Adrien Lewis, Executive Director
Adrien spent the first 10 years of his career serving as a business development professional in healthcare, technology and education companies. In 2007, God turned Adrien’s life “right side up” on a mission trip to Haiti with his wife Cynthia, which began three years of volunteering with The Global Orphan Project (GO Project). In 2010, God asked Adrien to leave the business world and advocate full time for orphaned and abandoned children with GO Project. This call ultimately led to him become a foster and adoptive parent and develop CarePortal as a platform to facilitate the cooperation of local churches and agencies for local children and families in crisis.
Bishop Aaron Blake, Board Member and National Ambassador
Bishop Blake was the 30 year pastor of Greater Faith Community Church and is co-founder of Harvest Family Life ministries. He also chaired The Advisory Committee on Promoting Adoption of Minority Children (ACPAMC), a church/state partnership in Texas committed to children in need. His experience and expertise, especially with under-resourced communities, has been formative for CarePortal. Bishop and his wife, Mary, live in Brownwood, Texas, and have raised six biological and six engrafted children God brought into their lives over the years.
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Audrey Deckinga, MSSW, LMSW, National Director of Agency Partnerships
With more than 35 years’ experience in the child welfare field, Audrey brings essential expertise to the CarePortal team. She’s served as a foster parent, Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworker, supervisor, program director in the field. She later served as Director of Policy and Programs and the Assistant Commissioner at the state level for Texas CPS. Under her leadership, CPS crafted and implemented major reform. During her tenure, the number of children in care decreased, kinship care and adoptions increased, use of psychotropic medications for children in foster care decreased by more than 30% and faith-based partnerships were strengthened. The Global Orphan Project (GO Project), hearing of the work between church and state, assisted Texas with the collaboration between the church and state by developing CarePortal.
Audrey retired from state employment in 2014 and has consulted with several child welfare nonprofits, including GO Project. As the Director of Agency Partnerships, she works with child welfare systems to implement CarePortal across the country. Audrey and her husband of 44 years have three sons and five grandchildren, who are the joy of her life.
Derek Nelson, Support Manager
Derek’s career has revolved around helping people, a natural gifting that’s evident through the myriad of ways he serves at The Global Orphan Project (GO Project). He has spent time working in the insurance industry, healthcare IT, and as a small business owner. In 2013, Derek’s focus shifted to a support role at GO Project, as CarePortal moved from a concept to a platform. When Derek is not serving CarePortal partners across the U.S., you can find him serving up delicious barbequed goodies and spending time with his wife, Kali, and two children, Leona and Warren.
Scott Platter, North America Director
Scott has served on The Global Orphan Project team since 2016. Scott’s current role provides him the opportunity to build relationships with a wide range of ministry partners across the U.S. and Canada, while helping them expand their work through the use of the CarePortal platform. Scott’s passion and skills for managing relationships and improving operations were honed in two prior chapters of his career, spent leading organizations in telecom and financial services. Both of these marketplace experiences can now be seen as divine preparation for his current ministry work, where he is called to navigate the intersection of church, state and business. Scott also enjoys the privilege of serving his local church by leading local and global missions activities.
Scott and his wife, Lynn, have been married for over 25 years and have two teenage sons through the grace of adoption. They have also become mom and dad to two international students — young men from China and Malawi — who have been engrafted into their family for the high school years and into their hearts forever.
Kristen Trumpp, Training Manager
Kristen began her career as a church youth director, investing in the lives of middle and high school students. During that time, she became involved with The Global Orphan Project (GO Project), leading her students on Vision Trips to Haiti. As GO Project’s ministry focus grew locally, she jumped at the opportunity to engage her ever-growing interest in foster care that God was stirring in her heart. In 2015, Kristen joined the GO Project family and applied her energy and passion to help expand CarePortal in Kansas City. Today, she focuses on developing resources and equipping the National field team. Kristen and her husband, Mitch, have two young children and are foster parents. In her free time, Kristen loves to read, run or plan fun meals that she may or may not actually cook.