meet the team

The People Behind Restoration225

Lisa Christy
Executive Director
Q: When you were 5, you were pretty sure you were going to be...
A: When I was 5, I was pretty sure I was going to be a marine biologist because I loved dolphins!

Q: Favorite bible verse?
A: Psalm 121 – THE WHOLE THING!

Q: Briefly describe what you love about your job at R225? 
A: Being a change-maker is such an honor and privilege.  The Christian Church is mostly unaware of the plight of children caught in the Foster Care Continuum.  God has raised up an amazing team of dedicated,  experienced, Jesus-loving people to educate and mobilize The Body of Christ to help these children and families.  What greater calling is there than to lead an organization with this high calling?  I couldn’t be more thankful and blessed to get to do this job everyday!
Meleilani Barnes
OUTREACH DIRECTOR
Q: When you were 5, you were pretty sure you were going to be...
A:
Singer.

Q: Favorite bible verse?
A: Philippians 4:6-7

Q: Briefly describe what you love about your job at R225? 
A: I love being on a team that seeks God first. As a former foster/adoptive parent, I have seen first hand what it means to experience having support while fostering a child with the ups and downs that come with that journey.  I’m honored to connect families in need with a loving local church that is ready to serve them.  I love that R225 gives opportunities to bless others and be “others focused”.
Logan Mabe
DIRECTOR OF MINISTRY & VOLUNTEER OUTREACH
Q: When I was 5, I was pretty sure I was going to be...
A:
an NBA player.

Q: Favorite bible verse?
A: It's a toss-up between Romans 10:14-15, Genesis 50:20

Q: Briefly describe what you love about your job at R225? 
A: I love to partner with Churches to see the needs in their local communities and helping move them into action.  I love collaborating with other organizations so that the families we serve get the greatest help possible. I love getting to see families who are involved in the foster care system loved well through people who are living like Jesus, sharing that hope, and seeing those families restored and doing well.
Emily Tupta
CHURCH ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Q: When I was 5, I was pretty sure I was going to be...
A:
A teacher, and I did just that! I received my degree in Education from SDSU in 2009. I taught science for 8 years.

Q: Favorite bible verse?
A: John 21:22 “What is it to you? You follow me.” I wish more people lived by this advice Jesus gave Peter.

Q: Briefly describe what you love about your job at R225? 
A: I absolutely love that we are making a real, tangible difference in the lives of families across the county! To see churches partnering together for the benefit of children in hard places is incredible. I’m humbled and honored to do what I do!
Alexandra Gonzales
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Q: When I was 5, I was pretty sure I was going to be...
A:
A dolphin trainer.

Q: Favorite bible verse?
A: Isaiah 6:8

Q: Briefly describe what you love about your job at R225? 
A: I love that I am able to help serve families in my community. I love working with a team that is excited to serve however they can. I love that we are growing more and more and that people are excited to be apart of it!