Ministering to the needs of others is doing the work that God calls us to do. It is not only a noble task; it is imperative that we serve those in need. It is not easy to amass the resources, both material and volunteer terms. However, it is necessary that our chaplains working with POAF do their best to support and perform this ministry.
If God blesses it, anything is possible.
Donna Kleman, Chaplain Coordinator POA Foundation
Chaplain Donna M. Kleman, better known as Chaplain Donna, is a chaplain with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and also serves as a volunteer chaplain with the Texas Department of Public Safety. She had previously served the Abilene Police Department for nearly 12 years with loyalty, devotion, faithfulness, and commitment. Chaplain Donna’s service to these Law Enforcement bodies includes, but is not limited to:
On-scene response for motor vehicle crashes involving one or more fatalities, homicides calls, suicides calls, domestic violence calls, officer involved shooting calls, and other trauma-related incidents.
Of all the different types of trauma related calls that Chaplain Donna has responded to, perhaps the most difficult have been “Line-of-Duty Death.” These are the types of calls where one of her beloved law enforcement officers loses his life in the line of duty. When she responds to a Line of Duty death call, it not only affects her deeply, but she sees and feels the impact that it has upon the family members of the officer involved, members of the department, members of other law enforcement agencies, the community as a whole and other communities across our great land. This impact is swift, yet the recovery can take years and longer.
The same is true for officers who are injured in the line of duty—their lives and the lives of their families can be changed forever.
Chaplain Donna, in her ministry to the men and women of law enforcement, has listened to many people, journeyed with people through their grief, assisted them in moments of crisis of faith, encouraged those regretting life choices and has loved those children impacted by violence. She has been an unwavering presence to those dying at crash scenes, in hospitals, and at home. She helps others to recognize and celebrate life. She has worked tediously in building loving individual and community relationships, has shed tears and laughed heartily, has had fun, yet has known great sorrow.
Through it all and through her many years of service, Chaplain Donna realizes the value and preciousness of family and friends…knowing to never ever take the next minute for granted.
Chaplain Donna says that the more she knows, the more she doesn’t know…
First responders often see and do things no person should ever have to experience. And after the dust settles and strength has waned, it is the chaplain who silently appears with a glass of water. They are called upon to deliver benedictions or invocation at public ceremonies as representatives of law enforcement. The fact is they too experience what peace officers experience and they carry that weight with them as they serve those in need.
POAF Chaplains are men and women who represent a diversity of religious traditions and serve as community spokespersons, A primary obligation is to retell the importance of assisting our seriously injured peace officers and their families.
Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation is working a regionalization of Texas for all chaplains to be able to take care of Texas. This network of chaplains will be the “voice” of POA as they reach out to our men and women behind the badge.
Esteban Blanco, Chaplain
Esteban Blanco is a business owner and IT expert with over a decade of experience in the field of Information Technology. He is a grassroots political activist and a strong advocate for small businesses in Texas. Esteban is also a professional vocalist with a passion for travel. He currently lives in Arlington Texas with his talented and beautiful wife, Heather. The couple shares their home with two beloved dogs, Gracie and Gramps.
Esteban’s love of music led to his immigration to the United States in 1997 when he was invited to join the internationally renowned Celebrant Singers. He had the privilege of touring extensively with the musical group over the next few years, performing in 49 states and 27 countries. Blanco credits this experience with awakening an even greater compassion for those in need and a deep appreciation for the blessings in his life.
A dedicated conservative, Mr. Blanco promotes the empowerment of the Hispanic community through example and education. “My top priority in the political realm is encouraging my peers to engage with politics in a way that aligns with their deeply held beliefs and principles.” Blanco is well-respected in the local political scene and has met with many esteemed officials including Senator John Cornyn and State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott among many others.
Mr. Blanco’s dedication to helping others and effecting positive change has defined his life. His career began in law enforcement in Costa Rica and he has since traveled the world in music ministry. Today, he runs an IT consulting firm (Blanco IT) that serves the technology needs of businesses and individuals. On a personal level, one of Esteban’s greatest ambition is to eliminate domestic violence and creating a world where all families can thrive.
Memberships & Affiliations
President, The Island at Enchanted Bay Homeowners Association (2006-2012)
President, Young Men for Arlington (2015-Present)
Member, City of Arlington Animal Services Center Advisory Board (2012-Present)
Member, HOPE Tutoring Center Board of Directors (2015-Present)
Member, Young Men for Arlington (2012-Present)
Member, Arlington Chamber of Commerce (2014-Present)
Chaplain, Peace Officers Angels’ Foundation (2014-Present)
April Dunn Volunteers to Assist Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation
April Dunn is the Founder/CEO of God’s Got Ya Girl Ministries. God’s Got Ya Girl brings awareness to Human Trafficking, and severe abuse of women and children.
Vision: To provide a safe house for rescued victims of human trafficking, and severe abuse of women and children.
April has a passion to boldly proclaim the goodness of the Lord through her stories in the God’s Got You Girl monthly Ezine by creating stories about life in general and stories from the Bible to better help women of all walks of life understand the word of God. She has spoken at several churches, youth prison facilities, and the Presbyterian Night Shelter sharing the love of the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.
April has undergone intensive biblical teaching of 15+ years and has taken bible college courses through Community Chapel Fellowship and she has recently taken a class in spiritual ambassadorship.
POAF is fortunate to have April join with chaplains in Texas to assist our Texas injured peace officers and their families.