Board of Directors

Chris Schechner, Victory Flows Board Member and Treasurer
Hi! I’m Chris Schechner, a board member of Victory Flows. I am an art director, graphic designer and illustrator. I also happen to be disabled and use a wheelchair to get around. In 1971, when I was home in Michigan, I crashed into the bottom of a swimming pool during a dive and suffered a spinal cord injury. I feel that God has gifted me with an opportunity to use this situation by giving me a desire to encourage those with disabilities to achieve all they can, using the gifts that God has given them. We all have obstacles and it’s important to push ourselves to do all we can to reach beyond expectations within our limitations.

Besides my passion for encouraging people, I love to draw. Mostly, I draw cartoons, which seem to be highly populated with monsters; not scary, ugly monsters, but generally silly, lovable ones. When I’m not drawing, I’m usually reading or writing. Being creative is very important to me. Beyond that, I love spending time with people. Give me a call. I’m available for dinner most nights of the week.



Mary Anne Wyly, Victory Flows Board Member
Mary Anne Wyly joined the Board of Directors for Victory Flows for in 2015.  Her heart opened to the special needs community in the summer of 2003 when she first volunteered for a Joni and Friends Family Retreat.  Mary Anne earned her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2014, graduating cum laude.  She graduated with high honors from The University of Texas in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and minors in business and Spanish.  While attending Dedman School of Law, Mary Anne participated in the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic, interned with the Misdemeanor Division of the Collin County District Attorney’s Office, and represented the law school in three mock trial competitions, including NTC, NTAC, and St. John’s.  She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2014.

She is a member of the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.  She is also a member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, the Alliance chapter of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, and Echelon Dallas of the National Young Adult Auxiliary of The Salvation Army.  Mary Anne and her husband live in Dallas with their dog, Jolee.



 

Meleah Covin, Victory Flows Board Member
When I was first asked to volunteer with Victory Flows by my friend Cheryl, I was really not sure about it, as I had not been around those living with disabilities much in my life. But I said sure, as long as I could do the registration area. That was in February 2012. I felt it would be a stretch in my personal development. However, I quickly felt drawn to continue to volunteer as a means to serve God. I have since been blessed with new neighbors, which included a special needs young man-who coincidentally attended several Victory Flows events. This only fueled my desire to work with these special needs individuals, who bless me more than I could ever imagine. I was invited to join the board in early 2014. I see Victory Flows as the body of Christ and  feel led to support it with my time,  finances, energy, and experience as a CPA.



 

Steve Wade, Victory Flows Board Member
Steve is the newest addition to the Victory Flows board. Chicago born and Texas bred, his passion for the radical inclusion of all people developed when his family first moved to Texas. Steve spent his childhood with a close circle of neighborhood friends - one of whom happened to live with a wheelchair. The limited mobility of this one friend was nothing awkward; it was simply accepted as a "fact of life." It became natural to modify all activities to accommodate everyone present. Growing up in this environment led to Steve naturally developing a friendship with a young man from his church who was living with cognitive impairment. As their friendship developed, Steve was invited to go to summer camp with him. Once there, he made many more friends living at all points along the spectrum of ability. These remain some of his closest friends to this day.

With Ephesian 4:11-16 as a guide, Steve participates with Christ in building the Body through encouraging people of all abilities to bring what they have and watch the Lord do above and beyond what they thought possible (Mark 6:41-42). In doing so, he expectantly hopes to see an outcome similar to Philip's visit to Samaria in Acts 8: "so there was much joy in that city" (v8). Steve has enjoyed serving in this capacity as a volunteer program director for Campus Crusade for Christ from 2005 to 2007, an interim associate pastor for a Dallas church plant in 2008, and a summer volunteer with Joni and Friends for over a decade. He currently co-leads a men's Bible study at Fellowship Dallas and works with children and middle school youth within the church.

In January of 2011, Steve joined two friends in the formation of a marketing agency called Infinite. Serving as Director of Operations, he manages sales and fulfillment process development and execution, equips the 30+ employees who call Infinite home, oversees accounting operations, ensures budget adherence, and advises on mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Infinite, Steve managed digital marketing efforts for a local law firm, managed sales and marketing for a small manufacturing plant, and oversaw purchasing and accounting operations for the Oklahoma City division of a Fortune 200 home builder.


 

Jackie Stewart, Victory Flows Board Member
About 27 years ago my husband and I were invited to the home of Charlie and Aggie Johnson to meet Joni Erickson. How thrilled I was to meet this remarkable lady.  I was touched by her candor, courage and upbeat attitude in spite of her obvious challenges.

 She spoke of the vision she had of opening an office in Dallas in order to minister to families in the North Texas area. She gave us her book titled “Heaven”, and signed it with a pencil in her teeth. I was so touched.  She inspired confidence in all who attended.

About 3 years later Charlie called me and spoke of Joni and Friends opening a family camp. He said "God told him that you should attend." I knew Charlie and I knew he would continue to call. So I agreed reluctantly.

Driving to Camp Allen I was very anxious. I was questioning my decision as I had no prior experience working with disabled children. What would I say, and what could I do? But after a few days, meeting friends like Jennifer, Kimberly, Michael and Jonathan I knew Camp Allen was the place for me. I was blessed beyond measure. The courage of these children and their families humbled me. I was overwhelmed by their laughter and joyful attitudes. How could this be with all of their struggles? The abiding presence of God was evident.

That was about 19 years ago and I have been to camp every year. I find it impossible to put into words how blessed I have been and how much God has taught me about His love for all of us.

At camp I met Cheryl, and we were instant friends. It was apparent that we shared the same passion for ministry. What a wonderful camp experience we had together. After a few years Cheryl said she felt called by God to start a ministry reaching out to families with children with special needs. I jumped at the chance, thrilled to serve. I had found my purpose and my passion in the work.

 From our first event I knew Victory Flows filled such an important need in the community of special needs. I have been so blessed just being a part of this amazing ministry. In the future I see bright horizons for Victory Flows. The tremendous need for this work is all around us. These families and their children must be made aware that they are an important part of the body of Jesus Christ. Victory Flows and Cheryl have answered the call and I am excited to join the team.