About Us

National Leadership

Megan Rose

Chief Executive Officer

Megan Rose is the Chief Executive Officer for FlourishNow.

Megan helped launch the first Flourish Now families program in Southwest Florida and brings over ten years of dedicated service in Child Welfare and family services.

Megan is passionate about helping families become strong and healthy through work and supportive relationships and has been instrumental in growing FlourishNow's programs. In 2018, Megan was named one of the top 20 ‘generous leaders’ and fundraisers of Southwest, Florida.

During her college years, she spent time volunteering at orphanages in India and working in Europe with at-risk families and children. These experiences cemented her love and advocacy for children and desire to help strengthen families in crisis.

Megan is a graduate of Liberty University and holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Masters in Human Services with a dual concentration in executive leadership and family/group dynamics. She is currently working on completing her Ph.D. requirements in professional mental health counseling.

Megan and her husband Mason are proud parents of their young son Brady and daughter Ellie. Since starting Flourish Now, they have opened up their home to over a dozen children in crisis and have offered to mentor and support their families.

Advancement & Outreach

Phil Hegseth

Director of Communications

Phil Hegseth serves as FlourishNow's Director of Communications.

Prior to joining FlourishNow, Phil oversaw digital and social media development at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a national security think tank in Washington, D.C. He launched the organization's first policy-oriented podcast, developed content strategy and managed website development.

Phil started his career in communications at Concerned Veterans for America, a non-profit advocacy organization, where he managed digital media and external messaging. He worked alongside veterans and their families to bring necessary reform and accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system.

Phil has a passion for unlocking the stories of those making a difference in their communities across the world and values the power of today's evolving digital technology as a vehicle for change.

In his free time, Phil enjoys following Minnesota sports teams and working on motorcycles. Phil also follows and writes on national security and current events, and has had his writing published in Fox News, Real Clear Politics, Real Clear Defense, The Star Tribune and The Hill.

Phil has a BA in Communications and Journalism from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Amber.

Gerhard Krȁmer

Director of Job Fair Innovation

Gerhard Krȁmer is the Director of Job Fair Innovation for FlourishNow.

Gerhard brings over 30 years of experience working for the Los Angeles Times, Monster, and Yahoo HotJobs helping employers connect with job seekers in both online and offline settings. In 2013, he transitioned from the corporate world to start Church Job Fairs as a practical ministry for his church to make a difference in the community. Soon, other pastors learned of this unique ministry requesting their own events. After 60 job fairs hosted throughout Southern California, Gerhard joins FlourishNow to implement innovative new ideas and catalyze a national movement to change lives through church-based employment ministry.

Gerhard is a member of Cucamonga Christian Fellowship, the site of the first Church Job Fair. He lives in Southern California with his two sons whom God has charged him to train up and help passionately pursue their own calling. He loves to invest time in whatever they’re doing.

Southwest Florida

Terry Hartz

Collier County Director, FlourishNow Families Southwest Florida

Terry Hartz is the interim SWFL Regional Director in addition to directing Collier County for FlourishNow Families of Southwest Florida.

She has dedicated the past 12 years to serving the children and families in Florida’s child welfare system. Before joining FlourishNow Families of Southwest Florida in June of 2016, she served as the Director of Foster Care Ministries for Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. Terry graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services.

Terry and her husband Brian are both proud Collier County natives, and they have two children; Karsen,9 and Parker, 6. Terry loves SEC football and is a big fan of the Tennessee Volunteers.

Isis LaRose

Intake Specialist for FlourishNow Families

Prior to joining FlourishNow, Isis worked in the medical field for the past 15 years in pediatrics, obstetrics, and the high-risk Perinatologist field as a Medical Assistant. She has always had a passion to help others but it wasn’t until being introduced to the safe families program and becoming a host family that she realized her passion for helping families in need through Safe Families. Isis and her husband Danny are proud parents to two amazing boys, Asher and Ayden.

Christy Sanchez

Director of Church and Volunteer Relations

Christy comes to FlourishNow after serving with other non-profit organizations, including the Pregnancy Resource Center and Wings of Shelter, where she cultivated a strong desire to love and serve families in crisis. She is a recent graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, where she received a Bachelors of Social Work degree. Christy and her husband Diego are expecting their first child in May 2018.

Phoenix, Arizona

Andy Myers

City Director - Phoenix

Andy Myers is the City Director of Phoenix for FlourishNow.

Andy has been in full-time ministry for over 20 years and has served as lead pastor, interim pastor, and also in student ministries.

He has also led 20 ministry teams to work alongside churches in Cambodia, Guatemala, and India. Most recently, Andy worked with a Christian Foster Care and Adoption agency championing the ministry to orphans in and around the State of Arizona.

He has a passion for justice and helping churches partner together to lift up those in need in their communities and around the world.

Andy and his wife Stacey live in the Phoenix area and have four children. They've also had the blessing of being foster parents and recently adopted their little princess.

Jacksonville, Florida

Leah Hughey

City Director

Leah Stiles Hughey is the Jacksonville City Director for FlourishNow. Raised in a family of pastors and human services professionals, Leah grew up in and around churches and Christian agencies dedicated to human dignity and to the advancement of the Gospel.

However, she didn't enter "the family business" right away. After earning her bachelor's degree in government from Regent University, she completed a year-long fellowship in non-profit management and then gained several years of non-profit experience working for educational organizations in Arlington, Virginia.

Along with her husband Jason and several of their colleagues, Leah is a co-author of a forthcoming book titled Called to Freedom, which addresses the compatibility of a Christian worldview with a libertarian political philosophy. Her contribution focuses on the potential of private institutions and divinely-inspired creativity to solve major societal problems. She is excited to put those ideas into practice through her work with FlourishNow, working alongside churches and individuals dedicated to serving the people of Jacksonville.

Leah and her husband Jason are happy to call Jacksonville their new home.

Abilene, Texas

Emily Cole

Abilene City Director

Emily Cole is the Abilene City Director. She joins Flourish Now with 12 years of experience in management related to social services, emergency shelter management, acute inpatient hospitals, counseling and direct client services.

In previous positions, she has served youth and families to overcome difficulties through her work in various Abilene treatment centers, including Harmony Family Services, Betty Hardwick Center, Abilene Behavioral Health, and Oceans Behavioral Hospital, BCFS Health and Human Services, in addition to, providing therapy in private practice and working with Dyess Air Force base as a Military Family Life Counselor.

As the Clinical Director for Abilene Behavioral Health’s Residential Treatment Center, she created and managed therapeutic programs for teens to enhance their individual treatment plans. Cole has also managed public relations strategies for Oceans Behavioral Hospital as Director of Admissions and Marketing. Cole earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development from Hardin-Simmons University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

As a native of Abilene, TX, she enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering on several boards and supporting fundraising efforts with other non-profit social services in the Big Country area. She is actively involved in soccer and enjoys spending time with her children and all their various sporting events they participate in.