MEET THE team

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DAVID VANDERPOOL, MD

Founder & CEO

Dr. Vanderpool is a trauma surgeon by trade who specializes in tropical medicine for the developing world. He received his bachelor's from Abilene Christian University, graduated from medical school from Texas Tech University School of Medicine, and completed his surgical residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. 

Dedicated to using his talents for the benefit of the poor, established his medical practice, Lave MD, to fund LiveBeyond and his work to provide medical relief in disasters around the world. In May of 2013, he retired from his practice and he and Laurie moved full time to the LiveBeyond base in Thomazeau, Haiti.  

He is married to Laurie Vanderpool and is the father of David, John Mark, and Jacklyn.  


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LAURIE VANDERPOOL

Co-Founder & CFO

Laurie is the loving wife of David. Her dream is to help those around her learn to live beyond... themselves and to learn to walk in the Way that Lord Jesus walked.

Laurie is a sought after teacher/speaker for Women's Retreats and Bible Studies and frequently speaks for Down Syndrome organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Abilene Christian University.

Laurie and David Vanderpool have been married since 1981 and have three children. 


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JACK LOCKE

director of U.S. Operations

Jack provides leadership and development of the ministry in the United States and is an operational liaison with the base in Thomazeau. A man of integrity, he keeps things moving in the right direction, and is liked and respected by all who know him.

Jack has a B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Cathy, have one daughter, Elizabeth.


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BRUCE THOMAS

director of Development

Bruce has spent his adult life involved in international missions. He is enthusiastic about taking care of our ministry partners with the same passion that we take care of our ministry recipients in Haiti. Bruce is a strong believer in Biblical fundraising and his development philosophy is much like his evangelism philosophy: They cannot say “yes” unless you ask!  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Dallas Theological Seminary. Bruce and his wife Catherine have four sons and live in Dallas, Texas. 


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JOHN MARK VANDERPOOL

PROGRAMS DIRECTOR

John Mark is passionate about serving God and implementing excellence in everything LiveBeyond does. He is responsible for all of LiveBeyond’s Haitian programs. His mission is to improve the systems and practices utilized and to increase LiveBeyond’s impact in Haiti. He is married to Lauren Vanderpool and currently lives in South Carolina. 


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JACKLYN VANDERPOOL

director of EVANGELISM & Discipleship Training 

Jacklyn graduated with a B.A. from Texas A&M University in the spring of 2016 (Whoop!). She has had a heart for missions since 2006, when she took her first mission trip to Mozambique, Africa. Her desire is for all Haitians to know and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. She works alongside Pastor Sargesse preaching the gospel in villages in Thomazeau, as well as teaching a discipleship training class to LiveBeyond's Haitian staff. She made the leap and moved to Thomazeau full-time in May 2016.


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DAVID JOHNSTON

TRIP COORDINATOR & BASE MANAGER

David Johnston was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. David received his bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Tennessee where he studied physical, social, and cultural geography. He also studied environmental science from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. He is an avid outdoors photographer and hiker.

David first experienced everything Live Beyond had to offer in September of 2013 and was immediately hooked. He and his wife Tayler moved to Haiti to work for LiveBeyond in April 2017. 


TAYLER JOHNSTON,
MSN, CNM, WHNP

director of maternal health

Tayler is originally from Jackson, Tennessee. She and her husband Dave met at University of Tennessee Knoxville. She then transferred and received her bachelor's in Nursing at Cumberland University. Tayler completed her masters in nursing with a specialty in nurse-midwifery at Frontier Nursing University, as well as a post-masters certificate with a specialty in women's health. She is now a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.  

The Johnston's first trip to LiveBeyond was September 2013, and within a few months they were planning to move down. Tayler went back to school, and they moved to work for LiveBeyond as soon as she finished. Tayler's goal is that no woman in Thomazeau (or throughout Haiti) will have to give birth at home alone and that mothers and babies will not die of preventable causes. 


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CHELSEA JOHNSON

ACCOUNTANT

Chelsea grew up in the Texas panhandle. After graduating from Abilene Christian University in 2010 with a bachelors and masters degree in Accounting, she moved to the Fort Worth area to work for a public accounting firm. In 2015, she served on her first LiveBeyond mission trip and fell in love. She has always had a passion for missions, but was unsure how her spiritual gifts and type-A personality would be useful there. A few months later, God orchestrated an opportunity for her to be LiveBeyond's accountant. It's the dream job she didn't know existed.

Chelsea is the mother to two precious puppies, Constance and Journey.


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DAVID S. VANDERPOOL

DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Combining experience with education and a fervent desire to serve the Lord in the developing world, David Vanderpool has grown up in the field witnessing first hand the power of service through love. After Hurricane Katrina, David did disaster relief with his dad and helped found Mobile Medical Disaster Relief (MMDR), later renamed LiveBeyond. He has a bachelors degree in Biblical Text from Abilene Christian University, a Masters Certificate in International Studies and Non-profit Management from Texas A&M, and a Masters of Agriculture in International Agricultural Development from Texas A&M. David also studied at the Southern Institute for Appropriate Technology, focusing on agricultural development and water enhancement. David served as MMDR’s International Projects Director until 2012 when he was recruited by the US Army to work in Afghanistan as their agricultural specialist.  After completing his tour in Afghanistan, David returned to civilian life, and married Devin. He served as LiveBeyond’s Agriculture Director and Base Manager from 2013-2015. After working on some agriculture projects in India, he is currently serving as the Director of Marketing and the Director of Agriculture as of May of 2017. 


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DEVIN VANDERPOOL

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Devin Vanderpool grew up in Kerrville, Texas, knowing that she wanted to serve the Lord in unimaginable ways. She graduated with a bachelors degree from Abilene Christian University in 2011. She later earned her teaching certificate and has used that to promote literacy with LiveBeyond and other non-profit organizations all over the world. She served as LiveBeyond’s Educational Development Specialist from 2013-2015. Now that she is working on an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and an M.S. in Publishing from the University of Houston- Victoria, she has shifted roles to Director of Communications, starting in June of 2017. She is married to the love of her life, David S. Vanderpool, and they have a beautiful Belgian Malinois named Bear.


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DREW OBENCHAIN

Development Officer

Drew up in Dallas and went to school at Texas A&M (’14).  At A&M Drew connected to LiveBeyond through John Mark Vanderpool. His first trip to Haiti was in December 2013, and then he immediately went back for the summer of 2014 to be a counselor for summer camp for the kids at CHOH. He loves the physical needs that are being met down in Haiti through LiveBeyond and finds a lot of enjoyment in following up with and thanking the donors who make this work in Haiti possible through their giving.


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DANIEL KEENE

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Daniel grew up in Southlake, Texas, and received his BSBA in Finance at the University of Arkansas. He is currently getting his Masters in Divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. During his time in college, Daniel grew in his passion for both business, and missions and through connections with members of LiveBeyond, he found a way to use both. Daniel loves how LiveBeyond is glorifying God through providing both physical and spiritual needs to those in Haiti.


JAN BEAZLEY

OFFICE MANAGER

Jan worked for Dr Vanderpool and Laurie in the medical practice in Brentwood, Tennessee for 8 years as the business manager. During this time she was also given duties to assist with the financial aspects of LiveBeyond.  She started back to work for LiveBeyond in 2014 as office manager, which includes working with inventory in the Nashville office.


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DOT MARTIN

Administrative assistant

Dot worked for Dr. Vanderpool and Laurie in the medical practice in Brentwood, Tennessee for 10 years as office manager.  Dot retired when Dr. Vanderpool closed the medical practice in 2013 to move to Haiti. Now she works part time with LiveBeyond assisting with inventory in the Nashville Office.