Our Team


People like you make a difference with New Oaks Community

The people bringing New Oaks Community to life include Executive Directors, our Advisory Board, prayer warriors, skilled professionals and many, many volunteers.

Executive Directors:

Daryl and Roxann Gunnarson

Daryl and Roxann have a long history of service and caring for children. They have raised three sons and have worked with children, youth and college students for over 30 years. Daryl’s career with Procter & Gamble for the past 30 years included an assignment in Russia. During their stay in Russia, the Gunnarson’s started a pastors conference that lasted 12 years and resulted in over 37 new churches. Now they are using their passion for mentoring and the cause of children to provide leadership for New Oaks Community and the Father’s House.

Advisory Board: 

Michael Dingledein, AIA, LEEP-AP

Mr. Dingeldein is a Principal Partner and Vice President of Architecture at SHP Leading Design, as well as the Managing Partner of the Hamilton Office focusing on the Butler County region.  He is currently involved with many Hamilton community redevelopment efforts. Mike is an Elder of The Presbyterian Church of Hamilton and serves as the chair of the Trustees  Mike is married to Cindy who is also a partner (retired) of SHP Leading Design and they have twin daughters, Emma and Isabel, age 11.

Mike is currently a member of the following civic boards:

  • Hamilton Community Foundation, Board Chair
  • Fitton Center Board of Directors
  • Hamilton Ohio City of Sculpture Board
  • Hamilton Architectural Design Review Board
  • Hamilton Vision Commission
  • Rossville Historic District Board of Trustees
  • Downtown Special Improvement District Board
  • Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Citizen’s for Historic Preservation Advisory Board
  • The Father’s House Advisory Board

Mike’s passion for community preservation of architectural assests along with faith based support of the most important community needs of families and children finds great synergy in the mission and vision of The Father’s House.

Tim MacDonald

Tim has been working in the vision care field for 20 years, and has been with EyeMed/Luxottica (based in Mason, OH) for 15 years. A visionary at heart, Tim has seen the New Oaks Community develop from a glimmer of an idea that initiated with his late wife, to a current reality supported by many friends, partners and professionals. Tim is married to Kristan & has two teenagers (one adopted) and a baby on the way. Although formerly residents of Hamilton, Ohio, they currently reside in China.

Stephen and Marvina Burke

Stephen has over 20 years experience at Procter and Gamble working in numerous engineering/logistics roles. His passion both inside and outside the Company is collaborating with diverse groups of people to achieve common objectives. Stephen became involved with the Father's House after it became clear how God was moving mightily through Daryl and the New Oaks Community vision. He currently serves as a teacher in the childrens ministry at Life Changers Church International in Fairfield OH and as Treasurer of the Father's House. Marvina has been involved in children's ministries for the past 10 years, while at one point rising to the position of Assistant Director for the childrens ministry at Church on the Rock in St. Peters, Missouri. Her passion is to see children grow to their full potential by supporting them with her gifts and available resources at her disposal. Marvina also currently serves as a teacher in the childrens ministry at Life Changers Church International. Stephen and Marvina are parents of four children: Aaron (13), Andrea (9), Stephanie (5), and David (1).

Eddie Allen

Eddie Allen is married to his beautiful wife Valerie and is the father of 5 children, Jaden , Maddyson, Gavin, Adalyn, Tyson.

Eddie graduated in 1992 from Cincinnati Christian High School.

Eddie began working in the construction field in 1992 as a gutter installer. He also worked in the field installing siding, windows, and roofing. He worked in the field for 15 years overseeing crews.

As the owner of EMA Construction he is the customer representative in charge of estimates and in charge of scheduling.

Dave Lippert

Dave Lippert has served as President of Hamilton Caster since 1995. Prior to becoming President of this fourth generation family-owned manufacturing business, he served in various roles in manufacturing including Project Manager, Supervisor, and Plant Manager. Hamilton Caster is a manufacturer of industrial wheels, casters, and non-powered carts and trailers, and has been thriving in Hamilton since 1907.

Dave earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1976. Following graduation he served six years in the Air Force as an instructor pilot. He joined Hamilton Caster in 1982 and now works with two brothers and a cousin in family leadership.

In addition to his responsibilities at Hamilton Caster, he is engaged in numerous activities supporting the local Hamilton community. These include several roles in the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Board member of the Greater Hamilton Safety Council, Chair of the Business Advisory Committee, local chair of the 2014 Butler County HeartChase (American Heart Association). He also serves in leadership on the Board of Governors of MHI, the nation's material handling trade association.

Dave and his wife, Teresa, have been married for almost 32 years. They have two grown children, Kristi Burke and Katie Lippert. Kristi and her husband, Glen, will be having their first child in November. Katie is in her fourth year of medical school at the University of Kentucky. Dave serves in his local church, Christ's Church at Mason, as an elder and an adult Bible school teacher. He also leads a small group on Tuesday evenings. He has been a follower of Jesus Christ for 35 years.

Sara DeMent

Sara DeMent works for Sysco as a Pricing Manager where she provides leadership to the Profit Management – Contract Compliance Team. Before joining the Finance Department, Sara held positions in Business Resources, Multi-Unit Sales and Merchandising. Sara earned her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in Hospitality Management and holds her MBA: Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University. Sara’s vision is to ensure others are celebrating their strengths while pursuing their passions. Outside of the office Sara works various organizations including Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation, Women’s Foodservice Forum, National Association of Women MBAs, and Jacob’s Ladder, a local college scholarship and life skills program for youth.

Sara was invited to the Father’s House for a work day in January of 2011. While on the property, a seed was planted in her heart and she knew there was a place for her here.

Chris Nyhuis

Chris is passionate about God, Family, his friends, Orphan Care, I.T. Security, Catching Bad Guys, and Entrepreneurship. He believe's in making the moments of your life count, being fully aware and effective in every moment you find yourself in. Chris and his wife Katie started their IT company Vigilant to combine all these passions into one. In his 17 years in the I.T. Industry he has had the privilege to work with great people at great companies, great customers and have had the opportunity to be able to work in I.T. Security, Network Security Monitoring, and I.T. Operations. As a company Vigilant brings bleeding edge technology and security services to it's customers while giving at least 25% of our profit to help fund Orphan Care Locally and Globally. Vigilant’s uses this 25% to meet needs of Orphans today and to develop ways to create recurring revenue models to fund Orphan Care organizations worldwide.

Chris believes in:
• Giving Generously.
• Faith and Family First - We balance Family and Work Life.
• Saying it like it is - We are honest and straightforward with each other.
• Acting with Integrity & Respect.
• Owning what we say and do - We are all leaders in our area of responsibility, with a deep commitment to delivering leadership results.

Steven Gebhart

Steven Gebhart works at Community Design Alliance in Hamilton as an Architecture/Planning Intern. Steven earned his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in Architecture and received his Master of Architecture degree from Ball State University. Steven was introduced to The Father’s House through his work at Community Design Alliance. While working on restoration drawings for The Father’s House he became interested in the mission and vision of the organization. Steven has a passion to help the community. In the past, he has served with Habitat for Humanity and he currently serves through his church . Steven is excited about this opportunity.

Dr. Lamont Jacobs

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