Michael Hohle, Founder and Driver
Michael has been a professional truck driver for 35 years, driving for McLane Industries, Huffman Farms, 5M Trucking, and Helena Chemical. He came up with the concept for Driving Hope of Texas after observing the trouble his aunt had in driving her husband from their small town to a large city for his cancer treatments.
Kelli Alsup, Director
For the past 13 years, Kelli's focus in management has been in accounting and human resources. She spends a large portion of her free time volunteering for her church and various community organizations. She has served the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) in many positions at the society and zone level, has held several appointed positions within the Texas District LWML, and was appointed to the National Leader Development Committee. She currently serves as Vice-President of Christian life for the Texas District LWML. Kelli is also a member of Altrusa International of Temple, Texas Inc., a community service organization that annually donates over $60,000 and 18,000 volunteer hours to organizations, non-profits, and individuals in the Temple area. Kelli currently sits on the Altrusa Foundation Board of Directors and has held many leadership positions within the club including chairing their annual fundraiser “Taste of Holidays” which saw its most successful year ever under her leadership. She also volunteers for “Caring Ball” and “Boots and Bandanas”, fundraisers for the Temple Community Free Clinic and McLane Children’s Hospital. Kelli understands firsthand the devastating effects of cancer on a family having lost two grandparents and an aunt to the disease. Living in Temple with Scott and White Hospital, she never fully understood the toll transportation can take on the patient and their family until her mother was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer earlier this year. Her mother receives treatment in Round Rock and all those trips for doctor’s appointments, chemo, radiation, and fluids are exhausting and overwhelming even with the support of amazing family and friends.
Caren Coe, Director
Caren is an Executive Recruiter who is familiar with the leadership needs of nonprofit organizations. She is known for her excellent problem-solving skills, creative solutions, and dedication. She also enjoyed over two decades in the commercial furniture industry, where she developed skills in connecting with people, designing solutions to meet complex needs, and successfully supporting clients' personal and business goals. More recently, she founded Life Force Health Strategies, a nutrition and wellness consulting business. Caren is familiar with the transportation needs of patients and their families. She has served as a caregiver for relatives living near Bartlett, in Austin, and in the Houston area. For several years, Caren drove family members to their treatments at both at Baylor Scott & White in Temple and at MD Anderson in Houston.
Richard Lary, Director
Full time firefighter and Paramedic for over 20 years with advanced training in critical care and cardiac life support. In addition, Lary is an Instructor/examiner for American Heart Association CPR, International Trauma Life Support, and Texas Department State Health Services Emergency Medical Technician.
Lt. Col. Steven Dutschmann (Retired), Diirector
Steven is an experienced Business (Logistics) Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the government (military) and the higher education industry. He is skilled in leadership, operational planning, international relations, budgeting, purchasing, research administration, and contract management. He is also a retired Lt. Col. with the United States Air Force.
Rev. John Heckmann, Director
Pastor John attended Concordia College in Austin, Texas; transferring then to Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. His seminary years were spent at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri; with a year of Vicarage spent at Faith Lutheran Church in Eustis, Florida. After ordination, John was then installed at St. John Lutheran Church in Kramer, Nebraska where he served the first 18 years of his ministry. Rev. Heckmann and his family moved to The Grove in 2003. He has served the LWML as National Pastoral Counselor and as District Pastoral Counselor for the Nebraska South and the Texas Districts. He also serves the ladies of the Sunshine Zone LWML as their Pastoral Counselor, and the congregations of Circuit 17 as their Circuit Visitor.
Rev. Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick, Director
Gerald (Jerry_ is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Walburg, serving on our November’s benefit committee in that location. Perhaps Jerry is best known as leading The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as President for nine years. He is currently CEO of Legacy Deo, which helps people put their legacy charitable gifts to work in the church. Their mission is, “to inspire giving that impacts life forever.” He has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M in 1964, and a Masters of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in 1976. Jerry is an ordained pastor in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. His was bestowed a Doctor of Laws from Concordia University Texas in 1996. From Perspectives, his personal blog about Driving Hope of Texas: “In my life I’ve known many people suffering from cancer. It took my father’s life 35 years ago. This debilitating disease affects both patient and family.” It was Jerry who encouraged us to get the drivinghope.us domain name in hope of seeing our expansion grow beyond Texas to other states.
Amy Turkett, Board Secretary
Amy has been in the Compliance industry for 16 years. For the last 4 years, she has been a Grants Compliance Specialist for Thompson Grants. In this capacity, she provides knowledge and tools to assist grant recipients to stay in compliance so they can continue receiving their funding.
Philip Hohle, Ph.D., Board Chair
An adjunct professor of Mass Communication at Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton (Fall 2019), Hohle has taught courses in Mass Media and Organizational Communication for over ten years. Prior to returning to the academic world, he owned and operated Parabolic Media, a firm that specialized in producing public relations and fundraising promotional media among faith-based and not-for-profit organizations in the U.S. Hohle has also consulted with these same clients on governance and organizational communication effectiveness. He has produced training materials manuals that help churches and social service agencies integrate volunteers safely and effectively into their service work. Meanwhile, Hohle is also a qualified driver, logging many rider miles in the van.
Professional Advisory Board
Join Driving Hope Texas on our Professional Advisory Board. We are in need of specialized advice and expertise in a number of areas. We are looking to engage members with particular knowledge in:
- Non-emergency medical transportation (or similar)
- Business operations
- Non-profit management and development
- Hospital and treatment center relations
- Medical Social Work
- Government policy
On occasion, Advisory members will be given the opportunity to weigh in on critical discussions and to help make important contacts with key personnel in the many publics we engage in this work.
Find out how to get involved by clicking HERE.