David C. Lewis
The Reverend Dr. David C. Lewis serves as Executive Director of the WiseHeart Foundation. David has served as the Senior Vice President and Senior Ministry Strategist for Horizons Stewardship Company and as the Chairperson for Stewardship in the Memphis Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served churches in North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. Most recently, he served for 21 years as the Executive Minister at Bartlett UMC. He has served as President of the denomination’s area Committee on Finance and Administration. He further served as the Chaplain for the City of Bartlett, Tennessee, and was a member of that city’s Bartlett Station Commission….
Wayan Vota is a digital development entrepreneur. He is on the forefront of utilizing new and emerging technologies to magnify the intent of communities to accelerate their social and economic development.
Wayan combines three core competencies in his efforts:
– A deep understanding of information and communication technologies.
– The experience of deploying cutting-edge innovations in the world’s more difficult environments.
– The ability to translate the potential and peculiarities of both into the language of international development…
As both an internal and an external resource, Dr. Sparks has 51 years of experience in the design and implementation of change strategies for multi-levels of educational institutions, commercial industry, federal civil and defense agencies, and diverse not-for-profit enterprises. He is skilled in several phases of integrated enterprise development, particularly governance systems, strategic market and business development, and true allianced enterprises designed to leverage diverse core competencies for maximum market capture. Dr. Sparks’ own enterprise management experience ranges from private and public universities, to start-ups and small companies, to multiple-strategic-business-unit corporations. He reflects strong capability in the utilization of networks for identifying and brokering corporate and individual talent…
Amy Charlton, R.N.
Amy Charlton, R.N. serves as a bedside nurse, and instructor at Belmont University in the School of Nursing. As a mother, wife, educator, nurse and pastor’s wife, she has had an opportunity to serve others everywhere – from Tennessee to Africa.
In all of her work, Amy strives to work alongside communities for greater empowerment and resourcing of individuals. She served on the Board of Trustees for a local HCA medical center for one year. She was the IHI and March of Dimes Critical Care Nurse of the year, as well as a recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award. For over two decades, bedside nursing has always been at the forefront…
Caitlin Congdon is the Chief Officer of Human Resources and Professional Development at the General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church. In this role, she is responsible for managing the Human Resources functions that support GCFA and the GAUMCs, such as compensation, benefits, Human Resources Information System, Policy Development, employee relations and professional development. Caitlin also works with our United Methodist constitutes provide Shared Services to our Annual Conferences assisting them in Recruiting, Organizational Assessments and Compensation Management…
Nyamah Dunbar, the founder and business concept developer of SANKOFA Agribusiness, based in Liberia, West Africa, has a decade’s worth of highly technical and managerial experiences working in numerous countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Her experiences over the course of her development career in the non-profit sector have expanded opportunities of networking and building partnerships with both private, and public sector agencies. She has served as the Senior Program Manager for an African focused health initiative with a $75 million U.S Dollars campaign through the United Methodist Relief and Development Agency, UMCOR. She directly managed a program with a healthcare…
Louise Sperling is a Technical Advisor focusing on more vulnerable farming populations. She has managed and technically backstopped agricultural programs in 40+ countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Sperling’s collaborative work encompasses ‘normal’ small farmer systems as well as high stress ones: as examples, she led assessment missions during the 1983-85 drought in East Africa, after the 1994 Rwandan civil war and genocide, immediately post-earthquake in Haiti, and recently in NW Syria. Working with a range of agencies, (USAID/US-OFDA, the UN system, Catholic…
Roland Rink was born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa. He is a husband of 44 years, and father of two married daughters.
Roland established Africa Upper Room Ministries in 2000 in partnership with The Upper Room, Nashville Tennessee.
He attends Horizon Methodist Church on the West Rand.
Roland enjoys all sport, especially fly-fishing, is an avid reader, and loves music of every genre. His secret like? Attending rock concerts whenever possible!
He is concerned by the impact of global warming, and intrigued by the potential of the digital revolution on society.