Women's Ministries Directors
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 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.
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 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.
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."
Women's Ministries Directors
Debbie Maloba | East-Central Africa Division
Raisa A. Ostrovskaya | Euro-Asia Division
Dinorah Rivera | Inter-America Division
Dagmar Dorn | Inter-European Division
North American Division
Lisa L. Clouzet | Northern Asia-Pacific Division
Marli Knorer Peyerl | South American Division
Danijela Schubert | South Pacific Division
Caroline Chola | Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division
Premila Masih | Southern Asia Division
Helen B. Gulfan | Southern Asia-Pacific Division
Clair M. Sanches-Schutte | Trans-European Division
Omobonike Adeola Alabi Sessou | West-Central Africa Division