Board of Directors


Sandy Rader

CO-FOUNDER AND BOARD PRESIDENT


As the Board President, Sandy has played an active role in the financial growth, strategic management and development of AVFP programs as well as healthcare educational training and service through regular trips to Kenya. After meeting Beldina Opiyo-Omolo while here in the USA for her graduate studies, Sandy joined AVFP in 2005 to assist in the development and initial funding of this project. Inspired by her mother’s work in missions, she assisted in the initiation of Jane’s African Orphan Mission, a program of AVFP dedicated to the educational, physical and psychosocial support of orphans and vulnerable children.

Sandy is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) with a BS in Physical Therapy. She is a certified specialist in vestibular and balance disorders with most of her career in neurological rehab and research. She has also worked in an outpatient setting, taught continuing education in her field of specialty and is presently working in home healthcare throughout Monroe County, Pennsylvania where she resides.


Nancy Gould

Vice President


Nancy has been working with AVFP since 2005. She has assisted in the coordination of all Mission trips to Kenya since 2006 to present. Among her many duties as USA Board Secretary, Nancy also coordinates and implements fundraising activities as well as coordinates and works with AVFP volunteers.

She is an active member of the Presbyterian Church of the Mountain where AVFP had its humble beginnings in the USA.

Nancy works as a Physical Therapist Assistant and resides in Delaware Water Gap, PA.


Sherry Blackman

Board Member


Rev. Sherry Blackman is an internationally published journalist, award-winning poet, and author of Call to Witness, A true story of one woman’s battle with disability, discrimination and a pharmaceutical powerhouse.  She earned the “Outstanding Biblical Achievement Award" from the American Bible Society while in seminary, and was ordained with the Presbyterian Church of America in 2007.  Rev. Blackman currently serves as a truck stop chaplain and as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of the Mountain in Delaware Water Gap, Pa..  She joined the International Board of AVFP in January after having traveled to Kenya on a former mission trip. 


Perez Akello

Board Member


Perez joined AVFP in 2012 as a Kenya Board member then was later nominated as board Treasurer. This position continued when the Board transitioned to an international level in 2016. Perez is passionate about the youth and enjoys talking, teaching and counseling with them. She is a Registered Nurse and holds a Master’s Degree in Community Health and Development. She is a born again Christian and fellowships at Christ Church of Kisumu.


Brenda Palmer

Board Member


In 2014, God put in my heart to visit Kenya. I was directed to get in touch with Beldina who kindly hosted me during my mission trip. While there I realized the work of AVFP and the wonderful blessing that this charity has been to the community. 

During my time in Kenya, I was blessed to be able to minister and pray with the people of Amilo Village and share with many school children about how much Jesus loves them and the great hope for their future.

I was honored to be asked to join the AVFP board in 2016 and be a part of the decision making process. As a board member I am now given the opportunity to be a good steward of this Ministry.