Our Management Team
President and Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
“‘Good enough’ is not enough; that’s the standard that Christians should have for orphans. We’re going to be a voice for the kids and advocate for best practices. We’re going to get criticized, but we’re going to do what’s in the best interest of the kids.”
Advocating for the vulnerable has been Mike’s focus for more than 40 years, and he has worked with governments and organizations around the world to develop systems of care that serve the best interest of each and every child.
As Vice President of Buckner International, Mike led the team that developed and managed Buckner’s international adoption and orphan care ministry. His desire to walk alongside national ministry partners to best serve the holistic needs of orphaned and vulnerable children inspired Mike to found Orphan Outreach, and he has been a leading voice for creating best practices along the full spectrum of care for children – from family preservation to foster care and adoption and wraparound care for orphan graduates. He is a founding board member of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. Mike has a Master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
“While all our programs look different, our mission in each is to mobilize others to respond to God’s passion for the orphaned. We advocate for the vulnerable, speaking up for the rights of the child so that they are protected. We advocate for best practices and empower national programs through the local church. As we go forward, God is guiding us to go deeper in every country to expand our impact. We only want to go where God wants us to go.”
For almost two decades, Rey has been working to meet the holistic needs of children trapped in poverty. That desire was fueled by living and working in Honduras, serving the needs of children who lived in a garbage dump. Rey returned to the United States to serve as lead pastor for Washington Cathedral, where he inspired the congregation to embrace the cause of the orphaned and vulnerable. As Executive Director of Orphan Outreach, Rey’s passion is to mobilize the Church to respond to the needs of orphans around the world. That passion is something he shares with his wife and two children. Rey holds a Doctorate in Intercultural Studies with a focus on Missiology and Children at Risk from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Vice President of Programs
“One of the many things I love about working at Orphan Outreach is our ability to take a step back and really consider the work we are doing. We have this ability to adapt based on the current needs of our programs. I love that our focus is child-specific. We try to address each need of every child, uniquely. We don’t have “cookie-cutter” programs."
Katherine’s passion for justice and orphan care began with a high school mission trip to China. The trip became the catalyst in her decision to pursue a career that focused on serving the vulnerable. After receiving her undergraduate degree in child and family studies at Baylor University, Katherine went on to pursue a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She joined Orphan Outreach in 2007 in the missions department, and soon moved into the role of missions director. Katherine now oversees all global ministry programs for Orphan Outreach.
Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
"When asked why I work at Orphan Outreach, my first answer is always 'the people.' Their dedication is unrivaled, and there is a sense of family here that extends to every country we serve. If we are able to help transform the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children, I believe we'll see a future that is stronger for those children and their communities."
An advocate for excellence, Beth is tireless in her work to ensure the finances of Orphan Outreach ministries worldwide are managed well. She is a member of Women for Orphans Worldwide, and is on the board of the Southern Arkansas University Alumni Association. Beth’s career began at Price Waterhouse where she was a Senior Audit Manager, and she has been actively involved in leading and managing software consulting firms. Beth and her husband, Dan, have two daughters, Dana and Sydney. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Southern Arkansas University.
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Co-Founder
"We pray about everything. We put a lot of thought and prayer into everything we do and the decisions we make. We move fairly slowly because we want to be sure we’re accountable with the funds donors give us, with whatever doors the Lord opens, and to the children that He’s brought to us to serve."
Amy has managed and developed international orphan care and ministry programs since 1995. As a former attorney, Amy understands the challenging roads faced by orphaned and vulnerable children, and while practicing law worked as a Guardian ad Litem for children in Dallas County and was a CASA (court-appointed special advocate for abused children). Amy is one of the founders of Orphan Outreach and is a founding member of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. She and her husband have an adopted child from Russia and two biological children.
Vice President of Marketing, Co-Founder
“It’ll be exciting to see where we will be in the next ten years. It has been a wonderful journey. It’s been amazing to see how faithful God is and to see Him at work. He’s evolved and grown our programs, our knowledge, and our skills. Only the Lord could bring something like this out of nothing. It is just totally and completely His.”
A founder of Orphan Outreach, Amy sees her behind-the-scenes work in orphan care as an answer to prayer, as she’s seen the direct impact of technology and marketing to connect people with ministry opportunities around the world. Amy has a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M in Journalism and Advertising, and has been leading orphan ministry in web design, marketing, and management since 1999.
Tiffany Taylor Wines
Vice President of Development, Co-Founder
“For me, serving orphans well means understanding the root causes of why children are orphans in the first place. We want to ensure any approach to helping orphaned children involves family preservation and doing what we can do to raise up relatives to care for them. Of course, there will always be children whose family abuses them, and who have no other relatives to take them. For that child, staying with family is not an option, so we need to discern what is the best situation for them."
Tiffany and her husband traveled to Russia for the adoption of their two infant children. That journey caused her to dedicate herself to making a difference in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children. Tiffany is a founder of both Orphan Outreach and Women for Orphans Worldwide, the volunteer-led auxiliary serving ministry programs in Guatemala and around the world. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Christian University and a Graduate Marketing Certificate from Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. She was a partner of a marketing firm for 12 years before responding to the call to full-time orphan care ministry in 1999.
“I’d love for our mission trip participants to wrestle with the big question of, ‘Why is there evil in the world?’ and ‘How can God be good?’ You need to wrestle with that, you need to challenge yourself with the things that you see on your trip and then see that there are answers to your questions. I believe what we are doing here will bring change into communities, into families, into countries, and ultimately the world.”
Jeremy Copeland's career in orphan care began with an invitation to travel on a short-term mission trip. He traveled to Guatemala to deliver shoes to orphaned and vulnerable children, and discovered his own soul of service in the process. He was recruited to both lead and manage mission trips for Buckner International, where he worked for more than a decade before joining Orphan Outreach. As Missions Manager, Jeremy helps individuals find their unique place in service. The Baylor University graduate loves to travel to all the Orphan Outreach ministry destinations. When he's not planning trips, he's enjoying time with his wife and daughter.
"Just as my husband and I felt called to adopt our daughter, I believe we are called to care for orphaned and vulnerable children. I love that Orphan Outreach focuses on orphan care. We become advocates for these children, their voices. Hopefully, we become those angels who walk by their side, helping them in some way, and making life a little bit better for them.”
Margo began her work with Orphan Outreach as a volunteer trip leader and founding member of Women for Orphans Worldwide, but her passion to serve orphaned and vulnerable children began years before, when she and her husband adopted their daughter, Olivia, from Guatemala. She joined the Orphan Outreach staff as Joseph’s DreamCoat adoption grant coordinator before focusing her attention on donor development. Prior to her work in ministry, Margo served as SVP for Fleishman-Hillard Public Relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University.
“I want whoever comes alongside us to do so because they see the responsibility we have to do what is in the best interest of the child. I want them to see the child who is living in destitute poverty receiving nutritious meals and an education, to see a young mama who is being offered restorative support, to see our special needs kids who are being provided wraparound care. I want them to see what is it that really drives our hearts and to be moved to do their part.”
Ronne has a passion for telling stories that change stories. A former marketing executive, she found her place and purpose in serving orphaned and vulnerable children. She is also a writer, speaker, and author of the book, One Woman Can Change the World (featuring the stories of many of Orphan Outreach’s ministry partners). Ronne began her work with Orphan Outreach as a volunteer trip leader and freelance writer, and has served in Latin America, Africa, Asia, eastern Europe, England, and the West Indies. Ronne has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, and has done graduate work in global initiatives at St. Edward’s University.
"I came to work at Orphan Outreach for several reasons. First of all, the people that work here are a joy to be with. They are smart and truly dedicated to the mission of making the world a better place for vulnerable children . . . an amazing small group pf people that makes a huge impact. And then, it's fun and inspiring to serve the children in our sponsorship program. I love seeing their precious pictures and reading about their lives. Through work, I feel that I can make a difference in the lives of these children by presenting them to the world with the respect that they deserve. What could be better?"
Managing the relationships of more than 1100 children and their sponsors is no small task, but d’Jon finds joy in each and every connection. Prior to joining Orphan Outreach, d’Jon worked with companies in the development industry and served as SVP of Operations for KMA, Inc. She and her husband have two children, and when she’s not working on sponsorships, you’ll find d’Jon reading, sewing, or creating vintage crafts.