Staff

Megan Rose

Chief Executive Officer

Megan loves her husband Mason, one of the greatest blessings in her life, and their three precious children, Brady, Ellie, and Emma.

Megan has a story with its own challenges and beautiful redemption. Growing up, she saw the power-loving strangers have to change the trajectory of a family in a difficult season. Since then, she has dedicated her life and career to the calling of strengthening families and reminding people of their dignity, worth, and value. Megan has a wealth of education, over ten years of dedicated experience in social services, and a great passion for this important work.

Megan has an undergraduate degree from Liberty University in Psychology and a Master’s in Human Services with a dual concentration in Executive Leadership and Family and Group Dynamics.

Megan’s family hosts children in their home and approaches this ministry together. They are a team, and her family supports her wonderful adventure as the leader of Better Together. She feels blessed to have them behind her and to be a part of a team of talented, passionate individuals who love people and wants to help equip the faith community.

Leah Hughey

Executive Director, Better Work

Leah Hughey loves Jesus, her family, and words. She is a voracious reader and, if you’ve ever met her, you also know she talks a lot.

She is originally from and has now returned to Pennsylvania, after spending almost a decade in Virginia as well as three years in Jacksonville, FL to launch Better Together’s Northeast Florida location. She passionately believes churches, communities, and individuals can solve messy social problems when they work together.

Like the rest of our team, Leah believes the Church is the embodiment of Christ, whose earthly ministry addressed both spiritual and physical needs. She loves stepping back and watching our partner churches do just that. In her spare time, Leah goes on walks with baby Judah, drinks tea, and seeks out dogs she can pet.

Brian Fischer

Executive Director, Better Families

Brian is proud to be a family man. He has been married to his wife Kelly, for over 20 years. Brian and Kelly met at church in Kelly’s hometown while Brian was serving in the United States Navy. They have two teenage boys, Isaac and Luke. Brian and Kelly enjoy spending time together in hockey rinks and at other venues watching their boys play sports.

Brian’s servant heart grew while he attended Multnomah University, (formerly Multnomah Bible College), where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Bible/Theology and Youth Ministry. Years later, Brian pursued graduate studies at Liberty University in Christian Leadership.

Brian has had the opportunity to work in government agencies and in churches assisting families in crisis and has spent more than 10 years serving in the criminal justice system. The Fischer family understands what it is like to go through a crisis, and they cherish the love and support they received from the community during that time.

Brian considers it an honor to serve alongside such loving and dedicated people at Better Together.

Terry Hartz

Engagement Director

Terry and her husband Brian are both proud Collier County natives, and they have two children, Karsen (12) and Parker (9). Terry and her family love SEC football, baking, and taking trips to Disney World. Her favorite Disney attraction is Rock N Roller coaster at Hollywood Studios.

Terry graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. After graduating she went right into social work and she has since dedicated the past 14 years to serving the children and families in Florida’s child welfare system.

She is most passionate about presenting Better Together to community providers, so they can share this beautiful option with their clients. She loves our placing parents and enjoys watching their families become whole.

Isis LaRose

Outreach Director

Isis loves spending time with her husband, Danny and their two boys, Asher and Ayden. She always has something planned to do with them, including Disney, Universal, and Islands of Adventure. She also loves to party plan, and everyone enjoys her get-togethers, even when her husband says she is “going overboard!”

Prior to joining Better Together, Isis worked in the medical field for 16 years. She has always had a passion for helping others, but it wasn’t until being introduced to Better Together, and becoming a host family, that she realized her passion for helping families in need.

In the last 15 months, her family has hosted 11 children. Her husband and children are just as committed as she is in this ministry and share in the joy of being able to care for children while their families maneuver through crisis. Better Together is a way her whole family serves together.

Selena Hinsdale

Family Coach Coordinator

Through her own life experiences as a child and young adult, Selena understands that life can throw curveballs that can cause a downward spiral into hopelessness. She believes that people can come back from devastating circumstances stronger than they ever thought possible. Her own personal journey allows her to feel empathy for families in crisis.

Selena brings 15 years of experience to her role at Better Together. With experiences in the government and non-profit sectors, she has gained extensive knowledge in substance abuse, mental health, and child welfare.

Selena is a wife, mother of two, and grandmother to one Indiana Jones. She enjoys spending as much time as she can with her family and her two dogs. She believes her family is one of her greatest accomplishments.

Christy Sanchez

Better Work Program Coordinator

Christy and her husband Diego, along with their little girl Adelina have recently moved to Milwaukee Wisconsin where Diego is the Worship Director at a local church. Before the move Christy was working with the Churches and Volunteers in SWFL, now she is our Program Coordinator assisting our Work Ministry Nationally. She feels blessed to be apart of the Better Together Team in a new role and thrilled to help equip and inspire churches to reach their community by providing employment opportunities to unleash their full potential.

Supporting Staff

Andy Myers

West Coast Better Work Coordinator

Andy has been in full-time ministry for over 20 years and has served as lead pastor, campus pastor, interim pastor, and also in student ministries. He has also led 20 ministry teams to work alongside churches in Cambodia, Guatemala, and India. Andy has also worked with a Christian Foster Care and Adoption agency championing the ministry to orphans in and around the State of Arizona.

Andy launched our ministry in Phoenix and, in 2017, saw over 1,600 people get full-time jobs through hiring events in churches. Currently, Andy is the Campus Pastor for Compass Christian Church in Casa Grande. He began there in August of 2018 and has seen the ministry grow from 175 to over 600 people on a weekend.

He has also launched work initiatives in the church and community, a support group called Helping Parents Succeed, for parents whose children are in foster care, a support group for veterans with PTSD, and has partnered with the Casa Grande Mayor’s office to walk alongside families experiencing homelessness.

He has a passion for justice and helping churches partner together to lift up those in need in their communities and around the world. Andy and his wife Stacey have lived in Casa Grande, Arizona for seven years and have four children. They have three children in high school and one in preschool. They’ve also had the blessing of being foster parents and experienced the joy of adoption.

Tristan Starbird

New England Better Work Coordinator*

*Through a collaboration with the Maine Christian Education League

Tristan is excited to join the Better Together Team. He loves his wife Robyn (Married 11 years) and is a proud dad of four children, Calysta (8), Jett (3), Dashiell (5), and Armadeus (9).

He joins the team bringing his experience as executive director of a Christian summer camp that went from the brink of closing its doors when he arrived to, 7 years later, a thriving ministry that serves children in the community daily with an after-school program.

With his M.A. in Christian Leadership from Liberty University and recent induction into the University of Maine Augusta’s Athletic Hall of Fame, he brings strong servant leadership skills that will be invaluable as he creates a rural model in the Northeast for the Better Work concept.

He also works full-time with the Christian Civic League of Maine helping bring a biblical perspective to public policy. When Tristan is not in the office he likes to play with his children and sneak in a little golf.

Missi Bechtle

Program Administrative Support

Missi and her husband Jonathan became host parents with Better Together four years ago. Their whole family has since gotten involved in the ministry, volunteering and building relationships with the parents and children hosted both in their homes and with other host families.

The Bechtles have four children, who are active Better Families volunteers alongside their parents: Jade (12), Cutter (9), Jocelyn (6), and Crew (4).

Passionate about building genuine relationships and connecting personally with everyone she meets, Missi has spent most of her life working with and supporting children and families. She is excited to bring that experience and passion with her, as she joins the Better Together team in an official, staff capacity.

Stephen Freeman

Marketing & Digital Partner

Stephen Freeman is the founder of Kairos Digital and works as the Marketing and Digital Partner for Better Together. He is a Florida native and is passionate about helping good organizations and businesses clarify their message so they can grow with partners they trust.

Stephen and his wife Caroline have two boys, Sam and Charlie, who are 14 months apart and keep them laughing and on their toes. Stephen is also a deacon at Awaken Church Jacksonville, a partner church with Better Together.

Steven Horenstein

Donor Relations Manager

Steve worked at Verizon/Dex Media for over 14 years helping businesses grow with effective print and digital marketing solutions. He is an avid bowler, loves to play drums and lives with his wife Annette in Thousand Oaks, CA spending time at the beach, taking hikes and cooking. Steve enjoys connecting with people to introduce them to Better Together.

Board Members

Tarren Bragdon

Founder and Board President

Tarren Bragdon is president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability, which he founded in 2011. In just seven years FGA has grown from $50k in start-up funding to about $9 million in private donations and about 30 staff. FGA helps people experience the Power of Work by advancing reforms that move individuals from welfare to work, reduce government barriers to better jobs, and lower the cost of private health coverage.

Tarren has founded seven different companies, including three not for profit organizations.

Tarren is a nationally recognized expert on health reform issues. He has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and House; state legislative committees in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Ohio, and New York; numerous national conferences; and the American Swiss Foundation in Switzerland. His work has been featured on Fox News, Sean Hannity show, National Public Television’s NOW, in Wall Street Journal editorials and op-eds, and in the New York Post, Boston Globe, New York Times and on National Public Radio. His research has been published with The Heritage Foundation and The Manhattan Institute.

From 2008 to early 2011, Tarren was CEO of The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a free-market think tank based in Portland, Maine. In September 2010, he received the Thomas Roe Award, given annually by the State Policy Network to the individual with the greatest impact on the nation’s free-market movement.

From 1996 through 2000, Tarren served in the Maine House of Representatives. Elected at the age of 21, Tarren remains the youngest person ever elected to the Maine Legislature.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maine and his Masters of Science of Business degree from Husson University in Bangor, Maine.

Tarren and his wife Anna have four children; Wyatt, Waverly and the twins, Jude and Asher.

Doug Campbell

Board Director

Doug Campbell’s life is now consumed by trying, through Better Together to keep families together and kids out of foster care and, through Friends of Foster Children Forever, to do for abused and neglected children what neither the state nor any other agency does to make their lives closer to normal. He serves on the board of Healthcare Network of SWFL that provides primary medical, behavioral and dental health care to over half the children in Collier County and, he has been a Guardian ad Litem for 20 years. Doug is a central Kentucky native and was an oil and chemicals industry executive, a career that included 17 moves and more than 20 jobs.

Doug and his wife Nancy have lived in Naples since 1997 but have had family in the area since 1966. They have two children Mary and Jim, and three grandchildren. They periodically visit them in Boulder and Chicago, and the rest of the time he spends doing as instructed by Nancy, his wife of 50 years.

Doug is motivated by Better Together, Friends of Foster Children, Healthcare Network and his involvement as a Guardian ad Litem. All have taught him the glaring unfulfilled needs of children who, through no fault of their own, become dependent on the government. His philosophy is to make money, have fun and do all you can to keep the government from destroying what you worked to earn, including working within the system to see that tax dollars do as much good as possible.

Doug believes that this is a valued venture since Better Together works with volunteer families to help families at-risk who want to stay together, thrive and avoid foster care. Friends of Foster Children meet the unmet needs of kids in the dependency system who have become wards of the state with little to no explanation. It’s for these children that he spends most of his time working to meet their needs that the state does not.

In Collier County, more than 700 abused, abandoned and neglected children are removed from their homes each year. Doug dreams that through volunteer initiatives such as Better Together, the need to remove these children from their homes and place them in foster care will no longer exist.

Lee Wyatt, Jr.

Board Director

Mr. Wyatt is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fortune Brands, where he served in that role from 2011 until July 2017. He served as Executive Vice President of Fortune Brands from July 2017 until his retirement in December 2017.

Prior to that, Lee served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Hanesbrands Inc. (formerly, Sara Lee Branded Apparel) from 2005 to 2011. He has held various financial roles at Sonic Automotive Inc., ultimately serving as Chief Financial Officer through 2005.

Lee has more than 40 years of experience working with public and private companies. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a BS in Accounting, holds an MBA from Washington University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Lee and his wife Jaci currently reside full time in Naples, Florida.

William W. Kirk

Board Director

Mr. Kirk is a principal and partner in Rerum Novarum Capital located in Leawood, Kansas, and is responsible for business development, marketing and funds sourcing. Bill has spent most of his career in Catholic higher education, as a Vice President for Ave Maria University and as an Associate Vice President at the University of Notre Dame. He also served Ave Maria as General Counsel and taught Business Law for more than a decade in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business as a Concurrent Assistant Professor.

Bill earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration (accountancy) from the University of Notre Dame, and worked for Price Waterhouse as a staff auditor in New York City and as a senior consultant in Washington DC. He went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from Notre Dame Law School. He has also served in executive management roles at a national firm of engineers, architects and materials scientists, and for a foundation providing scholarship support for diocesan Catholic schools. Bill is one of the founding directors of the Catholic Bar Association, serves on the Board of Flourish-Now.org, and is the President of the Kansas City chapter of Legatus.

Bill is married to Elizabeth Rhea Kirk, a lawyer, writer, consultant, and speaker with a special interest in adoption law and policy. Bill and Elizabeth are members of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Kansas City, MO, and are the proud parents of four young children.

Jonathan Bechtle

Board Director

Jonathan Bechtle, Esq., Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel at the Foundation for Government Accountability, is a seasoned nonprofit leader and a nationally-recognized expert on election law and government transparency. Prior to joining FGA, Jonathan served as chief operating officer and then chief executive officer of the Freedom Foundation, a free-market think tank based in Olympia, Washington. He has testified before Congress and has been a guest lecturer at the National Republican Lawyers Association Election Law School and the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s FOI Summit.

Jonathan has been published in many national and state media outlets, including the Seattle Times, Washington Post, and National Review Online, and has appeared as a guest commentator on the Lou Dobbs Show. He is co-author of the book, “To Protect and Maintain Individual Rights,” a citizen’s guide to Article I of the Washington State Constitution.

Jonathan earned a Juris Doctorate from Oak Brook College of Law in Fresno, California, and is a member of the California Bar and is licensed by the Florida Bar as an Authorized House Counsel. He and his wife Melissa live in Naples, Florida with their four children.