Board of Directors
Women of Hope International and Women of Hope Sierra Leone operate under the oversight and direction of two separate boards. The Women of Hope International Board of Directors oversees the overall development and operation of WOHInt and is comprised of the following members:
Paul Neeley got his start in international ministry working for 12 years with Wycliffe Bible Translators. He helps ethnic groups compose and record indigenous Christian music in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. President of the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE), Paul is a part of a global network of people who share a vision to see Christians from every culture expressing their faith through their own heart music and arts. He earned a doctorate in ethnomusicology from the University of Ghana where he lived for 7 years. He currently teaches courses and seminars in his field of study, 'music arts and missions,' and multicultural worship while acting as a music and arts consultant to multiple ministry agencies. Paul is an avid proponent of Women of Hope because he knows that if Jesus and the early disciples lived in Sierra Leone today, they would certainly serve Women of Hope clients.
Paul is a part of several global worship ensembles in Dallas, where he resides with his wife, Linda. They have 2 sons, a beagle and an imaginary goldfish.
Joyce has an erratic schedule serving with the Samaritan's Purse (SP) Disaster Assessment Response Team. In her spare time, she is a part-time farmer/rancher in the process of handing the ranch over to their son, Matthew. She is a teacher by trade and got her Master's in Public Health at age 43. She develops curriculum for Samaritan's Purse and occassionally teaches workshops on a variety of relevant topics, such as food security, HIV/AIDS, paper making, crocheting useful items from plastic bags, etc. Her philosophy is, if you want someone to learn it but don't have time or knowledge yourself, she can learn it and teach it!
Joyce lives in Centerville, WA with her husband Paul and has two grown children, Matt and Tirzah, and 7 grandchildren.
Kim, who serves as the President and CEO for Women of Hope, has lived nearly half of her life in a rural northern province of Sierra Leone, being raised there by missionary parents and serving as a missionary in various capacities during her adult life. From 1990-1993, Kim initiated an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) called Community Health Evangelism promoting health education and disease prevention strategies in the rural northern province of Sierra Leone. This program continues to the present. From 1998-2002, Kim worked with World Hope International developing and managing a rehabilitation program for amputees following the decade-long civil war. She had an additional 4 years of experience in the US in public health program development and management. She served as a health trainer consultant for the United States Peace Corps for 2 years. Kim is compelled in ministry by the Voice behind her and the faces before her, who need to hear the Gospel in a way that is meaningful to them. Kim is a founding member of Women of Hope International and has served on the board since its inception.
Kim, her husband Tim, and their 3 children currently live in northern Mississippi (outside of Memphis, TN) where she works in the Memphis WOHInt office and commutes to Sierra Leone throughout the year.
Shelley Welch is the Global Advocacy Manager at Awana Headquarters. With an MA in Intercultural Studies and Missions, she served on and led several short-term mission trips in Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. While working on her MA, Shelley worked at a church in the suburbs of Chicago organizing, training, and leading short-term mission trips. She has also served a three-year term on the mission field in Kenya, Africa, working with street children, as well as at a church in California as a Children's Ministry Director. In addition, her experience and skills continue to be used on several boards and leadership teams.
Terry serves as Coordinator of the Global CHE Network (www.CHEnetwork.org). He guided the expansion of a growing movement, equipping and mobilizing Christians to work together for effective Community Health Evangelism (CHE) ministries in rural poor communities and urban slums around the world. After many years of service in the Philippines, Terry pioneered for Medical Ambassadors International in 9 countries in Southeast Asia, working together with partners to establish CHE ministries in more than 400 communities. Later as International Coordinator he guided the expansion of a growing movement now with CHE partners from more than 500 organizations serving in 112 countries. Terry is a capable teacher, author, and enthusiastic speaker on the subjects of Biblical wholism and transformational development. He holds a Bachelors degree in Bible, and a Master of Divinity from Western Seminary in Portland Oregon. Terry is married to Jeannie who works as a nurse at Mayo Clinic. They have three adult children.
Sheree Osborne is a natural gas Energy Trader for Puget Sound Energy in Bellevue, WA. She holds her Bachelor’s degree in Business/Economics and Spanish from Wheaton College. Her experience in finance and business, along with her heart for missions, have lead to long term engagement and commitment to Women of Hope International.
In 2011, she responded to the Lord’s call and joined a short-term missions team to Sierra Leone. God softened Sheree’s heart to view poverty in a new light during this time. While physical poverty may be easily recognized, the need to address spiritual poverty may be greater. Her heart for the women and children she met dramatically changed her life view and she was hungry to stay involved with Women of Hope and utilize her professional experience to serve.
Sheree and her husband, Johnny reside in the Seattle area. They share a love for the outdoors, adventure, and time with family and friends. As a couple, their heart is to love others and share generously.
Mary Lou Fisher
Mary Lou Fisher is an adult nurse practitioner with many years of nursing experience in various specialties including emergency medicine. Prior to working full-time as the international health advisor for Samaritan’s Purse, she worked 18 years in The Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine as a senior clinical nurse, and then as a nurse practitioner. In her time there, Mary Lou and another nurse practitioner started the Urgent Care Division of the Department, while volunteering in short-term medical mission with Samaritan's Purse.
Mary Lou worked for Samaritan’s Purse (SP) from 2006-2014, which took her to numerous countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and to Afghanistan for over four months. She has a passion for international public health with a special interest in supporting efforts to stop female genital mutilation (FGM). Having retired from SP in August 2014, she continues to work as a volunteer on projects related to international public health. She also volunteers as a nurse practitioner at a free clinic for uninsured working adults in Baltimore.