Staff and board

Caucasian woman wearing glasses and a sleeveless white shirt, looking to the right and smilingMeg Wallace, MA, LMSW, organizer
Meg completed her Master’s degree in Social Work at Baylor University, with a specialization in public dialogue strategies, in 2018. She started her career in 1988 as a community organizer and adult educator, then worked for two decades as a freelance writer, editor, and book indexer while raising her two daughters in Chicago. Meg’s engagement with intentional Christian communities and personal experiences with disability and family dissolution set the stage for her to launch the Amberley Collaborative, with the goal of strengthening organic support systems for people facing challenging circumstances.

 

Jeff Lewis, board president
Jeff is a Nebraska native and is hard-of-hearing. When he is not working, Jeff is spending time with his partner, Jeffrey, and their wonderful son, as well as their fur babies, Gizmo, Pixel, Millie, and Odie.

 

 

young white man wearing a business suit, in front of a shelf of law booksDrew Bushman, board vice president
Drew is the owner of the Bushman Law Firm. He specializes in estate planning, life and legacy planning, and kids protection planning for families with minor and young adult children. Drew is married and has four daughters. He was orphaned as a child and has a brother who is disabled. His passion for educating and serving his community in the area of estate planning is heavily influenced by his family experience. He wants to help the people of his community make informed and empowered decisions about caring for their loved ones.

 

Rae Jefferson, board secretary
Rae is the communications director at the Family Health Center, where she spends each day promoting the medical, dental, and behavioral health needs of Waco’s most underserved communities. Previously, she served as the director of marketing and communications at Creative Waco, where she helped establish the Waco Downtown Cultural District and promoted various arts initiatives, including the Cameron Park Sculpture Zoo and a pop-up gallery that eventually became Cultivate 7Twelve. A Baylor University alumnus, Rae is also a 2018 graduate of Waco’s Leadership Plenty Institute and a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Waco Foundation’s Communications Co-Op. Her newest personal endeavor, The Hopeist, provides an online platform for sharing stories at the intersection of mental illness and faith.

young Latino man wearing a shirt and suit jacket, with blurred indoor backgroundIsrael Loachamín, board treasurer
Israel is associate pastor of Spanish ministry at First Baptist Church of Waco and the director of La Puerta Waco, a ministry of accompaniment and hospitality that walks alongside members of Waco’s Latino/a community and connects them with the social, legal, mental health, and medical services they need. From Quito, Ecuador, Israel is pursuing his DMin at George W. Truett Theological Seminary.