Meet the Team

The leadership team at Casa de Esperanza is 100% volunteer driven.

This dedicated and talented group does not get paid for its efforts. Donations to Casa de Esperanza go directly to helping the people who are hurting in Honduras.

Lori DeWitt

Lori’s first trip to Honduras was in 2000 and she has never looked back, making over 100 trips to date. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing from Hope College and has worked as a registered nurse in intensive care units, emergency medicine and gastroenterology. Currently serving as the nursing coordinator at Cornerstone University, Lori’s hobbies include gardening, cooking, and improving her Spanish. She and her husband Bill have three sons.

Bob Griffeth
Vice President 

Bob has traveled to Honduras with Casa on over 25 trips, many taken with his four children. He works at Steelcase Inc. as Operations Manager for materials/logistics.  His hobbies include hunting, home improvement projects and spending time with his family. 

Alishia Terril

Alishia and her husband Guy are financial advisors at Terrill Financial Group in Grand Haven, Michigan. She enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking, biking and home improvement projects. Alisha has traveled to Honduras many times with Casa de Esperanza Ministries. She is mom to four spoiled cats.

Allie Griffeth
Human Resources Chair

Allie’s first trip to Honduras was when she was 12 years old. Since then, she’s been to Honduras several times with her family and has a deep love for the country and it’s people. She has a B.A. in Business Management from Georgia College and currently works in HR at Magna. She enjoys traveling, watching movies, and getting to know new people.

Donna Swineheart

Donna has a lot of experience with clerical work. She and her husband, Brian, enjoy traveling and being parents to a spoiled Dachshund puppy named Spike. Donna was instrumental in starting our mobile dental clinic model.

Jordan Grooters
Marketing Chair

Jordan first traveled to Honduras with Casa de Esperanza in 2015. She has an M.B.A. in project management from Cornerstone University. Jordan works as a communications manager for the Cornerstone University marketing department. She lives in Byron Center with her husband, Matt and German Shepherd dog, Ellie.

Bill DeWitt, DDS
Dental Chair

Bill’s first trip to Honduras was in 1999, and since then he has made more than 55 trips. He is responsible for laying the foundation of Casa de Esperanza ministries. A graduate of Hope College and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Bill recently retired from dentistry after 30 years practicing in Grand Haven. Bill loves the Minnesota Gophers, Vikings, and Twins! He also enjoys working outdoors and tiling projects.

Dave Herrema
Construction Chair

Dave is a plumber who loves to travel and explore new parts of the world, which makes him vital to our construction ministry, using his expert plumbing skills, in Honduras. Dave enjoys traveling to Honduras with Casa de Esperanza and has been there more than 20 times. He and his wife Marguerite have five children, many of whom have also been to Honduras!

Debra Wilcox
Travel Chair

Debra works as the office manager at her husband’s chiropractic practice. She enjoys riding motorcycles, spending time with her grandchildren, and traveling. She and her husband Ron have 3 children, all of whom are chiropractic physicians. Debra has traveled to Honduras with Casa de Esperanza many times.

Our Honduran Staff

Of course, we couldn't do anything without our dedicated Honduran staff! 

Chema and Ada

Ada and Jose Maria (Chema), a Honduran married couple, are the house parents of our boys Comayagua project. They currently house 10 boys along with their biological sons Isaac and Chemita. Their oldest son, Kevin, works as a firefighter in Comayagua. Casa de Esperanza has been partnering with them since 2013 and they have been faithful examples to the boys, teaching them the importance of education, spiritual disciplines, and what it means to be a part of a family unit.

Julio and Ingrid 

Julio and Ingrid are a Honduran married couple who are very involved in at Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal in Siguatepeque. Ingrid serves as a coordinator for Compassion International, and Julio works as a handyman for us, taking care of our house, cars and anything that needs to be done while our group is not in Honduras. Casa de Esperanza has been partnering with Julio and Ingrid since 2006 when they served as house parents for the female students in our educational support programs. Julio and Ingrid are parents to Jonathon, Nahomy and Jey.