LUV’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
John van Rens
Reverend Lauran Bethell
Dr Linnea Smith
LUV’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
John van Rens
Reverend Lauran Bethell
Dr Linnea Smith
Audrey has dedicated her life to shedding light on human trafficking and the injustices taking place in our world, particularly for vulnerable children. She is the Executive Director of Life Up the Vulnerable. Audrey was born and raised in NJ. At an early age she was active with Habitat for Humanity through her church; offering formative experiences in living out her faith to address inequities—broadening both her worldview and deepening her engagement in social justice issues. Audrey attended the University of Delaware where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education. During her first year she studied abroad for a semester in Scotland which continued to ignite her passion for international engagement and travel. After graduation in 2001 she moved to Belgium with the Young Adult Service Corp to work with international students and refugees throughout Western and Eastern Europe. It was while in Europe that she learned of the horrors of human trafficking first hand when a children’s home where she had been volunteering was exposed as a front for prostitution. At the time she was a board member for the organization, Make Way Partners, which helped to close down the home. In an effort to rescue vulnerable children before experiencing the trauma of trafficking, Audrey moved to Birmingham, AL to join the staff of MWP in the winter of 2005. In 2006, she took her first life-changing journey to [South] Sudan, along the border of Darfur—launching a more than decade long vocational calling to work extensively with indigenous ministries. Today, as the organizational leader of LUV, Audrey continues the mission of working with vulnerable children at-risk to human trafficking and oppression. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations, international partnership growth, inspirational communications, coordination of teams, resources, and care, as well as, developing and implementing strategic organizational plans for long-term organizational sustainability. Read more of her story at: MyCentralJersey.com and contact Audrey with any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Terry has been working with people in under served communities for years trying to help them improve their lives and always providing them with the respect and dignity they deserve. Bob believes that when we leave this life, all we take with us is what we have given away of our love, time, knowledge, empathy, compassion and treasury, and it becomes our legacy. Bob was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was the second oldest in a family of twelve children. He graduated from Cathedral College and St. Francis College. He is also a graduate of the Annenberg Alchemy and Annenberg Alchemy Plus programs in Los Angeles (nonprofit management). For years, Bob worked in the banking and investment business at The Irving Trust Company, Wells Fargo Bank, Shearson Lehman, Paine Webber, Terry Investment Group, and other firms. He lived in California for forty four years (Los Angeles & San Francisco). He recently moved to New York City with his wife Barbara and son Nicholas. Bob was a board member of The Center for Reflective Parenting, Cathedral Chapel School, Good Shepherd School, Hospitaller Foundation, Wilshire Rotary, and Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children. He was very active with Heart of Los Angeles, where he taught a college preparatory class, The Leukemia Society, Rancho San Antonio Boys' Home, Homeboy Industries, and many other organizations. Bob is president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in New York City. Over the years, Bob has helped people that others have written off. Today, Bob is helping people in Sudan and South Sudan, who the world has forgotten about and neglected. He is thrilled to be associated with Lift Up The Vulnerable. Bob always says that none of us are ever going to change the world, but each and everyone of us can change one aspect of it for the better, and perhaps, collectively, we can change the world.
As Senior Field Coordinator, Eugenio oversees operations, partnerships, and leadership development in Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya. He negotiates everything from supply requisitions, to overseeing delivery of supplies over long-distance road less bush. Additionally, since 2009 he has helped with organizing any logistical need for partners and short-term teams in and out of Sudan and South Sudan. Eugenio has a university degree in business focusing on clearing, forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and shipping management. He worked for 17 years at Firestone Tire Company, gaining experience working and traveling in the whole of East and Central Africa. His entire family opens their hearts and home to love and care for the women and children that we medevac to Kenya for emergency medical care and oversees their rehabilitation.
Ezekiel Ayub serves as the Indigenous Director of Our Father's Cleft. Our Father’s Cleft (OFC) is located in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. OFC has an orphanage, school, and medical clinic providing complete care for nearly 500 children, ranging from preschool to eighth grade. It is located in Sudan, and therefore is the most challenging and dangerous location to access due to the on-going genocide enacted by the Sudanese government. At OFC many of our children live with family while attending our school and receiving food and medical care. Therefore, we provide housing for the truly homeless orphan.
After finishing his high school education, Francis began at the Kabete Technical Training Institute where he started a Diploma in Business Administration. Before completing his degree, he returned to his home village in order to teach for several years at the primary school he grew up in. He has served as Kenyan Logistician since 2013 and is responsible for personally overseeing delivery of life-saving supplies from food to medicine to building supplies in both Sudan and South Sudan. Francis also facilitates the child sponsorship program and delivers letters, documents children in our network, and trains indigenous sponsorship team members.
James Lual Atak is the founder and indigenous director of New Life Ministry (NLM). NLM is located along the border of Darfur and was established in 2005. NLM school, orphanage, and clinic provides complete care for approximately 750 children, including elementary through high school education. In 2016, NLM celebrated their first graduating class of seniors and the first high school graduation in the entire region. Many of these students are now studying in university in South Sudan or Uganda. NLM also has a vibrant widows ministry which employs and helps stabilize thousands of women and former trafficking victims. This orphanage is also unique in that they receive orphans from both sides of a decades-long war. Darfur Muslim orphans and Southern Sudan Christian/Animist orphans learn about the love of Christ side-by-side and begin a long journey of healing, forgiveness and restoration.
In 2018, James was awarded the Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action award for his years of dedication to transforming lives in warzones.
Jane oversees and coordinates the care for and empowerment of women and children in the Uganda and Kenya Safe Houses since 2012. Prior to, Jane worked as a receptionist for 7 years with Hyundai Motors Company and then started her own shop in Nairobi until 2009. Her heart was moved for the needs of the orphans early on and she served as an active volunteer at a children’s home in Nairobi. Jane, Eugenio and their daughters Christine and Faith regularly open their hearts and home to love and care for the women and children that are medevaced to Kenya for emergency care. When these patients are strong enough to be released from the hospital, but not strong enough to endure the tough conditions of Sudan, Jane oversees their rehabilitation.
Peter Lomago serves as the Indigenous Director of Hope For South Sudan. Hope For South Sudan (HFSS) is located near the South Sudan and Ugandan border and was established in 2009. HFSS has a school, orphanage, and clinic providing complete care to approximately 300 children including care for infants and education through high school. During the recent outbreak of war in South Sudan, HFSS also opened its doors to several elderly in their community who could not flee nor had family to watch over them. HFSS leaders work diligently toward a self-sustainable future through agriculture. This booming farm project is nearly 2,000 acres and growing.
Sam Allison, CPA, MBA, CGMA graduated from Troy State University in 2002 with honors, and began a career in public accounting at the largest firm in Birmingham, AL. He spent the first 7 years of his career as an auditor servicing a variety of industries. His favorite clients quickly became the not-for-profit organizations, as he saw the impact several of them had on the lives of the individuals they served. He left public accounting in 2010 but was quickly asked to be a Trustee of one of his former not-for-profit audit clients, which serves orphans and widows within the state of Alabama. Soon thereafter, he went to work for them and became even more educated on the incredible need for help among those less fortunate. His career path continued, always finding ways to serve specific nonprofits which helped others. Finally, in 2018 he founded Lighthouse CPA LLC with a specific focus on assisting not-for-profits in an outsourced accounting capacity. Sam shares, “I quickly saw that LUV’s mission and my own life and career goals were so intertwined that I could not pass up the opportunity to work with them, and I have been amazed every day since becoming involved at the incredible work they are doing for hundreds of lives in war-torn countries in Africa. This organization is truly special and I enjoy working alongside them and being their greatest cheerleader every chance I get.”
LUV is thankful to have Sam and his expertise, as well as his team, on board as LUV strives to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us. His audit and internal control background helps LUV establish sound policies and procedures to protect our assets. You can reach Sam anytime with questions about the financial side of our operations at email@example.com