Our Team

Jennifer Carson

Executive Director

Jennifer Carson is founder of the Children Are A Gift Foundation and The Children’s Park of Tyler. She currently serves as Board President and Leads the monthly support group Glory Babies, for couples who have experienced the loss of a baby  during pregnancy or infancy.

Jennifer graduated with her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She is currently a Home Health PT for Paradigm Homecare in Tyler, TX. She also leads a women’s bible study, teaches Sunday school and loves mentoring younger women. Her greatest treasures are Jesus and her family including her husband of 22 years, two sons and a daughter.

April Chesley

Administrative Assistant

April Chesley joined The Children’s Park of Tyler Foundation in July of 2009. Before then she had been a stay at home mom and had volunteered with various organizations within the community.

She has heart to come alongside others, helping and encouraging them through difficulties and to guide them into their full potential. Her position at The Children’s Park gives her a special place to use those gifts helping others along the way, while attending to her Administrative duties for the foundation.

April and her husband Bryan have one son. They are well rooted at Grace Community Church and School. They feel blessed to be raising their son in such a wonderful place like Tyler.

Lindsey Gainer

Board President

Lindsey Gainer has been active volunteer for The Children’s Park serving as one of the founding board members of The Children Are a Gift Foundation. She is delighted to have an opportunity to share her passion for children; and through her service honor those who have eased the path of personal tragedy.

Lindsey has shared an active role in several not-for-profit organizations and church outreach programs for many years.

Lindsey, a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, earned her MBA from LeTourneau University and certificate in Executive Healthcare Management from the Wharton School of Business, University of PA.  Lindsey currently serves as a member of the faculty for Tyler Junior College and as an adjunct professor for LeTourneau University.

Judy Nolley

Board Vice President

Judy Nolley is a native of Tyler, TX and is proud to serve on the Children’s Park of Tyler Board of Directors.  The Children’s Park holds a special place for her as she walks the journey of loss and she hopes her work with the Children’s Park is given to God’s glory.

Judy is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the owner of Just Imagine, a children’s specialty toy store, in Tyler, TX.

She is a single mom whose greatest joy is her daughter Alicia.

Lisa Lujan

Board Secretary

Lisa M. Lujan was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She and Michael married in 1993 and they moved to Tyler, Texas in 1995.  In 2003, they co-founded Mentoring Minds.

Lisa is driven by her commitment to her family, especially her two daughters, Michelle and Monica who have inspired so much of the Mentoring Minds philosophy and core values.  She is passionate about giving back to the community and is actively serving on the boards of the Children’s Park, East Texas Food Bank, Niños de Promesa, and the East Texas Communities Foundation.