Meet the staff

Eric Verstraete, President 
Eric assumed this role in 2018, after coordinating the Willing to Wait leadership team for the Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Rapids for 13 years. He has a master's degree in educational leadership from Geneva College.
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Kevin Manning, Director of Operations
Kevin combines his degree in Music, decade of service in the US Army (including tours of duty in Korea and Afghanistan), sales and customer service experience, the problem-solving and exact standards from violin luthiery background to ensure Life Matters maintains the organizational and structural integrity of the mission.

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.

Britannia Dykstra, Development Assistant
Britannia took on the role of development assistant  in 2019. As a former single mother, she understands first-hand the importance of sharing the pro-life message and will use her previous experience as an executive news producer to ensure events run smoothly.

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