Meet the Team
Don Bland comes to McPherson Housing Coalition with over fifty years of experience in the construction and electrical business. He has enjoyed helping clients with their design and housing needs, seeing homeowners bring their dreams to fruition.
Residents of McPherson for over 25 years, Don and his wife Barbara have three married daughters and seven grandchildren.
Repurposing furniture and working on other wood projects is one of Don’s joys. He also does extensive leatherwork, making items for clients in several states. He loves classic cars and taking RV trips with his wife.
As an insurance agent and insurance adjuster, Don has helped clients rebuild their lives after natural disasters across the country.
Since retirement, Don has accepted the role of Project Manager for the MHC Oak Harbor Cottages. He will be directing the construction phase of the Oak Harbor Cottages project, as well as reaching out to the McPherson community to find individuals and businesses who would like to partner with us in the project.
Don says, “I am excited about being a part of this team that has such a positive influence on our community, helping families find a new start.”
Jaymie has lived in the McPherson area since she was eight years old - except for a few months spent in Houston, Texas, during her senior year in high school. She loves this community and finding ways to serve, making it a better place for all of us.
In 1999 Jaymie graduated from McPherson College with a BS in Interior Design and minors in music and business administration. She worked in a design center in Wichita for about two years, then opened Interiors by Jaymie O’Dell here in McPherson. Although she no longer has an office, she still consults and works on home design projects on occasion.
Jaymie also leads a team of about 400 people, teaching them how to use essential oils to support their health. She uses Facebook and other apps to connect with people in three countries and 36 states to share skills and knowledge with them.
No matter what the job, all of them have focused on working with people and helping their lives to be better. Jaymie has volunteered for various organizations over the years, supporting her daughters’ interests and activities. Her musical hobbies include singing in a women’s barbershop quartet and a gospel quartet. She also enjoys working as a Master Gardener, helping with the Farmer’s Market during the summer and fall.
Jaymie and her husband, David, who is a County Commissioner and CPA, have been married for 50 years. They have two daughters and six grandchildren. She and David love to spend time with the grandkids and biannually they all vacation together. This last summer they had grandkids camp at Nana & Papas.
When Chris Goodson asked her to be a part of a team to consider how to use the S. Oak property to best benefit our community, Jaymie committed to praying for guidance regarding its use. She says, “It has really been exciting to see how this project of Oak Harbor Cottages is coming together to help families in need. Having lived in 26 towns myself by the time I was 18, I understand the need for stability for these families to gain strength and grow in skills beyond just survival. I am really looking forward to meeting the first family to move into the first cottage.”
Although Sarah was born and raised in a rural town in Iowa, she has called McPherson home for 16 years. A journeyman carpenter, she is well-known in the community as a hard worker, willing to take on home repairs and help with construction. MHC has valued her participation as a volunteer for Brush Up Mac for the past several years.
Sarah calls herself “a fellow servant of Jesus Christ.” With a bachelor’s degree in ministry, she was led to start My Brother’s Keeper – based upon the concept from the Bible (Genesis 4). Sarah grew up with 11 older brothers, so was brought up with this belief. In 2018 she changed the name to Sisters Keeper Ministry, focusing on helping women in need. They became incorporated in 2011 and became a 501(c)3 in 2014.
Her mission is to work with people to restore homes for those who can’t afford a contractor. She donates her labor and raises funds for materials needed. She partners with the Omega women’s program, hiring them to help with her building projects. She also owns several rental properties in town. Sarah puts the concept of being “a keeper” of others into action, as she says, “to share and show the love of Jesus Christ our Savior.”
Sarah has been married to Larry Goering for 16 years. They have two sons and another two grown-up sons from another marriage. Seven grandchildren and a grandson-in-law round out the family – plenty is going on to keep this grandma busy! MHC looks forward to her skilled help with Oak Harbor Cottages and other housing projects.
Larry & Reva Purcell
Larry and Reva Purcell have been married for 45 years. They have two sons, Eddy is married to Angela and Anthony with his partner Nick. No grandchildren.
Reva is retired now and enjoys mentoring with the Omega women, through Live Free Ministries. Reva had a day care in their home for 10 years when their boys were small. She then managed Tidy Laundry for 20 years, later she drove part time for Bluestem Pace .
Larry still works full time for ICS, Inc. where he has been for 30 years. He is on the Live Free Ministries board and mentors with the men.
Both are members of Freedom Chapel Assembly of God. Where they have served in many positions: teaching Sunday school, working in the nursery, mentoring with younger couples. Larry has served on the board of deacons and Reva has led the Women's ministry.
We're both looking forward to moving into the cottages and helping the less fortunate. During our married life, with God's help, we have been able to help the less
fortunate. We have grown stronger through it all.