Elizabeth joined Open Door Survivor Housing in 2018 after practicing in the mental health profession for more than a decade. Elizabeth holds a MA in Counseling from the University of Texas San Antonio and is certified in EMDR. She works with children and adults in individual, family, and sibling therapy. Elizabeth uses several modalities to meet survivors where they are such as sand tray, art, and music therapy.
Jaime Wheeler is currently the Director of Open Door Survivor Housing and has been a part of the Open Door community since 2006, when she first began working alongside trafficking survivors. In 2014, Jaime authored emPOWER, a workbook for those who have experienced exploitation. Jaime holds degrees in Social Work and Exercise Science and has spent time overseas as a missionary. Along with her husband, 3 kids, and several pets, Jaime enjoys living a life of adventure in Lubbock's inner city.
Chad has provided executive leadership at Open Door since 2007. His primary responsibilities include administrative oversight and development. He is passionate and experienced in developing community-based solutions to poverty and homelessness. He holds a BA in Biblical Text from Lubbock Christian University.
Katherine joined the Open Door team in 2017. She is responsible for overseeing Open Door Housing, including outreach, program implementation and adherence, case management, and staff development. Katherine has eight years of experience working with vulnerable people through hospice and palliative care in addition to working with organizations focused on homelessness. She is a licensed master social worker with a Master of Science in Social Work from University of Kansas.
Andre joined the Open Door team in 2017 after serving as a volunteer in the Community Center. He grew up in Lubbock and has experience with many of the issues faced by the community he serves. He is blessed to have experienced God’s transformative power and loves being able to share that with people at Open Door.
Rudy joined the team in August 2018 after completing his Social Work practicum from Texas Tech University. He is responsible for providing case management to participants in Open Door Housing. He graduated with a BA in Social Work from TTU in 2018.
Andrea joined the team in October 2018. She is responsible for overseeing all internal operations of Open Door. She has a wealth of ministry and nonprofit experience having served in variety of contexts both in the U.S. and abroad. Andrea has a M.Div. from Luther Rice Bible University & Seminary, a MPH from Rollins School of Public Health, and a BA in Communications from The University of Michigan.
Brandi joined the team in March 2018. Her primary responsibilities at Open Door include fundraising and event planning. Brandi has more than a decade of experience in broadcast media and loves sharing the story of Open Door with people in the Lubbock community.
Laura joined the Open Door team in June 2017. Originally from Lubbock, Laura has worked at nonprofits in Arizona and Lubbock. She is the hub of communication for Open Door and provides administrative support to the entire team. Laura has a Psychology degree from Texas Tech University.
Chase joined the team in July 2014. As a college student he began attending Open Door in 2012. He oversees the activities of the Community Center, where he offers a wide range of support and assistance to our community. Chase is supported as a missionary by South Plains Church of Christ. He holds a BA in Missions and is completing his master’s degree in Counseling from Lubbock Christian University.
Heavy has been a member of Open Door since 1998. He grew up on the east side of Lubbock and knows the culture and life of our community well. Heavy is a man of peace and is a beloved mentor to many in our community. He has been serving as the Community Center Manager since 2011.
Cory has been a member of the Open Door community since 2017. He joined the Open Door team in January 2018 and is responsible for maintaining all Open Door properties as well as assisting with other physical projects. Cory is a graduate of the Adventures in Missions program.
Maddie began attending Open Door Church in 2017 and later joined the team as a part-time staff member in July 2019. She assists the Permanent Supportive Housing team by connecting our housing residents to necessary resources and providing support. Maddie holds a BA in Youth & Family Ministry and is completing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Lubbock Christian University.
Lauren joined Open Door in December of 2019 as a member of the Development team. She enjoys sharing her passion for people in the Lubbock community through fundraising, communications, and event planning. Lauren holds a Marketing degree with a minor in Psychology from Texas Tech University.