Meet Our Team
Jack has worked in international relief and development for over 30 years, partnering with leaders of other nations to rescue, restore, and empower children trapped in poverty. Jack’s own story of abandonment, abuse, and loss of family led him to align his life purpose with helping the orphaned regain their identity and purpose. From Colorado, Jack is an avid mountain climber, having climbed over 200 of Colorado’s peaks and two successful summits of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Jack uses his passion for climbing to inspire others to help orphans climb out of their situations. He strives to live out the phrase, “Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many people you brought with you.”
Director of Finance & Administration
Aaron is well-respected for his expertise in the areas of financial analysis, strategic planning and information technology. In addition to his financial acumen, he has traveled extensively throughout the world and most recently served as managing director for a local non-profit. A resident of Dauphin County, Aaron is a graduate of Elizabethtown College with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. Aaron’s unique blend of financial savvy and additional practical knowledge in the areas of donor engagement, marketing, event planning and process management will poise Horizon for continued growth towards our vision to be in 20 countries and build 30 Micro Communities by 2030.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Christine has a passion for building relationships, championing causes and helping people. She brings over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and event planning, primarily serving in the banking and financial services industry. A Lancaster County native, Christine is a graduate of Elizabethtown College with a bachelor of science degree in business administration with specialized concentrations in marketing and communications. Always busy volunteering with school or community initiatives, Christine believes her greatest role is as a wife and mother to her husband, Joel, and two children, Kayla and Noelle.
Executive Director, Kenya
After conducting an institutional analysis for Horizon, Hesbone took on a leadership role over our flagship Micro Community in Kitale, Kenya in 2007. Prior to this role, he worked as a senior accountant in charge of the private wing of the Kenyatta National Hospital, while also serving as an elder in a Dove International church in Nairobi, Kenya. Hesbone continues to serve with Dove, as a director of Dove in Kenya, and as a member of the Dove international apostolic council. He holds an MBA in Finance, and has experience working with a management consultancy. He and his wife Violet are blessed with two girls and two boys.
International Program & Latin America Director
Growing up with 10 siblings, Onésimo started his passion for helping children without parental care early in life, by helping mentor over 10 children who had no parents in his hometown of Barahona, Dominican Republic. Although the children are now adults, they still consider Onésimo’s family as their own. This impact in the lives of children fueled Onésimo’s desire to live a purpose-driven life to rescue, restore and empower orphaned children around the world. Before joining Horizon as an International Program and Latin America Director, Onésimo has served in pastoral ministry, leadership and as an advocate for at-risk children in Latin America for over 7 years. He holds an MBA in holistic ministry and has a bachelor degree in accounting. Onésimo is married to Deyda and loving father of Paola and Melanie Joyce.
Jim Pesce is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hallehluya Food Company in Ontario, Canada. Jim has a strong passion for connecting the West with the developing world, as he believes we who are well off are indebted to those in need. He has worked with at-risk youth in his community since 1987, and is now involved with programs reaching Toronto-based immigrant children. He has served in Kenya since 1999 before co-founding Horizon in 2004. Jim and his wife, Deb, have three children and two grandchildren.
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board
Daryl Heller, Chairman of Heller Capital Group, is an entrepreneur that has founded various companies within the telecom, technology, agriculture, financial and energy sectors. Heller Capital Group generally has 8-10 portfolios companies and he provides strategic oversight and accountability to those companies. Daryl is an innovative and highly respected leader, with a core competency in strategic planning, cultural development, business acceleration/execution and merger & acquisition activities. He is also a philanthro-capitalist, co-founding a humanitarian organization that rescues AIDS orphans in Africa.
Jerry Weaver is Co-Owner, President and CEO of Quality Custom Cabinetry, Inc., a custom cabinet manufacturer that distributes throughout the U.S. Through the QCCI Foundation founded by Jerry and his business partner, he has donated to many charitable causes through the years. Jerry’s passion using his resources to empower others, which makes his involvement with Horizon a perfect match. He lives in Lancaster, PA with his wife and is a father to three girls.
Eugene Strite is a compassionate business leader who desires to see the next generation reach their full potential. His passion is empowering others and consulting with businesses. In over 30 years of being in business, he is President of the D-111 Group LLC., developing a green community in south central PA. The author of several books, he travels nationally and internationally teaching on finances. Eugene and his wife Kathy have four children and ten grandchildren.
Matt Burkholder is the President and CEO of the Dutch Valley Family of Companies, which includes Dutch Valley Food Distributors, Inc. and Dutch Valley Food Development, Inc., located in Myerstown and New Holland, PA and Berlin, OH. Dutch Valley’s Vision is to give back and Share What’s Good with those involved in the business, the community and beyond. Matt and his wife, Karen, have four daughters and share a passion for helping to meet the needs of the children in Kenya and seeing lives transformed.
Rick Haller is the Founder and Chairman of Haller Enterprises, a mechanical services company based in Lancaster, PA. Rick is a driven entrepreneur, starting the company out of his garage in 1981. Since then, the company has grown to employ 300 people across five branch locations in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania. Rick serves on various boards and contributes to various cause based organizations. Rick and his wife Joyce spend much of their time with their three children.
Steve Peroff brings a strong organizational, marketing, and advertising background to Horizon. As a successful realtor for several decades in Keswick, Ontario, he built the premier real estate team in their region. Steve and his wife Colleen are dedicated parents to Eli and Jordanna. Steve has helped in the development of Baba Nyumbani, Horizon’s flagship Micro Community in Kitale, Kenya since 2009. His work in Baba Nyumbani has given their work in Canada a fresh purpose and focus.
Advisory Board Member
Larry Kreider has been involved with Horizon’s board since the organization’s inception. As Founder and International Director of DOVE International, he earned a Masters of Ministry from Southwestern Christian University at age 60, proving it is never too late to continue learning. As the author of over 40 books, Larry’s professional life includes international speaking engagements and mentoring various organizational leaders. He and his wife, LaVerne, have four children and six grandchildren.
Advisory Board Member
Ron Myer serves on the Dove Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council as the Assistant International Director. He also leads the USA Regional Apostolic Council and the DOVE Europe Apostolic Team. Ron travels nationally and internationally teaching on various topics, with a strong focus on calling people to rise up to their full potential. He has authored and co-authored two books. Ron and his wife, Bonnie, have six children and fifteen grandchildren.