Eileen has been traveling to southeast Asia since 2008 and connecting with various organizations. Eileen loves the idea of beauty and firmly believes that God can create beauty out of broken people including herself. God’s constant grace and undeserving kindness has lead her to pioneer the movement of Creative Hope International.
Founder, Chief International Officer
Emily was born in China and immigrated to the U.S. as a student. She is now married to a wonderful and strong Christian lawyer, Cris, and is a mother to four adult children. Because she has experienced God’s mercy and grace in her life, Emily has completely devoted her life to God and has mentored over 400 people. She has involved in ministry since 1999 and looks forward to serving with those who are passionate about freedom in God. Her desire is to witness God’s love as she dedicates herself to His redemption story.
Rachel Spidell is a Colorado native and has a Master's in Horn Performance. She first learned about the scope of human trafficking when she traveled to Cambodia and has been an advocate for ending modern day slavery ever since. She moved to California several years ago to pursue music and officially joined the CHI team in 2018. She is so grateful that she gets to combine her love of playing and teaching music and her desire to follow God's call to pursue justice to help develop and support CHI programs.
Chief Executive Officer, Board Secretary
Since 1999, Cris has served with Christian mission organizations in Mexico and Latin America, South Central Asia, and East Africa. He teaches and speaks on Biblical topics, including marriage and family, and enjoys preaching the Gospel to audiences everywhere. He believes strong marriages and families are essential for the well-being of children and under-served persons in every culture.
Chairman of the Board
Kent is a retired finance professional. He has worked in various positions for 40 years, most recently as the CFO for The ICEE Company for 27 years. His education includes a BS in Accounting, CPA Certification and an MBA in Finance. He and his wife, Robbie, have been happily married for 37 years. He enjoys beekeeping, photography, gardening and table tennis.
Director of Finance, Treasurer
Pastor Sunny resides in Darjeeling, India with his wife and 2 children. He is a pastor and social worker in the Himalayas. He is passionate about CHI because of the vision to bring hope amidst hopelessness. His mission is to serve and not be served.
Pastor Sunny Sapkota
Amy is from a small freezing town in Northern Michigan. She has experience working with trafficking survivors in Detroit, MI in which she participated in a street outreach program. Amy is a Music Therapist and recently moved to Evanston, IL where to pursue a Master's in Clinical Psychology.
Maren Heiberg is currently living in Darjeeling and has been for more than a decade. She is originally from Minnesota. After studying in Michigan, Australia and Scotland, Maren moved to Cambodia. There she worked to help set up Chab Dai, a network to bring together Christian organizations working to prevent human trafficking. While in Cambodia she wanted to focus on prevention of human trafficking and she moved to Darjeeling. Maren and her husband met in Darjeeling while working for the same nonprofit. They have two children. Maren works with communities and individuals to help them to be less vulnerable to social injustices like human trafficking.