Stateside Staff

  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.

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.

  Britanny Reef-Stout | Administrative Director   Holland, Michigan  Britanny is passionate about education and inspiring the next generation. She finds great joy in helping others to use their gifts and skills to serve our students in Haiti and connecting them with the heartbeat of One 17: to help students discover who they are in Christ and what they were created to do.

Britanny Reef-Stout | Administrative Director
Holland, Michigan
Britanny is passionate about education and inspiring the next generation. She finds great joy in helping others to use their gifts and skills to serve our students in Haiti and connecting them with the heartbeat of One 17: to help students discover who they are in Christ and what they were created to do.

  Jessica Barz | Events Director   Holland, Michigan  Jess is passionate about trying new things, building relationships, and using them to further God's kingdom. She believes that everyone has the right to education and to know His name, and she is eager to be part of a team that's working to make that happen. 

Jessica Barz | Events Director
Holland, Michigan
Jess is passionate about trying new things, building relationships, and using them to further God's kingdom. She believes that everyone has the right to education and to know His name, and she is eager to be part of a team that's working to make that happen. 

  Sarah Smith | Communications Director   Denver, Colorado  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.

Sarah Smith | Communications Director
Denver, Colorado
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.

  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.

  Phil Dirkse | Vice Chair   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 | Vice Chair
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.

  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.

  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.


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.

Not Pictured: 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade teachers, K-1 and K-2 Assistants, and an Assistant Cook.


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.

 
  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.

  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.

 
  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.

  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!

Learn about our mission, vision, and values here!