I’m very excited and thrilled to announce that we have recently added three new seats to our board. Our hope and goal is to have a very balanced group of leaders, thinkers, innovators and servants who can lead and shape Help One Now to maximize our potential as an organization.


All three of these board members have been to Haiti with Help One Now and they’ve already been deeply involved in our work over the last two years.


Needless to say, we have an amazing board and I simply cannot tell you how much they give to shaping Help One Now.


New Board Members


Sarah Bessey, Board Member

Sarah Bessey lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada with her husband and their three tinies. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, “Jesus Feminist”, an award-winning blogger and a passionate advocate for global women’s justice issues. She is an editor at A Deeper Story and a contributor at SheLoves Magazine. The rare artist who loves spreadsheets and clear objectives, Sarah comes to us with more than ten years of experience in financial services marketing and non-profit strategic development, fundraising, and partner communication. She graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Mass Media Communications.

Deidra Riggs, Board Member

Deidra Riggs, writer and speaker, claims an undying devotion to disco music, the Motor City, and long bike rides under a big, blue sky. She is managing editor at The High Calling, and a monthly contributor to (in)courage. As founder of JumpingTandem Deidra inspires individuals to pursue the dream(s) God has uniquely designed for them. In addition, she encourages churches and church leaders to increase their understanding of different races, cultures, and ethnicities.

Tony Merida, Board Member

Pastor, professor and father of five, Tony Merida is a leading evangelical voice on biblical exposition, church planting, global missions, and orphan care. Merida is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. His books include Faithful Preaching, Orphanology, Proclaiming Jesus (EBook), and eight volumes (some forthcoming) in the new Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series (B&H), of which he also serves as a general editor, along with Danny Akin and David Platt.

Existing Board Members


Jen Hatmaker, Board Member

Jen Hatmaker and her family live in Austin, Texas, where the city motto is “Keep Austin Weird,” and they work hard to do their part. Jen’s eight previous books include Interrupted and A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study. She and her husband planted Austin New Church in an economically and ethnically diverse, socially unique, urban area of the city in 2008. They are in the great- est adventure of their lives, (thrilled to find out where they have planted is known as the “church planters graveyard”) and have made some incredible new partnerships in ministry. They’ve seen their world turned upside down as they’ve considered what it means to ask God how to live and not just what to do. But it’s a good upside down, as part of that discovery will be the addition of two children from Ethiopia set to join the three they already have. Together they will keep Austin weird and seek to glorify God as they do.


Charles Lee, Board Member

Charles is the CEO & Chief Idea-Maker at Ideation, an idea agency that specializes in helping businesses & organizations create & implement remarkable ideas via creative business design, organizational innovation, branding, design, marketing, social media, and divergent problem-solving. He is also the author of Good Idea. Now What?: How to Move Ideas to Execution, a practical book designed to help people move ideas to implementation. In addition, Charles is the creator of grassroots efforts including Ideation Conference, the Idea Camp, and the Freeze Project as well as the co-founder of JustOne. Charles regularly speaks on topics such as creativity, innovation, idea-making, branding, collaboration, new media, and social entrepreneurism.


Chris Marlow, Founder/CEO

In 2007, Chris met a starving young orphan living in an abandoned gas station in Zimbabwe. That encounter compelled him to start Help One Now and dedicate his life to seeking justice by empowering leaders and organizing tribes to launch global movements that do good.

He currently lives in downtown Raleigh with his wife, two daughters and a boxer named Belle.


Mike Rusch, Board Member

Mike is a husband, father, and the COO & Chief Catalyst at Pure Charity.  He helped launch the Cobblestone Project, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Kidmia Foundation, Help One Now and Downtown Bentonville, Inc.


Josh Williams, Board Member

A startup and internet veteran with over a dozen years experience as Designer in a Leading Role, Josh is an expert at visual, brand, product and user experience design. His vision and leadership have launched some of the web’s most innovative, addictive and loved consumer products.

Unconventionally trained, Josh apprenticed as a graphic designer during high school at a time when Photoshop didn’t have Layers and was installed via eight floppy disks. He put in his 10,000 hours long before he turned 18 and began his professional career.

Product Manager; Pages, Location & Events at Facebook
San Francisco, California


Dr. Adam Maass, Board Member

I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Stephanie, for 19 years.  We have five girls.  I was born in raised in LA, but now love it here in the South.  I am a follower of Jesus, humbly saved only by His grace.  I am privileged to be able to work as a physician here in the US and all over the world.

Help One Now Board of Directors