Meet Our Team


The founders

Several years ago, while on a mission trip to Cambodia Jay Arntzen met Vichika, a 5 year old orphan girl.  Jay, not able to pronounce Vichika's name, called her Susan.  Through God's grace, Vichika and Jay formed a bond and Saving Susan Ministry was birthed.  Jay's desire to share the love of Vichika with his family back home lead to a second trip the following summer.  For Tracy it was love at first sight and each member of their family and extended family has grown in relationship with Vichika and her brother Mesa through additional mission trips and Skype calls.  God continues to expand their borders and give them the ability to open the door for other families to be the answer in the reversing the effects of abandonment so many children suffer.  Jay and Tracy are certain this is a life long journey God has set them on and anticipate what lies ahead.

Operations Manager

Adam joined the Saving Susan Ministry team in October 2018 as the Operations Manager. Within this role, Adam focuses primarily on staff management, process development, and the future growth of the ministry. Adam, along with his wife Courtney, have a heart for orphan care and are called to make a lasting difference in the lives of orphans. His background is rooted in Strategic Intelligence and he has several years of experience in Operations Management. Adam and his lovely wife have one daughter, Felicity. 


Finance Coordinator

Nancy joined the Saving Susan Ministry team June 2018. Nancy is responsible for managing and maintaining financial transactions and bookkeeping. In addition, Nancy supports ministry logistics and the documentation and minutes of Saving Susan Ministry Board meetings.

Ministry coordinator

Kristi joined the Saving Susan Ministry team January 2019. Kristi is responsible for coordinating day-to-day operations of the ministry and is involved in many of the programs Saving Susan administrates, including our Parent Partner Program, First Step Program, English Learning Program and Baskin-Bowler Fund. Kristi has a degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and several years experience in Administrative work. She and her husband Eli have been married since May 2016.