BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Since BethanyKids is made up of separate legal entities working together in the USA, Canada and the UK, we have three national boards of directors. In addition, we have an International Board made up of representatives from the three national boards. These boards are made up of people who are leaders in their own fields and who voluntarily serve as sources of inspiration, guidance and wisdom for BethanyKids.
‘Deola Sanwoolo, M.Sc.
‘Deola has lived on three continents and has first hand experience providing care to children living in high risk situations.
Born in West Africa, she lived in western Canada for many years and currently works as a child phycologist in the Middle East with her family.
Brendan Browne, PhD
Brendan is the Director of Education and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Catholic District School Board in Toronto, the largest Catholic School System in the world. He is the author of many academic and professional articles, and of the book “Leading for Educational Lives: Inviting and Sustaining Imaginative Acts of Hope in a Connected World”.
Felista Karanja, PMP, MA
Felista is a Project Management Consultant with InScope and is working on a contract with the Government of Manitoba. She was a founding member of the Embakasi Slums Hygiene and Sanitation program in Kenya and has served as the Secretary and Board Director of the Kenya Association of Manitoba Inc.
James Luta, LLM, PhD
James leads a legal practice in Canada that specializes in migration law and speaks widely on the subject. He has worked in both Canada and the UK and has volunteered on a range of humanitarian projects in his home country of Uganda, including a program to support the rehabilitation of victims of acid burns and violence within the country.
Kerri Regan, M.Ed
Kerri is a Lecturer in Communications and the Director of the Master of International Business program at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. She is a certified facilitator of the Cultural Intelligence assessment and holds a Masters degree in Education with a focus on Higher Education Leadership & Administration from Queen’s University.
Kris Riseling, BSc. PT, Kin (Chair)
Kris is an orthopaedic physiotherapist at Providence Care Hospital in Kingston, Ontario and assists in teaching physiotherapy students at Queen’s University. In addition to giving leadership to the Canadian Board, he has been instrumental in helping to develop and build the BethanyKids wheelchair program in Kenya, and has travelled to the country on many occasions.
Marjory Kerr, PhD
Marjory is the President and Vice Chancellor of Tyndale University in Toronto; the second time she has served as president for a major Canadian post-secondary institution. She is a registered psychologist in Ontario, an executive coach, and holds membership in several professional associations. She has 20 years of board experience and has a deep understanding of policy governance for boards.
Yohan Mahimwala, MBA
Yohan is a business leader with a range of experiences spanning over 15 years in multiple sectors including Finance, Logistics, Supply Chain and Not-For-Profit. His current mandate is to help manage and grow premier commercial banking clients in North America with RBC. He is a Principal at Growthsimple and serves as Vice-Chair for The Meeting House’s Board of Directors.
Ade Adebajo, BSc, FCA, ACT
Ade is a London-based investment banker whose focus the past 20 years has been emerging markets in sub-Saharan Africa. He’s a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He has served as a trustee and advisor on a number of high profile projects.
David Killingray, PhD, (Chair)
David Killingray has taught in schools and universities in Britain, Tanzania, South Africa and the Caribbean. His PhD focused on communities within the continent of Africa. Now retired he continues to research and write on areas that he once taught.
Michelle Safo, BA, MCIM
Michelle is a results-driven business woman delivering growth orientated strategies for her array of micro-business clients. As a Youth Enterprise Mentor, Michelle provides mentoring and encouragement for young people seeking to bolster their business knowledge and experience through entrepreneurial opportunities.
Peter Smith, Major (R)
A retired lawyer, Peter served as CEO of Malvern Council and Regional Solicitor to the Severn Trent Water Authority and for over 20 years as the Legal Advisor to The International Salvation Army. For 19 years he was a director/chairman of Healthy Investment Friendly Society and currently sits on the board of Guideposts and a trustee of the Environment Agency Pension Fund.
Solomon Osagie, LL.B, PhD
Solomon is a Corporate Lawyer with substantial in-house and private practice experience, currently serving as the General Counsel & Company Secretary for Cashplus Bank. He authored the book “Integrating Financial Services Regulation: Exploring Some of the Challenges Posed by the EU Data Protection Regime”
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
April Knutson, MEd
April is an accomplished and experienced educator having taught in five countries on four different continents. She continues to travel extensively and is excited to bring her perspective as an educator to the BethanyKids Board.
Cynthia M. Gregg, MD, FACS
Cynthia has received multiple awards for her work as a plastic surgeon. Before founding her private practice she served as an assistant professor at Duke University. She provides pro bono surgeries for survivors of domestic violence in the national Face-to-Face Program and has frequently travelled to sub-Saharan Africa to provide cleft lip and palate surgeries to those in need.
Fred Rescorla, MD, FACS
Fred is a pediatric surgeon at Riley Children’s Hospital and a Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Indiana University’s School of Medicine. He is highly regarded for his 40 years of work as a surgeon in Indiana and known more broadly for his research.
Ranjan George, PhD
Ranjan is an Associate Professor of Business and serves as the Program Director for the Business BA program at Fresno University. He is an accomplished lecturer and researcher having studied issues of gender disparities in the work place.
Jim Taubitz, MS
Jim is an engineering/construction professional who served 25 years on submarines in the US Navy and is a member of Engineering Ministries International. He is currently serving as a Construction Superintendent for medical diagnostic and treatment facility equipment renovations at several hospitals in Michigan.
John Phillips, MD, FACS
John is a retired ENT specialist who has not only practiced in the United States for decades, but has also travelled extensively with Samaritan’s Purse to ensure people living in under resourced communities have access to appropriate surgery.
Justus Mwiti Marete, MPA
Justus serves as the CEO of Maua Methodist Hospital in rural Kenya. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he worked with BethanyKids as the Director for Africa. His extensive experience in the medical services also included serving at both Kijabe Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya.
Mike Delorenzo (Chair)
Mike serves as the Creative Manager for Communications at Africa Inland Mission’s head office providing logistical support to hundreds of missionaries serving across the continent. Prior to this he has served as a communications specialist and missionary bush pilot for decades on the continent of Africa.