Kelly Doherty is the Founding Brand Manager at Kiepersol specializing in photography, graphic design, and brand communications. For 25 years she has helped to build the classic Texas food, wine, and spirits destination.
Her passion for helping others also comes out in her spare time as a joy and well-being life coach helping women struggling with overdrinking. She also loves supporting the intellectually and developmentally challenged adult community and sees their pure hearts as a clear light we can all be inspired by.
Believing that God has a special story to tell with each person's unique life, she holds faith over fear in every situation. Kelly lives on the vineyard with her dog Coco and travels extensively.
James and Marnelle Durrett have been married since the year 2001 and are proud parents of twins Saundi and Harris. James, a retired Family Practice Physician, has a fervent interest in the great outdoors and farming, along with being the Production Director at Kiepersol Enterprises, while Marnelle is committed to personal development in all aspects of her life. She leads the Kiepersol sales force and is dedicated to upholding the values of honoring and glorifying God. Together, they are keen on imparting Christian values to their children and raising them to know how to navigate this life, putting God first in every aspect. Both Marnelle and James share a common interest in seeing Pierre deWet’s (founder of Mane Mission) vision of helping the community come to life.
Chris Power has been married to Velmay for over 12 years. He loves his wife deeply and considers it his joy to be a faithful and loving husband to her and their two beautiful children. They currently reside in Tyler, Texas, and are members at Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Texas.
After completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Tyler, Chris has spent most of his career on the “business” side of organizations. With over 30 years in the environmental consulting field, he is the current Executive Vice President of a local firm. Chris has also been sole-owner of an environmental contracting company for over 25 years. Chris grew up in a missionary church family, where his grandad’s were both in the ministry serving as a pastor and a missionary, and his father was a song leader. He credits his strong desire to serve others to his father and mother who were both active in serving in the church throughout his childhood, from leading the singing, teaching Sunday school classes, cleaning the church, singing in the choir, to picking up bus kids on Sunday. There was never a time Chris was present that he wasn’t shown by example from his parents and grandparents how to serve others.
Chris enjoys sports, fishing, and anything outdoors, but spending time with his family is his true joy. Chris looks forward to and appreciates the opportunity to use his business skills (creating, developing, sustaining, and growing for nonprofit and for-profit companies) for ministry purposes. He looks forward to doing the same for the Bridges ministry.
Velmay Power is a woman of faith who takes pride in being a loving and supportive wife to her best friend and husband, Chris Power. She has been blessed with two beautiful children, Lloyd Pierre Power and Sendra Power, who are the joy of her life. Velmay is an active member of her church, where she loves volunteering in the Sunday school program. She was born in South Africa and moved to the United States at a very young age after losing her mother. Despite the hardships she has faced, Velmay has always cherished her family and the bond she shares with her loved ones. Velmay also helps take care of her intellectually disabled aunt, with her sister. She is passionate about serving vulnerable people, especially children, and giving back to her community. After unexpectedly losing her father in 2016, Velmay and her sister have taken over their family's businesses, which have been serving the Bullard area for over 25 years. Velmay is currently pursuing her passion for Christian discipleship by studying at Southwestern Biblical Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.
Duane dedicates his time to his family, teaching, preaching and to financial coaching He spent the past decade as an Oregon State Representative (8 years) and a Pastor at River Valley Church.
He helped establish A.C.T (Abolish Child Trafficking) Southern Oregon and K.I.D.S in Uganda to help rescue orphans. In addition, Duane coordinated the creation of CAFAY, the Community Alliance for At-risk Youth and helped launch "Every Child" in Josephine County.
Duane has been married to his wife for more than 19 years. They are the proud parents of eight children and have been certified foster parents for over a decade. Duane focuses his time on teaching, financial coaching, pastoral ministry and bringing awareness to the plight of foster children around the nation.
Dusti Stark’s childhood experience of a broken family gave her a heart for fostering children. Growing up, her younger sister (3 yrs old at the time) was placed into foster care and eventually adopted by a non-relative foster family. Her maternal grandparents raised Dusti and her brother on and off throughout their childhood due to her parents’ addiction issues.
Dusti has been married to Duane Stark for over 19 years, and is a mother of 8 currently (birth, guardianship and adoption through foster care). The children in her home range from 3 years to 18 years old.
Dusti was crowned as the 2023 Texas USA Ambassador Lonestar Queen. She is currently a spokesmodel for K.I.D.S. Uganda. She authored the book Legacy of Love: Fostering Children and is a Best Selling author of The Faces of Foster Care Volume II. She is a Foster and Adoption Consultant through her practice Extending Grace Counseling and Consulting and a Transformational Coach in her program, Ladies without Limits. (click here for more about Dusti)
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As a newly refocused non-profit, our initiatives are in various states of the start-up phase. Feel free to contact me to get specific details about the progress and success of any initiative.
Director: Duane Stark