Jim has 25 years of experience in marketing strategy and brand building including 15 years with the Walt Disney Company. He earned an MBA degree from Tulane University with a concentration in Strategic Management. In the last ten years, he has worked as a marketing consultant and business advisor helping small business owners and leaders grow their companies. He currently works with Pelican Pages, developing a new portfolio of state-of-the-art digital marketing solutions for their clients. He lives in Slidell with his wife and three children.
Amanda Wakula serves as the Construction Site Coordinator/Project Manager for the Epworth Project. Amanda is a native of upstate New York, but has lived in Slidell for 18 years. Amanda graduated from Delta College in 2006 after earning her medical assistant certification. She has been involved in the Epworth Project since February 2013 and enjoys meeting and interacting with the different volunteer groups that arrive each week. When she isn’t cooking or spending quality time with her family, Amanda loves volunteering for both local and national mission projects.
Glenn Hawthorne serves as a Project Manager for the Epworth Project. He has been with the Epworth Project since January 2006 and is the most dedicated volunteer Epworth has ever seen. That’s right, Glenn is a volunteer. After retiring from Shell Oil Company in 1994 it didn’t take long for Glenn to grow restless. He spent the next 10 years serving as a volunteer with the local Habitat for Humanity. Shortly before Hurricane Katrina struck the greater New Orleans area, Glenn signed on as an expert volunteer to teach and lead mission teams. Glenn knows just about everything there is to know about construction. He is a patient teacher, ice cream enthusiast, and never tires of serving his community.
Hugh Johnson serves as the case manager for the Epworth Project. After growing up and graduating high school in Slidell, he joined the Navy for 6 years before locating to Mobile, Alabama and working for Eastman Kodak. In 1999, Hugh returned to Slidell to help his parents, as his mother was battling ovarian cancer, taking a position as a technical service adviser with Travel Centers of America. Katrina’s flood waters destroyed the family home and he found himself, like so many others, starting over at 40. A work accident shortly after the storm led to health issues and by 2009, Hugh had to leave the Travel Centers after nearly 10 years. He fell in love with the ministry and mission at Community Christian Concern and began volunteering there in 2010 as the Front Desk Coordinator. In 2014, Dale invited Hugh to join the Epworth Project where he feels he’s been blessed by staff, volunteers, and the young people as well.
Volunteer Coordinator/Office Administrator
Dana Fatic serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Epworth Project. She is a native of Slidell, graduating from Pope John Paul High School in 1990. After attending Nicholls State University, Dana moved to Orlando, Florida where she worked for the Walt Disney Company for several years. While in Orlando, she met her husband Jim and also earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida. Dana moved back to Slidell in 2004 with her husband and their two children – just in time to help her family deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Dana has always felt a call towards mission work, but it was watching her older children go on mission trips that inspired her to follow their lead. She fell in love with it and it has become one of her passions, along with youth ministry. She feels very blessed to be able to work with the Epworth Project helping others discover the joy of mission work.
David is our materials expeditor. A native of Chicago, Illinois, David spent 14 years in the Navy as a weapons technician with high explosives. After a tour in Iraq and Afghanistan, David settled in Slidell, La. He joined the staff of Epworth in 2012 and loves being able to help those that need it most.