Meet our passionate and empowering leaders.

Jerry T. Haag, Ph.D., CFP®

President/CEO

Dr. Jerry Haag serves as president and CEO of One More Child. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance from Baylor University and earned a Ph.D. in finance and real estate in 1995 from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Under Dr. Haag’s leadership, One More Child has increased from serving 3,351 children and individuals in 2007 to impacting 249,044 in 2018.

During his tenure as president of an organization that has a rich history dating back to 1904, he has guided the expansion of ministry sites from nine locations in Florida to more than 50 locations around the globe. Under his leadership, One More Child has launched its Anti-Trafficking and Single Moms programs to meet immediate and long-term needs of children and families.

Dr. Haag has been appointed and reappointed since 2013 by both Gov. Charlie Crist and Gov. Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Faith-based and Community-based Advisory Council where he currently is vice chairman. He is a board member of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), where he has chaired its Faith and Foster Care Research Team and served on the President’s Advisory Council.

Dr. Haag has led One More Child to host Anti-Trafficking conferences in the Dominican Republic with the support of President Danilo Medina and in Guatemala in partnership with First Lady Patricia de Morales. In early 2019, he joined President Trump in the Oval Office for the signing of vital bipartisan anti-trafficking legislation.

Dr. Haag had the pleasure of being selected to participate in a distinguished seminar on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy, sponsored by the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University.

Dr. Haag has led and participated in humanitarian aid, emergency relief, childcare and ministry to children and families in countries around the world. He preaches regularly in churches throughout the nation, and he and his wife, Christi, also enjoy speaking together. Additionally, he has authored, presented and published academic articles relating to his business expertise and has been honored several times for his business, professional and civic achievements.

In 2018, Dr. Haag was awarded the 2018 George W. Truett Distinguished Service Award by the Baylor Line Foundation and was honored at its Hall of Fame Gala for his exceptional leadership in meeting the needs of children around the world.

Dr. Haag has served on the faculty and administration of both public and private universities, and he was named Baylor University’s Vice President for University Development in 2011, where he served before returning as president of One More Child.

He also has corporate work experience with AT&T and is a Certified Financial Planner.

From 2000-2007, Dr. Haag served as president and CEO of the South Texas Children’s Home in Beeville.

Dr. Haag and Christi live in Lakeland, FL. Christi is a well-known speaker with “Women of Purpose Speak.” Their eldest son, Ben, lives and works in Dallas, TX and their youngest son, Brady, attends Baylor University. Dr. Haag and Christi are members of Church at the Mall in Lakeland.

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Contact Jerry

Phone: 863.687.8811

Christi Haag

Advocate/National Speaker

Christi Haag is the wife of Dr. Jerry Haag, President/CEO of One More Child, and she represents the organization in locations throughout the world as a volunteer, renowned speaker, spokeswoman and leader.

A graduate of Baylor University, Christi has led and participated in Christian orphan care, humanitarian aid, emergency relief, medical missions, childcare and ministry to children and families in Haiti, Romania, Nicaragua, Uganda, Peru, Dominican Republic, South Africa, Tanzania, Mexico, Kenya, Guatemala, Russia, Latvia, Switzerland and Honduras. She has traveled to Bosnia, Spain, France, Hawaii, Bahamas, Italy, England, Mediterranean, China, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Greece, Turkey and several other countries for recreational, missional and educational purposes. Christi is an advocate for orphans, homeless and the hungry and speaks passionately about her call to reach out to “…the least of these.”

Having grown up at a Texas children’s home where her father worked for 40 years, Christi has seen how loving Christian homes can impact the trajectory of a child’s life.  Christi is a Women’s Bible study teacher and speaker. She has also been a guest on Christian tv, radio, blogs and podcasts and has been featured in magazines and newspapers. The wisdom and application Christi shares will forever change your perception of Jesus and your daily relationship with Him.

Christi has been married to “her man,” as she refers to Dr. Haag, for 30 years and they have two adult children, Ben and Brady. Ben is loving his career with the Dallas Chamber! Brady is a graduate student at Baylor University and has also spent time abroad in refugee camps being the hands and feet of Jesus while sharing the Gospel!

Contact Christi

Phone: 863.687.8811

Jennie Ard, LCSW

Assistant to the President

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Jennie began her work with Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and One More Child in 2010 as the director of community ministries for Central Florida where she supervised the foster care, adoption and Caring Families programs. She later moved into the role of statewide director of adoption services.

Jennie currently serves as a critical part of the executive team as the assistant to the president where she leads special projects, cultivates development relationships, prioritizes the direction for leadership decisions and more. She also serves as the corporate secretary to the agency’s corporations where she maintains related legal documentation, ensures agency compliance with board actions and facilitates business decisions.

Jennie earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Mississippi College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama, with a concentration in children, youth and families. Jennie has worked in the social work field since 2001. Prior to joining Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and One More Child, she held various positions in therapeutic foster care, medical social work, school social work and Christian counseling. Jennie is a Certified Child Licensing Counseling Supervisor and is also certified as an Adoption Competent Professional. Jennie resides in Lakeland, Florida where she is a member of First Baptist Church at the Mall.

Contact Jennie

Phone: 863.687.8811

Stephen Robert

Executive Vice President

Stephen Robert serves as Executive Vice President for FBCH + One More Child.

Stephen’s leadership in areas throughout the organization has been critical to increasing our impact for children in need. Stephen’s expertise in program leadership, strategic operations, church engagement, business partnerships and more have grown our ministry exponentially. Stephen has also been an important voice for our organization, whether it is leading an expert workshop at Christian Alliance for Orphans, hosting our Dream Big for One More Child events or welcoming the governor to our campus. 

Stephen previously served as the Vice President of Church Engagement and Strategic Operations.

Prior to that, Stephen served as One More Child’s Area Administrator for Central and South Florida and he also held the title of Central Florida’s Director of Development when he was first hired to FBCH + One More Child.

Prior to joining One More Child in 2010, Stephen worked in the furniture industry for 10 years. He was the general manager for a retail furniture franchise overseeing multiple retail store locations.

Stephen graduated from Florida State University with a degree in economics and earned a master’s degree in Christian studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Stephen is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Leadership from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Stephen has been ordained into the Gospel Ministry by his home church, First Baptist Church of Plant City.

He and his wife, Laura, reside in Lakeland with their four children, Rileigh, Landen, Hannah, and Micah.

Contact Stephen

Phone: 863.687.8811

Katy Martin

Vice President of Communications

Katy Martin has been with One More Child since August 2013 and oversees the organization’s branding and communications strategies, media relations, collateral development, website communications and more. She has more than 15 years of experience in public relations and marketing and is a graduate of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Prior to joining the team, she was employed at Lakeland Regional Medical Center where she was the social media and communications manager.

Katy’s first job in the field was working as a Public Information Officer for the Polk County Emergency Management Division, where she was integral in the county’s crisis communications recovery initiatives during Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jean. During her time with the county, she also produced and hosted a show called Dateline Polk, which aired bi-monthly on Polk Government Television.

Pursuing her accreditation in public relations, Katy is Past President of the Dick Pope/Polk County chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association and in 2013 was awarded the chapter’s Professional of the Year award for her contributions to the profession. In 2014, she was recognized as President of the Year at the state level for her achievements in leading the chapter’s initiatives.

Katy has been married to Clint since 2006, and they have three children, Lila, Carter and Wilder. Katy is involved in the children’s ministries of her church at Trinity Presbyterian in Lakeland, and she is passionate about communicating messages that will help change the lives of children who have been abandoned, neglected and abused.

Katy has a heart for international missions and recently became a Women of Compassion member to help touch the lives and change the hearts of “the least of these.”

All media inquiries should be directed to Katy Martin at 863.687.8811 (office) or 863.608.1050 (mobile).

Contact Katy

Phone: 863.687.8811

Averitt Ennis

Vice President of Development

As Vice President of Development at One More Child (OMC), Averitt serves as the chief fundraising strategist to help meet the needs of children and families throughout Florida and the developing world through philanthropy. His passion is to ensure our organizations remain fiscally strong and continue to meet our goal of always helping one more child.

A graduate from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in medical record administration and a master’s degree in health sciences, Averitt has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership.

Prior to joining OMC, Averitt was employed by Orlando Health where he was Vice President within their Foundation and provided oversight for the capital campaign, annual fund program, donor relationships and policy development. He is noted for his visionary, effective and results-driven leadership. Averitt was instrumental in the development of the Orlando Health Foundation’s vision and mission, and he is a known mentor in philanthropy throughout the Southeast.

Averitt is a graduate of the Fund Raising School of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University where he received a certificate in fundraising management. Prior to taking on the Vice President role at the Orlando Health Foundation, he served as the Capital Campaign Director and the Development Director.

Averitt is a member at First Baptist Church Windermere. He and his wife, Renee, have three daughters: Whitney, Kristen and Sarah.

Averitt believes his role at OMC is a unique way to love and serve those in the most vulnerable positions and to be the hands and feet of Christ.

Contact Averitt

P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802
1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815
Phone: 863.687.8811

Kim Bedwell

Vice President of Finance and Administration/CFO

Kim Bedwell is the Vice President of Finance and Administration/CFO at One More Child.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and had the honor of being one of only two students selected from the United States to be an accounting intern for a semester in Amsterdam, Netherlands. After graduation, Kim worked for this same firm – which is one of the Big Four — in their Chicago and Atlanta offices.  In addition to Big Four accounting experience, she also has over 10 years of public and private accounting experience and has performed compliance, attestation, internal audit, income and sales tax services for individuals and organizations during the course of her career in Texas, Mississippi and Florida.

Kim has been married to Mark since 1997. Mark is the Senior Pastor at Ardella Baptist Church in Lakeland, Florida.  Mark and Kim have led youth camps around the world including South Korea, Hawaii and New Mexico.  They have two children, Christian (attending the University of Florida) and Shelby (attending the University of South Florida).

Contact Kim

Phone: 863.687.8811

Andrew Tattrie

Vice President of Global Childcare

Andrew Tattrie joined One More Child in 2014, and served in several key roles before being promoted in 2017 to Vice President of Global Childcare.

He has overseen the launch of our child sponsorship program and has been instrumental in the creation and development of our medical mission trips and feeding program sites. Andrew brings tremendous leadership skills to this position. Andrew and his family served as long-term missionaries in Costa Rica and Uruguay, and as short-term missionaries throughout Latin America and Africa. He is bi-lingual and adept at speaking and writing Spanish.

He was born and raised in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada. Andrew graduated with a diploma from Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, New York, in 1996, and he earned his bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, in 1999. He has also earned master’s degrees from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and from the University of South Florida.

Andrew and his wife, Crystal, have four children: Nathaniel, Emilia, Abigail and Jonathan. They enjoy ministering together as a family locally and internationally, and they serve in teaching and leadership roles in their local church in Lakeland, FL.

Prior to joining One More Child, Andrew was a teacher and an administrator for more than 11 years in Polk County, and he also worked in the missions department at his church.

Do you need a brief bio for Andrew for an upcoming speaking engagement or event he is participating in? We have you covered — find it here.
Contact Andrew

Phone: 863.577.4488

Pam Whitaker, Ed.D., LMHC

Vice President of Programs

In 1999, Dr. Whitaker joined One More Child (OMC) as the Director of Campus Ministries and later served as the Central Florida Administrator. She is currently the Vice President of Programs where she oversees the various program operations throughout the agency, ensuring excellence in the delivery of services to children, families, volunteers and other community partners. Prior to her work at OMC, Dr. Whitaker worked at Peace River Center for 11 years serving as a therapist/coordinator for children and adolescents in the residential psychiatric services center. She has worked with children and families in crisis for the past 30 years.

Dr. Whitaker has received a Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) in Social Work from Florida Southern College, earned a Master’s of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling Education  from the University of South Florida and holds a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from Nova Southeastern University, majoring in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Conflict Resolution. Dr. Whitaker has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1997 and is a Qualified Supervisor for counselors seeking licensure.

For the past 15 years, Dr. Whitaker has served as the 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school teacher at Kathleen Baptist Church in Lakeland, Florida. She is also active in assisting the homeless through her church and works in the church nursery. Married to Gary Whitaker since 1986, they have an adult daughter, Tierney.

Dr. Whitaker is passionate about bringing creative, Christ-centered services to children and families in need and reaching the “least of these.”

Contact Pam

Phone: 863.577.4468

Don Whitman

Vice President of Properties

Don Whitman is the Vice President of Properties at One More Child where he oversees the timely, efficient and effective construction of new facilities across the state to serve children, as well as the maintenance and renovation projects for all existing assets. In his role, he is the point person for those desiring to give additional property and assets to enhance and expand the ministry of OMC.

Don attended Auburn University, and spent a brief period working for the F.B.I. He later went on to work in the insurance industry for 26 years where he was promoted to senior management at his company in Lakeland, Florida – the youngest to be awarded this position at that time. Don has completed all the course work for the Certified Financial Consultant Designation and received the Chartered Life Underwriter Designation from The American College.

Don later took an early retirement and became part owner and CFO of Alabama Medical Services, Inc., a regional durable medical equipment supplier headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama.  Upon returning to Florida in 1997, Don founded several private companies, became a consultant to the DME industry and made private investments.

Previously, Don served as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for One More Child and chairman of the One More Child committee. He is currently the managing member of AgriQuip LLC, AgriQuip Services LLC and Athens Land Company LLC.

Don has a private pilot license and enjoys flying, fishing and hunting.  Most of all, Don enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, their children and grandchildren.

Contact Don

Phone: 863.687.8811

Leon Battle

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Leon Battle serves as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. He leads our efforts to connect people, businesses and churches with unique opportunities to do what they do best and are passionate about to help us serve more children and families. 

Previously, he was the Executive Director of Child Hunger and Family Support Services at FBCH + One More Child.

Leon graduated from Southeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in theology and a minor in business, he continued on to earn his master’s degree in human services, and is in the process of completing his doctorate and is writing his dissertation on Gospel-centered feeding programs. 

Leon served as a youth pastor throughout college and soon after accepted a pastoral job in Albany, New York. During his time in ministry, Leon saw the immense trauma that families were being confronted with and desired to get a deeper look into the dependency system. He changed career paths and started working for the Department of Children and Families (DCF). During his time with the department, he investigated abuse within families and institutions, and he later became a human trafficking specialist. Leon helped children get out of abusive homes and helped rescue children from human trafficking rings. He received multiple recognitions from Governor Rick Scott during his time with DCF.

Leon is very involved in his community. He recently graduated from Leadership Lakeland and has been named the chair for human services for the program. He serves as the vice chair of the board of Tri-County Human Services which provides in-patient, outpatient, and residential care for individuals getting help with addiction and mental health issues. Leon also serves on the advisory board of the social work department at Southeastern University.

Leon helped Aaron Burke launch Radiant Church in South Tampa. In five years, the church has reached more than 5,000 people and is consistently growing and impacting the city of Tampa.

Leon has a deep passion for intervention. He desires to see Christ’s love and restoration brought to families during their times of hurt and crisis. Leon believes the local church is the greatest asset for families in need and desires to empower the local church to step into the call of Christ, which is to help the widow, the orphan and hurting families in their time of need.

To contact Leon Battle:
P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802
1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815

Contact Leon

Phone: 863.687.8811

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