Meet The Board of Directors
Christa Carrero: Founder & CEO
Christa's heart is to honor the Lord and live out James 1:27, "Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress, and refusing to let the world corrupt you." Missionary at heart, Christa is lovingly supported by her husband of 18 years. Mother to 5 beautiful daughters & 3 foster loves. Christa's heart-beats to see all children come to Jesus, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them. She understands the challenges of being a single mother of an adopted daughter, along with the difficulties that arise in raising a family, fostering, farming, serving the Lord in ministry, and homeschooling. Christa has had the opportunity to parent many orphans (internationally) and foster (nationally) children who've experienced childhood trauma over the past 20 plus years. She has had first-hand experience with how God has used animals in her own life to serve as a catalyst in healing and redeeming that which is broken.
Alison Mignery: Secretary & Communications
Alison’s life mission is to focus on bringing others to know and love Jesus Christ. Alison is a 2004 graduate of Miami University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Studies. Living life in accordance with directives given to us in Matthew 25 is foremost in Alison’s life. Alison and her family live in Hanover Township on a small farm. She is a mother of seven and has seen several foster placements come through her family’s home.
Bethany & Jeremy Botts: Service & Outreach Coordinators
Jeremy and Bethany are honored and excited to be a part of this ministry. They have been married for ten years and have three beautiful sons Camdyn, Samuel, and Elliott. Jeremy and Bethany both individually have been walking with their Savior since childhood and are passionate about serving their family and community for Jesus. They are active members in the local church body and have been a part of many impactful ministries over the years. They are excited to take on this next chapter as a family showing their boys that no matter what the call, no matter what the cost, saying yes to Jesus is always, always worth it. They look forward to meeting and working with as many individuals as possible in hopes that Jesus' love is shown through them and hearts are forever changed.
Julie & Klosterman: Volunteer Coordinator & Technology Consultant
Julie and Joe are so excited to be a part of this great ministry. They live in Loveland, Ohio and have been married for 30 years. They have 4 awesome children-Drew, Leah, Jack and Sam. They hope to spread the healing love of Jesus through their gifts of time and talent.
Fred Zaenkert, Jr.: Farm Project Manager & Animal Health
Fred's priority is to always keep God front and center in his life, marriage, family, work, and ministry. He is a husband to one beautiful, devoted wife, Dad to 10 wonderful children (both adopted & biological), Grandpa to 28 grand-children who are his joy and delight, along with 16 precious great-grandchildren. Fred grew up in government housing in Green Hills and was never permitted to have any pets. Farming, nature, and sharing God's goodness are Fred's passions. He's had the privilege of farming their current property located in Okeana for over 60 years now as a first-generation farmer. Thirty-seven years of which was invested as a dairy farmer. His training grounds started as a Former Draftsman at American Standard Research Lab, then, later, a Former Appraiser & Draftsman for Mac Connell & Company in Cincinnati.
Kathleen Sheldon: Interim Treasurer & Administrative Coordinator
Kathleen loves children and serving others! She is a wife to John and mom to five beautiful kids: Nicholas, Christopher, Joshua, Nathaniel, and Victoria. Kathleen and John have been married 22 years. She is excited to see how God is going to use her family at HOPE-full Pastures to be part of sharing the restorative love of Jesus Christ!
Meet The Leadership Team
JoAnna Sester: Director of Development
JoAnna loves children and loves animals! She is a wife to Daniel and momma to four beautiful kids: Hannah, Ben, Emma and Ava! As a foster/adoptive mom and former teacher and lover of ALL ANIMALS… JoAnna has seen firsthand how the animal assisted therapy that we do at Hopefull Pastures can have such an amazing impact on children’s lives! She is passionate about our mission and bringing others to the restorative love of Jesus Christ!
Case Trokhan: Volunteer Student Liaison
Case loves working with animals and children of all ages! She is a student at Badin High School and a competitive swimmer. Her favorite part of being on the farm is getting to watch the children grow and their personalities blossom as they realize that they are safe and loved. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work so closely with many amazing volunteers and families and looks forward to what the future will bring to HOPE-full Pastures.
Meet Our Animal Handler Trainer
Kaitlyn Marhoffer, Animal Handler Trainer
Kaitlyn grew up homeschooled on a busy farm near Camden, Ohio and has a love for all animals. Kaitlyn runs an equestrian lesson and training business in Lebanon, OH. Her passion is healing hearts through creating relationships with animals and with Christ. Her hobbies include theatre, showing dairy goats, and enjoying time with her friends. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3