Wisdom of Life

Program Staff

Program Director of S.S. Dillow Elementary, Steven Cruz, was born and raised in El Paso, Texas.  He currently attends Texas Christian University where he is pursuing a Bachelors of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Management and a Minor in Religious Studies.  Steven says that LNFI has provided him with an opportunity to work with one of his true passions in life, youth. He says he truly enjoys being able to invest in young lives hoping to make an impact that will last a lifetime. In the future, Steven would love to continue partnering with and supporting organizations and ministries like LNFI and potentially even start his own ministry focused on leading a young generation to experience the unending, unconditional love of Jesus Christ.

Program Director of Natha Howell Elementary, Kathleen Griffin, is truly passionate about working with children!  Kathleen has been involved with the children’s ministry at a home church in the community for 2 years and has been teaching Sunday school and Wednesday night church to the 1st – 5th graders at her church for over 4 years now.  She also taught pre-school for 3 years.  In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys volunteering on mission trips to LNFI’s international work at Casa Hogar M.A.Mi in Reynosa, Mexico.  Kathleen says she has a deep love for the hurting, a hope for children, and a desire to give them love and support.

Program Director of W.J. Turner Elementary, Fabiola Ortiz, was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois. Fabiola is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Bilingual Education EC-6. She has formed so many bonds with her students this year. During her free time, Fabiola enjoys reading, watching movies, crocheting and spending time with her family and friends. Fabiola deeply cherishes the time she get to spend with her loved ones! Fabiola is very grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with the children of LNFI.


Program Director of T.A. Sims Elementary, Paul Walker, was born and raised in Rialto, CA.  Paul received a Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Research from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, and he is currently a master’s of Divinity student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Paul has been involved in Christian youth ministries for fifteen years including Awana, Military Chapel Youth, and Sunday school.  He loves to teach, and loves the challenge of creating inventive ways to connect with children and encourage them in their growth.  In the future, Paul will continue to follow God’s will in whatever capacity God has for him.


Program Director of W.J. Turner Elementary, Vanessa Sanchez, was born and raised here in Fort Worth, Texas. Vanessa is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Bilingual Education EC-6. Vanessa has worked as a children’s praise and worship leader, PowerPoint Creator, and Bible Study teacher. Having worked with children for over 10 years, Vanessa feels she has learned from children more than anyone. She enjoys sharing her love of arts and crafts with children as she gets to see them enjoying their time being creative. Vanessa’s hope is to always have the opportunity to work with children as that has been the greatest blessing in her life.




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