Teen Challenge New England | Administration Staff
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Administration Staff

Finance

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OSCAR CRUZ,
Vice President of Finance

Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey

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Oscar Cruz serves as the Vice President of Finance of Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey. Oscar has been involved with Teen Challenge ministries for over 14 years.  At one point, living a normal life was beyond his grasp, but through the power of Jesus Christ and the ministry of Teen Challenge, Oscar’s life was changed! Oscar was just 14 years old when his best friend, his dad, walked out the door.  He had said he would leave many times before and that day he never came back. It was then that Oscar found drugs.  By age 16, he was a full blown addict and by 18 years of age, he had a drug possession record and nothing more than a string of shattered dreams and relationships.

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According to statistics, Oscar was not going to make it. In desperation, he cried out to God and sought help at Teen Challenge. While at Teen Challenge, he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  His life could have been considered beyond hope, but since coming to Teen Challenge, his life has been changed and his family has been restored from the devastation of addiction!

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Oscar graduated from Southern California Teen Challenge Ministry Institute (TCMI) and completed his ministerial licensing studies from Global University. After graduating TCMI, Oscar served in inner-city missions at the Los Angeles Dream Center.  Oscar previously worked in business as a licensed California Real Estate agent.  Oscar’s life is now committed to serving the Lord and dedicated to the mission of Teen Challenge in New England. He finds great joy in seeing men set free from addiction. God has blessed Oscar with his wife, Allison and children, Kylie and Carter.   As Matthew 19:26 says, “With God all things are possible!”

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To contact Oscar Cruz: ocruz@tcnewengland.org

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Elizabeth Mayhew, 
Assistant to the VP of Finance

Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey

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The first time Elizabeth had ever heard of Teen Challenge was when she was a student at then Zion Bible Institute, where she received her BA in Biblical Studies with a minor in music. Many of her fellow “Zionians” were from Teen Challenges all over the world. She saw so many lives changed; never did she think she would be working at TCNE and seeing even more lives changed through the power of God. In 2005, Elizabeth began working in the ministry of Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey as the assistant to the Finance Director.

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Throughout the past 10 years, she has been blessed to be able to encourage and minister to the men and women of TCNE, and to be ministered to by them. Though her roles and availability have changed within the last few years, she is thankful to God that He brought her here, and that she can encourage and love those around her, while professionally doing her best for His kingdom. She is also blessed to be the mother of two awesome, beautiful little boys.

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To contact Elizabeth Mayhew: emayhew@tcnewengland.org

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dianeDiane Burgess,
Finance Supervisor

Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey

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Diane was introduced to Teen Challenge in 1988 when her brother entered the program with a heroin addiction. Her husband Garry is a 1989 graduate of Teen Challenge Brockton and they have served together for several years in ministry at Teen Challenge Brockton and Brockton Assembly of God Church. Diane joined Teen Challenge New England Corporate Headquarters in 2002 as a member of the Finance Team and currently serves as Finance Supervisor.  She will be completing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology (May 2016) from Northeastern University.

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Diane’s passion is to see families restored to life and health as her own family was through God’s redemptive power. Her favorite part of her job is being able to make a difference in people’s lives, whether it is in the daily tasks of administering finances for the programs or being able to encourage a co-worker or a student.

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She and her husband also serve at Victory Assembly of God in Sharon, MA where her husband, an AG Minister, serves as the Associate Pastor.

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To contact Diane Burgess: dburgess@tcnewengland.org

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meredithMeredith Jenkins,
Finance Staff

Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey

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Meredith has worked for Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey for over 17 years in various roles including Choir Director, Admissions Coordinator and Director of the Rhode Island Women’s Program, as well as, Program Development for Teen Challenge Brockton.  Currently she works part time in the Finance Department at the Corporate Headquarters. She has a sincere desire to see lives broken by addiction receive the second chance that only Jesus Christ can bring!

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Meredith is married to a wonderful man, Craig, who is a Teen Challenge graduate and together they serve at the Brockton Assembly of God where he is the youth pastor. They have been blessed with three awesome kiddos – Jordan, Sophie, and Ella.

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To contact Meredith Jenkins: mjenkins@tcnewengland.org

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Deborah Farney,
Finance Staff

Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey

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Debbie is blessed to be able to work at Teen Challenge.  As a young girl growing up in church she remembers the Teen Challenge Choir visiting and giving their testimonies.  She also has seen God’s hand restore family members’ lives through the ministry of Teen Challenge.

Debbie has worked in banking and Christian education and is actively involved in her home church as Treasurer.  This background has prepared her to work with our Finance Team.  God has given Debbie the desires of her heart (Psalm 37:4) with a wonderful husband and two amazing children.

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To contact Deborah Farney: dfarney@tcnewengland.org

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ACruzAllison Cruz,
Finance Assistant & Human Resources

Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey

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Allison has served in the ministry of Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey for over 10 years in a variety of roles including Executive Assistant to the President, Human Resources, Director of Outreach and Missions, Family Support and Mentoring.  She currently serves part time in the Finance Department at the Corporate Headquarters in Human Resources and Finance.

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Allison’s family was restored when her husband Oscar came to the doors of Teen Challenge for help from addiction over 10 years ago. Her heart is for others to find freedom from addiction and for their families to be restored!

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She also serves as Founder and Director of Real Kidz Boston where she ministers to children and youth in the inner-city of Boston.  Allison and her husband, Oscar, have two beautiful children, Kylie and Carter.

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To contact Allison Cruz: acruz@tcnewengland.org

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brett1Brett Seastedt, 
Development Administrator

Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey

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Brett is grateful for the saving grace of Jesus Christ and His power to transform lives. His great passion is seeing lives unalterably changed, and is blessed to contribute to the ministry of Teen Challenge in the development office and through the call center.

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A graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in English, his professional experience is in small and mid-sized business lending.

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When he’s not in the office he enjoys black coffee and burnt toast, and running with a black Labrador retriever in his native New Hampshire.

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To contact Brett Seastedt: bseastedt@tcnewengland.org

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Tyler Backus, 
Development Assistant

Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey

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Tyler is thankful for the opportunity to serve at Teen Challenge New England.  He graduated from the Brockton Campus in February 2016. There the Lord restored his life and gave him hope, and he developed a closer walk with Him.  He is blessed to see God working in the lives of all the men that walk through the doors.

 

Along with working in Donor Development, Tyler is also the Worship Leader for the Brockton campus.  He enjoys playing guitar, singing, and working with others who seek to be involved with the Worship Team.

To contact Tyler Backus: tbackus@tcnewengland.org

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Administration

rachel1Rachel Manzo, 
End Addiction Administrator & Certified Life Coach

Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey

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Rachel has been involved with Teen Challenge her entire life. She has been doing outreaches with her church since the age of six with Teen Challenge in the Chad Brown Projects of Providence, Rhode Island. As a teenager she began volunteering her time and photography skills at a number of events for the Rhode Island Women’s Campus.

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In 2006, she graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with a B.A. in Sociology, and a minor in Psychology with a Criminal Justice emphasis. In 2015, Rachel completed her certification with Life Purpose Institute as a life coach. She has over 10 years experience in sales and public speaking.

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Her passion and gifts from God have lead her to minister to hurting people both in the U.S. and overseas. She loves being used by the Lord and seeing lives changed! She feels blessed to be a part of Teen Challenge and join the fight to End Addiction!

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To contact Rachel Manzo:  rmanzo@tcnewengland.org

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Colton Simmons,
Lead Graphic Designer

Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey

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Colton joined the staff of Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey in June 2014. His years of technological experience, ranging from software development to computer maintenance, bring knowledge prowess to Teen Challenge and his heart for the Lord and helping others is a huge factor in his service at Teen Challenge.

 

Colton graduated in May 2016 with a degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Web Design. Formerly, IT Administrator he is now Lead Graphic Designer. He is married to Katrina and his hobbies are in photography and in the arts.

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To contact Colton Simmons: csimmons@tcnewengland.org

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Thomas Diorio,
IT Administrator

Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey

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Tom believes in the ministry of Teen Challenge and all it does because he is a life transformed by the healing power of Jesus Christ. After being addicted for over a decade he came into the program in 2015. Due to his experience and natural inclination for all things technical, Tom was given the opportunity to work in the IT Department and after graduation he was hired as the IT Administrator. Tom is blessed to be able to give back to the ministry that introduced him to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

In his free time Tom enjoys working out, playing music, and most of all spending quality time with his daughter.

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To contact Thomas Diorio: tdiorio@tcnewengland.org

 

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Mary Ann Manzo,

Copy-Editor

Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey

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Mary Ann is a copy-editor of the website and both online and mail communications.

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Her love for Teen Challenge began as far back as the early 80’s when she saw firsthand God’s strong anointing on the changed lives of the Teen Challenge Choir visiting her home church. Over the years she has known many of these changed lives personally and watched them walk in complete freedom bringing glory to God.

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To contact Mary Ann Manzo: mmanzo@tcnewengland.org

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Henry Gernhardt III,

Development/Media

Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey

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Henry’s journey with Teen Challenge began in 2009 when he entered the Brockton center to gain freedom from alcohol addiction.  Since that time, God has taken him across the length and breadth of the country—graduating from the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute in South Gate, CA in 2014, and working thereafter at the Tallahassee Teen Challenge Men’s Center in Tallahassee, FL.

 

Henry is an avid cyclist, and hopes that his passion for cycling will be used by God to bring a message of hope to others.

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To contact Henry: hgernhardt@tcnewengland.org

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jeanneJeanne Rand,
Reception

Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey

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Jeanne joined Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey in February 2015 as the Corporate Headquarters receptionist. She has been involved with Teen Challenge since February 2011 when her husband entered the Brockton center because of a heroin addiction. She is thankful and blessed that Christ has restored her husband and her marriage. Jeanne is grateful to TCNE & NJ and feels blessed to be a part of this ministry.

 

Jeanne loves spending time with her husband, Joe, their two girls, and their dog.

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To contact Jeanne Rand: jrand@tcnewengland.org

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