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.
President & CEO
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 witnessed the President of Burundi wash the feet of the poor and pygmies in his country. 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.
Executive 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!
Abigail is the Development Coordinator and helps work out all the details of new development partnerships while also supporting the efforts of those programs. She appreciates the welcoming community at Samaritan’s Feet and loves the opportunities this organization and role provides her to use her gifts for a positive impact. She really enjoys photography, hiking, and playing with her dog Peggy.
Alex helps with all things in the warehouse and he also helps make sure that everything in the building is running smoothly and working properly. He is the one to go to when something is broken! What he loves most about working at Samaritan’s Feet is the positive environment and people. He enjoying mountain biking and fixing things outside of work.
Amber is a staff accountant in the finance department. She loves that the staff at Samaritan’s Feet is one big family with one big heart. She knows that the staff puts all their energy into finding and fulfilling needs around the world. Amber said that while reading “Sole Purpose” by Manny, she laughed, cried, and found my faith being elevated. This book challenged me to see the world in a whole new way and caused me to believe for even bigger miracles. In her free time, she loves cooking, concerts, bike rides, Beach days, and going to the movies.
Executive Director of Finance & General Manager
Angela handles all things Samaritan’s Feet as our Executive Director of Finance and General Manager. She loves the camaraderie of the team and knowing we are positively affecting and changing people’s lives every single day. One of the most impactful moments was understanding the vast needs in regard to shoes and then grasping the impact that the World Shoe can have. Angela has four children and enjoys anything outdoors, church related activities, and reading.
Digital Marketing Manager
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.
Cedric inspires our volunteers on the importance of service in our warehouse. He loves working with the volunteers and seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when they receive the shoes. One of his most impactful memories was watching the shoes he brought to a local school on the feet of so many children throughout the hallways. Cedric enjoys coaching basketball, playing video games, and spending time with his wife.
David helps in the warehouse making sure all orders of shoes are good to go. He is responsible for getting thousands of shoes properly packed and ready for distributions around the world. His favorite thing about working at Samaritan’s Feet is the good spirit and happiness of all his co-workers, and that he feels good when he goes home because he knows we’re doing good in the world. Outside of work, David enjoys gaming, listening to music, and cooking.
Business Intelligence & Stewardship
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. For her, impactful Samaritan’s Feet moments are the times she can go to one of our Shoes of Hope distributions to see the smiles on the faces of children and volunteers. Davida enjoys being outside, walking, reading, and being with family and friends.
Senior Program Manager
Debbie is the Senior Program Manager and will develop this program to serve senior citizens with new shoes while also giving them hope through service to them. Debbie said she’ll never forget the smiles on the recipients’ faces and the feeling of self-worth and dignity that they experienced while serving for the first time with Samaritan’s Feet. She also enjoys reading, watching college sports (especially Ohio State football), and traveling with her husband on day trips.
Deni develops content to keep Samaritan’s Feet supporters and the media informed and inspired about our initiatives while also supporting 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 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 hosts three 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.
Derrick managers our warehouse and delivers hope to the world through the gift of shoes. He works behind the scenes making sure shipments arrive correctly and on time and even though he may not get to see it, he knows people are smiling when they lace up their new pair of shoes. Derrick really enjoys the Wednesday morning Bible studies that the team does together every week. He also loves watching live sporting events, hanging out with friends, and cooking out with the family.
Lead Program Manager
Katie coordinates domestic shoe distributions for our large corporate sponsors and enjoys her role as a liaison between the Operations Team and all the other areas of Samaritan’s Feet. She enjoys interacting with all areas of the organization as she helps get an event from inspiration to execution. She is impacted seeing the sheer size and reach of the ministry that all started with one simple pair of shoes. Katie loves hiking and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Kyle develops and executes opportunities to grow the Samaritan’s Feet outreach through partnerships across Arkansas and the surrounding area. He enjoys seeing the impact a new pair of shoes and message of hope can have on a child immediately and then throughout their life. While serving in Puerto Rico, Kyle experienced a life-changing moment as he saw an eight-year-old boy, who had been orphaned due to a drug cartel killing, pray for the safety of the mission team members. Kyle loves spending time with friends and family, fishing, and watching college football.
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 at 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.
Marcela manages and coordinates all special events for Samaritan’s Feet, like the Barefoot Gala and Golf Tournament. She enjoys seeing the passion and commitment of the team, as well as knowing that the work she does helps make a difference in someone else’s life. Marcela loves seeing the joy and smiles in the faces of the children we serve. She enjoys camping, Alabama college football (Roll Tide!) and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Executive Assistant to the CEO & Special Projects Manager
Michael serves as the Executive Administrator to Manny Ohonme, as well as a Special Projects Manager for various projects. Additionally, he assists with legal compliance as needed. He is excited to work on a team where there is the opportunity to impact lives around the world and give hope to the hopeless. Michael enjoys sports, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.
Nathanael is part of our warehouse team to help sort and pack shoes that are distributed around the world. His favorite thing in the office is looking at the map in the volunteer room which includes all the places that Samaritan’s Feet has been, displaying their positive effect around the world. He enjoys playing video games, reading, and watching movies in his free time.
Associate Director of Development
Nike serves as the Associate Director of Development and develops partnerships and strategic initiatives to further the impact of Samaritan’s Feet. In 2018, an intimate team of brave individuals committed to hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro in an effort to celebrate the years of work and service of Samaritan’s Feet. Nike said this trip was the most invigorating, challenging, and rewarding trip she’s ever been a part of. Nike loves a good long road trip (especially stopping at random rinky-dink places along the way), trying new foods, a strong dark cup of coffee, reading, running, and spending time with friends and family.
Domestic Program Coordinator
Pam helps coordinate and work out all of the details of our domestic shoe distributions, making sure they are wonderful events across the country. She loves being able to be a part of a program that helps build up the self esteem of an individual through the act of generosity. When she volunteered at an elementary school, she saw first-hand the smiles on the children’s faces when they received new shoes. Pam enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs. She also enjoys going on long weekend vacations when she’s not busy helping with church events.
Phil works with churches, schools, 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 as he meets someone he’s been able to minister to in unusual places. Phil loves spending time with his family, sightseeing in different places he travels to, and playing golf with his sons.
Special Projects Director
Scott provides leadership and direction to the staff to enable them to execute the mission and vision of Samaritan’s Feet in the most efficient and impactful way. He loves being able to maximize each employee’s impact by empowering them to use their unique gifts and talents. While serving at Samaritan’s Feet events, he is reminded that we are hope deliverers as he sees parents well up with tears of joy as their kids receive shoes. Scott enjoys mentoring students in the College of Business at Clemson, hiking, golf, and DIY projects.
Terri serves as the community engagement and development manager and helps volunteers get involved with the organization. She recalls a time serving with Samaritan’s Feet in Charlotte when she was serving an elderly gentlemen and began massaging and washing his feet. She noticed tears in his eyes and he later said he was overwhelmed because he was a diabetic for a long time and had little feeling in his feet, but so enjoyed having them massaged that day. Outside of work, Terri enjoys spending time with her daughters and two granddaughters, playing her guitar, and watching sports.
Director of Community Engagement
Trish manages our community engagement, working with individuals and organizations to raise critical support through volunteerism and financial contributions. She loves working with such a motivated team who is so committed to serving others. When volunteering at a December shoe distribution, Trish greeted families attending which allowed her to have a special moment with nearly every one of the 800 who received shoes that day–a true gift of the season. She enjoys spending time with her incredible family, being on the lake, and camping.
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 daughter’s shoes. 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.
Director of Missions
Whitney coordinates our teams and trips as we serve internationally and in the United States. She enjoys being behind the scenes and developing relationships with all of our partners around the world. 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 her outside enjoying the sun and spending time with her family and friends.
Will is for developing relationships with organizations and individuals and beginning partnerships that will impact lives worldwide. He loves meeting new people and hearing their stories, and having the ability to impact their lives in a positive way. Hearing Manny’s testimony had a major impact on his view of success, so he finds it a privilege to join in the journey of Samaritan’s Feet. Will enjoys all things outdoors and spending time with his wife, two daughters, and dog, Charlie.
International Office Support
Daniel Dominquez, Director
Dawna MacLean, President
Jon Sarpong, Vice President
Ohonme- Aroyewun Benita Olufunmilayo, Director
Cristina Rotulo Cheeks, Coordinator
Darrell Cheeks, Director
Wesley de Souza Oliveira, Director
Justin Li, Director
Sharon Chan, Coordinator
Samuel Santa Maria Diaz, Director
Elanie Fourie, Coordinator
Sister Barbra Kowalkowski