MEET OUR STAFF AND BOARD
MADISON EMSOFF - PRESIDENT
TAMRA GARDNER- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Tamra has been a business owner for over 25 years and prides herself in her people skills and relationships with others. Her passion to help others shows in all she does who Tamra has a bachelors in marketing from Howard Payne University and her first job was with the Zig Ziglar corporation motivating and helping others in business for 9 years. Tamra has spent many hours volunteering on construction projects and overseeing the every day operations of COH for the past 6 years. Her passion is helping others that really need it. She is the proud mother of 3 grown children and has 4 beautiful grandchildren. She has been married to her loving husband Darrell Gardner with DLG Services for over 30 years.
Dr Linda Gray is a nonprofit business consultant with more than 25 years of experience. Associate Consultant with the National Academic Consulting Services a nonprofit management business with expertise in nonprofit start ups, nonprofit management, grant research and development for Churches, grassroots faith-based organizations and community nonprofits. Other services include Charter and Private School start ups. Co-Founder of the R L Gray Community Development Outreach, Inc. a nonprofit organization providing support to children and families in South Dallas and financial support to Mama Muxima Orphanage and Consoladora dos Aflitos Orphanages in Luanda Angola Africa and the Almighty Arms Liberia Street Outreach Ministry in Monrovia Liberia. Professional affiliated memberships include the National Association of Professional Women, American Association of Grant Professionals, National Grants Management Association and dear to her heart a Certified Business Mentor for SCORE Chapter in Dallas, Texas for 13 years. She has successfully helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations in receiving technical assistance in IRS 501C3 certification. Has secured over 5.5 million dollars in grant awards.
Anthony G. Fant is proficient in Non-Profit Accounting with 18+ years of professional work experience developing and implementing growth strategies for small businesses, churches and other nonprofits. He specializes in developing affordable housing, small businesses, schools, credit unions, and specialized hospitals while generating over $200 million for community outreach programs through grants, corporate sponsorship, real estate and other Major Gift & Planned Giving Strategies
JACK CLIFFORD - BOARD MEMBER
Ben Tackett was born and raised in Erath County. A 2019 graduate of Tarleton State University, 3.8GPA, making the Dean's list every year. He is also an alumni of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Kappi Xi Chapter. He obtained his Texas Real Estate License at the age of 18. He served on the Bluff Dale Volunteer Fire Department from 2014-2015. He has been actively involved with the Stephenville city council committees. His degree of study is Business Administration in Management which compliments his pursuit in real estate. He plans on developing a career in real estate and is currently working together with his mom, as a partner in Infinity Realty LLC, which helps him gain great experience and knowledge of the legalities, paper work, customer service and many other aspects of real estate transactions. His degree in business has been beneficial to Infinity Realty LLC. He aspires a long career in real estate.
BEN TACKETT - SECRETARY
Victor has been in the remodeling/construction business for over 18 years and has been with COH for the last 6 years taking care of the repair needs of our tenants and properties. He has been a valuable part of our organization not only in the capacity of maintenance supervisor, but also remodeling of additional low-income homes we have purchased and his continued help in completing the service projects we do for the communities. Victor lives in Stephenville and is now serving on the board of Directors
Darrell Gardner has been the owner/operator of DLG Services for 28 years. A commercial building supply office finish out and residential/commercial remodeling business. DLG Services is fully bonded and insured up to $3 million and are also licensed in HVAC mechanical contracting. Darrell manages several service crews of licensed plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters and general maintenance personnel. He is very experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of construction, permits, inspections, project development and management. His team can fix it, remodel it or build it from the ground up. . Darrell Gardner, has a heart for giving and helping others. He has served to build homes on several mission trips,
REBEKAH TACKETT - BOARD MEMBER
VICTOR GOMEZ – MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR/BOARD MEMBER
Rebekah Tackett is a mother and much more! She has two children that she is very proud of, Ben, a graduate of Tarleton State University and Lucy, currently attending college. Additionally, she has been a licensed Texas Real Estate agent since 2014. She has been very blessed in building her business and in 2017 was given the opportunity to purchase Infinity Realty. A long term icon in the Stephenville area, and is also where she got her start. She received her Broker's license in 2019. She sponsors several agents, and has others in training. She and her son Ben, who obtained his real estate license when he was 18 years old, work closely together. She serves as a "business for interns" for Tarleton State University, offering students the opportunity to learn the real estate business while in college. In 2015 she crossed paths with COH. She believed in our vision in making nice housing obtainable for low income families. She has placed clients that are very grateful and are currently living in our remodeled homes! She believes that Real estate is not just about making a living, it is about forming relationships, helping others and educating her clients to make the best decision for their situation.
Paula has over 15 years of experience in the bank industry and is currently the Loan officer Manager of BancopSouth in Hamilton Texas. Her knowledge of banking and finance has been invaluable to the success of COH. Paula has also spent her life volunteering her time to help others and has led numerous mission minded trips and projects over the years. She and her husband have been married 45 years and ran a family dairy operation for over 20 years. Paula developed great people skills along with 7 years in the retail industry. She has been blessed with 4 lovely children and 11 grandchildren. Holidays and family events are her greatest blessing.
ANTHONY FANT - BOARD MEMBER
Madison Emsoff is a great addition to our staff, She is a 2013 graduate of Tarelton State University in Stephenville. She is now customer service manager at Elmers swim school, where she lives out her passion to work with children. She also works as the office manager and bookkeeper for the full-service construction company DLG services. She is married and has two beautiful children 8 and 6. She bring energy and experience to our team
DR. LINDA GRAY - ADVISOR
DARRELL GARDNER - ADVISOR
PAULA CHRISTIAN - TREASURER
Jack Clifford Williams graduated Angelo State Univeristy in 1975 with a BA in History and a minor in English. His primary background has been in the airline and travel industries while working at Braniff International, Braniff Inc, and American Express Travel. Mr. Williams has always been a huge supporter of the Arts and Humanities, having had two music teachers in his family. Starting in 2004, Mr. Williams has been a Fund Advisor for The Dr. Jo Margaret Williams Youth Concert Memorial Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas. This program supports String Music Programs in Dallas. Mr. Williams resides in Allen, Texas.