Founder and Executive Director
Terry Meeuwsen is the founder, director and visionary of Orphan's Promise. After winning the crown of Miss America in 1973, she spent two years studying and working in New York and Los Angeles. She hosted daily TV in Milwaukee for many years, until the arrival of their third child, when she left broadcasting for a season to be at home with her children. In 1993, the family moved to Virginia Beach where she became co-host of The 700 Club and 700 Club Interactive.
Today, Terry and her husband, Andy, have seven children, five of whom are adopted. Her latest book, The God Adventure, shares the story of her family’s adoption of three sisters from Ukraine. Terry also helped create the Orphan's Promise Adoption Rx DVD series, which helps parents recognize, understand and parent the behaviors and emotional needs of children who have been traumatized. This project did not come out of her expertise, but rather her need. The experts in this series share vulnerable, time-tested strategies. Her family continues to grow as grandchildren join the ranks.
Rhonda Palser, Senior Office Manager with The 700 Club and personal assistant to co-host Terry Meeuwsen, thrives on significance. The literal “day one” of Orphan's Promise was when Founder/Visionary Meeuwsen said, “Pray with me about adopting these children.” Looking back on a dynamic support role of more than twenty years, Rhonda reflects, “We were stepping from one moving train onto another.” She brought 18 years of diverse professional experience in church and school administration and—providentially—administration in an adoption agency.
Rhonda and Terry Meeuwsen, both Wisconsin girls, bonded over the Green Bay Packers and a lot more. Her role has taken her into orphan project settings and the daily faith journey of a national broadcast television schedule. Rhonda is equally at home in the research and publishing process, having brought out Terry's last four books. Rhonda is married to the CBN Chaplain, with whom she has two adult children and four lively grandchildren. Mrs. Palser states her ministry gifting is summarized in the Scripture, “... serving others, serve them well" (Romans 12:7 NLT).
Director of Operations
Orphan’s Promise would not be Orphan’s Promise without Nataliya! Not only is she the Director of Operations, but she’s also one of our founding members. She oversees the direction and operations of the organization, its projects and Project Managers, as well as the expansion of Orphan’s Promise (OP). Nataliya and her husband, Yuriy, have four beautiful daughters.
After serving for four years at Youth With A Mission (YWAM), this Ukraine native came to Virginia in 2000 to study at Regent University and join the staff as a graduate assistant and grant researcher. She joined The Christian Broadcasting Network’s International Department (CBNI) as the Regional Financial Operations Coordinator after earning her MBA from Regent in Marketing and International Business. During her time at Regent, she began researching the need of programs for graduating orphans in Ukraine that were later implemented with CBNI and OP. In 2002, Nataliya was connected with Terry Meeuwsen, teaching English to Terry’s three newly adopted daughters from Ukraine (ages 9, 11 and 13). It was during this time that Terry and Nataliya started a weekly prayer meeting and strategic discussion focused on helping orphans in Ukraine, from which Orphan’s Promise was eventually created.
Director of Development
As the Partner Relations Manager, Beth Meadows works with our major donors and manages all Orphan’s Promise marketing and events. She graduated from Spring Arbor College and pursued her master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh.
Prior to joining Orphan’s Promise, Beth led the development team at Atlantic Shores Christian School from 1998 to 2004. She joined the Major Donors department at The Christian Broadcasting Network as a National Field Representative in 2004. During her time in Major Donors, Beth served as Director of the Field Representative team and events manager. She began working with Orphan’s Promise in 2014.
Beth has traveled extensively around the world, showing major donors the work that Orphan’s Promise is doing and how their funds have been used wisely. Providing a way for children to go from at-risk to thriving in their environment is one of her greatest passions. She and her husband, Frank, live in Chesapeake, Virginia. They have two sons and a daughter-in-law.
Administrative Assistant to Director of Operations
From an early age, it was evident that Rebekah Martin had a heart for ministry. She is one of nine children, and her parents pastored Word of Life Church in Virginia Beach for over 20 years. As a teenager she had the opportunity to travel with her father to various parts of the country and share the love of The Father. In 2001, at the age of 19, Rebekah moved to Israel to teach at a mission school in a small village outside of Jerusalem. It was here that her passion for orphans and other vulnerable children was birthed.
Since that time Rebekah has worked with various ministries and organizations to serve at-risk children and people of all ages and backgrounds. In 2015, she began working full-time as the Assistant to the Director of Operations for Orphan’s Promise. She also serves as a worship leader at New Life Church in Virginia Beach. Rebekah’s greatest desire is to see all of God’s children encounter Him in a way that transforms their lives.
Regional Project Manager for Latin America & Spain
Growing up in Spain as a missionary kid, Abigail Anderson embraced being a "global citizen." The benefits of straddling multiple cultures included being raised in a bilingual home and being a part of a world of adapting to new environments. This created a passion for multicultural settings and a love for international work. Completing a degree in International Relations from Saint Louis University only strengthened her desire to become a champion of global investment cross-culturally.
From an international upbringing to now living stateside, Abigail loves investing in the diverse Orphan's Promise projects that span Latin America. Throughout the region, Orphan's Promise strives to provide platforms and opportunities for children to grow into adulthood in health and dignity. Through her leadership, Abigail inspires confidence and trust in others while motivating project staff on the ground to reach their goals. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, Mark.
National Project Manager for Ukraine
Olga Buznitska lives in Kiev, Ukraine, and has worked with The Christian Broadcasting Network and Orphan’s Promise since 1999. Olga oversees the operation of Orphan’s Promise projects in Ukraine, where OP began. This year she is overseeing 33 projects, including 12 training centers, SEED (Something to Eat Every Day) projects in 27 Roma camps, as well as projects are that are aimed at making changes in legislation and child protection for orphans and other at-risk children. She is also taking on new initiatives such as social entrepreneurship and partnerships with local churches as they provide spiritual support to projects and are great source of a large number of volunteers.
Born to a Catholic mother and atheist father, Olga accepted Christ in 1993. She graduated from National Aviation University with a degree in information security and intelligent computer systems and networks. Additionally, she has received certificates of various Christian programs (children's ministry, worship, leadership). Olga is married and has three great kids.
Regional Project Manager for Asia & Pacific
Tim Daniell grew up in a large, loving family of eight on the Sunshine Coast of eastern Australia. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Education, Tim spent seven enjoyable years teaching at a Christian school that he had attended as a child. In January 2005, after many short-term mission trips and a growing desire to serve God and underprivileged children overseas, Tim traded his life on the Coast for the rice fields and mountains of northern Thailand. Although he misses family, friends, surfing, lamb roast, and the occasional odd comforts of home, Thailand is now where Tim feels called and fulfilled to serve Asia’s vulnerable children.
In 2006, Tim began working with CBN Thailand’s humanitarian office and assisted with projects supporting Thailand’s hill tribe children. In 2009, Tim was delighted to join the Orphan’s Promise team as a Regional Manager to assist with overseeing projects throughout Asia, a position that has now expanded into the Pacific region. With his passion for ministry, travel and other cultures, he feels incredibly blessed to be able to work with Orphan’s Promise and combine his calling to serve at-risk children. Tim completed his Master of Arts degree in Holistic Child Development and is helping Orphan’s Promise to develop new family/community-based programs to care for orphaned and other vulnerable children in Thailand and across Asia-Pacific. He lives in Thailand with his wife, Jah.
Regional Project Manager for Africa, Middle East & USA
Stacy Petrin has a desire and passion to help orphans and adoption that was birthed at a very early age. As an infant she was adopted into a wonderful family of five, so she has personal knowledge and understanding of the orphan crisis. Stacy served in the medical field and as a Recruiter for the US Navy for over 16 years and studied Social Work at St. Leo University. After adopting a child from Mongolia in 2006 and another in 2009, Stacy and her husband started a small ministry out of their home, gathering humanitarian aid and distributing it annually to orphans in Mongolia. Her desire to serve the children left behind in orphanages led her to a partnership with Orphan's Promise in late 2009. This partnership led to Stacy joining the OP Team part-time in early 2010 as an administrator.
In 2014, Stacy began working full-time as the Regional Project Manager for Africa, the Middle East and USA. It is her heart’s desire to see children taken out of at-risk situations and brought into physical, emotional, and spiritual health, truly thriving and being all God created them to be. Stacy and her husband, Derek, have six children.
Regional Project Manager for CIS & Eastern Europe
Karen Springs has worked in Kiev, Ukraine, with CBN and Orphan’s Promise since 2004. A native of Seattle, Washington, Karen moved to Ukraine after graduating from Seattle Pacific University looking for a bit of adventure and for a place to serve for a short time. Once in Ukraine she found that her heart was captured by the needs surrounding older orphans, and a "short time" soon turned into much longer! With a heart for seeing children mentored and in families, today Karen oversees the work of Orphan’s Promise projects in the CIS (former Soviet Union) and Eastern Europe. These projects include a campaign for promoting adoption among Ukrainian nationals, post-adoption support and consulting, life skills training for older orphans, programs to provide assistance to vulnerable families, and summer camps for orphans and at-risk children.
Additionally, Karen runs a hospitality ministry in Kiev to American adoptive families, which is supported in part by Orphan’s Promise. Karen is a blogger and photographer and enjoys her travels, which allow her to capture the work of Orphan’s Promise through her lens.
Administrative Assistant to Director of Development
Lora Moore has a heart to see children loved and nurtured and joyfully experiencing the love of Jesus. She has been a part of ministry to children her whole life. From growing up on the mission fields of Belarus and India, to serving as a children’s pastor for seven years at Church of His Presence, Lora has had a passion to see children grow into a relationship with Jesus. She joined the Orphan’s Promise team in 2014 as the Assistant to the Director of Development. She and her husband, Dan, live in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Adia was raised in a Christian home with loving parents, but soon learned that not every child is as fortunate. At 15, her family adopted her youngest sibling, which stirred her heart for orphans and adoption. A natural connector and bridge builder, she feels a great sense of purpose in advancing the vision and mission of Orphan’s Promise.
Adia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University, along with a certificate in digital media from Regent University. After working for more than 15 years in the corporate world, she joined Orphan’s Promise in 2015 as the Marketing Manager, combining her love for all forms of communication with her desire that every child fulfill God’s plan and purpose for their lives.
Adia believes whole-heartedly in servant leadership and is currently a worship leader at New Life Church in Virginia Beach. She is also a football fanatic, voracious reader, and bargain shopper. Adia is married to her college sweetheart, Lavell, and they have two daughters.
Behind every child is a story waiting to be told, and Shirl’s role as Senior Producer is to capture the heart of those stories through video. As she travels to OP projects around the world, she endeavors to capture the work of OP—one child at a time. She has seen many impoverished, fearful, and deeply wounded children become happy, thriving and confident—with aspirations for the future. Few things in this world are more touching than seeing this type of transformation in a child.
Shirl has a BA in Journalism from Central Michigan University and started her career as a sportswriter in Michigan. She earned an MA in Broadcast Journalism at Regent University and found her niche in field production before helping to start the award-winning women’s talk show Living The Life in 2001. Shirl has more than 25 years of experience in media production, including the Orphan’s Promise DVD series, Adoption Rx. She has been producing stories about Orphan’s Promise since the ministry began and officially joined the OP team in 2011. Through all her previous media experience, Shirl feels God has been preparing her for this calling—to share the deeply personal stories of children and His transformational role in their lives. Shirl is also an avid scrapbooker, is happily married, and has one (amazing) daughter!
Peter Venoit, Jr.
Digital Media Coordinator
Peter is a passionate Designer, Animator, and Coder who joined the Orphan's Promise Team in January of 2016. Children's ministry is very important to Peter, as he seeks to honor God in the spirit and power of Elijah, "to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children" (Luke 1:17) and engage the world with the love of Christ. As the Digital Media Coordinator, Peter generates and manages the flow of digital information for Orphan's Promise, including social media campaigns, website, and other digitally produced material.
Peter is the eldest son of two deeply loving United States Marines. Peter grew up playing travel ice hockey as a goalie. This produced a driven team player with an intense passion to explore, strategize, and dream about how to make the world a better place. Peter began studying computer science at ODU and then graduated from Regent with a Bachelor's degree in Animation. Raised Catholic, Peter fully committed his life to Christ in 2012 after a powerful experience of God's grace and love. His diverse background of animation and game development brings a special perspective of God's joy and creativity. He now also serves as youth pastor for first through fifth graders at Chesapeake's Community Church, so he can share his love of learning about Jesus and help children learn, grow and develop in Chirst. Peter is recently married and lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.