Board of Directors
Steve Ellinwood, President
Steve Ellinwood is a practicing dentist in Fort Wayne Indiana. He is a Fort Wayne native and graduated from R. Nelson Snider High School. He attended DePauw University for undergraduate then received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery form Indiana University School of Dentistry. He is currently a member of Good Shepherd UMC of Fort Wayne, and teaches the confirmation class for Good Shepherd. He has travelled on several mission trips and is a Co- founder of Sonrisas Siempre a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to providing dental care in developing countries, currently in Central America. He is married to Laura and they have two grown children Alexa and Chase.
Cathy Falk, Vice President
Cathy Falk holds two education degrees: a Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and a Master’s from Purdue University. She has been in the field of education for 35 years holding various teaching positions from preschool through college. She retired from Fort Wayne Community Schools in June 2013 from the position of Instructional Coach. She is the author of numerous books in the field of Christian Education curriculum including Becoming Friends with God, Preschool Action Rhymes: Bible Learning Through Movement, Bible Crafts from Recycled Materials, and Bible Lessons for Little People. Cathy has been married to Perry for thirty-eight years. They are the parents of three grown sons and have three grandchildren.
Francis Mustapha, Executive Director
Francis Mustapha was born in Madina, Sierra Leone, West Africa. He did his college training in the USA. He has earned a BA degree in Biology from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN, and an MA degree in Biology and an Ed. S. degree in Science Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He taught biology and trained teachers in universities and high schools in Liberia, Sierra Leone and the United States for over thirty years, retiring in January 2011 to build Madina Village School. He has been married to Bobbie Mustapha for 40 years and they have three grown children and seven grandchildren. He became a Naturalized US citizen in 1992.
Roberta (Bobbie) Mustapha, Secretary
Bobbie Mustapha is a retired reading teacher. She has a BS degree in Elementary Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and an MA in Education from Indiana University. She has taught in Liberia, Sierra Leone and the USA . In the summers she works with the teachers and children of the Madina School. Bobbie’s own dreams for the school’s future include bilingual literacy, a curriculum strong in writing, and an adult literacy program. Married for 40 years, she and Francis enjoy their three children and seven grandchildren.
Frederick (Fred) Bayon
Fred Bayon and his wife Mariama (recently deceased) have six children and many grandchildren. Fred graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Originally from Sierra Leone, he lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he is a State of Indiana Licensed Professional Geologist. Fred is employed as an Environmental Scientist by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water in Indianapolis. He was an educator in Sierra Leone for three years.
Sandy Bennett is a resident of Avon, a suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana. She belongs to Plainfield United Methodist Church and serves on the Missions committee. She and her husband Joe have been members since 2000. They have two sons and four grandchildren. They are both retired, but Sandy still substitute teachers in her old school district—Brownsburg Community School Corporation. She also teachers Sunday School, volunteers at Sheltering Wings, a women’s shelter, and travels with her husband. She is very drawn to anything that nurtures children.
Rev. Craig W. Duke
Rev. Craig Duke is currently the senior pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is a graduate of Carmel High School and received his Bachelor of Science from Ball State University for Secondary Education with an English endorsement. He received his Master of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Before serving at Good Shepherd, Pastor Duke served Indiana United Methodist congregations in Evansville, Georgetown, and Princeton, Indiana. He was ordained a deacon in 1987 and a full elder in 1990. Craig is married to Linda and they have one daughter, Tiffany, who attends high school at New Tech Academy at Wayne High School.
Dustin is a passionate and talented photographer owning one of the most successful photography studios in Indiana. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, one of the most prestigious photography institutes in the US. Dustin had the privilege of visiting Madina Village and the new school in 2013, where he had the exciting opportunity to photograph the teachers and children. Check out the photos and video he created on this website! View more of his work at www.McKibbenPhotography.com.
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Cindy Burkhart was born and schooled in Morganton, North Carolina. She attended the University of Kentucky and was awarded a Batchelors Degree in Elementary and Special Education. She has taught in Special Education and classes from pre-school to middle school. She also has taught Christian education classes and directed children's choirs at Good Shepherd and Pender United Methodist Churches. She supports education for all children as a window to the world and hopes Madina School can add adult education for the adults in the villages tha Madina School serves.
Cindy was married to Enos Burkhart (recently deceased) for 42 years and they are the parents of three grown daughters grandparents of one grandson
Daniel Strahm is the Vice-President of Engineering at Thor Motor Coach with 18 years experience in the RV and Bus manufacturing industries. Dan is a member of Beulah Missionary Church serving in various roles including Awana leader, sound technician, Missions Board member, and Sunday School teacher. He also served as an instructor at Ivy Tech State College for 2 years. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University. He is married to Annette and they have two daughters.
Bishop John K. Yambasu
Bishop John Yambasu has been the Bishop of the United Methodist Church of the Sierra Leone Conference in Sierra Leone, West Africa since 2008. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Njala University College and his Master’s in Theology at Sierra Leone Theological College. He also studied at the Haggai Institute in Singapore, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Institute, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Kitwe, Zambia. He joined the United Methodist Church in 1983 and was ordained an Elder in 1989. He was also the founder and executive director of the Child Rescue Centre, a children’s home which continues to provide shelter, food, education and health care for over five hundred war affected and vulnerable children in Sierra Leone since 2000.
Bishop Yambasu has written and published “Youth Ministry in the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone Annual Conference – Basis and Information”, “A Short History of the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone”, and “Reclaiming the Shattered Self, an Innovation Ministry for Children and Youth in Post War Sierra Leone”.
He and his wife Millicent Yambasu have been blessed with five children.