Shae started her own business, The Tallgrass Tailor, and is passionate about sewing, entrepreneurship, and helping women learn what it takes to run a small business. She has a degree in apparel design and development from Marist College in New York and is a clothing engineer, pattern drafter, and product designer. She and her husband, Garrison, live in Tulsa with their dog, Bright.
Eric has worked on behalf of those trapped in the margins - homeless, refugees and under-resourced. He is Senior Pastor of South Tulsa Baptist Church, and the author of Harbor for the Poor, published by Wipf and Stock. Eric and his wife, Rebecca, have four children, Adin, Noah, Abigail, and Kynzleigh.
Chris has a heart for women around the globe as well as orphaned children. She joined the Rising Village board to raise awareness and funds in the U.S. to help families in lower-income countries stay together. She is the marketing manager at Hub International CFR. She and her husband, Al, have seven children, Lainey, Elsah, Ruby Kate, Hank, Ben and Will.
Kent Gooch, Jr.
Kent loves the challenge of helping apprentices and small business owners. He and his wife, Laken, started their own business, Lick Your Lips Mini-Donuts, in Tulsa in 2013. He gained a love for travel and a curiosity about the world during his senior year of college when he participated in Semester at Sea. He and his wife, Laken, have two children, Stapleton and Larken.
Mark joined the Rising Village board after many varied life experiences and travel. "Through these, God has shown me needs in the world that pull at His heart, and now those needs also pull at my heart." Mark is an IT specialist at Flinto, LLC in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He and his wife, Sabrina, have three children and two grandchildren.