Our Teams

Our Teams

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.

Betty Musiro
Uganda Deputy Country Director
Betty Mwesigwa
FARM STEW Trainer
Edward Kawesa
Uganda Country Director & Board Secretary
Gideon Birimuye
FARM STEW Trainer
Julius Bakanamwike
FARM STEW Trainer
Phionah Bogere
FARM STEW Trainer, Sanitation
Robert Lubega
Uganda Secretary & FARM STEW Trainer
Steven Mugabi
FARM STEW Trainer
Cherri joined FARM STEW because of her love for God and His church. She believes in families, gardening and food preservation. She is a gifted administrator and has served as church treasurer for more than a decade. A mother of two, she now serves also as the Assistant to the President of FARM STEW.
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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 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
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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
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 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 Treasurer
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 Member
Betty Musiro, one of 13 kids, lost her father at the age of 8. Her mother had very little money and from that childhood suffering, becoming a mother herself while still a girl, Betty acquired the strength of a true African woman. As a young mother, who had to drop out of school young, she committed her life to her three daughter’s education. Through the timber business she financed their education and later returned for her own. Studying journalism, she applied her skills in radio broadcasting at Maranatha Radio as a volunteer health and development educator. Through the power of enterprise and prayer, she gained a property of her own on which she is slowly but steadily building a home and a working farm. She joined FARM STEW in 2017 and quickly revealed her leadership skills and was asked to serve as the FARM STEW Uganda Vice President. She graciously accepted the role and is leading the Jinja Team.
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Betty Musiro
Betty Musiro
Uganda Deputy Country Director
Betty has a degree in Catering and Hotel Management from Bugema Univerity in Uganda! She is a talented leader, a hard worker and a mother of three.
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Betty Mwesigwa
Betty Mwesigwa
FARM STEW Trainer
Edward Kaweesa doesn’t know his real birthday. He and his elder brother were raised by a single mom, a tailor, who had moved to Kenya, although he is a Ugandan. He attended Karura SDA Primary School. His mother died when he was 11 and his father, whom he saw only three times in his is life, passed away when he was 12. He worked his way though secondary school by missing two days a week earning his school fees and attending the other three days. After graduation, he began working as an internet café attendant while studying at the Busoga University. He acquired an Associates Degree in Information Technology. He learned many lessons on faithfulness to God during his studies and also learned to never despise any small job. All things can be done for God’s glory. Edward serves as the President of FARM STEW Uganda.
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Edward Kawesa
Edward Kawesa
Uganda Country Director & Board Secretary
Gideon Birimuye is a trainer with FARM STEW Uganda; a subsidiary of FARM STEW International, whose mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of rural, small farm families throughout the world. Gideon is a member of ASI Jinja chapter and also doubles as communications Director for SDA Central Church Jinja and Maranatha Radio, a media house that strives to strengthen & propel the gospel commission so that all God's people will come to a knowledge of the truth. In addition to his extensive public relations and marketing experience, Gideon is an entrepreneur and a business coach. Gideon is a certified CCNA professional from Makerere University. He graduated with honors from Mbarara University of Science & Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.
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Gideon Birimuye
Gideon Birimuye
FARM STEW Trainer
Julius is a passionate community worker who impressed FARM STEW with his love for the poor. He and Betty Musiro worked together for more thatn 5 years as volunteers committed to releive the suffering of people with jiggers. This passion grew into a knowledge of public health and hygeine, a perfect for the message of FARM STEW.
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Julius Bakanamwike
Julius Bakanamwike
FARM STEW Trainer
Beloved Phionah is a fantastic young woman who has blossomed as a FARM STEW trainers. She was a full orphan at a very young age. Her moving story and her lovely aunt can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuYomKc3C-0 To meet Phionah is a blessing and she shines the love of Jesus to all who meet her. Shee uses her FARM STEW wages now to support two orphan boys.
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Phionah Bogere
Phionah Bogere
FARM STEW Trainer, Sanitation
Robert Lubega is the person who made Joy realize FARM STEW was possible. He was an Agricultural Extension agent for the local farmers cooperative I was assigned to while I was volunteering for USAID's Farmer to Farmer Program. He was serving as my translator while I conducted hands-on nutrition and cooking classes, featuring soy and vegetables and using the Bible as our primary text. But he was SO much more!! As I began to say less and he led more of the class, the community response was tremendously positive. Robert learned so quickly and soon was teaching me relevant facts about agronomy! He was particularly thrilled with the fact that, except for information that was practical and immediately applicable, we were bringing in nothing from outside the village. His facilitation made me realize that local leaders could conduct classes in their local language and in so doing capture the attention and the heart of class participants. I am thankful that Robert and all four of the original FARM STEW Uganda team members are still carrying on the vision! ‍ Here him here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e03Dbt7yTI&t=3s
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Robert Lubega
Robert Lubega
Uganda Secretary & FARM STEW Trainer
Steven is a vibrant trainer, farmer, and entrepreneur. He is the father of four children and a chorister for a children's choir.
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Steven Mugabi
Steven Mugabi
FARM STEW Trainer
Betty Musiro, one of 13 kids, lost her father at the age of 8. Her mother had very little money and from that childhood suffering, becoming a mother herself while still a girl, Betty acquired the strength of a true African woman. As a young mother, who had to drop out of school young, she committed her life to her three daughter’s education. Through the timber business she financed their education and later returned for her own. Studying journalism, she applied her skills in radio broadcasting at Maranatha Radio as a volunteer health and development educator. Through the power of enterprise and prayer, she gained a property of her own on which she is slowly but steadily building a home and a working farm. She joined FARM STEW in 2017 and quickly revealed her leadership skills and was asked to serve as the FARM STEW Uganda Vice President. She graciously accepted the role and is leading the Jinja Team.
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Betty Musiro
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Betty Musiro
Uganda Deputy Country Director
Betty has a degree in Catering and Hotel Management from Bugema Univerity in Uganda! She is a talented leader, a hard worker and a mother of three.
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Betty Mwesigwa
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Betty Mwesigwa
FARM STEW Trainer
Edward Kaweesa doesn’t know his real birthday. He and his elder brother were raised by a single mom, a tailor, who had moved to Kenya, although he is a Ugandan. He attended Karura SDA Primary School. His mother died when he was 11 and his father, whom he saw only three times in his is life, passed away when he was 12. He worked his way though secondary school by missing two days a week earning his school fees and attending the other three days. After graduation, he began working as an internet café attendant while studying at the Busoga University. He acquired an Associates Degree in Information Technology. He learned many lessons on faithfulness to God during his studies and also learned to never despise any small job. All things can be done for God’s glory. Edward serves as the President of FARM STEW Uganda.
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Edward Kawesa
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Edward Kawesa
Uganda Country Director & Board Secretary
Gideon Birimuye is a trainer with FARM STEW Uganda; a subsidiary of FARM STEW International, whose mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of rural, small farm families throughout the world. Gideon is a member of ASI Jinja chapter and also doubles as communications Director for SDA Central Church Jinja and Maranatha Radio, a media house that strives to strengthen & propel the gospel commission so that all God's people will come to a knowledge of the truth. In addition to his extensive public relations and marketing experience, Gideon is an entrepreneur and a business coach. Gideon is a certified CCNA professional from Makerere University. He graduated with honors from Mbarara University of Science & Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.
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Gideon Birimuye
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Gideon Birimuye
FARM STEW Trainer
Julius is a passionate community worker who impressed FARM STEW with his love for the poor. He and Betty Musiro worked together for more thatn 5 years as volunteers committed to releive the suffering of people with jiggers. This passion grew into a knowledge of public health and hygeine, a perfect for the message of FARM STEW.
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Julius Bakanamwike
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Julius Bakanamwike
FARM STEW Trainer
Beloved Phionah is a fantastic young woman who has blossomed as a FARM STEW trainers. She was a full orphan at a very young age. Her moving story and her lovely aunt can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuYomKc3C-0 To meet Phionah is a blessing and she shines the love of Jesus to all who meet her. Shee uses her FARM STEW wages now to support two orphan boys.
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Phionah Bogere
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Phionah Bogere
FARM STEW Trainer, Sanitation
Robert Lubega is the person who made Joy realize FARM STEW was possible. He was an Agricultural Extension agent for the local farmers cooperative I was assigned to while I was volunteering for USAID's Farmer to Farmer Program. He was serving as my translator while I conducted hands-on nutrition and cooking classes, featuring soy and vegetables and using the Bible as our primary text. But he was SO much more!! As I began to say less and he led more of the class, the community response was tremendously positive. Robert learned so quickly and soon was teaching me relevant facts about agronomy! He was particularly thrilled with the fact that, except for information that was practical and immediately applicable, we were bringing in nothing from outside the village. His facilitation made me realize that local leaders could conduct classes in their local language and in so doing capture the attention and the heart of class participants. I am thankful that Robert and all four of the original FARM STEW Uganda team members are still carrying on the vision! ‍ Here him here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e03Dbt7yTI&t=3s
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Robert Lubega
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Robert Lubega
Uganda Secretary & FARM STEW Trainer
Steven is a vibrant trainer, farmer, and entrepreneur. He is the father of four children and a chorister for a children's choir.
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Steven Mugabi
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Steven Mugabi
FARM STEW Trainer
Agatha brings expertise of decades as a nutritionist to FARM STEW Zimbabwe. As a graduate of Solusi Univeristy and a professional teacher for decades, she left her comfortable position to join the ranks of FARM STEW as a trainer. She's committed to the rural poor and is passionate about developing highly competent volunteers who can transform their villages. We are blessed to have her lead our team!
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Agatha Chipatiso
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Agatha Chipatiso
Country Director
Agricultural teacher
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Nancia Shumba
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Nancia Shumba
President
Health and Wellness Instructor
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Philip Ndaba
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Philip Ndaba
Secretary
Retired Pastor
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Pastor Richard Black
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Pastor Richard Black
Treasurer
Health Ministries Leader
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Thokozile Masvosvere
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Thokozile Masvosvere
Country Director
Ammon is a trained teacher and it shows. He has the capacity to captivate a crowd and explain complicated topics with compelling simplicity! He's a great asset to FARM STEW and the refugees he serves!
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Ammon
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Ammon
FARM STEW Trainer
Doreen loves her people and the work of reaching them with skills of FARM STEW. She's a skilled teacher of nutrition, agriculture, and health. She's served as a women's ministries coordinator and a family life coordinator! She's also a mother and loves her girls!
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Doreen
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Doreen
Regional Team Leader
Elias's passion is palpable! He is impacting 42 tribes with health and peace! He's one of our newest FARM STEW trainers, a refugee from South Sudan, a member of the Mari Tribe.
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Elias
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Elias
FARM STEW Trainer
Joseph is a father, an elder and a refugee. He has a gift for teaching and wants to teach families the recipe for abundant life.
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Joseph
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Joseph
FARM STEW Trainer
Paul is a father, a church elder and also a refugee. His infectious smile makes it possible for him to share joy, even amidst suffering.
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Paul
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Paul
FARM STEW Trainer
JoDee is full of energy and she is driven to harness it for good. She loves Jesus and those whom Jesus loves, which drives her passion for the poor. While serving with FARM STEW as an Andrews Univerity Intern in 2017, she committed herself to share the recipe of abundant life!
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JoDee Fairbanks
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JoDee Fairbanks
Farm Hand in Michigan and New York
Sylvia loves God and people. With roots in Africa, she is a wife, mother of two young adults and a registered dietitian nutritionist. Her passion is helping others have a better life. FARM STEW's recipe for abundant life lines up perfectly with this desire. Sylvia wants to mobilize others to share the recipe for abundant life.
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Sylvia Middaugh, MS, RDN
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Sylvia Middaugh, MS, RDN
Farm Hand Coordinator for Indiana

Our Commitment

Is to Those Who Need Us Most

We are committed to the holistic health of the rural subsistence farm family and village. Our methods are simple, practical and hands-on. We eliminate language and literacy barriers by working through indigenous teams using pictorial images to communicate during the training and to equip community leaders to be able to train others.