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Board of Directors

Cindy Cunningham (President/Executive Director)

Cindy is the founding and acting Director of VOH. She has dedicated 30 years to Christian ministry, including working for Youth for Christ and Josh McDowell Ministry. Cindy spends a month in Uganda 2-3 times per year. She also speaks across the US to churches, organizations and supporters. She leads the overall vision/mission and manages the VOH home office.

Donna Baker (Chair)

Donna has 20 years’ experience in development, governance and program delivery within the nonprofit realm. She also has served in both benevolence and financial ministries. Donna and her husband’s travels to Uganda have focused on sustainability/infrastructure projects along with spending valued time with their sponsored children and VOH staff. She also has the privilege of traveling with the Director to visit US partners.

Linda Kuiken

Linda is a passionate supporter of VOH, a child sponsor, and serves as a support to the Director in myriad ways. She and her husband built and operated a business for many years. She also has 20 years’ of HR experience. With honed organizational skills, she is an asset with research, planning and financial oversight.

Bob Caldwell (Immediate Past Chair)

Bob is a computer software developer for Oracle Corporation in Austin, Texas. He serves as a deacon at Hays Hills Baptist Church. Bob and his wife frequently share the ministry of VOH through the sale of beads/baskets and Village of Hope children sponsorship opportunities.

Dave Boyce (Treasurer)

Dave and his wife are members of Bay Life Church in Florida. He works for a company which creates software for payment processing centers as a Solution Analyst. He enjoys traveling and has been part of several mission trips to East Africa, including leadership training conferences and leading teams to Village of Hope. Dave has special interests in VOH infrastructure and micro-business development.

Lynne Lutz

Lynne is in private practice as a Christian Psychologist, and previously a registered nurse. Lynne has traveled to Uganda and has a heart for the overall program and in particular, trauma counseling, relational restoration, and healthcare.

Trace Jackson (Secretary)

Trace and her husband Jon are avid supporters of VOH. Together, they work on VOH website design and updates, along with being child sponsors. Recently ordained, Trace works at Christ Fellowship McKinney in communications and ministry development. Having been on several Uganda trips, Trace has taught the housemoms/kids how to crochet, knit, budget, and the importance of purity.

Debbie Irons

Debbie has found her life’s passion in missions.  As an active member at Parkway Hills Baptist Church, she served many years on the Missions Committee, has led VBS, and taught in both the Youth and Children’s Divisions.  Desiring for all children to have the chance to know Jesus, she has hosted mission trips for P70 Brazilian Ministries.  She has also served as a Senior Crew Chief and fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.  She has been blessed by the relationship with her sponsored VOH son.

Kevin Whitaker

Kevin serves as an Elder at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship and is passionate about VOH’s mission and its overall governance. He manages the Service Reliability team for Cisco Systems’ Spark Call cloud telephony service. Kevin designed VOH’s first website. He and his wife, Tammy, were involved with the prayerful inception of VOH.


Karl Cunningham

Karl is a CPA and has owned his firm for over 20 years and brings his skills of finance and accounting to the team. Karl and his wife Becky reside in Mena, Arkansas. He served as an original member of the Board.

Peta Caldwell

Peta is a retired elementary special education teacher and has a passion for her church’s children’s ministry. She and her husband serve as VOH ambassadors, sell VOH beads/baskets/purses and recruit child sponsorships. Peta formerly served as Board Secretary, transitioning to Advisory this term.

Janet Matyas (Former Board Chair / Former Beads Coordinator)

Janet has served on the mission field in Thailand and participated in mission trips around the world. Janet supervised the VOH Beads of Hope from inception until 2015. She often travels with the Director and has traveled numerous times to Uganda in training and supervisory roles. Janet and her husband Tom live in Nashville, Tennesee.

Tammy Whitaker

Tammy is a gifted educator who shared her expertise when VOH was being formed. She is on the worship team at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship and has a household of talented singers. She has traveled to Africa four times herself, including a trip to VOH in 2009 when the first children arrived at the Village.

Josh & Dorothy McDowell

Josh is the Founder of Josh McDowell Ministry, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ. He travels the globe equipping the church. Josh and Dorothy bring years of global ministry experience to the team. Josh and Dorothy reside in California.

Other US Leadership

Terrie Robinson (Associate Director)

Before joining VOH in 2015, Terrie was the Director of Field Marketing with a national shopping center owner and developer. She has a heart for missions and has participated in mission journeys to both Kenya and Uganda over the past 13 years including multiple trips to Village of Hope. In addition to managerial, logistical and financial oversight, since 2010 Terrie has also coordinated the VOH Child Sponsorship program. She resides in Dallas.