Board of Directors
Sandra Cherry has experience writing grants and through working with others has applied and received several grants that helped many families and businesses in Texarkana. Under the leadership of Mr. Veo Jones, director of the Housing Authority of Texarkana Texas, she participated in activities to help residents.
Sandra owned and published a newspaper called Insight that she created for over five years. Sandra also worked with team members that published a directory of black businesses called the Black Yellow pages in Texarkana. She supervised the Good Fellows Christmas Basket program that was headed by Coach Nathan Jones and gathered toys and food for people in need with help from Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and the Marine Corps. In addition they received food clothing and toys from local stores and residents of our community.
Sandra is currently a minister at Christ Nations Church in Texarkana, Texas.
Cindy is currently the Retail Store Manager of the Baptist Book Store (BBS) in Texarkana, Texas. She has coordinated, wrote and produced all television and radio commercials for BBS. Cindy oversees and coordinates all layout and design of any print materials for the retail store. She trains, instructs and assists the employees in the retail store in achieving the goals for the company.
Cindy is the first woman to receive the highest educational goal in Texarkana as Distinguished Toastmaster. She has been asked to speak to groups as small as 10 and as large as 500. Cindy has spoken extensively on television and radio, and currently has a thirty-minute weekly radio program on KPYN.
She has received training by Toastmasters International in preparing, coordinating and presiding efficiently over meetings in various settings and in the art of public speaking. Cindy has presided over numerous meetings using parliamentary procedure. Cindy has been successful in organizing public and private functions for enjoyment and business.
Anne Redelfs, MD was born in a small mill town in western Pennsylvania. She received a BA in chemistry from Duke University and an MD from Tulane University. Through two years of residency in pediatrics and three years in psychiatry at Tulane-affiliated hospitals, she became aware of her passion for helping people progress in their human development. After a brief private practice, she retired from psychiatry to prayerfully pursue a better way to assess and treat delayed development and the emotional and mental illness that often results. She has put her findings in her book The Awakening Storm, a story about her evacuation from her New Orleans home to escape Hurricane Katrina.
Anne has contributed to a number of other books, including the international bestseller, Voyage to Your Vision, and two of Kristen Clark’s publications, Becoming Women of Worth: Stories of Hope and Faith and Stories of Trauma and Triumph. She resides in Texarkana, Texas where she practices this ministry of developmental healing.
Lisa Sewell, Chair, Secretary, Treasurer
Lisa is the Founding Executive Director of ALTBC and is the leading voice in the movement to end diaper need in the Ark-La-Tex.
Lisa’s ultimate goal is to be the founder and executive director of a network of safe houses that will be on every continent for women and girls who have been the victims of sex trafficking and prostitution. Lisa’s vision is based on the Word of God and she envisions herself being a part of an international organization, such as the United Nations, advocating for the rights of women and girls and fighting for justice for marginalized and exploited people.
Lisa was born and raised in Texarkana, Texas and graduated from Texas High School. She earned an associate’s degree from Texarkana College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. Lisa is a member of the University Toastmasters Club in Texarkana, Arkansas. Lisa currently is a board member for the Jamisons’ Center of Kindness in Texarkana, Arkansas, and is a member of Christ Nations Church in Texarkana, Texas.
The first time Lisa Sewell became aware of diaper need was from reading a New York Times article in 2010. Once she realized low-income mothers need for diapers for their children she made a commitment to purchase diapers and donate them to organizations. But God wanted Lisa to do more than just give diapers. He wanted Lisa to start an organization that would a resource for marginalized and oppressed people in our community.
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice. […] It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”
~ Nelson Mandela
ALTBC recognizes the intersection of poverty, a lack of jobs that pay a living wage, education, and discrimination create the conditions for diaper need and the sexual exploitation of women and girls to exist.
“[American] policies perpetuate poverty by only fighting it with half measures. We give people just enough to keep them hanging by a thread, but not enough for them to get on their feet.”
~ Joanne Goldblum, CEO of the National Diaper Bank Network
ALTBC is deeply committed to fighting for social justice particularly in the areas of the exploitation of women and girls, economic injustice, mass incarceration, and racial and gender discrimination. As the organization expands programs will be included to address these various issues locally and globally.
ALTBC believes that the Blessing of the Lord is the answer to societal ills and it will be the Lord’s Blessing that will sustain the organization and provide sustainability for all families and individuals.
The foundational scripture for ALTBC is:
God can bless [ArkLaTex Blessing Center] with everything [ArkLaTex Blessing Center] needs, and [ArkLaTex Blessing Center] will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things for others. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:8
The blessing of the Lord brings [true] riches, And He adds no sorrow to it [for it comes as a blessing from God]. ~ Proverbs 10:22 AMP