"I alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across
the waters to create many ripples"
- Mother Teresa


Nikki Ramirez-Jennings - Executive Director

Nikki loves to do life with others and is appreciative of any opportunity that allows her to love, gather and elevate others in our Topeka community. Nikki is a firm believer of leading with love and logic. Her ability to lead with grace makes her a beloved member of the Topeka Community as well as a wife and mother to her four kids and two fur babies. You can find Nikki at church, serving in the community or in the bleachers cheering on her favorite athletes, her children. Nikki’s favorite thing to do is curl up with a good book. She is currently reading, Tattoos on the Heart, the Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyles.

Tim Vincent - Construction Manager

Tim grew up close to Hi-Crest and has 10 other siblings so you are sure to have met someone in his awesome family!  One of his biggest passions is helping people in under-resourced communities see their value and worth and helping create safe and affordable housing. Tim and his wife currently live in Hi-Crest and are continually learning how to better serve and love our community by building relationships and meeting our neighbors where they are instead of coming in from the outside with a “solution.”

Tricia Sublet - Mental Health Specialist

For Tricia and her family, Hi-Crest is home. It’s not just where their house is, but it’s a community of friends with whom they share life and consider family. A helper at heart, compassionate and creative, Tricia loves watching others achieve their goals and finding hope in healing. She considers it a pleasure and an honor to be able to walk alongside others on their journey to finding new hope in a new life. She is able to see this in her work with clients, at home with her kids, and in her time serving at her church.

Jay Rice - Construction Foreman

Jay’s favorite thing about the Hi-Crest neighborhood is its people. His hope for the community is to see its residents’ dreams come true. A defining moment for him was when he learned that helping people is not a 9 to 5 job, it’s about loving people and being present in their lives. As Jay puts it, “Helping people is a project; people are NOT projects.”

Julie James - SENT Prep Academy, Center Director

Paige Roudybush- SENT Prep Academy, Assistant Center Director/ Lead Teacher


Johnathan Sublet – Chairman

Johnathan functions as the Lead Pastor for the Hi-Crest campus of Fellowship Bible Church. He is married to Tricia and together they have three wonderful kids. Johnathan is a Texas native who is new to hunting but an avid fan of sports.

Dr. Beryl New- Vice Chair

Dr. Beryl New is Director of Certified Personnel and Equity for Topeka Public Schools. She is also the co-chair of the district’s Equity Council, which closely examines the ways in which race impacts student success. She has served as an educator for thirty years in teaching and school leadership. A resident of Topeka since the age of nine, she is also a member of Faith Temple Church - Topeka, where she has taught Sunday School for nearly forty years.

SJ Hazim – Resource Development & Education

SJ was awarded a Rising star recognition from The Topeka Capital-Journal 2019, for his community involvement and impact. A board Member of the Police Athletic League and council member of Strengthening Police and Community Partnerships. An all around community servant promoting volunteerism and mentorship. Founder of Project Forward and a member of Momentum 2022 Community Engagement, Pride, & Service Work Group. SJ is “all in”, “all the time” in any endeavor he takes on.

Sara Hoyer - Treasurer

Sara was born and raised in Topeka. She currently serves as Director of Business & Finance and Board Clerk for the Shawnee Heights School District. Sara earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Washburn University and a Certificate of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. Her twenty-year career in budgeting and accounting has centered on the human (disability) services and educational sectors of government. She volunteered in various capacities at her local church home since 1998 and loves to serve people. She currently attends Fellowship Bible Church – Hi Crest, in community with other people who have a heart to serve. Outside of work and ministry, she spends her time with her two sons, RJ and Elijas, who are her two greatest gifts. Spending part of her childhood in Hi-Crest gives her a passion for the SENT mission. In her role at SENT and in community, she hopes to teach her sons that with God, all things are possible.

Sheena Ward - Board Member

Sheena Ward serves as President for the Board of Directors of Breakthrough House, Inc, which is a nonprofit supporting mental health recovery in Topeka.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Washburn University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas.  Sheena has worked in public service as a Budget Analyst with the Kansas Division of the Budget since 2007. 

Robert Brown - Board Member

Helping people in need is one of Robert’s biggest passions in life. One of the best ways he is capable of doing his is by coaching and teaching basketball. He credits the sport for saving his life growing up as he was able to be part of a group that came together to complete a common goal. Growing up in Hi-Crest, Robert didn’t see events like the Hi-Crest market or activities for the youth, and he appreciates SENT for bringing them to the community. Something else Robert appreciates is his favorite dining spot Soul Fire Food Co. truck and the season spring.

Dana Revels - Board Member

Dana has a passion for real estate and enjoys having the opportunity to help others along their path to homeownership. Having recently obtained her real estate license, every day she is seeking out the next home or encouraging one through the process and finds the work very rewarding. For the residents of Hi-Crest, Dana hopes to encourage new skill sets to inspire others to achieve their dreams. “Everyone must know that it’s okay to dream and those dreams are attainable.”

Ron Krueger - Board Member

Ron and his wife Stacy have lived in Topeka with their two daughters since 2006.  They attend Fellowship Bible Church where Ron serves on the Deacon Team and they volunteer with the Outreach Ministry.  Ron is employed with United Airlines and served 25 years with the Air Force and Kansas Air National Guard in numerous command leadership positions. He and his family want to help transform the Topeka community through the love of Christ.

Linessa Frazier - Board Member

Originally from South Carolina, one of the things Linessa loves about Hi-Crest is how the entire community stands fearlessly against challenges and recognizes an opportunity to embrace and effect change. That hope, she says, “can’t be manufactured.” This is fitting as she considers spring to be her favorite season; a season of rebirth and something the Hi-Crest community has been striving towards.

Daphne Lauber - Board Member

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