Cheryl Lovejoy // President // Cheryl grew up in the Los Angeles area and was blessed to have a family that loved her and invested in her future. As Tirzah's President, Cheryl is thrilled to be part of a team that invests in women across the globe, encouraging them to believe that they are made in God's image and that He has exciting purposes for them to fulfill. Through her work with various non-profits, Cheryl has lived and worked in Mexico, Honduras, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Carolina - and has enjoyed them all! She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
Casandra Morgan-Loyer // Regional Leader for North America // Casandra is an Emmy-nominated writer who joined the staff of Tirzah in January 2014 as Tirzah's Regional Leader for North America after serving as the co-leader of Tirzah's Los Angeles chapter. Casandra loves all kinds of stories and believes in the power of the individual's story to inform and move people to action. Her personal mission is to help women and girls thrive, prosper, believe, hope, laugh uncontrollably and know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they matter. She gets a huge thrill out of connecting people in North America with the justice issues that impact women and girls globally and she really, really doesn't like when people are mean to those who have less power. She lives in California with her very creative husband, Erik and their two children.
Emma Reimers // Web and Social Media Manager // Emma is a California native who found her way to Tennessee for school (go 'Dores!) and music. She is a writer of many things - songs, blogs, poems, novellas, essays, embarrassing 6th grade journal entries - and loves anything to do with plants, food, design, city planning, and art. Emma first became interested in investing in women's rights, education, and health care through a trip to Kenya in 2009. Seeing how few girls made it past the 8th grade inspired Emma to leverage her education and cultivate her talents to the fullest capacity to empower others to do the same. She is ecstatic to be a part of Team Tirzah and use creativity to bring color to the powerful stories God is writing through women and girls. Emma lives in Nashville with her science genius husband, Jackson and their pet plant.
Our Board of Directors
Fenny Ang // Fenny and her husband Toon Howe live in Jakarta, with their daughter Elizabeth. Fenny is a Chinese-Malaysian Christian, and has more than 15 years of management consulting experience, having worked in Accenture and IBM. Fenny has also worked with World Vision and Habitat for Humanity. She currently provides leadership cross-cultural training as a freelance Executive Coach in Shanghai.
Debbie Ardan Christian // Debbie is chairwoman of the board and has a background in economic research, corporate philanthropy, and copywriting. A devoted booklover, she happily handles submissions for Alive Literary Agency and acquisitions/production for Bondfire Books. Debbie has been affiliated with Tirzah International for over a decade, and has traveled frequently in Africa with teams. She is especially involved with Tirzah’s programs that help women improve their small businesses through microloans and business training.
Anita Delhaas-van Dijk // Anita serves as the Country Director for World Vision-Lebanon, and lives in Beirut with her husband Robert. She has been affiliated with World Vision for more than 20 years, serving as National Director of WV Netherlands, Director of Corporate Partnerships WVI/Board representative EULO in Brussels, Belgium, Director for European Expansion in Spain and France and National Director of Romania.
David Christian Patrick Frame // David is owner and editor at Razor Edits, working with leading advertising agencies, television producers and non-profit organizations to deliver high-quality long form programs and commercials. He has been working in this industry for 20 years. David has volunteered his time and expertise to travel and film, edit and produce short documentaries of Tirzah International’s ministry in Burundi and Kenya. He is a member of Silverlake Community Church and serves on the Board of Elders.
Pat Hartman // Pat and her husband Mike live in Houston, where they co-founded beAed Industrial Identification Products. Pat worked in the finance area of the company. She has served on a number of community associations, including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Pat has traveled extensively worldwide, and has the gift of hospitality. Pat and Mike have three adult children.
Cheryl Lovejoy // Cheryl lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons. Cheryl worked in Mexico and Honduras with Latin America Mission and in Los Angeles and Mozambique with World Vision. She also worked with Opportunity International in Zimbabwe. After working with Women of Global Action (now Tirzah International) for ten years, Cheryl now serves as the President of Tirzah International.
Jessica Thompson // Jessica's drive to help women globally began on her first trip to Africa where she met a woman named Gaudence, whose story inspired Jessica to start her own business to help build micro-enterprise opportunities for women. She now owns her own health and wellness company with Arbonne International and is a National Vice President. With over a decade of experience in mentoring and coaching women in the business arena, she is passionate about using her knowledge to help women all over the world use their God-given gifts. Jessica is a mother of four and wife of the senior pastor at Pulpit Rock Church, Thomas Thompson, in Colorado Springs.
Our Advisory Board
Jill Bolinder // Jill lives in Grand Rapids, MI where she currently lives with her husband of 43 years, Scott. After a career in public elementary education, she seeks to serve God in her family, her community and her local church. She has co-led the justice ministry at Thornapple Evangelical Covenant Church where she and Scott have worshipped since 1989 when they moved to Grand Rapids. She also leads a weekly women’s Bible study at church and enjoys singing in the choir. Besides her adult children and six grandchildren, she enjoys gardening, her daily 4-mile walk and traveling with her husband
DJ Snell // DJ Snell is the President and Founder of Legacy, LLC, where he serves as manager and representative for both professional athletes and coaches, as well as literary agent for celebrity clients and authors.DJ is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor working with Grace Clinic in Winter Park. His background and education at both Harvard Law School and Reformed Theological Seminary uniquely equip him for work in these two fields. DJ became familiar with the work of Tirzah International (formerly Women of Global Action) in 2008 when he was teaching in Kigali, Rwanda. There he met Peace Nihorimbere, Tirzah's Central Africa Regional Leader, and heard stories of the work taking place among the women of Burundi. DJ travels often to Africa where he has taught pastoral counseling and Biblical studies.
Charity Taatjes // Charity lives in Grand Rapids. By day she works for Spectrum Health, trying to engage patients digitally with their healthcare. By night she is the mom of her two daughters, Ella (9) and Johanna (7). She is passionate about mentoring young women and seeing women's lives transformed by the word of God. She is a graduate of Taylor University and received her masters while living in Chicago from DePaul University. God has called her to walk a journey that has consisted of many trials and suffering, but she remains joyful and puts her trust in Him.
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson // Sarah has experience as a teacher, writer, photographer, and travel business owner. She is the founder of Purposeful Wanderings, a boutique luxury travel agency with a give-back focus. She has a passion for others to experience the world through travel and by connecting with other cultures. In 2014, she put together a trip for young widows in the US to visit the work that Tirzah does to support widows in Kenya. She is the author of Young Widow: A Memoir and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post Blog UK. Sarah lives in London, England with her husband and young son.