Anchor House Staff
Director - Mandy Porter-Griffith
Mandy has served as a non-profit director for 8 years, has a Master of Arts in Missional Leadership from Northwest University and is a Chaplain through the Assemblies of God. She has experience serving in diverse communities and interfacing with a variety of social services. Her expertise lies in non-profit leadership, fundraising, volunteer engagement and providing trauma-informed care. She believes that we can end to the cycles of generational abuse and poverty by equipping moms and exponentially changing lives. Her and her husband, Alex, moved from Baltimore, MD in 2016 and love exploring Arizona’s outdoors as they are both avid hiking and adventure enthusiasts.
House Manager - Sharon Arnold
Sharon grew up in Phoenix, graduated with honors from East High School, and continued her education at Arizona State University on an academic scholarship. Most of her adult life, she struggled with addiction issues, and it is through her own recovery process she has discovered her purpose in life.
After graduating the recovery program at the Phoenix Rescue Mission Changing Lives Center, she was afforded the opportunity to be of service to other women and single moms overcoming addiction, homelessness and personal issues. Having, herself, received so much help and support from others, it was truly in her heart to give back. She finds being a part of the Anchor House team, an amazing way to combine her desire to share her experience and hope with others with a challenging and fulfilling career.
Anchor House Board Members
Paul Sorensen (Ph.D., M.Div.) is the lead pastor of Hope Church in the North Phoenix, Arizona and has served in ordained ministry for 30 years. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Grand Canyon University. His Ph.D. is in Entrepreneurial Business Leadership with a certification in non-profit leadership. He served for 22 years at Community Church of Joy in various roles, including: lead pastor, president of the Joy Leadership Center, executive pastor, and national church consultant; and he helped develop several nonprofit organizations, including Joy Christian School. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hope4Kids International. Paul is married to Carol and they have three grown children, David, Nathan and April.
Sara Senters earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and taught for a few years before starting a family and ministry in Foster care. With three foster to adoptions under her belt, she is now a mother of 5. She is married to Ryan Senters and they own a group home for teen boys in South Phoenix, Arizona. Together with a group of friends and family they started The Anchor House in Phoenix to provide shelter for underserved mothers and their children in the area. Sara serves on the board along with mentoring women in the house.
Board Chair - Ryan Senters
Ryan has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Northern Arizona University and another master’s degree in Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. Ryan is a residential psychology faculty member at South Mountain Community College and is currently working on his Ph.D. from Grand Canyon University. Ryan has 8 years in key leadership roles in child welfare agencies and churches. He is the CEO/owner of Ohana Homes which provides residential services to at-risk children within the state of Arizona. The is also the founder and chairman of the board of the Anchor House and South Phoenix non-profit for families and children.
Secretaries - Josh Melin & Ashley Kinder
Josh works as a Senior Product Line Manager at Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix, AZ. Josh has been with Honeywell over 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility in Engineering, Project Management, Lean, Site Operations Leadership, and Product Line Leadership. Josh holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Arizona State University. Josh is Lean Expert, Green Belt, and APIC’s CPIM Certified. Outside of work, Josh is passionate about serving his community. Josh participated in the launch of The Anchor House in Phoenix and currently serves on the board.
Ashley has a Master's degree in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University and is a faculty member at Chamberlain University. Before her careen in education, she was a Labor and Delivery nurse at an inner-city hospital in Phoenix. The focus of her career is the care of women and their children, particularly in underserved populations. She participated in the launch of the Anchor House and has served as a mentor and board member.
Treasurer - Gary Kinder
Gary is currently employed as a Firefighter/EMT for the City of Tempe’s Fire, Medical, and Rescue Department. Prior to becoming a Firefighter, Gary worked in Law Enforcement for approximately seven years. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. Gary has volunteered as Treasurer for The Anchor House since its launch and is currently a Board Member. Gary and his wife, Ashley, have been married for eight years and have four young children.