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.