Providing loving, nurturing Christ-centered homes for orphaned children

Board of Directors

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Dara Buczynsky

Dara Buczynsky is the owner of Epiphany Boutique in Athens, Georgia, and is a social entrepreneur who has a heart for orphan and vulnerable children. Dara’s passion started when she and her physician husband, Paul, lived in Ukraine for a year serving with a medical mission. While in Ukraine they visited an orphanage where they met their daughter who was eight months old at the time.  Their family was later expanded with two biological children. Paul and Dara live in Athens, Georgia where Paul is the founder/director of a community medical clinic and Dara runs Epiphany. Dara has a degree in Communication Disorders and a masters in Audiology, having worked in the field for more than a decade.

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Diane Elliot

Diane Elliot is an author, photographer, nonprofit business manager, and advocate for orphaned children. Her interest in the global orphan crisis started with a trip to a hospital for terminally ill children in Siberia, and later to an orphanage in Mexico. Diane wrote a book called The Global Orphan Crisis – Be the Solution, Change Your World”, with Moody Publishing. Diane has a BA in Communication and an MBA in Global Management. Professionally she has been involved in nonprofit and small business management, marketing, and meeting/event planning. Diane joined the Heart for Orphans board December 2015 and supports the organization’s marketing and communication efforts. Diane lives in the greater Chicago area with her husband and Alaskan Klee Kai therapy dog.

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Nancy Hathaway
Founder/Director

Nancy Hathaway is the Founder/Director of Heart for Orphans—a ministry God placed on her heart after adopting three daughters from Ukraine with her husband Steve. Her story is the foundation of our ministry. Nancy began her professional life as a model and actress while still in her teens, in NY and London. She worked primarily in television commercials, daytime drama (soaps) and industrial films. She had a continuing role as the villainess on the daytime drama ANOTHER LIFE which continues in syndication overseas. She also worked behind the camera as a producer, director and writer for documentaries, commercials and training films for corporate, government and Christian ministries. Nancy and her husband attend Williamsburg Community Chapel and are the parents of four grown children.

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Steve Hathaway

Steve Hathaway is the President of Hathaway Electric and Hathaway Generators in Williamsburg, VA, businesses he founded in 1986. Hathaway Generators sells, services and installs automatic standby generators throughout southeast Virginia. Steve, a former MP in the Marines, is an athlete who regularly competes in triathlons (kayaking/biking/running) and other races with his Marine Corp buddies. While adopting their three daughters, and his subsequent trips to Ukraine, Steve has seen the hardships orphans face. He is passionate about this ministry and feels it is his duty to do whatever he can to help these kids. Steve, Nancy and their family attend Williamsburg Community Chapel.

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Amber Linnekin

Amber Linnekin is the Branch Manager at the Williamsburg branch of EVB (Eastern Virginia Bank). She went into banking a few months after graduating from Radford University in December of 2001, and has held numerous positions within the banking industry. She and her husband, Ryan Linnekin, live in Williamsburg with their three children, Natalie, Eli and Addison.  During Amber and Ryan’s time on the missions committee while attending Relevant Church, they met with Nancy Hathaway to learn more about Heart for Orphans. This meeting in turn led to Amber and her daughter, Natalie, taking a trip to Ukraine with Heart for Orphans in September of 2013. It was a life changing trip!  Amber’s passion is helping people and she is very active in the community. She recently joined the board of the Williamsburg James City County Community Action Agency where she is serving as the Treasurer.  She also serves on the Advisory Council for Bacon Street and is on the Ambassador Committee for the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.  Amber and her family attend Life Church in Williamsburg.

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Susie Northrop

Susie Northrop has devoted her life to “giving back.” Susie and husband Mike moved to Williamsburg from Minneapolis 18 years ago and she quickly became involved in her new community. She has volunteered her time for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers), Lackey Free Clinic, Agape Fund and Stephen Ministry at Williamsburg Community Chapel as well as serving on two boards, Avalon Shelter for Women and Children and Two Rivers Country Club. Additionally, Susie has been very instrumental in the growth of Heart for Orphans. She has travelled to Ukraine on two separate occasions to meet teens and visit homes. She graduated from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a degree in Elementary Education and married her high school sweetheart. She is mother to three children and “Mimi” to six granddaughters. She and Mike attend Williamsburg Community Chapel.

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Woody Perry

Woody Perry originally hails from God’s country, the “inner banks” of eastern North Carolina. He received his liberal arts degree from Florida International University, and for the past 32 years he has been a licensed real estate broker and developer. Woody has developed eight residential communities including the beautiful ALBEMARLE PLANTATION, a waterfront golf community. Woody and his wife Shere attend Williamsburg Community Chapel and are the parents of two grown daughters. They are also on the board of International Cooperating Ministries. Woody has been moved by the powerful and inspiring stories of these children. His heart has been touched by the vision of Heart for Orphans, and he wants to use his talents and resources to help this ministry.

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Mike Toupin

Mike Toupin currently lives in Denver, Colorado, where he is the Chief Advancement Officer for Seed Company, an affiliate of Wycliffe Bible Translators. For over 30 years Mike has devoted his life to the cause of Bible translation. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in theology from Christian International University, a master’s degree in human resource leadership from Azusa Pacific University and a PhD in leadership with focus on nonprofit resource development from Andrews University. Mike joined the Board because of his longtime relationship with Nancy and Steve Hathaway and his love for the ministry’s mission and vision. Mike and his wife, Vicki, have been married for over 40 years and enjoy the great outdoors of Colorado along with their grown children and their grandchildren.


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