Cynci has been reaching out to people overseas for more than 20 years. She started The Hope Venture in 2009 when she couldn't turn a blind eye to the desperate needs she was encountering. She's passionate about loving people, anywhere she is...in a brothel in India, in a one room hut in Kenya, across the table at Starbucks, or most of all, in her own home. She's been married 25 years and has 4 sons and a new daughter-in-law. She's been known to act like a junior-higher, is a twin, loves Colorado, and is on a recent kick to count the paper towels she uses in a public restroom.
Jackie joined The Hope Venture in the fall of 2015, part time, to serve as a fundraiser. Jackie coordinates communication with new and existing donors and seeks to connect people to our projects. She's been married to Vaughn for 17 years and is busy raising 3 children ages 14,11 and 6. After being raised in the suburbs of Denver she is now adjusted to living with a cornfield in her backyard and learning a lot about construction as she's been renovating an entire house with her family.
Josh Petersen has a huge heart for the Hope Venture and the people they help. He is the oldest son of Cynci Petersen, the founder and director, and has been involved with the organization since the start. He has a passion for design and desires to use his skills to help people in need, whether that is through designing t-shirts or playgrounds. He is married to his gorgeous wife, Victoria, and together they would love to continue to work helping people oversees as well as here in the United States. He has been known to take spontaneous road trips, make ridiculous videos, and binge watch the show New Girl. He loves people, creativity, teamwork, and traveling and is excited to see how God uses his skills to help change the world!
Todd was born and raised in rural Kansas, but his home is the world. He loves history, beauty, and service. He has a background in small business and public life with hobbies of antique cars, travel, and bicycling.
Todd has been married to his patient and terrific wife Rachel for 17 years and together they have three wonderful daughters: Kayenta, Dahlia, & Astoria. He is looking forward to combining his organizational background and passion for service to serve God and the mission of The Hope Venture!
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
- Mahatma Ghandi
Troy has spent his professional life working for non-profit associations dealing mostly with food production and rural issues. As a newer member of this board, Troy is new to missions and is very excited to see what God has in store and to see His work being done through The Hope Venture organization.
Troy is married and he and his wife Karol have three kids - two in college and one still at home. He fancies himself as a singer (at least in the church choir), a road cyclist and a pretty good cook, but probably not quite ready for the Food Network.
John joined The Hope Venture Board of Directors in 2016. John is married to Michelle and together they have three daughters Makenna, Keeley, and Kalli. John has always had a soft spot in his heart for those in need and believes in The Hope Venture's mission to bring hope and compassion to the hurting and less fortunate at home and abroad. He enjoys singing, golfing, and chasing after his kids and all their activities.
One of the newest board members with The Hope Venture, Dan Shafer has been teaching Science for the past 15 years. After starting at Goodrich Middle School in 2000, he is now teaching Biology at Lincoln East High School. Dan has a heart for missions that began 25 yrs ago with a trip to Mexico. Since then he has travelled to Guatemala, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Having recently completed his doctorate in educational studies, with a focus on building relationships with students and their student teachers, he is now looking forward to being able to just teach for awhile.
Dan enjoys hunting, fishing and snowboarding as well as camping. When he has downtime he enjoys spending it with his wife and four children.
Katherine joined the board in fall of 2015. She loves God and loves people! She sees it as a privilege to be part of HV and loves all the projects, especially the mama kits & the backpacks! Katherine is a special Education Para for LPS. She has been married to Sean for 26 years! They have 4 children: Ella-23, Addison-21, Elijah-18, and Abram-15. In her free time she enjoys reading, biking, thrifting, and time with family!
Tracy has been involved with the Hope Venture almost since it's beginning. After going to India with Cynci for the first time, she was deeply disturbed and moved and stretched by what she saw and the precious people she met. And she will never be the same. She saw deep needs and the way those needs were being met in such simple and complete ways by the Hope Venture.
Tracy is a mom of four awesome kids, Autumn, Ian, Anya, and Asher and is married to her favorite human, Chris. She loves travel, live music, deep conversations and spontaneous road trips. She sometimes thinks she's a runner and does a half-marathon and then remembers that she's not.
Her life goal is to love Jesus and His people without abandon and raise her four babes to do the same. When she grows up she wants to be like Cynci.
Jody joined the HV Board of Directors in December 2017. Jody is married to Brian (who she met during a blizzard in Minnesota) for over 30 years and they are the proud parents of Lauren (married to Christopher), Jillian, Jared and Abby. Jody is passionate about the Hope Venture and what they are accomplishing in India and Africa. In her spare time Jody enjoys cheering "very loudly" for Husker football and volleyball and the Minnesota Vikings.
We partner with trusted friends overseas that accomplish so much of what we are about. They are on the ground making happen all that we talk, email and skype about! See a video and learn more about our partnerships under Our Values section of our website! Who we work with is a big deal! We are so grateful for these long-time, faithful friendships!
There are lots of ways people get involved with The Hope Venture! Much of what gets done is through unpaid volunteers and internships! Email Cynci to find out more about how you can join us in helping lives find hope!
A huge part of our team is YOU! We can't do any of this without the generosity of those who have realized they can make a difference through their resources. Any little bit helps! From lemonade stands to school fundraisers to families sponsoring our students to the words, "I want to give you this $20,000 for whatever needs you guys have," we have been amazed by God's work in people's hearts to join us financially. Honestly, lives are different, people have found real hope, because of YOU.