General Conference Women’s Ministries Directors

Heather-Dawn Small

Director

General Conference Women's Ministries
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, Maryland USA 20904-6600
1 (301) 680-6636
smallH@gc.adventist.org

Heather-Dawn Small presently holds the position of director for Women's Ministries at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 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, Heather-Dawn 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. She is presently a candidate for a doctorate degree in Inter-Cultural Studies.

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

General Conference Women's Ministries
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, Maryland USA 20904-6600
1 (301) 680-6608
arraisR@gc.adventist.org

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 four 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 twenty 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.

Premila Pedapudi

Administrative Assistant

General Conference Women's Ministries
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, Maryland USA 20904-6600
1 (301) 680-6636
pedapudiP@gc.adventist.org

Being associate pastor and ordained church elder has provided manifold blessings through her work in multiple ministries at various Seventh-day Adventist churches in Maryland, including mentoring and nurturing youth; ministries for adults, women, children, and deaconesses; outreach and evangelism, Pathfinders, and also Sabbath School. Her love of singing, reading, teaching, and preaching are a great resource in serving God.

Her husband, Joseph Kelly, son Praveen, twin daughters Serena and Selena, sons-in-law Samuel and Ebenesar are a great support in her ministry. The excitement about the arrival of her first grandson, born in July 2019, is still fresh!

Premila holds a master’s in business administration, a bachelor’s in business administration, and a bachelor’s in education. Passionate about women’s ministries, her desire is to encourage and empower women to live a God-inspired life. She firmly believes God’s Word in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans that I have for you…”

Rebecca Turner

Editorial Assistant

General Conference Women's Ministries
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA 20904-6600
Tel: 1 (301) 680-6608
turnerR@gc.adventist.org

Rebecca Turner became editorial assistant in August 2016 following her position as administrative assistant to Heather-Dawn Small which began in February 2012. Prior to this, she worked for vice presidents at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for more than twenty-one years.

Educated in English literature and composition, journalism, and elementary education, Rebecca created the first women’s ministries newsletter in 1991, simply because her office was situated close to Rose Otis, then director of the office of women's ministries—and because Rebecca was willing to help. She finds it incredible that one of her responsibilities now is producing Mosaic, the women's ministries newsletter. (The newsletter was not continued until Ardis Stenbakken started another newsletter in 1994.)

Rebecca loves learning and then sharing what she’s learned. She shares her passion for Scripture when she leads small group Bible study and when she writes and presents seminars about Biblical characters. Her favorite Bible text is Lamentations 3:22-23, "...Great is Your faithfulness."

Division Women’s Ministries Directors

Debbie Maloba

East-Central Africa Division
Women's Ministries Director

Private Bag
Mbagathi 00503
Nairobi, Kenya
EAST AFRICA
Tel: 254 (2) 514-4400
Email: malobad@ecd.adventist.org
Website: Women's Ministries page at ecdadventist.org

Raisa Ostrovskaya

Euro-Asia Division
Women's Ministries director

Krasnayarskaya Street 3
107589 Moscow
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Tel: 7 (495) 786-8150
Fax: 7 (495) 786-8155
Email: raostrovskaya@esd.adventist.org
Website: Women's Ministries page at esd.adventist.org

M. Dinorah Rivera

Inter-American Division
Women's Ministries director

P. O. Box 830518
Miami, FL 33283-0518
USA
Tel: 1 (305) 403-4700
Fax: 1 (305) 403-4600
Email: riveradi@interamerica.org
Website: www.interamerica.org WM page

Dagmar Dorn

Inter-European Division
Women's Ministries director

Schosshaldenstrasse 17
CH - 3006 Berne
SWITZERLAND
Tel: 41 (31) 359-15-15
Fax: 41 (31) 359-15-66
Email: dagmar.dorn@eud.adventist.org
Website: women.eud.adventist.org

Erica Jones

North American Division
Associate Women's Ministries director

9705 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046-1565
USA
Tel: 1 (443) 391-7200
Email: EricaJones@nadadventist.org
Website: www.nadwm.org

Lisa Clouzet

Northern Asia-Pacific Division
Women's Ministries director

P. O. Box 43
Goyang Ilsan 10401
KOREA
Tel: 82 (31) 910-1500
Fax: 82 (31) 919-4412
Email: clouzetl@nsdadventist.org
Website: www.nsdadventist.org WM page

Marli Peyerl

South American Division
Women's Ministries director

Caixa Postal 2600
70275-970 Brasilia, DF
BRAZIL
Tel: 55 (61) 3701-1818
Fax: 55 (61) 3345-7778
Email: Marli.Peyerl@adventistas.org
Website: www.adventistas.org WM page

Danijela Schubert

South Pacific Division
Women's Ministries director

Locked Bag 2014
Wahroonga, N.S.W. 2076
AUSTRALIA
Tel: 61 (2) 9847-3333
Fax: 61 (2) 9489-0943
Email: danijelaschubert@adventist.org.au
Website: women.adventistchurch.com

Caroline Chola

Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division
Women's Ministries director

P.O. Box 4583
Rietvalleirand 0174
SOUTH AFRICA
Tel: 27 (12) 345-7000
Email: cholac@sid.adventist.org
Website: www.sidadventist.orgWM page

Premila Masih

Southern Asia Division
Women's Ministries director

Post Box 2, HCF
Hosur 635110,
Krishnagiri District, Tamil Nadu
INDIA
Tel: 91 (4344) 263-800
Email: premilamasih@sudadventist.org
Website: www.sudadventist.org WM page

Helen Gulfan

Southern Asia-Pacific Division
Women's Ministries director

P.O. Box 040
4118 Silang, Cavite
PHILIPPINES
Tel: 63 (46) 414-4000
Fax: 63 (46) 414-4001
Email: hgulfan@ssd.org
Website: www.ssd.org WM page

Clair Sanches-Schutte

Trans-European Division
Women's Ministries director

119 St. Peter's Street
St. Albans, Herts AL1 3EY
England
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel: 44 (1727) 860-331
Fax: 44 (1727) 866-312
Email: csanches-schutte@ted-adventist.org
Website: ted.adventist.org WM page

Omobonike Adeola Sessou

West-Central Africa Division
Women's Ministries director

22 Boite Postale 1764
Abidjan 22, Cote d'Ivoire
WEST AFRICA
Tel: 225 (22) 44-0-97
Fax: 225 (22)44-23-41
Email: omobonikes@wad.adventist.org
Website: wad.adventist.org WM page

Joyce Ng

Chinese Union Mission
Women's Ministries director

Amal Fawzy

Middle East and Northern Africa Union Mission
Women's Ministries liaison

Cristina Sandulache

Israel Field
Women's Ministries director