OnRamp is a 501c3 non-profit corporation founded in Texas in January 2017 for the purpose of helping individuals and families in need in the Brazos Valley find, purchase, and maintain reliable vehicles. We work with local charities and religious organizations to identify ideal candidates who have demonstrated sincere desire and effort to become self-sufficient, but for whom a lack of reliable transportation has proven a significant obstacle. Our donors, partners, and volunteers help us find and purchase reliable vehicles, and service these vehicles after purchase. We then ask recipients to meet with us three times during the first year of ownership so that we can (1) service their vehicles and (2) connect them with sponsors who can help continue their journey towards self-sufficiency by providing resources, training, and information.
Our Board of Directors
Blake Jennings - President
Blake founded OnRamp to help meet a critical need in his community that happened to relate to both his work as a pastor and his love for all things automotive. Blake studied Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, convinced God had called him into the automotive industry. But God had other plans! Twenty years later, Blake serves as the Teaching Pastor at Grace Bible Church's Southwood Campus where he regularly interacts with experts serving in charitable organizations throughout the Brazos Valley. A common theme he hears is that lack of reliable transportation traps individuals and families in a cycle of poverty. This reality was the inspiration for OnRamp.
Catherine Cole - Vice President
Dr. Cole has 20 years of practice experience in the faith-based, nonprofit sector leading domestic anti-poverty programs, tackling international short-term assignments including fraud examination, and strategic and financial planning. Still a social worker at heart, her passion is helping individuals and organizations be their best through data and evidence. Catherine was thrilled to join OnRamp’s Board of Directors after leading a capstone project through the Bush School of Government and Public Service. She brings an enthusiasm for bridging social justice and performance. Catherine feels the grace and love of God daily through her husband Keith. They live in Bryan with their two sweet, but naughty, puppies Estee Lauder and Jessie Jane.
Julie combines a passion for helping those in need with great creative and organizational skills to help OnRamp accomplish its mission. Her professional experience includes architecture, graphic design, office management, and even teaching! When she's not chasing after her elementary age twins, she runs two successful online shops while helping OnRamp and other local charitable groups.
Elizabeth currently serves as the Women’s Recovery House Manager for CrossCentral’s addiction treatment ministry. Her passion is leading women through the process of healing and recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Elizabeth brings a wealth of experience, having been both an OnRamp client and sponsor. “Because I have been through what many of these clients have been through, I can relate.” Elizabeth uses her OnRamp vehicle in her recovery ministry where she transports clients to health and legal appointments, delivers food, conducts home visits, and reunites clients with their families. Approximately one-third of OnRamp’s clients are Hispanic, and we are delighted Elizabeth will help represent this valued community!
Caroline graduated from Texas A&M University and The Bush School of Government & Public Service in May of 2019 after researching and analyzing the nonprofit transportation sector throughout the United States, including OnRamp (one of Dr. Stacy Catherine Cole’s rockstar students!!). Caroline is so enthusiastic for our cause, she is not only a board member but a donor! Caroline brings a passion for implementing evidence-based solutions to modern problems in the nonprofit sector, plus experience in grant writing. She now serves as a Strategic Management Fellow at the Dallas Museum of Art
Joe brings accounting and financial expertise to OnRamp, having worked as a senior level accountant for many years. He also helped to expand the Brazos Valley Food Bank's services to unreached areas of the community, where he continues to serve. He's an active leader in his neighborhood and community.
A Bryan native and Texas A&M University and UT Law alum, Donald practices law at West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C., the firm that set up OnRamp pro bono. Donald brings immense legal experience to our board which will help build an even stronger foundation for future ministry. He's also a first-generation college graduate and fluent Spanish speaker. Most importantly, he is passionate to share the grace of God with families in need through the gift of reliable transportation.
Our Key Volunteers
Automotive Partner Development
After spending 35 years in the oil and gas industry, Chip and his wife Diane built and managed Christian Brothers Automotive Round Rock, which they successfully sold in 2014. Now retired, Chip loves to serve in his church and community. He brings to OnRamp years of automotive expertise along with strong management and problem-solving skills.
Ginny, a native of Houston and Baylor alum, volunteers as the Administrative lead for OnRamp, one of many volunteer positions she holds in our community! She has managed and taught a faith-based parenting class at the woman’s federal prison in Bryan for the past 10 years. She is also very involved in global Bible translation work through several faith based organizations, and is actively involved with Young Life Africa/Middle East. She also served on the board of a non-profit faith based micro-finance organization that helps men and women in Africa maintain jobs to support their families. She has been married to her husband Jeff for over 36 years and has two grown sons, Logan and Barrett.