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.

“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.”

Isaiah 61:1-4

Abortion Recovery

Kara LeBlanc, Executive Director

Meet Our Executive Director

Kara recently moved to Tyler from Baton Rouge, LA. She studied Sociology at Louisiana State University and proceeded to work professionally with non-profits. Her background is in program coordinating and professional development. She worked for St. Isidore the Farmer Catholic Church in north Baton Rouge for over five years as a Social Justice Coordinator.

Kara feels called to serve the Lord and her community both personally and professionally. She is excited for the opportunity to join the CARE team and is passionate about moving CARE’s mission forward.

Leadership Board

Meet Our directors
Linda Lesniewski

Linda Lesniewski

President

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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.

Olga Zapolska

Olga Zapolska

Treasurer

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Olga works in the wealth management industry and holds a Master of Business Administration in Quality Management and Master of Science in Engineering degrees. 

She speaks at Christian retreats, women’s conferences, serves advocates for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) by speaking on educational programs and is a member of the Tyler Executive Women’s Network (TEWN). She is a contributing writer to the Spiritual Warrior Woman: Pray a 40-day devotional. 

Olga and her husband Leonard lead the Grief Share support group that helps people move from mourning to joy through focusing on God’s Word and sharing their personal experiences. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing the piano and outdoor activities with her family and friends. Olga and her husband, Leonard, have been married for 25 years and are the proud parents of four children

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Christa Oberthier

Vice President

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Christa is from the Longview area and  graduated from East Texas Baptist University with a B.S. in Secondary Education and taught junior high school for 8 years before moving into school counseling. She earned her M.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University then transitioned into the mental health where she has diverse experience across settings such as a behavioral hospital, a non-profit adoptive care agency, and non-profit FQHC are just a few examples.

Christa’s faith in Christ keeps her centered and focused on a purposeful life. She aspires to live life governed by godly principles which inspires her to seek a life of service for broken and vulnerable people. This includes the most vulnerable, the unborn. Christa has a private counseling practice in Longview where she primarily focuses on working with adults, couples and adolescents. She views her practice as a mission field where her gifts and talents are applied to reveal God’s love, compassion, and hope.  Organizations that she is a member of are the American Association of Christian Counselors and Texas Counselor Association.

Life can be challenging to navigate, and Christa hopes to inspire and encourage people. She has a passion for helping people to discover their potential and activate their ability to bring about necessary change to live purposefully. Christa has a heart for people who are hurting and struggling to find acceptance and a sense of belonging. Her goal as a counselor and as a member of the CARE Board is to be a partner who supports opportunities to help broken people realize they have worth and value.

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Loretta Swan

Director

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Jerrica Maxey

Director

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Sharon Wilson

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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Andrea Sabillon

Director

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Paula Habblett

Secretary

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Paula Habblett moved to Texas in 2015…she got here as soon as she could!  Paula came to Tyler from a small town in the hills of northern California where she worked for a pregnancy resource center as their administrative assistant.  She also ran the abortion recovery program there.  She is quoted saying “It was such a blessing to see what just one weekend can do to help women (and men) heal from decades of shame & guilt over a past abortion.” 

Paula is post-abortive and truly understands the need for spiritual & emotional healing.  It is something that permeated her life on most levels without her even realizing it.  Paula’s life has been very different since she started working on that healing back in 2008.

Paula wanted to get involved in abortion recovery when she moved to Tyler.  As she started to look into it, she met BJ, the former ED at CARE and became involved as a volunteer.  Paula has since worked as a facilitator for the weekend AR study, helped in the office, served on the curriculum committee and is now a board member.

Paula lives in Bullard, attends South Spring Baptist Church where she runs their GriefShare program.  Paula is a widow with 3 daughters in the area and 1 granddaughter.  She currently works as a bookkeeper along with her volunteer positions.

 “I am so proud to be involved with CARE.  They have such a quality program & excellent leadership.”