Meet The Board

Sherry Danalis

Sherry Danalis is of Korean descent, married to Stephen Danalis for 27 years, and have 2 sons, Cameron and Alexander. She is a public speaker and entrepreneur. In lieu of suffering the tragic loss of their adopted daughter, Seh- Ah, from Korea, in 2008, F.U.S.E. was established in 2010 (received charitable status in the summer of 2011). During this time, Sherry had a deeply impacting experience that changed the course of their lives. Sherry had an impacting dream in which she saw a sea filled with young people who were crying out. Gazing upon their faces, she heard, “Who is praying for these?”  Suddenly, she was overwhelmed with the vastness of God as Father, His unrelenting love towards them. That moment forever changed her and knew this was a demarcation; that justice begins in the womb. She was given His eyes and His heart for the voiceless; the fatherless. 

Founder & President

Stephen Danalis

Stephen graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1984 with Bachelor in Culinary Arts. A Restaurateur and entrepreneur for several years, serving on several mission trips through the Assembly of God World Missions (MAPS) ranging from pouring concrete floors and walls in Costa Rica and Honduras to accompanying a medical outreach in Kenya until "THE CALL"  to the Mission Field himself in the States. Stephen's heart cry is to see faith communities emerge with one voice, not only to raise awareness, but more importantly INSPIRE others into action on behalf of the vulnerable. To see the church come together in unity, so that the world will see God’s heart when He works through His people. 

Co-Founder & Vice President

Rev. Peter Patterson

Rev. Peter Patterson serves as the Family Life Pastor as Bethany Assembly of God since 1996. He oversees Pastoral Care Ministries, including serving as a counselor for individuals and families within the church and local community. For 17 years, “Pastor Peter” has run Royal Family Kids Camp for abused and underprivileged children. He brings to FUSE extensive experience in the field of child welfare, including work with government offices to develop programs from foster care to two individually licensed group homes, called Choice Place, Inc. in Ashland, Ohio. He served as a supervisor for a 30-40 youth dorm style minimum security at Mohican Youth Center in Loudonville, OH.  Rev. Patterson graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary in 1983, and holds a M.A. Pastoral Psychology and Counseling and a B.A. Ministerial Degree. Rev. Patterson has been a Board member with the Ashland Assembly of God, Ashland Pregnancy Center, The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund and the Harmony House.

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Laura Domer-Shank, EdD

Laura Domer-Shank is a School Psychologist with twenty one years of experience. She is currently an Educational Consultant for several public schools and nonprofit agencies, and is an adjunct professor at Tunxis Community College. Laura graduated from The University of Hartford with her Masters degree in School Psychology, and Elms College with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Education. Laura is currently receiving her doctoral at American International College in Springfield with a concentration in Institutional and Individual Development. Her dissertation focus is on exploring the experience of being recruited from the perspective of survivors of sex trafficking. Laura is married with three children, Cameron (17), Larkyn (9) and Ella (8).  She and her husband, Neil are active on boards and volunteer their time supporting at-risk teenagers through athletics.    

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Courtney Reim, M.Ed

Courtney Reim is a passionate Montessorian and advocate for children. She has been engaged in non-profit work focused on children and families since 2003, when she joined The Suffield Auxiliary of the Village for Family & Children. In 1999 Courtney earned a BS in Business Administration with a dual emphasis in Finance and Management & Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After spending over 10 years in the corporate world and starting her own family, Courtney refocused her energy to become an educator. Courtney received her Association Montessori Internationale Primary Diploma from the Montessori Training Center Northeast in 2012 and graduated from the University of Hartford with a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education in 2013. Courtney also serves on the board of Bridges to Hope, Inc. a non-profit organization committed to offering spiritual and educational programs toward the socio-economic transformation of sub-Saharan society. She is employed as a Research Assistant at the Center for Montessori Studies at the University of Hartford and looks forward to post graduate studies and contributing to the field of teacher education focusing on Dr. Montessori’s child centered pedagogy and peace education. Courtney currently lives with her husband and 2 children in Enfield, CT.  

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Gina Garcia McDonald is a Coldwell Banker Agent in the International President Circle. She has designations in Cartus Network Affinity Specialist (CNAS), Cartus Network Marketing Specialist (CNMS), Cartus Network Referral Specialist (CNRS), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), as well as being a USAA Top Block Agent. Originally from Suffield, Ct. now residing in Granby Ct with her husband and children. She is a mother of 5 children ranging from adult to High School and a proud grandmother to 10 grandchildren. Among Gina's recent favorite endeavors are various African Charitable causes, in many nations of that continent. The Granby and Simsbury offices of Coldwell Banker are heavily involved in charitable organizations benefiting families, children and housing needs locally and through their branded benevolence fund called Coldwell Banker Cares, for which she is a member. 

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James Castro, LICSW

Jim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and has over ten years experience working in the human services. He is currently employed with the University of Connecticut Health Center and North Central Counseling Services in Enfield,Connecticut. Jim graduated from the University of Connecticut in West Harford with a Masters degree in social services and a Bachelor of Science degree in Non-Profit management.  He also is the Co-Founder and President of CCSU Management Club.  Jim Castro also holds a certification as a Myers-Briggs Indicator Examiner.  Together Jim and Carol are very active in their church providing ministry to families called Christian Family Network at Bethany Assembly of God and have been married for 17 years. They have three children.

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Carol Castro, RN

Carol is a registered nurse, working for Baystate Home Infusion and Respiratory Services in Springfield, MA. Carol holds an A.S. in Nursing from Springfield Technical Community College, a B.A. in Economics from University of Connecticut and an A.A. in Accounting at Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA. Carol also holds certification in ONS Chemotherapy, Biotherapy, ACLS, and CPR.

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Ben & Olivia Woodhouse

Olivia graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting.  She currently works for Prudential within the Finance Leadership Development Program. Her first role was in the Enabling Solutions business primarily working on expense management.  Currently, her role is in the Actuarial Projections Centers of Excellence facilitating an enterprise-wide forecast system build out.

Benjamin graduated from Brandeis University in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Business.  He currently works for Aetna within the Finance Leadership Development Program. Since he started full-time, he has worked in the Capital Markets and Leasing area of Treasury.  Beginning in June of 2019, he will be transitioning to Consolidations and Financial Reporting.


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