Shellie joined the staff in 2010. Prior to serving as Executive Director, Shellie held the Director of Children's Education and Senior Director of Education positions on staff. She holds a Bachelor of English from The University of Mississippi and a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology. Shellie has experience in youth ministry and teaches with The Academy for Missional Wisdom. In addition, she is a member of the Leadership ISD Class of 2017. Shellie has a passion for justice, is a life-long learner, and has a gift for building community among diverse groups of people.
Tina Mendez joined the staff of Wesley-Rankin in 2017. Tina has experience in office management, business operations and has served as a bilingual educator in DISD schools. She holds several certificates, one of which is a Community Health Worker certification. Tina has a heart for learning and educating others.
Rachel oversees grant writing, reporting, and fundraising operations. Prior to joining Wesley-Rankin, she was with ChildCareGroup for five years where she helped grow their private fundraising department. Prior to working at ChildCareGroup, she was with the Museum of Biblical Art where she gave tours and coordinated fundraising events. She received her Bachelor’s in History from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Texas in Arlington.
Director of Children's and Youth Education
Natalie joined the staff first as a summer intern in both 2013 and 2014. Natalie quickly fell in love with the children and families of West Dallas. She continued to stay connected as she finished her Bachelor degree from the University of San Diego in Sociology, with a concentration in Community, Urbanization, and Culture. In addition, Natalie holds a National Certification in Nonprofit Management. She is a graduate of the Hockaday School in Dallas and considers this great city her home.
Youth Education Manager
Rachel has been serving in West Dallas through volunteer efforts and other non-profit roles since 2011. She loves this community and the many friends here who have shaped and changed her life for the better. A Wisconsin native, she graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Spanish. After more than a decade of youth ministry experience, she is excited to join the team at Wesley-Rankin and the local community leaders to help create opportunities for thriving.
Elementary Education Manager
Julia was born and raised in Dallas and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Southwestern University. Prior to Wesley-Rankin she worked at Heart House, serving the refugee community of Dallas in the after-school space. She is passionate about building relationships, working with, and learning from diverse communities. She is thrilled to be serving the West Dallas community alongside Wesley-Rankin.
Program and Data Coordinator
Born in Mexico, Ixchel is a Dreamer and strong advocate for immigrants’ rights. Ixchel has strengths in bilingual administration and hospitality and has a passion for education. The community of Wesley-Rankin reminds Ixchel of her own neighborhood and upbringing and to serve on our campus, offers her a sense of giving back. Whether Ixchel be translating or leading students in a reading lesson, she finds Wesley-Rankin as a place of home and loves being a part of the team.
Youth Education Coordinator
Ale grew up in West Dallas and has been a part of Wesley-Rankin for a large part of her life. Wesley-Rankin has proved to have a big impact on her life, as she has been part of this particular community through Head Start, summer programs, Wesley-Rankin Teen Board, served through AmeriCorps, and joined WRCC staff in 2020. Ale has also been dedicated to serving West Dallas through volunteer work with kids at Our Lady of San Juan de Los Lagos - Santa Teresita Catholic Church, Trinity River Mission, and Wesley-Rankin which has driven her to help youth across West Dallas through the power of education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Hispanic Studies from Earlham College (IN). Ale had the chance to study abroad in Granada, Spain, and hopes to bring what she learned: her passion for the intersectionality of language, culture, identity, and community to Wesley-Rankin.
Director of Adult Education
Job joined the staff in 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, a Bachelor of Charitable Services from The International College of Christian Ministries, and a Master on Public Health from the University of Maryland. Job is fluent in Creole, Spanish, and English. He has published research in the area of Public Health, worked in community development in Chile, and has a strong commitment to faith as central to growth and change.
Senior Program Coordinator
Elizabeth joined the staff of Wesley-Rankin in January 2018. Having knowledge of the nutrition needs for senior citizens and the creative skills to meet those needs, Elizabeth brings much life and health to the senior program on campus. She can often be found baking sugar free items in the kitchen and participating in the daily activities of the program such as dancing and art. Elizabeth is a former member of the Leadership Council at Wesley-Rankin.
Senior Program Associate
Maria was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. at 16 years of age. Since then, she has been a longtime resident of West Dallas. She is a former student of W. H. Adamson High School and now enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. In 2014, Maria was a member of the Wesley-Rankin Leadership Council, learning specifically about school advocacy, and her children have attended Wesley-Rankin since 2005, participating in Head Start, Afterschool and summer camp programs. In addition, she volunteered with the senior program and served as a substitute van driver before joining the staff. According to Maria, “Wesley-Rankin has been of tremendous impact not only for my family but for my personal development as well.”
George joined the Wesley-Rankin team in 2016. George wears many hats at the Center, from driving the seniors to installing ceiling tiles. He finds great joy in building relationships with those who gather here. If you ever need a smile, a conversation about the Dallas Cowboys or to be immersed in kindness, George is your contact.