Vice President - Operations & Donor Relations
Home Town: Tulsa, OK
Family: Rick (hubby), Christopher (18) and Haley (16)
Pets: Millie - the BEST Golden Retriever ever! and Colbie - the 8-month old baby of the family striving to be the best Golden Retriever ever (ok, maybe not)
Favorite Movies: Sound of Music, Life is Beautiful, October Sky, Sahara, Toy Story (all 3 of them), Out of Africa
Favorite Books: To Kill a Mockingbird, Chronicles of Narnia, The Blind Side, Green Hills of Africa
Favorite Music: George Winston, Bebo Norman, David Crowder, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Colbie Caillat and good old-fashioned hymns!
Favorite TV shows: whatever the kids are watching
Hobbies: Skiing (downhill & back country), trail running/hiking, mountain biking, swimming, Climbing 14ers, cooking, piano
Favorite personal item: a 10" thick, large leather Bible from my husband's family that was inscribed to a "Mrs. Laura Fisher" in 1865!
What are you passionate about: responding to God's call to serve vulnerable children, orphans and widows living in poverty and to address related issues in the developing world; my kids & extended family
A little Known Fact About Yourself: I am a first-generation American
What era do you wish you were from: the here and now is wonderfully ordained, but I like to think I would have also enjoyed a more agrarian,simpler life circa late 1800s
Vice President - Finance
Home Town: Sheridan Lake, CO
Favorite Movies: Tombstone, Apollo 13, Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Music: Everything
Favorite TV shows: CSIs, Big Bang Theory
Hobbies: Cleaning, playing with puppy
Favorite personal item: Portrait of grandmother when she was 3
What are you passionate about: being the best aunt ever
A little Known Fact About Yourself: High School valedictorian of a class of 7
What era do you wish you were from: is and always will be an 1980's girl
Vice President - Advancement
Home Town: Santa Maria, CA
Family: Married to Jodi. Three children: Max, Veronica, and AJ.
Pets: Ralphy and Mia
Favorite Movies: East of Eden, The Godfather, Lord of the Rings
Favorite Music: Anything honest
Favorite TV shows: ESPN
Hobbies: Watching our kids sports, reading, and history
Favorite personal item: My Erik Nording pipe
What are you passionate about: Christ and His gospel
A little Known Fact About Yourself: I once lived across the street from Bob Barker
What era do you wish you were from: Tomorrow
Program Services Director
Home Town: Santa Barbara, California
Family: Miriam (wife), Grant (17)
Pets: Daisy Nela – Bassett Hound
Favorite Books: The Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell, The Lord of The Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Systematic Theology by Charles G Finney
Favorite Movies: Chariots of Fire, The Mission, Lord of the Rings, Casablanca, The Sting, Raising Arizona
Favorite Music: The Police, U2, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Keith Green, The Eagles, Juan Luis Guerra
Hobbies: Hiking, Tennis, Photography, Foreign Affairs, College Football
Favorite personal item: Jeep Wrangler
What are you passionate about: God, Miriam, Grant, Children, The beauty to be found in the global community; people, places and cultures.
A little Known Fact About Yourself: I love to BBQ
What era do you wish you were from: Early 1800’s
Director of Partner Relations
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Family: Amy, Ella (7), Lily (5), and Tariku (4)
Pets: Chia Pet?
Favorite Books: Seven Storey Mountain, Foucault’s Pendulum, Streams of Living Water, Crazy Love, Enders Game … Bonheoffer, C.S. Lewis, Chesterton and so many others.
Favorite Movies: Lots… Before Sunrise, Waking Life, Memento, Chinatown, This is Spinal Tap
Favorite Music: Everything I can get my hands on, Jazz, Indie Rock, Funk... Anything but Country
Favorite TV shows: Bizarre Foods, Modern Family, Community, & Discovery Channel
Hobbies: Cooking and collecting old LP’s
Favorite personal item: Vintage tube amplified turn table.
What are you passionate about: Seeing broken children, families and communities made whole by the power of Christ’s unfathomable mercy and uncompromising justice. The fact that He wants us to play a part in this work in humbling and amazing!
A little Known Fact About Yourself: I once performed on the stage at Carnegie Hall in NYC.
What era do you wish you were from: 1880’s. ( I secretly want to be a cowboy in the old west.)
Home Town: Corpus Christi, Texas
Family: Mike (husband of nearly 25 years)
Pets: Fritz (Russian Blue cat)
Favorite Movies: Big Fish, Empire of the Sun, The Piano, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Sound of Music, Elizabeth
Favorite Books: Anna Karenina, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Life of Pi, Caramelo
Favorite Music: Jazz, Salsa, Ambient, Trip-hop, Good worship music (a la Crowder Band) or hymns, Peter Gabriel, Charlie Peacock, Annie Lennox
Favorite TV shows: Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Castle, Dancing with the Stars, Shark Tank
Hobbies: Tennis, Table tennis, Gardening, Reading, Modern quilting
Favorite personal item: My 11” MacBook Air (I cannot tell a lie)
What are you passionate about: Understanding what makes people tick; bringing God satisfaction that I am doing what He put me here for
A little Known Fact About Yourself: I fell out of a pickup truck and literally bounced on my head on homecoming night in high school. This actually explains a lot.
What era do you wish you were from: 1950s, when Latin culture was having a very early and strong influence in North America. (It might have something to do with the mighty mambo.) Or now – I love today, too.
Strategic Partnership Director
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Family: wife Pam, 4 superstar kids; Lauren, Levi, Zander, and Blessing.
Pets: American Bulldog and Husky … who do you think eats first?
Favorite Books: Chronicles of Narnia, Ragamuffin Gospel
Favorite Movies: Braveheart, Quiz Show, A Few Good Men, Jurassic Park, Finding Nemo
Favorite Music: Sports Talk, Coffee House on my XM, U2, Black Eyed Peas, Brian Fraaza
Hobbies: disc golf, Settlers of Catan, losing my husky on walks, kayaking, watching my kids sports
Favorite Personal Item: my Bible and my discs
What are you Passionate about: God, family, justice for the oppressed, Purdue, Culver’s Butter-burgers
A Little Known Fact about Yourself: I could spend all day watching the Magic Kingdom’s Mickey’s PhilharMagic
What era do you wish you were from: Pre-historic; bring on the dinosaurs
Creative & Communications
Home Town: Tucson, Arizona.
Family: My husband, Josh
Pets: Hadley! Our Goldendoodle
Favorite Movies: Three Amigos. Father of the Bride. Moulin Rouge. Up. Follow That Bird. Big Fish.
Favorite Music: Gregory Alan Isakov. Brett Dennen. Temper Trap. Jason Mraz. Sufjan. Alexi Murdoch. Benjamin Taylor. Oh, and Justin Timberlake.
Favorite TV shows: Ellen. Shark Tank. Parenthood. How I Met Your Mother.
Hobbies: Photography. Crafting. Design.
Favorite personal item: My Camera, D700
A little Known Fact About Yourself: I've had dinner with Alice Cooper
What era do you wish you were from: 50’s. To attend the opening day of Disneyland.
Program Services Manager
Home Town:Juneau, AK (but Colorado is my home!)
Family: Married to my wonderful husband Daniel with our twin boys, Elijah and Liam
Pets: Two dogs - Max and Haylee
Favorite Books: Blue Like Jazz , The Count of Monte Cristo, Redeeming Love, The Hiding Place, and many, many more...
Favorite Movies: Brokedown Palace, In Her Shoes, Shawshank Redemption, Elf, Swiss Family Robinson, Salmon Fishing the Yemen
Favorite Music: John Mark McMillan, Mumford and Sons, Matt Redman, Anything early 90's, Jack Johnson, Counting Crows, Journey and lots more!
Favorite TV shows: Friends, The Office, and Modern Family…
Hobbies: Riding my bike with my husband and friends, eating/cooking meals with my family and friends, spending time outside
Favorite personal item: Pictures, blankets my grandmothers made for me, my "Friends" DVDs, "you catch more bees with honey" belt buckle
What are you passionate about: I believe that one person can make a lasting difference in the lives of those who are hurting by genuinely and respectfully modeling the love of Christ. I am passionate about the orphaned and advocating for people affected by disabilities. I care deeply about my family, friends, and good food!
A little Known Fact About Yourself: My nickname is "three-horn." It all started with me introducing myself to a small child. After I told her my name, she said "Oh...Sarah. Like the three horn?" (Referencing the triCERAtops on the movie, "Land Before Time.")
Home Town: Arlington, Iowa; Since 2000 in Colorado Springs, CO
Family: Charlene, wife of +37 years; Two daughters – both married and both of their families live in Colorado Springs
Favorite Books: The Hobbit; Various books by Francis Schaeffer;
Favorite Movies: The Shawshank Redemption; Gladiator; Braveheart; The Lord of the Rings
Favorite Music: Classical music
Hobbies: Hiking, snorkeling, skiing
Favorite personal item: Memories of the experiences and stories of lives and communities that are being transformed
What are you passionate about: Helping bring about the transformation of communities
A little Known Fact About Yourself: When I was young, I did not like to travel or be in front of groups
What era do you wish you were from: Being neither melancholy nor wistful, but painfully pragmatic, I would stay with the same era
Partner Relations Coordinator
Home Town: Colorado Springs
Family: Just me and my God-sent Husband, David
Pets: Not yet, but someday a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Favorite Movies: Just about anything based on a classic novel
Favorite Books: Wuthering Heights, East of Eden, and Soul by Soul
Favorite Music: Andrew Peterson, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Radio Head, and a lot of Cold Play
Hobbies: Reading, anything in the mountains, and puzzles-don’t judge me
Favorite Personal Item: My hair pick, it may be “1980’s,” but I keep it with me at all times!
What are you passionate about: Loving people, serving them, making a difference in someone’s life, even if it seems insignificant in the world’s perspective
A little know fact about yourself: I met the lead singer to Radio Head when I was 15.
What era do you wish you were from: The 1920’s in England, during the rise of English Feminism—I would like to meet Virginia Woolf
Partner Relations Coordinator
Home Town: Manitou Springs, Colorado
Family: Mom, dad, 1 sister
Pets: One cat, Sasha
Favorite Books: Screwtape Letters and The Hiding Place
Favorite Movies: Pride and Prejudice (The A&E 5 hour version is best!)
Favorite Music: I like almost any kind, something by Bebo Norman is probably my favorite.
Favorite TV shows: ?
Hobbies: Running, hiking, drinking coffee
Favorite personal item: I'm not sure
What are you passionate about: Helping children in need, especially orphans.
A little Known Fact about Yourself: My sister and I are identical twins, so she is only one minute older then me.
What era do you wish you were from: Probably the Victorian Era
Partner Relations Coordinator
Home Town: Colorado Springs
Family: Mom and Dad (Marie and Boyce), three brothers (Boyce, Robert, Paul), one sister-in-law (Bekah) and a nephew (Jayden)
Pets: none yet
Favorite Movies: Indiana Jones, Michael Collins, Spy Game, The Quiet Man, Star Wars (the original three), Casablanca
Favorite Books: The Count of Monte Cristo, Henri Nouwen, C.S. Lewis
Favorite Music: U2, Gregory Alan Isokov, Coldplay, Andrew Peterson, Sleeping At Last, Foy Vance, Ray LaMontagne,The Temper Trap and much more.
Hobbies: Trying to play guitar and figuring out how to take photos
Favorite personal item: Canon 450D, my Osprey bag
What are you passionate about: International Relations and Development, seeing a resolution to armed conflict, breakfast, spending time with people
A little known fact about yourself: I won first prize in a contest to guess how many Legos it took to build a giant hippopotamus when I was eight.
What era do you wish you were from: I'd say around the 1920s/30s, minus the whole depression bit that happened
Partner Relations Coordinator
Home Town: Dallas, Texas
Family: Mom & Dad, younger sister and brother, and a crew of wonderful friends!
Pets: I have two dog nephews, Breck and Hank
Favorite Books: Pride & Prejudice, The Giver, just about any cookbook
Favorite Movies: While You Were Sleeping, Finding Neverland, Fight Club
Favorite Music: Whatever other people tell me is good
Hobbies: Skiing, Hiking, Reading, Baking, Volleyball, Tennis
Favorite personal item: My Grandmother’s Necklace
What are you passionate about: Women knowing and walking in their True identity
A little Known Fact About Yourself: I wanted to be a Broadway dancer when I was little!
What era do you wish you were from: I’m pretty happy about being from this day and age
New Partner/Vision Trips Coordinator
Home Town: Huntington Beach, CA
Family: Brett (hubby) & two sons
Pets: two dogs: Copper & Aspen
Favorite Books: The Patron Saint of Liars, Safely Home, Everything Belongs, The Secret Life of Bees,
Favorite Music: U2, Bebo Norman, Cold Play, Fernando Ortega
Favorite TV shows: interesting reality shows
Hobbies: I love watching my boys play their sports: football, lacrosse and basketball. I also play soccer. I like to travel with my family.
Favorite personal item: robe
What are you passionate about: My family & things that bring balance and meaning to my life: family missions trips, serving the poor, loving the unloved.
A little Known Fact About Yourself: I married the boy next door
What era do you wish you were from: late 1950's early 1960's
Home Town: Santa Maria, CA Family: Hubby-Nathan and 4 amazing kiddos: Jenna, Gavin, Brandon and Jabez Pets: 2 spoiled rotten pooches Favorite Books: Redeeming Love Favorite Movies: The Notebook (I’m a bit of a chick-flik junkie!) Favorite Music: I personally believe it doesn’t get much better than the 80’s! Favorite TV shows: Pretty much anything reality-Don’t judge! ;) Hobbies: Shopping, chatting, drinking coffee, chatting, going to movies, and most definitely, chatting! Favorite personal item: My Aero-gel. Best thing ever invented for curly hair! What are you passionate about: Parenting and REAL relationships A little Known Fact About Yourself: In another life I am a star on Broadway! What era do you wish you were from: The 20's. (love swing dancing)
Home Town: Santa Maria, CA
Family: Hubby-Nathan and 4 amazing kiddos: Jenna, Gavin, Brandon and Jabez
Pets: 2 spoiled rotten pooches
Favorite Books: Redeeming Love
Favorite Movies: The Notebook (I’m a bit of a chick-flik junkie!)
Favorite Music: I personally believe it doesn’t get much better than the 80’s!
Favorite TV shows: Pretty much anything reality-Don’t judge! ;)
Hobbies: Shopping, chatting, drinking coffee, chatting, going to movies, and most definitely, chatting!
Favorite personal item: My Aero-gel. Best thing ever invented for curly hair!
What are you passionate about: Parenting and REAL relationships
A little Known Fact About Yourself: In another life I am a star on Broadway!
What era do you wish you were from: The 20's. (love swing dancing)
Joel Home Director
Home Town: Colorado Springs
Family: Tom (Husband of 26 yrs) Ryan (now living with Jesus), Amanda, Luke
Favorite Movies: Courageous! I love things that inspire.
Favorite Books: Yada Yada Prayer Group Series. Inspired my prayer life and desire to build into other women.
Favorite Music: Josh Groban; Chris Tomlin, Mercy Me
Hobbies: Reading when I have time, watching my children in sports and music, working with youth in their 20's.
Favorite personal item: My son Ryan's Bible that he left behind when he went to live with Jesus at age 20. Ryan died in a climbing accident. Having Ryan's Bible to read my Father's words for me each morning is nothing more than, precious. All of Ryan's underlining and side notes give me a lens to see who my son was at the core, what his heart yearned for and the depth of his belief. I marvel at how similar our hearts are.
A little known fact about yourself: I have four sisters (I’m 2nd to the oldest) who are my absolute best friends.
What era do you wish you were from: NOW!
Partner Relations Coordinator
Home Town: Carmel, IN
Family: Dad, Mom, 2 Sisters, Brother-in-law, & Nephew
Pets: Just plants… I want to master this before moving onto something with a heartbeat that sheds.
Favorite Books: Kite Runner, Princess: Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, Red Moon Rising, Always Enough
Favorite Movies: Good Will Hunting, The Shawshank Redemption, Walk the Line, Rudy, Temple Grandin
Favorite Music: Folk, Indie, & Classic rock. Old-school country. And of course, 80’s music.
Favorite TV shows: Those reality shows that most people wonder, “Who watches this stuff?” That’s right… I do.
Hobbies: Traveling, Backpacking, Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, Moondancing, Costume Parties
Favorite personal item: My sheepskin slippers & a bracelet given to me by a Karen Burmese refugee
What are you passionate about: Freedom & justice for all.
A little Known Fact About Yourself: I once had to guard Danny Glover's cell phone while it was charging.
What era do you wish you were from: If I had the same life expectancy as now, then the turn of the century.
Sponsorship Data Manager
Home Town: Omaha, NE
Family: Husband, Jon and the cat
Pets: The cat, Mini
Favorite Movies: Harry Potter, Up, Inception
Favorite Books: Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Watchmen and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.
Favorite Music: Death Cab for Cutie, Mumford and Sons, Bethany Dillon, Steve Miller Band, Led Zeppelin, Brother Ali, and many, many more.
Hobbies: Snowboarding, watching football, reading, writing, attempting to be crafty, spending too much time on the internet
Favorite personal item: Pictures and my velcro shoes.
What are you passionate about: Bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to earth, history, restoration and learning.
A little known fact about yourself: I could probably name more UFC fighters than professional football players.
What era do you wish you were from: The Third Age
Executive Assistant to the President
Home Town: Colorado Springs, CO
Family: My husband Adam, 3 kids: Addison, Ava and Kellen.
Pets: Emma and Daisy. Small poodle mixes that take up our entire bed.
Favorite Books: I prefer celebrity gossip magazines over books any day. I’m sorry, it’s just how it is.
Favorite Movies: Moulin Rouge, The Proposal, The Holiday, Sound of Music, The Blind Side.
Favorite Music: Whatever is on my Pandora station. I don’t care that much about it. Unless it’s musical theater…Then I’m music geek.
Hobbies: Organizing anything, watching Football, hiking, being in the mountains. I’m not crafty…nor do I desire to be.
Favorite personal item: My wedding ring.
What are you passionate about: Date nights, my kids, COFFEE, orphans, adoption, travel, sleeping in.
A little Known Fact About Yourself: I secretly come up with my own acceptance speech while watching awards shows.
What era do you wish you were from: The 50’s. Poodle skirts, dancing, high pony tails, bobby socks. The best.
Home Town: Livermore, CA
Family: Kevin (hubby), David, Katelyn
Pets: Cody – faithful Australian Shepard and Maya – cute little Toy Aussie
Favorite Books: I only have time for my Accounting classbooks, and they certainly are not my favorite!
Favorite Music: New Life Worship, Desperation Band, Smitty, SC2, 80’s Alternative
Favorite Movies: All the Star Trek’s; Apollo 13; Sneakers
Favorite TV shows: Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, Psych!, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Stargate (yes, I’m a sci-fi geek)!
Hobbies: Hanging out with family, playing Settlers of Catan, massage therapy (receiving), taking naps
Favorite personal item: Stained glass lamp my mom made
What are you passionate about: Always, my faith in my Lord and best friend, Jesus. All my other passions seem to change with my season in life. Right and most recently, my kiddos are my next greatest passion.
A little Known Fact About Yourself: I love Colorado, but I’m a California girl at heart.
What era do you wish you were from: Star Trek era: teleportation, replicators and space travel!