Board of Directors (2022)

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Dale Smith
President

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Donna Fleischauer
Treasurer

Dale has been volunteering in the homeless services space since December 2010, when four people died on the streets of Allentown PA due to an early cold snap. He was the driving force for establishing a winter shelter in Allentown and was part of the core team that established a Family Promise affiliate in the Lehigh Valley. Dale and his wife have lived in the Bethany Beach area since June 2016.

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Chuck Payette Vice President

Chuck helped establish a Family Promise Affiliate in Monmouth County, NJ which opened in 2001.  There he served on the board for 10 years. Observing how effective the program has been in making a difference for families in NJ, he is passionate about creating the same services in Southern Delaware. Chuck is a Senior Research Engineer at Nokia Bell Labs. He and his wife have lived in Rehoboth Beach since 2017 where they both enjoy photography, trying to capture the beauty of our wonderful area.

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Cathie, a retired RN/CETN, participated in the Interfaith Hospitality Network’s rotational shelter program at the United Methodist Church her husband pastored in New Providence NJ.  After moving to Delaware in 2014, Cathie volunteered at the former Immanuel Shelter for several years and is currently an active member of Bethel UMC’s Missions

Cathie Wagner 
Corresponding Secretary

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Dee enjoyed working with students of all ages in the Cape Henlopen School District  as a para-educator and in-school suspension monitor for 36 years.  For six years she served with the Adopt-A-Family program under Delaware‘s Human Services Council. She is passionate about helping children in need.

Dee Lot 
General Member

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Jeannine White Secretary

Kathryn Dreasen 
General Member

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Elaine Simmerman
General Member

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Michael Darling
General Member

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During her many years of teaching elementary
special education, Donna saw the many effects of housing insecurity on her students. After retiring from the Milford DE School District, she served as Lay Leader at Bethel United Methodist Church and developed an interest in Family Promise. She has lived near Lewes since 1979 and has been active in volunteer activities while raising her sons here. She feels strongly that Family Promise will make a difference in future generations.

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Laura LeBoeuf
General Member

Laura has been active on several non-profit boards in Maryland and in New Hampshire, advocating for the homeless and their families due to financial reasons or domestic violence. She feels there should be affordable housing for all people, regardless of location.

In 2005, a mission trip to Kananga in the DR Congo opened Jeannine’s eyes to the difficult conditions endured by those lacking resources that we can so easily take for granted. Since that time, she has been involved in many of the mission activities of her church. Now, much closer to home the issue of homelessness and its effect on Cape Henlopen school’s students has led to her involvement in Family Promise. Jeannine and her husband have lived inLewes since 2001.

Along with a background in residential construction and commercial engineering,  Kathryn also brings a sensitivity for the plight of immigrants and those unable to become stable because of the lack of affordable housing.  She is also quite active in the mission projects of her church. Kathryn and her husband have lived in Lewes since 1997.

As a retired public school guidance counselor from Fairfax County,   Virginia, Elaine has a lot of experience helping families facing hardships.  Since moving to Delaware full time in 1999, she has served on many nonprofit Boards of Directors and is eager to bring professional and coordinated assistance to homeless families in Southern Delaware.