Melynn Henry is a native of Amarillo and a graduate of Texas A&M University. She has a background in early childhood education and elementary reading. Formerly a literacy coach for LISD, Melynn is now a busy stay-at-home mom of two small children, Poppy and Wallace. She began volunteering at High Point in 2014 at summer camp. Her involvement is dedicated to her late “sister-friend” Carey who had Down syndrome.
Melynn is married to Ryan Henry. Their family enjoys supporting the arts and attending Texas Tech sporting events. They are members of Providence Presbyterian Church.
Kerry is the Office Manager for the Kimley-Horn Lubbock office where he offers 32 years of experience in transportation planning and design. After graduating from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Kerry began his career with the Texas Department of Transportation in Dallas. In 1996, Kerry returned to Lubbock as the Area Engineer for the TxDOT Lubbock District. One of his key projects was managing the schematic design for the Marsha Sharp Freeway. In addition to other job duties, Kerry served on the Advisory Board for Keep Lubbock Beautiful, Inc.
Kerry is married to Lynn, a real estate agent with Westmark Realters. Lynn is also a former school teacher with Frenship ISD. Kerry and Lynn have three children, all of whom graduated from Frenship schools. Their daughter, Haley Balko, and their son, Jarrod, each graduated from Texas Tech University. Their middle son, Bradley, is a student in the Reach High Program at High Point Village.
Bob is a CPA and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Accounting at Texas Tech University. He earned his undergraduate degree at Louisiana Tech University and his MBA and Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas before serving 15 years on the University of Alabama accounting faculty and 30 years on the Texas Tech University accounting faculty.
Bob was a member of both the National Council on Governmental Accounting (NCGA) and its successor, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), the bodies that establish generally accepted accounting principles for state and local governments in the United States. He coauthors a leading government accounting textbook and for many years led CPE seminars nationally and served as a consultant and expert witness.
Bob is a founding member of High Point Village (with several other present and past board members) and serves as its Treasurer. He served on Carillon’s board of directors for many years and currently serves also on the board of a small dog rescue, Lubbock Pets Alive!
He and his high school sweetheart wife, Beverly, have five children, two of whom have Down syndrome and are long time Reach High villagers. Bob traveled a great deal until recently, and Beverly has served ably as the primary homemaker and resident parent for over 60 years. They are members of Bacon Heights Baptist Church, where Bob is a deacon.
Debra Salley is a Family & Consumer Science teacher at Levelland High School. She currently teaches Nutrition & Food Science, Preparation for Parenting, Apparel and Child Development. Although she does not have a degree in special education, she enjoys including children with disabilities in her classroom.
She has a Bachelors degree from Texas Tech University with a double major in Home Economics Education and Clothing & Textiles. She also has a Masters degree from Texas Tech in Home Economics Education.
Debra’s daughter, Jennifer, has Down syndrome and is her inspiration for High Point Village. Jennifer is blessed with many friends with special needs in the Lubbock area. High Point Village allows her to keep these friends for a lifetime and allows Jennifer to achieve the independence and have an adult life. Debra also has an older daughter and three wonderful granddaughters.
Jim and his wife Charlotte have a blended family of six grown children, twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A son Christopher, who had Down Syndrome, passed away in 2007.
Jim is a graduate and Distinguished Alumnus of Texas Tech University. He retired in 2001 after serving thirty years as Director of City Planning and Assistant City Manager for the City of Lubbock. He is a past Board member of the Lubbock State School Volunteer Services Council and the Lubbock Regional MHMR.
Jim and Charlotte volunteer regularly at High Point Village.
Brad has served as the attorney for High Point Village and as a Board member since February 2008. Brad has been practicing law for 33 years. He is a graduate of South Plains College, Texas Tech University and Oklahoma City University School of Law.
Bradley and Karon have been married for 43 years and are the parents of three daughters. Karon is a retired Special Education and Elementary Teacher.
Jennifer Rojas-McWhinney was born and raised in Lubbock and earned her degrees from Texas Tech University. She is a Senior Director within the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. With a passion for education, she works with schools, families, physicians, churches, and community members to improve mental health outcomes. Jennifer believes education should extend outside of the classroom and works with parents and educators within the community to address strengths as well as challenges within families. As a Certified Family Life Educator, Jennifer aims to alleviate family concerns with families while promoting healthy interactions. As a Mental Health First Aid instructor, Jennifer facilitates trainings with school and church leadership, community organizations, and university personnel. Jennifer uses Mental Health First Aid as a tool to help increase understanding, reduce stigma, and recognize potential risk factors and warning signs for mental health problems. She aims to help individuals in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
Jennifer and her husband, Keino, have two children. They are active members at Sunset Church of Christ.
Sam is a lifelong resident of the South Plains. After graduating from Texas Tech in 1980, he was involved in the hardware and software industries. In 1985, Mr. Scheef started a software development firm for crop insurance clients, as well as other nationally recognized companies in various industries. The company grew, merged, and transformed into what is now the fifth largest crop insurance company in the United States, ARMtech Insurance Services. Sam serves as Vice Chairman of ARMtech.
Sam is married to Jana, and together they have a blended family of five adult children, a daughter-in-law and one grandson. Sam’s son, Alex, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 7. After graduating from Frenship High School, Alex began attending the Dream Big program at High Point Village. This program has been a blessing in Alex’s continued development and socialization.
Collin is a native of Fairview, Texas and a graduate of Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Chloe, are deeply passionate about disability advocacy and have served the special needs community in different capacities throughout the state. Their efforts are driven by their sincere hope to have a world in which individuals who have a disability do not have their existence defined by it.
Collin serves as the Head of Investor Relations – DFW for Madera Residential. He is the VP of the Board for Friends of McAlister Park, serves on the steering committee for Leadership Lubbock and was a recipient of the Lubbock “20 under 40” award in 2019.
Collin and his wife became deeply passionate about the people and mission of High Point through volunteering with the Tuesday evening cooking class. They enjoy exploring local restaurants, traveling, good wine, and the outdoors. They reside in Dallas, Texas.
Born and raised in Lubbock, Mitzi is a life-long Red Raider and earned three degrees from Texas Tech University. Mitzi serves as Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Texas Tech University, Associate Academic Dean for Students in the College of Human Sciences, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning. She actively conducts research and training in estate planning for special needs families, is a Certified Financial PlannerTM, and is a member of the Texas Bar.
Mitzi and her husband, Lee, treasure time with their daughter Brylee (age 11) and son Brody (age 9), whether it be traveling as a family or cheering them on in their extracurricular activities.
Joel holds a Bachelors degree in Agriculture from Texas Tech University. He is a former partner in a Hybrid Seed Co., where he was involved in production, operations, management and marketing for domestic and international clients. He was appointed to represent the ASTA on a fact-finding mission to India and Pakistan and was awarded the TSTA distinguished service award in 1998.
Joel and his supportive wife, Sallye, have three children, Dean, Jeff, and Krista. Joel is a deacon at Bacon Heights Baptist Church, he is a former Scout Master and past President of the Rotary Club.