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.

Manager of Ministry Operations

Adam Reiley joined the Saving Susan Ministry team in October 2018 as the Manager of Ministry Operations. 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 educational 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. 


Financial Coordinator

Nancy Dow 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 Laughlin 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.

Prayer Chairman

Jack Kelly is an ordained minister since 1988 and presently serves as an Elder at Sanctuary. He co-founded The Opus One Group in 1996, and acts as its President. He also co-founded The DayStar Foundation, where he has served as CEO since 1990. Throughout his career, he has worked with many high-profile clients and companies, providing counseling and coaching services for several Major League Baseball and National Football League players, and has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies, including The Home Depot and Matria Healthcare.

Jack’s expertise is in chaplaincy, counseling and coaching services for corporate executives, and he holds multiple assessment and evaluation certifications. He founded and developed the Georgia Christian Counselors Association and the Board of Examiners for Georgia Christian Counselors and Therapists, where he has served as Chairman since 1993.  He also founded the American Chaplains Association and Business Chaplains International in 2010 additionally; he holds Diplomat status with the National Association of Sports Psychologists..

Jack enjoys working as a football referee on the collegiate and high school level during the fall (an activity he has performed each weekend since the 1970s) and was elected President of the Georgia Football Officials Association in 1989, and president of the Georgia Officials Athletic Association in 2013. He has been married to his wife and business partner, Julia Kelly, Ph.D., for over 44 years, and they reside in Marietta, Georgia. They have four children and nine grandchildren.

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