During the campaign for mayor and, since then, I have said that the fastest growing group in Kerrville is the 25-44 age group.

Scott Turner said his years in public education were not really a job — they fulfilled a calling. His heart for kids is obvious as he talks about those years spent woking in public schools.

Charlie Schreiner III was on the Schreiner Bancshares board for 40 years, from 1952 to 1992.

Stephanie Terrell, 22, always wanted to be a nurse. There was a neighbor who was a nurse, she saw nurses care for her grandmother and she watched them as they cared for her when she discovered she had a severe allergy to nuts. Her assessment was nurses help people and they know what to do. H…

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What would compel a nurse to serve in 16 foreign countries? What is the attraction of caring for American personnel in places like Somalia, Pakistan, Nicaragua, Cameroon, Mongolia, Morocco and Madagascar?

Stephanie Turnham is passionately enthusiastic about art and the power of museums to make a difference in the lives of individuals and in a community. Since May 2015, she has been the executive director of the Museum of Western Art, 1550 Bandera Highway.

Kay Tally-Foos has youth camping in her veins. Growing up on Valley Drive in Kerrville — then bordered by open ranch land — she was outside every day. She was roaming, exploring and playing outdoors.

Ken DeZarn is a barista, and also a homebuilder. When he dons a different hat — that of actor — he is frequently seen on area stages.

Kiley Miller graduated from Midland High School in 1995 and entered Schreiner University to get a science degree and play soccer. Four years later, he had a degree in chemistry and was in the Schreiner soccer program’s record books: Miller holds the record as third in career assists, second …

Imagine a 12-year-old boy on a Farmall tractor, plowing a field on the family’s farm between Center Point and Camp Verde. He looks up and sees a plane from the Hondo Air Base, a flight training base. And another on another day. And another. He decides he wants to be a pilot.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Rev. Bill Blackburn is back with a new bi-weekly column in The Kerrville Daily Times. “Faces of Kerr County” will focus on people who have a positive impact in our community.

On this day after Christmas and all that has been done to reach out to people in need in this county, think about the organizations that are there throughout the year making a difference — the nonprofit organizations in our community and beyond.

This is the next-to-last column on the effective nonprofit organization. These columns have been written over a three-year period and will be published in book form later.

Every nonprofit organization has a story. When that story is told in a compelling way, it helps the public to know what the organization is about, it can attract volunteers and it builds bridges to donors.

Recently I had lunch with three executive directors of local nonprofit organizations. We were talking about what they were dealing with as it related to these columns on the effective nonprofit organization.

The director of a local nonprofit organization I was consulting with told me about her struggle with all the information that is available today.

Think about the dynamics of the three divisions of our local and national economy: business, government, nonprofit. In this column, we will look at one issue in this county, poverty, in light of those three divisions.

Think about the dynamics of the three divisions of our local and national economy: business, government, nonprofit. In this column, we will look at one issue in this county, poverty, in light of those three divisions.

Have you ever been part of or observed a nonprofit organization, and you really did not know what it was accomplishing? If you had been asked, “What are the results of this organization?” would you know what to say?

Have you ever been part of or observed a nonprofit organization, and you really did not know what it was accomplishing? If you had been asked, “What are the results of this organization?” would you know what to say?

Having worked with nonprofit organizations in various capacities since 1964, there are those times when you realize an NPO is skimming the surface of the issues/problems/opportunities. That may be true in the whole organization or in just some of its programs. There are NPOs that are “a mile…

In consulting with nonprofit organizations, one of the first things I look for is focus. Is the organization clearly focused on the mission? The NPO’s focus can be seen in daily operations and the clarity of purpose in all the programs.