Cal Farley’s is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation organized under the laws of the State of Texas. Members of the Cal Farley’s board of directors volunteer their time, talents, leadership and prayers on behalf of the children and families whose lives Cal Farley’s transforms every day.
Cal Farley’s Board of Directors
Malcolm Shelton attended Texas Christian University, earning degrees in business management and ranch management. He has spent most of his adult life working on his family ranch, becoming ranch manager in 1980.
He has been a board member at Cal Farley’s since 2012.
Mr. Shelton and his brother are involved in partnerships across an array of industries that includes cattle, oil and gas and aerospace. He’s been an active partner in Texas Beef Producers, a cattle feeding, ranch and farming company, for more than 20 years. He is also a board member of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.
In 1979, Mr. Shelton married the former Claudia Bittman, with whom he has three children and four grandchildren. The couple enjoys spending time with Mr. Shelton’s parents and being involved in their church. In his spare time, Mr. Shelton is an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoys golf and snow skiing.
Executive vice president, FirstBank Southwest
Lance E. Purcell has been a Cal Farley’s Board of Directors member since 2014. Prior to joining the board, Mr. Purcell served as a trustee on the Boys Ranch Independent School District Board.
In his professional career, Mr. Purcell serves in a number of capacities for FirstBank Southwest, including senior trust officer for the Wealth Management and Trust Department and general counsel. He also is president of Covenant Title, a subsidiary of FirstBank Southwest.
Mr. Purcell has a finance degree from Oklahoma State University and Juris Doctor degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the State Bar of New Mexico and is a Certified Financial Planner.
Vice President of Business Development, Brazos Midstream
Tanner Alexander joined Brazos Midstream after a 15-year career with XTO Energy, where he held multiple positions, including manager of infrastructure.
Although dedicated to his work, Mr. Alexander makes a point to be active in his Fort Worth, Texas, community. He is a member and regular attendee of Christ Chapel Bible Church, and is active in the Downtown YMCA, is part of a Step Up for Kids fundraising team and has helped lead a committee responsible for organizing a 144 golf tournament for the past 8 years.
Mr. Alexander attended Oklahoma State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife, Bree, and two sons, Easton and Hunter. He joined Cal Farley’s board of directors in January 2010.
Julie K. Attebury
President, Select Events, Inc.
Julie K. Attebury is an independent business consultant and broker working with business owners to improve, purchase and sell businesses. Ms. Attebury is the founder of Select Events, Inc. and is a Texas Licensed Real Estate Broker. She has consulted with the Small Business Development Center and has been involved in her family’s businesses, including ranching, commercial construction and investments. Ms. Attebury’s community involvement includes serving on the boards of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Foundation, the Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation, Harrington Regional Medical Center and the Bivins Foundation, and she served two terms with the Texas Medical Board. Ms. Attebury holds a Master of Business Administration degree from West Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry from Rice University.
Lilia B. Escajeda
Retired bank officer
For 32 years, Lilia Escajeda was employed as a Community Reinvestment Act Officer, branch manager and lending officer at Amarillo National Bank in Amarillo, Texas. Ms. Escajeda has lived in Amarillo since 1976 and has been heavily involved in her community.
In addition to her service on the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Board of Directors, of which she has been a member since 2004, Ms. Escajeda volunteers her time with numerous area businesses and organizations, including Heal the City Clinic, West Texas A&M University, the Center for the Study of the American West, Northwest Texas Hospital, Texas Hospital Association, Friends of the Amarillo Zoo, Panhandle Plains Museum and the Amarillo Museum of Art Alliance.
Retired juvenile justice professional
Jane Anderson King has served on Cal Farley’s Board of Directors since 2006. As a licensed clinical social worker, Ms. King continues to serve her community through volunteering in pastoral care and counseling at her church.
Throughout her 41-year career in juvenile justice, Ms. King was instrumental in developing innovative and rehabilitative programs for young people in detention and long-term correctional settings. These programs were successfully replicated throughout Texas and several other states.
In addition to her service on Cal Farley’s board, Ms. King has offered her expertise in juvenile justice to a number of professional organizations. She was appointed by former Texas Governor Rick Perry to the inaugural Texas Juvenile Justice Department and by the Supreme Court of Texas to the Commission on Lawyer Discipline.
Dr. Mike King
In a career that spanned more than 30 years, Dr. Mike King spent his life educating children. He served as superintendent of Canyon Independent School District, retiring in 1999, before teaching educational administration classes at West Texas A&M University and serving as president of Ascension Academy, a private nonprofit college-preparatory school.
A certified Professional Superintendent and Professional Mid-Management Administrator, Dr. King received a bachelor’s degree from McMurry College, a master’s degree from West Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. in Education from North Texas State University. In a lifetime spent serving children, Dr. King has help positions on numerous boards and associations promoting the importance of education. In 1993, he was recognized as a regional winner and state finalist in the “Superintendent of the Year” program in Texas.
Dr. King credits the example of generosity provided by his parents for his desire to serve and help others. He recalls participating in school fundraisers to benefit Cal Farley’s as a boy. Years later, impressed by the safe, Christ-centered environment and Cal Farley’s commitment to excellence, Dr. King joined Cal Farley’s Board of Directors in 2006.
Director of construction, Toot’n Totum Food Stores, LLC
Jeff Mitchell manages new construction and capital improvement projects within the multiple business units of his family’s company. Additionally, he is the primary for the family’s cattle and ranching interests, serving as Ranch Manager for Indian Springs Cattle Company.
A firm believer in giving back to the community, Mr. Mitchell has served on the board of directors of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, the Salvation Army, Palo Duro Club, the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, the 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle, the Southwest Car Wash Association and the Tri-State Fair Association.
He is a 2000 graduate of West Texas A&M University, with a Bachelor of Business degree. Mr. Mitchell also attended Texas Christian University, where he received a ranch-management degree in 2001.
In his spare time, Mr. Mitchell enjoys hunting, fishing, rodeo-related activities and is an accomplished equestrian. Jeff and his wife, Jessica, reside in Amarillo with their two children.
Executive director, Don Harrington Discovery Center
Aaron Pan was born in San Francisco, and reared in Amarillo, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in creative studies: biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in geology and paleobotany from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Pan serves as executive director of the Don Harrington Discovery Center, where he spearheaded the museum’s distance-learning and roaming-educator programs. He also is a research associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Prior to his current role, Dr. Pan was curator of science at the Fort Worth Museum of Science.
Beyond his service to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Board of Trustees, Dr. Pan serves on the Amarillo Convention and Visitors Council, is chairman of the Convention and Tourism Committee for the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Texas Association of Museums council.
Walter “Four” Price
Walter “Four” Price
Vice president & trust officer, Amarillo National Bank;
state representative, Texas House of Representatives
Four Price is a vice president and trust officer at Amarillo National Bank. He also is a state representative serving his fourth term in the Texas House of Representatives, where he represents Texas’ House District 87. Rep. Price’s current leadership roles in the Texas House include serving as chairman of the House Committee on Public Health, chairman of the House Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse and co-chairman of the Health and Human Services Transition Legislative Oversight Committee. He also serves on the House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics and on the House Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Price’s prior leadership roles included serving as chairman of the House Select Committee on Mental Health, chairman of the Appropriations Article II Subcommittee and vice-chairman of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. Rep. Price is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary’s University School of Law. He is a Texas Panhandle native who has been involved with numerous nonprofits. Rep. Price has been a Cal Farley’s board member for many years and is a former board member of the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Foundation.
J. Avery Rush III
J. Avery Rush, M.D.
Rush Eye Associates
Dr. J. Avery Rush is well known in the Texas Panhandle for more than 20 years of work in vision correction. His commitment to the boys and girls of Cal Farley’s is longstanding, too, as Dr. Rush joined Cal Farley’s Board of Directors in 1994.
Certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Rush is an active member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. The American Board of Eye Surgery in refractive surgery also certifies him.
He was the first surgeon in the Panhandle to offer patients LASIK vision correction surgery. He also co-founded the Laser Center for Vision, the first privately owned free-standing laser vision correction center in Texas.
Chief Credit Officer, First United Bank
Rodney Ruthart is the chief credit officer for First United Bank, and serves on the bank’s board of directors. Since 1990, he has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including the United Way of Deaf Smith County, West Texas A&M University Buffalo Club, WT 125 Advisory Committee, Amarillo Area Casa, Potter and Randall County Child Welfare, Amarillo Education Foundation, Amarillo Hospital District, Amarillo Firemen’s Relief & Retirement Fund Board of Trustees, Independent Bankers Association of Texas Leadership Division Board, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas Board of Directors, the Cal Farley’s Alumni Association Foundation Board and the Cal Farley’s Foundation Board of Directors.
Mr. Ruthart has served on the Cal Farley’s Board of Directors since 2009, serving as chairman from 2013 to 2017. His role on Cal Farley’s board holds a special place to Mr. Ruthart, as he is a 1983 graduate of Boys Ranch High School. Mr. Ruthart holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from West Texas A&M University. Mr. Ruthart and his wife, Gina, have two adult children and live in Amarillo.
Rod Schroder is well known in the Texas Panhandle as a longtime superintendent of the Amarillo Independent School District, an organization to which he dedicated 42 years of service. Those who know him best speak of a dedicated educator who brings wisdom and a quiet strength to his work.
But, Mr. Schroder’s service to his community goes beyond his professional life. Community volunteerism is important to him; to that end, he’s served Cal Farley’s Board of Directors since 2016, and has worked with organizations including United Way of Amarillo & Canyon, Amarillo Area Foundation and Panhandle Twenty/20, in addition to serving in his local church.
Mr. Schroder and his wife, Suzanne, have been married more than 40 years. They have four grown children, three sons and a daughter.
Vice president, Amarillo National Bank
Tol Ware has been serving on Cal Farley’s Board of Directors since 2012. Mr. Ware works as a loan officer, and is part of the management team of Amarillo National Bank, where he has worked off and on for many years. After a short career in filmmaking, Mr. Ware rejoined his passion at the bank permanently. His care for the children who are a part of the Cal Farley’s programs is something of which Mr. Ware is very proud. Mr. Ware also serves as the president of the Amarillo Business Foundation, is a director of Lone Star State Bank in Lubbock, Texas, and serves on other boards in Amarillo. Mr. Ware is a husband and the father of two young boys. He spends most of his time with his family, outside of work and civic duties.
Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Foundation Board of Directors
vice chair & secretary
Deputy City Manager, City of Amarillo, Texas
As deputy city manager, Michelle Bonner oversees seven departments within the public safety and organizational services area. She serves as chief financial officer for the city, providing oversight of the city’s annual audit and budget reports. Before coming to work in city government, Ms. Bonner served as a senior accountant for Ault & Associates. Ms. Bonner holds certifications from the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the (Texas) Panhandle Chapter of Certified Public Accountants, and she is a member of the Amarillo Firemen’s Relief and Retirement Fund Board and the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas.
Ms. Bonner received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from West Texas A&M University (formerly West Texas State University), the former a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 1987, followed by a Master of Business Administration degree in 1994.
Samuel B. Lovelady
CPA; partner, Lovelady, Christy & Associates, PLLC
Samuel B. Lovelady is a CPA and partner in the Amarillo, Texas, public accounting firm he helped found in 1995. Mr. Lovelady is a graduate of West Texas A&M University, and a product of Amarillo public schools.
In addition to his role on the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Foundation Board of Directors, Mr. Lovelady serves as chairman of Downtown Amarillo, Inc. and as vice-chairman of the Amarillo Hospital District. He served for 12 years on the Amarillo Independent School District Board of Trustees, including two terms as president. He has served on the boards of the Amarillo Area Foundation; the Don & Sybil Harrington Foundation; Opportunity School, Inc.; Amarillo Symphony, Inc. and the State Bar of Texas.
His wife, Carol, is the Director of the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum. With her, Mr. Lovelady has two adult children and two grandsons.