The Soup of Success Team

Our committed team of leaders and program educators are working intimately with the women in our program to help them improve the quality of their lives and reshape the landscape of their lives.

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Betsy Ayrea Delfine


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Betsy developed the Soup of Success program in November 1997 and still directs it to this day.  She is passionate about empowering women to find their voices, stop settling and reclaim their lives.  Betsy does presentations on the Soup of Success program and Church Community Services and is active in agency fundraising and development as well as social media communications. Betsy loves designing gift baskets and is always on the lookout for new retail and wholesale customers and people who want to get connected through volunteering!

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Kathy Peterson

Program Facilitator

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Kathy came to Soup of Success as a volunteer with a background in adult education. She became a staff member in 2003 and now serves as the SOS Programming Facilitator – overseeing the design and implementation of curriculum, volunteer trainers, and guest presenters, as well as providing instruction for a variety of classes including Career Counseling, Work Skills, Practicing Personal Power, Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World, and Creative Writing. She also supports Soup of Success women one-on-one, both as participants and graduates. Kathy loves being inspired by strong, courageous women.

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Teresa Clifford

Production Manager

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Teresa  joined our staff as Production Manager in August 2017.  She received a degree in Human Service at Ivy Tech Community College. She has worked in drug and alcohol treatment  and has also served on the board of the Drug Free Partnership of Elkhart County. Teresa loves product development, inventory, and working directly with the women and teaching business skills.

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Sue McDonald

Soup Of Success Counselor

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Sue joined our staff as a counselor in 2016.  She graduated from Ball State and then received her masters in counseling from Indiana University.  For 10 years prior she worked in the school system providing group and individual counseling for youth in crisis. Here at Soup of Success, she oversees and facilitates our group counseling, teaches the emotional resource curriculum, provides one on one support to the current class and to graduates of the program.  She is passionate about empowering women to become their best selves with a high self- esteem and solid confidence for a better future.

Soup of Success Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

From left: Julianne Kwasney, Lauren Farver, Ashley Miller, Dana Clark, Cherie Nusbaum, Nicole Cripe, Erin Schrader, Della Fink, Allison Teich. Not pictured: Cassidy Miller