The Desana Board of Directors are an all volunteer governing body. The board serves without pay. In addition to no pay, the board has agreed to pay all operating expenses incurred by Desana! What does that mean to you? It means that 100% of the money we receive goes directly to helping children. No operating expenses are taken from your donation!
Here are our Board of Directors.....
Peruvian & Uganda Projects
George has been the Chairman of Desana since the begining in 2006. George is retired from Andersen Windows (2004) and Xerox - Berney Office Solutions (2009) and devotes most of his time to Desana. George also volunteers for Driving for the Cure - American Cancer Society program that provides rides to cancer patients that cannot drive. George is married to founder Kathy Houk and together they live in Nashville TN. George and Kathy have three children: Joshua, Matthew, and Benjamin (married to Leslie). George and Kathy have one grandchild (Benjamin's daughter) Kaleigh. Kaleigh is taking a bigger role in Desana by inspiring us to start the Christmas in Nashville Project.
Secretary - Treasurer - Founder
Peruvian & Uganda Projects
Kathy Houk is the founder of Desana Inc. Since the begining of Desana in 2006, Kathy has been the driving force behind all of our projects. Her love of the children and her motivation to continually improve the lives of these children keep Desana focused on our mission. Kathy has been the Secretary and Treasurer since we started. Her books are always in balance and her thank-you's to donors are always on time.
Russian Projects Team
Troy has been with Andersen Windows for over 21 years and has enjoyed a variety of opportunities within the organization, including almost seven years as a sales representative working closely with George Houk. Troy is dedicated to his wife Dawn and three wonderful children; Adam, Keaton and Makenzie. Troy is active in his Church, currently serving on the Church Council, as well as Benevolence and Stewardship Committees. Troy understands the benefits of faithful giving and joined Desana to support a very special outreach to disadvantaged children and to support his long time friends, George and Kathy Houk.
Russian Projects Director
Craig is the senior partner with The Miller Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Since 1986, he and his wealth management team have been helping clients preserve and grow their wealth. Craig and his wife Janie reside in Winston-Salem, NC and have four children: Sutton, Megan, Greer, and Grace. Craig has a passion for children with special needs because his daughter Megan has Downs Syndrome. Craig is excited to be a part of Desana’s Russian outreach to children in need.
Dental Mission Director
Dr Michael Houk is a practicing dentist in Sioux Falls South Dakota. Mike is a very caring and giving person that started visiting Peru in 2009. The need for free dental care for the very poor made Mike set up his dental mission. 2010 was the first year of the dental mission. That mission was split between Cusco and Paucarbamba. Several years ago, Dr Mike decided that he would like to share his knowledge of actually practicing dentistry in the real world with students at his almamater University of Nebraska. The U of Nebraska has a tremendous dental progam and Dr Mike wanted to give back to this school and the future dentists. Mike offers the opportunity to attend his dental mission to his dental students. Each year more and more of his students are signing up for the dental mission.
Christmas In Nashville
Brian and his wife Kathi own Poise and Ivy, a Nashville high end garden and grounds design company. Many of their clients are the who's who in Nashville. Brian is also a writer..... working on his first novel. When Brian was asked if he would consider being added to the Desana Inc Board of Directors, he imediately said 'yes' ..... he had been thinking about a way to help the homeless in Nashville. For years, he and Kathi had been providing Christmas bags of clothing, hygiene items, food and other items that could be used by the homeless. "Brian is a great addition to our board of directors", said Kathy Houk, Founder of Desana Inc. Watch for more information on Brian and his Christmas in Nashville Project.