Meet the members of the ECCC Board & staff who work to maintain a solid infrastructure that will continue to provide meaningful services to our community.
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Valerie Carlton is the eighth grade Department Head/teacher at Lowell Smith MiddleSchool where she also serves as UIL coordinator, Spelling Bee coordinator, and new teacher mentor. Valerie is the former ECCC chair and the current secretary for the board.
With 20 years of experience in Employment Services and Residential Treatment Care & Administration, Annie Thompson brings a broad array of experience volunteer work with the East Cleburne Community Center. She has served as a Board member since 2003. During her tenure there, she has served as the Treasurer and the Secretary. Ms. Thompson serves on the Performance Improvement Team with the Council of Governments for continuous improvement strategies within Workforce. Ms. Thompson is currently the Pastor’s Aide President at her church and assists with the teenage girls.
Dexter Baldwin began volunteering with the East Cleburne Community Center in 1998. In that year, he implemented the organization’s first silent charity auction at the ECCC’s Save the Children banquet. His focus has been developing the organization and raising awareness of the center’s programs and service in the community. He worked as the ECCC program director from 2001-2004 and served as member of the United Way of Johnson County board of directors for nine years. Previous service has also included the Texas AgriLife Extension Service advisory board and Palo Pinto Community Services Corporation board. One of his proudest accomplishments was working with US Representative, Chet Edwards’ Congressional Office to procure grant funding for the ECCC’s after school program, Project CA2N. This tutoring program takes place at Santa Fe Elementary and has been an advantageous partnership between the students, parents, Cleburne ISD and the ECCC. Dexter has served in music and youth ministry for several years. In college, he was involved in a gospel choir ministry on campus, Gospel Expressions Association. He led the Cleburne Youth for Christ organization and was part of the Greater Mount Zion B.C. Youth Ministries, including C.R.U.N.K for Christ Youth Ministries, for several years. Occasionally, he has the opportunity to sing with the Greater Mount Zion Sanctuary Choir and the Cleburne Bible Praise & Worship team. Additional community involvement includes serving as a board member for the Christian Heritage Foundation and a member of Goatneck Inc. of Cleburne. He is a product of Cleburne schools and attended Texas State University in San Marcos. He is the son of the Rev. David Baldwin Sr. and Willie Mae Warner-Baldwin.
Jean Pickett has 25 years of volunteer experience with the East Cleburne Community Center and more than 30 years experience in professional employment services under the State Employment Security. She is currently serving veterans with employment needs. Mrs. Pickett has served in a volunteer capacity as Executive Director for the ECCC Board of Directors for more than 20 years. She also currently serves on the Cleburne Education Advisory Council, Kaufmann Leadership Academy Board of Director and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for Johnson County.
Edric Ruffin was raised in Fort Worth, TX, where he graduated from OD Wyatt HS in 1990. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy; serving from 1990 to 1996. Following his military service he was employed by Smith Pump Co. performing installations and maintenance. In November 1996, Edric applied for and was accepted into the Texas Department of Public Safety Training Academy as Trooper-Trainee. After completing recruit training in Austin he was assigned to the Greenville Highway Patrol office. He worked there as a trooper until transferring to Cleburne in 1999. He currently supervises the troopers assigned to the Chisholm Trail Parkway since it opened in May 2014. Edric has been married to his wife, Sheila since June 1993. They have 3 children; Crystal, Edric Jr., and Timothy. He is an active member of his church, Bethel Temple Assembly of God (men’s ministry and fine arts). He recognizes the importance of the family unit and of good Christian role models and mentors. He became involved with East Cleburne Community Center for that reason. He sees ECCC and its programs as a means to mentor both the youth and his peers, hopefully influencing others to reach out in the community. He believes that it is everyone’s duty to do what they can to grow the community and help those who need help. His favorite quote is, “You matter. Act like it.”
Justin was raised in Cleburne Texas and graduated from Cleburne High School. He attended Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelors of Business Administration in Information and Operations Management. Justin then worked several years in the technology industry, designing mainframes and servers before going back to school. He attended The University of Texas at Arlington and received a Masters of Business Administration , graduating as a President's Scholar for having a GPA in the top 1% of all students enrolled at the University. Next he attended Texas Wesleyan School of Law and received his Juris Doctor while being on the Dean's List. Throughout his Masters and Juris Doctor coursework Justin worked for Cleburne Independent School District in the technology department. After law school, Justin formed Rader Law LLC where he worked until becoming Of Counsel for Strother and Strother P.L.L.C. Justin has a passion for all forms of business and transactional law as well as real estate law.
DR. jOANIE HUDSON
Dr. Joanie Y. Hudson has worked in public education for over 37 years and taught in Institutions of Higher Education (Northwood University and Grand Canyon University) for over the past five years. The last four years of her career in public education were spent as an Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement and an Interim Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Hudson worked as a successful building principal in Alvarado ISD for nine years and an Executive Director of Federal Programs in Garland and Cedar Hill ISD for over nine years. She is presently serving as a consultant for the Texas Education Agency, monitoring and evaluating the Early College High School Programs in various areas of the state of Texas and teaching online for Grand Canyon University.
She received her Doctorate of Management from the University of Phoenix in 2006, at a time when online education was a new paradigm shift for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE). She loves learning and teaching online because of the diversity of careers and background experiences not necessarily found in a traditional classroom or on a traditional IHE campus. DR. Hudson believes the flexibility in the online learning environment enhances creativity and builds a professional learning community. Her graduate and undergraduate degrees were earned in a traditional IHE on ground at the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education with a minor in English. Her professional and civic membership is in the following organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Texas Association of School Administrators, Rotary Club, and Lion’s Club.
Dr. Hudson is married to Huey P. Hudson, Jr. and she is the mother of three sons (Quentus Cumby, Mack Cumby and Shane Hudson). She is a member of the Compelling Church of Anointed Ministries of Cleburne and a former member of Emmanuel Temple Outreach Ministries. She is the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren.
Mattie Barrett is a Cleburne native. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School here in Cleburne, TX as Valedictorian of her class. Later she underwent LVN classes at Johnson County Memorial Hospital, Cleburne, TX. Mattie went on to study and become a medical technologist at the Johnson County Memorial Hospital and carried over a labratory specialist at Walls Regional Hospital for a total forty-2 plus years, until retirement.
She is the mother of three beautiful daughters and the widow of Rev. Denver L. Barrett , with who, together in 1987 founded the East Cleburne Community Center in 1987. As partners in service, the two encouraged other people to join the vision as they truly wanted a place for the youth of the city to come and enjoy themselves, study, learn and fellowship with others.
She is excited to continue serving as a Board Member of the East Cleburne Community Center. It still gives Mrs. Barrett pleasure to work with the younger members as well as the older members.
Jabrielle has served at the East Cleburne Community Center since 2013. She was an active youth in the Center's programs as a child and volunteered with the Spring & Summer camps after graduating from Cleburne High School. Jabrielle attended Navarro College after high school graduation and then transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Finance in 2011. She is a member of Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church and is president of their young adult group.