Rev. Blaine Derck - Executive Director - Blaine has 3 plus decades of experiences as a Pastor throughout the United States in multiple roles from staff positions to solo pastorate. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University. Married for 39 years to Lynnette he is the father of two adult children, grand-father of 6 very active grandkids. He continues to serve as the Executive Director of Oasis Ministries of Colorado Springs, CO a non-profit, start-up ministry in partnership with Immigrant Hope seeking to establish a low-cost immigration legal services center at a local Church. Founded in 2015 Oasis is pursuing their accreditation hoping to provide services in the fall of 2017. He and the local team in Colorado Springs know firsthand the great need the community is experiencing and the backlog many immigrants are facing. He served as the associate pastor for three years, responsible for immigration ministries at Mosaic Church of Aurora, CO which is a multi-ethnic congregation in a neighborhood that has over 109 different languages spoken with a 2 mile radius of the church. This experience kindled a passion and concern for the Stranger Among Us. His desire is to use his God given talents of relational capacity, networking skills, and a thirst for people development to the task of seeing The Immigration Alliance advance its mission of helping churches and non-profits accomplish the task of aiding the immigrant community with quality low-cost legal services.
Emily Fontenot - Communications Director - Emily has a balanced mixture of professional experience in non-profit management and personal experience in church-based ministry. When she was a young child her parents planted a multi-ethnic church in San Antonio, Texas and now as an adult her husband, Jonathan, serves as a pastor in Iowa. Previously Emily and Jonathan have ministered in the Bay Area (San Francisco) and the northern suburbs of Chicago. Born in Dallas, Texas and raised in San Antonio, Texas she graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a bachelor degree in Communications and a minor in Non-Profit Management. Additionally she received a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from American Humanics. Emily audited some theology and ethics courses at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School while her husband earned a masters degree at the same university. Her experience in non-profit management covers 10 years and spans a wide range of roles in grant management, fundraising, scholarship management, donor relations, volunteer coordination, and event planning. Emily has served with The Immigration Alliance since April 2015 and she especially values the opportunity to help church leaders and community leaders identify their next steps in immigrant ministry. Emily has been married to Jonathan for 9 years, they have three young children. From Chicago to California, Texas to Iowa, Emily and Jonathan, wherever they live, always return to two things, exploring nature through hiking and drawing near to all people, especially our immigrant brothers and sisters.