BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Anne Marie Noble, Executive Director
Anne Marie Noble is married to John Noble, has two grown daughters, and attended classes at KSU. Anne Marie is the Executive Director of The Haven of Portage County. From 2010 to 2017, Anne Marie was the Director of Emergency Outreach Services for Family & Community Services and her responsibilities included managing the Center of Hope, supervising the County Clothing Center and Kent Social Services. For 10 years she was the Director for National Service Programs including AmeriCorps, VISTA, Senior Companion, Foster Grandparent and Retired Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP). Prior to joining the family of F&CS, Anne Marie was employed at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities as the AmeriCorps Program Director.
Mark is the Lead Pastor at Portage Community Chapel and has served there with his wife, Cheryl, since 1988. He and Cheryl have 2 daughters and 2 sons. Mark fulfills the responsibilities of preaching, teaching, vision, care and leadership training and is responsible for oversight of an incredible staff, leadership team and church.
God led Mark in this direction in 2010 with a vision for the church to meet the needs of the homeless and trafficked in Portage County. Mark believes God has set the current vision that The Haven is pursuing: to partner with community leaders, churches and organizations to deal with social justice and provide hope through Christ.
Debra owns her own law firm, representing Northeast Ohio debtors in Consumer Bankruptcy cases and related matters. Debra and her firm treat clients with integrity, compassion and respect during this very difficult time in their lives. She has a degree in financial planning and earned her Juris Doctorate at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Debra has a passion for helping people who are homeless and in need and actively participates in outreach ministries.
Kristine is a general dentist with a private practice in Alliance, Ohio. She is a member and deaconess at Portage Community Chapel and serves there in Women's ministry, local and abroad outreach, and leading Bible studies. Kristine is trained by Rahab Ministries to mentor and work with women who are victims of human sex trafficking and for six years she has served as a short term missionary dentist to the people of the Dominican Republic. Kristine hopes her experience owning and operating her own business for the past 17 years is something God will use to contribute to the Haven of Portage County.
Tim Miller and his wife, Rebecca both grew up in Portage County and are raising their own family here. Tim earned a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Business Management in Aerospace Design from Kent State University just as the airline industry crashed, so he took his degree and continued working in construction after graduating. He has 25+ years' experience in residential and commercial construction and came to work full time at Portage Community Chapel as the Missions/Administrative Pastor in 2012.
Tim has a passion for outreach and has been the local and global missions’ directors at PCC for over 20 years.
Marilyn has worked for Portage Community Chapel for 17 years and is currently serving as an assistant to Lead Pastor, Mark Miller, along with overseeing the women’s, preschool and care ministries within the church. For the past three years, Marilyn has been involved with Rahab Ministries and the work they do with trafficked and drug-addicted women, mentoring women who have chosen to participate in Rahab’s Safe House. Married for 42 years, she has two grown children and three grandchildren.
Don has a heart for the poor, needy, and downtrodden. He served for 12 years as the Mayor/Safety Director for the city of Ravenna. One of his favorite scriptures passages is Matthew 25:35-40:
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,you did it to me.’