We are so thankful for
Village to Village Intl. would not exist without this group of people. They are a talented, loving, energetic and passionate group of people who all want to use their gifts, talents, and time to help kids any way they can. We hope you enjoy getting to know them a little more.
Co-Founder & Senior Advisor
Middlebury, Indiana is a small farming community in northern Indiana. Automobiles and Amish buggies share the streets and the excitement of fresh apple cider, baked goods, and a peaceful-landscape greet many tourists each year. Middlebury is also the home of Terry and Juli Waggoner, where Terry serves the community as a chiropractor. They are honored to be the parents of six children that range in age from 10-33, while also having five grandchildren.
The Waggoners spend the summers at their lake cottage where they enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking, tubing, cookouts, and watching the sunset. As adoptive parents themselves, Terry and Juli love to advocate for children in need while sharing their story about the beauty of adoption and how it has changed them personally. Terry is excited to join Village to Village International as a senior advisor, to spread the word to children around the world that they are loved and that they matter.
Toussaint starts his day with a decision. Which coffee shop will he get the morning portion of his work done? Western Washington is chocked full of them. The drive is a chance to listen to an audiobook (they count towards his goal of reading 100 books in a year) and take in the mountains and enjoy Puget Sound. A graduate from Princeton University and currently an advisor to business owners and executives, Toussaint enjoys unwrapping life’s questions.
While he appreciates a deep conversation, he can also be found testing his mettle at indoor soccer, running a forest trail or taking a day trip to somewhere he’s never been. When asked why he was passionate about caring for vulnerable children, he answered: “The smiles. In the midst of struggle, lack and pain a child can find the inkling of hope and mirth. Their grin, for a moment, pushes everything away for them and for anyone who catches a glimpse of it for that magical second. It’s a wish that those grins would be so much more frequent.”
Matt & Stacey Borst
Matt and Stacey, high school sweethearts, try their hardest to keep up with their 5 kids, ages 9 to 19. Outside of their kids activities, you might find Matt and Stacey going on a walk through their neighborhood, traveling to get away from the busyness of life for a few days, trying a new restaurant they have never eaten at before, or traveling to Iowa to spend time with their families.
The following quote from Karyn Purvis sums up what Matt and Stacey are giving their lives to; “Tell your children, ‘you are precious, you are valuable, and nobody else is created like you.’”
Stefanie is a mother to three and a wife to one. She is a sushi loving, cardio dance teaching, crime drama watching, mom who you will find at home most days playing with her three boys. The one major thing on her bucket list is seeing Machu Picchu in Peru.
When asked what she is most passionate about when it comes to children she said; “I’m most passionate about children having a place where they belong and feel loved. When I was a teacher, I tried to create that environment in my classroom. Now, I try to do that in my own home with my boys and neighbors.” Stef went to Grand Valley State University and graduated with a Spanish and Elementary Education degree.
Rebecca loves to take advantage of any day she can spend at the beach, playing soccer, a good cup of coffee and dreaming up the next traveling adventure she can take with her husband and son. After spending two summers in an Indian orphanage, God has continued to lay adoption advocacy and orphan care on her heart along with the desire to add to their family through the gift of adoption. One thing that we love about Rebecca is her love for kids.
We asked Rebecca why she thought she would be a good fit to be on our board and she said, “I want children to know that they are loved and that they have value. Everyone wants to be known and feel safe. Vulnerable children, especially need that.” Whether it is with one of her 16 nieces or nephews, her son or a kid at the local park, Rebecca loves the opportunity to encourage and empower kids she interacts with.
Anthony loves cross cultural experiences and has a degree in Spanish. A dream of his is to visit each Spanish speaking country. So far, he has checked Honduras and Venezuela off the list. It was travel that first brought Anthony and his wife, Lauren, together as they were preparing for overseas mission work in 2009.
Today, they have two kiddos, a dog, and (much to Anthony’s chagrin) two cats. They are also foster parents, so the number of kids, the activities, and the level of noise in their house can vary significantly from season to season. Caring for kids from hard places has taught Anthony that what people truly need, be they young or old, is to feel seen, heard, and valued. That foundation of connection makes anything possible.
Heath grew up in Nappanee, Indiana and has always valued community and connection with others. He and his wife, Krista, have 2 active little boys who keep them on their toes. Their family loves to take bike rides, go swimming, and have campfires in their backyard.
Heath and Krista are also foster parents and are passionate about connecting with both kids and adults from hard places. As a foster parent, Heath sees the value in having the right tools to navigate the good and hard seasons of parenting. For this reason, he wants to help equip parents and caregivers with the right tools to provide hope and healing to their families.