United Way of Palo Pinto County Board of Directors

Christina Phenix began her career with CASA – Hope for Children in November of 2013. She is the current Training Director, and she works at training community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children who are in foster care, in both Parker and Palo Pinto Counties.

Christina earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University in 2013. In 2016, she joined the board of United Way of Palo Pinto County, Inc., and since 2019, has served as Board President.

Beth Williams is the First Vice President of United Way of Palo Pinto County and has proudly been involved with them for over 10 years. She enjoys volunteering in the community and working with children.

Beth loves needlework and spending time with her family, especially her grandsons.

Lynette Babcock serves as the Palo Pinto County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health.  She has been employed with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service since 1995.  Lynette works with both youth and adults in a variety of educational settings including the 4-H program.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science in Agriculture Science from Texas A&M University – Kingsville.  Lynette lives in Mineral Wells and has served on the United Way board for more than fifteen years. 

Leslee Barham serves as a new board member for United Way of Palo Pinto County. She has been a public school educator for Lamar Elementary for 30 years, currently serving as Music Teacher for the campus. She graduated from Tarleton State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, majoring in English/Reading. She also holds an early childhood certification. She and her husband, Allen have lived in Mineral Wells their entire lives owning a business, Barham Lawncare. She has three grown children and 8 grandchildren. She enjoys time with family, cooking, cruising, camping, and watching sporting events.

Dana Chestnut resides in Mineral Wells, TX with her husband and is the owner of Chestnut Insurance Agency. She has three beautiful children and two grandbabies that bring her much joy.  She loves advising and helping clients with their insurance needs. In her free time she loves spending time with her family and sewing.       

Kathy Rogers serves as the 2nd Vice President of United Way of Palo Pinto County. Kathy is a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Lamar Elementary in Mineral Wells. She graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing in 1988 and Education Certificate in 1997. She and her husband, Donnie live in Mineral Wells. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, glamping, and spoiling on her dog Ransom. 

Connie is a 10 year plus, member of the Palo Pinto County United Way Board.  She is a retired business owner and has been an active member of the community for over 45 years.  Connie and her beloved husband Richard, owned Wes Tex Vending Co., as well several other businesses.  Connie was appointed as Palo Pinto County Chair for Keep Texas Beautiful in 1986 and helped establish Keep Mineral Wells Beautiful in 1990.  She was elected to the Mineral Wells City Council in 1995, where she served 6 years, as Mayor Pro Temp.  Connie was named Mineral Wells Index Woman of the Year in 1995.  She is a 30-year member of the Palo Pinto County Child Welfare Board, a United Way Agency, currently serving as Board President.  Connie has been a member of the Mineral Wells Rotary Club since 2004, serving two years as President.  Besides being, what she calls “Chronic Volunteer”, Connie is most proud of being Mom to her two children, Terri Smith and Tim Hopkins and “Nana” to her 9 grandchildren (5 of whom are married) and 6 precious great grands.  She is a longtime active member of Southside Church of Christ.

Barb Tucker serves as the Executive Director of United Way of Palo Pinto County.  Prior to this position, she was the Executive Director for CASA Hope for Children for 8 years.  She has over 25 years of experience in grant writing and management in the nonprofit sector.

Barb and her husband, Rowland live in Mineral Wells and have 4 children and 16 grandchildren that keep them very busy.