Board of Directors

Our faithful Board of Directors leads Life Network through stewarding our organization’s vision, mission and resources. This gifted group of individuals represent a variety of backgrounds and areas of our community, from pastoral care at local churches to national ministries and more. To get to know our Board, hover over each individual’s photo to read a short bio. 

Pastor Jayde Duncan

Chairman
Pastor Jayde Duncan has served on the Life Network board since 2013. Jayde’s foremost desire is to see people truly encounter the Father heart of God and thrive in the fullness of life and victory as sons and daughters. His commitment to the issues and cause of life stem from his multi-generational vision to see wholeness come to every level of society. He is the Senior Pastor of New Life Midtown in Colorado Springs where he has served since 2005 along with his wife Christy and their four children.

Derek Hanson

Vice Chairman
Derek Hanson’s greatest joy is to see God’s hope coming to a broken world, and his life purpose is to serve Christ in that work. Derek has served at Focus on the Family for over 20 years in various capacities, including marketing, program development, strategic planning, business intelligence and global ministry outreach. In addition to his work at Focus, Derek serves as the Strategy Fellow at the Tandon Institute, a consulting team that brings strategic coaching and advice to Christian non-profits around the globe. Derek lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife and three children. Derek joined the Life Network board in November 2017.

Thomas G. Sistare, CPA

Treasurer
Tom Sistare is a certified public accountant and has served as treasurer on the board of directors for Life Network since November 2002, overseeing the financial direction of the ministry. Tom has worked in public accounting in Colorado Springs for more than two decades and specializes in local government, non-profit, and federal grant compliance auditing as an Audit Shareholder for Hoelting & Company Certified Public Accountants. Tom is a member of Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Tom received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut, where he met his wife, Cheryl. They have two college-aged sons, Jacob and Nathan.

Maura Nordberg

Secretary
Maura Nordberg, a native of Colorado, loves living in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband, two daughters and one son. She has served as the Secretary of the board of Life Network for several years. Professionally, Maura worked as a School Psychologist for six years, providing universal mental health for students preschool through fifth grade in Falcon School District 49. Currently, Maura enjoys staying home with her children, whom she is homeschooling, supporting her husband Dan, a former State Representative in Colorado House District 14, and enjoying a variety of activities outdoors in beautiful Colorado.

Linda Gould

Linda Gould is an attorney in Colorado Springs. Her law practice includes Business Planning, Probate, Estate Planning, Real Estate, and Trademark Prosecution. She is trained by Peacemaker Ministries to provide counsel and mediation in conflict situations. Linda and her husband Bob are members of First Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs, where they serve on the marriage mentoring team. Linda has served on the Life Network board since 2016.

Debbi Rayburn

Debbi is proud to admit she was born in Houston, Texas. She grew up in a military family and after moving from coast to coast, her family settled in Colorado Springs where she attended Mitchell High School (colors are blue and orange). She graduated from Wheaton College (colors are blue and orange) with a degree in Physical Education. That same year she married Bentley Rayburn in the Air Force Academy chapel. Bentley was a commander numerous times in the three decades to follow, and Debbi enjoyed her role as a commander’s wife where she says she “was definitely stretched and out of my comfort zone but God always provided the strength and guidance I needed.” Debbi and Bentley returned to Colorado Springs after Bentley retired in 2006. She does like the Broncos (colors are blue and orange), and loves living in Colorado Springs near her parents. She and Bentley have 4 married children and 5 grandchildren.

Cindy Schaefer

Cindy was born and raised in Colorado Springs, and after many years of living outside of the Rockies, returned to the Springs in 2014 with her husband Jim. Cindy received her B.A. from University of Denver and a Master of Education degree from Regent University. She’s served a wide array of non-profit and corporate organizations from the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and Prison Fellowship Ministries to AT&T and Procter & Gamble. Cindy also served as a high school teacher in both Washington and Virginia. Cindy and Jim have two children and seven grandchildren. Cindy is a former board member for a Utah pregnancy center and has served on Life Network’s board since 2016.

Luke Gheen

Luke is a long-time resident of Colorado Springs with extensive corporate finance and accounting experience. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado in 1999, and received his MBA from the University of Colorado in 2007. Luke is also a CPA and owns a firm dedicated to tax planning for self-employed individuals. Luke has significant experience working on non-profit boards. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is an avid rower, enjoys reading, and regularly travels to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. He relishes spending time with his wife, three sons, daughter, and extended family.

Brenda Fullerton

Brenda Fullerton joined the board of Life Network the beginning of 2018. Brenda is passionate about life and the Lord Jesus. She married her Air Force pilot and professor husband in 1983 and traveled the world with him and their three children. She has worked for Compassion International, Focus on the Family and Mission Medical Clinic. Brenda is a retired nurse but still volunteers as a nurse at Dream Centers. She loves spending her free time with her children, grandchildren, hiking mountains, scuba diving and rock climbing.

Ellie Haddad

Ellie Haddad is passionate about the purpose of Life Network and their desire to advocate for the unborn and bring wholeness through life in Jesus Christ. She has worked as an Occupational therapist for over 30 years and currently works as an Early Interventionist, providing support and therapy to children with developmental delays or disabilities from 0 – 3 years old and their families. Ellie is passionate about empowering families to support their child’s development and growth. She is also a certified infant massage instructor and has the privilege to teach parents, who have babies with varying physical challenges, how to apply a variety of massage techniques to encourage bonding and development. Ellie has volunteered with Young Life for more than 25 years, serving on the local Young Life Committee and volunteering with teenagers in the various communities she has lived. Ellie and her husband, John, have lived overseas ministering to adolescent through Young Life Military Ministries. She speaks German fluently and has been a representative for exchange students from all over the world. Ellie and John have been married for over 30 years and are the parents of four adult children.

Bridget Lee

Bridget Lee is the newest addition to the Board of Directors, and she is passionate about our life-affirming ministry. Bridget was born and raised in Ohio and has called Colorado her home since 2009. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and she has over 10 years of experience caring for patients in southern Colorado. Bridget and her husband Bryan have been members at Austin Bluffs Evangelical Free Church for 12 years and are very involved in ministry. They have four children and together enjoy hobby farming, hosting and enjoying the outdoors.

Rich Bennett

President/CEO, non-voting board member
After serving on Life Network’s Board of Directors for five years, Rich became the President and CEO in January 2017. He comes to Life Network with more than two decades of leadership experience in the corporate and non-profit sector, most recently as a member of the executive team at Focus on the Family where he led Family Ministries, Marketing and Strategy areas during his 12 years tenure. Prior to that, he served in leadership roles at Sprint Corp. and Honeywell. Rich is passionate about championing the value of life — and helping parents “do family” well and live out an active Christian faith. His greatest commitment to family is his own; he and his wife, Stephanie, have been married more than 25 years and are the parents of two great young adults, Parker and Macy. In his free time, he’s active in ministry at his church, loves to ski and hike, and follows college basketball (go KU!) and major league baseball.