“I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by God’s grace I will do.” — Edward Everett Hale
Darci is a licensed physical therapist married to her husband Greg. The Oplotniks have two biological children and fostered 10 children from 2004-2009. The Oplotniks have continued relationships with previous foster children and their families. Darci's experience as a foster parent drew her to Anna's House Foundation's vision to provide stability to the youngest in the foster system. She is a member of Henderson Hills Baptist Church and volunteers in the Special Ministries Department.
Shelby received her degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. She began her journey in working with foster families by providing respite care and becoming an advocate for children in custody. Shelby's love and passion for the well-being of children comes from her decision to put God first in her life. She is overjoyed to be able to assist families in reaching their true God-given potential. "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..." —James 1:27
Since 2005, Ramona has devoted her career to helping children in foster care in the state of Oklahoma in various capacities. It is her personal belief that every child should live in a home that provides love, discipline, nurturance and stability. Ramona believes that children are students of life, they require guidance and support as they maneuver through life’s journey. Ramona has a deep unyielding desire to help others and her love for children has cultivated a deep desire to become an supporter of children in foster care. Ramona and her loving husband, Chris, has a daughter who is in the Army National Guard and attends OSU, and five sons, two in high school, one in middle school and two in elementary school. “Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken” Psalm 55:22
NaTasha received her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Oklahoma in December 2005. She has previously worked as an Advocate Supervisor for the last eight years with CASA of Oklahoma County. She and her husband James are the very proud parents of an 8-year-old competitive gymnast/ballerina and a tenacious 2 year old. While at CASA of OKC, NaTasha was known as the Resource Wizard, if there is a need within a foster home or for a foster child she knew exactly where to find it making this one of her specialty areas. She taught new child advocates the aspects of working with families in poverty. She comes to Anna's House committed to dedicating her life and career towards helping children in foster care have the best outcomes for permanency. NaTasha's long term experience within Child Welfare and the Juvenile Courts of Oklahoma County have given her a view of what works and what needs to be changed in order to assist in care of children. Her passion for the families that devote their lives to foster and heal so many children is what lend her to Anna's House believing that our organization is model for how foster care should be done. She firmly believes that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." —Philippians 4:13
Tiffanie Lenhart is a registered nurse and has been married to her high school sweetheart for over twenty years. They have six children. Two are homegrown (biological) Drew (age 21) and Ashlyn (age 18). Four are handpicked (adopted) Jed (age 19), Jackson (age 17), Jimso (age 14), and Zola (age 5). Her sons were adopted from Haiti and Zola was adopted through the foster care system. Tiffanie has been a foster and adoptive mom for over 10 years. They have fostered 12 children over the years. Tiffanie decided to leave her career in nursing when an opportunity presented itself to merge her passion and her profession in the foster care arena. Tiffanie's husband, Jake, serves as a pastor at Frontline Church. Her children attend Bethany Public Schools and they are very active in both of those communities. Tiffanie has had the opportunity to be trained by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross and is a certified TBRI practitioner. Tiffanie shared that her passion for foster care and orphan care can be summed up in the following quote and verse…
“We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” – Radical by David Platt.
Proverbs 24:12 tells us that "Once our eyes are opened we cannot pretend we do not know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows we know and holds us responsible to act."
Kaitlin is a graduate of Oklahoma City University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a Certification in Child Advocacy. She is a member of Connect United Methodist Church where her husband, Matt, serves as Associate Pastor. Kaitlin has served multiple roles in the Church and has learned that her strongest desire is to pursue social services from a vocational standpoint. Growing up in a family that served through fostering, Kaitlin learned at an early age how essential and impactful foster families are in the lives of children. The mission of Anna's House Foundation truly encompasses Kaitlin's desire to provide children with the foundation of familial values and the security of a loving, safe upbringing by being the hands and feet of Christ to the children who need it most.
Jen Holbert received her Bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Baptist University. She and her husband Chris have 4 children including 2 biological and 2 adopted through the blessing of foster care. Her family was a resource/foster home from 2012-2016. She has worked in foster care as a case manager, recruiter/trainer, and volunteer/resource coordinator since 2013. She and her family are active members at Frontline Church.
Jennifer feels that following God into the adventure of foster care is much like the Beaver's description of Aslan in CS Lewis' The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia)...
"Safe?" said Mr. Beaver, "don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? Course he isn't safe. But he is good. He is the King I tell you."
Jessica received her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Park University in Missouri. She began her career with Department of Family Protective Services in Texas, where she worked as an Investigator and a foster care licensing regulations caseworker. She found a passion to work with foster children and families while with DFPS. Jessica has two teenage children with her husband, Chris, who she has been married to for sixteen years. She and her family lived in Texas for the past fifteen years, but recently moved to Oklahoma when her husband accepted a position with Boeing at Tinker AFB. She wishes to continue the career she began in Texas to help provide support to foster parents so they are able to provide a safe and happy environment for foster children.
Brandee received her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from Southern Nazarene University. Serving abused and neglected children was a burden that was placed on her heart early on in her education and career. She has served the foster care community in a number of different ways, but her favorite role is completing home studies with potential foster parents. She considers it a privilege to be able to hear the stories of the families she serves. She is grateful to be able to play a small part in their foster care journey. Finding safe, loving homes for Oklahoma’s most vulnerable children is her greatest motivation. Through foster care she has witnessed God’s goodness made manifest as He draws families together and restores relationships, bringing beauty out of brokenness. Brandee is married with one daughter. Her daughter is an art major at Classen School of Advanced Studies. Brandee and her husband are best friends. They love spending time outdoors hiking, backpacking, and camping. Brandee and her family are involved in their church community where they minister to poor and marginalized residents of Oklahoma City; Brandee teaches adults and children, and her husband leads praise and worship. One of Brandee’s favorite quotes is:
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” -Frederick Buechner
Randy Stafford, President
Richard Felton, Vice President
Fred Muse, Chairman
Calista Ingram, Secretary
Arthur C. ("Chuck") Rahill, Jr. CPA, Treasurer
Bobby Griffith Jr.
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