Born in raised in South Florida, Dr. Jodi Vermaas was raised to work hard and do more. At 18, she relocated to New York City to attend Columbia University where she majored in English. After college, she worked in ministry, which allowed her to meet her husband and travel the world. Jodi later earned her MA/PhD in Clinical Christian Psychology, and later, her MS/PhD in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Counselor Education and Supervision. She pursued counseling while growing her family, which was frequently relocating and visiting various parts of the world. In Qatar, India, Haiti, and China, she counseled and served women and children in crisis. She adopted four of her children from orphanages in these locations and founded the non-profit organization, Priority One Worldwide, to meet the needs of missionaries, orphans, and widows. Over the past four years, Dr. Jodi Vermaas has joined her husband to provide executive coaching and leadership development in his rapidly expanding and global firm, BASE4. In that capacity, she has transformed the leadership structure of the organization using a servant leadership model and promoting the values-based skills of the firm. In 2018, Garry and Jodi traveled to the Philippines and brought home six children, aged 5-12. With this growing family of 14, she and Garry settled in Franklin, Tennessee, where they are building a 22-acre farm (The Farm at Stonepile Manor) to provide a therapeutic respite for family and friends alike- while striving to do good. Highlights: Executive leadership of NGO in the national and international arena Public speaking and instruction at the national and international level Award-winning scholarship in counseling and social change sectors Ordained women's minister, licensed professional counselor Quantitative researcher, published author, and double PhD. Chief Talent Officer (CTO), BASE4 Founder and board member, Priority One Worldwide Program Director and Founder, STONEPILE COLLEGE Adoptive mother with twelve children and married for 23 years
Through moments of blood, sweat, and tears, J.D. Vermaas reveals
the broken global adoption system one messy story at a time.
Brilliantly written memoirs through the eyes of one powerful woman
on a mission to change the world one child at a time. --Tom A Dutta
#1 International Best-Selling Author, BestCEO KRE-AT(R)
This delightful book is must reading for successful
businesspeople who wonder if they are "giving enough back" to the
world. It contains a ton of inspiration (and oodles of love). I
commend it, and hope other wealthy men and women follow in the
admirable footsteps of its author J.D. Vermaas and her
husband.--James O'Toole, Best-selling author of Enlightened
Capitalists, Professor Emeritus at USC's Marshall School of
Business, founder of Neely Center for Ethical Leadership.
It is a rare and wonderful experience to read a book that discloses the highly personal, highly candid inner family life of determined individuals seeking persistently to find their life's purpose. This inspiring journey, colorfully and creatively written, touches the heart and quickens the imagination for ways normal, middle-class American families can change the world - one child at a time. Powerful.