Meet The Teamadmin
Andy is the lodestar and driving force behind Africa Heartwood Project. In 1999, Andy and Kayla’s honeymoon was an extended service mission to West Africa. Little did Andy know how much this selfless act would set the course of their future. Andy’s commitment and passion can be seen in every grain of Africa Heartwood Project. Not only a talented musician, Andy is also a professional actor, a gifted teacher, and a visionary entrepreneur. But above all he is a loving husband and father.
Kayla’s ongoing support of Africa Heartwood Project can only be described as true love. Kayla has supported her husband through every long trip to Africa, every fundraising event, every struggle through challenge, all whilst providing the nurturing and care for their young family of 4 energetic children. Never afraid to roll up her sleeves and go to work, Kayla is the HEART in Africa Heartwood Project.
This precious Liberian couple are considered by the large Heartwood family as mother and father. In 2005 Rufus volunteered as the Physical Facilities manager at our orphan home at Buduburam Refugee Camp in Liberia, and has served as the Director since 2010. Vic played a major role in moving the Orphan Home from Ghana to Liberia, and has been the Head Matron since 2012. Rufus and Vic are full of patience and humor, and are quick to make children and volunteers feel loved and appreciated. They live with their two children at the Heartwood compound in Zuannah Town, Liberia.
Kerri believes wholeheartedly that we are all capable of greatness and that the best way to change the world is to start with you. Her experiences volunteering in Africa as well as domestically have only increased her desire to give back. With a background in corporate events, organizational coordination and marketing she is excited to share her knowledge to spread the word about AHP. Her commitment to helping others, love of family and passion for Africa make her a valued member of our team.
Mother Jones has played a critical role in moving the work of Africa Heartwood Project forward from the beginning. From donating to educate a few refugee orphan children in 1999, to teaching at the Heartwood Orphan Home in 2014, she has cheerfully made a difference any way she can. With decades of experience in business accounting, Jan volunteers to keep the non-profit books in order.
Ras Kattah first became associated with Africa Heartwood Project as a talented wood artist in 2005. Over time his cultural artisan peers recognized him as a trusted leader, which led to his appointment as the business and relations manager for Africa Heartwood Project in Ghana. Ras is well known for his easy going nature and positive attitude, and generous spirit. Ras lives with his wife and children at the African drum complex in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
With a background in digital marketing and retail sales, Troy brings a wealth of talent to our team. Joining initially in 2008, Troy led the charge to create the original website for AHP. Followed by this updated to version 2.0. His passion for family, music, and hard work dovetail perfectly with mission of Africa Heartwood Project.
“Hard working” is a great way to introduce you to Diann. She has a background in Horticulture and volunteer management. Her drive to help others is palpable, and she sees the true value of every person she meets. Whether it’s our newest volunteer or our longest standing donor. She is a great asset to our team!