Don got his start at UGM-TC as a volunteer in 1993 before becoming the President and CEO in 1995. He is currently in the second strategic plan of the 6-acre campus.
Don has served on numerous boards, such as Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, consulted with many Tarrant County organizations, such as Recovery Resource Council, as well as contributed to the Downtown Rotary since 1995. He also served as an officer and helped to launch the Near Eastside Neighborhood Association.
Don has been married to his wife, Vicki, since 1989, has a blended family of 4 children and one granddaughter. He has dedicated his life to serving our Lord, Jesus Christ for his glory.
Father Andy Powell
Father Andy Powell has been a priest for fifteen years and currently serves as a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth (Anglican). He joined the staff at the Union Gospel Mission in January 2019. Previously, he served as a parish priest in Monroe LA, Midland TX, and Grand Prairie TX. Before becoming a priest, he served for eight years as a staff member in the U. S. House of Representatives.
He is passionate about helping people be transformed by the power and love of Jesus Christ. He has extensive experience running The Alpha Course, and has gone on short-term mission trips to Nigeria, Ireland, North Dakota, Uganda, and Ethiopia.
Father Andy earned his Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin in 2004, plus a Master’s degree in international affairs from the George Washington University in 1988.
Father Andy enjoys reading history, theology, and he likes to follow professional sports and politics. He also likes spending time with friends and family, visiting art museums, and going on walks with his dog, Morrie.
Vocational Training Program Director
Ben joined the Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County in 2013 as a part-time Facility Manager. Through his hard work and dedication, he was promoted to the Case Management Department as a Men’s Case Manager by the end of 2013, having acquired his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Ben’s attentiveness in serving the homeless population advanced him as a team-player and he recognized this was where he belonged.
Strong-minded to further pursue his passion in serving others, learn administrative roles, and community advocacy, Ben enrolled back into the School of Social Work – at the University of Texas at Arlington, as a Community and Administrative Practice (CAP) student, and will be graduating December 2017 with his Master’s Degree in Social Work. Presently, Ben performs as the Men’s Building Program Manager where he oversees the day-to-day operations of the Program, guides the Case Management Team, Skill Building Program, and cohesively collaborates with the Mission Support Services Team to ensure a safe, welcoming, and productive environment for both the participating residents and overnight guest.
Director of Therapeutic Programs
Aretha McJimson began her career at UGM in 2016 as a case manager for the Women’s Overnight Dorm. After serving as the case manager for three months for the women overnight dorm, Aretha was promoted to case manager for the single women residency program. From there Aretha has work with countless residents in the women center to complete the program successfully. Aretha passion for serving those who are experiencing homelessness, led her to become Program Manager in 2017, and then Program Director in 2018 for the Women and Family Center. Aretha created the family emergency overnight shelter, and increased the age limit to 18 years of age for all school age children entering the shelter with their family. Aretha worked to improve the Children Enrichment program, where tutoring and groups are provided to all youth 18 and younger in the program. The parents are enrolled in the Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) classes to help them improve their parenting skills and recognizing along with addressing the trauma surrounding homelessness as a family unit.
In 2021 Aretha was presented with the opportunity of developing and leading a new therapeutic program, making her the Director of Therapeutic Programs as her current role at UGM-TC. Aretha and her team has been successful in creating psycho-educational and life skill groups for the residents and outside guest. Aretha and her team will lead the implementation of the new Club 1401 outreach services. Club 1401 will offer those who are unsheltered, resources, life-skill groups, and the opportunity to receive a membership into Club 1401 resulting in a residential program at UGM-TC.
Aretha received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Tarleton State University in May 2016. Aretha went on to enroll at University of Texas at Arlington, as an advanced standing student and completed her Master Degree in Social Work in August 2017, and is currently a Licensed Master Social Work. Aretha is dedicated to improving the lives of all of the residents and guest at UGM. Aretha states “working with the homeless population has been rewarding and allowed me to see the resiliency in people and the compassion of humanity. In addition, in a world where we can be anything we should always be kind.
Food Services Director
Robert began work at UGM-TC in June 2015 as the Pantry Supervisor before being promoted to Food Services Director in April of 2017. Before coming to UGM-TC he had 6 years of previous experience in similar roles. Robert is responsible for ordering and creating all the meals that are served to our residents and guests from the street. A large part of his job duties include directing residents in the Skills Building Program. This program focuses on improving residents personal and social behaviors to increase their chances of keeping meaningful employment.
Dana joined the UGM-TC team back in July of 2021 as a member of the Development Team and also assisting in the Accounting Department. Prior to coming to UGM-TC, Dana spent 40 years in Early Childhood Education, eventually shifting to specializing in Children’s Ministry. In 2020, Dana felt that God was calling her serve in a role that would help address and meet the needs of his “grown children” who are experiencing homeless or have found themselves unable to secure the basic needs of life. During the last half of 2020, Dana served for 6 months at a women’s shelter in Azle, TX and it was there that she developed a profound awareness to the great need there is for helping those within the homeless communities, those needing life change from homelessness, addictions and loss of hope. Dana is exciting to be in the role of leading the volunteer community as they answer the call to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
If you would like to learn more about volunteering at Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County, please contact Dana by email at DWalser@ugm-tc.org or by phone at (817) 388-8402.
Chief Financial Officer
Alicia is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and serves as the Chief Financial Officer. She has over 28 years in nonprofit management through her roles from auditor to CFO. She started her professional career as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Fort Worth offices. Prior to joining UGM-TC, she was CFO of Lena Pope Home for 9 years and Center for Transforming Lives (formerly YWCA of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) for 4 years. As CFO for both she was instrumental in strategically growing the organizations through their various million dollar initiatives that required strong financial and executive leadership.
Alicia graduated from Fort Worth ISD’s magnet programs and went on to Southern Methodist University where she earned her BBA in Accounting and BA in Spanish degrees. While at Lena Pope, Alicia earned her Master in Business Administration from Texas Christian University’s Executive MBA program. Her volunteer leadership roles have included Leadership Fort Worth, Tarrant County Youth Collaboration, Poly Pyramid Neighborhood Association, Girls Scouts, and most recently the Fort Worth chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs Nonprofit group. Alicia was named Fort Worth Business Press’ 40 under 40 in 2002, then twice named CFO of the Year finalist in 2014 and 2016.
Alicia is a Fort Worth native and lives here with her husband Martin of almost 30 years; they have two children and two grandchildren (Penelope and Gavin). Alicia loves to share her love and knowledge of accounting with her team, while being a servant leader to those she works for.
Director of Warehouse Operations
He enjoys this position because it allows him to mentor the men who participate in the Warehouse Program and donation operations. He is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to coming to UGM-TC he pastored inner-city, at risk youth for over fifteen years. With a deep desire to help the hurting, he continued in ministry as Senior Pastor of City of Hope Fellowship Church in Hurst, Texas for over four years.
HSC Nurse Practitioner
As a nurse/nurse practitioner, she has worked in a variety of health settings prior to coming to UGM-TC. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner. At the Healing Shepherd Clinic one of her primary goals is disease prevention. She strives to empower patients by educating them on their health condition and also works with clinic staff to help decrease unnecessary visits to the ER or hospital. She loves being part of a team that works collaboratively to improve health of residents at UGM-TC.
Board of Directors
- Chairman: Larry Chilton, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- Vice Chairman: Larry Chilton, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- Treasurer: Charlie Allen, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- Secretary: Caroline Stephens Samis, Paradox Church
- President & CEO: Don Shisler, Saint Mark's Episcopal Church
- Chaplain: Fr. Andrew Powell, Saint Timothy's Episcopal Church
- Bill E. Bailey, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- Eddie Broussard, Watermark Community Church
- Nicole Brown, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- Carl R. Brumley, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- Terrence Butler, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- Larry Chilton, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- Ronald Clinkscale, First Presbyterian Church
- Larry D. Eason, First United Methodist Church
- Mary Jane Edwards, Christ Redeemer Anglican Church
- Michael Gonzalez, Holy Family Catholic Church
- Gene Gray, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- Crawford Gupton, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- Barcus Hunter, Christ Church Anglican
- Robert J. Keffler, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- Toni Meadows, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- Terry Montesi, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- Peter Philpott, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
- Emily Radler, The House Church
- Columba J. Reid, St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church
- Julie Siratt, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- JD Stotts, White’s Chapel Methodist Church
- Allison Wagner, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- W. David White, Christ Chapel Bible Church
- J.W. Wilson, St. Stephen Presbyterian Church
- Robbie Zimmerman, Trinity Presbyterian