Special Hope Network is governed by a Board of Directors who oversee all aspects of the organization’s vision and its implementation, both in the US and abroad. Our board members bring a diverse set of skills, gifts, and experience but share a common passion for Jesus and enthusiasm to love orphans and vulnerable children with intellectual disabilities.
As Special Hope Network continues to grow as an organization, we prioritize excellence in every area of our work. Therefore, we also brought together a group of various talented support professionals to form our Advisory Council. Special Hope looks to these individuals to provide specific expertise to SHN staff and Board of Directors.
Ben is a CPA and the proud father of an adopted Zambian son with intellectual disabilities. In addition to serving Special Hope, Ben is employed by World Vision as a Finance Manager. Ben is married to Laura, and together they have three sons. The Menenbergs live in Bellevue, Washington.
Erica has served on the board of Special Hope Network since its inception. Her passion for children with special needs began with her experiences as an elementary school teacher in northern Virginia. She currently serves as the secretary for the SHN board and as a local coordinator for the American Belarussian Relief Organization. Erica and her husband Chris have three children and live in central Virginia.
Maggie is a passionate learner and has always been honored with the opportunity to serve and help. Professionally, Maggie is a CPA and currently the Manager for the SEC Reporting and Technical Accounting team at Seagate. In the past, she has held positions at Hewlett Packard, PACCAR, and World Vision. Maggie and her husband Andy, together with their dog Lego live in Sunnyvale, CA.
Dr. Matherne is a Pediatric Cardiologist at the University of Virginia wherehe is the Chief Medical Officer for the UVA Children’s Hospital and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in Pediatrics. Paul has been married to Linda for 35 years and they have 4 children and two grandchildren. The Mathernes live in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Theresa is passionate about helping organizations live out their mission to the fullest. In addition to the privilege of serving Special Hope, she is a Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting, where she specializes in organization transformation & talent. She was previously the Director of Strategy & Planning for International Justice Mission, and holds an MA in Organizational Management from George Washington University. Theresa is married to Austin, and they reside in Washington, DC.