Board

Board

People Who Care

FARM STEW is comprised of teams and board members. Below are the people bringing the FARM STEW way of living to the world.

With a Masters in Global Community Development, Bernard worked in Africa on many short-term assignments. He joined FARM STEW when he heard about the mission and realized it was exactly what he had dreamed of starting himself. A church elder and Stewardship Seminar leader, he works in finance.
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Bernard Taylor
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Bernard Taylor
Treasurer, Board Member
Cherri joined FARM STEW because of her love for God and His church. She believes in families, gardening and food preservation. A mother of two, she is a teaching assistant in a one-room school.
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Cherri Olin
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Cherri Olin
Board Secretary
After seeing poverty in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica, Christina understood her responsibility to help the less fortunate. Beyond merely assisting them, she desired to equip them with the knowledge and resources that would stabilize their financial, physical and spiritual well-being given their limited resources. Now a medical doctor, Christina Brown, MD, is a proponent of a plant-based diet, the science behind it, and the concept of FARM STEW. She is excited to join the FARM STEW team as a Board Member and Medical Advisor. She is praying that she can be a tool to help raise further funds to assist in FARM STEW’s mission to both share the health message and equip others to bless themselves and their community financially and most importantly spiritually.
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Christina Brown, MD
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Christina Brown, MD
Board Member
Dawna is a graduate of Loma Linda University in California. She is a registered nurse with Master's degree in Public Health Education. Her professional career has included working as a hospital, college and public health educator. Most of her professional career has been in serving as a volunteer, often on behalf of her church locally and internationally. At home, she has served as her church health leader for 30 years organizing and teaching a variety of health seminars for adults and children.
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Dawna Sawatzky
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Dawna Sawatzky
Board Member
As a young man in his teens, Edwin was exposed to poverty in the world and felt a calling to do something about it. After marrying Jennifer, they both completed MPH degrees in International Health at Loma Linda University in 1985, and immediately began serving the poor. They pioneered in Sudan with ADRA, in Tanzania with OCI and in Yemen with ADRA for 16 years, helping to start each of those offices. They also raised three children. On returning home to the US in 2001, Edwin continued his overseas involvement for three years doing consultancies for ADRA. After two years of teaching religion at Ouachita Hills College in Arkansas, in 2006 they moved to the family farm in middle Tennessee where they joined Edwin’s brother John in growing organic vegetables and small fruits for market. With an empty nest, in 2017 Edwin and Jennifer traveled to Uganda where they had the privilege of meeting Joy and spending two weeks with the FARM STEW team. They were immediately attracted to FARM STEW’s vision and they desire to do what they can to help forward it’s mission.
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Edwin Dysinger, MPH
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Edwin Dysinger, MPH
Board Member
Joy is passionate about health, hunger and healing in the global body of Jesus Christ and the world. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from both Johns Hopkins University with a Masters in Public Health and from Virginia Tech with a BS in International Nutrition. She is also a graduate of the National Soy Research Laboratory International Soy program, a certified CREATION Health Instructor and a Master Gardener through University of Illinois. She hopes to share FARM STEW's recipe for abundant life with the world's farmers and families.
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Joy Kauffman, MPH
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Joy Kauffman, MPH
Founder and President
Kevin grew up overseas and he learned early on the value of service and compassion. He serves as the Senior Accountant at Adventist Care Centers and is a graduate of Southern Adventist University. He and his wife Astrid live in Apopka, Florida.
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Kevin Sadler, MBA
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Kevin Sadler, MBA
Board Member
Since the early 80’s, Patricia LaVanture has worked extensively in health education, specializing in cooking schools and training. Many individuals, organizations, and physicians nationwide have benefited from her passion and expertise. After teaching for 9 years at Eden Valley Institute of Wellness in Loveland, Colorado, Patty joined Country Life Natural Foods in Michigan in 1992 where she currently serves as Health Education Director, facilitating a variety of community wellness programs near and far. She also works as OCI (Outpost Centers International) Field Vice-president for North America, an organization dedicated to helping global communities achieve a better quality of life through 120+ educational and health ministries worldwide. In addition, she serves as programming chair and director for ASI (Adventist Laymen's Services and Industries).
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Patricia LaVanture
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Patricia LaVanture
Board Member
Susan Cherne graduated from La Sierra University with a BBA Degree, Management Emphasis, Cum Laude and from the University of Oregon School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. She worked as General Counsel for a medical development company and has served on numerous school and church boards and finance committees. She loves working with youth, community service, cooking, family mission trips and sharing the love of Jesus. She joined FARM STEW because of its exciting mission and the belief that all people should have the opportunity to live an abundant and heathy life.
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Susan Cherne, J.D.
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Susan Cherne, J.D.
Board Member