Board of Directors
Christian joined the Board of Directors in August 2021. Christina is the Chief Operating Office at BIG Investment Services. She has volunteered with Embrace at respite nights and at fundraising events in the past. She loves the support and services that Embrace brings to the families connected to the program and Abby’s vision for the ministry. She comes to the Board of Directors with experience in Financial and Operational with nonprofits, a heart for serving children and their families and a passionate heart for where she serves. She also sits on the board at Calvary Christian Academy. Christina attends New City Church. Christina and her husband Adam have three kids Aubrie, Addison and Austin.
Johnny joined the Embrace Board of Directors in July of 2021 with sheer gratitude for all that Embrace has taught him and his family through each of their experiences over the past couple years. He feels excited to know that what Embrace is doing is life changing. Not only for the child, but each and every member of the families that take part in how Embrace grows families, volunteers, and communities closer through the eyes of the Lord. Johnny brings over 20 yrs of experience in team building, problem solving, growth creation, and business development learned through the home building industry. Johnny is the owner of a General Contracting company Delaware Service Pros as well as a digital consulting company Freedom United Inc. Johnny stays extremely active with his physical and mental health as they are both large portions of his life with his bride Lindsay and 3 children, Mia, Colton, and Knox. He is a lifelong athlete and local CrossFit coach as well as a men’s small group fellowship servant from Ground Zero. Johnny loves how he can use the different platforms of health, wellness, and business to proclaim Jesus’s love for us by the actions we take in our lives. Johnny and his entire family are also active partners with United church where they each serve on different teams individually, but grow together as one.
Heather joined the Board of Directors in August 2021. She is the Owner of Beyond Speech Therapy, LLC where is also a Speech Language Pathologist. She loves that Embrace offers many unique programs for children affected by disabilities and their families. She has worked for over 25 years with children with varying degrees of disabilities within home health, school and private practice settings. She has a passion for helping children reach their full potential and providing education and support to their families. Heather also brings strong business and financial knowledge to run a successful business. She also has very strong relationships with the families and children she serves at Beyond Speech Therapy. Heather has been active in Allen Frear Elementary PTA and held numerous leadership roles (president, fundraising chair, etc). She was a member of the Delaware Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology for 3 years. She attends UNITED Church and serves in various capacities. Heather and her husband Drew have three children Ally, Cole and Sophie.
Jenn joined the Embrace Board of Directors in July 2022. She works at Bayhealth and Bebe Medical Center as a Respiratory Therapist. She brings ideas, passion and insight to the board of directors. She and her husband, Joe, have become foster parents in the last few years and have loved many children including some affected by disability. Jenn and Joe have three daughters of their own, Madyson, MacKenzie and Morgan. They attend Southside Baptist Church in Camden where they also serve a youth group leaders. Jenn is also involved in Classical Conversations homeschool community.
Mike joined the Board of Directors in August 2021. Mike has volunteered over the years at many Embrace Respite Nights prior to joining the Board of Directors. Mike is a Senior Project Manager at Advanced Architectural Metals, LLC. He loves that Embrace embodies the hands and feet of Christ to the members and families of our special needs community, making them feel welcome at worship services, providing care at high demand times and offering respite to parents and caregivers. Mike brings the desire to be used as God calls him, a love for the people of Embrace and those they serve, and a background in the world of finance. Mike is a member and elder at Grace Presbyterian Church in Dover. Mike and his wife Jen have three children Isaac, Catherine and a new baby Hazel Grace.
Waldell joined the Embrace Board of Directors in July 2022. He is a Senior Master Sargent in the USAF and currently holds the role of Command Training Manager. Currently, he is stationed at Scott Air Force Base. He brings wisdom, calm and passion to the board. He has 3 sons Jayden, who has Autism, Jasiah and Jaylin. His wife Latesha and him are passionate advocates for kids affected by disability and have been faithful supporters of Embrace for years.
Michele joined the Embrace board alongside her husband Kenny in July of 2023. Michele has been a volunteer for Embrace for the past 3 years. She has also been a volunteer at Embrace Family Camp. Michele works for the State of Delaware. Michele and Kenny live in Dover and attend UNITED Church.
Sean joined the board in July 2022. His stepson, Marcus has been a participant at Embrace for over 10 years. Sean and his wife Charity live in Felton and attend UNITED Church.
Kenny joined the Embrace Board in July of 2023. He brings enthusiasm to the team. Kenny loves to fish, jeep and spend time with family. Kenny lives in Dover and attends UNITED Church with his wife Michele.