U.S. Board of Directors
A Native of Sharon, Pennsylvania, Dan Friedrich earned a BA in Sociology from Saint Francis University in 1976 and a Master’s of Hospital and Health Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1980. After graduation he joined Humana, which later was acquired by HCA. Starting as an Administrative Specialist, he rose to various positions, including CEO of four hospitals in Florida. For 14 years, Dan has served as CEO of Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Florida, which is a 383-bed acute care hospital that has a regional reputation for excellence in cardiac programs, trauma, and orthopedic and neuro surgery.
Dan currently serves on the Board of Directors for three additional organizations: the Manatee County YMCA, St. Francis University in Loretta, PA, and Hope Family Services, which helps victims of domestic violence. He also is an Associate Member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, which is dedicated to helping the poor and disenfranchised. In 2014, Dan finished a three-year journey to become a professed Secular Franciscan that culminates in a lifelong commitment to live the gospel following the example of St. Francis of Assisi. He is a long time member of Ss. Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church in Bradenton.
Dan is married to Debbie Friedrich, who has a Doctorate of Nursing. They have three grown children, Jennifer, Jamie, and Daniel IV and are doting on their grandchildren, Dylan and Nora, who are twins. In his free time Dan enjoys SCUBA diving and boating.
A native of Minnesota, Dr. Peterson graduated from St. Olaf College, and then moved to Rochester, Minnesota, where he graduated from the Mayo Medical School. After spending the next 10 years becoming a Cardiac Teaching Scholar at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, he returned to the Mayo Clinic through a special fellowship. Dr. Peterson was on the faculty of the University of Florida until entering private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was Chief of Surgery of the Heart Hospital of New Mexico. He came to Bradenton as a cardiac and thoracic surgeon in 2000.
He and his wife, Julie, have been active participants in the Bradenton community where they have been long time members of Grace Bible Church. Their three children, Lindsay, Bret and Kelly all graduated from Manatee High School. Julie also volunteered with Youth for Christ, primarily helping troubled teens. She also is in the process of chaplain certification.
In 2015, Rick and Julie began medical missions, based at Kibogora Hospital in remote Rwanda. They received additional training at Tenwek missionary hospital in Bomet, Kenya. Rick is primarily involved in general surgery while Julie is engaged in a hospital chaplaincy ministry and outreach to widows and new mothers. They intend to return to Rwanda every year.
Maggie received her call to rescue families from sex slavery in October of 2014 while attending IRIS Harvest School of Missions in Pemba, Mozambique, which is run by Heidi and Rolland Baker. From the school, she moved directly to Nairobi, Kenya, where she launched On Eagles’ Wings.
God is pulling on all of her past service as a Christian for this new work. For four years, Maggie spearheaded a healing room at Kingdom Life Christian Church in Bradenton, Florida, where God healed numerous physical and emotional ailments, including a goiter, breast tumors, and addictions. She also previously led a team to local strip clubs, taking gifts and demonstrating Christ’s love to the dancers and bouncers. As a House Manager for SOLVE Maternity Homes in Bradenton, Maggie lived with troubled, young pregnant women and inspired them to turn their lives around. And shortly after becoming a Christian 20 years ago, God called her to do a small part in racial reconciliation, so she joined St. Stephens African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.) in Elkridge, Maryland, where she worked with the youth and taught adult Bible Study.
For almost 30 years, Maggie maintained a successful career as a manager, journalist, and writer for various companies in Florida and Maryland. Originally from Sharon, PA, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Regional Planning with a double-major in Psychology in 1979 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, graduating Cum Laude.
Maggie is licensed by Kingdom Life Christian Church in Bradenton, Florida, U.S.A.