Tara was born and raised in Wichita Falls. She is currently the Employment Opportunity Manager for Visiting Angels which has given her the opportunity to meet people from different walks of life.
Her Grandfather, MSgt. Scott Ramsey worked at the Veterans Commission Office for many years and helping others was so very important to him that when she found out about Base Camp Lindsey, it seemed like the perfect fit for her. Tara says; “I can’t wait to continue my Grandfathers legacy of supporting and helping Veterans.”
Tara is also involved in the fundraising and events committees for NTVRF as marketing and volunteer coordinator.
Chris De La Garza serves as a Board member for North Texas Veteran’s Relief Fund, Inc.
She was born in Henrietta, but was raised as a Navy Brat living on several of the largest Naval bases in the Country. She has a Bachelor of Associated Arts and Sciences degree focusing on Psychology and Social Work and has over 20 years experience in case management programs and working in Non profits.
Chris is committed to Veterans and Base Camp Lindsey for a multitude of reasons. Growing up in a military family, she saw first hand the sacrifices of those who sign up to serve. Her grandfather served in World War II, her stepfather served in and retired from the Navy, and her dad served in the Army with two tours of Viet Nam and she saw him struggle once he returned home. He had frequent periods of homelessness as he struggled with maintaining employment, fitting back into society, and struggling with mental health. He passed away 3 weeks before his appointment with the VA.
Chris fully believes that we owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who have served our country. They were willing to put their lives on the line to protect ours and our families’ lives and our way of life. No Veteran should be living on the street or doing without the vital services necessary to care for themselves.
Marissa McCoy grew up in many different states as both her parents served in the military.
Marissa joined the Air Force at age 17 and later became a commissioned Officer in the Army. She holds two Master’s Degrees and is currently pursuing the Texas A&M NPO Management program.
In 2019, Marissa decided to make North Texas her home. As soon as she learned about Base Camp Lindsey, she could not wait to get involved. Marissa lost her fiancé when he was killed while serving in Fallujah.
Serving the Homeless Veteran community is important for her to live each day honoring the memory of our fallen by helping our Veteran heroes in need.
Donna Jones has lived in Wichita Falls since 1978.
She attended Wichita Falls High School and Midwestern State University. She has worked in the medical field starting in 1987. Her background includes working as a Social Activity Director for Canterbury Villa. From there she was employed in the business office at a medical clinic.
She also managed and marketed for a local Durable medical company. Thereafter, Donna obtained her insurance license and she has worked for large physicians groups in the insurance and billing departments. Donna has also managed a rural clinic and is currently an Account Executive at a local home health company. She enjoys serving her community and looks forward to seeing Base Camp Lindsey become a reality.
Steve is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the North Texas Veterans Relief Fund (Base Camp Lindsey) and he is also a voting member of the Workforce Solutions Board. His life’s passion has been to help others and the opportunity to serve on these boards dovetails perfectly into his endeavor to continue in that vein.
Steve has 16 years’ experience in small town government and all its trappings, serving as councilmember and as Mayor of Lakeside City. Additionally, he is part of the NORTEX Regional Planning Commission’s Economic Development Committee representing Archer County and has done so for the past 10 years.
His 22-year Air Force civil service career included classroom instruction, course materials developer duties, training development section supervision, training squadron course management, and culminated with group-level training squadron course oversight and evaluation. He served 20 years’ in the Air Force in the Aircraft Maintenance field and finished his career in a Headquarters Air Force, Air Staff program management capacity.
Steve believes in the Base Camp Lindsey mission and vision statements and that all Veterans who desire an independent and sustainable lifestyle should have an opportunity to realize them.