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MOPS International Leadership Team Bios

Sherry Surratt, President and CEO

Sherry is the CEO of MOPS International, but the real truth is she’s a lover of chocolate and awesome shoes. She lives in Denver with the love of her life Geoff, and has two kids, a beautiful daughter-in-love, two gorgeous granddaughters and a very messy closet. She’s the author of Just Lead! (Leadership for women), Beautiful Mess (a bible study for moms) and Brave Mom: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears. She hides candy in her purse and loves hugs. When you see her ask her for both!

 Connect with Sherry on Twitter @SherrySurratt.

TJ Rikli, Director of Operations

TJ Rikli is the Director of Operations for MOPS International. TJ’s responsibilities as Director of Operations include overseeing Information Technology, Finance and Accounting, Facilities, Office Services, Internal controls and Legal.

He previously served as Lead Web Developer and Director of Ministry Outreach before working in Operations. Prior to joining MOPS International, TJ worked as a consultant for Greenbrier & Russel as well as Webmaster for Noel-Levitz.

TJ Received a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems from Colorado State University. Outside of work, TJ loves spending time with his wife, Merideth, and their two kids, Grace and Jackson. The Riklis live in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Karen Parks, Director of Organizational Development

Karen Parks is the Director of Organizational Development for MOPS International and has been an instrumental part of the leadership at MOPS for 20 years. Prior to joining MOPS, she worked as a college instructor and Dean of Academic Affairs (Fashion Institute, Los Angeles). Karen holds a Master’s degree in Education from Oklahoma State University and a B.A. in Communications from Wheaton College, IL. Karen and her husband Dick have three adult children and two grandchildren.

Gayle Pottle, Director of Development

Gayle Pottle is responsible for leading all fund-raising, donor relations and fund development initiatives at MOPS. Gayle brings seven years of non-profit leadership to MOPS as Development Director and Executive Director of various programs and ministries. Prior to launching into the non-profit sector, Gayle spent ten years in Fortune 100 sales and marketing management roles. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Mile High Ministries.

Gayle holds a BS degree from Oklahoma State University. She is passionate about empowering women to share their faith journeys. Gayle and her husband Hal live in Denver with their children Lauren and Nick.

Mandy Arioto, Director of Marketing and Membership

In her position at MOPS International, Mandy represents the mothering voice of the 100,000 member mothering organization. Before joining MOPS International, Mandy was a preaching pastor at MOSAIC in Southern California. She is widely accepted as a relationship expert, and has been featured on MSN,, and Fox. Mandy speaks to national and international audiences on the topics of Mothering, Leadership Development and Cultural Trends. She and her husband are in the throes of raising three young kids to be adventurous, tender-hearted world changers. 

Diana Goldy, Director of Group Life

Diana Goldy has been with MOPS for five years and is currently serving as the Director of Group Life. Her team is responsible for starting new groups, servicing groups, lead generation and the online product store Diana is passionate about starting groups and serving group leaders through excellent customer service and providing them with resources and tools to make running their groups smooth and easy. She knows the importance of making leadership do-able for busy moms because she started a MOPS group at her church and served in MOPS leadership for several years.

Diana brings seven years of sales and retail management to MOPS as well as leadership experience through volunteer positions in college, within her church and through her community. She is a self-starter, a seeker of God’s heart and loves to encourage others.

Diana has a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising with an emphasis in Speech Communications from Bradley University. She lives in Centennial, Colorado with her charming hubby Cris and their 4 kids; Kayla (20), Gerry (17), Steven (14) and Lauren (12).

Elisa Morgan, President Emerita

For twenty years, Elisa Morgan served as CEO of MOPS International. Under her leadership MOPS grew from 350 to over 4,000 groups throughout the United States and in 30 other countries, impacting over 100,000 moms every year. Elisa now serves as President Emerita.

Elisa received a BS from the University of Texas and an MDiv from Denver Seminary. She served as the Dean of Women of Western Bible College (now Colorado Christian University) and on the board of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). She is married to Evan, (Vice President of Strategic Development for RBC Ministries) and has two grown children and one grandchild who live near her in the Denver, Colorado area.

Elisa Morgan is one of today’s most sought-after authors, speakers and leaders. She has authored over 15 books on mothering, spiritual formation and evangelism. Her latest work is She Did What She Could (SDWSC): Five Words of Jesus That Will Change Your Life

As the publisher of FullFill, a leadership development resource for women of all ages, stages and callings, her current mission is to mobilize women to invest their influence in God’s purposes.

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