Houston Treasures

Pam Lockard & Ron Sterlekar


Photo by: Gittings

lockardpam sterlekarronWhen Pam and Ron married 26 years ago, they committed their lives to giving to those less fortunate, vows their successful professional careers have allowed them to keep.

Pam founded DMN3 in 1992, a marketing agency with clients like Reliant Energy and Chase Bank. She has won over 40 awards for creativity and campaign results, as well as awards for superlative female-owned and small business. A graduate of the University of Houston, she is one of only a few hundred certified professional Direct Marketers in the U.S.

Ron graduated from Kent State and has been owner or part-owner in four Houston advertising agencies, winning over 30 ADDY awards (for creative campaigns). He was also associate director of a 113-person communications department at UTMB for 6 years.

Both Pam and Ron have volunteered and supported many organizations—including Covenant House, Bread of Life, Child Advocates, and Meals on Wheels—but it is their work with The Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter for women and children that will be remembered for years to come and will be their lasting legacy. They have served on the Board/Advisory Board of The Mission for over 25 years. Ron even served full-time as The Mission volunteer Executive Director for four years until The Mission could afford to have a paid staff member. He created the very successful Resident Assistant Program, the House of Joy, The Mission Thrift Shop, case management services, neighborhood Summer children’s programs, and—along with Pam—the annual gala. Pam manages The Mission’s annual gala and Unplugged Concerts which have raised $2.3 million dollars over the last 7 years.

For several years, Ron has tried to get Pam to retire, but she says she continues to work so that she can continue to give her salary to help others. It’s her way of fulfilling her childhood dream of being a missionary for God–but right in her own backyard. When Ron is not working on some project at The Mission of Yahweh, whether conducting a tour or painting a building, he is a passionate amateur astronomer.

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