A native of North Carolina, Betsey has a bachelors’ degree from NC State University and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from UCF. Betsey spent the first 10 years of her corporate career in Community Relations at Darden Restaurants, Orlando Health and the Orlando Magic. Then after leading the Foundation for Foster Children as Executive Director for over 6 years, their family took a step of faith and formed Commission 127 to equip the over 3000 churches in Central Florida to better support foster families and help solve our local foster care crisis.
Betsey feels passionate about foster care after seeing the need for foster families first hand, through her personal experience as an adoptive mom and her professional experience assisting kids at the Foundation for Foster Children. When loving kids from hard places, it is easy to feel alone and sometimes a little crazy, Betsey saw a dire need of support for herself and other families, but didn’t know how to ask or where to look. When she discovered the Care community model in Georgia, she immediately knew it was something Central Florida needed, and she eventually took that leap of faith to leave her role and launch Commission 127 with her husband.
The Bell’s have been married 16 years and stay busy with their six children (and son in-love) ages 6 to 24 years old, with their 2 oldest who joined them as teenagers out of the foster care system. Betsey became a Grammy in 2020 and loves cuddle time with her little Nathaniel.
Rechaud Bell is a UCF alum and Finance Major, born and raised in Orlando and began his corporate career at Darden Restaurants. He left to pursue his passion of helping others as a financial advisor, joining the Edward Jones team. As a natural encourager of people, he was on part-time staff with CRU (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ) until deciding to launch Commission 127 with his wife to better support foster and adoptive families.
The Bell’s have been married 16 years and stay busy with their six children (and son in-love) ages 6 to 24 years old, with their 2 oldest who joined them as teenagers out of the foster care system. Rechaud also became a Grandpa in 2020 and loves getting to love on his grandson Nathaniel – and then give him back.
Deana, a native of Florida, spent most of her childhood moving all around the state, but settled in Seminole County as a teenager and has no plans of leaving. Deana has always had passion to work with and encourage children and their parents and her professional experience reflects that. Her wide array of experience has always included kids, from nannying to working for the Juvenile Justice System to teaching preschool at Northland Church for 15 years and working within Early Childhood Ministry.
Deana felt the stir in her heart for a few years that God was calling her family to something more. The foster care system was very foreign to her family, but as she and her husband, Terry, continued to pray, they learned about the great need locally for foster parents. They made the decision that Deana would retire early and become a stay-at-home foster mama. However, the beginning of their foster journey was extremely difficult and Deana found herself feeling isolated and longing for relationship with others who shared a similar heart as a foster parent. After being introduced to Commission 127, Deana was able to get connected with other families who loved caring for vulnerable children. As the Family Support Specialist for C127, she is passionate about connecting, supporting and encouraging foster and adoptive families, so they will never feel alone.
The Scott’s have been married for over 30 years. They have two children, ages 19 and 25. Together, they have cared for five children over their past 3 years as a foster family and are currently loving on an almost two-year old foster son.
Susan Kauffman comes from a big extended family of heroes, on both sides! She is grateful to her parents for being shown how to honor God and love people. She is most thankful for the privilege to continue the legacy with her amazing husband and their 7 bio children (who have shown excellent taste in significant others and given her adorable grandkids). She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Webster University, a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Science from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. She and her husband have been foster parents for the past 6 years, welcoming 16 kids into their home. While Susan gets most of the props, it is her husband’s persistent resolve to help suffering families that has marked the “Kauffmans” as a family who serves. In his spare time, Brad serves on the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team. In her spare time, Susan enjoys writing about cool things. (Her first book, Making Room for Miracles in Fostering is a treasure and a fast read!)
Sera, a Floridian since the age of five, grew up as the oldest of seven children from a multicultural family. In college she spent her summers teaching English and working with orphans in Cambodia, where she was first exposed to foster care. It was there the seeds were planted in her heart and over the years her journey in life would have her graduate from Southeastern University, work with local central Florida based non-profit, Feeding Children Everywhere, get married to her husband Jason, have 2 little boys and also actively serve and work with their church, One Church. A series of conversations led Sera and Jason to jump into the world of foster care, along with their young sons who were 3 and 1 at the time. They were introduced to Commission 127 in 2020 during a time where they were caring for 4 boys under the age of 5 and feeling completely overwhelmed. The care community that wrapped around their family brought the Griffins so much strength and encouragement that they decided to keep fostering even after a tough year. In January 2021, Sera joined the team as Church Support Specialist to help churches launch their own foster care ministries so they can be best equipped to care. The Griffins have three wild and active little boys aged 5, 3 and 2. They have loved on four little ones during their time as foster parents, one of whom ended up becoming their youngest son and was adopted in April 2020. The Griffins continue to keep their home and hearts open as the Lord leads them.
Leigh Ann Horton – Board of Director and Treasurer
Leigh Ann graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelors in Accounting and her Masters in Tax. She began her career with KPMG in New York City and then transferred to the Orlando KPMG office. In 1998, she became the International Tax Manager for Hard Rock Café International. In 2000, she became a partner at CFO Strategic Partners. In 2009, she and her husband Vince bought AIT Life Safety. Once foster parents, she understands the challenges of families choosing to foster and recognizes the need for support. Mrs. Horton also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Orlando, Inc., Grace Medical Home, the Florida Fellowship Foundation and J4 Leaders. But most importantly, Mr. and Mrs. Horton love spending time with their two children, Anna Kate and Chase.
John Parker – Board of Director and Co-Chairman
John Parker is one of the founders of Summit Church where he serves as Lead Pastor. John and his wife Brandy are the proud and very busy parents of six teenagers, who they adopted from Ethiopia. John is passionate about seeing the church meaningfully stand with and for the most vulnerable in our world. This passion is reflected both in how Summit Church partners globally, and in how they engage locally in partnerships that benefit vulnerable children.
Debbie Fields – Board of Director and Secretary
Debbie Fields is a strategic thought leader with a passion for empowering technology companies to accelerate innovation and build collaboration in healthcare. In her practice at Advance Healthcare Consulting, she has successfully launched several startup companies, build collaborative programs to support digital transformation, and mentored early stages companies through a national accelerator program. Leveraging her 30 years of business experience and passion for helping the vulnerable, she lends her expertise as a board member to several nonprofit organizations to help support the growing needs of the organization from strategic planning, organizational efficiencies, fundraising, and marketing efforts.
David Morillo – Board of Director
David Morillo is the Strategic Relationship Manager at Full Sail University. He was born and raised in the South Bronx, I’m a High School dropout with absolute love and devotion to education. Throughout my career I have worked to empower the voices of those around me – learners, innovators, educators, and professionals. As a leader, I strive to create a loyal, honest, and goal-oriented environment, managing with empathy and an open mind. My career has provided me with the honor to make a positive impact on K-12, college students, and industry professionals through the power of technology and an innovative approach to education.
Peggy Bush – Board of Director
Peggy Bush is a rare Orlando native and has lived in Central Florida most of my life. She serves as Director of Operations & Administration at Mosaic Church and has a background in nonprofit management and finance. Peggy and her husband were married in 1989 and are now empty-nesters with two incredible, young adult kids. They love to travel and explore new places. She has a passion for helping vulnerable children that extends to the fight against human trafficking and have led multiple trips to Cambodia, serving with Agape International Missions, one of Mosaic’s Global Partners. She enjoys demonstrating God’s love to all people every day and serving the church in ways that are often unseen but are important to building God’s kingdom.
Betsey Bell – Board of Director
Rechaud Bell – Board of Director