General Conference

Heather-Dawn Small


Heather-Dawn Small presently holds the position of director for Women's Ministries at the General Conference of SDA. Heather-Dawn is the wife of Pastor Joseph Small and the mother of a daughter Dalonne and a son Jerard.

Prior to coming to the General Conference in 2001 she held the position of Children's and Women's Ministries Director for five years for the Caribbean Union Conference located on the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Heather-Dawn earned a master's degree in leadership with emphasis in pastoral care to women.

Heather-Dawn loves air travel, reading, embroidery, scrapbooking, and stamp collecting and she enjoys ministry to women. As she travels the world she has three passions - to see more women involved in evangelism, to encourage women to be involved in ministry to others – especially young women, and to share the joy that God has given her in spite of life's many challenges. Her favorite word is "JOY" and her favorite saying is "Don't let anyone steal your joy."

Raquel Arrais

Associate Director

Raquel Queiroz da Costa Arrais presently holds the position of associate director for Women's Ministries at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Raquel Arrais is the wife of Pastor Jonas Arrais who is the associate ministerial secretary at the General Conference and both were elected to their current positions in 2005. They have two sons, Tiago and Andre, daughters' in-law, Paula and Natalia, and three young grandchildren. Raquel grew up in a pastoral family and is a third generation Seventh-day Adventist.

Prior to coming to the General Conference, Raquel was Women's Ministries and Shepherdess associate director for the South American Division (2000-2003) and Children's Ministries director (2004 – 2005).

For 20 years Raquel worked as an educator and administrator in Brazil. She holds a bachelor's degree in education and earned a master's degree in pastoral ministry in 1997 from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA. She is currently reading for a master's degree in Arabic studies from Middle East University, Beirut, Lebanon.

Raquel loves reading, walking, playing the piano, and collecting pictures of women's faces. She enjoys spending time with women, ministering to them, and learning from them.

She desires to see more women accepting God's call and being involved with the mission of the church.

Her favorite word is courage and her favorite Bible text is Joshua 1:9.

Rebecca Timon

Editorial Assistant

Rebecca Timon became editorial assistant in August 2016 following her position as administrative assistant to Heather-Dawn Small which began in February 2012. Prior to coming to Women's Ministries, she worked more than 21 years for vice presidents at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Educated in English writing, journalism, and elementary education, she created the first Women’s Ministries newsletter in 1991, coincidentally, because her work area was situated close to Rose Otis, the director of the Office of Women's Ministries, and Rebecca was willing to volunteer for the fledgling project. One of her responsibilities now is publishing Mosaic, the Women's Ministries newsletter.

Rebecca loves learning and then sharing what she’s learned. She shares her passion for Bible study in small groups and by presenting seminars about Bible characters.

WM Division Directors

Debbie Maloba | East-Central Africa Division

P. O. Box 6434
Kampala, Uganda
Fax: 256 (41) 345597
Email: [email protected]
Website: Women's Ministries at

Raisa Ostrovskaya | Euro-Asia Division

Krasnayarskaya St, 3
107589 Moscow
Fax: 7095-786-8155
Email: [email protected]

Dinorah Rivera | Inter-America Division

P. O. Box 830518
Miami, FL 33283
Fax: 1 (305) 403-4600
Email: [email protected]
Website: Women's Ministries at

Dagmar Dorn | Inter-European Division

Schosshaldenstrasse 17
CH - 3006 Berne
Fax: 41 (31) 359-1566

Carla Baker | North American Division

9705 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
Tel: 1 (443) 391-7264
Email: [email protected]

Lynn Clouzet | Northern Asia-Pacific Division

Koyang Ilsan P. O. Box 43
Koyang City, Kyonggi-do 411-600
Fax: 82-02-974-4495
Email: [email protected]
Website: Women's Ministries page at

Marli Peyerl | South American Division

Caixa Postal 92600
70279-970 Brasilia, DF
Fax: 55-613-45-6999
Email: [email protected]
Website: Women's Ministries at

South Pacific Division

Locked Bag 2014
Wahroonga, N.S.W. 2076
Fax: 612-9489-0943

Caroline Chola | Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division

Route 1 Corporate Park
29 Regency Road
Irene, Pretoria
Fax: 263-477-6128
Email: [email protected]

Premila Masih | Southern Asia Division

Post Box 2, HCF
Hosur 635110,
Tamil Nadu
Fax: 91-43-442-2090
Email: [email protected]

Helen Gulfan | Southern Asia-Pacific Division

P. O. Box 040
Silang, Cavite 4118
Fax: 63-46-974-1059
Email: [email protected]
Website: Women's Ministries page at

Clair Sanches-Schutte | Trans-European Division

119 St. Peter's Street
St. Albans, Herts. AL1 3EY England
Fax: 44-1727-86-6312
Email: [email protected]
Website: Women's Ministries at

Omobonike Adeola Sessou | West-Central Africa Division

22 Boite Postale 1764
Abidjan 22, Cote d'Ivoire
Fax: 225-22-44-2341
Email: [email protected]
Website: Women's Ministries at