board of directors

<strong>Deanna Bjork</strong>
Deanna Bjorkfounder

Deanna Bjork moved in 1991 from her native California to Summit County, Colorado, where she now lives with her husband and two their four children.

Deanna’s heart was “wrecked” for the peoples of the world when she began traveling in leadership with Teen Mania Ministries in 1996. Through the years she has traveled all over the world with various organizations. In 2006, Deanna founded Miracle House, Inc. Her responsibilities – as founder, president, and visionary, plus working with the growing board and advisors in the U.S. and communicating with those in Kenya – keep her on her knees!

Deanna is hungry for more of God and for deeper and deeper encounters with Him. She loves to share Christ’s love by sharing the gospel, praying the prayer of faith, or holding a hand.

One of her greatest compliments came from a machete-wielding woman on a Kenyan path among the fields, in the middle of nowhere: “you are our people.”

<strong><strong>Samantha Meister</strong></strong>
Samantha Meistersecretary

Samantha traveled on her first ever mission trip in summer 2007 with her husband, Toby. God has since opened up a whole new world and the possibilities are endless!

Samantha has worked as volunteer staff for Miracle House for six years, and now helps Deanna with the day to day operations of running the ministry in both the US and Kenya, including coordinating all MH trips to Kenya. She also holds the position of Secretary of the Board for Miracle House, Inc. USA and is a Trustee for Miracle House, a Company Limited by Guarantee Kenya.

She currently lives in Dillon, Colorado with Toby, her husband of 23 years. They have a son, who is studying at Texas Tech University and a daughter who is in the process of finishing high school. Over the years she has served on several non-profit boards within her children’s schools and the community. She is also the part-time administrator and volunteer at One Community Church. Samantha feels strongly about giving back to her global community, and in doing so, showing and exampling the love Christ has for all people.

<strong>Sean Butson</strong>
Sean Butsontreasurer

Sean Butson is President of DC Capital Management, an investment management firm focused on bringing unbiased, institutional investment expertise to individuals and small businesses. In particular, the company develops customized investment portfolios focused on generating absolute, after-tax returns. Prior to forming DCCM, Mr. Butson spent eight years as a stock analyst for Legg Mason, covering the media and telecom industries. In 2002, he received the Wall Street Journal award as the #1 stockpicker in the wireless services industry and finished 3rd in the 2002 Greenwich Institutional Investor Poll for Communications Towers. In addition, during his tenure at Legg Mason, Mr. Butson served as an expert witness, lectured MBA courses in finance and capital markets, frequently appeared on television (CNBC, Bloomberg, CNNfn), and was quoted in major publications (The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post). Preceding his work at Legg Mason, he was a portfolio manager and credit analyst at Bank of America for three years, where he received the Top Analyst award. Mr. Butson is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds undergraduate degrees in Finance and Politics from The University of Maryland and Wake Forest University, respectively.

Mr. Butson is married to Kathy and they have a son named Dillon. The Butsons currently reside in Maryland and Colorado, where they enjoy the outdoors and volunteer work at church. Mr. Butson is passionate about using his spiritual gift of finance to educate and empower people to be good financial stewards, and is inspired by Jesus’ Parable of the Talents: “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!'” Matthew 25:23.

<strong>Arienne Abt</strong>
Arienne Abtboard member
Arienne lives in Denver, Colorado, where she enjoys working as a registered nurse.  Her passion for the children of Miracle House has taken her to Kenya six times. She spent three months at Miracle House Limuru in the summer of 2009, during which she taught the children during their daily lessons, learned Swahili on a deeper level, and experienced African culture in a new way. She is excited about future possibilities using her career in nursing to serve the third world.
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<strong>Jeremy Frye</strong>
Jeremy Fryeboard chairperson
Jeremy serves as the executive pastor at The Church at Agape Outpost in Breckenridge, Colorado. After graduating from Ozark Christian College in 2000, Jeremy began serving at a church in Kansas and in 2002 moved to Breckenridge where he has lived for most of the last 10 years. Jeremy met his beautiful wife Rachael in 2003 and they were married in 2005. He graduated that same year with a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Leadership from Colorado Christian University. In 2011, Jeremy and Rachael were blessed with their first child, Katie Joy who was very quickly adopted by our Limuru Miracle House children as their baby sister.  Jeremy has made several trips to Kenya and has been blessed to work in both of MH’s day centers as well as taking part in pastor’s training and marriage workshops. He is humbled to serve as a member of the Miracle House board and grateful that he has the opportunity to play some small role in addressing the physical and spiritual needs of these precious children that God has placed in our care.
<strong>Linda Hoover</strong>
Linda Hooverboard member

Linda has been married to her husband, Gerry, for over 50 years. They have three children and nine grandchildren. They raised their children in Southern California where they operated a grading contracting company.

Having served on staff at her home church for 30 plus years, she has a wide range of ministry experience. Her role as a Children’s Pastor for 21 years helped develop her leadership and administrative skills. Currently she serves on the Small Groups Ministry Team – coaching, resourcing and encouraging a large number of home group Bible study leaders.

Linda’s life verse is Colossians 3:23: Whatever you do, work at it with your whole heart as working for the Lord, not for man.

<strong>Bethany Shackleford</strong>
Bethany Shacklefordboard member

Contrary to popular belief of most teachers there is hope for the kids who doodle their way through school. Bethany Berndt Shackelford is living proof of that. She won two Emmys for art direction while working for NBC News and a third Emmy for her work on one of the Star Trek series. Her experience in computer compositing led to commercials and movies including being on the Oscar-winning special effects team for the film Independence Day. Still in search of a way to use her doodling she and her business partners started their own company called Pingorama and manufactured colorful clothes for kids all with Bethany’s original fabric prints. Now she is busy working from home as a surface designer and goes by the name BZBdesigner. You may spot one of her designs  on a number of products from party goods to doormats in one of the over 10,000 store her designs are in. In addition to working from home, she spends time being a mom to her two kids Tatum and Teaghan, which she says “is the best job yet.” Her favorite quote is “art is a gift from God and an artist is a giver of that gift to others.”