NLAI Board of directors

A seven member Board of Directors govern and direct New Life Advance International. These godly men and women serve three-year terms and may serve an additional term. All have some type of relationship and love for the ministry and missionaries of NLAI.


When they agree to serve on the Board, they commit to attend two board meetings every year as well as serve on different board committees to assure that NLAI is being properly directed and supervised. These gracious volunteers cover their own expenses for attending the board meetings as well as contribute to the work of the ministry in different ways. NLAI is grateful for our Board!

  • Paige Allen

    Paige first visited New Life Children’s Home at the age of 15, and 20 years later she continues to be amazed at how the Lord is working through NLAI! Paige currently serves at Church on the Rock in Lubbock, TX as the Missions Pastor and oversees women’s ministry. Paige has been married to Josh for 14 years, and together they have a passion to spread the message of the Kingdom into the world. Paige has preached in 10 countries, and loves to help others experience God’s love for the world. She has two daughters, Selah Hope and Haven Joy.

  • cody birdwell

    Cody Birdwell was a student of NLAI President Emeritus Dave Depew in the 1970s. He has served as a missions coordinator for his church and has supported NLAI mission work for over three decades. He served on the board of directors in the 1990s and has come back to serve another term, beginning in 2015. Cody has been married to his wife, Terry, for 33 years. They have two children, Joshua and Heather, who are both in college.

  • Michael Bourland

    Chairman

    Michael Bourland is an attorney practicing at Witt, McGregor & Bourland, P.L.L.C. in Waco, Texas. He attended the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor where he majored in business administration and Spanish, and Baylor University Law School. Michael met his wife, Carey, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Temple, where they grew up together. They have lived in Waco since 2003 and attend Highland Baptist Church. Michael serves as a Deacon at Highland, and he and Carey teach a 7th Grade Sunday School Class. They have three boys - Cole (12), Ty (10), and Grayson (7). 

  • Ana Graves

    Vice Chairperson

    Ana Graves grew up in Houston, TX. and spent her first summer at NLCH when she was 17. While in college, Ana continued to learn more about God’s heart for the world as she got involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Ana has been serving in San Antonio with InterVarsity for 11 years, her first 6 years as a campus minister and for the past five as an Area Director coordinating the work both in San Antonio and along the border of South Texas.  In recent years, she’s had the privilege to travel both to Guatemala and other parts of the world to be a part of God’s work around the world. 

  • kim holman

    Kim received her BFA in Art/Interior Design at Texas Tech University in 1989 and her M.Div. at Asbury Theological Seminary in 1993.  She visited NLCH in the early 1990s through the Wesley Foundation at Texas Tech and has kept the Home in her heart since then. Kim and her husband, Tom, have two children, Emily (17) and Matthew (15), and all have served at NLCH. She has traveled on several mission trips to Russia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Swaziland, Guatemala and Canada. 

  • jeff kralowetz

    Secretary-treasurer

    Jeff interned at NLCH in 1990 while studying for his master's degree at Baylor University. He was inspired and challenged by Kendon and Wendy Wheeler and their leadership at NLCH. Jeff roomed with NLAI missionary Mike McComb, and through late night conversations and prayers, he was inspired to go deeper in his relationship with Jesus Christ. Jeff still considers the McComb family to be some of his most treasured friends. Jeff works as a VP of Business Development for a London-based published company and travels regularly. Jeff is married to Cathy and they have three children, Sam, 17, Peter, 15, and Rebecca, 9.

  • bill thomas

    Bill Thomas is a Professor of Accounting at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  He attended Baylor University where he majored in accounting, and met his wife, Mary Ann, while at Baylor. Bill and Mary Ann have known Kendon and Wendy Wheeler from Highland Baptist Church in Waco, Texas since the mid 1980s have been active supporters of the Wheelers and NLCH for over 30 years. The couple have two children and five grandchildren.