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Ian Maxwell - Co-Founder and C.E.O.

Ian Maxwell works at Heart for Africa, a faith-based organization focusing on bringing hope to the people of Africa in the areas of Hunger, Orphans, Poverty and Education. Ian’s vision for self-sustainable food security for all people is at the core of community transformation. Ian successfully unites and partners people from many nations to work together for comprehensive and lasting solutions.

Ian has a degree in economics from Bishops University in Lennoxville, Quebec and is the former vice-president of operations for Onyx Marketing Group in Toronto, Canada.

Janine MaxwellJanine Maxwell - Co-Founder and C.O.O.

At the age of 24 Janine Maxwell founded what would become one of the most successful marketing companies in Canada. For 16 years Janine led Onyx Marketing Group boasting some of the most well known companies in North America.

On 9/11 she found herself a part of thousands fleeing New York City. This life-changing event sent Janine on a search for the meaning of life. Her journey took her to Africa where she encountered the AIDS pandemic, hunger and disease. Janine was stirred by the faces of children, mothers and grandmothers fighting daily for their life. She turned from her boardroom savvy to be the voice sounding an alarm for those too weak to cry for help.  Together Janine and her husband Ian co-founded Heart For Africa, a faith based organization focusing on Hunger, Orphans, Poverty and Education in Swaziland.

Janine is a graduate of Evangel University. She is the author of two books, Is It Okay With You? and It’s Not Okay With Me.  You can purchase both of these books in our online store by clicking HERE.  For more information about booking Janine to speak at your event, please send an email to speaker@heartforafrica.org.

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Tricia Ford – Assistant to Janine Maxwell and Communications Manager

Tricia has worked with Heart for Africa since 2005, serving as assistant to Janine Maxwell, as well as managing trip logistics and a variety of additional administrative tasks.  In her tenure with Heart for Africa, she has had the opportunity to travel to both Malawi and Swaziland.  She considers it a privilege to work with an organization committed to changing lives, she looks forward to what God has in store for the future of Heart for Africa and the work they are doing in Swaziland.  Tricia lives in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania with her husband, Craig, and they have three grown children.

John McCarthy - Director of Finance

John lives in Chattanooga, TN with his wife of over 20 years, Tracye, and their two sons, Calvin and Connor.  John joined the Heart for Africa team after a trip to Swaziland with his family in the summer of 2012.  The McCarthy family was moved and inspired by the work that God was doing through the staff and volunteers in Swaziland.  John has over 20 years of Accounting and Operational management experience in the business world.  In addition he has extensive non-profit experience.  He has served on boards of several nonprofit organizations as the Finance Chairman including Hickory Valley Christian Church, Hickory Valley Christian School, Tres Dias of Southeast Tennessee and Christway Community Church.  He believes that God has provided him with all those opportunities to prepare him for this role at Heart for Africa.

Kim Bannon Evinsky - North American Sales Director for Khutsala Artisans

Kim Bannon Evinsky has 30+ years in Business to Business sales; Television, Print and Brand Management sales and as a Business Owner.

Starting her career in fashion, Kim owned and operated a clothing store by age 22 and opened her second store by age 25. Since 2008 Kim has worked in her own Interior Decorating Business, Bannon Baird Design.

One of the greatest joys of Kim’s life has been raising her three children Jeremy, Matthew and Joanna. She shared this journey with her husband Paul until July of 2012 when he died suddenly of a brain tumour.
As part of their healing journey Kim traveled with her children to Swaziland to serve with Heart for Africa during the Christmas holidays in 2012. The Bannon children, in mourning, spent their first Christmas without their dad feeding and caring for the orphans and vulnerable children at Project Canaan. Kim knew at this time that it was God’s plan for her to live with purpose and to give back, and then the healing would come.

She has been blessed to remarry and her husband Joe Evinsky shares her passion for missions.
Kim and Joe live in Chardon, Ohio and together have 5 children Jeremy, Tyler, Matthew, Ellen and Joanna.

David Bryant - Chief Development Officer

David has been building relationships and raising money since 1999.  He's managed successful direct mail programs, special events, major gift campaigns and other initiatives that have generated millions of dollars for programs for men, women and children struggling with disabilities, homelessness, hunger, addiction and inadequate resources.

Most recently, David served as the Chief Development Officer for United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham and the UCP Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama, overseeing marketing, annual giving, public relations, special events and planned giving strategies that supported programs and services to people with disabilities.  While serving as the Chief Philanthropy Officer for Appalachia Service Project in Tennessee, he managed the ministry's fundraising campaigns, raising more than $2.5 million annually to build relationships and secure support for home repair for Appalachian families in need of warmer, safer and drier homes and to provide a transformational experience for thousands of volunteers from across the nation each year.

When asked why he's so passionate about fundraising and ministry, David shares, "It's all about change.  My passion, vision and commitment to a nonprofit's mission and its success in creating outcomes that change people's lives is something that's highly contagious.  It infects everyone with whom I come into contact.  Ultimately, it's always about building relationships and discovering the place where an organization's mission and donor's philanthropic vision come together.  Because when you change the lives of others, they have a way of changing you." 

Julie Wilkerson - US Volunteer Coordinator

Julie Wilkerson resides in Alpharetta, Georgia with her husband Pete. Their son, Kyle is 20 and attends Ohio Northern University.  Julie has 18 years of experience in retail management and 13 years as a personal trainer. The Wilkerson’s have been involved with Heart for Africa since Pete took his first trip with Dream for Africa in 2006 to Swaziland. As a result, God has laid on their heart the plight of the Swazi children. Through the many trips with Pete to assist with the land planning of Project Canaan, Julie has become more involved and traveled 5 times over the last few years. Julie initially got involved with Heart for Africa through HOW jewelry. Most recently Julie coordinated the container for shipping to Project Canaan.  After all of this involvement, Julie felt called to join the team. She hopes to bring her passion for the organization and her love for the country of Swaziland and its people to the Coordinator position.

Sarah Windham - US Guest Relations

Sarah first traveled to Swaziland in 2011, after hearing about Heart for Africa from her brother and sister in law.  Since then, she has had the opportunity to travel several more times and loves seeing the growth and progress each year!  Sarah has a passion to share the HOPE and vision of Heart for Africa, and is honored to join alongside an incredible staff.  After teaching choir and general music for the past ten years, Sarah is excited for this opportunity to use her gifts in a new way.  She resides in Dwight, IL with her husband Luke, their two children Whit and Everly, and their miniature daschund Lucy. 

Lisa Borders - Social Media

Lisa lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and is married to Shay.  They have 3 beautiful children:  Hanna, Cameron and Chayton.  Lisa made her first trip to Swaziland in July of 2013.  She loved the vision of Project Canaan and was overwhelmed by the incredible things that were happening there.  She is thankful for the opportunity to play a small part in God's plan through Heart for Africa and to work alongside a team that is truly changing the world.


Volunteer Staff

Norma Tibshirany – Travel Coordinator

Norma Tibshirany manages all airline bookings for our volunteers.  A full time travel agent, Norma has been instrumental in ensuring that the hundreds of volunteers traveling to Africa each year have a seat going to Africa and coming home from Africa.  Originally from South Africa, Norma lives in Alpharetta, GA.

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