Central Office


Paul Wallace

Paul Wallace
Executive Director

Paul was attracted to join CIS in January, 2018 because of the intersection of the organization’s mission and what he considers to be his life’s calling, which is to help grow and nurture young people into successful adults. He’s spent the majority of his adult life serving young people as youth minister in the local church setting, as a volunteer leader, and as a public-school classroom teacher. The faces and stories that come from those experiences drive his passion to lead, nurture and empower the young people of our community, especially those who face difficult situations that are outside of their control.


Justin Whiteley
Director of Programs

Justin started with Communities In Schools in 2014. He has a Master’s Degree degree in Christian Ministry and a Bachelor’s degree in Youth & Family Ministry from Abilene Christian University. He also has 17 years of experience in youth work through the City of Abilene’s Parks and Recreational Division as well as 5 years of experience as a youth ministry leader.


Christian Clyburn
Director of Operations

Christian started with Communities In Schools in 2012. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences from Texas Tech University.


Sarah McLean LMSW
Director of Mental Health

Sarah graduated from ACU with a Master’s in social work in 2016. Prior to that, she worked with children in a transitional living center in Houston, Texas and then taught middle school math and science for 4 additional years. Since receiving her social work education, she has worked with Communities In Schools of the Big Country as a program support specialist.


Karla Carrasco LMSW
Mental Health Program Coordinator

Bio coming soon


Student Success Coaches


  • Erica Hansley – Abilene High School
  • TBD – Cooper High School
  • Corey Bolton – Clack Middle School
  • Sheila Ashford – Craig Middle School
  • Jodee Grun – Madison Middle School
  • Melissa Martinez – Mann Middle School
  • Christine Cherry – Merkel Middle School
  • Jimmy Fancher – Snyder Junior High School
  • Kaitlin Montgomery – Wylie West Junior High School
  • Jessica Bollinger – Wylie East Junior High School
  • Fabiola Vargas – Wylie High School
  • Callie Gordon – Breckenridge High School