Lisa Rimback is our Administrative Director who is available to help our donors and support the work of Elevate Orphan in whatever task needs to be done. Lisa, her husband Pete and their youngest daughter, Chara live in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Reuben Gobezie heads up Elevate Orphan. He is responsible for all overarching operations and fundraising efforts, as well as overseeing the board. Reuben was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has served on short term missions in Ethiopia for several years. Courtney Gobezie and Reuben have adopted a child from Ethiopia. All together, the Gobezie’s have 4 children and regularly serve on missions together in Ethiopia. The Gobezie family is committed to seeing the Lord glorified and enjoyed by all who are impacted by Elevate Orphan.
Dr. Biruk L. Wamisho was recently awarded the rank of full Professorship of Orthopedic Surgery by the Addis Ababa University Board of Governors. Dr. Biruk along with his beautiful wife, Lili and 2 girls – Hildana and Abayelet and their son, Joel, live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We are so thankful for Dr. Biruk’s wisdom, insights and desire to glorify God as he helps us in this good work of elevating orphans and placing them in families!
The Edwards’ family loves the kids at Elevate Orphan and they are passionate about God’s heart to care for the orphan and widow (James 1:27). Brandon is a worship pastor at Journey Church in Bozeman, Montana. He has had the privilege to oversee Journey’s global outreach for the past 7 years. He has led many short-term missions trips to Ethiopia and has continued to partner with Elevate Orphan in Addis for many years.
Thomas is a gifted administrator and loves the children passionately and is a brother in Christ of high integrity, profound organizational skills and extreme honesty. Thomas, as a native of Ethiopia, has developed deep relationships within the Ethiopian Government and Orphanages. He has a broad network of relationships that enable him to connect the children with jobs, vocational schools and housing as native born Ethiopians and long-standing residents of Addis Ababa and of The Body of Christ in Addis.