Meet The Leaders

Merrilee Berger
Chicktime Bulverde Managing Leader
Why I serve a leadership role with Chicktime:
My purpose in life is to make people happy and put a smile on their face.  Serving as a leader for Chicktime Bulverde allows me to fulfill my purpose.
My passions and gifts:
My passions in life are what led me to Chicktime.  I truly love to help people and make them happy. I was very fortunate to be blessed with a little brother, Craig, who has Down Syndrome.  He has been one of my greatest influences in my life. Forty-Five years ago, people had a hard time accepting those who were different from them. Craig was not treated very nicely.  People would stare; make fun of him; resulting in making him feel sad. It was hard for me to witness that.  So, when I was in my teens, I started working with individuals with special needs, and visiting people in nursing homes and the State Hospital to make them feel wanted and loved.  It is through my brother and working/visiting with those in needs that I have learned how to love unconditionally, to be patient, to understand, to be a good listener, to care.
Hobbies and Interest:
My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. We love to travel and hope to visit all 50 states and their capitols.  We also like to fish and play games. 
Elizabeth Hepp
Chicktime Bulverde Chapter Co-Leader
Why I serve a leadership role at Chicktime:
I am motivated to make a difference in the lives of not only animals, but, people in need.  Giving the simple gift of time can change the outcome of a person’s life.  Taking interest in another person’s happiness helps them realize they have value and are important.  After all, it is a human desire to be important and cared for by someone.  No one wants to be forgotten.  We all want to be remembered by someone.
My hobbies and interests:
I am active in animal rescue.  My family has fostered over 150 dogs in 6 years!  I am also on the board at Guide Dogs of Texas and my daughter is raising a guide dog puppy, Indie.  In my spare time, I enjoy sewing, crafts, running, and spending time with my family (and my dogs J)
My passions and gifts:
I am very thoughtful and deliberate when I approach a task.  I enjoy creating memorable experiences even out of mundane everyday events and if I can sneak in a little learning GREAT!  But, I like to make things special for everyone.
Melissa Jozwiak
Chicktime Bulverde Chapter Co-Leader
Why I serve a leadership role at Chicktime:
I have always enjoyed working with people. Watching them find their passions fills me with joy. Being a leader for Chicktime gives me new opportunities to be part of that discovery process
My passions and gifts:

Teaching is my passion. I have never had a teaching job that I didn’t love. And, I feel most energized when I am in a group with others and learning is alive. Although I enjoy teaching many different topics, I am passionate about helping others learn to respect, value and nurture the uniqueness and worth of every individual.

My hobbies and interests:

For many years, scrapbooking has been my favorite hobby.  I love the satisfaction of creating something new. Now that my children are getting older, I have begun to enjoy traveling more and have fallen in love with Italy. I hope to keep traveling back with my husband when he goes for work and learn more about the communities and culture.

Laura L0pez-Arenas

Chicktime Bulverde Chapter Co-Leader



Why I Serve a leadership role with Chicktime:
I serve with Chicktime because I want to bring love and joy to others. I think it is important that all people feel cared for and seen. I am grateful for all God’s blessings and want to be a light to those we serve. 
My Passions and Gifts:
As a former teacher, I am very passionate about education. I love teaching and helping others to grow. I am a good listener and have a gift for making people feel welcome and calm. I hope to guide people to find peace and joy in life. 
Hobbies and Interests:
Over the years, I have had many hobbies from crocheting to photography. Because of my love for nature and being active, my hobbies now include hiking, paddle boarding and mount
Barb Frieler
Chicktime Bulverde Co-Leader

Why I serve a leadership role:

I have always been an active person, blessed by raising 3 daughters, volunteering for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and maintaining a busy work schedule.  Now that my children have “flown the coup” and I retired, the Lord graciously brought me to Chicktime.  I have been involved with several of the Chicktime chapters and can’t ever imagine NOT being connected with these children.   

My passions and gifts:

I love to organize and plan events.  In fact, my family calls me “the planner” and they are “the doers”! I love walking, watching sports and sightseeing around Texas with my husband in our Jeep!!


My hobbies and interests:

My favorite hobby is “gifting”; whether it be sewing, needlepoint or crocheting a gift for someone.  I have made blankets, shawls, Christmas stockings, Halloween costumes-anything that makes someone feel that they are special and loved!  I also have a great love for reading history and enjoy sharing what I have learned with others.


Chicktime Bulverde:
Volunteer Coordinator- Barb
Facebook Manager- Elizabeth 
Website Monitor- Melissa 
Calendar Manager- Laura
Treasurer- Merrilee 
Rising Managing Leader- Elizabeth