Karen Wilson - Alpha's Glory Director
A professional, a volunteer, a servant; Karen Wilson is a woman who a heart of compassion for hurting people. As a child, Karen watched her parents give their time and talents to help, encourage and support their community through their church, and through her father’s music. When Karen was in her teens, she and her sister studied the art of clowning which enable them to volunteer at several charity and community events as well as visit hospitals and nursing homes bringing smiles to many discouraged people.
In 1982 Karen graduated from Towson State University with a degree in psychology, Mathematics and Secondary Education. After teaching math in a private school for a couple years, Karen felt the call to serve as a foreign missionary. She volunteered to go to Bolivia, South America for 6 ½ years to work with the Quechua (Kech-you-wa) people. While she was there she was able to continue her clowning, tutor Math and English, work with the local World Vision office and spend hours with the women and children in the market place teaching, encouraging and supporting them in their daily activities.
Upon returning to the states, Karen completed her MA in Administration at The College of Notre Dame of Maryland and then took the position as Director of Alpha’s Glory Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Karen’s goal in life is simple: to love the person who is in front of her.
Sheila Funk - Office Manager
Sheila comes to us with years of office managing experience and an empathetic heart who loves helping and encouraging others to do their best. She has a background in medical billing, scrapbooking and fundraising. She has served on her church council and with her husband has worked with the homeless in Harford County.
Sheila embodies I Corinthians 13 as she attends the young women and their children who come into the center. You may find her sitting on the floor playing with a toddler or calling other organizations to find housing for a displaced expectant mother. Her competency in the office keeps things running smoothly and efficiently.
Deborah Salemi - Administrative Assistant
Debbie serves at Alpha’s Glory as the Administrative Assistant. Debbie was married to Anthony for 28 yrs. She has one daughter and one stepdaughter and 3 wonderful grandchildren. She has lived in Harford County most of her life. She attends Pleasant View Baptist Church in Port Deposit, MD where she is a ministry assistant in the Sunday School office. She retired from Aberdeen Proving Grounds after working there for over 40 years. She served on our Board of Directors since September 2004 and also has organized and worked on many committees.
Board of Directors
The duties of the Board include setting policy, determining the goals and objectives of the center, and securing the funding for the operations of the organization. Spiritually mature individuals are sought who are given to prayer, service and have a compassion for the unborn.
The Board generally meets the second Tuesday of every month. The members of the board operate on the principle of unity, meaning everyone must agree on an issue before implementing it.
New members of our Board of Directors are voted onto the Board by the present Board of Directors. All members are asked to renew their commitment to serve on the Board every October following their election to the Board of Directors. We believe ministering in this capacity is a calling from the Lord.
Currently Alpha’s Glory is in need of a Maryland licensed Medical Doctor and Lawyer. These positions are required to be filled before the center can proceed with plans to offer sonogram services.
Officers are elected in October as well, to serve a one year term. The Board members and their offices elected October 2014 to serve in 2015 are:
- April Ishak - President
- Kimberly Justus- Vice President
- Jim Sterling - Treasurer
- Robert Brown - Board Member
- Gregory Johnson - Board Member
- Lara Standiford - Secretary
Our volunteer peer counselors act as advocates for the clients by providing accurate information on all options for a positive pregnancy test. They also conduct parenting classes that are part of the mentoring programs offered by the center and encourage single clients to consider abstinence and make the use of the Sexual Integrity Program. We purpose to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every client as God gives opportunity.