Becky Hamilton
Becky produced and directed the documentary Heart of a Soul Surfer, the first major project sharing Bethany’s story with the world. She also co-produced the Sony Pictures 2011 bio-pic, Soul Surfer. Her unique position in Bethany’s life as sister in law, friend, and executive assistant give her amazing insight into how to continue to lead this organization.
Sarah Hill
A founding board member and part time staff, Sarah is not only involved in the ministry aspects, but now develops rapport with donors and executes Friends of Bethany’s annual fundraising plan. Sarah was instrumental in helping Bethany through the tragic loss of her arm. Sarah’s own past, which include suffering a broken neck and back in a surfing accident, helped prepare and equip her in ministry. Serving as a missionary on the Island of Kauai, Sarah she leads one of the largest student ministries on the island. Grounded in her devotion and love for Christ, her training allows her to recognize those in need and gives her the ability to reach out to them.
Katie Ancheta

Katie has over 15 years experience in non-profit and ministry administration. As its Executive Director for 4 years, Katie represented Friends of Bethany at various speaking venues, as well as planned and spoke at our conferences and retreats.  Her heart is to see Friends of Bethany point people to know Jesus Christ,the One who has
overcome the world.

Tom Hamilton
Melanie Bierma

A wife and mother, Melanie works with her family-owned business, Chicken in a Barrel, is highly involved in her church fellowship, and serves as Friends of Bethany’s board Secretary and sits on the Programs and Board Development Committee. Her kind, generous nature and love for Jesus shines through in every area of her life.

Bethany Chavez
Bethany Chavez joined our team in June of 2015 as our Administrative Assistant. She is highly involved at her church fellowship and serves as a worship leader on Kauai.
Coral Miles
Founding board member and long time Hamilton family friend. Coral is an entrepreneurial jewelry designer, vacation rental owner/manager, and a loving family woman. Her compassion for others shows in her past involvement with women’s shelters and being active in her church fellowship.
Adam Dirks
Bethany’s husband. Youth Minister.
Dean Plumlee
Dean is a rare surfer from West Virginia.  Having served in Student Ministries in various capacities for over a decade he has spent the last 17 years serving with Christian Surfers United States (CSUS) with his final years as National Director.  He now serves as Ministry Catalyst on staff with Sonlife Ministries (an org offering training and resources for leaders to makes disciples as Jesus did

Advisory Board

Bethany Hamilton-Dirks
Pro Surfer, Shark Attack Survivor, Arm Amputee.
Lisa Curlee
Lisa lost her leg in a motorcycle accident at the age of 16. She now aims to love and support her fellow amputees through her partnerships with FOBH and The Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation. She initially connected with Friends of Bethany at our first annual Beautifully Flawed Retreat and now plays a vital role in mentoring and following up with the young women from our retreats.
Noah Hamilton
A founding Board Member and former Vice President of FOBH, Noah now serves on our Advisory Board.
Lauren Scruggs-Kennedy
A fashion journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief of LOLO Magazine, Lauren became globally known after a horrible accident that resulted in the loss of both her left eye and hand. She authored her memoir Still Lolo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family’s Journey of Hope in 2012 and released Your Beautiful Heart in 2015. She is currently in the process of starting a foundation that works to provide beautiful prosthetics for those in need,
The Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation. Lauren partners with FOB in
our annual Beautifully Flawed retreats and girls conferences.
Mike Coots
Shark attack survivor. Traumatic lower-leg amputee. Photographer. Amputee surfer and shark advocate.