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 teach 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.
Paul grew up in Southeast Asia in the Philippines and Indonesia, studied studio art and linguistics at Houghton College and graduated with his B.A. in 2006. He spent 5 months in Tanzania working with Neema Crafts as a technical assistant/project manager in a capacity-building role. He then worked with SERRV Int'l in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories as a communications intern for an olive-wood carver cooperative. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with his MBA in May 2011 and is currently serving with the Network of International Schools in Indonesia, teaching math.
Kim, who serves as the International Director for Women of Hope, has lived nearly half of her life in 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 Awana Children-at-Risk Project Manager, as well as the International Program Specialist for Awana International. 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 provides leadership to 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.
Asiyah Kurtz is the Development Advisor for Foundations with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Her experience in working with foundations along with her expertise in human resources and business development frame her understanding for developing strategic fundraising plans. She has a heart for missions and has served on short-term trips to Trujillo, Peru and in various capacities on the missions team at her church.
Asiyah graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Anthropology. Her educational experience includes special projects for community development, poverty alleviation and the preservation of slave quarters in Arkansas.
With her husband, Josh, Asiyah is one of the founding families for a church plant in Horn Lake, Mississippi. They have three children, Elliot, Olivia, and Joel and three furry strays they have picked up along the way.