Executive Board of Directors
Julee Rachels, CEO & Founder
Julee is the founder and CEO of Heartisans Marketplace. Heartisans was born out of Julee's heart to fill a need in her community to help homeless or disadvantaged women ready to move forward in their lives. Heartisans’ Job Readiness Program, along with a strong network of women volunteers, enable these women achieve a better life for themselves and their families through job training, education and employment. She has a passion to see women find their God-given purpose and succeed doing what they love.
Julee has been a life-long volunteer through her church, First Baptist of Longview; Buckner Children & Family Services; and the Greater East Texas Zonta Club. She worked in the legal field for 20 years doing court work and videography, and then opened and co-owned a kitchen shop and cooking school for several years. Julee loves to quilt, crochet and knit, cook and read. She has been married to Darrell for 35 years who is the Director of Manufacturing at Eastman Chemical.
Renee Robertson, President
Renee graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies and has a professional background working in marketing and fundraising.
She is a Longview native and a graduate of Pine Tree High School. She and her husband, Casey, are members of Mobberly Baptist Church where they serve as connect group leaders and she is a decision prayer partner. They have two daughters, Reid and Blake.
Renee says she serves on the Heartisans board because she believes that God created us for work and He is glorified by the process of helping women rise above their circumstances and find dignified work where they can utilize their God-given talents and skills to better themselves and live a fulfilled life. Heartisans is a unique organization where not only are women's lives changed through our job training program, but volunteers have the opportunity to utilize their God-given skills and talents to help support the work of Heartisans through tutoring or making items to sale in our retail shop which funds the program. I strongly believe that Heartisans has an important place in our community as a light for Jesus Christ in the work of restoration for women looking to better their lives.
Dr. Jeffrey Quiett, Vice President
Dr. Quiett graduated from Samford University with his bachelor's degree and from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with his M.Div. and Ph.D.
Dr. Quiett is a Professor of Psychology and the Director of Clinical Training at LeTourneau University. He is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Therapy and the Christian Association of Psychological Studies.
He and his wife, Dr. Kimberly Jo Quiett, have two daughters: Kailey and Kelsey.
Crista Black, Recording Secretary
Crista graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She later earned her Administration Certification from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Crista has served in the Pine Tree I.S.D. for ten years as a middle school teacher, an Instructional Specialist for Pine Tree High School, and as an English Language Arts Coordinator during her last four years in the district. She currently serves in a part time capacity teaching adjunct for LeTourneau University in their global program and also serves as an independent literacy consultant for school districts.
She has served the Longview community in numerous non-profits and organizations. Currently, she is serving as the President of the East Texas Literacy Council Board. She has been President and Recording Secretary of the Heartisans Board, Vice President of Membership for PTO, a Council Member for the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Pines and served on the Longview I.S.D. Education Foundation Board. She recently became a Sustainer of the Junior League of Longview, where she chaired projects such as School Supply Train, Kids in the Kitchen and helped in the development of three signature projects for the organization. Crista served on their Board for three years as Vice President Community, Executive Vice President and Nominating Chair.
Crista and her husband, Michael, have been married for 12 years and have two children, Cameron and Connor. They are members of First Baptist Church of Longview and serve on the missions and finance committee, children’s ministry, and youth ministry.
Deborah Zeigler, Treasurer
Deborah went to Texas State University and is retired from 37 years of service in oil & gas accounting and regulatory reporting.
She and her husband, John, have lived in Longview for 44 years and are members of Evangelical Presbyterian Church. They have six sons and daughters-in-law with five grandchildren.
Deborah feels it is believer's responsibility to serve others in love and share our blessings, whether they be spiritual, vocational or financial.
Advisory Board Members
Reverend Mary Collier
Rev. Collier earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Marketing from Southwest Texas State University, a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from University of London, an Education for Ministry Degree from University of the South, and Ordination in the Diocese of Northwest Texas. She has served as an Associate Pastor for four years at First United Methodist Church where she is also involved in the women’s ministry, adult education, senior adult ministries and the pastoral care team.
Mary has been a Volunteer Coordinator and Chaplain at Hospice of Midland and the Patient Counselor and Director of Volunteers at Allison Cancer Center in Midland and West Texas Cancer Center in Odessa. She was also the Founder and Director of Gifts of Hope and Hope House in Midland, and Founder and Director of West Texas Gifts of Hope and Hope House in Odessa.
Rev. Collier's community involvement includes volunteering with Because I Care, Meals on Wheels, Newgate Mission, East Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Texas Oncology, Asbury House Child Enrichment Center, and the Fine Arts Council at FUMC. She conducts monthly communion services at Buckner, Highland Pines, Colonial Village and Arabella adult living communities, leads grief recovery classes for the community, and teaches and facilitates local Bible studies.
Mary and her husband, Patrick, moved to Longview from Midland where they lived for almost 30 years. Mary lost her husband of 34 years on June 5, 2017 after his long, courageous battle with cancer. The Colliers have two daughters: Katharine Esser lives in Fort Worth and works as a Licensed Professional Counselor at the Women’s Center, and Mary Eichhorn lives in Pasadena, California and works as a realtor with Keller Williams and is the CEO of Mary Lee Kitchen.
Donna is one of the original founding Board members of Heartisans and serves as the lead volunteer over the monogramming studio.
Donna has served on the Hallsville United Way Council, and volunteered in the Hallsville school system and First Baptist Church Longview. She and her husband, David, currently attend First Baptist Church of Kilgore, where she is active in the Sunday school program, serving on the Boomer's ministry committee.
Donna and her husband, David, have two sons and daughters-in law: Joshua and Jana Crouch of White Oak and Caleb and Mindy Crouch of Mineral Wells. Her favorite role is being a "Lollie" to her four grandchildren.
Donna's service to Heartisans is meaningful to her; a productive way she can give back to others that need a helping hand, through job training, to strengthen their future in the workplace as well as in our community.
Dr. Krista Darr
Dr. Darr has practiced dentistry at Darr Dentistry for 34 years and was the first female dentist in the Longview community. She earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry after earning her bachelor’s degree from Baylor and Caruth School of Dental Hygiene.
Dr. Darr is a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association and the Land O’ Pines Study Club. She and her husband, Dan, are members of Mobberly Baptist Church.
She and Dan have two children. Lauren, married to Andrew, owns a floral design company for weddings and events. Ryan, married to Julie, is also a practicing dentist at Darr Dentistry. Dr. Darr also has two grandsons!
Alicia, a Longview native, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Radio and Television and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Stephen F. Austin. She is a current doctoral student at Abilene Christian College earning a degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis in conflict resolution.
Alicia has served as clinical director of a behavioral hospital, a social service director, a youth minister, a radio personality, and an English teacher at Longview High School. Currently, she is the Program Coordinator for Longview’s Partner in Prevention Mentor Program serving the Longview and Kilgore school districts.
She is involved in several organizations including Heartisans, The Boy and Girls Club, Leadership Longview, Expectant Heart Pregnancy, Resources Center, and the Junior League of Longview.
Alicia is married to Michael and mother to Michael III.
John earned his Bachelor's Degree in Police Science from Sam Houston University and his Juris Doctorate from Texas A&M School of Law.
He was employed with the Dallas Police Department from 1987 to 1997. John also worked in the Dallas County District Attorney's Office for two years before moving to the Longview District Attorney's Office for two years. He entered private practice in 2000 as a defense attorney. John provides legal services for the program participants at Heartisans.
John is married to Jerri and together they have five children.
Ashley, a Longview native, earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Public Relations from Texas Tech University in 1994. She is the District Manager for Kelly Services and manages three branches in the East Texas area and Shreveport, Louisiana.
Ashley also serves as the President of the East Texas Human Relations Association and Vice President of the Zonta Club of Longview.
She and her husband, Glenn, are members of First Baptist Church of Longview where they both teach Sunday school in the youth department.
Ashley and Glenn have been married for 19 years and have three children; Ashley, Thomas and Maryna and two grandchildren; Brinley and Brody.
A Longview native, Kendrah worked in oil and gas bookkeeping for seven years, taught Pre-K at Alpine Christian Academy for several years but is now blessed with the opportunity to be a stay at home mom.
She and her husband, Brad, attend Alpine Church where they serve on the Children's Ministry Team and Family Ministry Team. Kendrah serves on the Board of Directors for Alpine Christian Academy, is a member of the Junior League of Longview and volunteers with Partner in Prevention as a mentor in the Forever Friends program and the Longview Bridges Out of Poverty Committee. She and Brad have two daughters, Olivia and Aubrey.
David has been a Longview banker for 43 years, specifically with Texas Bank and Trust for 35 years where he is an Executive Vice President and Regional Lending Manager. He is a graduate of Howard Payne University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science and of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.
David has served on many boards and organizations in the past and continues to volunteer with the Greater Longview United Way where he has been a past President and Campaign Chair.
He and his wife, Susan, are members of First Baptist Church of Longview where they are active in the college ministry and David is a deacon and serves on the Finance Committee. They have four children and five grandchildren.
David says Heartisans impacts so many people, including participants and their families by teaching a life skills and encouraging women to use their God-given talents to pull themselves up “by their bootstraps” to a better life for themselves and their families.
David devotes support monetarily and by telling the Heartisans story to people he encounters within his profession and personal relationships.