Executive Board

Barbara Bridgewater

Barbara Bridgewater has been volunteering with Good Neighbor since fall of 2015 and has served on the Board  since July 2016.  She works as a part-time case manager for Compassion Ministries, a transitional family shelter in Waco,  and also teaches English as a Second Language to adults through McLennan Community College. She came to Compassion from Ohio where she was working for a transitional program and emergency shelter for 6 years. Barbara has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Miami of Ohio University and a Master’s Degree in Education, specializing in Bilingual Education from Ohio University.  Barbara, who has two girls, is married to Phillip Bridgewater, a full-time employee of Habitat for Humanity. The whole family is very involved in Hope Fellowship, a neighborhood church ministry in Waco, as well as with Habitat and Compassion.

Craig Clarkson

Craig Clarkson is the Manager of Operations for Baylor University’s Academy for Teaching and Learning and teaches in Baylor’s Honors College. He came to Waco with his lovely wife and two young sons in 2006 to attend graduate school at Baylor. Craig now has a doctorate in religion and those young sons are in college. His wife is as lovely as ever. Prior to his academic career, Craig was an information systems consultant and database developer but a long and winding road has produced a wide array of skills, experiences, and a general figure-it-out-and-make-it-work mentality.

Craig has served Good Neighbor as a technology consultant since the beginning. He also helps out around house by being a resource for Chief Fixer-Upper Rory Jones and tackling odd jobs that require the arcane and otherwise trivial talents he possesses. Currently, he serves the Board as Treasurer and overall financial gadfly.

Craig loves blues music, pizza, and cave time.

Rory Jones

Rory Jones is a Central Texas native who grew up in Temple and moved to Waco three years ago to attend Truett. He and his wife, Elise, got connected in the neighborhood through Rory’s summer employment at Mission Waco with the Kids’ Program and then through their association as members of Calvary Baptist Church. When he and his wife, who is a licensed social worker, decided to put down roots, it just made sense to settle in North Waco, where they had made so many valuable connections.

Rory loves board games, outdoor activities, and sending GIFs to his friends. He hopes his time as a member of the board and maintenance cluster increases his understanding of the many things that come together to create community.

Vicki Kabat

Vicki Kabat is retired from a career in communications and public relations and now works part-time as an executive assistant at Meals on Wheels Waco. She was the founding editor of the award-winning publication Baylor Magazine, an alumni magazine of Baylor University. In retirement she has earned certifications in “Transforming Communities: Contemplative Prayer Practices” from Shalem Institute for Spiritual Transformation in Washington, D.C., and in Spiritual Direction from the Diocese of Austin.  Today, she serves as a Spiritual Director for individuals and leads classes and retreats in contemplative practices. She and husband, Bruce, have three sons and six grandchildren. They moved back into North Waco in 2016 and now live 4 blocks from the Good Neighbor House.

Craig Nash

Craig Nash is regional manager for Child Hunger Outreach at Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative. He lives near Good Neighbor House. His passions include church, Estonia, the Enneagram and the music of Jason Isbell.

Laine Scales (founder)

Dr. Laine Scales moved to Waco in 1999 to begin work at Baylor University as a social work professor. Laine moved to Sanger Heights in 2003, renovating an old home on Colcord Avenue.  She has been engaged in Waco as a member of Hope Fellowship, the Community Race Relations Council, and Prosper Waco Education Steering Committee. In 2016 Laine was awarded the Master Teacher designation, Baylor’s most prestigious teaching award. Laine publishes books and articles on the history of women in higher education and social work. Inspired by this legacy, creating a settlement house that brings together neighborhoods and universities for community improvement has been an important goal for her, so in 2012 she gathered a group of advisors to create what would eventually become Good Neighbor Settlement House and Worship Center, which opened in 2016.


Good Neighbor does not discriminate by race, gender, gender expression, ethnicity, nationality, age or sexual identity. Although we expect settlers and board members to be Christian in order to follow our mission, activities at Good Neighbor are not restricted by religion.