Paige Baione (Executive Director)
Paige left her position as an operations manager at a local investment firm, part of a leading investment network servicing $86 billion in client assets, to pursue her passions at Arise Delaware. In her prior position, she was recognized for her skill by her appointment to the national 12-member advisory board where she assisted with the development of new procedures, training tools, and the annual operations conference. She joined the firm after a successful time as an entrepreneur and following several positions in banking and finance.
But, her lifelong passion is volunteering. Whether painting homes and visiting hospitals and nursing homes as a teen, being a leader of a Bible study as a young mother, designing and building theater sets for her church productions, forming a support group for parents of children with disabilities after raising her own, or being a marriage mentor to engaged couples, her heart has always been in helping others. It is her goal to bring these experiences, skills and passion together to lead and grow Arise Delaware so that lives may be transformed and more people will experience the life-giving power of a grace-filled community.
Paige currently resides in Felton with her husband Joe. They are the proud parents of three children.
Abby Stewart (Embrace)
Abby first became involved with disability ministry in middle school when a boy she knew suffered a traumatic brain injury after being struck by a car while crossing the street. She wanted to love this boy just as he was, and help his family navigate the world of disability. In high school she volunteered with the Special Olympics before obtaining a BS in Elementary and Special Ed from Geneva College.
Since then, she has taught in various special education settings, always desiring to minister to those affected by disabilities and their families. She believes the Lord loves these precious children just as they are, and wants their hearts to be changed by His grace. She also desires to help the Church show love to these families for the sake of the Gospel.
Kelsie Ward (The Christmas Store)
Kelsie is driven by her passion for serving others to become more like Jesus. After some rough teen years, God moved her to North Carolina to pursue her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. It was there that she was saved and baptized and began volunteering at Elevation Church in their children’s ministry. The church’s famous ‘LOVE Week’ is what inspired her to move back to Delaware to bring the love of Christ that she had learned so much about to the same streets where she had been making poor and dangerous decisions as a teenager.
Now employed at Campus Community School and the owner of More Than Words, LLC, Kelsie stays busy with her career and life as a mother, but her heart burns with passion for the city of Dover and the surrounding areas. Her dream is to see lives changed spiritually, physically, and financially across the state of Delaware. She believes that those who have already surrendered their lives to Christ are the very same people who have the power to bring change to our city and state.
Kelsie is volunteering to lead the work of The Christmas Store at Arise. As the former #ForDover Director for UNITED Church, she learned that there is great value in the power of a team and she cannot wait to lead The Christmas Store team through another successful year. She welcomes any and all volunteers to contact her if they are interested in serving at The Christmas Store this year!