Rebekah serves as the Director of Therapeutic Services for Grace Haven Ministries. She has been active with children and families both professionally and philanthropically for more than 20 years. Rebekah earned a Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) in 2002. Through graduate school she worked as a house parent and case manager for a shelter for abused girls. Following graduate school she began working in the day care setting with preschoolers and their families struggling with various issues including poverty, incarcerated parents, family drug and alcohol abuse, among other things. She have spent the last eight years working specifically in international adoption and as a trainer for foster and adoptive parents in Arkansas, dealing with the cultural distinctions associated with child placement, child welfare and development, as well as issues related to adjustment, abuse, trauma, and attachment. She interacts with families in a sensory aware, trauma-informed, trust-based approach. She is trained in Trust-Based Relational Intervention, is part of the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
It was Rebekah's own adoption that brought her into this specific field of practice. The social worker who did the home study for her adoption talked to her about becoming active in the profession again. At the time she was staying home with her older son and volunteering with Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and had allowed her Social Work license lapse briefly. It was that encouragement that got Rebekah to go retest for renewal of her license. That Social Worker called her about six months later and asked if she had ever renewed. She needed help with the new Hague home study format. She mentored Rebekah through that process and supported her through the many contacts that Rebekah made in the adoption community during the following years.
Rebekah's heart grew for “children from hard places,” and the families who have opened their hearts to them. Randy and Tina Kacirek, the founders of Grace Haven Ministries, were one of the families that Rebekah came across as she was working in the adoption field. She joined them in this ministry and has been amazed at the way God has worked, healed, and provided in so many ways.
Rebekah was raised in Conway, Arkansas and has lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the last 17 years. She and her husband have two sons, one with Asperger’s (an autism spectrum disorder) and one who is adopted. She feels that God has used these experiences in many ways to make her a more compassionate and empathetic person and social worker. Both of her sons are active, healthy boys, who love to be into everything from sports, to hunting, to working with dad on the farm, and playing with friends. They also have a love for books, movies, and history. Rebekah's husband Lance works for Jennie-O Turkey Store, a branch of Hormel, where he manages their Wal-Mart and Sam’s retail accounts. They have been friends for over 20 years and have been married for 15 of those. Of Lance, Rebekah says "He is my best friend and truly one of the greatest gifts God has put in my life".
In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors on Beaver Lake, floating the Buffalo River, or being on her family farm in Kansas, always with her husband and kids. Rebekah's favorite sport is baseball, and she loves going to games in the summer, taking walks, and practicing yoga. She is also a fully trained yoga instructor. She used so many aspects of yoga in life and therapy, she was excited to fully incorporate the therapeutic benefits of yoga to empower others to heal from the inside out.
From Rebekah: My faith and pure gratitude for God’s grace in my life, along with the incredible way I’ve witnessed His goodness and faithfulness in my life and professional endeavors, is what gives me hope and motivation. I believe we love because He first loved us. I want families (and particularly children who wouldn’t know it otherwise) everywhere to experience this real Love.