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Meet the board


Board Members


Tere (712) 240-3931 - Tere is a fifth generation Story County resident. She graduated from
Bishop Clarkson school of nursing in 1973, and served in the Navy Nurse Corps. She Retired from the Naval Reserves in 2001.  Tere graduated from ISU and the Univ.of Iowa with degrees in social work.  She has practiced as a licensed therapist for 30 years.  Tere grew up Presbyterian and is a lay pastor in that denomination.  She has been on the Board of the BFH for 8 years.


Donna (515) 460-4934




Lisa (515) 290-9838



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Rita (515)296-2929 - Rita was born September 1935 in Baker, OR. She was one of three children and accepted Christ in third grade. She later married Duane, they and their four children lived in Iran for a year, where Rita taught school. Returning to Seattle, Rita was a realtor. Today, they have seven grandchildren who all know the Lord. Rita joined the Auxiliary of the Gideons International in 1984 in Ames. She has held numerous offices at the local and state levels. In 1986, Rita was the manager for the Commissary of the US Embassy in Lusaka Zambia. After returning to Ames, she served as a deaconate of Christ Community Church in Ames. She has always been a homemaker and enjoyed Bible Studies with friends. 


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Peggy  joined the board in 2018. She has been a volunteer with the house for many years and faithfully attends the 6 a.m. Tuesday bible studies. After retiring from Iowa State University this February after 34.5 years in administration, she was asked and humbly accepted a position on the board. She attends Christ Community Church and through her church affiliation leads short-term mission trips to Bolivia every year. Part of her mission work there is working with her missionary partners to organize and lead workshops for women that have been rescued from abusive relationships. This desire to encourage women through the love of Jesus led her heart to the Butterfly Freedom House to help women in recovery find their place in the community. 

Program Coordinator


Melissa (515) 231-4146 - Melissa became a believer in elementary school but was baptized in high school and has been following God ever since. After being a part of the leadership team at a University of Iowa ministry, she relocated to Minnesota where she married her husband, Bryan. They and their three kids relocated to Iowa where they are involved at Cornerstone Church.