Our Board of Directors

Paul Eckels

Paul Headshot Paul was born & raised in Aurora, Missouri.  A graduate of Missouri State University (B.S. in Accounting) and honored as the Virgil Cheek Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Business in 1984.  Paul worked with KMPG Peat Marwick (Tulsa office) from 1984 to 1991 with emphasis in manufacturing, public utility and oil/gas industries. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer and President of Missouri Precision Castings in Joplin, Missouri from 1991 to 1994.  Paul Joined H.E. Williams, Inc. in Carthage, Missouri as Chief Financial Officer in 1994 and assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2014.

Married for 32 years to Dianne, an RN-BSN graduate from the College of Nursing at the University of Tulsa. Paul and Dianne are blessed by God with three children – one who is a graduate of Ozarks Teen Challenge.  As members of Forest Park Baptist church, Dianne has led 15 medical mission teams to Thailand and Paul has served on the Finance committee & as a Deacon. Both are directors in the AWANA youth ministry for high school students.

“Dianne and I are fervent supporters of Ozarks TC because we have seen the difference it made in our own son’s life.   We know the staff personally and their hearts for reaching young men for Christ.”  Paul also serves on advisory boards for H. E. Williams, Missouri State University School of Accounting, Carthage Chamber of Commerce and the Carthage Fair Acres Family Y Endowment Committee.

Jerry Adams

adamspicJerry Adams has served on the Ozarks Teen Challenge Board of Directors since 2012, and has been a financial supporter of Teen Challenge for more than 18 years. A graduate of Evangel University in Springfield, MO, Jerry has spent his career in the fields of communications and public relations.  He has worked in TV broadcast news, bank public relations, and public information.  He retired in 2012 as public information director for the city of Branson, MO after 17 years in that position.

Jerry believes that Jesus Christ can change lives, and he believes in the message and ministry of Ozarks Teen Challenge. “I have heard the testimonies and seen the transformations that have occurred in the young men going through our Teen Challenge program. It is encouraging to talk with so many parents who witness their wayward sons coming out as new creations in Christ.”

Jerry wants to see Ozarks Teen Challenge expand its campus to accommodate more troubled teens and equip them to re-enter society as productive citizens, strong Christians, and effective witnesses of the saving power of Jesus Christ.  Jerry also serves as an Advisory Board Member for both Cox Health and US Bank.  

Eric Roberts

dsc_0583Eric Roberts is a Managing Member of Colonial Center Ltd., a real estate development company, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Eric graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Anthropology.  He is an active member in his church as well as other civic organizations including Rotary Club International, Rebuilding Together, and the Oklahoma City Maps 3 Citizens Oversight Committee.  Eric and his wife, Leigh, have been married 23 years and have two children, Sam, 20 and Katie, 18.  Eric considers it a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors of Ozarks Teen Challenge.




Ron Vandever

RonPic Ron Vandever grew up in Walla Walla, WA and came to Evangel University in the fall of 1996 and was a collegiate football player.  He received his B.S. in Elementary Education from Evangel University in 2001.  Ron then went on to be involved in ministry for over 19 years in various roles and positions.  He is currently a teaching pastor at Emmaus church in Springfield, MO.  He and his wife Jessica have been married thirteen years and have three wonderful children

Ron became involved with Ozarks Teen Challenge when he was invited to speak twice a month during Chapels for our students.  His dedication to helping disciple our students during those times has been a blessing to our campus.  In 2016, Ron was added as a Board Member of Ozarks Teen Challenge.  Ron has close ties to the TC cause.

“My own family has a long line of addiction, including my twin brother.  I have seen drugs and alcohol take lives and families and destroy them. I often wonder what my family would have been like if they had been introduced to a life-changing ministry like Ozarks TC.”


Heather Zoromski

Heather Zoromski is the Executive Director of the Darr Family Foundation, a local grant making family foundation that supports community initiatives that improve long-term life circumstances for at-risk youth in southwest Missouri and areas of DARRCO company operations nationwide. Previously, she served as Grants Administrator of Skaggs Foundation in Branson where she designed and facilitated the Skaggs Legacy Endowment Grant Making program, secured over $4 million in grant funding for the hospital, and worked closely with local agencies on community needs assessments, as well as coalition and program development. Before that, she was the Executive Director at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of CoxHealth, where she was responsible for raising funds to support special pediatric medical needs.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health, both from Missouri State University, as well as a certification in grant writing from the American Grant Writer’s Association. She serves on the boards of Ozarks Teen Challenge, Kyle Bruton Foundation, and holds a Community Advisory Council position with Missouri Foundation for Health.

Chris Coyan

Chris Coyan is a business owner from Rogersville, Missouri. He has a degree in communication from Southeastern Louisiana State University. He and his wife, Ida, have been married for 37 years and have two married sons and six grandchildren. Chris learned of Ozarks Teen Challenge from fellow church members and became a supporter of the ministry. Chris is active in his church and supports many other missionaries and organizations that are dedicated to growing the kingdom of God. Chris has a heart for people especially teens and college age students. Chris and his family have seen the transformation of life when the Gospel is made real to young people through organizations like Teen Challenge. Chris is thankful to be small part of the amazing life changing family of Ozarks Teen Challenge.


Isaac Sooter

Isaac was born and raised in Sarcoxie, Missouri.  He attended Evangel University, in Springfield Missouri, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education.  Isaac was also a two year letter-man for the Evangel University Football Team.  He then started his teaching career at Glendale High School where he also ran Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was an assistant football coach.  Isaac continued his teaching/coaching career at Camdenton and Republic before moving in to administration as the Mansfield High School Principal.  Currently, Isaac is High School Principal in Reeds Spring, Missouri where he has been since 2001.  He holds a Doctorate in Education Administration from Lindenwood University in St. Charles Missouri.  He is also an adjunct instructor for William Woods University in the Masters of Education program.

Isaac and his wife Bethany have been married for 12 years and have two children, Jackson (5) and Isabelle (7).  Isaac and his family attend James River Church in Ozark, Missouri where they are involved in different ministries.  Isaac also serves on the Southwest Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals Executive Committee and is a part of the Table Rock Lake Rotary.

Isaac is passionate about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and looks for opportunities to share it with others.  “I am excited about the opportunity to advance the Gospel through being a part of Ozarks Teen Challenge.  Ozarks TC transforms youth through the Gospel and truly fills a great need in our communities.”

Our Advisory Board

Not only are we blessed by amazing staff here at Ozarks Teen Challenge, we also have a stellar advisory board available to help with program development.  Several of our advisory members also offer their time to provide additional services or teachings for our students.

Mark McDonald

Mark McDonald is a Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor specializing in substance abuse treatment.  With over 15 years of experience in the field of addiction counseling, Mark brings a large amount of insight and knowledge to our team regarding recovery services.   He currently works for the Northeastern Oklahoma Council on Alcoholism.  Mark also serves as the Southwest Missouri Representative for the Missouri Substance Abuse Professional Credentialing Board.  He holds numerous credentials including: Board Certified Clinical Supervisor, National Trainer of Trainers for ATTC & LSCMI, MO Certified Compulsive Gambling counselor, Certified Tobacco Addiction Counselor & Supervisor & Medication Assisted Recovery Specialist.

Mark has been key in providing training for all of our staff to become Missouri Recovery Support Specialists with a faith-based counseling component.  He has also provided supervision for several staff members in their training to become Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

Cindy Irwin

IMG_7941Cindy G. Irwin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Christian Sex Therapist.  Since 2002 she has been a part of Focus on the Families’ National Institute of Marriage as a Lead Marriage-Intensive Therapist.  She is the owner and director of Life By Design Counseling Center, a local therapy clinic and The Designed to Know Programs for all aspects of Sexual Wholeness.
Her passion is to help individuals gain insight and delight around their sexuality and for couples to experience all that God has designed for marriage.  As an author and speaker, Cindy endeavors to promote wholeness in the heart of each person as an outflow of the fullness of their lives.  She and her husband Steve just celebrated 30 years of marriage.  They enjoy the exploits of their three children, two dogs and many faith-friends.  

Cindy provides annual mini-conferences for our students regarding understanding sexuality from a Biblical perspective.  She is also writing curriculum for Teen Challenge USA on the topic of sexuality to be utilized nationwide.  Learn more about Cindy’s Life by Design Ministry’s Here.

Stanley Barnes

Stan BarnesStan Barnes is a National Board Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor with over 30 years working with children and families. He worked as a counselor for the Division of Youth Services for 18 years and as a clinician for Safe Schools/ Healthy Student Program with the Springfield R-12 school system. Stan is also certified as a Juvenile Sex Offender Counselor by the University of Louisville. Stan specializes working with youth who have been sexually abused or who have sexually harmed others. Stan believes that parents and children possess many strengths which they can bring to the treatment process. Stan also believes that change is possible. The goal in treatment is to work together in order to tap into these strengths finding practical solutions to difficult life issues.

Neth Wiggs

Neth Wiggs is a Licensed Professional Counselor and co-owner of Compass Counseling Services in Springfield, MO. Neth received his Masters of Arts in Counseling from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 2004 and has been in practice for over 12 years. Neth helps people of all ages with a range of concerns including Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Psychosis, and Family issues. Neth also helps Juveniles with Sexually Maladaptive behaviors.

Neth is also a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and was in several different ministry roles, including pastoring, prior to starting Compass Counseling Services. Neth is a great part of our Advisory team, bringing spiritual, as well as, therapeutic counsel to the table.