Our Leadership Team

At the risk of sounding uncharacteristically poetic, I’d say we are at the confluence of four rivers, each of which makes the Ministries of Lazarus House stronger:

  • The river of donor trust and generosity
  • The river of engagement and excitement among the Staff and Board
  • The river of opportunity to serve and lead our community through COVID and beyond
  • The river of ministry evaluation and strategic planning

This is an exciting time for me, our Leaders, and the Board of Directors; we are planning the next chapter of thoughtful service!

Jeffrey Hassel
Executive Director

Jeff grew up in Connecticut, but his call to serve and an adventurous spirit led him to pursue diverse leadership opportunities in Virginia, North Carolina, Guatemala, and the northern European country of Lithuania. An ordained United Methodist Pastor, Jeff’s life always centered on putting his faith into action and making a positive difference in people’s lives.

Since his arrival in July of 2019 and throughout the COVID crisis, Jeff’s priority for Lazarus House has been to focus on what we do best and what the community needs most: Providing food and shelter for the most vulnerable in Lawrence.

Jeff has begun a top to bottom ministry evaluation and strategic planning process to guide the ministry through the end of COVID and beyond.

Jeff loves that Lazarus House is a ministry that operates in a city with a mix of cultures, races, and economic strata. “In addition to providing vital services to our Guests, which is first and foremost, Lazarus House is also a bridge to foster understanding, respect, and connection between people whose life experiences are different. Inevitably, after a few moments of conversation and service together, we find much common ground! Love God and love neighbor that’s the heart of Lazarus House.”

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand, To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it
is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

Almarie Silverman

Director of Advocacy

"We treat everyone with dignity and respect. We love what we do and care about being there for our community."

Carmen Vega

Program Director, Capernaum Place

"I thank God for being able to offer a warm place, hope, peace and love one family at a time."

Carolyn Miller

Director of Finance

"It is my joy and a privilege to manage the generosity of our donors to serve our Guests well."

Danielle Tjalsma

Director of Communications

"It's a God story that I get to work at Lazarus House - you can ask me about it!"

Ed Wiederhold

Director of Operations

“It is the highlight of my career to be able to work with such an incredible team to serve this community.”

Ellen Bedrosian

Manager of Stewardship and Advancement Services

"It is an honor and privilege to work with our donors in service to our Guests."

Jeff Hassel

Executive Director

"After a decade serving in other countries, I landed at multi-cultural, gospel-based Lazarus House. I love it!"

Keith D’Entremont

Interim Director of Development

“What an honor and privilege it is to get to know our supporters and witness the very best of humanity every single day."

Kelly Allen

Office Manager / HR

"Getting to see the love and generosity of our Guests, donors and staff every day is a blessing. I am in awe of each and every one of them."

Liset Garcia, Food Coordinator

Liset Garcia

Food Services Coordinator

"Who am I to judge? I love the come as you are, no questions asked community we call the Food Pantry."

Marcy Furse

Manager of Volunteer Engagement

"Matching hearts of service to real needs of our Guests is truly a privilege ... and my favorite thing to do!"

Miguel Cruz

Program Director, Community Resources

"The village helped me. Now it’s my turn to be part of the village helping the Lawrence community."

Nayely Jimenez

Thrift Store Manager

"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."

Yackelin Solano

Soup Kitchen Manager

“When you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.”

At the risk of sounding uncharacteristically poetic, I’d say we are at the confluence of four rivers, each of which makes the Ministries of Lazarus House stronger:

  • The river of donor trust and generosity
  • The river of engagement and excitement among the Staff and Board
  • The river of opportunity to serve and lead our community through COVID and beyond
  • The river of ministry evaluation and strategic planning

This is an exciting time for me, our Leaders, and the Board of Directors; we are planning the next chapter of thoughtful service!