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our staff

Emily Voorhies // Interim President // 

We are currently seeking a new North America Director. If you are interested, please see our Jobs page.


Emma Reimers // Creative Communications Director // Emma is a California native who found her way to Tennessee for school. She is a writer of many things - songs, blogs, embarrassing 6th grade journal entries - and loves anything to do with learning, food, design, city planning, and art. Emma first became interested in investing in women's rights, education, and health care through a trip to Kenya in 2009.  Seeing how few girls made it past the 8th grade inspired Emma to leverage her education and cultivate her talents to the fullest capacity to empower others to do the same. She is ecstatic to be a part of Team Tirzah and use creativity to bring vibrant design to the powerful stories God is writing through women and girls. Emma lives in Nashville with her science chef husband, Jackson, and their dog named Potato. 


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our board of directors


Debbie Ardan Christian // Debbie is chairwoman of the board and has a background in economic research, corporate philanthropy, and copywriting. A devoted booklover, she happily handles submissions for Alive Literary Agency and acquisitions/production for Bondfire Books. Debbie has been affiliated with Tirzah International for over a decade, and has traveled frequently in Africa with teams. She is especially involved with Tirzah’s programs that help women improve their small businesses through microloans and business training.


Anita Delhaas//Anita served as the Executive Director for the International Justice Mission for the Netherlands & Europe. Formerly, she spent twenty years in leadership with World Vision serving as: Country Director for World Vision Lebanon, National Director of World Vision Netherlands, Director of Corporate Partnerships WVI/Board representative EULO in Brussels, Belgium, Director for European Expansion in Spain and France and National Director of Romania.

David Kirkland // 


Jessica Thompson // Jessica's drive to help women globally began on her first trip to Africa where she met a woman named Gaudence, whose story inspired Jessica to start her own business to help build micro-enterprise opportunities for women. She now owns her own health and wellness company with Arbonne International and is a National Vice President. With over a decade of experience in mentoring and coaching women in the business arena, she is passionate about using her knowledge to help women all over the world use their God-given gifts. Jessica is a mother of four and wife of the senior pastor at Pulpit Rock Church, Thomas Thompson, in Colorado Springs. 


Zhen Zeng-Liao //Zhen is currently the Executive Director of Community Center Shanghai, a nonprofit offering broad services and support to the international community in Shanghai.  Zhen was born and raised in China. She has a master’s degree from University of Michigan. Her upbringing experience and exposure to the developed world cultivated her compassion for underprivileged people, especially women and children.  Zhen’s mission is to bring opportunities and resources to improve their lives and inspire them to thrive. Zhen lives in Shanghai with her husband, while her three grownup children are working and attending universities in US.

our advisory board


Milan Cronovich // Milan is a San Diego based producer, Tirzah Advisory Board Member, travel-lover, daddy to Niko (his 3-year-old son), and husband to fellow Advisory Board Member, Paula. Paula and Milan have been partnering with Tirzah for many, many years and have led Tirzah Travels trips from LA with Ecclesia Church to visit Tirzah's partner, Homecare, in Kenya. Milan developed many dear, dear friends in Kenya and his life has been forever touched and changed because of Tirzah's work with children and women around the world. 


Paula Cronovich // Paula is a professor of Spanish at Point Loma Nazarene University where she uses the gift of language to help people connect with one another. When doing research in sub-Saharan Africa, she witnessed the tough reality for women and families living with HIV positive status. Being a part of the Tirzah network is an opportunity for her to connect with others who care about helping women live their best lives, regardless of status, and to find hope in Christ.


Jenny Jones // Jenny, who also goes by moniker Willow Stephens, is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. The Montana native spent the first several years of her career performing as a solo act in and around the coffeehouses of Seattle. Stephens has strong roots in jazz and folk music and is also a classically trained pianist and vocalist. She has a heart for women who are impacted by violence and poverty. To them, Jenny says, "You are loved beyond measure. You are strong; you are valuable. It is God’s desire that you would thrive." 


DJ Snell // DJ Snell is the President and Founder of Legacy, LLC, where he serves as manager and representative for both professional athletes and coaches, as well as literary agent for celebrity clients and authors. DJ is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor working with Grace Clinic in Winter Park.  His background and education at both Harvard Law School and Reformed Theological Seminary uniquely equip him for work in these two fields. DJ became familiar with the work of Tirzah International (formerly Women of Global Action) in 2008 when he was teaching in Kigali, Rwanda.  DJ travels often to Africa where he has taught pastoral counseling and Biblical studies.  


Rahel Yoo // Rahel Lee-Yoo has served on local, national, and international missions including one in Burundi with Tirzah. She is currently on an indefinite mission trip in the great country of Texas. She is married to Joseph and they have one son. She is a commissioned Deacon in the United  Methodist Church where she lives out her calling to feed, clothe, quench, visit, look after and invite.

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our global leaders