BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President | Retired
Kay became involved with Wings when the ministry relocated to central Iowa. Non-profit work is her speciality and she loves connecting people to needs within her community, especially to help the vulnerable and marginalized. It is truly inspiring for her to see the body of Christ come together to support Christ-centered restoration for survivors of sex trafficking. Kay and her husband Marlin also enjoy gardening, traveling and spending time with children and grandchildren. Board member since 2018.
Vice President | Employee Benefits Advisor at AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance, Inc.
Michelle first started volunteering for Wings of Refuge in early 2017 after attending an annual Wings of Refuge fundraiser where she learned of the mission for the first time. It didn’t take long for Michelle to realize she wanted to be more involved and joined the board in October 2017. When Michelle is not sharing the Wings of Refuge mission you can find her and her husband on their bikes exploring new trails and cities.
Treasurer | Retired
Jim has a passion for helping children and families in need, which is evident through his time spent as a board member for Wings of Refuge, the YSS Foundation, and the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau. Before retirement, Jim was a McDonald’s franchisee for 32 years and an accountant with the McDonald’s Corporation. He previously served on the Ronald McDonald House board for 23 years. In his spare time, Jim enjoys traveling, riding a bicycle, golfing, reading, walking, and watching college and professional sports. Jim and his wife Karen also enjoy leading a small group in their church. Board member since October 2020.
Secretary | Retired
From the time Sarah was first introduced to the mission of Wings of Refuge, she knew this was a ministry she wanted to support. Sarah is honored to be able to serve alongside the hard-working staff and participants in the Wings homes, as precious Image Bearers are being restored. After over ten years on staff at Cornerstone Church of Ames, Sarah is enjoying continued involvement in the church, community, and the lives of her five grandchildren. Board member since October 2020.
Board Member | Pastor at First United Church of Christ in Union, IA
Rick is most passionate about about seeing victims of society who have been made to feel worthless heal and grow as God had originally designed them to do. Coming from his own depression he is filled with a joy that comes from Jesus and he wants to be the light that leads others to the one true healer. Rick's favorite things are his wife Lora, their two daughters, and chocolate. Board member since 2016.
Board Member | Executive Director at Christ-Life Ministries
Jim's calling at Christ-Life Ministries is to teach people to exchange the lies they've been told for truth so they can see themselves as God sees them. He's passionate about creating an environment where survivors can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually set free. When Jim isn't working or volunteering, he enjoys spending time with his two children and three grandchildren. Board member since 2016.
Board Member | Podcast Host - Just Talking with Friends
For years, Deb taught the message of 'being a voice for the voiceless' in courses at Iowa Wesleyan University. Years of ministry, coaching, founding and hosting the women's podcast Just Talking with Friends, and now being the newest Board member all fit Deb's desire to give a voice to the survivors at Wings. Deb enjoys a "tasty treat" and can often be found in the kitchen concocting some new creation. Board member since March 2021.
Board Member | Sparker Solutions / Power of Positive Leadership Certified Trainer
Susan brings her passion for helping people and organizations to become their best to the Wings of Refuge board. She was familiar with the ministry already, but Susan and her husband Roger organized a 3D Archery Shoot fundraiser called Target Trafficking in 2021. Through that amazing experience her love for the ministry grew. She is active at her church, Harvest E-Free in Story City, serving on the mission team and worship team. Susan and Roger are blessed with 2 children, 1 granddaughter, a soon to be daughter-in-law, and a yellow lab. Board member since January 2022.
Board Member / Retired
Marty has recently retired from ISU as a counseling psychologist and the Sport Psychologist to the athletes for 33 years. He served as a board member and president of ChidSafe, an organization serving individuals who were sexually abused as children from 1989-96. God utilized these opportunities for service to help prepare and lead Marty’s heart toward Wings of Refuge. From traveling the globe working with Olympic athletes to counseling individuals overcoming abuse, Marty values assisting the healing process of the human mind, body, and spirit. He has been married to his high school sweetheart Sherri for 47 years and enjoy the additional time together with their four children and four grandchildren. Board member since January 2022.