A Christ-centered home & programs for young moms who are facing unplanned pregnancies or parenting young children.

Ruth Harbor Staff

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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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Program Director

Leanna joined the Ruth Harbor team in 2017 and filled the newly-created position of Program Director. In her role, Leanna oversees the operations of the home and manages the ministry's referrals, resident applications, client support and ministry networking. Leanna had known about Ruth Harbor for 15 years and was drawn to the Program Director position because it would enable her to use her professional talents and connect with the residents at a heart-level. She also knew Ruth Harbor was a ministry with great meaning that she could serve in. Leanna and her husband, David, have 3 children: Dawson, Daniel and Lillie.  As a family, they attend church at Soteria Des Moines. In her free time, Leanna enjoys spending time with her family, investing in her church, traveling, being outdoors, playing the piano, painting and redesigning.

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Office Manager

Aimee joined Ruth Harbor as the Office Manager in January 2018.  In this role she oversees the front-office operations, supports the Executive Director and staff team, manages fundraising events and develops/oversees Ruth Harbor's volunteer program. Aimee and her husband, Derek, have three children that keep them busy with their athletic, musical and academic pursuits. Although there isn't a lot of time for hobbies during this busy season of life, when possible, she enjoys baking, reading and crafting.

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Financial & Database Coordinator

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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Shawn & Cara
House Parents

Shawn and Cara have served as a full-time House Parents since 2017. As the "house dad and mom," they live in the home and are responsible for modeling a Christian family, serving as a father- and mother-figure to the residents and overseeing all of the day-to-day operations and "life" that happens in the house and in the lives of the residents. Together they serve as the leaders of the Ruth Harbor home. Shawn and Cara have three daughters, Danielle (who is married to husband, Derrick), Madeline and Alyssa. In Shawn’s spare time, he is a handyman who enjoys woodworking, collecting coins and selling items on Ebay.  Cara enjoys anything craft-related, making jewelry and crocheting.

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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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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