BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President | Business Owner
Kay is from Ames and has been newly elected as Vice President. Non-profit work is her speciality and she loves connecting people to needs within her community. It's been a tremendous honor for her to help the Wings family re-locate to their new home. Kay loves to garden and enjoys filling the Wings house with fresh flowers from time to time.Board member since 2018.
Vice President | Financial Coach | Office Manager at Nugent Nuggets, LLC
Paula is also one of the “original 12”. She has five beautiful and amazing grandgirls, so the awareness and prevention aspect of human trafficking is very important to her. She is inspired by the awesome Wings staff that God consistently provides, the courageous participants, and the donors that selflessly give. It is an honor and blessing to serve in this God-led organization. Board member since 2013.
Secretary | 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 | 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 | Administrative Assistant at River's Edge Church
Jean is one of the "original 12" individuals who prayed Wings into existence. This is her seventh year serving on the Wings board. She has a huge heart and passion for the women and mission at Wings of Refuge. She has been coined as "Fun Aunt Jean" to those who know her. Board member since 2013.
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 | 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.
Board Member | 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 | 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.