Ashley is a Regional Sales Manager and has worked in sales since 2010. She is currently responsible for multiple stores throughout North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2013 with a BA in English and a double minor in Psychology and Education.
Ashley’s journey in Haiti began in January, 2011 where she served at an orphanage in the mountain community of Camatin, near Jacmel. Her parents, over a two-year span, adopted two girls from the orphanage in Camatin. Since this time Ashley has traveled to Haiti on a regular basis, serving and leading teams.
In January of 2015 she was involved with a team that found an orphanage in desperate need of assistance. This served as an inspiration to dedicate and invest in something greater than she could imagine. Shortly after this trip, she and her husband Jeffery became the Co-founders of Second Chance Global.
Ashley, with her love for Jesus, amazing love for the children in the orphanages we support, and tireless work ethic, has become the heartbeat of Second Chance Haiti. She truly exemplifies Matthew 5:15 as her light shines bright for all to see.
Jeffery Petress Jr.
Jeffery graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2012 with a degree in Health Care Management. He has held multiple positions in the field of emergency medical services with his most recent being a Flight Program Supervisor for a hospital system in North Carolina.
Jeffery went to Haiti in 2011 to meet two Haitian girls that his father-in-law and mother-in-law were adopting. As soon as he returned home from this first trip he knew that God had forever changed him. He had instantly fallen in love with the people and country of Haiti.
Jeffery, with a strong Christian-based upbringing, felt called to work in providing sustainability for Haitian children and communities. He has served with and led many mission teams. He has served in both short and long term roles in Haiti.
In 2015 Jeffery and his wife Ashley became Co-founders of Second Chance Global.
Jeffery truly walks the passage of James 1:27 that says, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this, to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
Preston resides in Knoxville, TN with his wife Shawna. They have 4 children, Ashley, Matthew, and two adopted daughters from Haiti, Redjina and Jesula. They are active members of Faith Promise Church. Preston is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Transportation and Logistics. He is the Director of Safety and Human Resources for Pemberton Truck Lines, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Preston made his first mission trip to Haiti following the earthquake that devastated the country of Haiti in January 2010. Little did he know that Haiti would capture his heart. Since then, he has adopted 2 Haitian daughters, and led countless mission teams to many areas in Haiti including Port-au-Prince, Croix-des-Bouquets, and throughout the southern mountain villages of Camatin, Beloc, Tiapo, Coq Chante, and Jacmel. Preston has tirelessly strived to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the Haitian people.
Preston believes “there is nothing greater than being the hands and feet of Jesus for the least of these.” And his primary goal in leading this ministry is “to insure our focus remains on Christ.”
Joanie lives in Maryville, Tennessee with her two boys, Tyler and Connor. She holds a BS in Business Management and currently works in the retail market.
Joanie came to love Haiti through a friend that was sponsoring a child with Second Chance. She sponsors two boys, Lorima and Kervens, of the Bon Samaritan Orphanage. Joanie went to Haiti in June of 2016 and absolutely fell in love with the people of Haiti. “Getting to spend a week with not only the two boys I sponsor, but all the other kids at the orphanage, created an overwhelming love for Haiti and the children who so desperately need our help there. God has laid it on my heart to help as many children in Haiti as possible, starting with Lorima and Kervens. I look forward for the many more trips in the future and the ability to serve the Haitian people as God sees fit.”
Mike and his wife Kimberly reside in Burlington, North Carolina. He married Kimberly, in 1989 and says “she's best addition to his life.” They have two daughters Kayla Grace and Marley Faith. Mike has been involved in the construction industry since the late 1980’s and is a Partner and Co-Owner of Stonewall Construction Services LLC.
Mike serves on the Executive Team at Hope Church in Burlington, NC. He has been very active in the church family there for over 24 years, seeing Brookwood Church and Pine Ridge Church merge together to form Hope Church in 2013.
Mike was instrumental in connecting Second Chance Global, through Ashley and Jeffery, with Hope Church and Pastor Tadd Grandstaff.
Mike describes himself as a “husband, father, patriot, and most of all a follower of Christ.”
Tadd, his wife Becki, their sons Brogan and Keaton, and daughters Maisy and Lula live in Burlington, NC. Tadd is the founding and Lead Pastor of Hope Church in Burlington. Tadd grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia where he met his wife Becki at Liberty University.
In 2006, Tadd and Becki moved to Alamance County, North Carolina from Atlanta, Georgia to plant a brand new church. They believed that God would ultimately turn their community upside down for God's glory through the local church. Tadd has a burning desire to do whatever it takes to reach people that are far from God and to see them grow up in their faith.
Tad met Ashley and Jeffery as they attended Hope Church and has built a God-inspired relationship with them. He has provided resources crucial to the success of Second Chance Global and also assists with spiritual guidance.
Peter lives in Burlington, NC with his wife, Denise. He has two married daughters and three grandchildren. The Sawyer’s have been loyal North Carolina State University fans since Peter met Denise there in 1977. Plus, both daughters and sons-in-laws received engineering degrees from State. You'll hear Peter chant "Go Pack!" from time to time.
Peter worked in Agricultural sales with Purina for 34 years. Since retiring in 2014, he has been purchasing and rehabbing homes in the Burlington area. Peter serves on the Executive Team at Hope Church which is where he
met Jeffery and Ashley and first caught the vision of Second Chance.
Peter's first trip to Haiti in January of 2018 allowed him to observe the needs of so many orphans and was instrumental in helping him understand what God is doing in and through Second Chance. "Sharing the love of Christ is so rewarding when you experience the hearts, hugs and smiles of the children." Peter makes a great addition to the Board of Directors.
Nathan currently resides in a small mountain community nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee. He graduated with honors from Lincoln Memorial University, and has worked throughout the Eastern and Central United States as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic. Nathan brings with him over ten years of emergency medical care and teaching experience.
In 2011 he was blessed with his first opportunity to serve as a Paramedic in the remote areas of Haiti, and has been traveling back regularly ever since. His strong passion for the country of Haiti, combined with his desire to see spiritual and economic improvements worldwide, led him to join Second Chance Global’s dynamic team.
Jocelyn was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She now resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband Chris, and children Ella (8) and Ethan (5). Jocelyn is a graduate of Bethany College, West Virginia. She has diligently served as an educator for over 10 years.
God placed a desire in Jocelyn's heart to serve in Haiti since she was a young child. The calling on her life to serve in Haiti was confirmed during her first trip in December of 2016. With multiple trips she began developing close relationships with the kids in the orphanages Second Chance Haiti supports. She has assisted two Haitian young men in starting their own jewelry making business, Bel Vi. This business opportunity helps Haitian Artisans create sustainability to support themselves through sharing their handmade jewelry pieces in the U.S.
Jocelyn is passionate about helping orphans and vulnerable children in Haiti realize their purpose and potential through Christ as well as creating job opportunities to alleviate poverty and create sustainable income for families in Haiti. Jocelyn was promoted to the Haiti Assistant Director of Operations in December of 2017 after serving as the Planning and Research Director for a year.
Alexis was born and raised in Haiti. He lives in Croix-des-Bouquet with his wife and two sons. He learned English at the age of fifteen. He has worked as lead translator for Second Chance Haiti since 2015. His translating ability is truly God given.
Alexis' has a pure heart for Christ and is a bright light that can be seen by all. His love and passion for the children in the orphanages is evident, as he can always be found playing with the them. He is know for regularly saying "God Knows", which is his way of saying "just trust God's plan".
As our Haiti Liaison and Country Director, Alexis plays a crucial role for Second Chance Haiti. He is our “boots on the ground” in Haiti. He conducts daily site visits to our orphanages, insures the orphanages are operating properly, and communicates effectively with our team in the States. Everything Haiti happens through Alexis.
Leah makes her home in East Tennessee. She lives with her two beautiful children. She owns and operates Leah Nicole Photo where she works primarily as a wedding photographer. Leah finds passion and privilege in the ability to tell others’ stories through her photos. And, she is extremely talented.
She traveled to Haiti for the first time in 2012 and absolutely fell in love with the people. The desire to capture the needs of the country and tell the stories of it's locals, became something that she couldn’t ignore. She brings her passion of photography with her to Haiti to capture many special moments and to share the special hearts of the Haitians. She has traveled to Haiti several times so far and has plans for many future visits.
Lauren resides in Royse City, Texas with her husband, Brent, and their 2 boys, Beckham and Braxton. Her and her family are actively involved in their home church, The Church RC. Lauren is a dental hygienist and currently teaches high school students interested in pursuing a career within the dental field. She also owns Found in Grace, where she is able to support Haiti stateside by selling T-Shirts and Handmade Haitian Jewelry. Lauren loves the vision and mission of Second Chance!