The mission of the Abilene Police Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is to serve those who serve us and provide and avenue for citizens and community partners to show their appreciation and serve APD officers, their families, civil service personnel and the department.


Joy Ellinger


Employer: Johnson and Johnson & Johnson

Position: Executive Sales Representative

After graduating from ACU in 1984, Steve and I married and began our journey together.  Along the way, we had two sons.  Logan is 32, married and living in Midland and Lex is 28 and lives in Sugar Land.  To top it off, we have two fabulous grandchildren Kinley, seven, and Landry who is three years of age.  I love Abilene!  The people are friendly, generous and gracious which makes it easy to be involved in our community.   In the fall of 2019, I started back to school at Texas Tech University Health Science Center pursuing my Master’s of Public Health.  Coupled with my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and state license, my desire is to continue to serve Abilene where ever God places me.  When Steve and I are not working, we like to travel and spend time at our family ranch with our kids, grandkids and all of Steve’s cousins.


How I got involved in APF?

 After the killing of five police officers in Dallas, Steve and I asked ourselves what we could do to show members of the Abilene Police Department that citizens care, support and stand behind them.  From this self-posed question came the idea of creating the Abilene Police Foundation which as of today has awarded over $200,000.00 in grants to officers, employees and the department.   I server as founder and president of our non-profit organization.


Why did you choose to support and lead the APF? 

 APF serves those who serve us and it is an honor to give back to those who put their lives on the line each day.

Jeff Hatcher

Vice President

Employer: Wylie United Methodist Church

Position: Senior Pastor

 I am a graduate of McMurry University and received my theological education from Duke Divinity School and Asbury Theological Seminary.   I have been blessed to be the pastor of this wonderful church for 18 years.

How I got involved in APF?

My brother (Jay) was a police officer with the APD for over 20 years. He was killed while on active duty in September of 2000 by a pipeline explosion. My father was also in law enforcement serving over 20 years with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission. I have seen the sacrifice that the men and women of law enforcement make on a daily basis

Why did you choose to support and lead the APF? 

When I was offered the opportunity to serve with the Abilene Police Foundation I jumped at the chance to give back to the men and women that give so much to us.

Rachel Evans


Stacey yates


Employer: Stay at home mom

My name is Stacey and I have been married to my husband Brian for almost 28 years. We have 3 daughters named SarahBeth, Katy and Rebecca. My husband was active duty military for 25 years and retired out of Dyess. We loved living in Abilene so much that we decided to put roots down in Abilene and call it home. We have not regretted that decision one bit!

How I got involved with the APF?

A few years ago my husband and I had the privilege of attending the Citizens Police Academy. It was there that I learned exactly what the men and women of our police department do on a daily basis. I came out of that academy with so much respect for our officers. I knew then that I wanted to do something that would help make a difference in the lives of these people that are out there everyday making sure we are safe.

Why did you choose to support and help lead APF?

I choose to support and help with the APF  because of all of the sacrifices our police officers make for the people of Abilene everyday.


Megan Allred



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Gary Heslep

Employer: First Financial Bankshares

Position: Compliance Officer

Lifelong Abilene resident. Wife Melanie, two grown sons, three grandsons ages 2-6. Member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. Graduate of APD class 21 in 1978. Retired from APD in 2016.

How I got involved with the APF?

When the APF was formed, I was contacted and offered a position on the board, as the board sought a recent retiree who might have knowledge of the inner workings of the PD.

Why did you choose to support and help lead APF?

I accepted the position as I felt it would be a great opportunity to stay in touch with the officers, but more so to be a part of an organization designed to assist the department and individual police personnel in times of need.