Our Teams

Our Teams

People Who Care

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

Meet Edward Kaweesa, one of FARM STEW's African Leaders. Hear the story of how he became committed to sharing the recipe of abundant life.

Betty Musiro
Uganda Deputy Country Director
Betty Mwesigwa
FARM STEW Trainer
Dan Ibanda
Regional Team Leader
Mark Waisa
President of the Board FARM STEW Uganda
Edward Kawesa
Uganda Country Director & Board Secretary
Eunice Nabirye
Data Entry Clerk
Gideon Birimuye
FARM STEW Trainer
Joanitar Namata
FARM STEW Trainer
Jonah Woira
FARM STEW Uganda Agricultural Leader
Juliet Ajambo
FARM STEW Trainer
Phionah Bogere
FARM STEW Trainer, Sanitation
Robert Lubega
FARM STEW Trainer and Agronomist
Steven Mugabi
FARM STEW Trainer
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
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
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
Dan is a graduate of Bugema University in Development Studies. He has a passion for Jesus and for the poor. He is leading the Iganga Team. He likes helping others and working with others.
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Dan Ibanda
Dan Ibanda
Regional Team Leader
Dr. Mark works as the Director of the SDA Light school in Busei Uganda. He has been dedicated to the FARM STEW Uganda team since the very beginning and was the first to inform Joy of the challenges girls face due to lack of menstrual hygiene! He loves God and strives for excellence in all that he does!
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Mark Waisa
Mark Waisa
President of the Board FARM STEW Uganda
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
I am Nabirye Eunice, age 21 years old. I formerly worked with New Hope Hospital as a medical laboratory attendant working with people. Dealing with patients gives me joy, especially the patients who look to be helpless. I enjoyed sharing with them the word of God that gave them hope by the time they left the hospital. As I was still working at New Hope Hospital, I happened to interact with the FARM STEW Iganga team leader Daniel Ibanda, who shared with me the recipe of FARM STEW and this was my real area of interest. He prompted me to work voluntarily with FARM STEW, especially when I was off-duty from the hospital. I happily served as a volunteer for almost a year. I am glad that I am now employed at FARM STEW as a full time worker. FARM STEW has helped me change my attitude, that I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me. It has helped me fulfill my dreams of serving the community. I have improved on data entryand record management skills. As FARM STEW goes by and by, I will always try to do my best.
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Eunice Nabirye
Eunice Nabirye
Data Entry Clerk
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
Joanitar is a blessing to all those around her. She began her work with FARM STEW as a volunteer and quickly made herself an essential part of the team.
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Joanitar Namata
Joanitar Namata
FARM STEW Trainer
Jonah is a horticulturist with a passion for people and trees. He loves helping people through agriculture.
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Jonah Woira
Jonah Woira
FARM STEW Uganda Agricultural Leader
Juliet is a joy. Her heart is so big and she shares it freely, especially with her fellow Deaf community!
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Juliet Ajambo
Juliet Ajambo
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
FARM STEW Trainer and Agronomist
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
Dan is a graduate of Bugema University in Development Studies. He has a passion for Jesus and for the poor. He is leading the Iganga Team. He likes helping others and working with others.
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Dan Ibanda
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Dan Ibanda
Regional Team Leader
Dr. Mark works as the Director of the SDA Light school in Busei Uganda. He has been dedicated to the FARM STEW Uganda team since the very beginning and was the first to inform Joy of the challenges girls face due to lack of menstrual hygiene! He loves God and strives for excellence in all that he does!
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Mark Waisa
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Mark Waisa
President of the Board FARM STEW Uganda
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
I am Nabirye Eunice, age 21 years old. I formerly worked with New Hope Hospital as a medical laboratory attendant working with people. Dealing with patients gives me joy, especially the patients who look to be helpless. I enjoyed sharing with them the word of God that gave them hope by the time they left the hospital. As I was still working at New Hope Hospital, I happened to interact with the FARM STEW Iganga team leader Daniel Ibanda, who shared with me the recipe of FARM STEW and this was my real area of interest. He prompted me to work voluntarily with FARM STEW, especially when I was off-duty from the hospital. I happily served as a volunteer for almost a year. I am glad that I am now employed at FARM STEW as a full time worker. FARM STEW has helped me change my attitude, that I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me. It has helped me fulfill my dreams of serving the community. I have improved on data entryand record management skills. As FARM STEW goes by and by, I will always try to do my best.
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Eunice Nabirye
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Eunice Nabirye
Data Entry Clerk
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
Joanitar is a blessing to all those around her. She began her work with FARM STEW as a volunteer and quickly made herself an essential part of the team.
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Joanitar Namata
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Joanitar Namata
FARM STEW Trainer
Jonah is a horticulturist with a passion for people and trees. He loves helping people through agriculture.
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Jonah Woira
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Jonah Woira
FARM STEW Uganda Agricultural Leader
Juliet is a joy. Her heart is so big and she shares it freely, especially with her fellow Deaf community!
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Juliet Ajambo
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Juliet Ajambo
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
FARM STEW Trainer and Agronomist
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
Dr. Rick Westermeyer is secretary and co-founder of Africa Orphan Care- a nonprofit dedicated to the care of the Orphan generation of Africa. he also volunteers as Zimbabwe country director for Farmstew. He is an anesthesiologist practicing in Portland, Oregon. He has a diploma in tropical medicine from the London School of Tropical medicine. He has volunteered with disaster response teams from Medical Teams International to Afghanistan, Haiti, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. With his wife Ann, a nurse, they have served in hospitals and clinics in New Guinea, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. He lectures on disaster response medicine for the Oregon Health Sciences University Institute on Global Health. Rick and Ann have two married daughters both nurse practitioners Allison and Allana and three grandchildren.
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Dr. Rick Westermeyer
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Dr. Rick Westermeyer
Volunteer County Director for Zimbabwe
Kahn is a young man with wisdom beyond his years about what it takes to make a meaningful life. He has dedicated his service to orphans in Uganda, bringing them, and the community around them, the recipe of abundant life.
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Kahn Ellmers
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Kahn Ellmers
FARM STEW Intern
Retired Pastor
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Pastor Richard Black
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Pastor Richard Black
Treasurer
Akop is a hard worker and a proud father! He was a refugee as a young boy and worked in a stone quarry to earn his own school fees. That persistent spirit and drive to succeed led him to become a teacher. He is now our field leader and he can rally the team with that same undying spirit of commitment to do what is right for other children and families in need.
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Akop Okia Aldony
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Akop Okia Aldony
Coordinator - Field Based
David is a dad who likes to surprise his kids with special gifts. He says he is the father of three, although one is still in the womb! He's also a farmer who donated one of his four acres to the church so they would have a place to build. He's still happy about that decision years later. He's excited to share what he knows with others, hoping to increase the yields of other farmers around him through FARM STEW. He values his work because he knows hardship, having been a refugee at age 12. He sees hope growing in South Sudan along with the other crops FARM STEW is cultivating.
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David
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David
Field 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
Training Coordinator
Executive Director
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Lasu Charles Denese
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Lasu Charles Denese
Executive Director
Kristiana is an auditor who loves the outdoors and learning about gardening. While working as a student missionary in Bolivia several years ago, she came to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of Biblical health principles. She is excited about the way FARM STEW is sharing these principles through education, agriculture, and enterprise, Most of all, she desires to be part of a movement that directs people to Jesus, the foundation of all true health.
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Kristiana Kim
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Kristiana Kim
Finance Volunteer
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)
Doug has a passion to serve God wherever he goes. He desires to help people see the care and compassion God has for all his creation. He is married to Tamara Schoch and has one son, Joshua. He is excited about the practical ways FARM STEW is helping people with their needs physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. FARM STEW is putting the Three Angels messages into practical use. He believes this will hasten the Lord’s coming. He hopes to share FARM STEW’s recipe for abundant life in Uganda, Zimbabwe and beyond.
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Doug Schoch
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Doug Schoch
Volunteer Africa Financial and HR Advisor
Elizabeth has a calling to serve people in need, looking for strategies to alleviate poverty and distress enabling them to have a dignified life, and hope for eternal life by knowing and loving Jesus Christ. She initiated her professional life as a translator and interpreter from German, French and English to Spanish, specialized in the aeras of health, education, business, and religion. After earning a Master’s degree in Administration with emphasis in International Community Development from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, she served in the leadership of implementing ADRA offices in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Burundi. She also gained considerable experience in higher education as a lecturer in the Universidad Peruana Unión, and in the financial and administrative leadership of the Universidad Adventista de Bolivia. Her multi-cultural background helped her appreciate the uniqueness of people’s thinking, expressions, and customs, as well as to confidently address different audiences. She joined FARM STEW´s team because she believes in the value and power of the Bible-based principles and sound science trainings that FARM STEW is promoting to achieve an abundant life. Elizabeth looks forward to FS entering new countries and offering permanent training in demo centers. She is a pastor´s wife, mother of three grown-up children, and grandmother of 6 lovely children.
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Elizabeth Kreidler de Santa Cruz, MSA
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Elizabeth Kreidler de Santa Cruz, MSA
Senior Consultant
My names are Ms. Georgia Sentamu Kasibante born in Uganda who moved to the USA last year in October to join my Husband. Am a graduate from the University of Eastern Baraton is located in Eldoret, Kenya. I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, concentration in Human Resource Management and Finance. I got to hear about FARM STEW through Dr. Frederick Nayzi with whom we worked together on finances for (UGAMAA) Uganda American Adventist Association. So I was introduced to the Country Director FARM STEW-Uganda. When I went to the website and I read about them I was very excited because I have always wanted to work for NGOs like this. I joined the team in June 2019 as CFO and I had to move to the USA to join my husband in October of 2019. I should thank God that Joy and Edward kept me on with the Ugandan office until I joined the USA team in January 2020 up to date and am currently working as Finance Assistant Africa Projects. I have been married for 13 years to Robert Kasibante and we have 3 children.
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Georgia Kasibante
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Georgia Kasibante
Finance Assistant Africa Projects
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
Volunteer
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
Lucia is a nurse/health educator with a passion for making a difference in people's lives. Her experience with the Adventist Development & Relief Agency, both in the U.S. and in West Africa, fed her desire to collaborate with FARM STEW as a way to continue that impact on those in greatest need. As a daughter of God, she couldn't be happier than to be a part of the team sharing His recipe for abundant living with others.​
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Lucia Tiffany, MPH RN
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Lucia Tiffany, MPH RN
Curriculuim Coordinator
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
Volunteer
Tamara just wants to glorify God in all that she does and to help people to know God’s love and to fall in love with Him. She has been involved with health evangelism and training starting in 2003 in the US, and transitioning to Africa in 2010. Now working with translators, publishing, photography and video, she is hopeful to use her experience and skills to advance the principles and success of FARM STEW.
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Tamara Schoch
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Tamara Schoch
Volunteer Africa Publishing Director and Advisor
My name is Wyatt Johnston, I am a follower of Jesus from the U.S.A. I received my bachelors degree in Botany from Oregon State University in 2019. Among my work experiences, I have worked as a botanist for a timber company, assisted with research in a pesticide laboratory and worked several years in the ornamental nursery industry. FARM STEW is making a difference by educating communities with direct, replicable lifestyle changing methods that are easy to teach. For this reason, I have committed myself to FARM STEW in Rwanda so that I can serve those who are hungry, sick and in desperate need of change. I enjoy the hope of a sunrise and the clam of a sunset, but I press above these gifts of pure delight to find my Creator. And because we have a Creator, let us be kind, for what we sow we will reap; and what we give, we will receive.
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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.