KRISTI NNOKAM Executive Director
While finishing her undergraduate degree, Kristi’s eyes and heart were opened to children in child protective services through serving as a kinship placement. Her personal experience lead her to pursue a career in social work, which afforded her the opportunity to serve children in crisis professionally, too. Kristi has been working in the child welfare field for over a decade.
Kristi contributes a vast array of professional and personal experience to the 4KIDS team. She has served as a CPS investigator, faith-based child-placing agency case manager, intake coordinator and program director. She is skilled in all the behind-the-scenes tasks of compliance with state and area regulations, while working with Child Protective Services representatives to make excellent placements in 4KIDS foster families.
Kristi excitedly accepted the call to serve as the Executive Director and Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator of 4KIDS of South Texas in 2014. Kristi embodies 4KIDS’ mission, vision and values and is dedicated to serving foster families and the children they serve. In her spare time, Kristi enjoys spending time with her 6 children, going to amusement parks, and making trips to the beach.
JOHN WILHELM Program Director
John’s work with abused and neglected children goes back many years. While serving as missionaries in Eastern Europe in the early 1990’s, John and his wife Katy worked with orphans in several former East Bloc nations. They supported the restoration of dilapidated, former-communist orphanages and visited and loved on orphans infected with HIV. John has been active in working with abused and neglected children in San Antonio since his family returned from the mission field in 2005.
John brings a broad knowledge of the child welfare system and has many years of experience in working for faith-based foster care and adoption agencies. He is passionate about finding quality families to care for children in need and providing those families with the support and training that will make them succeed.
He joined 4KIDS because he wholeheartedly embraces the vision, which is to create a partnership of individuals, churches, corporations, government agencies and foundations committed to creating community solutions for the modern-day orphan (foster children). In his spare time (whenever he has any), John enjoys going on nature walks with his wife or watching action movies with his boys.
GREG LEININGER President
From the mission trips to Haiti orphanages while growing up to working with under-privileged kids through a community outreach ministry during his college years, building relationships with the poor and hurting has left a long-term impact on Greg’s heart for kids in crisis. Working to provide real hope for these kids has become the dominant focus of his life. He has served as a CASA (court appointed special advocate), foster parent, and respite-care provider for foster care parents.
He is a dedicated husband and father to six children, an adoptive father, and a teacher in his local church’s children’s ministry which he helps lead with his wife. His other favorite interests are reading and spending recreational time with his family.
DAVID MERIWETHER Treasurer
While considering the decision to adopt a child, David and his wife Casidhe were exposed to a world they only knew existed in the periphery. This lit a fire in them to make whatever impact they could in their community for these children in crisis. David was a founding member of the Oak Hills Church Tapestry ministry for foster and adopted children. Serving on the executive leadership team at Oak Hills, David’s primary focus is training Empowered to Connect to future and current foster/adoptive parents. These are tools and techniques that are beneficial for bringing about dramatic healing for children that come from traumatic backgrounds.
David is especially focused on the older children, who tend to become lost in the system and need people who will show them that they have a voice, and their lives matter. David serves on 4KIDS Board of Directors as Treasurer. David and Casidhe provide respite care, have fostered, and ultimately adopted a 15 year old girl. David and Casidhe also opened their home to care for and mentor two young women whose previous adoptions were dissolved.
CHRISTINA LAKEY Board Member
Christina was drawn into the world of foster care in 2004, when she and her husband began fostering as a way to possibly grow their family while serving children in her city. During the last few years, Christina has served as one of the leaders of the Grace Point Church Foster and Adopt Ministry.
Christina has over 15 years’ experience serving children and families as a Behavioral Specialist, guiding and supporting families as they navigate the public school system, childcare needs, and educational struggles. She also helped with behavioral support across various settings.
At 4KIDS of South Texas, Christina serves as a mentor to foster families and has assisted with behavioral training for new families. Christina and her husband have had the privilege of adopting three children and continue to provide support and guidance to current foster families.