LifeSavers Foundation Board Members

Jody Mow, Board Chair
Ripple Terrell, Vice Chair
Bonnie Lang, Secretary
Michele Zugaro, Treasurer
Paula Smith, Chaplain
Bill Denton, CEO
Toni Bowen
Joe Beverly Ellerbee
Susie Hawkins
Jeanne Jones
Margaret Neubauer
Tessie Sawyer
Kamilia Smith, MD
Allie Beth Stuckey
Robin Turner
Marietta Vetter

LifeSavers Foundation board members
Jody Mow

Jody Mow

Board Chair

Jody Mow Bio

Jody Mow, M.Ed., is a Certified Health Coach, Speaker, Bible Teacher, National Marketing Director with Juice Plus Company, and the Board Chair of LifeSaver Foundation.

She co-leads a home-based non-denominational Bible Study (Omega Outreach) with Susie Hawkins, for women who want a community of acceptance and hope.

She was one of the original board members of LifeSavers Foundation, founded in 2004. LSF is a faith-based nonprofit devoted to rescuing underserved children and families through three programs:

First, a pro-life Mobile Sonograms.com unit providing free sonograms and access to prenatal care for women with no resources. Second, LifeSavers operates a free children’s mobile medical unit called The Doctor Spot, and finally, LifeSavers Upscale Resale store that provides free diapers, car seats, and other necessities for new moms.

Jody loves cooking, gardening, travel, reading, history, hiking, and her seven grandsons.

Ripple Terrell

Ripple Terrell

Vice Chair

Ripple Terrell Bio

Ripple Terrell has served as a LifeSavers Foundation board member since 2002. She served as board secretary from 2002 to 2020, and then was elected to the position of vice-chair in 2020. Ripple has been a dedicated volunteer at Upscale Resale store since 2003 increasing her service from eight hours per week for the first four years to twelve hours a week, which she currently serves.

Ripple is married to Brooks Terrell and the couple has three children: Luke, Lee, and Alicia Terrell, and two grandchildren, August and Keller Terrell.

Ripple received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Florida and attended Baylor University. Ripple graduated from Richardson High School.

Bonnie Lang

Bonnie Lang

Secretary

Bonnie Lang Bio

Bonnie Lang has served as a board member with LifeSavers Foundation for several years. Bonnie serves as a director (with husband Jim) of Ministry to Ministries (M2M) whose mission is to assist ministries worldwide by providing experience and support to fulfill the greatest need. M2M helps those who help others with a focus on: The Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Bible, leadership, revival, and serving basic needs through networking, fundraising, promoting, and advising. M2M shares the message of the Gospel in unreached countries, serving orphans in Sudan, to helping people in crisis in the local community.

Bonnie is Ministry Representative of “Revive Our Hearts”, an international ministry which elevates God’s Word and calls women to freedom, fullness, and fruitfulness in Christ. Prior to this, Bonnie and Jim served with the Bill Glass Prison Ministry, sharing the Gospel with prisoners all over the world for 10 years.

Bonnie and Jim have four daughters, including multiple Dove Award winner Terry Jones who sang with “Point of Grace”, in addition to 12 grandchildren.

Bonnie earned her bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in California.

Michele Zugaro

Michele Zugaro

Treasurer

Michele Zugaro Bio

Michele Zugaro has served as board member with LifeSavers Foundation (LSF) since June 2020 and has held the position of Treasurer. Michele is a retired educator of 28 years, a math teacher for most of her career, and then an Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics instructor for the last six years. She has also served as the statistics reader for the AP College board.

Michele moved to Texas in 1981 and has three married children and nine ngrandchildren. Michele received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Akron. She earned her teaching certificate from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Paula Smith

Paula Smith

Chaplain

Paula Smith Bio

Paula Smith serves as Chaplain with LifeSavers Foundation (LSF), providing spiritual support and prayer for not only LSF board members, but for the families the foundation supports. A board member since 2002, Paula served as vice president from 2002 to 2020., Paula has volunteered every week at Upscale Resale store since opening its doors in 2003 at the Richardson, TX location.

Paula is married to Jim Ray Smith and has three children: Ray Smith, Brad Smith, and Ripple Terrell. Paula and Jim have six grandchildren, with four graduating from North Dallas High School, Paula’s alma mater. Paul also attended Baylor University.

William "Bill" Denton, RN, MBA

William "Bill" Denton, RN, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Bill Denton Bio

William “Bill” Denton is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LifeSavers Foundation, bringing over 30 years’ experience as a former healthcare executive and trained medical professional. He has worked with board members to develop an exciting five-year strategic plan which is now being implemented.

Bill has spent his entire career in the medical field serving in leadership roles at General Electric Healthcare Partners, Novia Strategies, Huron Consulting, Arthur Andersen and Baylor University Medical Center. He was the project administrator for the Healthcare Leadership Council Foundation’s Romanian Assistance Project and spent the first decade of his career working in various clinical and management roles in hospitals.

Bill has volunteered with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention developing and implementing the Nation’s occupational safety and health research agenda, High School for Health Professions and Boy Scouts of America as an Eagle Scout advisor. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Management from Amberton University, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Texas A&M University, and an associate degree in nursing from Angelina County College.

Toni Bowen

Toni Bowen

Board Member

Toni Bowen Bio

Toni Bowen has served as a LifeSavers Foundation (LSF) board member since 2020 and is active with LSF’s Upscale Resale Store where she recruits teens to volunteer with the store, as well as assisting with the boutique at LSF’s luncheons. She is the co-owner of Follow the Trends, an online apparel company in Dallas, Texas which specializes in providing on-trend clothing and accessories to women and teens across the country.

Toni graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) In Finance and started her career working for Mobil Oil. She left Mobil Oil to gain experience in sales and launched a children’s apparel line in the Southeast United States. Toni returned to Mobil Oil to assist with the ExxonMobil merger. From there, TXU recruited Toni to assist with bringing their trade floor from Houston to Dallas. She worked in many positions such as Settlement and Operational Accountant, Risk Analyst and Power Pricing.

Toni is married to John Bowen and has two daughters. Toni loves being active and volunteering in their schools with organizations such as Praying Parents, enjoys watching them play numerous sports, and spending time as a family in Newport Beach, California every summer. Toni attends Gateway Church.

Joe Beverly Ellerbee

Joe Beverly Ellerbee

Board Membrer

Joe Beverly Ellerbee Bio

Joe Beverly Ellerbee has served as a LifeSavers Foundation (LSF) board member since 2012, with a focus on team member culture and volunteer coordination. Joe is a homemaker and serves on the board member of M2M ministries. Previously, she served as a bible studies instructor and food bank volunteer.

Joe has five daughters, fifteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Susie Hawkins

Susie Hawkins

Board Member

Susie Hawkins Bio

Susie Hawkins is a board member with LifeSavers Foundation (LSF) and is actively involved in ministry as a pastor’s wife, teacher and volunteer. She is co-writer and founder of Passover for Christians ministry, which encourages Christians to observe Passover from a Christian perspective, as a part of their Holy Week traditions.

Additionally, Susie is involved with women’s ministries at both Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, and First Baptist Church of Dallas. In addition to writing and speaking opportunities, some of her favorite activities in ministry are sharing with small and informal groups of women and ministry wives at churches of all sizes around the country.

Susie is actively involved with the Southern Baptist Convention’s causes and committees. She served on the Baptist Faith and Message Study Committee in 2000. She serves as part of the steering committee of the SBC Women’s Leadership Network, which connects women in various capacities of leadership across Southern Baptist entities, institutions, and churches. Susie enjoys leading and advocating for the Widows’ Might prayer ministry and Mission: Dignity.

A native of Austin, Texas, the former Susan Cavness has been married to GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins since 1970. Together, they have two married daughters, Wendy and Holly, and two sons-in-law, Brian and David, and have six grandchildren.

A noted author, Susie holds a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership and a Master of Arts in Theology from Criswell College. Her writing appears on Engage (blog), Bible.org. Additionally, Susie has contributed to various publications, such as Voices Behind the Veil and the Women’s Evangelical Library Commentary. Susie is also the author of From One Ministry Wife to Another.

Jeanne Jones

Jeanne Jones

Board Member

Margaret Neubauer

Margaret Neubauer

Board Member

Margaret Boren Neubauer Bio

Margaret joined LifeSavers Foundation as a board member in 2021. She is an attorney and previously served on the board of the Dallas Historical Society. She has been active in the pro-life movement and is a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Margaret is married to Jonathon and they have 3 children, ages 10, 7 and 4.

Margaret earned her Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Plan II with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Masters of Arts degree in history from Southern Methodist University.

Kamilia Smith, MD

Kamilia Smith, MD

Board Member

Kamilia Smith, MD Bio
Dr. Kamilia Smith is a LifeSavers Foundation board member. Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, she practiced at Baylor University Medical Center for 13 years. Dr. Smith believes in the advocacy for better healthcare for all women. She has served the women of Texas by championing for improvement in policies in Washington DC and Austin.

Dr. Smith is the founder and director of Charleston House which takes a personalized approach to women’s healthcare and wellness, improving the overall experience for women throughout all stages of life.

A certified menopausal practitioner through the North American Menopause Society and a clinical assistant professor, Dr. Smith has completed an Executive Healthcare Leadership Fellowship from Creighton University. She has also pursued additional training in obesity, weight management and aesthetics to address the many needs of today’s women.

Kamilia resides in the Lakewood area with her husband and three children. Motherhood is one of her highest callings and it inspires her daily, both personally and professionally. She considers serving the women of her community a true privilege.

A native Texan, Dr. Smith completed her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M. She graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed her residency at Baylor University Medical Center in 2007.

Allie Beth Stuckey

Allie Beth Stuckey

Board Member

Allie Beth Stuckey Bio

Allie Beth Stuckey is a LifeSavers Foundation (LSF) board member, a wife, mom, born-and-raised Texan, podcast host, author, commentator, and speaker, who is passionate about helping women build their worldview upon the truth of God’s Word. She speaks to various organizations across the country to help young women think critically and biblically about the today’s world.

After graduating from college, Allie Beth relocated to Athens, Georgia, where she accepted a job in public relations and social media strategy. In 2016, she started a Facebook page called The Conservative Millennial. After a few months, Allie Beth’s videos on the page took off—getting hundreds of thousands and then millions of views. In 2017, she accepted a job at TheBlaze as a contributor and began offering commentary on a variety of Fox News shows. By 2018, Allie Beth had moved over to CRTV, where she started her podcast, Relatable. TheBlaze and CRTV have since merged into BlazeTV, which now distributes her show where they analyze culture, news, politics and theology from a Christian, conservative perspective.

Allie Beth earned a degree in communications studies from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She is the author of You’re Not Enough (& That’s Okay): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love.

Robin Turner

Robin Turner

Board Member

Robin A. Turner Bio
Robin Turner joined LifeSavers Foundation as a board member in 2021. She is an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University in the Business School. She has also been a residential Real Estate Agent since 2010.

Robin had served for several years on LifeSavers Foundation’s Board of Reference with her husband, Scott Turner. Their son, Solomon, is a student-athlete at the University of Hawaii. They are members of Prestonwood Baptist Church.

Robin has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Marietta Vetter

Marietta Vetter

Board Member

Marietta Vetter Bio
Marietta Vetter has served as a LifeSavers Foundation (LSF) board member since 2016. Marietta is active in the wholesale and retail apparel industry as a sales representative with Dallas Apparel Company and also as a buyer. Marietta is owner of Follow the Trends online apparel. She also serves as a board member of Forever Kids. Marietta has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Marietta is a graduate of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California.