Rick is a husband, father and passionate Christian leader. He is a Liberty University Alumni holding a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Arts degree with three concentrations: Theology, Religion, and Psychology. He served as a pastor for 26 years in primarily larger churches ranging in size from 1,000 to 3,500 people. He served 12 years as an associate pastor for college & singles ministries, and 14 years as a lead/senior pastor leading, preaching, teaching, and helping people to find & fulfill God’s special purpose for their life. He and his wife (Gina) launched the This Hope Foundation in 2017 to bring God’s HOPE to people at their greatest time of need. Rick currently serves as the Chairman of the This Hope Foundation.
Gina is a wife (of 30 years), mother of four beautiful children, and compassionate nurturer of People. She is a Seminole State College Graduate (Cum Laude), and University of Central Florida "Knight" where she majored in Communication. In addition to serving as a pastor’s wife for 26 years, helping lead women’s events & Bible studies, writing, and teaching school within Christian Academies for fifteen years, she is also uniquely gifted in assisting people with finding God’s best for their life. Gina currently serves as President of the This Hope Foundation.
Chad is a loving son, brother and a devoted follower of Christ. He played collegiate football at both Florida State University and University of Florida under coaches Bobby Bowden and Steve Spurrier. He is a Florida State University Alumni and holds his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Real-estate as well as a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He was ranked in the top of his graduate class of 2007. Over the past 10 years he has conducted business in 4 of the 7 continents ranging from telemedicine to financial advising. The last 8 years he has spent with SunTrust Bank as a Vice President Premier Financial Advisor.
Most recently, Chad was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in April 2016. In order to give himself the best possible chance of a cure, he underwent a stem cell transplant at MD Anderson in November 2016. Through his unwavering faith, love, and support of his family and friends, along with excellent treatment from his medical team at Orlando, FL and Houston, TX, he is cancer free still to this day. Through this life changing experience it has not only brought him closer to God, but sparked a passion to give back and minister to those who are walking a similar path. Chad has since humbly accepted the role as Vice President of the This Hope Foundation and will lead the outreach for Chad’s Challenge to bring HOPE to those who are fighting the good fight of cancer.
Ann Marie Bivans
Ann-Marie is an author of three books and a Miss America historian. She has appeared on numerous television shows, including Larry King Live, The Joan Rivers Show, Jenny Jones, Lifetime TV, 700 Club, Food Network, A.M., Los Angeles, A.M., Philadelphia, A.M., Canada, Hard Copy, American Journal, America’s Talking, and the A&E documentary, Beauty Pageants: Bright Lights and Big Business.
Her books have recieved extensive print media coverage, including USA Today, Newsweek, New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Washington Post, Washingtonian, Harper’s, New Woman, Woman’s World, The Globe, Boca Raton Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, and other publications.
She has also consulted for producers of projects aired on The American Experience, The 700 Club, American Journal, NBC's Real Life, Home Show, and Telecom-Japan International TV-Asahi, as well as for editors at Life magazine and Readers Digest.
Ann-Marie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Commonwealth Honors Program.
She is the author of three non-fiction books, Miss America: In Pursuit of the Crown, which was featured in the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club, The Miss America, Cookbook: Favorite Recipes From All 50 States, and 101 Secrets to Winning Pageants.
She has judged the Miss America Pageant, Miss South Carolina, Miss Florida, Miss Cayman Islands, and other scholarship pageant competitions, served as a columnist for Pageantry magazine, and has been a guest writer for Miss America national program books.
Steve was born in Orlando, Florida and is married to Amy, his wife of 26 years. They have two adult daughters, Kayde and Savannah. A lifelong entrepreneur, Steve is the CFO and cofounder of Pockit LLC. He is a graduate of Furman University and has held numerous state certifications including General Contractor, Real Estate Agent, Drug and Alcohol Counseling Specialist and he is an Ordained Christian Counselor. He is currently a deacon and a member of the Executive Leadership Team at LifePointe Church in Eustis, Florida.
Eugene G. Hill
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Gene Hill has been involved in the insurance industry for over 45 years. His entrepreneurial spirit has not been limited to the field of insurance, however. He has been responsible for the start up of numerous companies ranging from real estate, automobile finance and recycled oil. He also has owned multiple automobile dealerships and been involved in numerous other businesses in varying degrees.
Gene has been instrumental in the development and implementation of both self-funded and fully insured insurance programs throughout the Southeastern United States. He founded Executive Risk Consultants, Inc., Association Employers Insurance Company, and Association Employers MGA in the mid 1980s. These companies serviced the insurance programs of over 26 state associations. These programs included workers compensation, property and casualty lines, as well as employee benefit plans. Gene was also a correspondent of Lloyd’s of London for years and has served on the Boards of Directors of 22 different companies.
As a graduate of the Colorado State Police Academy in Denver, CO and the Wyoming State Police Academy in Cheyenne, WY, he has a great respect for law enforcement and is also proud to have served his country in the United States Air Force. In addition, he has served in many roles at his local church including Chairman of Deacons.
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Andy emigrated to the US from Wales/England with his family of 7, as a 6 year old. He is a loving husband of 53 years, a proud father and grandfather. He is a Florida Gator where he did his Bachelors work in Business Administration. He played briefly with the football team under the then head coach Ray Graves. He voluntarily signed up for the US Marine Corps (reserves) at the height of the Vietnam conflict. After a stent at an NBC affiliate (WESH TV--Channel 2) in the Orlando market place, Andy set his sights on real estate acquisitions and property development/management. He was the point person for such notable projects as MetroWest and EastWood Golf and Country Clubs. He also served multiple times as the Greater Orlando Home Builders Association (HBA) President. Andy has served on many boards, and has been involved with several charitable organizations, such as The Edgewood Children's Ranch and local schools Teach Kids to Read clubs. He is actively consulting in the Real Estate Development & Property Management field and currently serves in a leadership role at LifePointe Church in Eustis, FL.
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After graduating from high school in western Pennsylvania, Keith attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida on a football scholarship where he earned a degree in accounting. Following military service, he and his wife Pat moved to Orlando. When they decided they wanted a smaller community in which to raise their children, Eustis was the place they chose. Keith has been an involved member of the Lake County business and civic community, where he was broker and owner of Keith Shamrock Realty and Shamrock Homes and active in many organizations and boards. First Baptist Church, now LifePointe Church, has been an important part of Keith’s life, where he has served as deacon, building and finance chairmen, Sunday School teacher, and on several committees. Keith and Pat’s three children attended college out of state, and then all returned to the area to raise their own children.
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Bill Benson is a graduate of Washington & Lee University. He is a managing partner at Keefe McCullough with more than 30 years of governmental, non‐profit and foundation audit experience. He has a proven track record of delivering high quality audit and advisory services to large and intricate governmental entities. He is experienced and qualified with respect to “Yellow Book”, Uniform Guidance and Rules of the Auditor General of the State of Florida compliance auditing reporting. Bill assists his clients in many areas of accounting including their existing loan agreements and bond indentures, developing annual operating budgets, assisting with their dealings with financial institutions and the development of business plans, financial planning and proforma financial statements. He has assisted municipalities, non‐profit (e.g., The Dan Marino and Ernie Els Autism Foundations) and other foundation entities with accounting standard implementation and internal control assessments. Among his many community and professional awards Bill is involved in several philanthropic endeavors.
Children's Outreach Leader
Lauren was a standout in basketball starting and lettering (four years) in varsity ball, and being team captain her senior year at Eustis High School.
As a National Honors Society member she excelled in her academics and felt called to major in Christian Elementary Education during her College Under Graduate years. Lauren was able to participate in cross-cultural mission trips, was voted her Collegian's President and Class Chaplain multiple times. After completing her B.S. degree in Elementary Education, she is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Christian Elementary Education. Her experience as a contestant and runner-up in The Miss America scholarship system provides her opportunities to promote her platform for (potentially) terminally ill children and those children having a special need.
Lauren's heart is about reaching and encouraging kids with the HOPE found in Jesus. She is passionate about community hero clubs (CHC's)--helping today's children become tomorrow's heroes. Whether in costume (as Supergirl or as a Disney Princess) or out of costume, Lauren loves to visit kids in the hospital and those with a special need to bring a little hope to their day and smile to their face.
Her motto is; "Every kid needs someone to look up to, a role model, a hero!"
Lisa Riegle is a native Floridian, having grown up in Newberry and Gainesville. She obtained her Paralegal Diploma from Webster College in 1992 and worked in local law offices until 2001. She and her husband, Bob, moved to Metro Orlando in 2003 where she became active in her community serving on various boards and volunteering and/or working in the church office at LifePointe Church. She is beyond grateful for the blessings in her life and has a heart for giving of her time and gifts. She is very involved with The Starfish Foundation, which funds scholarships for children who wish to obtain a Christian education and with Honor Someone Now, a website founded by her husband, to honor those who have impacted your life. Bob and Lisa relocated to Arizona in March, 2016, but are in Florida often to visit family and friends.