Jodi Jackson Tucker
Elaine is an Orphan Sunday coordinator and also a registered nurse, currently focusing on the underserved in her community health work. For 25 years she served alongside Peter and Anita Deyneka as a missionary to Russia in various capacities. One of her greatest joys was promoting prayer for The CoMission and its missionaries. About eight years ago, Elaine began to write for A Family for Every Orphan and now serves as their prayer coordinator, writing orphan prayer updates twice a month. She and her husband live in Oswego, Illinois and have three granddaughters.
Paula is mother of three adult biological children as well as “second mother” to three young men she and husband Tom adopted as older teens and young adults. Paula also has seven grandchildren. Early in her Christian journey Paula spent two years in Mexico and Honduras doing mission work where the Lord impressed on her heart a burden for the poor and the orphaned. For the past 10 years Paula has volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem for children in foster care. Paula brings to our team thirty-five years of accounting experience in the private sector working in a small business. She is also treasurer for the nonprofit organization, Child Evangelism Fellowship.
God broke Teri’s heart for the orphan during the adoption journeys to Russia and China for her children. She is committed to God’s calling on her life to ensure children’s voices are heard and families are equipped to provide loving homes to God’s children. She brings over 28 years of experience in leadership from both the secular business world and church ministry. Teri is an Executive Minister and completing her Master of Arts in Christian Studies. She has served as an Orphan Sunday coordinator, founding member of Hope 1:17 Orphan Ministry, and board member of Both Hands Foundation. She and her husband Ryan and their children make make their home in mid-Tennessee.
Board member Anita and her late husband Peter Deyneka are known throughout Russia and Europe for their years of leading the ministry that is now known as Mission Eurasia. She currently serves as Director Emeritus of that board, as well as serving on the boards of World Without Orphans and A Family for Every Orphan, global networks advocating for children without families. She is the author of six books and numerous publications about Christianity and the orphan crisis. She lives in Wheaton, Illinois and has two married children who were adopted from Colombia and five grandchildren.
Theresa Marcroft (Terri)
Terri is an adoptive mom, a huge fan of open adoption, and a marketing professional. She brings over 20 years of B2B marketing experience to our team. She also serves as Executive Director of Unplanned Good, an organization she founded in 2010 to encourage women facing unplanned pregnancy to consider adoption. Terri is a California native and makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Karla Marie William
Karla and her husband are parents to six children adopted from foster care. For the last ten years, Karla has conducted Trauma-Competent training through creating her own curriculum for foster & adoptive parents, social workers, and child advocates around the world. With the experience several countries, cultures, and systems, Karla brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise as she ministers to the heart of those who care for traumatized children. She is the author of numerous books on foster care, adoption, homeschooling and the work she has done across the globe.
Malen was born and raised in the Philippines. She was called as a missionary to Costa Rica in the 90’s, then God opened door for her to serve in various churches in the US. While serving faithfully in churches with walls, she asked God intensely “What else, Lord?”. That’s when God spoke to her and brought her to James 1:27! She moved to the Philippines together with her family to serve as an orphan advocate in 2011. She served as the Philippines Orphan Sunday Coordinator for Christian Alliance For Orphans, CAFO, for more than a decade. She also served as the Vice President of Philippines Without Orphans. She is married to a Greek American and has a biological daughter and an adopted son who is a special needs child.
Britton is a wife and mother to four amazing children. Having two biological and two adopted children, a decade apart, she understands the complexity of following where God leads blindly in faith. She has recently stepped away from her 25 year career in dentistry to pursue a new path and to have more time to devote to her passion for orphan care. She has served as an Orphan Sunday Coordinator for many years, helped raise money for an ABBA Fund for adopting families and has helped several families navigate the adoption process, both internationally and domestically. She has felt the need to have orphaned children around the world have a voice since she was a small child. Britton offers devotion, energy, and a hope for change wherever God leads.
Growing up with an adopted little brother, Ashlie has always had a heart for orphans and hopes to adopt in her future family. Ashlie is a graduate of NC State University and works as an Assistant Planner for Belk’s corporate office. She served as a Development Intern for Lifeline Children’s Services and serves on Renew Retreat’s volunteer team as a content creator. Ashlie loves to combine her passion for helping vulnerable children and their families with her creativity and social media savvy.
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