- Chairman & President: Dennis Matthews
- Secretary: Betty Massie
- Treasurer: Jody Jones
At-Large Board Members
- Howard Hopwood
- Charles Pierson
- Carolyn Wurzbach
Dennis Matthews, Chairman & President
Dennis is a retired Air Force officer with fourteen years living in Europe, sixteen years in the States in Oklahoma, California, Michigan, Virginia, and Washington DC; and academic/Christian teaching experience worldwide. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas. Dennis enjoys his hobbies of finance, travel, and golf.
Dennis is the current Chairman of the Shepherd’s Hill International Board of Trustees, on which he has served for four years. He also serves on three other boards in the Oklahoma City area and occasionally babysits four lovely grandkids. He is the husband of a sweetheart Christian woman, Celeste, and a bond-servant of Christ. Celeste and Dennis live in Edmond, Oklahoma and worship at the Northwest church of Christ, where Dennis serves as a shepherd at that congregation.
Jody Jones, Treasurer
Dr. Jody Jones is an associate professor of business finance in Oklahoma Christian University’s College of Business Administration and teaches courses in the university’s Graduate School of Business. Jody’s academic emphases include corporate finance, financial markets, and institutions. Beyond the classroom, Jody leads a spring trip to New York City, where OC students interact with Wall Street leaders and learn best practices in investment management.
Jody has a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University, a master of business administration degree from Oklahoma City University, and a doctorate in higher education from Oklahoma State University. Jody also is OC’s Faculty Association President for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Jody enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time and travels often.
Jody and his wife, Lisa, are active leaders at Wilshire Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, where Jody serves on the finance committee. Jody and Lisa have three children: Tristen (and husband Austin), Beaux, and Belle.
Oklahoma City, OK
Howard (Hoppy) Hopwood is a retired Chief Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force. He devoted 23 years to military service, and during his time in Salina, Kansas met, and married his wife, Mary.
Their overseas assignments included Spain, Germany, and Great Britain. Hoppy received many awards during his service, which include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Metal with one oak leaf cluster, National Defense Ribbon, Sharp Shooter Ribbon, National Army and Air Force Good Conduct Medal.
After his retirement from the Air Force, Hoppy worked for 20 years for the Boeing Company in the defense and space industry. After 20 years of service at Boeing, he fully retired. Hoppy and Mary have been married 52 years and have been blessed with two grown children, Rebecca and James, and two grandchildren.
Hoppy and Mary are active members of the Wilshire church of Christ in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where Hoppy has served as a deacon and elder. Hoppy has also served on the board of directors for the nonprofit, Partners for Christian Education, Inc.
Betty J. Massie, Secretary
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
A member of Northwest Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, Betty serves on the missions committee, conducts classes for women and works with a ministry that serves the solo members of the congregation concentrating mainly on widows and widowers.
With her late husband, Neil Massie, she spent three years on the mission field of Darwin, Australia and later co-authored a book about her Australian experiences. After returning to the states from Australia, they served at Ina Road Church of Christ in Tucson, Arizona where Neil was the pulpit minister.
Betty enjoys traveling and has visited many countries including the Philippines and India on a mission effort. She is retired from Rebel Oil Company in Oklahoma City, and enjoys spending time with family as her favorite activities.
T. Charles Pierson
T. Charles Pierson was appointed as the Executive Director of The Sumners Foundation on October 1st, 2018, after the Board of Trustees conducted a national search for its new leader. Prior to his appointment, he was the President of Frog Street Press from March of 2014 through January of 2018. In this role, Charles led the company in the expansion of its base of operations across the United States with the goal of becoming the nation’s premiere provider of quality, educational curriculum and professional development services in the space of Early Childhood Learning. In his four years at Frog Street, the company experienced considerable growth in its sales presence resulting in increased curriculum sales of over 300% and increased profitability by over 600% during this period. This growth resulted in the sale of the company in April of 2017. Charles stayed on through January of 2018 to insure a successful transition to his successor.
Prior to joining Frog Street, Charles served as the President and CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of America from 2012-2014. Charles was appointed as the BBBSA’s leader during a very difficult time in its history and worked to successfully reorganize its workforce and lower its operating costs. These changes were significant and successful and positioned BBBSA for renewed growth in its second century of operations. Prior to assuming this national role, he served as President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, an BBBS agency that Charles directed to become the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate in the country. During Charles’ tenure, the agency increased its services by 180% and decreased its costs/match by 30% over a six-year period. This progress resulted in Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star being named as the 2007 Agency of the Year and Board of the Year in both 2006 and 2008 by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Under his leadership, the agency was consistently listed as one of the Top 10 Quality Programs in the country out of over 350 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies nationwide. In 2010, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star served over 10,000 children annually, the first BBBS agency to ever eclipse this service mark.
Pierson first became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters in 1993 as a volunteer mentor. He has since served as a Big Brother to three Little Brothers and earned the title of 2001 Big Brother of the Year for the State of Texas. He served as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star from 19996 to 2003 and served as board chair for the Arlington/Mansfield Chapter during from 2001 – 2002. Pierson continues to volunteer with the BBBS organization today currently serving as a Trustee for Big Brothers Big Sisters International.
Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pierson had a successful business career in other for-profit channels, including his role as the general manager of Chase Elastomer, a former business of publicly traded PolyOne.
Pierson has been recognized with numerous as academic, professional and community awards including the 1997 Tom Vandergriff Leadership Award for the City of Arlington. He is active as Missions Deacon and Bible School Teacher at the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, and he serves on the Boards of Directors for International Literacy and Development, Mission Alive, New Horizons North Texas, Shepherd’s Hill International and The Oakridge School, a college preparatory school where his children are students. He holds both a Bachelor’s of Science (1989) and a Master’s of Business Administration (1990) from Vanderbilt University where he played football and started for 3 years. Mr. Pierson resides in Arlington, Texas and has been married to his wife Pamela for 35 years; they have two children, Janae (19) and Carl (16). Pam is a registered nurse who owns and operates Buttermilk Sky Pies in Arlington.
Carolyn and her husband, H. F., attend the Burleson Church of Christ in Texas where H. F. is a missions deacon. Carolyn is involved with the teaching and workroom ministry at their church. They have been married for forty-eight years and have two married children and seven grandchildren.
Carolyn is a retired English teacher. She has been honored as the Burleson ISD and Texas Region 11 Secondary Teacher of the Year. Carolyn is currently employed seasonally by an accounting firm as supervisor of the Federal 1040 Tax department. Carolyn also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Noah’s Ark Learning Center, a full-time daycare facility.
Carolyn was one of the original founding board members of Shepherd’s Hill in 2008. She has been a speaker for ladies classes and retreats in the U.S. and the Philippines, including the Philippine National Ladies’ Retreat.