Board of Directors
David Loeb, Co-Chairman
David Loeb is the owner and operator of Landlord Resources LLC., a local commercial property management and investment company. He is a former Corpus Christi City Councilman and Planning Commissioner. He and his wife Heather are very active in the community serving on a variety of non-profit and government boards while raising two children, Eli and Isla.
David is a fifth generation Corpus Christian who returned home after to college in order to invest in the community in which he grew up. He joined the Board of Directors of HELP because he saw many of his friends leave the community for opportunity. At the same time, businesses were bemoaning a lack of qualified applicants. David sees HELP as the leading organization to show young adults the great career opportunities available right here in Corpus Christi; and to connect employers to those young people for their hiring needs.
Michael Van Syckle, Co-Chairman
Mike Van Syckle has been in the restaurant business for 46 years. He has been the owner of Atomic Omelette and Grill for over 7 years. Mike is a huge supporter of local events, especially the Hooks and the Ice Rays. He has been a HELP board member since 2011, and has served as Chairman for most of that time. He currently shares Co-Chairman duties with David Loeb.
Mike Creel, Treasurer
Mike Creel retired from Cain’s Coffee after 35 years and has been working with Heartland since 2010, as well as owner of a gift and engraving shop, Today, Tomorrow and Always. He is treasurer for the Greater Corpus Christi Hospitality Association and is on the Board of the Coastal Bend Restaurant Association. He joined HELP’s Board as Treasurer in 2013.
Joe Alley, Member
Joe Alley is a retired Nueces County probation officer. He is married with three grown children and seven grandchildren. He is very active in church activities, including working as point person for CarePortal. His hobbies include surfing. Joe has been a HELP Board member since 2013.
Linda Benavides, Member
Linda Benavides’ true passions are volunteerism and community service. She feels that we all need to get enthusiastic about a cause and make a difference. In 1999, she was listed in the Texas Monthly roundup of “Top Ten Philanthropists.” She has received numerous local community awards, and established a Memorial Chair at TAMU-CC in Industrial Engineering. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, enjoying her grandchildren, and motorcycling. Linda joined HELP’s Board in 2014.
Mike Bergsma, Member
Mike Bergsma owns a geophysical consulting business and is a community activist. Amongst his community activities are Nueces County Republican Chairman, World Affairs Council Board, Corpus Christi Hope House Board, and serving as the Texas Republican Nueces County Chair. He has been on HELP’s Board since 2013.
Rudy Garza, Member
Rudy Garza, Jr. serves as Council Member At-Large on the Corpus Christi City Council. He was first elected to the city council in November of 2012, representing District 5, a position to which he was re-elected twice. In November of 2018, Council Member Garza was elected to one of three at-large seats on the city council. In addition to serving on the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation, Rudy is also the Chairperson of the City Council’s Municipal Court Committee. Rudy has served on the HELP Board since 2012.
Steven King, Member
After graduating from Southwest Texas State in 1987, Steven King returned to his home in Corpus Christi. Over the years, he had a long-time presence as the public address announcer for the Corpus Christi IceRays. Currently he remains on air for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as their play by play announcer for soccer, volleyball, and, most notably, men’s basketball. He has a dual role at the University, taking on the responsibilities of being the Director of Corporate Sales for the Islanders Athletics Department. Finally, after being featured at HELP fundraising events as emcee, he proudly joined the Board of Directors in 2016.
- Jaime Arrendondo
- Steve Chapman
- Hannah Chipman
- Melody Cooper, Attorney at Law
- Charles Doraine, CEO, NextFinancial Corporation
- Lanette Joubert, Attorney at Law
- Inna Klein, Judge, District Court of Nueces County
- Ben Molina, City Councilman, District 3
- Roland Robles