Staff and Board of Directors



Executive Director

Matthew Ayers serves as the Executive Director for the Dream Centers. He’s all about seeing and serving vulnerable people. Matthew spent several years in the Air Force doing program management and teaching before joining the New Life staff. He has served with Dream Centers since our launch in 2011. Matthew is a Washington State native and graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Georgia College & State University and Fuller Theological Seminary. He enjoys travel, reading, the arts, outdoors, and live music. You might see him trail running the Rockies, enjoying the best coffees that our city has to offer, or loving neighbors with his wife, Amber.

Dr. Michael J. Anthony

Operations Director

Michael serves as the Director of Operations. In this capacity, he is responsible for the oversight and support of the operations at the Dream Centers. He translates strategy and vision into action plans, focuses on operational excellence, drive for growth, and fundraising performance. He brings extensive experience in non-profit management having served as Vice Provost of Academic Development and Effectiveness and Professor of Christian education at Biola University/Talbot School of Theology for 27 years. He is also the president of Calibrate Global Consulting, which provides consulting services to non-profit ministries all over the world. He has ministered in over 20 countries. He, and his wife, Michelle, have two adult children and live in Colorado Springs. His hobbies include hiking, backpacking, sailing, and fly fishing.

Yvette Maher

Chief Development Officer

Yvette Maher serves as our Chief Development Officer. She previously served as Executive Pastor at New Life Church and Sr. Communications Specialist at Focus on the Family. In her 20-year tenure there, Yvette authored many magazine articles, frequently appeared on the daily broadcast of “Weekend Magazine,” and hosted the weekly webcast “Your Family Live!” She is an accomplished author and speaker at women’s conferences and retreats around the globe. Yvette considers her 30-year marriage, three grown children, and seven grandchildren her great accomplishments. She has valuable insight and a heightened sensitivity to challenges people face in today’s society. Her engaging, humorous personality—along with knowledge of spiritual principles and truths—allows Yvette to encourage people to value their God-given design to impact their homes, communities, and the world for Christ.


Creative Director

Melissa Tenpas is the Creative Director, guiding the marketing, branding, and excellence in communications, creativity, promotion, and educating and informing people to understand the vision and mission. A Wisconsin native, she graduated from Carroll University with a double major in Pre-Med Biology and Fine Art. Melissa earned her Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Colorado Health Sciences - Anschutz Medical Campus. She loves to see legacies rewritten, be an agent of hope, see communities and individuals transformed, and be the voice of more to those around her. Melissa loves serving abused and neglected foster children with Royal Family KIDS. In her free time, she travels around the world seeking adventure (camera always in hand), pouring life into her 14 nieces and nephews, playing sports, dancing, revels in hearing the stories of others, and soaks up the rugged beauty of the mountains of Colorado.


Volunteer Director

Sue Harrelson serves as the Volunteer Director. Her greatest desire, next to knowing Jesus, is loving people well. She brings with her 20 years of local church ministry experience in support and leadership positions. Volunteer hours served in various ministry opportunities contribute to her heart to see Dream Center volunteers relationally connected in meaningful service. Sue loves to travel with her husband, make soup, read, take pictures, and be outdoors for any reason at all.


Dream Centers Executive Assistant

Chelsea Hill serves as the Dream Centers Executive Assistant. She is passionate about cultivating community and helping people find a place to belong. She is a Colorado native and graduated from The University of Colorado in Colorado Springs in the year 2014 with a degree in English Literature. Her husband, Tyler, is a coffee professional, so they can often be found enjoying coffee in the local coffee shops downtown. Together, they volunteer their time with the high school youth at New Life Church. Chelsea loves to read, enjoys the outdoors and gets excited about cooking for people.


Mary's Home Executive Director

Brenda Rogers serves as Mary’s Home Executive Director. She has twenty years of professional experience in the development of collaborative faith-based community programs designed to provide relationship and residential care to the marginalized. She has eight years of personal experience living in community with people struggling to overcome poverty while serving as a pastor of local and global missions. Brenda has a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from the University of Colorado and a Master of Arts degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a certified EMT and Chaplain for local and international disaster relief. Brenda believes that building bridges between diverse groups of people will bring transformation to both the church and the marginalized. She prays for the world to encounter the love of Christ in a real and powerful way. Brenda is renewed by enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends!


Mary's Home Program Manager

Mary Hoggatt is the Program Manager at Dream Centers Mary’s Home. She has a heart for meeting people in their individual stories and being a part of their journey to health, healing, and hope. As she finishes her masters program as a marriage and family therapist from Liberty University, Mary has tapped into her passion for reaching the vulnerable by serving on the staff at Mary’s Home and counseling at the Women’s Clinic. Mary comes to Mary’s Home with over 10 years of experience in administrative management and business development. She and her family love Colorado and enjoy all that the community and the beautiful outdoors has to offer including fly-fishing, camping, kayaking, hiking, and skiing.


Mary's Home Family Advocate

Teresa Ornelas serves as the Family Advocate for Dream Centers Mary’s Home. Teresa strives to touch the hearts of the individuals and community she serves by being an agent of change and advocating for those without a voice. She has over 13 years of hands-on experience in the social services field. She graduated from CSU-Pueblo with a Bachelor’s Degree and from Newman University with her Master’s Degree, both in Social Work. Teresa volunteers in various community boards and co-leads a single mom ministry. Teresa and her husband, Richard, have six grown children, a godson in high school, and one very special grandson with whom they love to spend any free time.


Resident Advisors (Mary's Home)

Stephen and Katrina have been married since February 2014 and are the proud parents of Lucia. The Brynildsens enjoy hosting dinners and encouraging people through their story and with prayer. In addition to being a resident advisor at Mary's Home, Stephen is an author and hosts a podcast. He enjoys running, biking and listening to audio books. Katrina is a cosmetologist but she is currently staying at home with Lucia. She enjoys playing music, painting and baking. Lucia enjoys sleeping, eating, and bringing joy to those around her.

Erin Payne

Family Advocacy/Administrator

Erin Payne is serving at Mary's Home in Family Advocacy and Administrative work. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Colorado State University in Human Development and Family Studies, and gained her Masters Degree through Arizona State University in Child and Family Development. She is passionate about serving the underserved and empowering women through advocacy, support, and Christ-like love. Erin has experience working in a domestic violence shelter and has spent a considerable amount of her professional career doing case management and advocacy with single mothers and their children. She and her husband, Ben, who is a Major in the Air Force, are both Colorado natives. Together they enjoy spending their time in the outdoors. Erin and Ben can be found running on the trials, hiking in the mountains, or making healthy dinners at home. Erin is excited to be continuing her passions in her career at Mary's Home.


Women's Clinic Director

Natalie Johnson serves as the Clinic Director for the Dream Centers Women's Clinic. She loves serving the women and helping to meet their physical, spiritual and mental needs. Natalie is a Tennessee native and graduate from Baylor College of Medicine where she earned her Master's degree in Physician Assistant studies with Honors. She has worked as a Physician Assistant for the past 10 years in Oncology, Family Practice, and Women's Health. Natalie enjoys spending time with her boys and husband of 15 years, running, traveling, photography, and art.


Clinical Operations Director (Women's Clinic)

Michelle Hubbard serves as the Clinical Operations Director for the Women’s Clinic. She has worked for non-profit health organizations to help the underserved and vulnerable populations for most of her career. Michelle is a Colorado Native where she attended the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Phoenix where she received her Bachelors in Management and Marketing. Michelle enjoys the outdoors, camping and fishing, and spending time with her three children.


First Impressions Director (Women's Clinic)

Julie Harmon serves as First Impressions Director for the Women's Clinic. She is responsible for training all new reception volunteers and serves as the point of contact for all non-medical volunteers. She loves creating a safe and grace filled environment for all women seeking the clinic's medical services. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and M.A. from the University of Colorado in Special Education. Her most recent teaching experience was with an English as a Second Language (ESL) program for adult immigrants. She enjoys reading, gardening, travelling, and spending time with her husband, three adult children, and daughter-in-law.




Brady Boyd is the President of the Dream Centers Board and the Senior Pastor of New Life Church. Brady is married to his college sweetheart, Pam and is the dad to great kids named Abram and Callie. He's serious about caring for the people of Colorado Springs by opening numerous Dream Centers. He cheers for the Cowboys while living in Broncos Country, but loses his voice most Saturdays in the Fall after yelling for the LSU Tigers. He likes to spend lots of time with his family. He has a degree in Journalism from Louisiana Tech, has been a radio announcer for professional baseball and basketball teams, and was the Sports Editor for his college newspaper. Before coming to New Life in 2007, he served Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas for almost seven years.


Vice President

Riaan serves as the Vice President of the Dream Centers Board and the Global Ministries & Outreach pastor at New Life Church. He has extensive global ministry experience obtained through service to local churches and YWAM (Youth With A Mission). He most recently served on the staff of YWAM NSI, located in the world prayer center, as a communicator and consultant regarding dynamics of global church growth, strategic missions implementation, and local church missions-development. Riaan served Valley Creek Church in Flower Mound, TX as the pastor of Adult Ministries, which included small group and mission ministries. He has also served as the Associate Pastor of Global and Small Group Ministries at Hillcrest Church, Dallas TX. Riaan has traveled extensively leading teams and loves teaching on Islam, global church growth, and the biblical missions mandate to the church. It is his desire to see every generation mobilized into God's call to the nations. He is convinced that missions exists because worship does not and has dedicated his life to see the nations, on every shore, worship the one true God. Riaan is a native South African with completed studies in Theology, Business, and Engineering. He loves living in Colorado Springs and enjoys photography, playing tennis, golf, and fishing.



Brian Newberg, CPA serves as Secretary of the Dream Centers Board and New Life Church Associate Pastor of Administration, having served on staff since 1996. He oversees all administrative areas. Brian and his wife Pam are Board members and founders of High Country Home Educators, serving over 450 families. Brian spent 13 years specializing in non-profit tax and accounting at Deloitte & Touche and Capin Crouse before joining New Life Church in 1996. Brian and Pam have been married 24 years and have four children: Zach, Tami, Josiah and Caleb.



Matthew Ayers serves as the Executive Director for the Dream Centers. He’s all about seeing and serving vulnerable people. Matthew spent several years in the Air Force doing program management and teaching before joining the New Life staff. He has served with Dream Centers since our launch in 2011. Matthew is a Washington State native and graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Georgia College & State University and Fuller Theological Seminary. He enjoys travel, reading, the arts, outdoors, and live music. You might see him trail running the Rockies, enjoying the best coffees that our city has to offer, or loving neighbors with his wife, Amber.


Joel Home Chair

Stan serves as the Treasurer. He owns tax businesses in both California and Colorado, and spends the rest of his time serving with Children’s HopeChest, caring for vulnerable orphans around the world, as well as volunteering with Dream Centers. As if this isn’t enough, Stan and his beautiful wife Robin spend much of their time with their ten wonderful kids.


Leadership and Communications Chair

Cheryl loves helping people meet Jesus and understand how to passionately live out their God given design. She is the Dream Centers Leadership and Communications Chair, and a national leader with The Navigator’s Cities division. When she is not traveling with work, look out for her and her friends on their road bikes, along the streets of Colorado Springs. She completed her PhD in Business, Organization and Management with a focus on Emotional Intelligence in Executive Leaders. Her Masters is in Counseling and she has a Science Degree of Nursing. She has extensive Executive Human Resource Leadership Experience with over 20 years of leading nationally and internationally in the nonprofit sector. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church. She is Canadian born, so you may hear an odd “out” and “about”! Besides cycling she loves, scuba diving, skiing, the arts, travel, friends, food and film.


Strategic Development Chair

A recent transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area, Gail loves to come alongside emerging ministry leaders and coach experienced ministry leaders and their teams. She holds a BS and MBA from Indiana University and after leading several company-wide initiatives at PG&E, Gail became an entrepreneur who has had a key role in founding, leading and/or selling seven companies since 1996. She is currently the principal of GFJ Consulting, managing member of Faith Properties of Colorado LLC and a board member at New Horizons Community Foundation. Gail and her husband Olin travel extensively, meeting with business and ministry leaders worldwide, and love spending time with their four children and five grandchildren. Gail can often be found hiking with friends or buried in a book.


A part-time Michigan resident, Merrily recently retired as a Colonel from the US Air Force after serving 30 years, with 10 of those in Colorado Springs. She led four large organizations, served in multiple Director positions and deployed three times, most recently serving over a year in Afghanistan. She is a Disabled Veteran and Wounded Warrior. Merrily has Bachelor Degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Christian Theology, and Master Degrees in Personnel Management, Military Science, and National Resource Strategy. She is an active volunteer at New Life Church and the local community. She loves to travel, scuba dive, ski and Skype with her adult daughter, who lives in Seattle. Her favorite activities are studying/teaching/preaching the Bible, international mission trips, hiking with her dogs, working out, and relaxing by the fire with a good book or movie.

Linda Dyer

Linda is a recent transplant to Colorado Springs. After serving over 35 years with Los Angeles County; she retired in 2013 from the Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Control. Linda has a BA in Public Administration from Pepperdine University, and a MS in Health Care Management from California State University, Los Angeles. Linda was a team leader for the Program Development and Governmental Relations Divisions. Her last assignments involved establishing the current network of substance abuse assessment service centers and a network of treatment and recovery services for pregnant and parenting women and their children. Currently Linda is the Office Manager for Ambassadors Fellowship a Christian Ministry with more than 20 full time missionaries serving here in the US and abroad. Linda enjoys reading, travel, and spending time with family.

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