Meet the staff

Rich Dorsey, Interim President 
Rich was serving as chairman of Life Matters’ board when he was asked to step in as Interim President. This very active retiree has served on many boards, including for his church and Alpha Women’s Center in Cedar Springs, Michigan. During his career he served in the Army (receiving the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and other campaign medals), was named “National Outstanding Manager” of a hotel chain, and was “Employee of the Year” for Cornerstone University in 1993. Since 1990, Rich has worked extensively in the field of planned giving and estate planning for Kingdom-based charitable organizations, including the Salvation Army.

Carolyn Doyle, President
Carolyn was raised on the mission field and says, “Ministry is in my blood.” While being a “functional introvert,” Carolyn thrives on the connection she has with those God brings across her path. She loves to teach, learn, paint, mentor, and encourage others. Carolyn has served as the chair of the West Michigan Alliance for Life for the past six year and is excited about the camaraderie and impact this group of pregnancy centers are having on the region.
     Carolyn is excited to encourage and unite pregnancy center leaders across Michigan and the Midwest in an effort to save more lives, build healthy families, increase awareness, and bring glory to God.
     Carolyn has a B.A. in Education and taught high school for eight years. She has completed extended study in the areas of counseling, leadership, and training.
     Prior to coming to Life Matters Worldwide she served for 15 years at Lakeshore Pregnancy Center in various roles, the past 9 years as executive director. She often speaks at retreats and conferences (including Life Matter’s Summit).

Debbie Gafford, Financial Operations Director
Debbie joined Life Matter's team in March of 2014 as assistant to the president. Prior to that she served in other office environments and helped with event planning for her husband's promotions and marketing company. Recently she assumed a greater role for the ministry, overseeing financial operations.

Michele Shoun, Director of Communications
Michele began volunteering for Life Matters in 1984 and joined the staff in 1986 as an administrative assistant. Since then she's filled a variety of roles: writer, editor, designer, web administrator, and liaison to pregnancy care centers.

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