Leadership Team

Jon Allman, Interim Chief Executive Officer Mr. Allman graduated with a BSME from the University of Arkansas in 1987, where he completed the Air Force ROTC program. During his 20-year career Allman flew combat missions while leading the only dedicated aeromedical evacuation squadron in Europe as Director of Operations. In October 2000 he piloted the MacKay Trophy award-winning mission to Aden Yemen, rescuing critically wounded survivors from the terrorist attack on the USS Cole. Since retirement Allman founded Skyward Media Group, a digital marketing agency specializing in hyperlocal marketing.

Allman earned an MA from Webster University in St Louis, Missouri. He has served on the board of directors for three years and is an elder at Oak Hills Church. He is also a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars Associations.

Mina Woodard, MA, CFRE – Executive Vice President & COO Mina has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, board development, strategic planning, community collaboration and working with families in crisis. She holds a Master of Arts in Management & Leadership from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Missouri. Mina is an Alumnus of Leadership New Braunfels, past board member of the Mid Texas Symphony, the San Antonio Chapter of AFP, and the City of San Antonio Headstart Policy Council. She currently serves on the board of the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH). In 2016, she was named Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year by the San Antonio Association of Fundraising Professionals. As Executive Vice President and COO, Mina oversees all programmatic departments in their day-to-day operations, advocates for all of the agency’s fundraising efforts, and plays a key role in our growing organization’s strategic planning.

Steve Lefever, CPA – Chief Financial Officer Steve is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has over 35 years of experience in finance and accounting with over 25 years as CFO in both the distribution and service industries. Prior to becoming a CFO his experience included auditing and banking. Steve has served on the Finance Committee of the San Antonio Area Girl Scouts as and has been appointed and served on numerous Boards locally and internationally dealing with both business and social issues. Steve oversees all areas on accounting and finance and recently joined the agency in 2017.

Danny Hernandez, Director, Human Resources & Facilities Danny holds a diverse human resources background that includes experience in a variety of positions in both the military and private sector. Throughout his career, he has managed various HR functions to include staffing, employee relations, benefits, and education, and corporate trainer. He has worked as an Equal Employment Opportunity Trainer for the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and international clients. He possesses a graduate degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University, is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Management through Sullivan University and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).  Other professional certifications include being a Mediator, Facilitator, EEO Specialist, and EEO Program Manager.

Jill Palmer, LCSW, Clinic Director, Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors in San Antonio Jill Palmer, is a Navy Veteran, a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee. Her research focus is on Veterans exploring a relationship between suicide prevention and quality of life measurements. Ms. Palmer has ten years of leadership experience through both the Navy and the private sector. She has led teams of social workers, psychiatrists, and other personnel; provided program oversight for multiple programs; developed policies and procedures to implement evidence-based practices; and has managed program budgets. With over 15 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker, she is experienced in treating trauma in children, families, Veterans, and active duty populations. Jill is passionate about leading successful teams and empowering clients and staff to be the best they can be. 

Iman Williams Christians, Ph.D., Clinic Director, Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors in Killeen Dr. Williams Christians is a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working in the field of substance use and posttraumatic stress disorders (PTSD). She completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship at UT Health San Antonio where she gained experience in PTSD research with Drs. Patricia Resick and Edna Foa. Dr. Williams Christians specializes in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for combat-related PTSD. She has extensive experience working with veterans and active duty service members. Her current professional interests include trauma and PTSD, suicide prevention in veterans and cultural competence.

Jeanette James, LPC, NCC, Clinic Director, Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors in El Paso Jeanette James has seven years of experience working with military and Veteran populations in the mental health field with a focus on trauma. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas with a master’s level education in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She is a certified member of the National Board of Certified Counselors and an active professional member of the Texas Counseling Association and recently completed consultation that prepared her to be a stamped approved supervisor by the Beck Institute to supervise others in providing (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Nine years of diverse management experience in both social service non-profit and for profit agencies has allowed her both to supervise others and to provide direct care services herself. Ms. James’ direct yet warm approach allows her to meet the individual and unique needs of her clients. 

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