The Orphan's Promise Team

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Terry and FamilyTerry Meeuwsen
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 and TerryRhonda Palser
Administrative Assistant

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).

 

Nataliya and childNataliya Khomyak
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.

 

Beth and girl in ThailandsBeth Meadows
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.

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Rebekah in officeRebekah Martin
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.

 

Abigail and kidsAbigail Anderson
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.

 

Olga and childOlga Buznitska
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.

 

Tim and young childTim Daniell
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.

 

Stacy and young girlStacy Petrin
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.

 

Karen and kids in Eastern EuropeKaren Springs
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.

 

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Lora and boysLora Moore
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.

 

 

Drew at CBNDrew Friedrich
Director of Marketing

Drew is Terry Meeuwsen's first-born son and has been around Orphan's Promise since it's inception. After a decade spent working in the for-profit sector, God called him back to head up the marketing efforts at Orphan's Promise. 

After playing college baseball at Bryan College in Dayton, TN, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Communications, Drew spent time coaching baseball and working in a number of sales and marketing roles. Most recently, his experience at a large marketing agency prepared him for the role he is in now. He oversees the three incredible members of our marketing team and supervises all marketing and communications  and social media efforts for the organization. 

The oldest of seven children, five of whom are adopted, Drew is familiar with and passionate about helping orphaned and at-risk children find love and healing. He and his beautiful wife, Kysha, have been married for seven years, and have one son, Drew IV, who is four years old. When he's not managing the OP Facebook and Instagram accounts, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing softball and cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs and Green Bay Packers. 

Chris Free
Creative Media Manager

Josh Healey
Marketing Project Manager

Ivan Papish
Project Information Manager

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