Acres of Diamonds Staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jennifer Paddock – jen@acresofdiamonds.org

JenJen was born and raised in Bellevue, WA and currently resides in Redmond Ridge with her husband Lee and her two Great Danes. Jen is an ordained minister and has been a pastor in Foursquare churches for many years. Recently she served as the Director of Community Outreach at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue. In this role she discovered a passion for ministering to the poor. After many years of working with Executive Directors, doing amazing things in the community, she decided she couldn’t just watch anymore and wanted to jump in and participate in what God was doing on behalf of the poor in our community. Jen holds a Bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. She has a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. She loves spending time with her extended family, and is grateful to live in such a beautiful place like the Pacific Northwest.

 

SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER

Kerstin Grant – kerstin@acresofdiamonds.org

KerstinOriginally from Boston, Kerstin has lived all over the US and the world. While attending Hope College in Michigan, Kerstin and her friends formed a group studying issues of justice. She became impassioned to educate the church about the needs of the world. Upon receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Communications, she got a job at World Relief in Baltimore telling churches about issues of health, poverty, and disaster. In that role, she had the opportunity to travel to World Relief’s program sites around the world. Eventually, she moved to Cambodia to take the lead on communications for the World Relief Asia offices. Desiring to move from communications work to designing transformational programs, Kerstin landed in Duvall to work with the youth ministry staff of Adventure Church. In that role, she experienced the joy of working with a team that shared mission, community, and watching God transform lives. She also started work on a Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is married to Dan, and they enjoy living in community, playing Frisbee, traveling, hiking, and camping.

 

CASE MANAGER

Alice Fouse – alice@acresofdiamonds.org

AliceAlice, the daughter of a Nazarene pastor, spent most of her growing up years in northern Wisconsin. Alice holds a degree in Special Education and created and ran a private school for many years and then became a home school consultant and ventured into foster care. As Case Manager at Acres, Alice is passionate about collaborating with women in discovering their identity, breaking the cycle of homelessness, and realizing their goals and dreams. With her degree in Special Education and working with at risk individuals., Alice is effective and creative in her approach to walking alongside the women and children at Acres.

 

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Cherylyn McRae – cherylyn@acresofdiamonds.org

Cherylyn is a graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in Speech Communications. Previous careers include Project Manager for Alstom and as a Communications Consultant, with clients including Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center. Most recently, she was the Director of Development for Hearing, Speech, & Deafness Center for 5 years – making strides in new funding sources for the programs at the center. She is enthusiastic about writing grants, passionate about connecting the community to Acres of Diamonds and helping make a difference in the nonprofit world.

 

HOUSE MANAGER

Katie Goudelock– katie@acresofdiamonds.org

 

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Lauren Topp– lauren@acresofdiamonds.org

 

KIDS PROGRAM MANAGER

Sara Farrington – sara@acresofdiamonds.org

 

KIDS PROGRAM ASSISTANT 

 Sarah Killinger – sarah@acresofdiamonds.org

 

OFFICE MANAGER

Janice Matthews – janice@acresofdiamonds.org