaction from watching the amazing transformation in the hearts of the participants she leads in post abortion Bible studies. Educating the public on the devastating effects of abortion is also a priority for Barbara. Barbara is married to Keith and they are proud of their three adult children and spouses and nine grandchildren. Her life scriptures are Isaiah 61:1-4 and Revelation 12:11.

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Dr. Grace English

Founder / Board Emeritus

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Grace serves part-time as an Internist with Hospice of East Texas and volunteers at Bethesda Health Clinic. She has been involved in abortion recovery since 2007 and is the founder of the CARE ministry. Grace and her husband John, are active at Green Acres Baptist Church and in various community/civic groups. They are the parents of three school-aged children. Dr. Grace English, M.D. knew from her own abortion experience there was a need for a ministry for women and men who have had abortions and are silently suffering because of the shame and guilt they continue to experience because of their decision to abort. Grace and Barbara Bobo began leading abortion recovery Bible studies in 2007.

Isaiah 61:1-4” The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the  brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,  to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance  of our God, to comfort all who mourn,  and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty  instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning,  and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be  called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.  They will rebuild  the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.”

Abortion Recovery

BJ Garrett, Executive Director

Meet Our Executive Director

BJ Garrett is an author, speaker and graduate of the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas. BJ has been involved with Christ-centered Abortion Recovery & Education (CARE) since the spring of 2012 and has served as the Executive Director since June 2016, initially becoming involved with this ministry as a client in need of post abortion healing.

BJ has been actively involved with numerous local non-profit organizations and has served on several administrative teams and boards. She loves to teach Bible studies and welcomes any opportunity to share her personal testimony of redemption from a childhood full of abuse, teen pregnancy, working as an exotic dancer, and overcoming the wounds caused by her two abortions. BJ has been able to share her testimony of restoration and abortion recovery as far as Uganda and Cuba.

To learn more about BJ or her book Unwanted No More please visit bjgarrett.com

Leadership Board

Meet Our Members
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Joe Greco

President

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Joe Greco, originally from Houston, Texas moved to the Tyler, Texas area in May 2015. He served within Cardinal Health in its hospital pharmacy contract management business for 39 years. His most recent roles were VP -Pharmacy Operations and VP Quality and Regulatory Affairs. Joe held the role of Assistant Director of Pharmacy Operations for Baylor St Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas medical Center for approximately 5 years ending May 2015. While with Cardinal Health, Joe was certified as a lean six sigma black belt and invested this skill into improving business processes within various Cardinal business units. His interest is improving business capability and developing people. He and his wife, Kandis, are members of South Spring Baptist Church, where Joe is a deacon, and together they lead a young married couples bible study class. They have two children who are married and reside in Houston. Joe also served as secretary for the Board of Directors for Servant Leader Resources (freedomtrainings.org) for two years from Jan 2018 to December 2019.

Dr. Lourell Sutliff

Dr. Lourell Sutliff

Vice President

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Dr. Sutliff received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His medical degree and residency in obstetrics and gynecology are from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. His Masters in Business Administration is from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Sutliff is a retired colonel in the Air Force Medical Corps. He practiced in San Angelo, Texas for 34 years prior to moving to Tyler. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the American Association of Pro Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. His wife of 49 years, Lynda, is a retired family nurse practitioner. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

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Janet Bigeh-Cerqua

Director

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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.

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Summer Clements

Director

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Summer Clements is the Director of Human Resources for a local healthcare company. She is a 2001 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a BBA in management and has almost 20 years’ experience in HR. She attends Flint Baptist Church, is active in her Sunday School Class, and serves on several committees there. In her free time, Summer enjoys spending time with her husband, Chad, and their two children. She has a heart for women’s ministries and prays that her service on the CARE Board only furthers God’s message of redemptive love and grace.

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Linda Lesniewski

Director

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Linda Lesniewski moved to Tyler with her husband, Gary, and four young children in 1983, so he could help put KVNE, a soon-to-be Christian radio station, on air. During the early years of KVNE, Linda wrote and produced a children’s music program called “Lollipops.” She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BS in Special Education. She taught six years in Tyler ISD before becoming the Women’s Minister at Green Acres Baptist Church where she served twenty-four years. Linda wrote Women at the Cross by Revell and Connecting Women published by Baker House. Her passion for helping women heal from the emotional pain of abortion developed during the years of ministry where she saw the need firsthand. She currently enjoys the adventures of their six granddaughters.

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Matthew Marshall

Director

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Matthew grew up in Dallas, Texas, has two degrees from Southern Methodist University, holds the CCIM designation, and is a member of International Council of Shopping Centers, NAR & TAR. He serves on the board of Greater Tyler Association of Realtors, Tyler Economic Development Corporation, and Tyler Chamber of Commerce, as well as being a member of the executive committee of Catalyst 100. He is a founding partner of Drake Capital, LLC and has been brokering real estate since 2005. Matthew and his family reside in Tyler.

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Suzy Stjernstrom Shepherd

Director

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Suzy Stjernstrom Shepherd is a wife to Carl and mom to nine, ages 10-31. Her desire is that her life helps other women see and experience the love and redemption of Jesus. She has been a business owner, a classroom teacher, a founder of two nonprofits, and now serves as the National Director of Engagement for Stonecroft, a ministry to women. She attended Ole Miss to secure her teaching certification. She also holds a Bachelors in Social Work from the University of North Alabama, with post-graduate work at Southwestern Seminary.

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Sharon Wilson

Director

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Sharon moved to Tyler in January of 1978. She graduated from Tyler Commercial College with a certificate in General Accounting. Sharon has worked for the City of Tyler Water Department, Ambassador University, TISD, and since 2001 has been involved in the Midwifery field as a Birth Assistant and Birth Center Office Manager. She and her husband, Karl, have 3 grown children and during their children’s growing up years, Sharon served in several leadership roles with PTA, Tyler Friends of the Gifted, Band Parent Organization, Boy Scouts, and as Youth Camp Co-Director for their church. Sharon and her husband stay actively involved in their church as well as enjoy being grandparents. Sharon has served as a volunteer for CARE since 2017.

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Earl Wait

Treasurer

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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.

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Dan Onderko

Assistant Treasurer

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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.

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Jane Simmons

Secretary

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Jane has lived in Tyler for 15 years. She was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to South Carolina at the age of 12. After coming to know the Lord at 18, she attended Columbia International University and graduated with a B.S. degree in Biblical Education in the Church with a minor in Bible. Jane attended the University of Texas in Tyler earning a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis on Marriage and Family. She works full time at Green Acres Baptist Church as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the GraceWorks counseling center and also has a small private practice. Jane is certified in EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is used effectively for various Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. She is married to Dr. Steve Simmons who pastors 5th Street Presbyterian Church. They have 6 children and 3 grandchildren.