Our Board

JIM SMITH

Board Chair

Since 2007, Jim has been involved in fundraising-as-ministry at ShareMedia Services now Dunham+Company, helping  faith-based nonprofit organizations improve their funding sources. Prior to that he served as COO of a specialty advertising agency. He lives in Minnetonka, MN, is happily married and a father of 7, with 2 grandchildren. He has a heart for supporting at-risk children and has sponsored multiple kids through Compassion International since 2008.

MICHAEL WIlDER

Secretary

Michael (Mike) has had the privilege of seeing Hope Station grow and develop from its beginning and has served on the board since 2013. He has seen first hand the positive impact Hope Station has on the kids and the caregivers when visiting China. The Wilders have been long-time residents of Minnetonka, MN. Michael is an Instructional Designer at the University of St. Thomas.  He enjoys traveling, adventure cycling and camping. He volunteers for a few non-profits and loves keeping up with his adult children. 

Chloe Banks

CHLOE BANKS

Member

Chloe Banks has worked in the field of child protection and children without families for over 15 years in a variety of settings across Mainland China and Hong Kong. She currently works as the Child Protection Manager of a Hong Kong nonprofit, building child safeguarding policies and training teams and has previous worked in nonprofit communications, fundraising, advocacy, and project management. Chloe has an MA in International Development from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and an MA in Advanced Child Protection from the University of Kent, UK, with a research focus on systemic change in alternative care settings for children without families. Chloe lives in Hong Kong with her husband and two children and joined the Hope Station Board in 2021.

Joel Baerg

JOEL BAERG

Member

Joel first connected with Hope Station when he and his family lived in Chengdu through his friendship with Rebekah (founder). He had the chance to personally visit one of Hope Station’s partner orphanages and see the situation the children are living in. He served Hope Station for a number of years indirectly through providing support to Rebekah. Joel has joined the board now that he, his wife Stephanie, and their three kids are back in Canada where he works as a business strategist and Leadership Coach.

AARON TUSHABE

Member

Aaron was born, raised and got his formal education in Kampala, Uganda. He got to learn about Hope Station when he met Rebekah while he was living in China in 2014. He visited one of the orphanages Hope Station served then and has remained connected to Hope Station since. Aaron is passionate about using technology to serve communities. He is currently living in Dallas, Texas where he serves as a Technical Product Management Consultant at ThoughtWorks. His formal education background is in Computer Science. 

Want to join us?
For more information about joining our Board of Directors, please email us at:
info@hsorphans.org

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