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! Her 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 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 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.
April Horton began employment at Hannah’s House in December of 2017. has enjoyed working in the ministry with pregnant teens and women for the past six years. She was raised a Pastor’s daughter and gained a passion for the ministry through her father’s crisis pregnancy center as a child. In her spare time, April enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchild.
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.
Ashley Keimach graduated form California State University San Bernardino with a Bachelor of Arts in English – Linguistics in 2015. Ashley is passionate about fundraising and communications and works hard to help organizations reach their fundraising goals through strategic planning, relationship cultivation, and external communication. Ashley has worked with several non-profits in the Michigan area to build their fund development and specializes in direct solicitation and strategic planning.
Ashley serves on the Board of Lansing’s America’s Future Foundation, and is a Leader for The Policy Circle’s Michigan outreach efforts. Ashley enjoys spinning and leads a Spin Class every Sunday. She currently resides in Lansing with her husband.