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Heartbeat Team

Executive Team

Heartbeat's staff is led by Jor-El Godsey, our second president, preceded only by current Board Chair Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D. Jor-El previously served as Vice President under Peggy from 2006 to 2015.

Board Chairman - Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D.

President - Jor-El Godsey LAS

Vice President of Mission Advancement - Cindi Boston LAS

Vice President of Ministry Services - Betty McDowell, LSW, LAS

Controller - Tony Gruber

General Counsel - Danielle White, Esq.

Executive Assistant - Melissa Olenik

Ministry Services

The Ministry Services department envisions, encourages, and equips Christian leaders in pregnancy center related ministries to effectively impact their communities for life.

Director of Medical Impact - Christa Brown, BSN, RN

Director of Academy - Dawn Lunsford

Grant Program Specialist - Sara Littlefield

U.S. Affiliation Coordinator - Bethany Jasper

Conference & Events Coordinator - Molly Hoepfner, LAS

International Program Specialist - Ellen Foell, Esq.

Medical Specialist - Susan Dammann, RN, LAS

Housing Specialist - Mary Peterson

Advancement Specialist - Kirk Walden

Office Assistant - Christine Flowers

APR Office Assistant - Michelle Gruber

Ministry Support

The Ministry Support Department focuses the efforts of operations and development to support the ministry mission and vision of Heartbeat International to Reach, Rescue and Renew Communities for Life.

Bookkeeper - Robin Mitchell

Human Resources Specialist - Betsy Wetherby

Ministry Solutions

The Ministry Solutions department provides networking, software, and web solutions to pregnancy help organizations looking for high-tech ways to Reach, Rescue and Renew Communities for Life.

Senior Director of Ministry Solutions - Bri Laycock

Director of OptionLine - Nafisa Shamsher

Coordinator, Extend Web Services - Christy Poloni

Designer/Developer, Extend Web Services - Timothy Stephens

Sales and Customer Service Specialist, Extend Web Services - Jennifer Breymaier

Sales and Customer Service Specialist, Next Level CMS - Margie Mayes

Sales and Customer Service Specialist, Next Level CMS - Sarah Miller

Mission Advancement

The Mission Advancement department promotes Heartbeat International to Christian communities and educates the general public on what they can do to help make abortion unthinkable worldwide.

Mission Advancement Director - Anita Kremm

Mission Advancement Advisor - Phil Petrella

Mission Advancement Advisor - Virginia Cline

Grant Writer - Terri Fox

Advancement Assistant  - Rebecca Joines

Advancement Officer - Terri Barnhart

Advancement Officer - Julie Courtney

Advancement Officer - Kathy Chellis

Communications & Marketing

Director of Communications & Marketing - Andrea Trudden

Web/Media Specialist - Lauren Bell

Editor/Writer - Jennifer Minor

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Heartbeat International is governed by a Board of Directors representing all areas of the U.S., and various professions and ministries. Click here to learn more.

Heartbeat also has a Medical Advisory Council with experts to consult on medical issues. Our work with sister organizations around the globe leverages life-affirming expertise from all over the world. 

In addition, Heartbeat has independent consultants who provide training and consultation to affiliates around the world.

Public Impact Coordinator