Village of Hope Uganda
Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tom Eichem, Chairman: Tom is the Executive Pastor at Bay Life Curch in Brandon,
Florida, the church that provided the seed money to purchase the land for the Village of
Hope in Bweyale. Bay Life provides regular financial support and mission teams. Bay
Life is also the sending church for VOH missionaries, Mike and Janelle Doud, who
reside permanently in Uganda and oversee the Village development. Tom has
extensive management and ministry experience and provides a wealth of strategic
knowledge. He and his family reside in Florida.
Dave Boyce, Treasurer: : Dave lives in Florida with his wife, Carmelita and two
teenage sons, DJ and Joshua. They are members of Bay Life Church. He works for a
company that creates software for payment processing centers as a Solution Analyst.
He enjoys traveling and has been part of several mission trips to East Africa, which
includes leadership training conferences and leading teams to Village of Hope. He says,
he was humbled to be asked to be part of this board and hope to do all I can for the
sake of the children.
Theresa Robinson, Secretary:
Theresa is Director of Field Marketing with a national shopping center owner and
developer where she is currently responsible for marketing shopping malls throughout
Texas and Oklahoma. She has a heart for missions and has participated in mission
journeys to both Kenya and Uganda over the past 11 years including two to Village of
Hope. Theresa has also served as Village of Hope’s Child Sponsorship Coordinator
since September 2010. She resides in Dallas.
Bill Baker Bill is a CP:A and partner with a global accounting firm. Having a passion
for poverty issues and homelessness, Bill and his wife Donna have served in leadership
roles with local ministries. Donna has worked in the non-profit realm for more than 15
years and leads their church Benevolence ministry. Bill has traveled twice to Uganda,
working on VOH project initiatives. The Bakers reside in Dallas and have a college-
Janet Matyas, Chair: Janet has served on the mission field in Thailand and serves
missionaries as they return from the field. She has traveled to India, Cambodia,
Thailand, Papua, New Guinea, and Africa on short term missions. She has a heart for
helping the helpless around the world. Janet coordinates the VOH Beads of Hope
micro-economic ministry and has traveled several times to VOH ministries in Uganda for
training and suppervision roles. Janet and her husband Tom live in Dallas and have
Cindy Cunningham: Cindy is the founding and acting Director of VOH. She has
dedicated 20+ years to Christian ministry, including working for Youth for Christ, Josh
McDowell Ministry, and ALARM (African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries).
Cindy travels to Uganda 3-4 times per year, oversees the domestic and foreign staff and
volunteer teams as well as speaks to churches, organizations and donors on behalf of
VOH. She manages the home office of VOH in Dallas.
Robert & Peta Caldwell:
Bob is a computer software developer for Oracle Corporation. He serves as a deacon at
Hays Hills Baptist Church. Peta is a Special Education Teacher at an elementary school
in Austin and is a substitute for the church sunday school. They have two children,
William and Emily, who are recent college graduates and out on their own. They sell
VOH beads and purses and desire to help find sponsors for the children living in the
Village and in the camps who do not yet have them.
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 states,
“I have a vision of locking arms with church leaders and parents around the globe to
raise up a generation...passionate in their relationship with God”. Josh and Dorothy
bring years of global ministry experience to the team. Josh and Dorothy reside in
Southern California and have four children.
Karl Cunningham, CPA: Karl is a Certified Public Accountant 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 and have one daughter.