The Agape Center
       Peer Recovery in Motion

Meet The Staff:

Executive Director: Tony Foster, M.Ed.
Biography:   Tony Foster received his Masterís in Educational Counseling at Sul Ross State University in 2002. Tony has been involved with mental health service provision for 13 years. Tony joined the staff of Amarillo Area Mental Health Consumers in 2006 as a peer group facilitator and van driver. Tony became the Executive Director in 2010, and he currently presides over the budget, encourages and supervises staff, evaluates success of the program through outcome measures, teaches the education groups, and serves as a public representative for the agency. Tony is an accomplished mental health advocate and has written articles on recovery and stigma that have been published in psychology journals such as Europeís Journal of Psychology and Schizophrenia magazine. Tony's personal hobbies include mathematics, coin collecting, writing, and weight training.

Center Director: Gerri Steele
Biography: Gerri Steele secured her GED in Scottsbluff, Nebraska at Western Nebraska Community College in 1985. Gerri has worked all kinds of jobs ranging from clerical positions to working as an optometric assistant in a glaucoma clinic. She joined AAMHC as a volunteer in 2016 and graduated from our vocational training program in 2017. Gerri was promoted to Center Director in September 2017, and currently, she develops the monthly programming activities, facilitates peer support groups, takes progress notes of members, and supervises the work trainees. Gerri believes the definition of peer support is taking the poison that happened in our lives and turning it into medicine for others. Gerri is active in her local church and loves to spend time with her grandchildren. She also enjoys cook-outs, camping, and fishing.

Art Teacher: Marcia Morgan
Biography:  Marcia joined the staff as the Art Teacher in June 2011. She has 25 years of experience in a wide array of mediums, including pencil, pastels, charcoal, acrylics, and oil paints. Marcia was trained under the auspices of Juanita Nichols, who was an accomplished landscape painter in the Panhandle area. Over the years, Marcia has been commissioned to do paintings, and she created the "Noah's ark" mural for the First Presbyterian Church in Borger, Texas. Art students respond to Marciaís teaching style because she builds on their natural abilities so they can create their own personal skill set. As students release their inner creativity, they find healing in their artistic expressions.

Van Driver: David Steele
Biography:  David Steele joined the staff as our van driver and emergency mechanic in October 2017. David has spent most of his life as an industrial mechanic with 35 years of experience working on heavy equipment and machinery. David has been in recovery for two years and believes that peer support groups were a turning point in his life. Currently, David provides members with daily rides to the Agape Center, and he takes members on social outings so they can be part of the community. Because of his dedication to the members, David also facilitates peer support groups focusing on coping skills.

Assistant Director: Billie Jean Jones, A.A., Certified Peer Support Specialist
Biography:  Billie Jean Jones received her GED from Paris Jr. College in Paris, Texas in 1989. She later attended Tulsa Vo-Tech College and secured her EMT certification in 1992. She spent half a decade riding in an ambulance and applying life-saving care to patients living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1997, Billie Jean received an Associate of Arts in Special Education from Tulsa Community College. From 2003 to 2010, Billie Jean worked at Texas Panhandle Centers as a Supported Home Living Technician and Supervisor. She helped mental health/IDD clients with home hygiene, cooking, and developing the necessary skills to live independently in the community. In 2011, she joined the staff of AAMHC as a van driver, and then she quickly rose up the ranks to become Center Director in 2015. Billie Jean got promoted to Assistant Director in 2017 and currently assists the Executive Director with peer group facilitation, financial bookkeeping, programming measurement and analysis, and newsletter development. Billie Jean has worked in the field of mental health for over 14 years, and she has her Peer Support Specialist Certification through Via Hope. Billie Jean's greatest passion is the culinary arts, and she loves to spend time with her pet chihuahua, Hope.