Our Leadership

Board Officers
  • Chairman & President:  Dennis Matthews
  • Secretary:  Betty Massie
  • Treasurer:  Jody Jones
At-Large Board Members
  • Howard Hopwood
  • Charles Pierson
  • Carolyn Wurzbach
Dennis Matthews, Chairman & President

Edmond, Oklahoma

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

Edmond, Oklahoma

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.

Howard Hopwood

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

Arlington, Texas

T. Charles Pierson joined Frog Street in 2014 having been asked by lifetime friend and former business partner Ron Chase, majority owner and CEO of Frog Street, to serve as the company’s President.  In this role, Charles has been charged to help the company expand 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.  Since joining Frog Street almost four years ago, the company has experienced considerable growth expanding its sales presence to a national network resulting in increased curriculum sales.

Prior to joining Frog Street, Charles served as the President and CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.   Charles joined the organization during a very difficult time in its history and worked to successfully reorganize its workforce.  Under Pierson’s leadership, 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. 

Pierson has been recognized with numerous academic, professional and community awards including the 1997 Tom Vandergriff Leadership Award for the City of Arlington.  He is active as a Ministry Leader and Bible School Teacher in his church, the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian.  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.  Charles resides in Arlington, Texas and has been married to his wife Pamela for 32 years; they have two children, Janae and Carl.

Carolyn Wurzbach

Burleson, Texas

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.

We want to be transparent about what the money we receive is doing. You can view our recent tax documents below, or if you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact us for more information.

2016 Federal and State Tax Return

2017 SHI Federal and State Tax Return

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