Board of Directors and Staff

Jay (Board Member) and Suzanne Faske (President)

Faske Family

Jay and Suzanne are the founders of Here I Am Orphan Ministries, and Suzanne is currently serving as President.  They are the parents of three birth children, Jacob, Joshua and Gabriella. They have adopted twenty-three children, Elizabeth, Rebekah, Andrew, Naomi, Abigail, Phoebe, Julia, Samuel, Hannah, Sarah, Nathaniel, Tabitha, Lydia, Joseph, Rachel, Olivia, Miriam Grace, Joy, Jonah, Sophia, Caleb, Bethany, and Jayson. Their adopted children are from India, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Ethiopia and the United States. They have one foster child, Lillian. The Faskes live in Burton, Texas and are members of Brenham’s First Baptist Church.

The Faske's first considered adoption after watching a documentary on orphanages in China.  It was then that the Lord spoke to their hearts and both realized they had a desire to adopt. From that point on, adoption became a part of their lives. It is the Faskes desire that every child know the love of a family and their Heavenly Father.

In 2002, after much prayer and discussion with Paul Pennington of Hope for Orphans, the Faskes accepted the challenge to start an orphan ministry in their current church and community.  They began with forming Forever Families, an adoption support group.  After the 2003 Kazakhstan summer program, the Faskes felt led to start a more comprehensive orphan ministry that served children through missions, adoption advocacy, and orphan care.  It was then that Here I Am Orphan Ministries was established. 

Brittany Burianek (Executive Director)  

Brittany Burianek
Brittany’s professional background is in international development, and her first experience with orphan ministry was on a mission trip to Moldova. After visiting Moldova several times and seeing firsthand the effects of growing up without a family, she began praying about a career transition into orphan ministry and adoption advocacy. She is excited to partner with HIAOM in serving children and families, and she hopes to see many lives changed by connecting children with forever families who will introduce them to the love of their Heavenly Father. Brittany is a member of Champion Fellowship in Brenham, Texas. 

Robert (Advisory Council) and Beth Taylor (Board Member)

Morgan Family
Robert and his wife, Beth, are the parents of six children: Brant (biological), Drake (biological), Tamara (adopted from Kazakhstan), Daniel (adopted from Kazakhstan), Grace (adopted from Colombia), and Amy (adopted from Colombia). Robert and Beth felt a very clear calling from God to adopt these children later in life (mid-forties), as they were not ready for the "empty nest”. Their ministry focuses on older international children. They have seen God work in the lives of these children, in their own lives, in the lives of adoptive parents around them, and in the lives of the all touched by international adoption. Robert and Beth are members of Brenham’s First Baptist Church in Brenham Texas.  Robert has a business/accounting background.

Joe (Board Member) and Cheri Baker (Board Secretary)

Baker Family
Joe and Cheri Baker are the parents of two children, Christopher and Bronson. They have been house parents at Miracle Farm in Brenham for nearly two decades. They both have a desire that all children are given opportunities for success in life and that each child comes to know Jesus Christ as their savior. Joe was introduced to the importance of adoption early in life through his Dad’s career with Buckner Benevolences. Joe and Cheri are members of Brenham’s First Baptist Church, and Cheri is currently serving as the Secretary of the Board. 

Randi Reel (Board Treasurer)

Baker Family

Randi and her husband, Jason, are members of Northside Christian Church in Spring, Texas. They have 4 boys, Draven, Blake, Robin, and Chayton, and are currently adopting their 11-year old son from the Philippines. Randi has a heart and passion for orphan ministry and adoption and enjoys spending her time and energy helping to bring joy and love to a child without a family. She is proud to be a part of a ministry that truly focuses on ministering to and loving orphans. Randi has an MBA with a background in business management and taxation and works as a tax accountant.

Brid and Yulih Alarca (Board Members)

Baker Family

Brid and Yulih live in Katy, Texas, and have served as pastors at Iglesia Betel Katy for 9 years. Brid also works as a special education instructor with the International Leadership of Texas. Their passion for serving God and others and their love for children are the reasons they became involved with HIAOM. They have 3 children, Nickolas, Keren, and Yuliana.