Who Are We?
Brown County Home Solutions is made up of local people who care about improving our community. We are from all walks of life and want to give back to our community.
Executive Director - Linda Heitman
Linda Heitman is originally from Houston, Texas and moved to Brownwood in May 2016. Through her own life and her extended family, issues including addictions, abuse and poverty have been prevalent. She brings to the job experience in bookkeeping, low-income property management, ministry and a great desire to give people a "hand up" and help break the cycles that keep people, families and generations bound and enter into a life of hope and freedom through faith and education and a caring community willing to go the extra mile.
Board Chairman- Bob Snyder
Bob Snyder has been a resident of Brownwood for 23 years. Bob did eight years as a law enforcement officer in Houston and four more years in Washington State. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as an airborne infantryman in the 2nd Ranger Battalion. For the past six years, Bob has worked for the City of Brownwood as a Code Enforcement Officer. Through his job with the City, he frequently comes in contact with families and individuals in need. He has been very dedicated in finding resources and assistance for these persons to better their lives. Bob is passionate about serving the community, and his connections and resources, especially in the Veteran community, make him an asset to the group.
Board Member- Toni Hill
Next up on the Board Member Parade is Toni Hill....I was born in Harbor City California and have lived in California, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. I moved to Brownwood in 1988. I have worked for McCoy’s Building Supply for the last 25 years, 15 of which as the store manager. I have 2 sons and 2 step daughters and 9 grand children. My husband is Leonard Hill we have been married for 24 years. We are members of the Grosvenor Baptist Church. I enjoy helping Leonard with his cows and farming, sewing, riding horses and reading in my spare time. We are raising a grandson, Ryan, he is 11 and goes to Brookesmith ISD. I have been a board member for the Brown Chamber of Commerce and currently hold the chair for BCHS. I am honored to be apart of BCHS, to try and help the community that I care for so deeply.
Board Secretary - Ed Kading
Ed Kading grew up in Huntsville, Texas, graduating from Huntsville High School in 1988. After High School, Kading attended Sam Houston State University on a golf scholarship; graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
In 1993, after graduating from Sam Houston State, Kading joined the San Angelo Police Department where he served in many capacities and assignments until his departure in July of 2019 to become the Chief of Police in Brownwood, Texas.
Ed Kading also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Angelo State University, and graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2017. While at Angelo State University, Kading took special interest and study on the issue of homelessness, and other social issues. As a career public servant, Kading feels as though we should serve and assist all members of the community, and where possible give people opportunity, a hand up, and access to getting on the path to stability. Ed Kading hopes to work collaboratively with other Board members as we develop homeless assistance programs in Brown County.
Kading has one son, Donovan; a senior at Angelo State University, and daughter Ellen who attends elementary school in San Angelo, Texas.
In Kading’s spare time, he enjoys golf, running, reading, various sports, and travel.
Board Treasurer - Rachel Derrington Bourke
Professor Rachel Yarbrough Derrington is the Social Work Department Chair and an Assistant Professor at Howard Payne University. Ms. Derrington has been studying best practices for transitional living programs since a graduate school internship in 2005 in Denver, CO. She has also worked for the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, on contracts for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and for non-profits in the Denver area. A native Texan, she has recently moved near her family ranch in San Saba, Texas, with her twin 18 year old sons.
Professor Derrington graduated from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work with an MSW focus on Community and Policy practice and has a BA in Psychology from the University of Denver. She enjoys hiking, travelling and watching her sons play football.
Other current Board Members include Elizabeth Paris - Brownwood Community Church, Rachel Bourke - Howard Payne University, Lynn Day - United Supermarkets