Board of Directors


Board of Directors

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John Porter, Engineering Manager

Co-Founder and President


Melissa Porter, RN

Co-Founder and Executive Director


Dennis Bauder, Pastor

Pastor Bauder is a Graduate of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.  He recently retired from Brookville Bible Church in Holbrook, MA after 37 years of pastoring.  He and his wife Elaine have been married for 38 years, have two children, and are the happy grandparents of seven grandchildren.


Jamie Blake, Educator

Jamie Blake earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics and has been a teacher for over 20 years.  Every day, she is privileged to share her love of Christ and of learning with her second grade students at Calvary Chapel Academy in Rockland, MA.  Jamie is a wife and a mother to 4 beautiful children.


Donna Williams, Educator


Donna earned her Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Voice degree from Mars Hill University in North Carolina.  She was the Music Director at First Baptist Church of Duxbury (FBCD) for sixteen years and continues to share her passion for music as a piano and voice teacher.  Donna is currently FBCD’s Treasurer, leads the Women’s Ministry there and facilities women’s Bible studies.  Additionally, she taught at FBCD’s elementary school, Good Sheperd Christian Academy, for thirteen years.  She is a wife and a mother to two lovely children.


Bottle Drive Coordinator

Beverly King, B.A. Business Administration

Beverly is a graduate of Gordon College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Over the past ten years, Bev has held the position of Office Administrator at Trinity Christian Academy, Good Shepherd Christian Academy and the Marshfield Senior Center.  Beverly is happily married to Tim King, and they have two adult sons, both of whom were recently married. She is looking forward to being a grandmother in the summer of 2017. Beverly enjoys serving on the team of Bethesda House and is excited to this important ministry grow.


Culinary Coordinator

Jane Vanderlin, RN

Jane is a graduate of St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing and has worked as an RN at South Shore Hospital for over thirty years.  Jane is married to her husband Bob and has two children, Hilary and Owen.  Jane looks forward to meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking with the women at Bethesda House.  She feels blessed for this opportunity to serve and share God’s love.


Education Coordinator

Linda Kearns, B.S. Elementary Education

Linda Kearns is a graduate of Bridgewater State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Kindergarten. She has taught preschool and elementary grades, and was Director of Good Shepherd Preschool and Principal of Good Shepherd Christian Academy for 21 years. As an administrator, Linda has led numerous trainings for teachers and Christian Ministry leaders. Linda is happily married to her husband Larry, and is a mother of 3 grown children and grandmother of 8.


Fundraising Coordinator

Michelle Sherman, MBA

Michelle earned her Bachelors of Science in Finance degree at Nova Southeastern University and her Master of Business Administration, focusing on non-profit fundraising and management, at Northeastern University.  Michelle is currently the Assistant Director of Pre-health Programs at Boston University, where she has worked for eight years.  She is also a member of First Baptist Church of Duxbury (FBCD) and assists her husband Curtis, the Youth Director, in running the Youth Group and teaching the youth Sunday school class.  Having been adopted at ten months into a loving family, Michelle is excited to join Bethesda House in it’s mission to offer young mothers the love and support they need to raise their child.


In-Kind Donation Coordinator

Carolyn Atanian, Educator

Carolyn earned her B.A. at Curry College and taught sixth grade at Plymouth Community Intermediate School for 27 years.  Now, she is a happily retired educator who resides in Kingston with her husband Dana, and attends FBCD.  She is the mother of two children and two grandchildren.  Carolyn feels blessed to be joining the Bethesda House team of dedicated people who want to help better the lives of young, pregnant or parenting, mothers and their babies.

Marketing Coordinator

Erin Spencer

Erin is a graduate of Hartwick College and worked at the Massachusetts Society of CPAs doing marketing, communications, and website management for ten years before taking time off to raise her children. A resident of Marshfield, Erin and her husband Greg are the proud parents of three children, Jack, Annie and Charlie. The Spencers are members of St. Christine’s Church where Erin has taught CCD for 8 years. Erin is excited to work within the amazing community of Bethesda House.

Marketing Support

Allie Randall, B.A. Communications/Public Relations

Allie earned her BA in Communications/Public Relations at Cedarville University.  Allie is currently an Administrative Assistant with the Town of Duxbury, where she has worked for five years. Additionally, she is a member of Emmaus Bible Church in South Carver, MA and acts as its Finance Officer.  As a someone who found herself unexpectedly raising her three children (ages 17, 15, and 12) on her own, she is anxious to see God work in the lives of these young mothers; hoping that through Bethesda House these women realize that while they are “on their own”, they are never “alone”.


Transportation Coordinator

Jennifer Adams, B.A. Journalism and Business Management

Jennifer Adams graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Business Management from Gordon College.  During and after college, she went on numerous mission trips to Jamaica, Mexico and Haiti.  Additionally, Jennifer taught second grade at Calvary Chapel Academy for 3 years and has volunteered at the Plymouth Coalition.  She and her husband have been the directors of the Awana Children’s Ministry at Calvary Chapel Boston for over 10 years.  They have 2 beautiful children ages 6 and 8.  Jennifer is excited to see the work God is going to do through Bethesda House.