Our Board


Denise schmitt, financial administrator

Denise Schmitt has been volunteering for Touch A Life since early 2009. She saw a video about TAL’s work at her church and felt called to use her financial and organizational gifts. Since then, she has been involved in various financial day-to-day aspects of TAL. She was surprised that volunteering in an administrative capacity could bring such joy and meaning to her life.  She served as the Community Investment Operations Manager at FHLBank of Dallas before recently retiring. Since then, Denise has been able to travel, spend more time with friends, and start playing the great sport of Pickleball.

Sarah Mast, Art Director

Sarah Mast is an award-winning Digital Art Director for The High Road Agency, based in her hometown, Johnson City, TN. To her, her job is more than designing annual reports, crafting full marketing campaigns, and building websites: it is sharing a story that needs to be told or raising awareness about issues that many never knew existed. She was introduced to the Touch A Life family in 2018 and traveled to the Care Center that fall where she gained a new understanding of the importance of sharing Touch A Life’s story and vision. Living in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and having a love for nature photography, she often finds herself on the many nearby hiking trails.

Emily Goode

Emily Goode set foot in Ghana in April 2019 and knew she wanted to be a bigger part of what was happening there. Staying home with her two small children and owning an online boutique has created a way for her to give back in Ghana while spreading TAL’s story at home. A goal she has is for everyone who follows her boutique journey to know they are loved and cared for and can give back in small ways that turn out to make a huge impact in another’s life. Emily enjoys being outdoors and exploring new places. She lives in Northwest Arkansas with her husband and two daughters – Norah and Scottie.

Jessica Hooten

Jessica Hooten has had a close relationship with Pam and Randy Cope and Touch a Life since 2008, and made her first trip to Ghana in 2010. Since then, Touch a Life has always held a special place in her heart. Jessica serves as the Digital Engagement Director for The Branch Church, a partner ministry of TAL for more than 15 years. She is an excellent communicator, connector and creator – a caring, and fierce advocate for TAL and the children they rescue. Jessica lives in Dallas, TX with her husband Clay, two children, one dog, and four chickens.

Ashley Myers

Ashley Myers lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two children, soon-to-be three as they are in the process of adopting.  She took her first trip to Ghana in 2015 and became passionate about investing in the younger generation as they become the future leaders of their country.  In 2018, she was able to work with a group of 20 boys in Ghana that had recently been rescued from forced labor in the fishing industry of Lake Volta, and she felt called to get more involved with changing the future for those children.  That’s when she connected with TAL founder, Pam Cope, and traveled with her to the Care Center in 2019.  Ashley knows there is an important role that each child at TAL will play in bettering their country and the futures of the generations to come.

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