Who We Are

The Guidelight’s Board of Directors is fully engaged in our mission of pursuing Christ-centered transformation in the lives of people impacted by disability. Our strategy is to proclaim biblical truth and provide needed resources to those we serve in North America and around the world.

Each board member volunteers their time to apply their gifting, skills, and passions to build and maintain a comprehensive strategy that propels our growth and increases our effectiveness. We are grateful for this group of godly and wise people.

Board of Directors

James Dirksen

James Dirksen is a career businessman. He is the founder and CEO of Solutional, Inc. James, his wife, Dana, and their 6 children live in Lake Oswego, OR. They both have a great love for ministering to children. James is the Chairman of the Board.

Jason Hartung

Jason Hartung is the Chief Financial Officer of Children’s Hunger Fund. Jason and Mary are the proud parents to four beautiful children. Their youngest child, Tyler, has multiple disabilities. The Hartung family is an ardent supporter of disability outreach and the Mission of Guidelight. Jason provides financial oversight of Guidelight and is the acting Secretary.

Mark Golike

Mark is the Senior Director for Operations at BestWorth Rommel and also has years of experience in youth work, along with his wife, Rachel. The couple’s journey with Guidelight began as volunteers at a family retreat, an experience that oriented their hearts to those with disability. Mark and Rachel live in Everett, Washington with their two children, Penny and Liam and care for Mark’s father following an accident that left him with new needs.

Justin Reimer

Justin and Tamara Reimer founded Guidelight, formerly The Elisha Foundation, in 2005. Justin and Tamara are the proud parents of five beautiful children, the eldest (Elisha) has Down Syndrome. The Reimer’s want to see Christ made much of through and in disability. Justin serves as our Executive Director.

Mandi Logan

Dr. Logan is a special education teacher, college professor, and Assistant Superintendent for Trussville City Schools in Trussville, Alabama. In her twenty-six year career, she’s helped educate special needs children and train other teachers to do the same. She is a part of Crosspoint Baptist Church and lives in Birmingham with her husband, George, and her children Stone and Sadie.

Staff

The Reimer Family

Justin and Tamara are the proud parents of five children (Elisha, Noelle, Abram, Evangeline, and Naomi). Elisha has Down Syndrome. It was through their experience raising Elisha that The Elisha Foundation (TEF) was founded in 2005 as a means of outreach and care for families of children with special needs. The Reimer family currently lives in Ukraine and partners with local churches to minister among the special needs community.

The Hamiltons

Sevrin and Megan joined forces in 2005 and God has richly blessed them with three beautiful children. Their youngest son was born with Down syndrome, and despite the sadness that disability brings, a deep abiding joy has grown and flourished. Amidst disability, the Hamilton family has found grace to embrace the beautiful yet broken reality of all our lives. Sevrin and Megan were introduced to The Elisha Foundation shortly before their son was born and the ministry has been a great comfort and support to them. Sevrin joined The Elisha Foundation after nearly 15 years in Christian education and pastoral ministry. He now serves as the Program Manager, running Guidelight’s Family Retreats and Disability Trainings. They feel honored to share with others impacted by disability the living hope they’ve found in Christ. MEET the Hamilton family.

The Wicks

Chris and Ashley Wick have been married since 1999 and have been blessed with four wonderful children (Tahlia, Mikaela, Braden, & Karsten). They have lived in Slovenia since 2012, spending ten years working with local churches to help reach next generation youth with the hope of Christ. For many years the Wick family has been uniquely involved with Guidelight, and in 2022 Chris began serving as Guidelight’s Program Director for Eurasia. The Wick family now partners with local churches to minister among the special needs community in Slovenia, and beyond.