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 5 to 23 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.
A natural encourager and lover of people, Rechaud was born and raised in Orlando and graduated from UCF. Starting his career at Darden Restaurants, he transitioned to Edward Jones as a financial advisor. Then after a season as a full-time dad, he went on part-time staff with CRU, leading a men’s ministry at RDV. Their family took a step of faith and formed Commission 127 at the end of 2018 to equip the over 3000 churches in Central Florida to better support foster families and help solve our local foster care crisis. Rechaud feels passionate… The Bell’s have been married 16 years and stay busy with their six children (and son in-love) ages 5 to 23 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 almost 30 years. They have two children, ages 18 and 24. Together, they have cared for five children over their past 2 years as a foster family and are currently loving on a one-year old foster son.
Heidi was born in Memphis, TN and has called Orlando home for the past 15 years. She has a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from UNC-Charlotte and worked as a kindergarten teacher before becoming a mom to her first born twins. Ministry has been a huge part of her life, including leading women’s ministry and helping raise funds and awareness for children in Ethiopia through Children’s Hope Chest. Heidi is passionate about foster care and helping to bring light to what can be a dark place for kids. Personally, she experienced a dysfunctional childhood and found herself in the system at the age of 14 and was blessed to be placed with relatives. Despite her hardships, she has overcome and persevered through a difficult journey, and yet desires to take that dedication to serve others and bring hope to what can feel like a hopeless situation. After being trained as an advocate for Summit Church through Commission 127 in 2019, she launched over 30 care communities and has been instrumental to the success and growth of the ministry there. She is excited to help other advocates at churches across Central Florida take their next step in launching their foster/adopt ministry. Heidi is married to Scott for 17 years and they have boy/girl twins in middle school, a fifth grader adopted from Ethiopia and a daughter in fourth grade. They enjoy spending time together playing board games, soccer and being silly - the Crazy Armstrongs.