Leslie joined the Board at the nudging of her fellow family board members in 2022. She has over thirty years of experience as a leader in the non-profit sector. Leslie held the position of Director at a sexual assault and children’s advocacy center in Atlanta, founded a non-profit organization that taught emotional intelligence to youth and adults and most recently, Leslie worked as the Chief Communications, Marketing, and Learning officer for Texas CASA. Although her first love is supporting the community, she is also enjoying her part-time position working with her husband, Neel, at the Office of Architecture where she brings her business expertise to support the rapid growth of this family firm.
Louise Curtis, MSN, RN, FNP-C is a dedicated nursing professional with over 50 years of experience spanning direct clinical care, advanced practice, and community healthcare leadership. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a Master of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University.
A founding board member of Amigos de Jesus, Ms. Curtis has longstanding passion for serving vulnerable populations. Her distinguished career is defined by a commitment to expanding access and removing barriers to healthcare. She currently serves on the Boards of Ascension Seton Hays Medical Center Foundation and the Harry L. Willett Foundation, generously volunteering her time and expertise to advance the health of the underserved.
Ms. Curtis resides in Wimberley, Texas with her husband of 58 years. They have three grown children and five beloved grandchildren. When she is not donating her time and talents to the community, she enjoys spending time with family. Ms. Curtis brings invaluable insight and compassion to our board, and we are honored to have her guidance.
Nancy joined the Board in 2021 after initially serving as a food distributor volunteer for two years in the Mercado run by Amigos de Jesus, and then graduating to food manager/stocker and Mercado volunteer coordinator for one year. Nancy was eager to increase her presence and influence within Amigos de Jesus after having first-hand experience with its clientele, and wanting to be sure their needs were seen, understood, and taken care of. Nancy works as a Knowledge Manager for Deloitte, and enjoys competing with her horses and spending time with her family and friends.
Shirley Cole has served as the Amigos de Jesus accountant since 2018 and officially joined as Board Treasurer in 2022. Shirley brings her 20 years of accounting and budgeting experience to her roles as Treasurer and accountant for our organization. She has always enjoyed working for organizations in the nonprofit world that make it their mission to help others in need. Her most recent position was with St. Mary Catholic Church as a Business Manager. While there, she experienced firsthand the assistance provided by Amigos to those in need.
Esperanza Estavillo has been dedicated to serving the Hispanic community since 1996 when she immigrated to the US from Mexico City. She is driven by a firm commitment to help others.
She has had the privilege of serving the Hispanic community in various ways. In addition to serving on the Board of Amigos de Jesus, Esperanza founded a non-profit organization called Amigos de México in Miami, FL that supports the local Hispanic community. Esperanza's principles, professional skills, and diverse network motivate her daily to continue being of service. Her main focus is to help others identify and enhance the quality and purpose of their lives.
Jon grew up in the Lower Rio Grande Valley where he developed a love for the Latin American culture. His parents owned Clayton’s Superette Grocery Store where he learned about the grocery business, and uses those skills today as the manager of the Amigos de Jesus Mercado. A resident of Wimberley since 1973, he has served the community as the Manager of Bluehole Campground, president of The Wimberley Gospel Music Association, board member and music leader for the Wimberley Christian Church, volunteered at the Unity Church of Wimberley in many capacities including hiking trail maintenance and creation, wildlife management, highway cleanup, labyrinth renovation, and most recently, joined the Board of Amigos in Jesus in 2021.
Gina Fulkerson has served as mayor of Wimberley since May 2020. Previously, Gina served as a trustee of the Wimberley ISD board for 12 years, serving as vice president and then president for two of those 12 years. Community service has been a priority for Gina for more than 30 years. She served for 10 years as a director of the Wimberley Education Foundation, and also served on the Good Sam Wimberley advisory board and the Wimberley High School Academic Booster Club, serving as the latter’s president for five years. Presently, she serves on the board of Amigos de Jesus and is an active volunteer at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wimberley.
Gina attended Baylor University and graduated from Baylor Law School in 1983. She attained and maintained an AV rating – the highest rating for skill and integrity offered by the Martindale-Hubbell legal rating system. During her career as a trial lawyer, Gina defended schools, businesses, professionals and families, trying lawsuits and handling cases from the trial level to the Texas Supreme Court. She also volunteered on the State Bar Child Abuse and Adoption Committee, providing free legal services to adoptive parents.
Gina and Tom Fulkerson married their first year in law school and just celebrated their 42nd anniversary. They have three children, Kelly, Kate and Pierce, and a son-in-law, Jake, all graduates of Wimberley High School. Their daughter, Kelly, has worked in early childhood education for many years and moved back to Wimberley in 2015. Most recently Gina and Tom were thrilled to become grandparents to Thomas and Mary Beth. They are excited that parents Kate and Jake moved back to Wimberley to raise Thomas and Mary Beth with the love and support of family and lifelong friends.
Gina enjoys time with family, anything Italian and lots of time outside, preferably in or near the river.
Mason joined the Board in 2020 after serving as a volunteer in the Amigos de Jesus Mercado for two years. After an unprecedented snowstorm hit the community, and the dire need of those served by Amigos became clear when water was scarce and many needed medical attention, Mason and his wife Nancy increased their volunteer efforts to transporting clientele to the hospital and delivering things like furniture and appliances to those who had no way of getting them. Mason joined the Board to have more direct involvement to ensure that the underserved populations in Wimberley and the surrounding area would continue to have a voice. Mason is an industrial designer by trade, and holds a Graphic Arts degree from Texas State University, which he puts to use for Amigos in the form of this website, and other branding needs.