Ruth Harbor Staff

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Mark McDougal
Executive Director

Mark became Ruth Harbor’s second Executive Director in 2002. Prior to Ruth Harbor, Mark managed the non-profit GuideOne Foundation. His varied background also includes athletic director, instructor, and marketing communications. Mark’s BA is from Cedarville University. Mark and his wife, Deb, have three grown children and two grandchildren. He loves to invest in others in order to see them grow and enjoys his role on a recreational soccer team.

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Office Manager

Since 2005 Sandy has coordinated Ruth Harbor’s events such as the annual Walk for Life and the Fall Fundraising Banquet in addition to managing the office responsibilities and overseeing the budget throughout the year. Prior to Ruth Harbor, Sandy’s varied resume of experiences include account billing at a private school, church secretary, and school board member and volunteer while her children were young. Sandy and her husband, Phil, have two grown children and two grandchildren.

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Michele is passionate about helping young women realize their self-worth by walking alongside them as they find the courage to make desired changes in their lives and reach their full God-given potential. She is a Christian counselor and Des Moines native who earned her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University (Lunchburg, VA). She is currently licensed by the state of Iowa to provide mental health counseling and she is certified as an alcohol and drug counselor. Michele and her husband, Ronny, are entering a new stage of life as their three children have grown.

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Dave & Remy
House Parents

Dave and Remy were married in 2010 and have been house parenting together since 2011. Their house parenting journey began in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where they worked with teenage girls who had been abused or neglected. After that, they worked with teenage boys caught up in gang life and drug abuse in Omaha, Nebraska. Now they are ministering at Ruth Harbor to young women looking to better their lives.

They love God, random adventures, laughing, and road trips. Remy might have an addiction to health and beauty products while Dave can’t go without drawing all over everything. They have a loving, and very playful, golden retriever named Finley that can't wait to meet you.

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A Christ-centered home and program for young women facing unplanned pregnancy.

Ruth Harbor
534 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-279-4661
Fax: 515-633-2157
M-F 8:30 AM-5 PM