BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Hope Extended is a 501c3 non-profit corporation that functions as a supporting agency for eligible entities that serve children in need around the world.
Patti Sue Arnold
Casa de Fe
Patti Sue is a retired chief warrant officer with three combat campaigns. She is the mother of three sons and five grandchildren. She first came to Ecuador in 2000, where she lived in Quito. She moved to Shell in 2003 with two Ecuadorian foster children. Within three weeks of moving to Shell, she received another foster child from a local hospital. This was the unofficial start of Casa de Fe. In 2005, the Ecuadorian foundation of Casa de Fe(Foundation Casa de Fe) was legally formed. At this time, there were 19 children. From that time to the present, Casa de Fe has cared for over 400 children. Patti Sue is the president of the Board of Casa de Fe as well as the president of Hope Extended, a US non-profit organization. Her passion has always been for special needs children but she also sees a need for a home for young girls. Patti Sue can be reached at (601)-990-6805 or at
Since his youth, Bart’s tenacity and willpower have served him well. In adulthood, his work ethic translated into a career. Bart is an entrepreneur and co-owner of Gator Sign Company, Inc., in McComb, Mississippi. He and his business partner started with one small bucket truck and have grown their company into a large corporation. Gator Sign Company has accounts which take Bart all over the United States installing signs. The owners of Gator Sign Company love to thank God for their success by giving back to the community and to those in need.
Bart has also spent his personal life dedicated to community service and charity, and he loves using his construction and building skills to make the world a better place for others. He has been on mission trips all over the United States building structures for churches and other non-profit organizations. He and his family first encountered Casa de Fe on a summer trip with FBC Brookhaven in 2015. He loves being able to use his unique skills to make the facilities at Casa de Fe the best they can be for the children. Bart now serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Hope Extended.
Joe is married to Kathy, and has two adult sons and two granddaughters. He has a BS degree from University of Southern Mississippi, and has 33 years in retail grocery with the last 26 in management. Joe has served for the past 18+ years as Church Administrator for First Baptist Church of Brookhaven, Ms. His areas of responsibility include church finance, building maintenance, and Church construction projects.
Testimony: I was saved at age 35 while taking a Master Life class. God had been working on me through Bible study for two years prior to this life changing event. My passions in church life is the Adult Choir and Mission work.
Omer is a 74 year old passionate educator. After spending 30 years in the public school system in Iowa, 23 as an administrator, Omer branched out looking for new ways to use and continue to advance his experience as an educator. He traveled around the world to Bahrain for 8 years and Ecuador since 2005, helping to bring the best education to children as well as helping to improve their learning environment and teaching staff. Omer is an avid learner himself always seeking to learn from others in order to better serve those around him. After 6 years of serving on the board of director of Gator Camp for Boys in Punta Gorda, Florida.
Omer's passion for the children of Casa de Fe has brought him to serve on the board of Directors of Hope Extended as Education and Financial advisor.
Omer can be contacted at or by phone at 941-223-1688
Wife, Mother and Grandmother, Connie has serve behind the scenes as a church secretary at First Baptist Church of Brookhaven, MS for 26 years. First as children’s choir coordinator/music secretary and now as music and education secretary she is an intricate part of the heart and soul of FBC. Her heart was stolen by Casa de Fe as she played on the carpet in the church library with Cintia and Edison way back in 2003 and she has never looks back. She poured her heart and soul into helping CdF, by coming to CdF as a team member and later as team leader, Connie has been coming to CdF yearly since 2008, as well as helping to organize extremely successful fundraisers. Connie’s life was forever changed that simple day so long ago when Cintia crawled into her heart.
Connie now serves as secretary to the Treasurer of the Board of directors of Hope Extended.
Connie can be contacted at
Charlsie has been married to Clint Estess for 17 years. They live in Brookhaven, MS, with their two sons. She has sixteen years of experience working in international finance and corporate strategic planning. She now consults part time and serves on the boards of the King's Daughters Medical Center Foundation and the Junior Auxiliary of Brookhaven, as well as serving as the secretary of Hope Extended. Casa de Fe became an important part of her life during a summer mission trip with her son, Andrew. She helped lead the First Baptist Church of Brookhaven’s 2018 ‘Tis the Season auction, which supports Casa de Fe. Charlsie looks forward to being back on the ground in Ecuador to live out His calling, love on the Casa de Fe children, and offer her spiritual gifts and professional skills to further kingdom work.
Bob is 68 years old, married for 48 years to Joyce. We have 2 adult daughters and 5 grandchildren who live near our lake home in Mn. We have a son and 3 grandchildren who live in Huntsville, Al. We spend summers in MN and usually spend winters in Al.
I spent 8 years in public education as a math, science and computer teacher. I then started a computer and software company. My partner and I ran this company for 36 years. Our main focus was the design, development and support of accounting software for specialized industries. I retired in 2016. I have been to Casa de Fe in 2018 and 2019 and feel my calling is to assist and serve the staff and volunteers who work with the kids at Casa de Fe and Casa de Los Suenos.