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
VICKIE WINKLER, RN
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 empathise 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.
PASTOR PHIL SPARLING
Chairman of the Board and Spiritual Advisor
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.
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.
Audrey became involved with HEART, in 2006, after joining a mission team to Kenya. This trip introduced her to a passion for the African culture and the desire to work with HEART to help others. Since that time, she has traveled to Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa.
Audrey has 2 adult, married children and she and her husband live in Auburn, CA and are proud grandparents to 3 granddaughters. Audrey is a full time real estate agent and enjoys all water sports, golfing and time with her family. She and her husband attend Auburn Grace Community Church.
PASTOR DAVE PAGE
Dave Page is a Pastor at Saddleback Church, a Leadership Coach to pastors, a Wedding Pastor and a Grief Coach. He was a denominational executive for the Evangelical Free Church of America. Dave started a couple of churches and teaches on the subject of church planting. He has a Doctor of Ministry from Biola University, an MBA in Leadership from Grand Canyon University, an MDiv from Gateway Seminary, and a B.A. in Business Economics from Westmont College. Dave is married to his lovely wife Carrie, has three children and lives in Orange County, CA. His hobbies include basketball, swimming, motorcycling and traveling.
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.
RUSSELL TWEET, MD
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.