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Our Team

Robert Dorrough

Founder and President
Robert-Dorrough2
Robert Dorrough, Founder, President, and Chaplain of The God of Hope Ministries, has been involved in prison ministry since 1988. Robert, a former campus police chief, saw crime spiral out of control. After his first visit to prison in 1988, he was moved with compassion as he saw men who appeared to be without hope. In 2000, Robert left his job and career because he believed that God was calling him to go and share the message that “God is the God of Hope.” In addition to leading The God of Hope Ministries, Robert also serves as a Volunteer Chaplain at the Travis Unit in Austin, Texas. Besides spending time with his wife, Sharon and his daughter, Taylor, Robert also loves bike riding, fishing and traveling.

Gail Jaime

Women’s Director
Gail Jaime
Gail spent 20 years in the U.S. Army. After retiring, Gail felt the Lord was calling her to a deeper, more intimate walk with Him. The desire of her heart was to help women who were trapped in strongholds of drugs, alcohol, domestic violence and criminal behavior. Gail completed her internship for certification in Licensed Chemical Dependency Counseling (LCDC) (CI) at the Ellen Burnett Unit. As soon as she walked in the unit, she knew God had called her to serve the women who were in prison. God had given her an unconditional love and a strong desire to help the women find their hope in God and establish a firm foundation in His Word, so when they left the prison they would have all the tools they needed to live a productive, successful life in Jesus. Besides enjoying spending time with her husband Caesar, Gail loves the time she enjoys with her 5 children and her 8 grandchildren. Gail also loves traveling internationally.

Scherry Taylor

Administrative Assistant
Scherry Taylor
In 2009 at the urging of her husband, Scherry began volunteering in the God of Hope office and in our Women’s Faith-based dorm at the Lockhart prison. In 2010 she became full-time staff as our Administrative Assistant. Besides working full time she continues to volunteer inside the prison on a regular basis and mentors some of our women graduates after release. Scherry has been married to Lee Taylor for 34 years. They have four children, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In her spare time, Scherry enjoys gardening and road trips with Lee.

Board of Directors

Dean Murray

Chairman
Dean Murray
Dean has been involved with TGOHM since 2007. He has served as a teacher, group leader and on the Curriculum Committee. Dean joined the board in 2017 and has a wealth of experience in serving on non-profit Boards. He is married to Susan. Dean loves bike riding.

Karen Olson

Secretary
Karen Olson
Karen began her involvement with GOHM in 2009 when the women’s dorm was started in the Lockhart Unit. She taught a discipleship class in the women’s dorm for several years and now serves on the board. She works vocationally as an air quality environmental consultant for a private firm. Karen is married to Dean Olson who, since 2008, has also been very involved in the GoHM where he has led discipleship groups, provided individual life coaching, taught discipleship classes, and currently serves as dorm coordinator for the Travis Unit Men’s Dorm. In their spare time, Dean and Karen enjoy serving in their church, doing yard work, reading, and traveling near and wide.

Don Read

Treasurer
Don Read
Don Read joined the God of Hope Ministries Board in 2015, but he began volunteering with the ministry in 2007, serving as a Discipleship Leader and Building Pastor. Don currently serves on the Pastoral Team of Austin Oaks Church. His role at Austin Oaks includes preaching, teaching, and counseling. He and his wife Michelle met while serving in a Christian Camp ministry in East Texas. They married in 1981 and lived near Tyler, Texas, until relocating to Austin in 1997. Together Don and Michelle have raised two sons. Don and Michelle enjoy the empty-nester life and spending their free time together outdoors.

Don Collis

Director
Don Collis
Don began volunteering with The God of Hope Ministries in 2009 and has served several terms as Chairman of our Board. He retired from Dell Computer in 2001 after 14 years with the company, serving initially as its first CFO and then as Vice President, International Financial Relations. In addition to The God of Hope Ministries, he has also served on the boards of Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, Austin Lyric Opera, and Austin Ridge Bible Church. Don is married to Margaret, and they have two grown sons, David and Chris. Today, Don spends much of his time managing the Santa Margarita Ranch, a hunting and deer breeding operation in South Texas owned by him.

Ellery Buchanan

Director
Ellery Buchanan
Ellery joined our Board in January 2015 but has been active with God of Hope Ministries for over four years, serving as a Barnabas/Life coach and a Building Pastor. He has been married to Paulette for 37 years and has two sons. Paulette is a 5th grade teacher at Forest Trail Elementary School. Ryan resides in Austin and is getting married in April, and Derek is moving to Portugal in March to become a chef. Ellery is active at Austin Ridge Bible Church and engaged with Rio Bravo Ministries in Reynosa, Mexico. He is also the CEO of a nanofiber company in McAllen, Texas, FibeRio Technology Corp. When he can squeeze it in he enjoys golf as a way of staying humble, and likes to read.

Tim Larson

Director
Tim Larson
Tim joined the Board in January 2015 and has long volunteered with GOH by serving in the Open Unit Quest for Authentic Manhood Class. Tim is a lawyer and partner with Culhane Meadows. His law practice focuses on franchising, real estate, and general counsel consulting, as he previously worked as VP of Legal and Corporate Secretary for FOCUS Brands (Schlotzsky’s, Cinnabon, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Carvel Ice Cream). Tim is married to his high school sweetheart (Megan), and they have four children (Claire, Colton, Mary Lynne, and Luke). He was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and enjoys Baylor sports and spending time on any beach with his family.

Humphrey Marr

Director
Humphrey Marr
Humphrey Marr joined TGOHM Board in 2017 and has a huge passion for God. He serves as Vice President of Product Development at Liesiant, Inc.
Humphrey is married to Tenchita.

Travis Gray

Director
Travis Gray
Travis Gray has been volunteering with TGOHM since 2008 and became a member of the Board in 2017. He has a wonderful story of hope and transformation and has a passion
to let others know how Jesus changed his life! He is married to his lovely wife “Gay”.

Rob Harrell

Director
Rob Harrell
Rob Harrell served as a Board member from 2009 to 2014. He returned as a Board member in 2017. He is married to Kathy.

Former Board of Directors

The God of Hope Ministries would like to acknowledge the contributions of the following former board members:

  • Dennis Page (2002 – 2009)
  • Gene Barfield (2002 – 2005)
  • Gary Cook (2002 – 2009)
  • Don Kunze (2002 – 2008)
  • Jim McIntosh (2006 – 2009)
  • Nub Donaldson (2009 – 2012)
  • Michael Kump (2009 – 2014)
  • Lee Weber (2011 – 2014)
  • Greg Herring (2011 – 2015)
  • Steve Kahle (2014 – 2017)
  • Doug Lawyer (2014 – 2017)
  • Terrence Simmons (2015 – 2016)

Let those who rule well be counted worthy of double honor.
1 Timothy 5:17