Meet the Staff
Glenna Houk Waller (President/CEO) is the daughter of Frances (Peggy) Carroll Houk and the late Dean Houk. She was married to Larry Waller for fifty years prior to his death in 2015. They have two children, David Waller and Melanie Waller Foster and 9 grandchildren.
Glenna enjoys reading and spending time with her family. Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
In 1995 she was recognized as “Barnesville-Lamar County Outstanding Career Women” sponsored by the Barnesville Rotary Club.
The Georgia House of Representatives adopted a resolution in 2002, recognizing and commending Glenna as a distinguished Georgian for her efficient, effective, unselfish, and dedicated public service to the citizens of her community and state.
Glenna has been involved in the LCW/LCP Ministry since its inception. She was elected President of Little Children of the World in 2009 after serving as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for many years. She has traveled to the Philippines over forty times and now feels it is her second home. Her greatest joy is serving God through LCW/LCP and feeling like she can make a difference on this earth and in eternity. Glenna resides in Barnesville, Georgia where she is active in her church and community.Read “A Message From LCW’s President”
Marie Lou Patrimonio– Abbott (Vice President of Administrative Services and Sponsorship Coordinator) has a special connection to LCW. Her story is a true testament of how this wonderful ministry can help a child. Marie Lou grew up in Dumaguete City, Philippines. Her sister, Marla Patrimonio-Nomo, was once a sponsored child. Marie Lou’s mother, Cerila Patrimonio, has been working for Little Children of the Philippines since the infancy of the ministry. Marie Lou grew up watching her mother work for the ministry that she truly loves. Cerila is the Peace and Faith Steward; she goes through the communities and teaches Bible Studies.
In 2002, Marie Lou came to the United States as Georgia Rotary Student. It was made possible through Mr. Larry and Mrs. Glenna Waller. While studying at Gordon College, Marie Lou and Glenna Waller traveled to several speaking engagements for the ministry, and while on one of these speaking engagements Marie Lou met her now husband, David Abbott. Marie Lou and David have one son, Alex.
Before working for LCW, Marie Lou was a licensed nurse and worked in a hospital in Virginia. But in 2011, Marie Lou felt God calling her to work for LCW. She began part time and in 2012 became a member of the full time staff. Marie Lou believed that God had called her to work for LCW so that the precious children and youth in Dumaguete City, Philippines will have a chance for a better and brighter future.
Marie Lou’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 37:3-5, “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will do this.”
When Marie Lou is not at LCW, she spends time with her family and son. She enjoys walking and running, and loves to play word search puzzles. She also teaches a Wednesday night Bible study for children at her church. Marie Lou and her family are currently residing in Stockbridge, GA.
Before Margie Mangham (Vice President of Development) became a part of LCW, she and her husband Bob lived in Acworth, GA. In 2006 after working at Lockheed Martin for over 30 years, Bob retired, and he and Margie moved down to Barnesville, GA. Margie first heard about LCW at her church, First Baptist Church of Barnesville. Later a Women’s League meeting in 2008, she happened to sit next to a very nice lady, Glenna Waller. This was first time Margie and Glenna met.
After talking with Glenna about her life’s work at Little Children of the World, Margie was ready to go to the Philippines. She volunteered at the LCW office helping with administrative activities. The following March, Margie actually traveled to LCP for the first time with Glenna, and the trip changed her life. While at LCP, Margie selected a child to sponsor and she fell in love with the little beautiful brown- eyed children. The people were so loving and appreciative of all the ministry affords them. Margie traveled to all 14 communities teaching a Bible study and had the good fortune of meeting so many LCP members.
Not long after her trip to LCP, Margie was offered a job at LCW where she serves as the Vice- President of Development which means her main duty is fundraising for the ministry. Margie serves on the Advisory Council and Chairs the Fundraising Committee at the Board of Director’s meeting twice a year. Call Margie at the office number if you have any fundraising ideas! When Margie is not working she enjoys shopping for antiques, scrap booking, and traveling with her family. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
As a member of the founding family, Melanie Foster (Treasurer) has been involved with LCW since early in its history. By 1997, she was assisting in computerizing the LCW records. Since that time, she has worked part-time as Bookkeeper and is a long-time Advisory Council Member. In October, 2015, she was elected to the Board of Directors and promoted to Treasurer of LCW. Melanie was privileged to travel to LCP in 2008. Carrying on the family tradition, her children have made a combined 7 trips to LCP.
Melanie has been married to Jody Foster since March 21, 1992. They have two children, Brittany and Jake, who are currently enrolled in college. She is a mediator for the 6th District Court program and is the Vice President of Waller Transport, the family trucking business. In the past, she has coached basketball, volleyball and softball. She is a member of Antioch Baptist Church. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When Melanie is not working she enjoys spending as much time with her family as possible, reading and snuggling with her cats.
As a new member of the LCW staff, Jamiee Tidwell (Secretary) has a real love for the ministry and looks forward to her first trip to the Philippines. She graduated as a CNA in 2012 and has worked in this area for four years. While working at Sunny Grove Assisted Living she met one of the residents, Peggy Houk, who is one of the LCW Founders and learned about the LCW Ministry. Also in High School Jamiee played basketball and her coach was Melanie Foster. Through the years she had a lot of contact with LCW and feels right at home working with the ministry.
Jamiee lives in Yatesville, Georgia. She enjoys playing and teaching piano. She plans to eventually continue her education in the field of nursing and one day serve as a volunteer nurse in the Philippines. Jamiee also enjoys spending time with her nephew, her boyfriend and her family. She is a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Thomaston.
Jamiee’s favorite Bible verse is “Philippians 4: 13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”