Staff

Our Staff


Our team at Samaritan’s Feet have devoted themselves to serving those in need and helping others around the world to do the same. Each of our ambassadors brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to a diverse and unique organization that is changing the lives of people around the world.

Manny Ohonme
Co-Founder, CEO, & President

Manny is the co-founder of Samaritan’s Feet and the chief foot washer and visionary. He loves watching lives transform right before his eyes and seeing people walk in their purpose. One of his most impactful memories with the ministry is when he witness the President of Burundi wash the feet of the poor and pygmies in his country. And another is when he witnessed one the orphans we served finish college, launch their own ministry, and have their own family. Manny enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, and investing in people.

Tracie Ohonme
Co-Founder & Exectuive Vice President

Tracie is the co-founder of Samaritan’s Feet and the guardian of our culture and chief encourager. She loves seeing our team as well as those we serve with reach their potential and utilize their platform to make a difference. Developing our Women Ambassador program and seeing computer learning centers being built in Africa and the success of their Barefoot Gala has been so meaningful for her. She loves serving her children, traveling with her husband, and of course, shoe shopping!

Bryan Boan
Video & Digital Marketing Coordinator

Bryan produces videos, photographs, and designs pieces to document the domestic and international initiatives and impact of Samaritan’s Feet. He enjoys being able to tell the stories of those we serve. While serving thousands of refugees in Uganda, he realized he was ready to be a part of this global movement. Bryan enjoys munching on Haribo gummy bears, spending time outdoors, and getting tattoos.

Candy Conrad
Executive Assistant & Program Support

Candy is the executive assistant to the co-founders of Samaritan’s Feet, assisting with daily schedules, tasks, and arrangements, and supports the staff with general office needs. She enjoys being part of a team that is truly making a difference. One of the most impactful moments she had with Samaritan’s Feet was serving over 2,000 homeless adults in Atlanta, GA and seeing a physical need being met, along with encouraging them. Candy enjoys being with her family, shopping, and traveling.

Davida Serrani
Associate Director of Donor Relations & Grants

Davida builds relationships with our donors and researches and writes grants. She loves hearing stories from volunteers about the impact Samaritan’s Feet is making in the lives of others. One of her favorite memories is meeting a young girl at a distribution who was so proud to show off the Samaritan’s Feet shoes she was wearing that she had received at a prior distribution. Davida enjoys walking, cooking, and being with family and friends.

Deni Avant
Communications Coordinator

Deni develops content to keep Samaritan’s Feet supporters and the media informed and inspired about our initiatives and supports the Samaritan’s Feet staff with their marketing needs. She loves hearing stories of impact and sharing those with our supporters. While at a distribution, she recalls a young boy’s proud smile as he posed wearing his new shoes that properly fit over the braces on his feet. Deni loves black coffee, listening to music, and spending time at the beach with friends and family.

Denise Blomberg
Regional Director of Operations

Denise plans domestic distribution events with our partners in the Midwest and Western US, and helps with development and donor cultivation. She enjoys seeing the smiles, laughter, and hugs that occur during our distributions. One of her favorite days is when Sioux Falls, SD hosts 3 different events at the same time, inspired by the thoughts that over 300 volunteers and 2,000 kids are being served at one time. Denise enjoys meeting new people as she travels and learns about new cultures.

Eddie Bennett
Director of Global Logistics

Eddie oversees and manages our global logistics and operations. He enjoys being a part of a team that is having an impact on changing people’s lives around the world. Developing and cultivating change with Samaritan’s Feet is really meaningful to him. Eddie enjoys coaching, playing sports, and watching movies.

Georgia Perry
Volunteer Coordinator

Georgia helps coordinate and schedule volunteers that come into the warehouse to help sort and pack shoes for distributions. She loves knowing that her work here is helping others around the world and is encouraged by reading stories from volunteers and shoe recipients. Georgia enjoys spending time with family, running, and volunteering with her church.

Graham Gibbs
Executive Director of Global Projects & Operations

Graham leads our operations in the US, our global projects, and a team that helps distribute thousands of pairs of shoes each year. He loves having the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus while serving others humbly and lovingly. He recalls seeing a young girl who was volunteering leading a child that was being served to Christ and how impactful that was to him. Graham enjoys playing sports, traveling, and cheering on the Razorbacks.

Josh Marshman
Youth Ambassador Program Coordinator

Josh engage and inspire young minds as they draw closer to God and His heart of service through our Youth Ambassador Program. He loves being able to take your on their first mission experience overseas. He once had the opportunity to have dinner with the President of Burundi while on a Samaritan’s Feet trip, a moment he’ll never forget. Josh enjoys reading insightful books, spending time outdoors, and having conversations with friends over coffee.

Katherine Babinski
Associate Director of Missions & Engagement

Katherine manages our volunteers in the US, coordinates community fundraisers and shoe drives, and assists with logistics of our international team members. She loves building relationships with our volunteers and seeing them get excited about making a difference. She remembers meeting a homeless woman in Charleston, SC who was so impacted by the gift of shoes that she found enough change to purchase a bucket to wash the feet of everyone living in her tent community. Katherine loves eating tacos while watching the Clemson Tigers with her sweet little nephew.

Larry Davis
Warehouse Manager

Larry maintains our Charlotte, NC warehouse and pulls and supplies shoe orders for all distributions. He loves that he is playing a part in serving those in need and putting shoes on kids’ feet. He recalls serving out our powerful Reconciliation event in Charleston one year after they experienced tragedy through the shooting at Mother Emmanuel Church. Larry enjoys watching NASCAR racing, doing special projects with his church, and fishing.

Laura Shepard
Director of Marketing Programs

Laura oversees all Samaritan’s Feet special events and the marketing team. Every day she gets goosebumps as she hears a story of how Samaritan’s Feet has impacted a child or changed a life through a simple pair of shoes. While on a trip to India, two children needed size 6 shoes, but the team couldn’t find any. So she and a teammate began praying, walked back in the shoe area and discovered two pairs of size 6 shoes, realizing that God provided them. Laura loves being a mom, coaching soccer, and traveling with her husband.

Olivia De Gracia
Staff Accountant & Missions Coordinator

Olivia does basic and forensic accounting and assists with the needs and finances of international mission team members. She loves creatively solving problems and connecting pieces of information to paint an accurate picture. You can find Olivia painting watercolor art, rock climbing, and watching Netflix.

Phil Campbell
Regional Director of Operations

Phil works with churches, school, companies, and community leaders across the United States to plan and execute shoe distributions. He loves hearing the life-changing stories and seeing the joy on the faces of people we serve. He has been impacted by the God moments he’s encountered in unusual places where he meets someone that he’s been able to minister to. Phil loves spending time with his family, sightseeing in different places he travels to, and playing golf with his sons.

Teresa Hucko
Director of Missions & Engagement

Teresa coordinates our international team trips that serve around the world and loves seeing the life-change effect on shoe recipients as well as the team members. She has been able to serve in many countries, but one of her favorite memories was giving shoes to homeless refugees in the woods of Morocco as they were traveling to their new life and home. She recalls how encouraged they were by this simple act of kindness. Teresa enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, especially at the beach.

Terry Tolbert
Director of Development

Terry manages our development efforts including corporate sponsorships, special partnerships, grants, and donors. He enjoys getting to interact with our corporate partners and helping create nationwide and multi-city projects that help organizations engage with their employees. One of his favorite moments with Samaritan’s Feet was watching over 150 volunteers come out to serve in our home city, Charlotte, to help initiative healing efforts. Terry enjoys spending time with his wife and family, traveling and training international church leaders.

Tyler Smith
Director of Finance, Controller

Tyler manages the day-to-day financial operations of Samaritan’s Feet and loves the consistent, interdepartmental collaborations amongst the staff. While at his first shoe distribution, he remembers witnessing true, unconditional love through service—a moment that sticks with him every day while at work. You can often find Tyler outside hunting and fishing, doing home improvement projects, and listening to new music.

Viki Hanson
Staff Accountant

Viki assists our finance team and loves being able to thank our donors for their generosity. She remembers a man who brought his daughter to one of our distributions who had shoes that were more tattered than his daughters. But Samaritan’s Feet was able to provide shoes for both him and his daughter and she’ll never forget how thankful he was. Viki enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, and swimming.

Whitney Saucedo
Regional Director of Operations

Whitney is on our operations team and facilitates distribution events in the midwest. She enjoys being behind the scenes and developing relationships with all of our partners in that area. While traveling to Nigeria several years ago with Samaritan’s Feet, her eyes were opened to a new world and she keeps those friendships and memories close. You can always find Whitney in a CrossFit gym or enjoying the sun outside.

 

International Office Support


Argentina
Daniel Dominquez, Director

Brazil
Wesley de Souza Oliveira, Director

Canada
Laura Strait, Coordinator
Michael Strait, Director

Hong Kong
Justin Li, Director
Sharon Chan, Coordinator

Nigeria
Funmi Ohonme, Director

Peru
Samuel Santa Maria Diaz, Director

Philippines
Cristina Rotulo Cheeks, Coordinator
Darrell Cheeks, Director

South Africa
Drew Harding, Director
Joanine LeRoux, Coordinator

 

Area Coordinators


Florida
James Henderson

Indiana
Joanie Zigmond

Michigan
Theresa Randleman

South Dakota
Sister Barbra Kowalkowski