Stateside Staff

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Curtis Stout | Founder & Executive Director
Holland, Michigan
Curtis is passionate about helping people, especially the left behind, discover their role in God's story. This passion developed out of a 9-month serving trip to Haiti.

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Sarah Smith | Director of Communications
Holland, Michigan
Sarah is passionate about telling stories and equipping others to discover and tell their own. She believes that faith-based nonprofits and the local church are on the front lines of standing against injustice and fighting for the left behind. Trained as a teacher, she knows the importance of education and the value that each and every student brings. 


Board of Directors

  Irene Rolland | Board Chair   Branch Manager at Raymond James | Kokomo, Indiana  Irene is passionate about helping the hopeless, traveling, and financial stewardship. She has served on our board since 2013.  

Irene Rolland | Board Chair
Branch Manager at Raymond James | Kokomo, Indiana
Irene is passionate about helping the hopeless, traveling, and financial stewardship. She has served on our board since 2013.
 

  Jean Merrell | Board Member   Director of the Way and Nonprofit Advocate | Kokomo, Indiana  Jean loves people, volunteering wherever God leads her, and traveling to far away places. She has been a board member since 2015.

Jean Merrell | Board Member
Director of the Way and Nonprofit Advocate | Kokomo, Indiana
Jean loves people, volunteering wherever God leads her, and traveling to far away places. She has been a board member since 2015.

  Phil Dirkse | Board Member   Engineer at Disher Design | Holland, Michigan  Phil is passionate about STEM-based learning, sailing, and helping people grow in their walk with Jesus. He joined our board in 2017.

Phil Dirkse | Board Member
Engineer at Disher Design | Holland, Michigan
Phil is passionate about STEM-based learning, sailing, and helping people grow in their walk with Jesus. He joined our board in 2017.

  Tyler Radcliff | Board Secretary   Plant Manager at North Star Exchange | Kokomo, Indiana  Tyler was a part of the founding board of directors in 2011 and has been leveraging his time, talents, and treasures ever since then.  

Tyler Radcliff | Board Secretary
Plant Manager at North Star Exchange | Kokomo, Indiana
Tyler was a part of the founding board of directors in 2011 and has been leveraging his time, talents, and treasures ever since then.
 

  Evan Barnhart | Board Member   International Director at Redwood Schools | San Francisco, California  Evan believes deeply in the power of hope through education and has a been a board member since 2016.  

Evan Barnhart | Board Member
International Director at Redwood Schools | San Francisco, California
Evan believes deeply in the power of hope through education and has a been a board member since 2016.
 

  Abigail Tice | Board Member   Nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital | Chicago, Illinois  Abby is passionate about Jesus, building God's Kingdom, health, food, and culture. She joined our board in 2017.

Abigail Tice | Board Member
Nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital | Chicago, Illinois
Abby is passionate about Jesus, building God's Kingdom, health, food, and culture. She joined our board in 2017.

  Scott Garner | Board Treasurer   Purchasing Manager at Westfield Steel | Kokomo, Indiana  Scott has served on our board since 2015 and is passionate about living out his Christian world view, leadership, the Church, and missions.

Scott Garner | Board Treasurer
Purchasing Manager at Westfield Steel | Kokomo, Indiana
Scott has served on our board since 2015 and is passionate about living out his Christian world view, leadership, the Church, and missions.

  Julie Smith | Board Member   Patient Care Director at St. Vincent Hospital | Kokomo, Indiana  Julie is passionate about serving those in need and empower people to lead. She joined our board in 2017.  

Julie Smith | Board Member
Patient Care Director at St. Vincent Hospital | Kokomo, Indiana
Julie is passionate about serving those in need and empower people to lead. She joined our board in 2017.
 

  Seth Vautaw | Board Member   Instructor at the Crossing School | Kokomo, Indiana  Seth is passionate about developing and inspiring the next generation, education, fitness, and food. He joined our board in 2017.

Seth Vautaw | Board Member
Instructor at the Crossing School | Kokomo, Indiana
Seth is passionate about developing and inspiring the next generation, education, fitness, and food. He joined our board in 2017.


HAITIaN STAFf

 Gregory, our Principal, leads our Haitian staff in the day-to-day operations of our justice-seeking school. This amazing team is a true blessing because of the way they love Jesus and serve His children.

Gregory, our Principal, leads our Haitian staff in the day-to-day operations of our justice-seeking school. This amazing team is a true blessing because of the way they love Jesus and serve His children.


Advocates

  Steve & Nancy Bayer |   1:17 Curriculum Advocates  Nancy and Steve provide leadership to our 1:17 Curriculum team which resources our teachers with weekly art, drama, and storytelling activities that reinforce a weekly Bible story.

Steve & Nancy Bayer | 1:17 Curriculum Advocates
Nancy and Steve provide leadership to our 1:17 Curriculum team which resources our teachers with weekly art, drama, and storytelling activities that reinforce a weekly Bible story.

  Britanny Reef-Stout |   Student Care Advocate  Our student care team advocates for our students in the classroom by ensuring that no student is left behind. This team creates developmental plans for students with disabilities and fights for getting the right resources into the classroom. 

Britanny Reef-Stout | Student Care Advocate
Our student care team advocates for our students in the classroom by ensuring that no student is left behind. This team creates developmental plans for students with disabilities and fights for getting the right resources into the classroom. 

  Erin Foster | 1:17 Curriculum Advocate  Erin advocates for our students monthly by developing storytelling and coaching resources for our teachers that range from discussion guides and drama skits to staff training resources.

Erin Foster | 1:17 Curriculum Advocate
Erin advocates for our students monthly by developing storytelling and coaching resources for our teachers that range from discussion guides and drama skits to staff training resources.

  Blake Merrell | Campus Development Advocate  Blake volunteers on our building committee and advocates for our students by helping us develop building plans for our school campus and serving on annual construction trips.

Blake Merrell | Campus Development Advocate
Blake volunteers on our building committee and advocates for our students by helping us develop building plans for our school campus and serving on annual construction trips.

  Kendra Foreman | 1:17 Curriculum Advocate  Kendra advocates for the artistic and spiritual development of our students by leveraging her gifts as an art teacher and therapist to create art curriculum! Kendra is also the owner of  Handbags for Healing , one of our business partners!

Kendra Foreman | 1:17 Curriculum Advocate
Kendra advocates for the artistic and spiritual development of our students by leveraging her gifts as an art teacher and therapist to create art curriculum! Kendra is also the owner of Handbags for Healing, one of our business partners!

  Jake Segraves & Gretchen Bayer | Storytelling Advocates  Jake and Gretchen advocate for our students by leveraging their passion for art and videography to create compelling storytelling pieces for our organization annually.

Jake Segraves & Gretchen Bayer | Storytelling Advocates
Jake and Gretchen advocate for our students by leveraging their passion for art and videography to create compelling storytelling pieces for our organization annually.

Learn about our mission, vision, and values here!