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Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Matthew 19:14
How We Operate

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The Lives That Give

OUR PERSONNEL

Children With Hope’s ever-growing ministry would not be possible without the incredible contributions of staff, board members, and volunteers who persistently go above and beyond in their commitments to this ministry and their faithfulness to God’s calling.

Meet our personnel below!

US BOARD

STATESIDE OFFICE

KENYA SOCIETY BOARD

TOBIAH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY BOARD

Please note: Board members receive no form of compensation for their services. 100% of funds raised go towards operational and administrative costs. For more information on our financials, please contact Executive Administrator, Madeleine Piper. Our goal is to maintain the highest level of fiscal accountability, and our books and financial records are always open for you to see if desired.

US BOARD

Thom & Shari Seagren

Co-Founders

President(Thom) & Board Members

Thom and Shari Seagren, co-founders of Children With Hope, first felt God “nudging” them to help begin a ministry to serve orphans in the third world nearly twenty years ago.  Since that time, Thom and Shari have been humbled to see what God has done through the work of so many both in the United States and in Eldoret, Kenya. Thom and Shari have been married for 25 years and have been blessed with four children.  After over 20 years as a hair stylist, Shari has now retired and has been able to focus on her children and many volunteer opportunities.  Thom is the owner of a small business, an advertising firm that assists Christian colleges with their recruitment efforts. They are honored to continue in their roles on the Board of Children With Hope and look forward to seeing what God has in store for the ministry for many years to come.

Tim Foley

Vice President

Tim Foley has been on the CWH Board since 2005. His wife Diann has been putting up with him for almost 40 years. They have two kids, Todd and Joy. Originally from Denver, Tim has a degree in Forestry from CSU and an MBA from CU. He is a retired wildland firefighter and an adjunct faculty member at CMU.

Corrie Tinkle

Treasurer

Corrie lives in Grand Junction with her husband and their 3 children. She has always had a heart for children and the continent of Africa. After visiting the children’s home in 2009, she knew she wanted to be part of Children With Hope by more than just visiting the home. Corrie began by becoming a child sponsor and then joined the board shortly after. Her experience in education and career as a teacher helped add another perspective as Children With Hope expanded and looked to opening Tobiah Christian Academy.

Dr. Jesse Dodd

Secretary

Jesse is a native and lifelong resident of the Grand Valley and an original board member of Children with Hope.  He currently serves as Secretary.  He is a retired physician, and is honored to be a part of Children With Hope’s mission to help bring glory to God by serving the needs of His most needy.

Dean Miller

Dean Miller, originally from Pennsylvania, moved to Colorado in 1996 and carried out an accomplished nursing career at St. Mary’s Hospital. Now retired, he enjoys traveling all over the world for missions and often serves as the ministry’s board presence in Kenya, helping with building projects and operations. A practical voice of reason and compassion for the children, Dean has been an integral part of Children With Hope since 2003.

Mike Hanson, P.A.

Mike Hanson was born into a Christian home and came to know Jesus at a young age. He has been married to his lovely wife Sue going on 30 years, is the loving father to three daughters, and has recently become a grandfather. He is honored and excited to be given the opportunity to be involved with CWH. He believes that CWH is a ministry which meets the children’s physical and emotional needs and provides them with an earthly family – but more importantly gives them the knowledge and opportunity to become a part of God’s heavenly family.

Jerry Stehman

Jerry Stehman is a retired businessman native to the Grand Junction area. He recently sold his sporting goods store, which he owned and operated for 36 years. A deeply devoted family man, Jerry and his wife Renee have been married 47 years, raised three kids, and now have ten grandchildren. Jerry is the newest CWH board member, having joined in early 2022, and is honored and excited to serve, love, and pray for the children!

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STATESIDE OFFICE

Madeleine Piper

Executive Administrator

Madeleine Piper, CWH’s stateside administrator, has served in missions for most of her adult life. After earning degrees in Social Work and Business Administration, she moved overseas and spent six years doing everything from fundraising management to business audits to refugee advocacy alongside established missions in Southern Asia, Europe, and the United States. In 2022, the Lord led her to this position with Children With Hope, which allows her to uniquely exercise her passion for the marginalized alongside her formal business education. She has loved knowing and serving the CWH staff, kids, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters, and looks forward to being involved for years to come.

Jessica Prussa

Director of Communications

Jessica Prussa and her husband, Wayne, have been married for 16 years and have a two year old son named Landon. As youth pastors for River of Life Church in Grand Junction, CO, she and her husband have a rich background in ministry and she brings years of fundraising and communications experience to the CWH Office. Jessica is a foster parent and an adoptive parent to Landon; she has a deep personal passion for orphan care and is honored to serve the children of Kenya.

Shari Seagren

Sponsorship Coordinator

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KENYA SOCIETY BOARD MEMBERS

Thom Seagren

Chairman

Naomi Misoi

Treasurer

Peter Bwire

Secretary, Trustee

Maryann Musirivi

Member

Joseph Mobichakani

Member

Dean Miller

Member

Robert Onywonki

Trustee

Japheth Kimtai

Trustee

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TOBIAH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY BOARD

Joseph Mobichakani

Chairman

Bethwel Kurgat

Member

Peter Bwire

Secretary

Maryann Musirivi

Member

Margo Seagren

U.S. Representative

Dean Miller

Member

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