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.
Deborah has lived in Lubbock her entire adult life after attending Texas Tech University. As a professional fund raiser for 30 years, Deborah says the most important thing she has learned is true fundraising success centers around the happiness and fulfillment a donor receives from knowing they have helped a cause they truly believe in. It is our mission to sustain and build upon the excellent programming provided for our Villagers so you can continue to see the difference it makes in the lives of these amazing individuals. Prior to High Point Village, I have managed the annual giving program at Texas Tech, and managed fundraising and events for the YWCA and the American Red Cross.
My husband, Craig, and I have two adult children, both living in Denver, Colorado. Our empty nest includes two dogs and two cats. I spend my volunteer time singing for First United Methodist Church choir, serving as an advisor for the Delta Gamma Sorority and serving as an active sustaining member of the Jr. League of Lubbock.
I am very honored to join this amazing family at High Point Village.
Jaimie Havens is originally from Lubbock, Texas. She began working at High Point Village in March of 2014 and graduated from Texas Tech University in 2016. Jaimie fell in love with adults with special needs while working as a caretaker under the CLASS program. She is thrilled to be a part of High Point Village and cannot wait to see how God uses the Villagers to advance His kingdom and make Him known.
“I cannot imagine a more purposeful organization,” Jaimie says, “there is nowhere else I would rather be.”
Originally from Lake Jackson, Texas, Diana came to West Texas in 1978 to pursue a degree at Wayland Baptist University. After earning a degree in Business Administration at Wayland, she attended Texas Tech for her MBA.
Diana has worked for several businesses in various accounting departments. She also spent several years as a stay at home mom and music teacher! Diana has spent the past ten years helping small businesses manage finances and maximize profits.
Diana has three grown daughters and one son-in-law. She is also the proud Grandmother to her granddaughter, Rosemary. She enjoys traveling to see her family in Houston, Dallas, Florida, and North Carolina.
“I feel very blessed to be a part of this organization,” Diana says.
Born and raised in Lubbock, Lori obtained a degree from the International Business College in 2001 to become a Computerized Office Specialist. Before coming to High Point Village, Lori worked at Women’s Protective Services for six years as Project Coordinator.
Lori has been married to her husband Ezequiel Sr. for over twenty years and they have three adult children together.
“I strongly believe in the scripture Philippians 4:13. ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,’” said Lori. “The Villagers show me everyday that anything is possible with or without a disability.”
DeNae is a Lubbock native but moved to DFW to attend the University of North Texas. In 2015, she returned home and helped create the non-profit organization Lubbbock-Con. She is very involved in the geek, comic and art communities in West Texas. When she isn’t spending time with her children she enjoys dressing up in cosplay and planning/hosting events all over the city.
“I feel so blessed to join the community at High Point Village and cannot wait to grow and learn with the Villagers.”
Hannah grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but went to school in Lubbock, Texas. She began working at High Point Village in August of 2020 and graduated from Texas Tech University in 2019 with a degree in Public Relations. Hannah loves all things marketing and is thrilled to be able to use her passions to spread the word about such an incredible organization, High Point Village.
“I feel so blessed to be a part of the High Point Village family and that I get to showcase how wonderful the Villagers are. I think I am right where God wants me to be!”
Katie grew up in Lubbock where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University. After working for 5 years as a Certified Child Life Specialist, she joined the High Point Family in August of 2018. She has 3 children and is married to a Lubbock Firefighter. Katie is a full time Reach High Teacher and The Volunteer Coordinator at High Point Village.
“I knew the first time I visited High Point Village that there was no other place like it. The Villagers have hearts like Jesus and have truly changed my life.”
A Lubbock native, Allison started out as an intern for High Point Village in the spring of 2019. On her first day, she was struck by the way the Villagers were encouraged to reach for the stars and knew she wanted to be a part of the organization.
Before coming to High Point, Allison was completing her degree in Human Development and Family Studies.
“The best part of working here is being able to see the Villagers everyday,” said Allison. “They continue to bring joy into my life.”
Avery graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a degree in Fitness, Recreation and Sport Management in 2019. He moved to Lubbock, Texas in the beginning of 2020 and is now currently working on his masters in healthcare administration at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He married his wife in September of 2020. In Averys free time he enjoys exercising, fishing, golfing, campfires, and hanging out with his friends.
“I am excited to work at High Point Village because it is a new opportunity for me to serve others with grace, portraying the image Jesus does each and every day for us.”
Taylor’s background is in book keeping, office management, and human resources. She is also a life-long artist!
Taylor is the person she is today because of her parents Jim and Glenda Bertram as well as her late brother Chris, who was diagnosed with Downs Syndrome. In her spare time, Taylor loves to golf, garden, and paint. She is married to Tim Davis.
“I cannot imagine the world without people with special needs. I believe they are a gift from God!”
Grace is a board certified Music Therapist and joins the High Point Village team as the Music Enrichment Coordinator. She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy. Grace uses skills like instrument play, singing, movement to music, improvisation, and adaptive music lessons. Grace moved to Lubbock this summer in order for her husband to attend Texas Tech University.
“I am so grateful to be able to use my gifts and education on a day to day basis and be apart of this fantastic team!”
Abigail is a UK and US certified Music Therapist. She obtained her Masters in Music Therapy from Roehampton University and graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Music. Trained in the psychodynamic approach and in Neurological Music Therapy, Abigail uses skills like instrumental and vocal improvisation, counseling, songwriting, and adaptive piano lessons, to accomplish with clients their therapeutic goals. She has provided music therapy to children, adults, and elderly with special needs, and is happy to now be serving Villagers in the wholesome environment of High Point Village.
“Staff and Villagers collectively show me parts of our loving Creator.”
Caleb Hayslip was born and raised in Lubbock, TX. Caleb has been a volunteer at High Point Village for over five years and in August of 2020 was hired on as our new Dream Big Coordinator. He and his loving wife Summer are so happy to be a part of the High Point Family and see all the great things God has planned for this organization.
Jordan grew up in Lubbock, Texas and is newly married. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Human development & family studies. She is excited to be a part of the High Point Village family and is thrilled to see how God moves in this wonderful community!
Marybeth grew up in Lubbock, Texas and is newly married. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in May 2020 with a psychology degree. When she moved back to Lubbock she began working at High Point Village in June of 2020. She is so thrilled to be a part of such an amazing and vibrant community.
“Working at High Point Village is a daily adventure. You never know what the day holds but I know that there will always be some humor, joy, and fun in it.”
Courtney graduated from Tech Tech University in May 2020 with a degree in Multidisciplinary studies. She was also involved in greek life as a Pi Beta Phi.
Before coming to High Point Village, Courtney taught at a private school here in Lubbock where she had the privilege of working with elementary students who had learning disabilities. She has always loved the reward of teaching and building relationships with her students. Courtney also recently started her own online boutique called woven worthy.
“Let all that you do be done through love” 1 Corinthians 16:14
Josiah grew up in Saginaw, Texas, just outside of Fort Worth. He began working at High Point Village in May of 2021 and graduated from Lubbock Christian University in 2019 with a degree in Ministry. Josiah loves all things fitness and is excited to be able to use his passion to contribute to such an incredible organization, High Point Village.
“I am so thankful to be involved in the joyful christ-filled community at High Point Village.”