CHRISTMAS Celebration with Mrs. Crystal Chandler, Hon.Ken Mercer, member of the State Board of Education and others. Check our website this afternoon for confirmations. Crystal, a devoted wife and mother, will join the FEAST Civics class on Wednesday for our end of the year celebration of God and the Civics class. Come and join us at this POT-LUCK. Turkey and drinks are already committed and will be provided!! RSVP to Gale at Hopegale50@gmail.com and on the FEAST website today so that we can plan the full menu. Class is from 10-Noon on Wednesday, December 11th at FEAST. There will be special Christmas music. This is always a fun and informative wrap-up of our year. It will be more fun with you and your entire family and friends. Please bring a love offering for FEAST.
Growing up in a small East Texas town with her grandmother, Crystal faced a life fraught with challenges. She understood early on that making her life better was her responsibility.
Mrs. Chandler attended the University of Incarnate Word where she graduated magna cum laude. At the encouragement of professors, she went on to pursue her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. During law school, she worked as a legal intern for Justice Phil Hardberger at the Fourth Court of Appeals. After graduating from St. Mary’s School of Law, she worked for two years as a briefing attorney at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Crystal chose to dedicate her legal career to giving back to her community. She returned to San Antonio to work at the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office in 1999. For the past 14 years, Crystal has proudly served as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in San Antonio, Texas. In 2000, she became a felony prosecutor and was assigned to the Family Justice and Victim Protection Division. It was during this time that a flame began to burn within her to take a leadership role in protecting our families and breaking the cycle of family violence.
In 2006, Crystal joined the Criminal Trial Division, where she served as a first chair prosecutor for the 399th Judicial District Court. In 2007, Crystal joined the Appellate Division. She has litigated appeals on behalf of the State before the Fourth Court of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
In 2007, Crystal helped found, and then served as a board member, of Chapter 61 Ministries, a non-profit organization engaged in the fight against human trafficking.. In 2009, Chapter 61 started a nationwide campaign titled “Truckers Against Trafficking”. Due to the growth of “Truckers Against Trafficking,” it is now a national nonprofit that is helping rescue adults and children from hidden tragic lives.
Since 2009, Crystal has served as an adjunct professor teaching in the Criminal Justice Department and Paralegal program for San Antonio College. She also teaches criminal justice at Palo Alto College. Chandler also teaches other lawyers in continuing legal education courses offered by the National District Attorney’s Association, the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association and the District Attorney’s office. Crystal is grateful to God for the many blessings given to her throughout her life. Her most precious blessing is her sweet family. Crystal is happily married to Michael "Scott" Zimmerer, and they have two boys, Luke and Thomas .
Don't miss another month; come join us for this class on WEDNESDAY, December 11th at 10:00 am! Not only will you get to meet important elected officials and learn about civic responsibilities, you will also have an opportunity to fellowship with like-minded families.
Please email with the name of the dish or appetizer that you can bring to share. Hot and cold drinks will be provided. This is our time to celebrate a year of God's goodness with previous and new speakers.
Please bring a monetary donation to bless FEAST for the use of the room and their staffing assistance during the year. An offering basket will be on the table as you enter the room. Click here to RSVP and email Gale Sayers at Hopegale50@gmail.com.
Meet Your Elected Official
Senator Donna Campbell is a double-board certified physician, woman of faith, and proud mother of four daughters who represents the six counties which make up Senate District 25, stretching from San Antonio to Austin.
Senator Campbell was born on a naval base and grew up with a great respect for the military and law enforcement. Her father served in the U.S. Navy and later as a trooper in the highway patrol. Her mother worked in factories most of her life until becoming an R.N. at the age of 48.
Senator Campbell is certified in both emergency room medicine and ophthalmology. She completed her Masters of Nursing from Texas Woman's University as a Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, as well as specializing in Nursing Administration. She received her M.D. from Texas Tech University, where she was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the honor society for medical schools. She completed her residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and was awarded the prestigious Morton Award as an outstanding resident in ophthalmology at the Hermann Eye Center.
Senator Campbell has served as the Emergency Department Medical Director for several hospitals, including working for the third largest emergency medicine group in the country. She has also been a county health officer and an EMS Medical Director. She has performed hundreds of eye surgeries in Ghana, West Africa, volunteering with the Christian Eye Ministry, and later International Aid.
As a doctor, Senator Campbell has dedicated herself to finding free market solutions to improve the quality of health care for all Texans. She is a member of the Southern Policy Health Council, a physician led policy group in the Southern United States.
In her first session, Senator Campbell was recognized by the Texas Conservative Coalition as a "Courageous Conservative." She is a strong voice for fiscal responsibility, limited government, education reform, assistance for veterans, funding for our roads, and protection of first and second amendment rights. She currently sits on the Transportation, Education, Jurisprudence, and Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committees, as well as serving as vice-chair of Nomination.
Dr. Donna Campbell and her husband, Stan, reside in New Braunfels. She feels blessed to serve Senate District 25 and looks forward to continued service for the State of Texas