Dr. Codrina Cozma, President
A Professor of English with extensive formal training and experience as a multilingual translator, Codrina has been blessed with deep compassion for human suffering since she experienced many facets of it throughout her life. She is happy to use her God-given talents and experiences to be a blessing in the world.
Our Founder and President, Dr. Codrina Cozma, has been blessed with a special exposure to diverse cultures, languages, religious backgrounds, and especially human suffering. Born in Romania in the time of the totalitarian communist regime, she experienced there religious persecution and poverty, but she also had the opportunity to get an early and rigorous education in foreign languages. She is forever indebted to her cosmopolitan European background for her multilingualism and her joy of sharing love with people of all nations.
While in Romania, Codrina, who was born with Muscular Dystrophy, struggled with a sheer lack of wheelchair accessibility and with the discriminatory mentality of a society that regarded disabled people as a social disgrace and shut them out of education institutions and work places. However, it was in Romania, in a small Christian Baptist church, that Codrina, at the age of 15, made the decision to follow Christ and live her life for Him. Four years later, as a token of her commitment to God, Codrina chose to be baptized in secret; at that time, that was the only way to do it, due to sustained persecution.
Codrina's God-given faith in Jesus Christ is what turned the impossible into reality in her life, and it is the driving power behind Heaven Preview Foundation. But this organization is also the fulfillment of a promise to help children, a promise Codrina and her mother made to God in the midst of an indescribable pain, at the funeral of Codrina's little sister, Diana Alexandra.
Diana was the promised child. Codrina spent her entire childhood praying for a little blue-eyed sister with golden, curly hair. When Diana was born, she perfectly fit this prayer description, and spiritually she was a little angel thirsty to constantly learn about God. At the age of 9, Diana was already fast learning four foreign languages, and she was having deep theological conversations with her pastor. In November 1996, 11 days after her 9th birthday, Diana's little body fell prey to pneumonia, and her spirit flew to Heaven to spend eternity with our Heavenly Father. It is to Diana's memory that Heaven Preview Foundation has been created with one of its foci being international outreach programs for children affected by disabilities and poverty.
Codrina first came to the U.S. in 1993, when a U.S. doctor miraculously offered her a life-saving surgical procedure. She later returned to the States in 1998 for her undergraduate and then graduate studies in English and legally remained in this country ever since. In 2013, Codrina became a U.S. citizen, an answer to her childhood prayers. A formally trained and experienced multilingual translator, Dr. Codrina Cozma is currently serving as a Professor of English in the University System of Georgia. Codrina has also completed undergraduate degrees in psychology, legal studies, and accounting and a master's in accountancy at Valdosta State University. She feels blessed to be a member of Perimeter Road Baptist Church in Valdosta, GA.
Christopher Rogers, Treasurer
A graduate from Valdosta State University and a successful professional in the Atlanta metro area, Christopher has a deep faith and a keen interest in helping this charitable organization reach its full potential by ensuring that the financial stability of this organization stays intact. God puts us through many trials and led us to the understanding that the spirit of giving of oneself pushes us to be good stewards of His words. Christopher believes that to give is to receive and tries to live his life to do the good works which God has blessed us to do in this life.
Bobbie Davonna Davis, Secretary
As a Psychology major, Bobbie plans to further her education on into graduate school by obtaining the Behavior Analyst Certification and a PhD in Psychology. She wears many “hats” as a student, daughter, friend, and Autism advocate, all of which she fully enjoys! First and foremost, however, Bobbie is a Christian. She firmly believes that all of life’s struggles can be overcome through belief and faith in Jesus Christ.
Gheorghita Cozma, Board of Directors Member
A retired middle-school Biology teacher, Gheorghita has devoted her life to her children and relentless faith in God. She has been contributing her enthusiasm, compassion, and financial resources to our foundation since its inception. She has also been pro-active in selecting our grantees and conducting fundraising activities.
Dr. Silvia Maria Chireac is a Lecturer of Hispanic Linguistics at the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi (Romania), where she teaches MA courses and coordinates MA dissertations in Linguistics and Education. She received her Master degree from the University of Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain) and her Doctoral degree from the University of Lleida (Catalonia, Spain) on a scholarship awarded by the Government of Catalonia. Her research interests lie in the much broader areas of Romanic linguistics, bilingualism and multilingualism, which include second language acquisition and bilingual and multilingual education. She is an active researcher with an international academic profile, and she authored books chapters, a wide range of peer-reviewed articles in journals and conference proceedings. She has experience in collaborative projects as a member of the research group “Plurilingualism and Education,” and she had presented a significant number of papers at international conferences across Europe.
Dr. Silvia Maria Chireac, International Education Consultant
Alina Manolache, Legal Consultant
Alina Manolache worked as a legal assistant for a family lawyer while pursuing her Juris Doctor degree in Legal Studies from" Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iaşi (Romania). Her interests reside in completing a legal career in United States as an international lawyer or legal consultant. Her current activities are studying and improving her English, Spanish, and French and preparing for the Bar Exam and for admission to the Texas Bar Association. She is now a proud Mom of a daughter and supports her husband in his music education career.
Crystal Anderson, Disabilities Consultant
Mrs. Crystal Anderson teaches college courses that focus on public speaking, business communication, and mass media for the University System of Georgia. She earned her undergraduate degree at Valdosta State University. She completed her graduate degree at the University of Georgia. Crystal enjoys participating in public speaking engagements, fundraising events, and family activities.
Chris Delaney, Sexual Orientation Therapy Consultant, Founder/Director of Joseph's Coat Ministries, Inc.
Chris founded Joseph's Coat Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)3 tax-exempt Christian organization, in 1996 and has since served as Director and President of this organization. Previously, Chris served in full-time ministry to AIDS patients and as a volunteer or staff member for local churches. Chris married Nicole in August 2002, and they have a daughter born in 2004 and a son born in 2006. Chris shares his personal testimony of how God has delivered and healed him from unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA).
Rev. George Bennett, Substance Abuse Consultant
Rev. Bennett has been extensively involved locally and nationally in community-serving programs and media projects. He currently serves as the Chairman of the board of Directors of Better Neighborhood Housing Corporation, a low income housing development, and he is an active member of numerous non-profit corporations.
Valdosta, GA is blessed to have Rev. George Bennett as a resident. He has an impressive trajectory as a Christian pastor and is the retired pastor of First Christian Church in Valdosta.
The work of volunteers is vital for this organization. Since our focus is to help individuals in need, we have chosen to keep at a minimum our administrative expenses, so our staff are not compensated for their work; their reward lies solely in making a positive difference in other people's lives. However, we pay volunteers a commission for their sales efforts. Volunteers are the driving force behind our research, event-planning, and public relations. If you feel called to serve as a volunteer at Heaven Preview Foundation, please download the appropriate Volunteer Agreement Form below, sign and date it, and email it to us as a .pdf attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
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In the middle of victories, tears, challenges, needs, and hopes, Codrina's main life goal remains holiness. She deeply desires to be a chosen vessel through which God's love and light can shine in this world and bring healing, peace, and joy. Please support her in your heart-felt prayers, so she can continue to fulfill her mission on this Earth!