Board of Directors

KARA STOERZINGER

KARA STOERZINGER

My husband Steve and I live in Shakopee, and have two teenage sons. I have served in Children and Family ministry in the church for 25 years. I am passionate about my relationship with God, family, and friends, and seek to devote my time outside of full time ministry to growing in these relationships.

After traveling to Haiti for the first time in 2011, God broke my heart for the people and country of Haiti in ways I did not anticipate. I continue to be drawn to how active and alive God is in Haiti, and believe that God is doing impactful things there for His Kingdom expansion. I am so thankful for Healing Haiti’s obedience to follow the calling to walk alongside our brothers and sisters in Haiti, and am very honored to serve in this ministry.

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT

JOE EICHELBERGER

JOE EICHELBERGER

Laurie and I live in Independence,MN and attend Maple Plain Community Church. I am the retired Chairman of AH Harris Construction Supplies and former CEO of Industrial Controls Distributors.  I am a licensed engineer and graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. During my career I have had the opportunity to work internationally and see the positive effects of job creation and strengthening families.

 

We are the parents of two children and are blessed to have served alongside them as a short term missionary on multiple trips with Healing Haiti.

 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

TRISHA FARROW

TRISHA FARROW

My husband Tim and I live in Shakopee with our two children, Mia and Madden. I have a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Bethel, and my undergrad is in communications and psychology from Western State College. I am a Director of Client Partnerships for Versique, one of the top executive search and consulting firms in Minneapolis. I am also involved at our church and serve at Hosanna, Shakopee campus. Ever since I went on my first mission trip to Haiti in May of 2019, my heart has been forever changed. God broke my heart for what breaks His, and that mission trip brought me closer to Him. I went thinking I would do my best to be the hands and feet of Jesus and serve, but in return I was completely transformed for the good. I believe I have been called to serve with Healing Haiti, and I am humbled and gracious for the opportunity. I look forward to seeing the plans that God has in store for this amazing ministry and the beautiful people of Haiti.

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

JEFF GACEK

JEFF GACEK

My wife Julie and I live in Scandia, MN with our 2 dogs and a cat.

After 25 years of working in business, I was blessed with the opportunity to seek God’s purpose for my life and focus on faith, transformation and living with significance.

God has made it clear how to live, what to do and what He is looking for from us. Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously. Micah 6:8 (taken from The Message)

BECKY NELSON

BECKY NELSON

Gary and I live in White Bear Lake, MN. We have four children. My background is in nursing and home building.

It is an honor to work along side other believers, serve and tell the truth and hope of Jesus. It has been such a joy and privilege for our entire family to be a part of this ministry. Haiti has changed our perspective on life and its purpose. God has blessed us with time, talent and treasures and we strive to use them for His glory…every day requires a “do over” for us …His grace is real.

“If you spent yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your light will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58: 10-11

ROBERT NORTON

ROBERT NORTON

I am a bit of a contradiction. I am a Peter and a Thomas and can be a Mary and a Martha at times too. But, that is our human experience and the very reason that the risen Jesus appeared on shore to restore Peter. The call is the same today on each of us.

My Haiti journey started about 8 years ago, when I heard a message and an invitation to be available to the least of these and the most vulnerable in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Numerous trips to Haiti with Beyond Our Door, and HH working with the Fleri Team and my good friends Jake and Mike. Feeding children at Mother Teresa’s, changing diapers and just loving on the kids. Having a dance party at the M house with all of the kids. All of these interactions were God chosen and directed. I am a vessel of clay, I have a few cracks and scars that I have picked up along the way, but as long as I stay the course His hand will continue to use me for the rest of my days.

“The supremacy and pre-existence of Christ is foundational in knowing and understanding The nature of God and his true character. To know Jesus is to know God.” Colossians 1:15-18

MARK SCHROEDER

MARK SCHROEDER

My wife Margie and I live in Minnesota and have two teenage daughters. Our family was introduced to Healing Haiti more than ten years ago when Margie led her first trip. We love the Haitian people and are grateful for the work of Healing Haiti.

I am a self employed management consultant with expertise in the areas of finance, operations, planning and analytics. I felt called to use my time and these talents to help Healing Haiti in pursuing its mission.

“My children, let us not love with words or in talk only. Let us love by what we do and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 (NLV)

MELISSA STEFFAN

MELISSA STEFFAN

My husband, Tony, and I live in Albuquerque with our three daughters, Kate, Elisabeth and Ashley.  I have worked in healthcare for most of my career and have loved the opportunity to combine my passion for healthcare with my calling to serve others.
I knew the moment I arrived in Haiti that a piece of my heart would remain there long after I left.  I felt the Lord connecting a path that I had long been on to a purpose I had been praying over for years.  The opportunity to serve with Healing Haiti is an honor and blessing.  God has taught me so much through this ministry and I continue to be excited to a part of the transformation He is doing in Haiti.