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Ken Stephens


Ken is originally from North Carolina and spent a career in the cemetery and funeral profession.  He and his wife and three daughters first went to Uganda on an Engage Hope trip in 2011.  That was a life-changer for him and his family.  Since then, he has been very involved in the work of Engage Hope and global missions.  He is a deacon at Prestonwood Baptist Church and serves on the Finance Committee there.  He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina Law School.  He and his wife, Ami, live in Plano and have three daughters, two sons-in-law and one grandchild. 

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Kristina Selakovich

Business Manager and Trip Coodinator - Full Time

Kristina and her husband Patrick have been married since 1994 and have 3 children.   Kristina’s daughter began going to Uganda on mission trips in 2014 and fell in love with the people there and has been every year since then.  In March 2015, Kristina took her first journey to Uganda with Madison and again in July 2016 together.  Kristina previously owned her own business and then decide to be with her children.  Kristina felt a calling to Africa after her first mission trip to Uganda.  She decided if she could not live in Africa, she wanted to make a difference in Africa at least from the United States.   Kristina started working for Engage Hope in September 2015.  It has been so humbling and a blessing to work with our Ministry Partners in Uganda and Mexico and see how God is working. 


Kim Gekiere

Sponsor-a-Child Coordinator and Website/App Administrator - Part Time

Kim and her husband Larry have been married for 24 years and have 2 children.  Kim’s daughter began going to Uganda on mission trips in 2015 and fell in love with the people.  In March 2016, Kim took her first journey to Uganda with both of her daughters.  Shortly after that trip, when asked to jump on board at Engage Hope, there was no hesitation.  Kim started working part time and several months later took over the Sponsor-a-Child program.  It has been a complete blessing getting to know the incredible Child Sponsors and working with the Ministry Partners in Uganda.  

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Joy Womack

Sponsor-a-Child and Social Media Coordinator - Part Time

Joy and her husband Brad have been married since 1985 and have 2 daughters.  They are originally from Georgia..GO DAWGS..and moved to the Dallas Texas area in 2007.  Brad and Joy took their first trip to Uganda in 2015 for their 30th anniversary.  Uganda immediately became a part of their hearts and are now leading teams each summer.  Joy began volunteering with Engage Hope and then joined the team in 2018.  It has been such a blessing to work with the Engage Hope team, child sponsors and the ministry partners in Uganda and Mexico.

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Susan Zacheis

Development Coordinator - Part Time

Originally from Louisiana, Susan and her family moved to Plano in 2006 after living in Columbus, Ohio, for several years. She and her husband Mark have two married children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, three grandsons, and two dogs. An experienced Marketing/PR Professional with over 10 years of experience in the corporate world, she transitioned to the nonprofit industry in 2010 and has specialized in grant writing and development for faith-based organizations since 2015. Passionate about raising funding and awareness to share the gospel and to help improve the lives of disadvantaged children and families, she joined the Engage Hope Team in March 2020.

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Engage Hope

Board of Directors

Kevin Smith - Chairman of the Board

Jeff Burchard

Mary Carl Finkelstein 

John Huffman

Kevin McManus

Ruthie Poole

Jon Valasek

Yvonne Valasek 

David Verheul

Heath Wilson

Brad Womack