Debbie Unruh, Founder & Executive Director

Debbie Unruh is the current Executive Director of Elizabeth House. It was her passion and desire to work with a team of community volunteers to establish at a grass-roots level, a faith-based shelter program specifically for pregnant women and their children. Her prior experience working in the foster care system, first in the area of program development and then in Fundraising and Development, lent itself to the strong leadership it took to get this program up and running. Upon opening its doors in 1994, Debbie stayed on with Elizabeth House for five years in that leadership capacity. Having left to care for the needs of her growing family, she returned to Elizabeth House in 2008 to lead the organization to the next level of growth. Debbie holds a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and has served in areas of church pastoral positions, para-church organizations, and also as missionary to the Philippines.

Terry Bright, Director of Programs

Terry Bright has been with Elizabeth House for twenty years, nearly since its inception. Her expertise and experience in client case management has contributed greatly to the success and overall positive outcomes of our program.  Prior to joining our staff, Terry worked with low income women and at-risk children. She is well-known among the non-profit community, specifically within the shelter program network as being a strong advocate for the health and well-being of children and their families. Terry has also contributed greatly to other programs through consulting and advising, especially in the areas of program development and case management.


Kristen Mickelson, Director of Alumni Services

Kristen Mickelson joined Elizabeth House in September of 2010 bringing with her a wealth of skills, gifts, and experience to our program. Her desire and passion to be used by God to serve women and children is clearly seen in her tremendous ability to connect with our alumni. Kristen oversees every aspect of the Alumni Services Program including quarterly workshop events, in-kind donations, and volunteer coordination.


Kali Ratzlaff, Administrative Assistant

Kali has been with Elizabeth House since May 2011. Her passion to work with women in crises stems from life circumstances that left her and her daughter unemployed and homeless with nowhere to go and no place to turn. She lived most of her life in Memphis, TN and Fruita, CO and has now settled in California. Kali brings with her technological and organizational skills enable Elizabeth House to operate seamlessly.

Angela Carmody, Assistant Case Manager

Angela joined the Elizabeth House staff in 2013 as a House Manager. Today she is working as the Assistant Case Manager to Terry Bright in addition to continuing as House Manager. Angela carries with her a history of assisting and advocating for at-risk women through faith based programs. Her passion is to see women overcome obstacles while helping them to achieve their dreams. Currently Angela is pursuing a degree in social work.

Dannielle Carr, Development/Marketing Assistant

Dannielle joined Elizabeth House in October 2015 as the Development/Marketing Assistant to Debbie Unruh. Dannielle enjoys using her creative and administrative gifts to help nonprofits meet the needs of vulnerable persons, including women and children. Her passion extends to helping others pay attention to and value their spiritual journeys in difficult circumstances. Dannielle holds a Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.

House Managers


Our House Managers are a blessing to Elizabeth House. Their experiences and passion for helping women in crisis allows them to connect with our residents and alumni in a nurturing way as they share their struggles in raising children and running a household in a positive way.

Rebecca Chavez, Melida Williams,




Angela Carmody, Kim Valezco,




Yolanda De La Torre, and Gretchen Dreyer (Backup House Manager)