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. 

ERIN HARRIS

Member

Erin has 2 adopted nieces, one of which was adopted from an orphanage in China where Hope Station was involved. It’s amazing to see the influence Hope Station had on her and the peace it brings knowing she was shown love & faith even before she was adopted.   Erin is a Salesforce.com admin and was the founding member of a non-profit organization. She lives in South Carolina with her husband, son, and daughter

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.

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

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