Originally from Sioux Center, Iowa, Jeff joined Helps in June of 1999. He studied at Trinity Christian College, completing his B.A. in Computer Science and minoring in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology.
Jeff grew up as a missionary kid in Puerto Rico, and in 1997 he felt the call to take his own family into full-time ministry. Since that time, he has been serving missionaries, ministries, and the Helps home office in computer and software support, eventually serving the home office as Director of Operations and IT. He assumed the role of Executive Director in 2018. Jeff and his wife, Heather, have two sons, Jeshua and Jarib.
Director of Finance
Samantha is a native of Western North Carolina. She joined our team in August of 2015. Samantha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s in Accounting. Samantha and her husband, Mark, have two daughters, Jasmine and Jade. She and her family are active members of Lake Hills Church and are very involved with local youth.
Samantha loves getting to know our missionary and ministry partners while supporting them with accounting and finance administration. In her spare time, you can find her hiking or off-roading her jeep in the back trails of our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
Director of Communications & Child Sponsorship
Originally from the Bay Area of California, Joelle has lived in western North Carolina since 2004. She studied at Azusa Pacific University and Mars Hill College, receiving her B.A. in Spanish, Graphic Design, and Studio Art in 2006.
Joelle joined the Helps Ministries team in 2008. She handles design, website, and communication needs for Helps as well as many of our partner ministries – especially our child sponsorship programs in Africa and Asia. She is passionate about seeing ministries thrive and children growing to know and experience God’s great love for them.
Joelle loves taking every opportunity she can to travel, as well as explore the beauty of our local mountains – often with her camera in hand.
Accounting and Member Care Specialist
Laura grew up here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She and her husband, David, lived in Colorado, Guam, and South Carolina during the time David was serving in the US Army, before returning to North Carolina in 1998. They have five children.
Laura received her degree in Business Administration from Coker College in 1998. She joined the Helps staff in 2015. She serves a vital role in our Accounting team, and specializes in the on-boarding process for new missionary partners.
Laura enjoys working with students, and she and her husband serve as youth leaders at their church. She cherishes time spent with family and friends, and loves the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Michele grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania, and joined the Helps home office in 2012. One of the highlights of her high school years was participating in mission trips. Since then she’s been involved in missions in various ways, as well as serving locally in Children and Youth ministry.
Michele studied Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Bible in college in New York, Arizona, and North Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, art, hiking and biking. Michele and her husband, Steve, have two grown sons and a daughter-in-law.
Home Office Missionary Team:
Program Director, Architectural Planning & Design
Originally from Pennsylvania, Dale was born with a number of congenital conditions resulting in being born with no left eye, deformed facial abnormalities, and a malfunctioning heart. After his father died, Dale and his twin brother were enrolled in Milton Hershey School for orphan boys, where they lived under the care of houseparents – whom Dale credits for showing him the love of God by living out their Christian faith in care and concern for him and the other boys.
Dale received his B.S. in Education (Library Science) from Millersville University in 1981 and Associates in Arts degree from Harrisburg Area Community College in 1984. Dale joined Helps in 1987, and for the past 31 years has served as an architectural designer in the Planning/Design Ministry, providing architectural design services to ministries worldwide.
Jamie & Elizabeth Kabernick
Program Directors, Printing & Mailing Services
Jamie and Elizabeth joined the Helps home office team in 2016. They met and were married in Ethiopia, where they both worked as missionary school teachers, and where Elizabeth grew up as a missionary kid.
They later moved to Bolivia, where they spent 15 years as missionaries before returning to the US. Their depth of experience and passionate heart for missionary care and support make them a wonderful addition to our support services team as they head up our Printing & Mailing ministry for missionaries.
Jamie and Elizabeth have two teenage children, Jaden and Elisa.
Program Director, TUTC Sponsorships
Dan joined the Helps Ministries team in July 2017. Dan and his wife, Dorothy, have felt called to missions for many years – and even spent a season planning and preparing for service in Brazil in 2005. Dan has always had a passion for serving others and, in particular, children.
At Helps, Dan has taken on management support for Train Up The Children, a child sponsorship program supporting educational outreach to children in North India and Nepal. We are excited to have him on our team and to put his experience, gifts, calling, and passion to work serving vulnerable and marginalized children!
Dan and Dorothy have three adult children: Amanda, Joshua, and Micah.