Bob Heykoop

Bob Heykoop

Chairman

Bob joined the Thrive Board in January of 2017. Bob's wife, Virginia, went on the very first Thrive (Women of the Harvest) retreat. Bob has two cousins on the field and has participated in short-term mission trips and supported numerous global workers through the years.

Bob is Vice President of the Western Region of an international financial services company. He and his wife, Virginia, have two married daughters and one adorable grandson. Bob has served on the Elder Board, Property & Finance Committee and is on the Usher/Security Team at their local church.


Mary Dean

Mary Dean

Board Member

Since 2005, Mary has served on the pastoral staff at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas. She oversees the Equipping ministry to women. Before that, Mary served for three years with Entrust, developing training materials for Global Women. She also served on staff at Irving Bible Church as Director of Women's Ministry for seven years. She has been on the national or state leadership teams for Moms in Prayer, Entrust, and National Women’s Ministry–Russia and on the board of the Association of Women in Ministry Professions in Dallas.

Mary has had the privilege of meeting global workers and nationals in Russia, India, the Middle East, and she loves what Thrive does specifically for Global Women serving around the world. She believes Thrive does a great job of encouraging women who serve in difficult places, giving them a safe place to talk about their experiences.

Mary joined the Thrive board in 2017. She looks forward to bringing additional perspective and experience in working with a variety of women, training women to serve in ministry, and increasing ways to involve churches to support Thrive and serve at the retreats.


Karen Graham

Karen Graham

Board Member

Karen Graham joined the Thrive Ministry board in early 2018. Karen volunteered on her first Thrive retreat in 2010, where her heart was stirred as to the vital need to encourage Global Women. After seven years, she volunteered on her second retreat, where God confirmed her commitment to serving with Thrive in any position to which she was called.

Karen has served in various capacities within her church, both as a staff member and volunteer with global work, women's, and prayer ministries. She served as Chair of the Parent's Advisory Council for The King's College for several years. Karen and her husband, Don, have three amazing young adult children.


Craig Shannon

Craig Shannon

Board Member

Craig joined the Thrive Board in 2016. Craig and his wife, Janice, have a son who has been with Youth With a Mission for 17 years. Craig and Janice have supported numerous global workers through the years. Craig also serves on the board of Night Lights, a respite care ministry for special needs children and their siblings while mom and dad have a night out.

Craig has been in the restaurant business for 45 years. He owns seven Dairy Queens, one of which has just been named one of the highest volume DQ in the entire Western United States. Craig and Janice are long time members of Waterstone Community Church. Craig serves as a volunteer for the Night Lights ministry. Their son, Dan is married with a son and a daughter. Janice claims their grandchildren are the cutest kids on the planet. They also have a married daughter, Christy, who is a library curator in Jackson, Wyoming.


Esther Fetherlin

Esther Fetherlin

Board Member

With a heart of passion for Global Women, Esther has deep appreciation for the ministry of Thrive and its strategic kingdom value in the big picture of global work. She is honored to be a Thrive board member, joining in January 2018.

Esther was privileged to serve as a global worker in Mali, West Africa for eight years. Mission leadership for her husband, Bob, at the home office took their family to Colorado Springs for nearly 23 years. Currently, the Fetherlins live in the Indianapolis area and are grateful to be part of the headquarters staff at One Mission Society where Bob serves as president.

Bob and Esther's son and daughter are both married, and their four grandchildren give them much joy even though they live too far away. Their daughter-in-law recently had the amazing privilege to attend a Thrive retreat in her region of ministry!


Cathy Roberts

Cathy Roberts

Board Member

Cathy Roberts joined the Thrive board in January 2018. She has worked in member care for over 20 years on five continents. She also served on church staff working with women. She's been a counselor on several Thrive retreats.

Cathy and her husband, Rick, live in Colorado Springs where Rick serves as the Associate Director of Member Care with Greater Europe Mission. They have two sons and one daughter-in-law. Cathy currently brings salt and light to the corporate world as the Director of Global Learning for a software company.


Linda Chowdry

Linda Chowdry

Board Member

Linda joined the Thrive Board in 2017 after experiencing first-hand how Thrive events minister to women in a powerful way. Linda has travelled extensively and is active in both local and global philanthropy to further the Kingdom.

Linda's husband Michael passed away in 2001. She and her four children continue to serve and invest in their communities as part of honoring his legacy. Linda divides her time between Washington and Colorado, and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.


Idella Kercher

Idella Kercher

Board Member

Idella Kercher joined the Thrive board in 2016 after attending a retreat for global women in Dubai. She is passionate about seeing women grow to their full potential. Idella spent 32 years with J. D. Edwards (Oracle) a software company. Idella has served in various executive leadership roles in areas such as customer service, accounting, training, translation, documentation and marketing.

Today Idella is active in the community, serving on several boards including Strong Cross Ministry, Africa. She enjoys spending time with her two grown children and four grandchildren.


Roger Orner

Roger Orner

Board Member

Roger joined the Thrive Board in January 2013 as chairman. He learned about Thrive from his wife, Jan, as she volunteered at a Thrive retreat in Cancun in February 2011. Roger was an MK and two of his children are global workers, one in China and the other in Russia.

Prior to joining the Thrive Board, Roger was a Product Manager at Fortune 500 businesses. He has a degree from Moody Bible Institute as a licensed Engineer. He has served as an elder on the Governing Board of his local church. Jan and Roger lead a lay team for Marriage Mentoring and Community Group.



Bette Crouse

Bette Crouse

Board Member

Bette joined the Thrive board in September 2012. She and her husband JB spent many years on the field in Korea. In fact, that is where they met. She taught nursing at the University College of Nursing and Graduate School. She brings many years of experience of spreading the gospel and knowledge of how to care for global workers being one herself.

Bette's husband JB passed away suddenly in 2014. She still resides in their home in Kentucky. Bette was the Assistant to the President of OMSI (JB was the President) from 1992 through 2004. She loves spending time with her children and grandchildren.


Lorrie Lindgren

Lorrie Lindgren

CEO/President, Executive Director

Lorrie has been the Executive Director of Thrive since April 2005. She has established partnerships with over 500 agencies and led over 25 retreats for 2,500+ Global Women around the world. She has been a plenary speaker for the PTM and Connecting to Equip conferences. Lorrie has been published in EMQ and teaches webinars on the topic of helping global women thrive. In 2010, she was privileged to be one of only 400 US delegates selected to participate in the Third Lausanne Congress held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Before becoming the CEO of Thrive, Lorrie led Women’s Ministries in her local church for twenty years prior to being appointed Vice President of Women’s Ministries (WM) for her denomination. This began thirteen years of service on the national WM Leadership Team. During her tenure as Vice President, she co-authored a Leadership Handbook for Women’s Ministries and led the denomination through a restructuring process for Women’s Ministries.


Kevin Verrone

Kevin Verrone

Chief Operating Officer

Kevin joined the Thrive staff as Chief Operating Officer in February 2011. He is a strengths-based leader who leads relationally with a passion for a connected and loving team culture. He has helped move Thrive to be a cloud-based work environment that's more data-driven and agile to the needs of global women.

Prior to Thrive, Kevin worked with YWAM for 12 years in a senior leadership role in Denver. He had the opportunity to disciple and train hundreds of workers and lead numerous outreaches and leadership conferences all over the world. During those years, he developed a passion for empowering and equipping workers by helping them thrive in their continued service to the Lord.

Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Truman State University in Missouri in 1995, which led him to work in cardiac rehabilitation at a hospital in St. Louis for a few years.

Kevin is married to Simone, and they have three beautiful children.