Palacios Community Hub – 2017 Board Members
E. Gail Purvis, Executive Director of The Trull Foundation, Chair for the Palacios Community Hub. Gail has been extremely involved with nonprofit work for 18 years. She greatly enjoys her work as CEO of the Foundation as it grants funds throughout the State of Texas as well as nationally and internationally. Gail currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Palacios Community Hub and as past Chairman of the Palacios Community Medical Center, a rural community hospital and clinic. She helped form the Gulf Coast Foundations Collaborative. The Palacios Chamber of Commerce recognized Gail as Woman of the Year in 2011 for her contributions to the community. Gail is very involved in her church and serves as Chairman of the Presbyterian Aid fund with a mission to help with the needs of individuals in the Palacios community.
Jan Hunter, Executive Director, Palacios Housing Authority, Vice Chair for the Palacios Community Hub and as Chair of the Family and Housing Committee for the Palacios Community Hub. In the role of the Executive Director of the Palacios Housing Authority, Jan is immersed in the lives of many individuals in poverty and has an acute knowledge of barriers individuals in poverty experience. Jan assists in outreach and marketing to local families and ensures they have access to the full range of services to lift them out of poverty. Jan is also an officer of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and lives out their motto of ‘Helping People.’
Mary Van Borssum, Vice President of Commercial state Bank of Palacios, Treasurer for the Palacios Community Hub. Mary has 41 years in banking serving as Vice President for Commercial State Bank since 1980 and over 16 years as a branch manager. Mary is a former treasurer for Rotary Club, former President of Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce (5 years) and former Member of American Business Women Association – Victoria. Mary was also one of the Founding Board Members of Calhoun County Economic Development Corp and was honored as Woman of the Year: Calhoun County.
Rev. David King, Pastor, First United Methodist Church. David is current president of the Palacios Ministerial Alliance, serves on the Board of Directors for the Palacios HUB, the Palacios Chamber of Commerce, and Martha’s Table (a local feeding program). He is the pastor of First United Methodist Church of Palacios. He holds a B.S. in Community Health Education from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Rev. Chinatu Gladrich, Educator/Researcher. Chinatu has been an educator for over 14 years. She has experience teaching college level, and K-12 students. As a community educator she has expertise working with limited resource and minority youth and families. She volunteers with Texas Juvenile Justice, providing professional development for other volunteers. She is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She is a certified parent coach. She has a heart for children’s ministry and has taught Sunday school for over 15 years. She is a member of National Council on Family Relations amongst others.
Carolyn Kubecka, Director of Administrative Services for Palacios ISD. Carolyn was born in Palacios and has been involved in the community her whole life. She has been an educator for Palacios ISD for 38 years serving as teacher, assistant principal, principal, and is currently serving as Director of Administrative Services. Her job involves state assessments, human resources, communication, and maintaining policies, procedures, and regulations for Palacios ISD. She was honored as Teacher of the Year in 2003 and Assistant Principal of the Year in 2008. In addition, Carolyn and her family work tirelessly with the community to provide a lunch on Christmas Day to the elderly, shut-ins, or others who just enjoy the fellowship. She is a member of the Deutschburg Community Club, is president of the Boys & Girls Club of Palacios and serves on the corporate board in El Campo. She was honored as Woman of the Year in 2009 for her contribution to the community.