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 Women of Hope International and is comprised of the following members:
Arlene Johnson serves as the Vice President of Resource Development for ALARM – African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries, an African-led and African-based organization that develops servant leaders in the African Church and community who reconcile and transform lives affected by conflict and injustice. Born and raised abroad, she has lived in 10 countries before she was twenty-years-old. She is a seasoned multicultural and multilingual leader with over 25 years of global experience in both profit and nonprofit organizations. Arlene’s work experience extends to the U.S., Southeast Asia, Latin America, Europe and Africa (new assignment) in a fundraising, operations and marketing capacity. She is also an independent consultant helping nonprofits create a fundraising infrastructure to increase their revenue and small businesses grow profitably. Arlene and her husband, Keith, have 3 children and live in Dallas, Texas.
David Bochman (PhD) is an organizational learning specialist who assists leadership teams develop the thought processes and interaction skills necessary to unravel tough problems and develop innovative solutions. Dr. Bochman holds a BA in Missiology and Bible from Crown College, an M.A. In Organizational Leadership from Regent University, a Human Resource Development Graduate Certificate, and a Ph.D. in Adult/Organizational Learning and Leadership from the University of Idaho. For over 30 years he has worked in international non-profit leadership, managing and providing oversight to multicultural teams working throughout Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia. In 2008 he resigned his role as COO of MAF-US (and interim co-CEO of MAF-International) to complete his PhD at University of Idaho. Dr. Bochman and his wife of 39 years now serve globally with Paraclete Mission Group. They have three grown children and 9 grandchildren.
Kathie Slusser-Carlson is an associate with Paraclete Mission Group, coming alongside ministries around the world to develop transformational discipleship and leadership training, and to bring emotional, relational and spiritual health to missionaries and ministry leaders. She has over twenty years of work and ministry experience as an education specialist and manager (particularly in team leadership and human resources) in the Learning Technologies ministry of Mission Aviation Fellowship, curriculum development and facilitator training with Aphesis Group Ministries, and curriculum development for International School Project (a ministry of Cru). She also taught secondary English and journalism for eight years and worked as Director of Communications for an international corporation. Kathie holds a BA in English and an MEd in Educational Technology. She has worked with multi-cultural teams in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East as an instructional designer and learning strategies facilitator to support church leaders in isolated contexts. Her passion is to see God’s people thrive in the callings God places on their hearts and lives.
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 lives in northern Mississippi (outside of Memphis, TN) where she works in the Memphis office and commutes to Sierra Leone throughout the year.
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.
Shelley Welch is a Senior Manager of Community Resources at WINGS Program, Inc. – the largest domestic violence housing agency in Illinois. 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.