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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Tom Lothamer, Ambassador
Tom served on the board of Life Matters Worldwide from 1985 to 1990 and joined the staff in 1990. He became the president in January of 2003. In 2018 he stepped into his new role, focusing on speaking, consulting, teaching, fundraising, and representing the ministry at home and abroad.
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Debbie Gafford, Assistant to the President
Debbie joined Life Matter's team in March of 2014. Prior to that she served in other office environments and helped with event planning for her husband's promotions and marketing company.

Michele Shoun, Director of Ministry Outreach
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.

Nancy Lothamer, Donor Relations & Special Projects
Nancy has been on staff since 2004 and serves in the areas of gift tracking, database management, inventory control, and special events coordination.

Hannah Howe, Ministry Resource Coordinator
Hannah has a degree in professional writing from Cornerstone University. While in school, she was deeply involved with the campus pro-life group, serving as the vice president. She now writes grant proposals and works on resource development for Life Matters. 

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