Dan and Holly Williams – Executive Directors
Dan and Holly Williams are both Florida natives, Holly being from Ft. Myers and Dan from Lakeland. Dan and Holly are both graduates of Teen Challenge Ft. Myers, where God radically changed their lives. Upon graduating, they went to the Emerging Leaders College in Jesup, Ga, a training school for those called to work in Teen Challenge.
After graduating the Emerging Leaders College, Dan served as personal assistant to Dr. Jerry Nance, president of Teen Challenge Southeast Region and Global Teen Challenge. Also, he has served as Dean of Students at our Dublin Men’s Center, Case Manager at our Pensacola Men’s Center, and Training Coordinator for TCSE.
After graduating from the Emerging Leaders College, Holly has served at our Kansas City Girls Home, Pensacola Women’s Home as program assistant, and in our Training Department as Events Coordinator for TCSE.
Dan and Holly were married in 2015, and they are most passionate about seeing lives changed through the power of Jesus Christ, and seeing God restore lives and families through the Teen Challenge program. They enjoy leading worship, preaching, teaching, and simply living in community with friends and family.
Christie Ganpat – Program Assistant
Christie Ganpat is 30 years old, and is a Teen Challenge graduate. She has a passion for people and strongly believes in the ministry of Teen Challenge and all that it offers. God has given her the desire to spread a message of hope everywhere she goes to everyone she meets. Even if one life is changed by her story, every struggle, every victory and every sacrifice was worth it!
Debbie Provost – Counselor
Debbie Provost is from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. She is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, TX majoring in Counseling. She currently resides in Lakeland with her husband Jimmy and their daughter Kaylee. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys planning fun adventures for her daughter and spending time with her family. Her life verse is: “Forget the former things, do not dwell in the past, see I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
Lauren Straubel – Residential Counselor
Lauren Straubel is a Lakeland native. Following high school she studied for two years at Word of Life Bible Institute where she got an associates degree in biblical studies. During her time at Word of Life she gained a deeper understanding of who she is in Christ and was better equipped to live a life of ministry. After Word of Life she continued her education at Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, FL where she graduated with a bachelors degree in Christian Counseling. She has a passion for bringing the hope of the gospel to young people and is excited to be able to do what she loves every day. “There is nothing better than seeing lives transformed by the power of the Gospel.”
Kalyn Cambers – Teacher
Kalyn was born and raised in Miami, Fl. Graduate from Southeastern university, Kalyn received her bachelors degree in Social Work, and also has experience teaching in Polk County/Miami Dade schools. Her background consist of working with teen girls who have been sex trafficked in Florida. She also attended a three month internship with the “A21 Campaign” in Greece helping survivors of human trafficking. Her mission in life is to see young girls find their identity in Christ and be completely transformed, just as she was. Kalyn is recently married to the love of her life, has a passion for health and fitness, and loves to study God’s Word.
Debbie Vogel – Teacher
Debbie was raised in Orlando and has always had a sense of adventure. She lived in Florence, Italy while studying with FSU and Paris, France working as a bilingual secretary. She has 14 years of College and 3 degrees, graduating with honors. She and her husband Gary have been in full time ministry for over 25 years and have traveled and lived around the country. Debbie has extensive knowledge in organizing, training ministry teams to go into jails. She has been privileged to be a vital part of salvation and discipleship in the lives of hundreds of students through her private tutoring business for the past 15 years. Many of her students are impacting fields such as medicine, research, engineering and ministry. She works to instill confidence in the Lord and in each student’s God given abilities. She is excited and blessed to have been led to LGA to continue ministering through academics and God’s redemption.
Allison Lanier – Admissions Coordinator
Allison is a lifetime resident of Lakeland, Florida. God has taken her on many adventures around the world (attending a 600 year old university in Scotland, getting lost on the streets of Rome, and zip lining through the Guatemalan rainforest, just to name a few), but she always finds her way back home. When she’s not walking families through the admissions process at LGA, Allison serves on the leadership team at Love Haiti Partnership, helping to provide humanitarian aid and educational opportunities for children in Haiti. She loves breakfast food, fair trade fashion, and laughing loudly. Allison has a heart for people and desires to make everyone she meets feel worthy, no matter what their circumstances.
Erin Lehr – Residential Direct Care
Erin was born and raised in Orlando, FL. She graduated from Southeastern University with a degree in Psychology. She has had a passion for helping teen girls since middle school and now gets to live out one of her dream jobs. She loves getting the opportunity to pour into our girls and seeing them grow into the women God has created them to be.
Jennifer Zebracki – Residential Direct Care
Jennifer is from Bradenton, FL and is a former mental health technician and graduate of Southeastern University. She holds a degree in Ministerial Leadership and has a calling on her life to help young women find freedom, identity, and purpose in Christ Jesus. She considers herself blessed to be able to work for Teen Challenge and see lives transformed by the power of the gospel.
Molly Fitzpatrick – Residential Direct Care
My name is Molly Fitzpatrick. I grew up in Ohio and then went through Teen Challenge becoming a graduate at Columbus Girls Academy. Having a passion for missions and people I joined a missionary organization after Teen Challenge and have been able to travel to over 16 countries across 4 continents and have always kept a fire in me to see Jesus’ kingdom come and believing in people! Teen Challenge has always been on my heart to come back to girls who were just like me and to be someone to champion them, understand them and walk with them in realizing their worth and Christ’s love he has for every person here. I believe that hope and sustainable change is available for every girl that walks through these doors.
Jasmine Smith – Residential Direct Care
Jasmine Smith, also known as Jazz, is a proud native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She studied Business Management with a minor in Marketing at the University of Central Oklahoma. She also studied Christian Theology and Divinity through IMI in Pensacola, FL. From a young age, Jasmine has had a genuine passion for all people from all walks of life, especially children, youth, and young adults. At the age of 21, Jasmine became an ordained minister. She has over 15 years of experience working with young people to date and has served in various forms of ministry since the age of 6. Her hobbies include sports, reading, writing, dancing and doing hair. She is also Certified as a Personal Trainer. When she isn’t working out or training you will find her immersed in her music. Committed to her music, Jasmine uses her platform of rap and dance to be a voice for those who have yet to find theirs, encouraging one another to love each other as Christ loves us, unconditionally. Her focus is not only to impact lives, but to help people live transformed lives, uncovering their purpose and identity, and showing them what it means to exemplify love in everything they do.
Lauren DelFrate – Residential Direct Care
Lauren is 30 years old, and grew up in Palm Harbor Florida. Lauren is a Teen Challenge graduate of the Ft. Myers Women’s Center. After graduating Teen Challenge, Lauren was called by God to do a one year internship and stay with the ministry that God used to change her life. Lauren is very passionate about what God did in her life through Teen Challenge and her desire is to help others find freedom through the power of Jesus Christ.