We are very grateful for our board of directors which consists of men and women who have a wealth of experience to guide our mission, including academics, professionals with experience in security, leaders of the kinds of organizations we serve.
Sherry Dingman, PhD is a biological psychologist who has traveled to natural and man-made disasters around the world, including Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Kosovo, Belfast, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria, Iraq, Mongolia, Pakistan, and China. For three years, she served a representative for the America Psychological Association to civil society at the United Nations.
Vernon Murray, PhD is currently a social marketing professor and is deeply involved in research to combat human trafficking. He has traveled to Australia, Egypt, Europe, and repeatedly to Mexico. He speaks English and French.
Maria Otte, PhD is a health psychologist who works with victims of domestic violence. She has trained law enforcement personnel about developmental trauma disorder. She speaks Italian and English.
Ilona Gedutiene, MAS has extensive knowledge of nonprofit operations and international relations. She is currently employed with Catholic Charities in NYC. She is accredited with ECOSOC NGO department at the UN, has UN press credentials, and serves on the Executive Board of the UN Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. She is our liaison to the UN. She speaks Lithuanian, Russian and English.
DeWayne Mason Sr. MS, is a recently retired Chicago police officer who worked in the Organized Crime Division as a Narcotics Officer. He served as a deputized member of the FBI’s GRIT task force as a tactical and gang officer. He currently the Executive Director of International American Medical Mission which works in Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
Rodney Redmon served as a Military Police Officer in the Marine Corp for 22 years providing Embassy Security. He has extensive experience in South America and Africa.
Steve Voyen, MBA, is currently Country Director for Feed the Children in Nicaragua. His career has been devoted to international development and relief in 35 countries. He speaks English and Spanish.
Daniel Bercu, MD, practices emergency medicine in Tennessee and is the President and Founder of Doctors at War, which provides critical medical care to human trafficking victims, helping them to recover from the long-term effects of abuse. He leads regular medical teams to India and Nepal.
Robert Whittaker, MD, is a career mission doctor who began working in Nigeria in 1973. He survived a kidnapping from Nigerian Christian Hospital by attackers who shot him and a security guard in the process. Currently he oversees a medical clinic in Zambia.
Benny Baker, MA, is the executive director of Misión Para Cristo in Nicaragua. He and his wife Donna serves as wardens for the US Embassy in Nicaragua and host dozens of US volunteers each year. The mission works with the indigenous people on the Rio Coco River, the border between Nicaragua and Honduras. He speaks English and Spanish.
Steve Doty, AA, served in the Marine Corp and is retired from Defense Department Logistics. He is President of Direct Connect Humanitarian Aid, formerly known as World Wide Humanitarian Aid, which he founded in 1998. Currently it has projects in Belarus, Kosovo, Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines and West Africa. Direct Connect operates on direct service model, which focuses on practical projects that deliver immediate benefits.
Andrew Baker, PhD. is the Executive Director of the Mitchell Center at Harding University. He sends and takes university students on international mission trips.
Past Board Members
David Beyda, MD, is a pediatric critical care specialist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, having served as Division Chief of Critical Care Medicine for over 35 years, now retired, and is Chair and Professor of the Department of Bioethics, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix where he directs the Ethics Theme and the Global Health program. He also serves as Chairman of the Bioethics Committee of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He was the founder and Director of Medical Mercy for One Child Matters , traveling 6-8 times a year to care for children in more than 20 countries, including Cambodia, Swaziland, Mozambique, Kenya, and Ethiopia.
Competent support for our mission comes from Tim Anebakem, Director of Security; Lt. Kyle Davis, Military Attache and head of New York State’s disaster response team for Manhattan and the Bronx; Garth Scott, Chief Aviator, former military intelligence and helicopter pilot; Thomas Tuck, Insurance Consultant; Sara Tyler, Analyst and Operations Manager; Matthew Wattoff, JD/CPA; and Rachel Hurlburt, IT specialist.