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Sammy Wanyonyi, World Evangelist

Meg Odanga
Cages of Hope Representative

I was born and raised round the lake Victoria region in the western parts of Kenya. I currently reside in Minnesota where I am blessed with a wonderful family; my husband David Odanga and my three children Jamie, Eddie and Jessie Odanga. I am the holder of a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Christian Studies, obtained from Crown College, St Bonifacious, Minnesota. I also hold a Masters degree in Public Health.
Over the past few years, through mass media and as I have interacted with people from .the western parts of Kenya, I have come to learn of the horrific circumstances that women especially widows live. The women in this region are faced with a high level of HIV/AIDS infections, linked in part to their need to find sustainable means of livelihood. A large number of these women, as a result have found themselves involved in a trade known as “sex for fish” where they auction their bodies in return for the fish they need from fishermen to enable them sustain small fish selling businesses.
Working with Shine on Cages of Hope is a calling to me from God to find a way, however small to help these women break this bond of “sex for fish” and live meaningful, God breathed lives.


John Mayer
Research Consultant

Rev. Dr. John A. Mayer comes to us from City Vision, a non-profit Christian ministry in Minneapolis. John serves in leadership on several ministry boards and is also a well known seminar/conference speaker, urban missiologist, and researcher. He has served as an adjunct professor for over 10 years at various Christian colleges and seminaries teaching 24 different college and graduate courses and has helped develop several new urban/cross-cultural degree programs. John is considered to be an expert on the religious, urban, and ethnic climates of multiple U.S. cities having completed the most in-depth research ever done on these cities from a Christian perspective and he serves as a thought leader in these areas of expertise.  Through his ministry work, John has worked with over 1,200 churches/ministries from 61 denominations, including over 100 new church plants. We are excited to have John join our team!

Fiduciary Leadership Board

Rev. Dr. Dick Ivance, MD (Chair)
Minister of Global Missions

Dave Sumners (Treasurer)
Chief Financial Officer
Youngstedts Companies
Minneapolis, MN

Krista Udermann (Member)
Channel Marketing Manager
LG Electronics

Marci Malzhan (Member)
Owner and CEO, Malzhan Companies
Minneapolis, MN

Warren Carlson (Member)
CEO, Carlson Manufacturing Inc
Kirkhoven, MN

Rev. Zipporah Bogonko (Secretary)
Associate Pastor
International Outreach Church
Lakeville, MN

Advisory Board Members

Rev. Joel Johnson
Senior Pastor
Westwood Community Church
Chanhassen, MN

Justin Irving, M.Div., Ph.D.
Director, Doctor of Ministry Programs
Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

Dave Melin
Government and Public Affairs at Eisai

Daniel Dye
CEO, Ardent Mills
Denver, CO

Jay Hancock
Owner, the Hancock Group
Waconia, MN