HEART is led by an international team of distinguished doctors, nurses, educators, accountants, business leaders, pastors, and highly trained professionals who are devoted to transforming lives in Africa.

Board of Directors


President & Founder


Vickie is a retired RN. She has traveled all around the world championing the cause of humanitarian aid for Africa. As a widow herself, Vickie can emphasize with the pain of the millions of widows and orphans in Africa, and has turned that compassion into a movement. Vickie first began traveling to Africa in 1979 with her late husband, Kenn. She founded HEART in 2000.



Chairman of the Board

Dr. Russell Tweet has been a Family Practice doctor in Auburn, California since 1979. He has traveled to Swaziland, Kenya, Zambia, India, Thailand, China, and Mexico on medical mission trips. He is an elder in his local church, Sierra Grace Fellowship.


Administrative Secretary

Stephanie’s area of expertise is in Healthcare Quality Management and has been employed by Sutter Health for 28 years. She has served HEART as an Advisory Board member since 2000. She has served as Co-Chair for our annual fundraising event, HEART on Safari for several years. Stephanie joined the Board of Directors in 2012 and serves as Secretary.


Board Member

Doug Juday is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and has worked in the financial services industry since 2000. He leads a team of financial planners across the West Coast of the United States and is excited to lend his expertise and experience to the HEART Board of Directors.  Doug, his wife Alicia and two sons attend Bayside Church in Roseville, California and have participated on multiple mission trips including two to Kenya.


Board Member

Lauri Harris began serving on the HEART Board of Directors in 2016. She is the Executive Director for USA Cheer and has traveled extensively around the world, including three trips to Kenya with HEART.  Her husband is a pastor at Bayside Church in Roseville, CA where they are both involved in outreach ministries.



Spiritual Advisor

Pastor Stan Koon is a much-loved pastor in the Northern California area. He has pastored for over 18 years. He is currently traveling full-time, preaching and ministering all around the world with his wife, Julie.


Business Advisor

Sandra has been involved with HEART since 2013, the year she and her husband, Rob, took their two children on their first trip to Kenya with Bayside Church. Several more trips quickly ensued!

Sandra has enjoyed volunteering with HEART in various capacities throughout the years. Sandra and Rob worship at Fremont Presbyterian Church in Sacramento and enjoy walking, running & biking along the American River.



Tom Propp is a CPA in Northern California and has practiced public accounting for over 30 years. Tom received his Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees with an emphasis in finance from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves his local community as a member of the board of directors of the Placer Community Foundation.



Pastor Phil Sparling is a family oriented Senior Pastor of Auburn Grace Church, where he has served for twenty seven years. Phil is husband to his wonderful wife, Ruth, for thirty-three years and father of four outstanding children. His strengths include teaching, leadership, and administration. Phil has been an advisor to HEART Leadership for many years including multiple trips to Kenya where he has spent time training the Kenya leadership team.


Medical Consultant

Dr. Benjamin Williams has been a valued and committed member of the HEART Board since HEART was founded in 2000. Having personally served in Kenya and traveled to the various projects, he has gained insight into the administration and needs of HEART. Ben has a busy orthopedic surgery practice in Auburn, California.