Staff

 
Our staff at Horizons includes only a handful of paid workers. A lot of what we accomplish is a direct result of our volunteers: over 300 different volunteers each month, coming from 11 different churches here in Quincy. We THANK YOU for your participation if you have ever volunteered with us. You are appreciated.

Like our volunteers, our paid staff members come from different backgrounds and different churches here in Quincy. Please allow us a moment to introduce our staff to you.

Sarah Stephens

Executive Director

Sarah Stephens joined the staff of Horizons in 2010 as the Director of Operations.  She moved into the role of Executive Director in 2011.  Sarah comes to Horizons with years of banking experience, serving as Vice President and Manager for National City Bank. She attended John Wood Community College and Quincy University.

She and her family reside in Quincy.

sarah@horizonsquincy.com

Mark Geissler

Community Outreach Specialist 

Mark Geissler is a 2006 graduate of Carthage High School. After graduating, Mark spent time as a Welder at Manchester Tank for 2 years, until being called up for deployment to Afghanistan from October 2008 to July of 2009. Upon returning from deployment, Mark worked at Little Jess Jeep for 8 months, until he felt the Lord’s calling to go into ministry, serving full time as a Kitchen worker, and general ministry aide. In August of 2010, Mark took over as Manager of the Horizons Soup Kitchen, and Horizons Food Pantry from Peggy Grant, who was one of the original founders of the Horizons Soup Kitchen. Mark is thankful for what God has done in him, and through him, and very blessed to be a part of this growing ministry and service. He is looking forward to what God is going to be doing here, and in him, in the future.

mark@horizonsquincy.com

 

 

Debbie Fitzgerald

Director of Community Transformation

Debbie has a passion for serving the community.  She loves to see the lives of its people transformed by encountering Jesus. She is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside our partner churches and organizations who share a common vision of helping each person strive toward the life God intended.  It is our hope that one day everyone we meet at Horizons will begin to uncover the gifts God has uniquely given them for serving others–and put them to use for the Kingdom!  

debbie@horizonsquincy.com

 

 

Eric Thorsen

Director of Food Services 

Eric is our fantastic Director of Food Services! He has a beautiful wife, Morgan, and four daughters, Hattie, Clara, Lydia and Elora (twins). In 2005, he attended culinary school at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. He also went through the Addicts Victorious program in September of 2011, which is when he gave his life to Christ. Since then, he has been in the active ministry of counseling & mentoring people who struggle with addiction. Eric helps facilitate the Living Free program which helps lead people from addiction to Christ. His heart for ministry continues to grow, and he is currently taking classes to be a certified minister through the Assemblies of God. 

Eric brings nearly 20 years of culinary experience to our Horizons kitchen and a sincere heart for the Lord! He is knowledgeable about all things food, but more importantly, Eric loves Jesus! Eric’s heart for God’s people is beautiful and transformative. We are proud and thankful to have him on our Horizons’ team!

eric@horizonsquincy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 Jessica Cornwell

Pantry Manager

Jessica is our wonderful pantry manager! She joined us in 2020, and is an indispensable part of our team. She is intentional, compassionate & does a mean Arnold Schwarzenegger accent.

Jess is a rock star mom and wife. She enjoys eating pasta salad with her kiddos, adopting cats & singing along to Hamilton.

She brings a sincere heart & many talents to Horizons. We are truly blessed to have her on our team!

jessica@horizonsquincy.com

Madi Kim

Executive Administrator

Madi joined our team in 2020 after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Public Health. She enjoys learning about community development at Horizons and hopes to apply what she is learning in Quincy internationally. 

madi@horizonsquincy.com

Tisha Reeves

Kitchen Manager

Tish joined Horizons as a volunteer in 2016 and was hired as a Kitchen Manager in 2017. Her employment experience covers the full spectrum of work that is called for at Horizons. She has worked in food and customer service, as a home manager with Upward Bound, as a stay-at-home mother with an in-home daycare, and as a teacher’s aide with Hannibal Public Schools.

She received her G.E.D. in 1987 and has attended Hannibal-LaGrange College.

Tish has experienced many significant changes, but she credits Horizons and our volunteers as some of the entities that saved her life.

She resides in Quincy.

Sonny Powers

Kitchen Manager

Sonny joined the staff in 2019. Sonny is thankful to God for leading him to Horizons. He started as a volunteer and took the job of kitchen manager March 1, 2019. He retired from FedEx October 1, 2010 after 27 years. He and his wife Mary have two daughters, one son and six grandchildren. He and Mary reside in Taylor Missouri.

 

 

 

Raymond Steadman

Building Manager

Raymond has a heart to show & share the love of Jesus to each and every person. He has been an ordained minister since 2016 and has served as a Deacon at Quincy Faith Assembly of God since 2017. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Adult & Teen Challenge of the Four States, Primrose Hill Adult, and Teen Challenge since 2018. 

Raymond is active in The Hope Center, a community outreach center that works to meet needs in the community. He leads a group called “Living Free” in order to see lives transformed out of addiction and into the freedom of a life with Christ. 

In his free time, Raymond loves spending time with his family. He has been married to his wife, Ashley, for 8 years. They have 3 children, Kassidy, Elijah & Gabriel. 

Raymond loves working at Horizons because it is a place where the love of Jesus is always being shown & lives constantly being touched. He is glad to be  part of how God is using Horizons to meet the needs in the community and see the gospel going forth as Jesus desires! 

 

 

Isaiah Mikkelson

Dock Administrator 

Isaiah began volunteering regularly at Horizons while in high school. In October of 2020, he was hired on a part-time permanent basis and in April of 2021, he was offered the position of Dock Administrator. 

Isaiah is active in his church (Hope Lutheran) as the Sound and Tech guy, drummer for worship, a leader of the youth group and a summer camp counselor. He is grateful for the opportunity to be working at Horizons and has been blessed by the relationships he has with his co-workers and volunteers. He enjoys helping others and feels that “a stranger is a friend he has yet to meet.”

Besides his love of sports, Isaiah enjoys the outdoors, fishing, hiking, biking and working on the farm. He is excited to see what God has planned not only for the ministry of Horizons, but for his future in ministry as well.

 

Linda Boston

Give Away Table Manager

Linda is a bright light on our team! She sorts through our donations and puts together wonderful sacks of food for our neighbors who are in need. She brings an enthusiastic heart to her work & joy to our staff. We are so glad she is part of our Horizons family!