About Us

About Us

Welcome to tapestry ministries

The Tapestry Ministries board is comprised of a committed group of women and men who want to help our community come out of the cycle of domestic violence. Many of our ministry and Y.E.S. program participants are now serving on our board.

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President & Founder

J. R.Newton is a native Texan residing in Dallas, TX. She has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and holds a B.A. degree in Social Welfare from Texas Tech University – Lubbock, TX, and a Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School – Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX. She is a Parish Nurse, mother, grandmother, pastor, preacher, speaker, and teacher. Because of her own experience of abusive relationships, she has a heart to hear and tell the stories of women of faith who have survived domestic violence. She understands that her relationship with God was the source of her survival. She is a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX.

Our board members

Johnice Woods

Board Member

Johnice Woods

Board Member

Administrator of Tyler Street Tower , affordable senior citizen housing Owner of Lathers by LaDenna

Gina Woodard

Board Member

Gina Woodard

Board Member

Healing Voices contributor, FedEx retiree, Life and Health Insurance licensee and seller of Medicare plans

Rev. Donald R. Parish, JR

Board Member

Rev. Donald R. Parish, JR

Board Member

Youth and Young Adult Pastor, True Lee Missionary Baptist Church and Co-Director of the Y.E.S. program

Jessica Octavien Harris

Board Member

Jessica Octavien Harris

Board Member

Senior Lending Compliance Advisory Manager for Legacy Texas Bank

Tiffany Johnson

Board Member

Tiffany Johnson

Board Member

Associate Director at Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation. She works closely with the Eagle Scholars College Readiness Program

Tonya Hill, MSN, RN

Board Member

Tonya Hill, MSN, RN

Board Member

Associate Professor, Navarro College Nursing Program, Chi Eta Phi Sorority Immediate Past Chapter President

Rev. Charlane E. Russell

Board Member

Rev. Charlane E. Russell

Board Member

MTS- Vice-President Tapestry Ministries Pastor and Mental Health Educator/Consultant

Tikisa Jackson

Board Member

Tikisa Jackson

Board Member

CEO & Managing Partner CORE Institute

Dwayne Levels

Board Member

Dwayne Levels

Board Member

3 years Cincinnati Bengals NFL, ‘02-’05, Assistant football coach as North Dallas High School

Brandi Simmons

Board Member

Brandi Simmons

Board Member

Owner of women’s personal and group training gym Lyfestyle 180

Kaleb Chatmon

Board Member

Kaleb Chatmon

Board Member

Y.E.S. Graduate, UT Dallas May ‘2019 Pi Kappa Phi member and Andersen Tax intern