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FARM STEW International Board

People Who Care

The FARM STEW International Board Members are the people who are partnered with African teams bringing the FARM STEW way of living to the world.

Cherri joined FARM STEW because of her love for God and His church. She is a gifted administrator and has served as church treasurer for more than a decade. She graduated with an associate’s degree from Southern Adventist University and served as a Senior Human Resource Management Assistant for Loma Linda Medical Center. She worked in the Human Resource field for over ten years before becoming a wife and mother of two. She enjoys helping and serving others through church outreach and various community programs, such as cooking schools, women’s prayer groups, and youth activities. FARM STEW’s unique way of meeting people’s needs while sharing the gospel message is what has drawn her serve with Joy and the FARM STEW family. She now serves as the Assistant to the Executive Director of FARM STEW. Cherri also serves on several board committees.
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Cherri Olin
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Cherri Olin
Assistant to the Executive Director and Board Secretary (non-voting)
Dawna has always had a heart for service, so nursing was a natural career goal. While in training, to her surprise, she discovered teaching was her calling and health education was a natural choice with a master’s degree in health education from Loma Linda University. After graduation she, her dentist husband and two children served 6 years at the Adventist hospital in Karachi, Pakistan where she was the hospital health educator. Over the years, God has led her to teaching in hospitals, public health, evangelism training and church/community outreach. These opportunities have been in multiple places around this earth, often in evangelistic outreach. She has always held in high regard Biblical guidance and our SDA health message, and they have served her well along with the evolving knowledge of science. She has joined her interests and talents with FARM STEW because it is a well-balanced, comprehensive health-promoting program, providing solutions to poor people in need of food, sustenance, encouragement and conversion, to achieve an abundant life now and eternally with Jesus. She looks forward to FS continuing on the current path and developing a training center with a curriculum adapted for use anywhere in this world.
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Dawna Sawatzky, MPH, RN
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Dawna Sawatzky, MPH, RN
Board Vice-Chair
Dr. Etienne Musonera is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Mercer University in the Stetson School of Business and Economics. He holds a unique Doctor of Philosophy in both International Marketing and Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University. He is very active in consulting and offers unique expertise in Marketing Strategies, Foreign Direct Investment, Decision Risk Analysis, Lean Six Sigma, Business Process Management, Project Engineering Management, Quality Management and World Class Manufacturing (WCM) and Best Strategies and Practices. Dr. Musonera is a lifetime Honored Member of the Cambridge Who’s Who Registry and is affiliated Project Management Institute (PMI), American Society of Quality (ASQ), American Marketing Association (AMA), and any other professional and academic organizations. What excites him the most about FARM STEW’s work is the empowerment it gives to people while teaching them service to others.
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Dr. Etienne Musonera
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Dr. Etienne Musonera
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 the desire to do what they can to help forward its mission.
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Edwin Dysinger, MPH
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Edwin Dysinger, MPH
Board Member
Dr. Fred is an expert food scientist with a heart for his people of Uganda. With 20 years experience with the United States Department of Agriculture, prestigious internships with the United Nations Development Program’s Transfer of Knowledge through Expatriate Nationals (TOKTEN), and industry experience with Loma Linda Foods, Dr. Fred is well poised to contribute to FARM STEW’s vision to help rural families thrive. He is inspired by FARM STEW’s mission to help families feed themselves and seeks to help expand the benefits to the communities and countries where FARM STEW operates. Dr. Fred has been married 37 years to his wife Norah and they have 4 children.
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Frederick Nyanzi, PhD
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Frederick Nyanzi, PhD
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 was a Presidential Management Fellow with the US Department of Health and Humans Services, serving for 6 years in the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Joy later lead a Federal grant at her local county health department promoting healthy, locally grown foods and famers. 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’s the founder of FARM STEW, a recipe for abundant life. It is designed to address the root causes of hunger disease and poverty, offering a hopeful witness to the world that points to the true Source of abundant life, Jesus Christ.
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Joy Kauffman, MPH
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Joy Kauffman, MPH
Founder and Executive Director
Juliette Bannister graduated from Athens State University with a BS Degree in Business Administration, and from Independence University with an MBA Degree, Suma Cum Laude. She is presently completing her MPH degree with an emphasis in Nutrition and Wellness from Andrews University this summer to support the prevention of disease and restoration of health in local, national, and global communities. Juliette worked as an Office Coordinator in a healthcare system foundation office and supported the fund-raising efforts of the local hospital. She has served on the hospital’s foundation board, local church and school board, and over the years with the deaconess, health ministry, hospitality team, and treasury department at church. She enjoys serving the community by participating in food and clothing drives and health screening events. Juliette also enjoys cooking, gardening, and singing. She joined FARM STEW in support of its gospel mission and the recipe for abundant life, which harmonizes with her passion for humanitarian work and promoting healthy living. She is a wife and mother of two.
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Juliette Bannister, MBA
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Juliette Bannister, MBA
Board Member
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 Treasurer
Dr. Michael Dehning graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Dehning received his Cardiology Fellowship from the University of Oklahoma Health Services Center. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and holds a subspecialty in Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Dehning is licensed in both Nebraska and Iowa. He is associated with several professional organizations including the American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association and American Heart Association and American College of Physician Executives. Over the years, he has also had articles published in several medical journals and has been involved in numerous research. Dr. Dehning chose to serve with FARM STEW because of its dedication to serving others, especially those individuals with little or no resources. He is excited to see all of FARM STEW’s current work and effort and what is actually in progress.
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Michael Dehning, MD, FACC
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Michael Dehning, MD, FACC
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 healthy life.
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Susan Cherne, J.D.
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Susan Cherne, J.D.
Board Chair