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

Rob Perkins joined HEART’s Board in 2014!  He is the Vice President of Property Management for Hines Interests – an international commercial real estate firm.  Before relocating to the west coast to start his career in university administration, Rob received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from a private and state university located in western state New York.  He switched his career to commercial real estate nearly 25 years ago.  Rob and his entire family have remained closely involved with HEART since their family’s first trip to Kenya in 2012.



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.


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.