Our Support Team

Natalie Waters

SWFL Home Study Specialist

Natalie is a proud mom of three kids: Shane Jr., Skylar, and baby Samson. She loves spending time with her family, including her husband Shane Sr., and playing slow-pitch softball in her free time.

Natalie graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2013 with a bachelors in Social Work. Before becoming a contractor through different agencies, Natalie worked as a Licensing Counselor in Fort Myers. After deciding to become a SAHM, Natalie knew she wanted to continue her involvement with helping willing families become foster/host families to our youth.

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 prospective 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.

 

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.

 

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.