Our Leading Daughters
Teri served as our founding Executive Director and now serves as a board member. She brings over 20 years of experience in retail executive management to our team. She also serves as an Orphan Sunday coordinator, for Hope 1:17 orphan ministry at her church and with Operation Christmas Child. God broke Teri’s heart for the orphan during the adoption journey to Russia for her son. She is now committed to God’s calling on her life to ensure all children’s voices are heard and all families are equipped to provide loving homes to God’s children. Teri is a native of Texas and now makes her home with her husband Ryan, and children Maxim and Mia, in Tennessee
Jodi Jackson Tucker
Jodi is loves being a wife to Jerry and mom to her large family of world-changers, including six adopted children. In 2009, during a season of great brokenness, God revealed to her the idea for Pharaoh’s Daughters after she heard Exodus 2 preached by Sarah Sebyala (see About Our Name). It was then that the dream was born to unite the women who love and serve the orphan. Since then she has quit her corporate job and now works full-time as the International Director of Orphan Sunday for the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO). She is author of the book “Fasten Your Sweet Belt: 10 Things You Need to Know About Older Child Adoption” and “Second Mother: Stories from Scripture for Foster and Adoptive Moms.”
Tara is a wife, mother, and seasoned non-profit professional who serves as our General Counsel. She is a licensed attorney who has spent the last 15 years in senior executive management, so she keeps us out of the weeds (get it?). She currently serves as the President and CEO of NC Community Development Initiative. Tara is also the Co-Founder of Radah Consulting Group, an organization dedicated to assisting faith-based organizations and an ordained minister who focuses on ministering to women and families.
Elaine is an Orphan Sunday coordinator and also a registered nurse, currently focusing on the underserved in her community health work. For 25 years she served alongside Peter and Anita Deyneka as a missionary to Russia in various capacities. One of her greatest joys was promoting prayer for The CoMission and its missionaries—built from 80 organizations for outreach into the former USSR—from the early through late ’90s. About eight years ago, Elaine began to write for A Family for Every Orphan and now serves as their prayer coordinator, writing orphan prayer updates twice a month. She and her husband live in Oswego, Illinois and have three granddaughters.
As a board member, Jan brings us her decades of experience as a social worker and ministry leader. She’s an adoptive mother and has served on the international board of Bethany Christian Services for several years. She has had experience working in Michigan, Africa, and Ukraine and volunteer mission work for Heart for Africa, South African Medical Expeditions (SAME), and AIRO Ministries in Kenya and Ukraine. Jan has also held leadership positions at HOSPICE of Little Traverse Bay, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Charlevoix County, and Christian Alliance for Orphans.
Board member Anita and her late husband Peter Deyneka are known throughout Russia and Europe for their years of leading the ministry that is now known as Mission Eurasia. She currently serves as Director Emeritus of that board, as well as serving on the boards of World Without Orphans and A Family for Every Orphan, global networks advocating for children without families. She is the author of six books and numerous publications about Christianity and the orphan crisis. She lives in Wheaton, Illinois and has two married children who were adopted from Colombia and five grandchildren.
Theresa Marcroft (Terri)
Terri is an adoptive mom, a huge fan of open adoption, and a marketing professional. She brings over 20 years of B2B marketing experience to our team. She also serves as Executive Director of Unplanned Good, an organization she founded in 2010 to encourage women facing unplanned pregnancy to consider adoption. Terri is a California native and makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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