Deb Prete, Chairperson of the Board and President of Executive Committee

Deb is a principal owner of Prete Builders. She has been deeply involved in Nehemiah Partners from its inception. Deb combines her administrative skills in running a small business together with her love of children and our community to make a great leader. Her ties to the community are especially helpful in our fundraising efforts.

Jeff Ferrell, Vice President of Executive Committee

Jeff is a retired firefighter, serves as Perkins Twp. Trustee. President of the Erie County Land Bank, and sits on the Friends of Pipe Creek and Erie Co. Solid Waste District Boards.

Bob Boehk, Secretary of the Board and the Executive Committee

Bob is an attorney licensed to practice law in both Ohio and Arizona. Formerly employed as General Counsel of the Erie Group of Companies in Sandusky, Ohio for over 25 years, he and his family now own and operate Maintenance Systems of Northern Ohio located in Elyria, Ohio, doing asphalt repair and maintenance. Bob brings 30 years of administrative, legal and construction experience to serve the Center in many areas including safety, risk management, human resource and volunteer management.


Jeff Witter, Treasurer of the Board

Jeff became involved with Nehemiah Partners while serving as Community Sailing Director for the Sandusky Sailing Club. Jeff has shared his passion for sailing and empowering the Nehemiah children on and off the water. Jeff serves on both the Re-Imagining and Program Committees at Nehemiah to promote the growth and implementation of programs.. Jeff worked in sales, marketing and organizational management for 25 years. He is currently self employed, owning Showcase Cabinet & Marine Restoration LLC, he is a principle of Witterhaven Marina & RV Campground and he works in the financial services industry, specializing in personal and small business income tax planning, preparation and financial reporting. Jeff hopes to use his business acumen to strengthen and evolve financial communications and technical aspects for Nehemiah’s programs and the Team of Directors.

Pastor Jay Halley, Board Member

Jay is Impact/Outreach Pastor at The Chapel in Sandusky, providing leadership in personal, local and global missional efforts, men’s ministry and general pastoring. Jay spent 25 years pastoring at the Chapel in Akron, OH where he became involved in urban ministry. Jay brings his missional approach to assist Nehemiah Partners in its effort to build unity in a diverse and often stressed community short on resources. His insight into cultural diversity, whether in ravaged northern India or in downtown Sandusky, is proving invaluable.

Jim Lewis, Board Member

Jim has been a long term member of Nehemiah Partners. Jim is employed at Metraco Transportation in Norwalk OH where he is the Director of Transportation. Jim brings a keen insight and appreciation for cultural diversity and the need for consistency and grace when reaching across community barriers. Jim is hands on weekly and has a loving heart for our kids, consistently showing a proven commitment to Nehemiah.

Cynthia O'Farrell, Program Director 

Cindy holds a Bachelor in Music Education, is a certified Affordable Housing Manager, has taught in the HeadStart program, and private Christian education. Cindy and her husband John are members of New Life Church where Cindy serves on the Praise and Worship Team and both help to lead the junior high youth group. Cindy believes in God's big vision for the Nehemiah Partners Center, and looks forward to being a part of that vision for years to come.