My name is Bill Deyo. I'm married to Jeannie Zerby, the sister of Karen Zerby. Together Jeannie and I manage Elderhaven, an assisted living home in Tucson, Arizona. The founders of Elderhaven are the Reverend and Mrs. Eugene Zerby.
There have been rumors on various web sites that Karen Zerby purchased or invested in or donated towards the purchase of the Elderhaven property or an apartment for her parents. We have also been receiving phone calls from former Family members asking about this.
In order to put these rumors to rest, I state the following: Karen Zerby did not purchase or invest in or donate toward the purchase of the Elderhaven property or building. She did not purchase or invest in or donate toward the purchase of an apartment for her parents. Neither Karen, nor the Family International has anything to do with Elderhaven. Karen is not a financial investor or privy to the operations of Elderhaven.
Angela Smith was a member of our board of directors. Over the years she had visited Elderhaven a number of times. During these visits she would help in any way she could. She became a dear friend to us, and as such, we asked her to become a member of our board. Angela being a member of the Family International did not play into our decision, she was our friend. She actively helped us and was a true Christian. That is why we invited her to become a member of our board.
Angela Smith was our friend, Ricky Rodriquez was our nephew. We loved them both and we grieve their passing.
The United States Federal Government, Internal Revenue Service, has declared Elderhaven to be a section 501c3 not for profit organization. The State of Arizona and the City of Tucson acknowledge this proclamation.
Information regarding Elderhaven is posted at www.guidestar.org.