Meet NICA’s Board!
Dedicated to making a difference in Northside.
Jerry Bristow is the President of the Board of Directors at NICA. Born and raised in Fort Worth, he attended Dallas Baptist University where he received his Bachelor’s of Arts Degree. Thereafter, Jerry spent 27 years employed by State Farm as an Insurance Agent. For the past 20 years, Jerry has spent his free time mentoring students at Mary Louise Phillips Elementary School and participating in various missions trips to Haiti and Mexico. He is also a member of Arborlawn United Methodist Church Fort Worth which was what brought him to NICA. In 2014, Jerry was elected into the Board of Directors and has continued to grow his passion for Nonprofit.
David Nance spent over 30 years in the Foodservice industry, working for such companies as PepsiCo, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Hillshire Brands, Plantation Foods, and Advanced Food Systems, as well as his own consulting company. David is past-chairman of the Foodservice Division of the Institute of Food Technologists and liaison with the National Restaurant Association.
Now retired, David has volunteered with NICA for over 20 years, hauling food for the pantry and donations for the thrift store. He has served on the Board of Directors with a term as President. He enjoys talking about NICA and our mission and would be happy to speak to any interested group or business. He is also active at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church and Meals on Wheels. He enjoys both water and snow skiing as well as many activities with his 5 grandchildren. He and his wife Barbara (also an active volunteer) have been married for 47 years.
Bertha “Bert” Jones
Originally from Oregon, and then coming to Fort Worth from Seattle, Bert Jones offers over 25 years in the business field. After a successful career she retired but her passion for people continued which would eventually lead her to begin working for NICA. Throughout the 10 years she’s been with the agency she’s held various titles and responsibilities that have played a large part in the development of the agency short and long-term. She was also part of the original group that pioneered the founding of our largest annual fundraising event – The Taste of Fort Worth. She was elected into the Board of Directors in 2015 and has worked just as hard ever since.
Currently the District Director for Residential Child Care Licensing, Joy and her staff travel to the four corners of Texas to make sure children in out-of-home care are safe. Joy has 40 years in the Child Welfare field in the Southeastern part of the U.S. as well as in Texas. While getting her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington, she interned with NICA in 2012 and became so impressed with its vital role in the community that she remained involved as a volunteer and was eventually elected onto the Board of Directors. Now her husband and circle of friends serve as volunteers in the Taste of Fort Worth each year.
B. C. Hosch
B. C. was raised in West Texas, graduated from Texas Tech and moved to Fort Worth in 1966. As a CPA, he practiced public accounting with a national accounting firm until 1980 when he joined a West Texas oil company as Chief Financial Officer. He returned to Fort Worth in 1984 and joined a local accounting firm, Rylander, Clay & Opitz, LLC where he remained partner until his retirement in 2004. He has served three terms as a member of the Board of Directors at NICA and as Treasurer.
George Westby first moved to Fort Worth in 1988 to help a friend with a parking business. What began as a temporary endeavor quickly transitioned into a permanent situation for George. He began to put roots down in the Fort Worth area after selling his waterfront home in Gig Harbor, Washington. Thereafter, George put on a cowboy hat and boots and officially became a Texan. Inspired by Red Steagall and his 1991 Cowboy Gathering, Jean Marlowe and George started Cowboy Church Fort Worth Stockyards. He is the churches’ pastor. They partnered with NICA to complete their church services and he became a board member more than 20 years ago.
Bobby H Pechal, Jr.
Bobby has been a Board Member since June of 2015. He was raised in Central Texas, attended the University of Texas – Arlington and currently works as General Director Operations Workforce Planning for BNSF Railway Company here in Fort Worth. He and his wife Pam reside north of Fort Worth and have 2 sons in college, one at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and another at Kent State University in Kent, OH.
Bobby and Pam enjoy travelling and the outdoors, and are blessed to support and take part in the work NICA does for Fort Worth’s Northside and surrounding communities.