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Roseann Deeb

Co-Founder/Housing Coordinator

"I have lived my life with an awareness that God calls us to make a difference in the world and invites us to participate with Him to accomplish that. My heart’s desire is to be an expression of His love and hope to those around me."

 

Roseann's heart to serve the young ladies at Glory House is born out of her personal experience and Christ's call to serve "the least of these." Her journey as a teenage mom, raising her daughter on her own, is a great asset to Glory House. She brings with her a compassionate understanding of the tension in a young lady's heart when facing an unintentional pregnancy and the decisions that must be made.

Roseann's passion for serving others is tireless. For thirteen years, she has coordinated outreach ministry efforts to the inner city of Albany. This has included leading and organizing volunteers for various events to serve the diverse citizenry of Albany. Some such ministry to the youth of Albany include managing a feeding program, creating a summer arts program in the parks, and organizing special events. Roseann and her husband, Al, have opened up their home to a number of young ladies who were facing various life struggles. By providing a safe place and the very much needed physical and spiritual nourishment, they have seen a number of lives changed for the better. 

 

Roseann has aided other ministries and organizations that she supports by assisting with fundraising efforts, including securing in-kind donations from local businesses. She has organized efforts to collect needed items for the Capital City Rescue Mission.

Roseann has always had a heart for educating and ministering to children. In her current role as a preschool teacher, she gets to do just that...and Glory House will allow her to do it all the more. She has experience with curriculum development, which she has done primarily in ministry settings. Roseann continues to acquire training to better serve young children and their parents. She has completed a number of trainings through the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Early Childhood Education and Training Program. These include Early Intervention; Foundations in Health and Safety E-Learning; Prevention and Identification of Brain Injuries, Including Abusive Head Trauma; Emergency Preparedness; Anti-bias Education in Early Childhood Development; Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Promoting Safe Sleeping; Managing Challenging Behavior: Birth to 18 Months; and Managing Challenging Behavior: 18 Months to 36 Months. Through OCFS's Mandated Reporter Training Program, Roseann has also received a certificate for the Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Maltreatment course.

 

With a keen eye for detail and a passion for service, Roseann has spent the better of twenty-two years serving a diverse clientele in the retail setting prior to her current work.

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Al Deeb

Co-Founder/Executive Director

 

"My life belongs to God and I am grateful for the cross, for saving me and allowing me to be a part of His family, His kingdom. My life’s desire is to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him--to be a part of furthering His kingdom on the earth. My greatest ministry and asset has been and is my family and family is the expression of the ministry to the women who will come to Glory House."

 

Matthew 10:8 says, ”Freely you have received; freely give.” Having raised a large family, Al has learned how to be flexible, patient, understanding, strong, humble, resilient, resourceful and trustworthy. He taught his children to be independent, to have a good work ethic, to treat others as they themselves would want to be treated, and to be kind and considerate of others. He also taught them to dream big--to believe that they could make a difference for the good of others and the world. The girls who reside at Glory House will experience the same compassion, encouragement, and hope--that they may believe for a brighter future for themselves, their children and the world around them.

Al has learned to be a servant leader through years of dedicated service in various churches where he has been a member. He's been involved with ministry in the inner city through various outreaches; led Bible studies and taught Sunday School in church and at Capital City Rescue Mission; led and hosted small group meetings in his home. He has also preached the gospel abroad during missions trips to Mexico and Africa.

Professionally, Al has acquired a host of leadership experience and practical skills that will serve him well as Executive Director at Glory House. In his early career, Al was a  versatile certified educator in two Christian schools--teaching Bible doctrine, Mathematics, and NYS Regents General Science, Biology and Chemistry. 

Later, he gained valuable operational expertise, including great financial management skills, in the food and restaurant services industry. He was President and Owner of His Bread, Inc. (formerly operated as Three Brothers Baking Co.). Al also managed operations and staff as Manager at Ted's Fish Fry for a number of years. 

Most recently, Al's experience encompasses working as an Insurance Inspector and a Project Team Leader mitigating property loss. His roles involved mentoring and directing staff, developing business and actions plans, and project management among other things. 

Al holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Siena College and Teaching Certification from the University of New Mexico in Secondary Education. He has spent the greater part of his life in the Capital Region of NYS. 

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Kelvin S. Sapp

Board Member

 

Kelvin S. Sapp, MPH works as a Public Health Professional in the New York State Department of Health. Presently, he serves as the Deputy Director for the Communications, Marketing and Outreach team for NY State of Health—where he has worked since 2013.

 

Kelvin has worked in various capacities in public health over the last 20 years—including serving as the Director of Quality for High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. and a Quality Specialist in NYS Department of Health’s Office of Long-Term Care. Kelvin held several roles at the American Heart Association--Director of Heart & Stroke Initiatives & State Health Alliances, Regional Vice President/Affiliate Consultant, and Vice President for the Cultural Health Initiatives Department.

 

More pertinent to his role on the board of Glory House Albany, Kelvin started his public health career as the Director of Special Projects & Program Analyst for the Maternal Infant Network of the Capital Region. Here he applied his skills and knowledge to advancing the health of mothers and babies across New York’s Capital Region. It is also here that he developed an interest in teen pregnancy prevention, abstinence education, and healthy pregnancy outcomes. His commitment to and foundation in pro-life ethics began here as well.

 

Kelvin explains that while he already had a firm stance and value for life based on his faith in God and commitment to biblical values, this is where his convictions were first tested. He devoted himself to understanding the data and learning about the abortion industry—the history of legalized abortion in the United States, the deception and emotional manipulation that often surround decisions to abort, and the motivations of many who champion its furtherance. Specifically, Kelvin took interest in the grave disparity evident in abortion rates in Black and Brown communities compared to White communities—evidenced by NYS vital statistics data year after year. Fast forward 20 years and Kelvin remains concerned as there are more abortions than there are live births in the Black community in New York City. This is deeply troubling and leaders in the community ought to be questioning why and making efforts to curb this increasing problem. Kelvin cares a great deal about women who confront difficult circumstances and desires to see them filled with hope for a beautiful future for themselves and their unborn babies.

 

A native of South Georgia, Kelvin relocated to Albany, NY in 1997 to pursue a Master of Public Health degree with an Epidemiology concentration, which he obtained 1999 from the University at Albany, School of Public Health. Kelvin studied at Morehouse College from 1993-1997, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English and completing the pre-medicine curriculum.

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Will Babarczy

Board Member

Will Babarczy was born and raised in Lima, Peru. As a teenager he received the wonderful message or redemption in Christ. He became very active doing ministry at his local church, at a time when there was an explosion of evangelism in South America. He studied International Business at Oral Roberts University, where he graduated in 1996.

 

Will then embarked on his dream of becoming a missionary and moved to Guatemala. It was there that he met his now wife Jaimie, a fellow missionary from Albany, NY. Together they presented the gospel to children and youth throughout Guatemala and other Central American countries. The Lord then led them to join a church planting ministry in Southern Peru. They had many years of joyfully intense and fulfilling ministry as they saw many become disciples of Christ.

 

In 2006, Will and Jaimie moved back to the Capital Region to start their family. They are now blessed with 3 children! After a few years as a Pastor in a local church Will was led to be the Executive Director of the Alpha Pregnancy Center. This Life affirming ministry helps women and men facing a crisis pregnancy. It also offers free services to support women and men as they parent their children.

 

Will is excited to be part of the Glory House family and serve in its Board.

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