Heartbeat 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 - Cindi Boston LAS

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.

Senior Director of Ministry Services - Betty McDowell, LSW, LAS

Associate Director of Ministry Services - Christa Brown, BSN, RN

Associate 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.

Director of Operations and Controller - Tony Gruber

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

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.

Director of Development - Anita Kremm

Senior Development Officer - Phil Petrella

Development Officer - Kathy Chellis

Grant Writer - Terri Fox

Development Officer - Terri Barnhart

Development Officer - Rebecca Joines

Development Officer - Julie Courtney

Development Officer - Virginia Cline

Communications & Marketing

Director of Communications & Marketing - Andrea Trudden

Web/Media Specialist - Lauren Bell

Editor/Writer - Jennifer Minor

Managing Editor of PregnancyHelpNews.com - Katie Franklin

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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