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Every member of our team shares a vision for the heart, character and educational achievement of Shelterwood students. We have a dynamic team of professionals, many considered at the top of their field. This team lays the firm foundation for our incredible success as a leading residential treatment center.

Shelterwood teens are surrounded by remarkable young adult role models at all times in every setting, offering a community driven approach to treatment. Professionals with top credentials lead our counseling, therapeutic and educational efforts — even our groundskeeper is a professional therapist. Caring adults also interact regularly with our students, pursue relationships, counsel and encourage . . . no matter what.

Jim Subers, CEO

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Jim Subers has worked across the country and around the globe. However, he says, “witnessing the transformation that happens at Shelterwood makes this job unlike anything I’ve done before.”

“I’ve been blessed to lead a number of different organizations, but seldom have I seen this kind of change take place in such a short period of time,” Jim says. “The opportunity to witness heart change, real transformation and life change . . . it’s pretty exciting. The tools we’re giving these kids and the seeds being sown in their hearts can truly help them to overcome and succeed.”

After graduating from the University of Florida with honors and a degree in business management, Jim spent the first few years in campus ministry. He and his wife, Janice, then served for five years as missionaries in Tokyo, Japan. After moving back to the US, Jim continued his studies at Fuller Seminary, and began a career in international business in both commercial real estate and the oil and gas industry. In 1995, Joe White of Kanakuk Kamps contacted Jim and asked him to run his new non-profit camp serving urban children, Kids Across America. Today, KAA is a thriving camp that reaches children who otherwise would not be able to experience summer camp. Jim also led Bill Glass Champions for Life, a nationwide prison ministry based in Dallas, Texas, and Mega Voice International, an audio Bible manufacturing and distribution organization based in Tiberias, Israel. Jim joined Shelterwood in 2011. As Shelterwood CEO, Jim leads the senior executive team and sets the vision and direction for the ministry. He recently led the effort to complete the two new buildings on campus: our new residential facility, the Richard Beach Lodge, and our new Chapel. He reports weekly to the Board of Directors for Shelterwood, which is made up primarily of former Shelterwood parents who believe in our program and have seen heart change in these teens first hand.

Jim approaches his role at Shelterwood as a servant leader. He and his wife Janice, and their son, Jake, live on the Shelterwood campus. Jake, who has autism, works in the Dining Hall. One of Jim’s greatest passions is his personal interaction with the Shelterwood teens. He leads a weekly time of teaching with the young men. The group discusses current events, life challenges, and other teen issues, all from a Biblical perspective. Janice is also involved with the young women, often leading bible studies for the girls and the young adult mentors.

Outside of his work at Shelterwood, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and growing family, he has two married children and five young grandchildren. His other son is attending college in Australia, and hopes to follow his father into ministry. Die-hard University of Florida fans may recognize Jim for another reason; he was an offensive guard for the Gators.

Leadership Team

Charissa Swindoll Gaither
Charissa Swindoll Gaither
Director of Advancement and Donor Experience Bio

Charissa Swindoll Gaither // Director of Advancement and Donor Experience

Charissa Swindoll Gaither serves as the Director of Advancement and Donor Experience for Shelterwood Academy.  Previously, Charissa served as a Major Gifts Officer for Compassion International, and as a Major Gifts Officer for Wycliffe Bible Translators in the South Central region. She was also a Vice President at Insight for Living for many years.  Charissa has more than 20 years of experience in Christian ministry and has a passion for engaging with people young and old, reaching the unreached by empowering souls and transforming lives. Charissa and her husband, Mark, have four grown children. Charissa and Mark serve on the leadership team for their Sunday school class at Stonebriar Community Church. They reside in the Dallas, Texas, area.

Lloyd Rindels
Lloyd Rindels
Director of Training and Leadership Development Bio

Lloyd Rindels // Director of Training and Leadership Development

Lloyd has been a part of the Shelterwood team since 2014 and in his new role as The Director of Training and Leadership brings many years of experience in leadership and training to help the Shelterwood leadership. Lloyd is a veteran of the United States Air Force, received his BA from the University of Arizona and has a diverse professional background having served in the political realm and then entering into vocational ministry where He directed discipleship/leadership training schools. Lloyd and his wife Brenda reside in Belton, Missouri have three adult children and five grandchildren.

Rujon Morrison
Rujon Morrison , M.A.
Executive Director Bio

Rujon Morrison , M.A. // Executive Director

As Shelterwood’s Executive Director, Rujon Morrison puts her backgrounds in clinical training and dynamic ministry experience into practice. “I’ve always had a heart for teens, and we believe these young people are the leaders of our future,” Rujon says.

Rujon studied psychology, education, science, leadership and organizational development. She began her career in education, serving students with learning and behavior disorders, and also worked as an educational consultant in the Southeast for more than 10 years. She continued her work with adolescents as the Educational Director at Georgia’s Brawner Psychiatric Institute, where she initiated inpatient program models and led the educational department. Also at Brawner, Rujon became Clinical Program Director, using her work as the pilot program for partial hospital programs nationwide. Rujon then moved from secular mental health to a Christian model, serving as clinical program director for Rapha Hospitals at Atlanta’s inpatient unit. She directed the first Christian partial hospital program, as Rapha’s National Special Programs Coordinator, and also served as Educational Consultant for one of the nation’s largest juvenile court systems. Furthermore, Rujon has developed nonprofits, led retreats and pioneered spiritual growth opportunities.

Rujon Morrison puts all her experiences into play as Shelterwood’s Executive Director. In this leadership role since 2011, Rujon is responsible for program operations, intake assessments and much more. “We pray to have an impact on these teens’ lives and their families’ lives in a redemptive way,” she says.

Also a writer and speaker, Rujon influences a variety of audiences. She has contributed to a number of books and publications, including Christian Counseling Today, and has spoken in more than a dozen countries.

Rujon loves to garden, both in the Shelterwood garden and in her own. She and her husband enjoy exploring Missouri and spending time with their seven grandchildren.

Shelly Moss
Shelly Moss
Director of Admissions Bio

Shelly Moss // Director of Admissions

Shelly Moss has been involved with Shelterwood for the last five years as a parent liaison. In her new role as Director of Admissions, she is able to use her business and legal background to help families find the help they are seeking for their struggling teens. Shelly is proud to be a Texas Aggie, graduating with a business degree in 1987. She also holds a Law Degree from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. Happily married for 25 years to her husband, Rodney, she is also the proud mother of their four children. She counts her relationship with Jesus Christ as the most important in her life and is humbled and blessed to work with families at Shelterwood.

Stephen Hobson
Stephen Hobson
Director of Accounting Bio

Stephen Hobson // Director of Accounting

Stephen graduated with a B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University. While in college he had several opportunities to work with teenagers in youth ministry. Upon graduation, he decided to continue to pursue ministry to teens by becoming a Big Brother/Mentor at Shelterwood. After serving for three years directly with the Shelterwood teens and their families, Stephen moved over the business and administrative side of the ministry. He has now been serving as the Director of Accounting for 8+ years. Stephen says he loves getting to use his accounting skills to support Shelterwood in this capacity while still getting to be connected to the relational elements of the ministry. Over the years as Stephen says his heart has moved to not just being for the Shelterwood teens, but also for the parents. “I have grown to greatly admire Shelterwood parents for the love, sacrifice and humility they display to get their child the help that they need and walk with them through the Shelterwood journey.” Outside of Shelterwood, Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy and their four young children. Stephen is a fan of many sports and enjoys woodworking as well as outdoor activities, such as hiking and fishing.