Team & Board of Directors

The Heart for Africa Team

 

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 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 lives. 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 eSwatini.

 

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.


Read Janine's Full Bio


 

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 eSwatini.  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 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 eSwatini.  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.



 

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." 

 

 

Annie Metcalfe - Administrative Assistant, Atlanta Office

 

Annie was raised in Nova Scotia, Canada and moved to Alpharetta, Georgia with her husband and their 3 children, Mollie, Zach and Sophie, in June 2000.  She has her Bachelor's of Commerce in management which was obtained at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Annie has recently joined Heart for Africa in hopes of making a difference in the lives of the children at Project Canaan and to assist Janine, Ian and the staff in accomplishing its goals and aspirations of a brighter future in eSwatini.  She hopes to one day soon be able to visit Project Canaan to see the children in person and to be able to bring back a stronger purpose to share with those around her!  She is excited to be a part of this team!

 

 

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. 

 

 

Mandy Wallick - Sales Manager for Khutsala Artisans

 

Mandy is a wife and mother to 3 beautiful children, ages 4, 5, and 7.  She started to learn more about Heart for Africa through the Village Christian Church and was interested in raising awareness for Heart for Africa through her triathlons.  She was also going to help others fundraise to go to Africa, then learned that there was one spot left for the November 2017 trip.  She decided to join in and start helping other organizations fundraise using Khutsala keychains and ornaments.  She is blessed that God has laid out a path for her to be able to serve on the Heart for Africa team.


 

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 eSwatini 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.

 

 

 

Board of Directors

 

Chad Gregory, Chair, came to work for United Egg Producers in 1998 and currently serves as President and CEO.  Chad spends all of his time managing UEP, which represents 95% of the U.S. egg production.  Chad also represents UEP's interests on the International Egg Commission.  


Chad earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Southern Illinois University in 1993.


 

Nate Ferguson, Vice-Chair, serves as Lead Pastor for The Village Christian Church in Minooka, IL.  He and his wife and 25 of their friends started The Village in October of 2004 meeting at a local school gymnasium.  God has blessed the church tremendously and they are now reaching 700 plus people every week!
 
Nate was challenged by his brother and sister-in-law (Jeremy & Raelenna Ferguson) to visit Heart for Africa in 2014.  On that trip, Nate’s heart was touched by the incredible work being done each and every day.  Nate is passionate about getting other churches and pastors to visit Heart for Africa and helping the ministry in any way they can!
 
Nate has a bachelor’s degree in ministry from Lincoln Christian College and a Masters Degree in Leadership from Lincoln Christian Seminary.
 
Nate is married to the love of his life (Rachelle Ferguson) and has two incredible sons (Kaden and Carder) and one really cool dog (Rascal).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mark McGee, Secretary, became involved with Heart for Africa in 2007 when he met Janine & Ian Maxwell.  They invited him to travel to eSwatini to provide dental care for the children and caretakers.  After reading Janine's first book and spending many months praying about his invitaiton, God put it upon his heart that his services were needed in eSwatini.

 

Dr McGee's first trip to eSwatini was in the summer of 2008.  He traveled with his three children and worked out of a horse trailer and with a folding chair in the field treating patients.  He has since returned to serve in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2017.  Dr. McGee considers traveling to and working in Swaziland with Heart for Africa an opportunity and his Christian obligation to serve.  He feels privileged and honored to serve God, His children, those in great need, and to serve alongside the volunteers and individuals involved with Heart for Africa.

 

Dr. McGee lives in Alpharetta, GA with his beautiful wife Kim.  They have five children between them.  He has an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from LSU Dental School in New Orleans.  He served as chief resident of his medical/dental post-doctoral residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He has been in practice for thirty years and currently maintains a private restorative dental practice in Alpharetta.

 

 

Kathy Ott, Treasurer, is an associate at Merchant and Gould, an intellectual property law firm in Denver, Colorado.  Kathy's practice is concentrated on patent prosecution and analysis. She focuses on drafting and prosecuting patent applications in a variety of technology areas from software to medical device technologies. Her practice also involves providing non-infringement and invalidity opinions regarding patents and products from a broad spectrum of technology areas, including pharmaceuticals to medical devices to radio frequency transponders.
In addition to her emphasis in patent prosecution and opinion work, Kathy has experience prosecuting and litigating trademarks. Specifically, she has counseled clients regarding trademark portfolio strategies and has negotiated a trademark dispute through settlement in favor of her client. Kathy also provides general litigation support, including drafting motions, briefs, and other documents, and aiding in case strategy. As a member of the Technology Transfer Practice Group, Kathy has experience in drafting and evaluating licensing agreements involving intellectual property.

Believing strongly in public service, Kathy provides pro bono legal assistance to immigrant victims of domestic violence through the Denver Center for Crime Victims.  Kathy also provides pro bono legal assistance through ProBoPat, which offers patent search and prosecution services to qualified low-income applicants. 

In addition to her corporate responsibilities, she is a member for various professional affiliations.  Kathy, her husband Ted, their son Conner and their daughter Lauren reside in Denver, Colorado where they are active with many church-related, civic and community organizations.

 

 

 

Ian Maxwell works at Heart for Africa. 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 Maxwell works for Heart for Africa.  At the age of 24 she 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 andher husband Ian co-founded Heart For Africa, a faith based organization focusing on Hunger, Orphans, Poverty and Education in eSwatini.

 

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.

 

 

Teri Plummer McClure serves as chief legal, communications and compliance officer at UPS.  In this role, she oversees all UPS ethics and compliance, audit and legal initiatives in more than 220 countries and territories where the company does business.  Teri leads UPS worldwide public affairs and government relations efforts advocating increased global trade, stronger business competitiveness, and improved economic growth worldwide, as well as many other public policies.  She also leads the global communications and brand management function at UPS, one of the most recognized and trusted brands in the world.

 

She advises and supports the UPS Board of Directors and is a member of the Company's Management Committee, the team responsible for setting strategy and profit and operating plans for the company's worldwide operations.

Anative of Kansas City, Kansas, Teri received a bachelor's degree in marketing and economics from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and a juris doctorate degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta.  She began her legal career in private practice focusing on labor and employment-related civil litigation and prior to joining UPS, practiced with the Troutman Sanders Law Firm in Atlanta.  

In addition to her corporate responsibilities, she is a member for various bar associations and serves on the board of trustees of The UPS Foundation, which distributed more than $49.2 million in charitable giving in 2012.  Teri also serves on the boards of Emory University Board of Trustees, The Task Force for Global Health, and Lennar Corporation.  
Teri, her husband and their daughters live in Atlanta where they are active with many church-related, civic and community organizations.

 

 

Jeff Chapman's career began in automotive retail sales.  In 2012 he began his own business helping auto dealers process their used cars faster.  It was a full faith endeavor and God has overwhelmed Jeff and his family with His gracious favor.
Jeff's experience with Heart for Africa dates back to its origin as Dream for Africa. He believes that God is moving in eSwatini and he loves being connected to something that God is so obviously a part of.
 
Jeff is married to his high school sweetheart, Stefanie.  They live in Raleigh, NC with their 5 beautiful children:  Kylie, Averie, Benjamin, William, and Weston.  They regularly attend The Summit Church in Durham, NC.  Jeff and Stefanie serve in the middle school and high school ministries.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hayley Todd went to Denison University in Granville, Ohio and graduated in 1990 with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology.  she then went to Vanderbilt University and graduated in 1992 with an MBA.  She went to work for Procter & Gamble Company in finance in Cincinnati, Ohio; progressing through several jobs.  Over the last 20 years, she held several other jobs but has mostly been focused on raising her five children as a stay at home Mom.  She has been married for almost 25 years to Paul Todd, who is currently the CFO at TSYS, a credit card processing company based in Columbus, GA.  Hayley currently works part-time at a sauce bottling company where she is responsible for onboarding new customers.  She also manages her non-profit business, Bake'In Time, to support the foundation she and her husband created in 2014 called Orphan-Aid.

 

Hayley learned about Heart for Africa through a friend.  Heart for Africa spoke directly to Hayley's heart because of her passion for orphans.  She has been donating the profits from the sales of products she makes to Heart for Africa for the last 3 years.  She has traveled to Project Canaan twice over the last four years.

 

Hayley is passionate about using her experiences and skills to help orphaned children have new opportunities, new experiences, and maximize their potential.  Her education, work experience and her experience as a biological and adoptive mother have given her a unique perspective into ways that can help children grow and mature.  

 

Hayley has 4 biological children ages 20, 18, 15, and 13.  She and her husband adompted their fifth child in 2013.  She was an abandoned child, left in a box.  She is a special needs child and is now 8 years old.  They adopted her right as she was turning 4.  Hayley loves being a mom and feels that it is what God made her to be.

 

 

Kathy Willis was introduced to Heart for Africa through her employer's charitable giving and Heart and Soul employee programs.  The mission of Heart for Africa aligned with Kathy's faith imperative to be the hands and feet of Christ on earth, to help orphans and children in His name and deliver His light and hope to the world. Kathy is a Heart for Africa Angel and has gone on two service trips with one planned for February 2018.  On her first visit to Project Canaan, God imprinted on Kathy's heart a deep love for the children and people of Heart for Africa and eSwatini.  Kathy and her husband Mike are blessed to financially support the ministry of Heart for Africa and hold the people and ministry close in prayer. 

 

Kathy is currently Senior Vice President, Patient-to-Payment Solutions at nThrive and a credentialed healthcare professional with client development and operations experience in revenue cycle including HIM and information technology.  Kathy's operational and business development experience includes hospital department management, service organization management and development of healthcare enterprise solutions and outsourcing.  Kathy specializes in complex, strategic initiatives that require stakeholder adoption and commitment at all levels. She has 25+ years of healthcare experience and has been with nThrive since 2012. 

                           

Prior to joining NThrive, Kathy led data quality at Rush University Medical Center, was a Director of HIM and Quality Assurance at St. Bernard Hospital, co-founded a medical transcription and coding company and led sales and business development initiatives at PHNS/Anthelio where she served in a player/coach role with responsibility for 26 states and a $20M+ area quota including HIM, business office and information technology sales.

 

Kathy is a Past-President of the six thousand-member Texas Health Information Management Association and past Delegate to the American Health Information Management Association.  She previously served as an advisory board member for the Texas Community College Consortia, Texas Collaborative Grant; Region D Community College Consortium, HITECH Workforce; Collin College, Health Information Technology Program and DeVry University, Health Information Management Program.  Kathy is currently engaged in numerous volunteer activities including Heart for Africa and The people of The United Methodist Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Tim Lambert  has worked his entire career in Agriculture. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 1983 with an Honours degree in Animal and Poultry Science. He is currently the CEO of Egg Farmers of Canada, a position he has held for over 12 years.

 

Tim is the Vice Chair of the International Egg Commission (IEC) and Chair of numerous committees at the international level. The IEC is the Global Network for the egg industry with members in over 75 countries around the world with partnership links to the FAO and OIE.

Tim serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Egg Foundation whose purpose is to increase egg production and egg consumption in developing countries, to provide undernourished infants, children and families with an independent, sustainable, high quality protein supply.

 

He is also a board member of the Egg Industry Center (EIC) of Iowa State University. The EIC is focused on providing value through information dissemination and collaborative research efforts.

Before joining EFC in June of 2003, Tim worked in the beef cattle industry for 8 years as CEO and General Manager of Beef Improvement Ontario, a genetic improvement company based out of Guelph, Ontario. Prior to his experiences in the beef industry Tim was the CEO and General Manager of Ontario Swine Improvement and spent a total of 10 years in the pork industry.