Our Board

We are very grateful for our board of directors, men and women who have a wealth of experience to guide our mission, including academics, professionals with experience from the world of security, and 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, Ireland, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria, Iraq, Mongolia, Pakistan, and China. For three years, she served a representative for the American 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 Central America. He speaks English, French and some Spanish.

Maria Otte, PhD is a health psychologist and counselor who works at a nonprofit agency serving victims of domestic violence. She former worked with a child advocacy group working with abused children and young adults. She trains law enforcement personnel about developmental trauma disorder. She speaks English and Italian.

Ilona Geutiene, MAS has extensive knowledge of nonprofit operations and international relations. She is currently the government contracts manager at Catholic Charities and Community Services for the greater New York City area.  She serves on the Executive Board of the UN Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. She speaks English and Russian. 

DeWayne Mason Sr. MS, is a retired Chicago police officer  who has 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 serves as the Executive Director of International American Medical Mission.

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. He is now providing safety and security for Strattford County Public Schools.

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.

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 clinic in Zambia.

Benny Baker, MA is the executive director of Misión Para Cristo in Nicaragua. He and his wife Donna serve 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. The mission is no working with a school in Honduras.

Steve Doty, AA served in the Marine Corp and 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.

Steve Voyen, MA has worked for many international development organizations in his career.  He most recently became the Regional Director of Poverty Solutions, Africa is responsible for the creation, administration and success of World Challenge’s Poverty Solutions missions efforts in Africa. He speaks English and Spanish.  

Andrew Baker, PhD. is the Executive Director of the Mitchell Center at Harding University and a professor at Harding University. He sends and takes university students on national and international mission trips.

Harold Harder, Ph.D. was the Founder and President of Blessings International for 32 years. A pharmacologist, former medical school professor and cancer researcher, Dr. Harder founded Blessings International to equip Christian medical mission teams with the life-saving medicines they need to treat the sick, the poor, and victims of natural or man-made disasters anywhere in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have benefited from the organization.

Headquarters Staff

Competent support for our mission comes from Tim Anebakem, Director of Security; Lt. Kyle Davis, Military Attaché; Garth Scott, Chief Aviator, former military intelligence and helicopter pilot; Thomas Tuck, Insurance Consultant; Karen Tuck, Social Worker, Sara Tyler, Analyst and Operations Manager; Matthew Wattoff, JD/CPA; Rachel Hurlburt, IT specialist; and Adam DiStefano, cyber security guru.

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.

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