Deanna Arnett, Executive Director

Deanna Arnett earned her Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services from Michigan State University in 1998 and her Master of Arts in Family Life Education from Western Michigan University in 2010. She has dedicated her career to working with women and children survivors of violence, working for such organizations, as The Council Against  Domestic Assault, Spectrum Human Services and Angel House. In her free time Deanna serves on the advisory board for Dream Center of Lansing and is also a Youth Leader at her local church.  

Elizabeth Galer, Weekend House Manager

Elizabeth (Liz) is the oldest one in her family of 8 children (3 gals, 5 guys), who span 20 years! LizHer spirituality is Roman Catholic, though she was raised in a charismatic ecumenical community and feels at home among different Christian faiths. Adoption is in her family history. Her father was adopted and went looking for his birth parents as an adult, and her family has had a wonderful relationship with his birth mother for almost 30 years- she is courageous, classy, and an accomplished woman who Liz loves and admires so much, and whom she learned a great deal from when she found herself pregnant and alone 11 years ago. Liz also gave her daughter up for adoption, and she sees her about once or twice a year and feels so blessed to be able to see how well loved and cared for she is as she grows up. GOD IS GOOD, and He writes straight with crooked lines! Liz loves her faith, and the number one desire of her heart is to know and love the Lord Jesus with all of her heart, mind, soul, and strength for all of her life and into eternity! Her family is her delight and her pain, her friends love her heroically, and her life is blessed beyond measure!

Sharon Matthews, Weekend House Manager

Sharon Matthews joined Hannah’s House, as a House Manager, in February of 2017.  She retired from the State of Michigan in 2011, after 25 years of work experience in the information technology field.  She possesses a master’s degree from Western Michigan University, majoring in Public Administration, with emphasis in state policy administration.  Also, she earned a business administration bachelor’s degree from Northwood University, double majoring in computer Information Systems Management & Business Management.  In addition, she obtained an associate’s degree from Davenport University, double majoring in computer programming & accounting.  Sharon has been a local resident for 46 years.  She’s the mother of two successful, young adult sons.  Furthermore, she’s the church secretary and an usher at Paradise Missionary Baptist Church where she has been a member for 23 years.

Carol Olsen, Weekday House Manager, Monday-Wednesday

Carol began employment at Hannah’s House in December of 2017.  She attributes her calling to her own  trials and tribulations that she experienced as a young woman, not always making choices that would be pleasing to God.  But after giving her life over to the Lord Jesus in 2001, Carol has not been the same.  Jesus healed her from the inside out and because her heart is humble and grateful to Jesus it is only fitting that she would be drawn to young troubled women to help them and offer them a Savior-the one who saved her. Jesus.

Vicki Burns, Weekday House Manager, Wednesday-Friday

Vicki Burns began employment at Hannah’s House in August of 2018.  She is the middle child of 5 children and is the mother of 3 boys.  She raised her son as a single parent, not by choice but by necessity.  Having to depend on God’s grace and mercy to help her in her journey, she wants to be a light and encouragement to other women who find themselves in the same position. Vicki is a born again believer and has received forgiveness and salvation from the Lord Jesus Christ for her sinful decisions of the past.   She wants other women to know the freedom and love that comes from letting Jesus Christ into their life.  

Susan Ayers, Weekday House Manager, Sunday-Monday

Susan Ayers started at Hannah’s House in June 2018.  Susan grew up in northwest Indiana, close to Lake Michigan.  She has spent time as a missionary in Botswana and Lesotho.  Susan taught and was an administrator at an international school in Lesotho.  She came to Michigan in 1993 for graduate work at Michigan State University where she also taught Educational Psychology for several years.  Most recently Susan has enjoyed volunteering at Church of the Resurrection where she is a parishioner.  She is happy to be serving at Hannah’s House and looks forward to God working in her life and in the lives of the women at Hannah’s House.