Jim Smitherman has served as a Board member of Domus Pacis Family Respite since 2014.
He received a BS degree in Business Administration and a MS in Geology from Louisiana State University. In 1971, Jim was at his first job as a geologist with Humble (Exxon) in Denver when he and his wife, Geralyn built their cabin in Breckenridge. Over a 40-year career, he explored for and produced oil and gas in the United States and internationally; primarily in Australia, Africa, and Sicily, while based in Houston.
Soon after moving permanently to Breckenridge in 2009 (into that same 1971 cabin), Geralyn started volunteering for DPFR by taking hot, “welcome meals” to respite families. Witnessing the impact and smiles generated by the respite stays, Jim was taken by the mission work, the effect on families and the love offered by donors, staff and volunteers to respite families and their caregivers. He agreed to join the Board of Directors with the hope of increasing the number of families served by DPFR.
Jim’s prior experiences with non-profits include - as President of The Hodges Gardens Foundation in Many, Louisiana; Director of the Life Center for the Homeless in Houston and multiple responsibilities with Father Dyer United Methodist Church in Breckenridge.
Jim and Geralyn recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with their four children, spouses, and 12 grandchildren. In addition to traveling and visiting the grandchildren, Jim enjoys working out, golf, tennis, and skiing.