Chairperson: Andrew Lytle
Andrew was born on a dairy farm and later raised on a beef ranch in central Montana where he learned much about agriculture and gained a long lasting love of the outdoors. He worked as a wrangler for a guest ranch and for the family construction business the summers of his junior and senior years of high school. He continued in construction, working for many different construction companies until he started Dreams to Reality Construction in 2009. He graduated with honors from a two year program at Montana Wilderness school of the Bible and has also been chipping away at pre-veterinary studies at Montana State University. He also has a strong love of overseas travel where he discovered a huge burden for the difficult conditions of the people in the developing countries of the world. This was strongly re-affirmed when he recently accompanied a medical mission group to Haiti in 2010. He has closely followed the events that have unfolded for the kids since Heather first began in Africa and is incredibly honored for the Lord granting him the opportunity to help serve the brave people working so hard for the vulnerable people in Africa’s poorest areas. Andrew has been the Board Chairman since December 2012.
Vice-Chairperson: Tamsin Scurfield
Having completed an undergraduate degree and unclear as to what next, over the next 3 years Tamsin found herself travelling, working and volunteering in parts of Africa, Asia and Australia. A brief stint in London was followed by a year in rural South Africa which formed the basis of her desire to work in development in small, grassroots community programs. After completing her Masters degree, she returned to Africa where since 2006 she has worked in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Southern Sudan and Somaliland. In September 2014, Tamsin moved to Uganda where she currently resides.
Good development cannot take place until the people for whom that ‘development’ is supposed to make a difference, are heard. Tamsin is keenly aware that the voices reflected by people within their communities are often not heard until after the NGO’s have gone, that’s when the talking really begins. Working with and through grassroots programs run by people from the communities themselves is one way around this problem. To date Tamsin personally knows all the people and programs Hope For Africa is partnering with and is grateful for this opportunity to walk alongside them as they work tirelessly to serve their own communities. Tamsin has been serving as Vice-Chairman of the Board since December 2012.
Secretary/Treasurer: Amy Dayton
Amy spent 20 years in the Air Force as a Communications Officer and then after retiring began a second career as a high school math teacher. She currently teaches math at Colorado Springs Christian High School. Amy has travelled to Africa three times to work with orphaned and vulnerable youth. In her words, “God dug a hole and buried my heart there and I will never be the same.” While there, she has helped run a week-long youth leadership retreat, led a math workshop with rural math teachers and conducted numerous math tutoring sessions with African high school students. Realizing that it took so little effort and money to make huge impacts in the lives of young Africans, Amy knew this was where God wanted her investing her time and effort. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Amy is also one of the co-founders, and volunteers for the organization taking care of all the finances and administration.