Beatrice Ombati Dusing - Executive Director

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Beatrice was born in the Kisii lands of Kenya and grew up in the Maasai culture of Narok, Kenya. Home was a 500 square foot house without running water or electricity; it was shared with five brothers and sisters. Though they had very little, their mother and father insisted on sharing with street children, released convicts, neighbors, and anyone that was in need. 

In Kenya she preached the gospel of Jesus Christ as a missionary, advocated for AIDS awareness, and organized against early girl child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence. After immigrating to the U.S. she served as an interpreter with refugee resettlement services and served on the missions board of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas.

In 2016, she fulfilled a lifelong desire by co-founding Jeremiah’s Family Ministry with the vision of transforming the lives of children who are often overlooked in the community. She is currently enrolled in a one year leadership program through ACC’s Center for Nonprofits and pursuing her college education while raising two children with the wisdom of Africa and the opportunity of America.

 

Tranise Pleasant - Secretary / Fundraising

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Tranise first became involved with Jeremiah’s Family Ministry in 2018 on a short-term mission. It was there that her love for this ministry began. With over five years of experience working in the non-profit sector, Tranise is an expert at delivering strategies and concepts that help drive the mission of a non-profit forward. This is bolstered by her experience as an event manager, marketer, and, currently, a researcher with Ascension Seton hospital. She believes in the importance of advocating for change for those who are often forgotten and strongly believes in Jeremiah’s Family Ministry’s (JFM) mission of changing poverty to promise.

Not only has Tranise had the opportunity to work for large non-profits she is also involved her community through serving on the Girl Advocacy League with the Girls Empowerment Network and as a singles leadership member with Mosaic Church Austin. 

In addition to her extensive career and volunteer experience, Tranise has completed training with Austin Bridge Builders Alliance “Emergent Leader Initiative Program” and the Strategic Life Alignment course. Tranise holds a BA in Social Science from the University of North Texas. 

 

Justin Stephens - Impact Officer / Technology Lead

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Justin has supported international ministry since 2011. His experience includes helping to build a children's home in Honduras, organizing a live music fundraiser for Helping Honduras Kids, and raising funds for His Little Ones, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports orphans in Romania. Later, Justin and his wife Ashley hosted gatherings of local musicians, poets, actors, and visual artists to celebrate art and support non-profit organizations such as World Vision and Jeremiah's Family Ministry. Justin’s expertise includes content writing and social media management. Outside of this non-profit work he works as a tutor and a musician as he pursues his master’s degree in speech-language pathology.

 

Rachel K. Ver Straten - Connections Officer / Legal Adviser

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Rachel is a devout Christian, a wife, and mom to two wonderful daughters. She is passionate about empowering children for a better future and has over three years experience directly working with children from local communities in Kenya with nonprofit organizations. 

She has served with IFCA (Inspire for Change Africa) a nonprofit that educates and inspires high school children from underprivileged Kenyan communities to pave the way for their higher learning and success. She also worked with CIPLAR Kenya (Center for Intellectual Property Law & Research) under a project called "talanta mtaani" (talents in the slum), which worked with gifted youth from slum communities in Kenya to provide pro bono legal services to copyright their talents and various intellectual property as well as fund raise to sponsor their talents.

As a leader, Rachel was one of the founders of the LSSK (Law Students Society of Kenya), which has and still serves underprivileged local Kenyan communities by providing pro bono community legal education & services.

She completed her Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree at Moi University School of Law in Eldoret, Kenya. Relocated to San Antonio Texas to be with her husband and is currently working at Spectrum-Charter Communications.

Rachel is happy and honored to be part of Jeremiah's Family Ministry. She looks forward to seeing God unfold his promises to the children by submitting to God to help her serve in this ministry.

 

Kenneth Dusing - Treasurer / Operations Manager

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Kenneth is a native born Texan and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He grew up in a family business and later owned his own business (Liberty Tax Service), spent over a decade in the financial service industry (Wells Fargo Bank and Farm Credit Bank of Texas) and 15 years as a professional project manager. His passion for getting things done, building things from the ground up, and helping people to transform their lives uniquely positions him as the Treasurer and Operations Manager for Jeremiah’s Family Ministry.

Outside of his professional career Kenneth is a devoted husband and father of two. One of his greatest blessings in life is being able to know another country as he does and participate in transforming lives there in Kenya. Since 2010 he has embraced a contemplative prayer life and has come to the realization that faith cannot simply be about the vertical relationship with God but also must include the horizontal faith of works to the impoverished, oppressed, and overlooked (James 2:14-16). Jeremiah’s Family Ministry’s mission of overcoming poverty through the provision of a loving home, a meaningful education, and spiritual transformation has co-opted his heart and inspires him to be a better husband, father, worker, servant-leader, and pray-er.