Meet our Board of Directors

Pastor Sammie Smimmo is the Founder and Executive Director of 5252 Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the homeless and needy. Sammie’s spiritual journey serves as both an inspiration and a reminder that “with God all things are possible".

She was a self-made millionaire for many years who went from living in a $600,000 home to a $150,000 home, to an RV, and finally to a tool shed without running water or a bathroom. And then she found out she had breast cancer. Sammie’s remarkable story is what makes her such an effective minister to the homeless – she truly understands their stories of devastation and loss and is living proof of God’s love and faithfulness. Sammie serves as a full-time minister sharing the love of Christ with the homeless in cities across America.

Marian Burkhart currently serves as the Executive Director of Strategy and Governance for the Office of Technology Services at Lone Star College System in Houston, Texas. She has over 19 years of higher education IT experience and has held diverse leadership roles including Director of Instructional Technology, Director of Business Intelligence, Executive Director of IT Operations and Executive Director of Client Relations. Ms. Burkhart holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance/Economics from Rockhurst University and a J.D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Prior to joining Lone Star, Marian was a criminal defense attorney in the Kansas City area. Ms. Burkhart speaks nationally on a diversity of topics including change management, project management, business intelligence, customer relations management, strategic planning and governance.

Louise L. Looney B.S. M.A., is a Bible teacher, author, mentor and speaker both nationally and abroad. She’s taught elementary through college levels in the prison system and in an underground Christian School in a Communist country.

She directed a Christian Retreat Center, Hidden Manna, for fifteen years as well as serving as the director of Spiritual Affairs at a psychiatric hospital.

Louise won the 2011 coveted Selah award for her book, Hidden Treasures for Golden Years. The contest was Industry-Wide; open to all publishers, editors, agents and authors in the Christian market. It was chosen as the best book in the category of Christian Living.

Larry Forsythe currently serves as the Manager of Strategy, Architecture and Project Management for the Information Technology Division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in The Woodlands, Texas.

He has over 33 years of IT experience and has held various leadership positions including the Manager of Enterprise Applications. Mr. Forsythe holds a B.S. degree with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science from Pittsburg State University. He is currently in pursuit of an MBA degree from the University of Houston.

Mr. Forsythe oversees the Project Management Office and has experience in various subject areas related to strategic planning, enterprise architecture, cloud computing, SAP and governance.

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