Our Team 2017-09-07T13:40:36+00:00

Our Team

Dan O’Deens, Executive Director

Dan is a visionary architect who understands leadership and creativity and has the ability to see dreams become fully implemented and multiplied. He is committed to holistically caring for people’s physical and spiritual needs. Dan’s greatest desire is to see justice and redemption played out in our world…to redeem desecrated space and make it sacred. His message is to “Breathe Life” and “Stop Doing Wrong and to DO Justice.”

Dan has served in lead roles on the front lines of America’s greatest crisis’…9-11 and Hurricane Katrina. Haiti’s earthquake opened the doors to see a movement of God holistically care for the country of Haiti. His passion for developing young leaders is evident in the organization that he leads. He is a life coach and speaker for churches, conferences and seminars. His greatest desire is the success of others (especially NOW generation leaders).

Dan was the founding pastor of Gateway Church and founding director of CPR-3/Breathe Partners. He is the president of Lavi Partners, Inc., a “business as mission” enterprise that assists the poor and works to eradicate malnutrition. He is the founder of the International School of Justice Bible Institute in Haiti and the founder of CompassionCorp a 3-year program preparing young adults for world missions.

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Gabrielle Paige Stepan, Administrative Assistant and Experience Director


As our Experience Director, Gabrielle coordinates trips, events and conferences as well as acting as Partner Liaison. Gabrielle also serves as our office communication and administration.

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Stephanie Taylor, Compassion Corp Coordinator


Stephanie is a full time missionary in Haiti. She is the CompassionCorp Director as well as the Culture Specialist and Haiti Community Advocate.

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Chaim O’Deens, Breathe Center Philly Director


Chaim works to direct operations at the Breathe Center in Philadelphia, PA.

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Jenna Evangelista, Wellness Coordinator Breathe Center Philly

Jenna is currently a bi-vocational missionary in Philadelphia. She works part-time at a hospital as a cardiology technician and bariatric counselor. With her degree in Exercise Physiology, career, and experience running at the collegiate level, Jenna wants to help others on their journey to healthier lives. Jenna is most excited about building new relationships and learning from the beautiful people in the Kensington community, especially young and single mothers.

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Susi Vermillion, Child Sponsorship Coordinator


Susi is our Child Sponsorship Coordinator overseeing the sponsorship opportunity between partners, individuals, the Haitian church, and the sponsored children.

Chelsea Hill, Communications Coordinator

After experiencing Haiti for the first time in October of 2016 Chelsea knew almost instantly that short term missions and being involved on a deeper level with Global Missions was exactly where God wanted her. Since then she has completely fallen in love with the mission and the people in Haiti that the Lord has given her a passion for. She loves investing her heart in building relationships and sharing her story from broken to redeemed and making certain that they know they are worthy of the same. Chelsea is blessed to live on mission daily raising her two boys and it brings her great joy to have the opportunity to be the Global Outreach Co-Director and a coach of the Welcome Team at her church as well as serving with Breathe Partners.

Joseph Moise Charles, Respire Lavi Haitian Coordinator

Moise is our National Director and the Director of Respire Lavi, a Haitian registered NGO (Non-Government Organization).

Chelsie Huffman, Bi-Vocational Missionary Philly

At age 21, Chelsie fell in love with Christ and since then has been seeking a life of uncomfortable and unabashed surrender to her Maker. The next step in her journey looks like joining the Breathe Partners team in Philadelphia to come alongside the local church, love the lost and chase wholeheartedly after Jesus. Because she has a passion for loving, learning, and listening to people, she pursued and recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio University.

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Jessica Taylor, Bi-Vocational Missionary Philly

Jessica has a heart for helping connect the poor and the oppressed to Christ. After spending the past year learning about God and studying His Word at the Great Commission Bible Institute, she is excited for the opportunity to move to the inner-city and use the gifts God has given her to minister to those in need.

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Cassidy Anderson, Breathe Haiti Intern

Cassidy is Compassion Corp student who recently graduated from The Ohio State University. She loves people – hearing and knowing their stories, simply being with them, and creating art inspired by what she learns from them.

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Isken Cosip, Breathe Haiti Intern

Isken came to love Christ in the summer of 2014 and, as a disciple, was called to serve through different ministries like prison ministry and short term missions. It was through serving that he decided to move to Haiti and join the Breathe Partners team. Isken was an active singer/songwriter in the Columbus music scene, something that he will be bringing to Haiti to worship God.

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Mekayla Deffenbaugh, Breathe Haiti Intern

Mekayla is from Rittman Ohio, and from a young age she knew that she wanted to spend her life serving in ministry on a global scale. She is excited to work with Compassion Corp, and use the gifts, and passion that God has given her to help others in need.

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Brooke Angle, CompassionCorp Haiti Student


Brooke is currently a 3 year CompassionCorp student who plans to stay on staff as a fulltime missionary after her 3 year commitment.

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Alyssa Goad, CompassionCorp Haiti Student

Alyssa is a student from Pickerington, OH who will graduate in June 2017, right before flying to Haiti to start living on the ground with the Compassion Corp 1 Year program. A CIT alumni, Alyssa loves bringing humor and joy to relationships while also passionately pursuing learning how to wisely & sustainably be a part of spaces transforming. She is passionate with children’s ministry & thinks outside of the box with a passion for creativity.

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Noah Hazlerig, CompassionCorp Haiti Student

Noah, an 18 year old from Pickerington, Ohio, chose to be a part of CompassionCorp to fully surrender to God and God’s purpose for Noah’s life. Noah spends most of his time outdoors, a lifestyle that he’ll integrate to living in Haiti with our team.

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Leah Hill, CompassionCorp Haiti Student

Leah, a 19-year-old from Pickerington, OH, is a three-year CompassionCorp student. After visiting with an experience team, she felt called to missions long term and will be on the ground in June 2017. Leah has the heart for people with special needs and plans to integrate that into her time in Haiti.

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