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.
DEREK BETHAY | CHAIR |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.
TOM SIMONS | TREASURER | NEW HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL
By way of an introduction, my name is Tom Simons, currently an English teacher at New Haven High School. I studied institutional financial management at Ball State University, graduating with academic honors in 1990, and began working for the Social Security Administration right out of college. During a 28-year career with the Federal government, I worked in and managed districts in Indiana (Muncie, Marion, Fort Wayne, and Auburn), Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during that time, and I then retired, completed the transition to teaching program at Indiana Wesleyan University, and began teaching – which was something I had always wanted to do.
In 2010, I completed my MA in ministerial leadership at Wesley Seminary, and am currently a ministerial student in The Wesleyan Church’s Crosswinds District, pursuing ordination. I have served as a youth pastor in Illinois, led Bible study groups, and taught several adult groups an in- depth study I wrote on the book of Hebrews. I have served as a supply pastor in Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana during the last decade.
In addition to these activities, I have also served on the boards of directors for Habitat for Humanity’s Grant County chapter (vice-president), the Rice Lake (WI) Youth Wrestling Club (treasurer), and the Boy Scouts of America’s Hiawathaland Council (MI); as well as a number of church boards/committees. I volunteered with the Boy Scouts, fire/EMS, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Civil Air Patrol (cadet programs).
Overall, much of my work has been with youth, including many of my ministry experiences. I believe that the future of the church, and the world, lies with today’s youth, and have been waiting for the Lord to show me the way in which He wants me to serve. Since returning to Indiana and starting to work in the school system, it has only reconfirmed to me that I am in the right place – and the opportunity to work with other like-minded people in service to the youth of my community is exactly what I have been looking for.
SARAH STUCKEY | SECRETARY | 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.
KERI JO FOX | JEWELED FOX DESIGNS
Keri Jo Fox was a Power House member from 1997-2002 until she graduated from New Haven High School. She became an intern at the Power House in 2001 and later attended Taylor University Ft. Wayne studying youth ministry. Keri Jo became a director at the Power House in 2006. She worked at The Power House until 2008 then left to focus on being a stay at home mom and also youth pastor along with her husband at their home church for 2 years. Keri Jo currently has her own business called Jeweled Fox Designs where she paints furniture and makes signs along with many other creations.
Keri Jo and her husband Mike have been married for 15 years. They have 3 boys, Carter, Logan, and Jackson who all attend New Haven schools. Keri Jo has lived in New Haven for 30+ years and enjoys raising her family in town. Keri Jo and Mike have attended Heartland Church for 20 years. They have leadership roles within the church and Keri Jo is being mentored to lead the growing Women's ministry.
Keri Jo loves to upcycle and create along with her husband who is handy with power tools. Even though her focus has changed from when she studied youth ministry she still has a heart for the Power House and to see it succeed and reach teens in New Haven. The Power House made a HUGE impact on her life growing up and becoming an adult and she wants to see that happen in more teens lives.
CHRIS THOMAS| CENTRAL INDIANA HARDWARE
I am currently in the construction industry. I work full-time as a construction Estimator, in addition to being a part owner in Guardian Construction. I'm grateful for my experience in construction management that has allowed me to develop relational opportunities in the community. I also serve on the Allen County Building Comish's Board, because I have always believed that community involvement is part of the puzzle of effective Discipleship. I was adopted when I was a baby and the played a role in desiring to be included, and wanting build relationships.
Through adolescents I found that I was only complete when Jesus is in my life and I'm included in His family, as God's adopted son. I was offered an opportunity to be the activities director at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center, where I learned many things about myself, and how my relationship with Jesus is centered around discipleship. Jesus has given me joy to live for today, hope for the future, and a love that I can't help but share with my community around me.
This life is fleeting and what I do here for Christ and the Church are the only lasting things. Making disciples is a key way my relationship with Jesus has grown recently, getting into the think of struggles with others and coming alongside them to help them pursue Jesus and live a life that glorifies Him. I strive to love and enjoy Jesus today as I long for eternity with Him, where earthly sins and sorrows cease. I'm actively involved with my Church "Discipleship Network" in wanting to pursue Christ, while growing in our enjoyment of Him.