Hope Extended Board of Directors

Hope Extended is a 501c3 non-profit corporation that functions as the US supporting agency for Fundacíon Casa de Fe. It was created to accept and disperse donations to organizations that serve children in need around the world including Casa de Fe and Casa de los Suenos.

Patti Sue Arnold
President, Founder 
Casa de Fe
Omer Troyer

Patti Sue is a retired chief warrant officer with three combat campaigns. She is the mother of three sons and five grandchildren. She first came to Ecuador in 2000, where she lived in Quito. She moved to Shell in 2003 with two Ecuadorian foster children. Within three weeks of moving to Shell, she received another foster child from a local hospital. This was the unofficial start of Casa de Fe. In 2005, the Ecuadorian foundation of Casa de Fe (Foundation House of Faith) was legally formed. At this time, there were nineteen children. From that time to the present, Casa de Fe has cared for over 500 children. Patti Sue sits on the Board of Casa de Fe, as well as the Board of Hope Extended, a US non-profit organization. Her passion has always been for special needs children, but she also has a heart for the older children as they age out of Casa de Fe and helping them find their way and thrive in the adult world. Patti Sue can be reached at (601)-990-6805 or at pattisue@lacasadefe.org

Omer is a seventy-nine years old, passionate educator. After spending thirty years in the public school system in Iowa, twenty-three as an administrator, Omer branched out looking for new ways to use and continue to advance his experience as an educator. He traveled around the world to Bahrain for eight years and Ecuador since 2005, helping to bring the best education to children as well as helping to improve their learning environment and teaching staff. Omer is an avid learner himself always seeking to learn from others in order to better serve those around him. He served seven years on the board of directors of Gator Camp, a long-term camp for troubled boys, in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Bart Allen
Vice Chairman
Korey White

Since his youth, Bart’s tenacity and willpower have served him well. In adulthood, his work ethic translated into a career.  Bart is an entrepreneur and co-owner of Gator Sign Company, Inc., in McComb, Mississippi.  He and his business partner started with one small bucket truck and have grown their company into a large corporation.  Gator Sign Company has accounts which take Bart all over the United States installing signs.  The owners of Gator Sign Company love to thank God for their success by giving back to the community and to those in need.

Bart has also spent his personal life dedicated to community service and charity, and he loves using his construction and building skills to make the world a better place for others.  He has been on mission trips all over the United States building structures for churches and other non-profit organizations.  He and his family first encountered Casa de Fe on a summer trip with FBC Brookhaven in 2015.  He loves being able to use his unique skills to make the facilities at Casa de Fe the best they can be for the children.  Bart now serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Hope Extended.

Korey is married to Crystal Sykes White and they have two daughters, Cassie and Mary Claire.  Crystal is a long-time K-4 teacher at Brookhaven Academy.  Mary Claire and Cassie are both currently college students.  Korey is a deacon at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Bogue Chitto, MS.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate from The University of Southern Mississippi. 

Korey is currently and has previously served on several boards of directors, mostly non-profits, and has enjoyed his time serving with them.  He enjoys his men’s small group Bible studies, attending USM football games with his family, family vacations, and playing golf.  Above all else, his main passion is Christian discipleship with his family and with other men.

Bob Jamison
Charlsie Estess

Bob is 70 years old, married for 50 years to Joyce.  We have 2 adult daughters and 5 grandchildren who live near our lake home in Mn.  We have a son and 3 grandchildren who live in Huntsville, Al.  We spend summers in MN and usually spend winters in Al.

My career was 8 years in public education and 36 years as a partner in a computer and software company until I retired in 2016. 

I was part of Mission Teams to Casa de Fe in 2018 and 2019.  I have been on the HE Board for two years and one year as Treasurer.

Charlsie has been married to Clint Estess for 19 years. They live in Brookhaven, MS, with their two sons. She has sixteen years of experience working in international finance and corporate strategic planning. She now works with several boards, as well as serving as the secretary of Hope Extended. Casa de Fe became an important part of her life during a summer mission trip with her son. Charlsie looks forward to being back on the ground in Ecuador to live out His calling, love on the Casa de Fe children, and offer her spiritual gifts and professional skills to further kingdom work.

Joe Davis
Libby Unruh

Joe is married to Kathy and has two adult sons and two granddaughters. He has a BS degree from University of Southern Mississippi and has thirty-three years in retail grocery with the last twenty-six in management. Joe served for twenty years as Church Administrator for First Baptist Church of Brookhaven, MS, before retiring in 2018. His areas of responsibility include church finance, building maintenance, and Church construction projects.

Testimony: I was saved at age 35 while taking a Master Life class. God had been working on me through Bible study for two years prior to this life changing event. My passions in church life are the Adult Choir and Mission work.

Coming Soon! 

Connie Hodges

Wife, Mother, and Grandmother, Connie served behind the scenes as a church secretary at First Baptist Church of Brookhaven, MS, for twenty-seven years. First as children’s choir coordinator/music secretary and then as music and education secretary, she is an integral part of the heart and soul of the church. Her heart was stolen by Casa de Fe as she played on the carpet in the church library with Cintia and Edison way back in 2003, and she has never looked back. She poured her heart and soul into helping Casa de Fe, by visiting as a team member and later as team leader. Connie has been visiting Casa de Fe yearly since 2008, as well as helping to organize extremely successful fundraisers. Connie’s life was forever changed that simple day so long ago when Cintia crawled into her heart. Connie can be contacted at conniehodges@cableone.net.