White Sands
Board Members

Executive Director

Susan E. Sanders

Susan E. Sanders was born in Quincy, IL and lived within the tri-state community as she grew up. She attended Hamilton High School in which she graduated in 1988.  She has been gainfully employed by companies such as Eagle Summit, GlenAire, Arrow Electronics to name a few. While living in Hamilton, she became an Emergency Medical Technician and was Vice President of Hamilton Volunteer Ambulance Service while working at The Daily Democrat, She waited until later in life to pursue her passion for nursing, moving to Levittown, PA in 2003 so that she could obtain her degree from Penn State University and Frankford Hospital School for Nursing.  During her time as a Student Nurse she was employed at Frankford Hospital Torresdale, a level II Trauma Center where she gained valuable experience prior to graduating. Since her graduation of 08/08/08 she has been employed as a Pediatric Nurse at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Bayada Pediatric Home Care and Pediatric Services of American in the Philadelphia area before moving to Florida working at St. Joseph's Hospital for Children and as an Emergency Room nurse for Florida Hospitals. 


She has two grown children, Laken Weed of Quincy, IL and Brent (Keeshia) Weed of Tampa, FL. She returned to the tri-state area in 2017 to help care for her Mother. Her passion for helping hurting women and women in crisis began six years ago as she created her own Beautifully Broken series which includes Baggage Claim and Mirror, Mirror. She is a member of The Crossing Church in Keokuk where she leads the Food On The First Ministry, leads a small group with teenage girls, and mentors women of all ages.


Matt E. Campbell, CSP

Matt Campbell is an Account Manager and CSP (Certified Sales Professional) with Van Meter, Inc. a 100% employee owned Company based in Iowa. For the last 15 years he has managed construction accounts in the tristate area. Matt was raised in Keokuk and calls Keokuk home with his wife of 20 years, Heather, and their two teenage children..  


Matt is dedicated to his family, Church, and community. In early 2019 he received his coaching certificate with the State of Iowa and had the opportunity to coach his son with the Keokuk 8th grade football team. He served on the City of Keokuk’s electrical board in the late 90’s, volunteered with several City of Keokuk and tourism events.  Matt also spent several years as a Deacon at New Testament Christian Church in Keokuk. While at NTCC, he formed a committee that led over 350 members of the church with the “Great Day of Service”. The morning was spent doing several service activities in the community that generated a sense of accomplishment, pride for the volunteers, while making a difference in the community. 


Matt currently serves on the leadership team and leads the welcome ministry at The Crossing Church in Keokuk. At Van Meter, he is an active member of the charitable giving committee and just completed his second term on the EOC (Employee Ownership Committee).


Matt recently accepted the role of President of the Nonprofit organization, Lydia’s House in Keokuk Iowa. With his leadership, caring heart for people, and attention to detail will make him a strong asset to Lydia's House board.  

Vice President

Jerome Lee

Jerome Lee, a life-long resident of Hamilton, Illinois, is an active member of the Assembly of God church in Warsaw. He earned his degree in Electrical Mechanics from Vatterott College and uses these skills in his current employment at Knapheide Manufacturing in Quincy. 


Jerome is a recovering addict and alcoholic that uses his past to affect his future and the future of others. Jerome openly credits our Lord, Jesus Christ, for delivering him from this bondage. This bondage-free living gives him a unique platform to serve on the Hancock County Addiction Coalition as a speaker and community educator. He uses his knowledge and compassion as he works with area youths in drug education and awareness. Jerome works tirelessly to combat the stigma attached to addiction which hinders addicts from seeking help. This gentleman finds being on the board for Lydia’s House one of the biggest blessings of his sobriety, stating, “The Lord has truly blessed Lydia’s House and all the members with whom I serve.”


JR Parn

JR Parn is a resident of Carthage IL where he and his wife Sara are raising two boys Niles and Cooper.  JR is an active community member in Carthage as well as the surrounding area. While active in leadership at the Crossing Keokuk church, JR is also involved with several other community service and outreach projects including but not limited to: Vice president of the Carthage library board of trustees. Council Chair for the Hancock County Endowment Fund. Active member and past president of the Carthage Kiwanis Club. Volunteer at Camp Callahan.

JR owns an independent insurance agency in Carthage IL, Parn Financial, as well as being a Prudential Advisor.  If you can’t find him in the office he is probably on his boat or cooking for a church or community event. He has a passion for helping people in need and mentoring people who show a desire to move into a personal relationship with Christ.


Debora Hentzel

Debora Hentzel is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. She furthered her education with Western Illinois University receiving her Master’s degree as a K-12 Reading Specialist. Debora is currently employed by the Fort Madison Community School District as the director of The Creative Learning Center, which is their alternative high school. 


Debora has taken seriously the Great Commission from the Bible to go and teach. This commission has taken her to the island of Jamaica where she coordinated the music for Vacation Bible School. She returned to teach reading comprehension classes to Jamaician teachers and tutors. This opened the opportunity to then teach phonics instruction to teachers and tutors. This instruction has been multiplied in the lives of the students that have received the benefit of the dedicated instructors that have carried on this work in their homes and schools.


This Commission has taken Debora to the island of Haiti to work in the school system in remote areas. Sometimes it is the kind act of measuring children’s feet for school shoes, or visiting with school administrators to hear of their challenges and to encourage them in their daily work. She has worked to procure band instruments for the schools for them to start a band program. 


Debora and her husband, Dr. Marlin Hentzel, reside near Fort Madison where they moved in 1988 to begin Fort Madison Veterinary Clinic. Their personal faith have staid them 


Together they are the parents of six children. Two of their children live with Jesus, the remaining children are located in Iowa and Illinois. 

Board Member

Ashley Larson

Bio coming soon!

Board Member

Diana Dunlap

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Board Member

Jason Larson

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Contact Us

Lydia's House 

PO Box 1317

Keokuk, Iowa 52632

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