The Power House depends on the goodwill of numerous people who give generously of their time, talent, and treasure. The Power House Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governance of the organization, providing wisdom, accountability, and fiscal responsibility. We thank them for their valuable expertise and their commitment to our community.
ERIC KORTE | CHAIRMAN | HOME LUMBER, INC.
Eric Korte owns and operates Home Lumber of New Haven, Inc. along with his brother, Brent, and cousin, Chad Korte. Together they represent the third generation in the family business founded in 1957. Home Lumber of New Haven has grown to become one of the leading building material providers in northeast Indiana, employing a staff of more than 60 people, with a multimillion-dollar inventory and a fleet of more than 30 delivery and service vehicles.
Eric is a licensed contractor with years of experience designing many of the structural floor and beam components found in surrounding area homes. Proficient in CAD design, Eric has also designed many structures erected today.
Eric and Lisa married in 1998 and together they now enjoy time with their 3 sons and daughter. They spend a good portion of their time cheering their children on in soccer and volleyball. In 2003 Eric became an elder at The Crossing Community Church located in New Haven where he continues to serve. There, Eric and Lisa have run a food bank, served as camp counselors and led various community groups.
RYAN KAY | TREASURER | AMI INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
Ryan joined AMI Investment Management as a Financial Advisor in 2014 after previously running a branch office for a national broker dealer. He has spent his entire professional career providing and implementing investment recommendations to families and institutions.
Ryan graduated from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors for the Purdue Alumni Association. Ryan is a past President of the Purdue Alumni Club of Fort Wayne and in 2015 received Purdue University's Outstanding Young Alumni Award. He received a Certificate in Financial Planning from Boston University and in 2016 was awarded the CFP® certification from the CFP Board. Ryan is a member of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly’s Forty Under 40 class of 2017.
Ryan has a passion for educating others on financial planning and is a past Adjunct Lecturer at Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW) and enjoys volunteering as an instructor for Fort Wayne Community Schools on financial planning courses. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Power House Youth Center and Chair of the Finance Committee. He and his wife reside in Fort Wayne with their daughters. They attend Emmanuel Community Church.
TROY JESTER | CENTRAL MINISTRIES
Pastor Troy has been at Central Ministries since 1999. Troy has the prestigious title of being the very first intern for The Power House, way back in 1996, while he was attending college. He attended Huntington University, studying Youth Ministry, and Liberty University, where he received his Masters in Counseling. He and wife Michelle have three children: Aubrey, Kaitlynn, and Kylie. Troy loves spending time with family, watching and playing sports, and finding travel deals for people! Troy's passion for ministry can be summed up in his own words: “I am consumed with seeing young people fall in love with Jesus, seeing broken hearts mended, seeing marriages restored, and seeing people become healthy spiritually, emotionally, physically, and relationally!”
SARAH STUCKEY | NEW HAVEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Sarah is a sixth grade teacher at New Haven Middle School. She has been with East Allen County Schools since 2015. Prior to joining EACS, Sarah taught fifth or sixth grade in several different schools in Fort Wayne and Waterloo, IN.
Sarah has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. In 2016, she earned her Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership degree. Sarah is also a member of the Great KIDS of Allen County Academy Cohort.
Sarah was married to Jason in 2000. They have two daughters, Haley and Madison. Haley is an adult with her own daughter, Emersen. Madison is a high school student.
Sarah and her family attend Pathway Church in Fort Wayne.
Sarah is passionate about students and helping them to achieve their purpose in life. When she is not teaching or attending a school function for her students, she is likely spending her time watching her own child participating in a variety of athletic competitions, including All-Star Cheer and Track and Field.
PAUL PERRIN | AMERICAN LANDMASTER
Paul works for American Landmaster where he is the Director of Lean/Six Sigma and is responsible for building teams to improve production performance by systematically removing waste and reducing variation. Prior to joining American LandMaster, Paul was a process engineer for the parent company, Ambassador Enterprises. Paul has a diverse background including 6.5 years in higher education strategic management/research, 10 years in manufacturing quality control management and 5 years as a United States Marine Corps logistics/supply officer.
Paul’s passion is in leadership and in coaching others to grow in their leadership abilities using the Bible as his foundational truth. He loves to read a good leadership book in his free time. He also thoroughly enjoys activities including rock climbing, white water rafting, kayaking, and hiking. His life motto is, “If it isn’t a challenge, it’s not worth doing.”
Paul and his wife, Nicki, have two children; a daughter, Brooke and a son, Luke. Nicki and Paul are members at Emmanuel Community Church in southwest Fort Wayne.
CHRIS BADA | UNITED ORTHO
Chris Bada is the Director of Business Development for United Ortho in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was born and raised in the Fort Wayne/New Haven area. Chris is very active at Blackhawk Ministries where he attends church. There he is a part of the worship ministry as well as serving as a member of the Global Missions Team. Chris is passionate about people and has a heart for loving the unloved, ostracized, or forgotten. He and his wife, Bailey, currently live in Fort Wayne with their dog, Moses. They enjoy serving together at Blackhawk as well as spending time with friends and family.
DEREK BETHAY | EAST ALLEN UNIVERSITY
Derek Bethay has taught History and U.S. Government at East Allen University since 2013. He has over 20 years of experience working with middle school and high school students in education, residential treatment, local church and para-church settings.
Derek is a 1996 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University where he double majored in Christian Ministries and Psychology; and is a 2009 graduate of IWU’s Transition to Teaching program. He has served on various school and district level educational committees, been a camp and conference speaker.
Derek and his wife Christy have been married since 1997. They have two adult children Josh and Hannah. They attend Impact Community Church in New Haven, IN.
A kid at heart, Derek enjoys sports, traveling, going to anything that is historical, movies, video games, and collecting Funko Pop figures. Most importantly he’s passionate about investing in the lives of young people and helping them to reach their academic, emotional and spiritual potential.
STEVE VACHON | KELLEY AUTOMOTIVE GROUP Steve works for the Kelley Automotive Group as the Service Director for Kelley Chevrolet in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and has been in the automotive industry since 1991 and with the Kelley Automotive Group since 2012.
Steve grew up in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area and attended St. Therese, Bishop Luers, and IPFW. He has extensive training in Management and Leadership from Chrysler, VW, General Motors, Volvo, Ford, and the Arbinger Institute.
Steve feels blessed to be married to the love of his life, Kristy. They were married in January 2004 in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the next day moved to Eugene, Oregon. While there, Steve and Kristy were very involved with their church, St. Paul, with Kristy being involved in many ministries and Steve involved in the Knights of Columbus as well as many other groups including founding the first 20's & 30's ministry in the area. They moved "home" in December 2010.
Steve and Kristy have two beautiful children - Clare and Luke. Their family actively practices their Catholic faith and belongs to St. Vincent's Catholic Church where both Clare and Luke attend school and Kristy works part time.
Steve's hobbies and interests revolve around hunting, fishing, and hiking. Their family loves the outdoors and loves to spend as much time as possible, together, outside having adventures.