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 Supervisor - Cynthia Williams
Cynthia is a mom of 3. She herself was a single mother who overcame the odds and brought herself and her children out of the cycle of poverty and abuse. Cynthia is an excellent listener, and while sympathetic to life’s struggles, can give tough love when needed. She has a Ph.D. in psychology and loves supporting Anchor House moms as they make the journey towards independence. Whenever you’re discouraged just meet with Cynthia and you’ll feel empowered to change your life and the lives of your children.
House Parent - Reneka Lee
Reneka Lee was raised in South Phoenix. Her mother, who was a single parent of 12 children did the best she could in raising them but without a male role model, life took a 360 twist into DCS. After 3 months of her mother being strong and determined to get her life together and fight the good fight of faith to get her children back, she was granted full custody of all 12. Since then, Reneka knew she had to step up and be the second parent in the home. Reneka became determined to break the cycle that her family was in and so she graduated from South Mountain High School as Salutatorian. She wanted to be someone her siblings could look up to so she continued her success and graduated with her B.S. degree in criminal justice with Suma Cum Laude honors and then graduated with her M.A. degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Government and Policy. Reneka has always been a self-starter who is dedicated, hardworking and determined to be the change that she wants to see in the world. She loves the vision of the Anchor House because they give mothers continuous hope that someone is willing to help them if they truly want to change. Reneka's passion has always been to help those in poverty and break the criminal cycles because all it takes is one genuine person to believe in you and know that you can reach any goal you think of.
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.