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. 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 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!
Executive Director of Finance & General Manager
Angela handles all things finance as our controller. She loves the camaraderie of the team she gets to work with. One of the most impactful moments was understanding the needs in regard to the shoes and then grasping the impact that the World Shoe can have. Angela 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.
Lead Events Coordinator
Candy oversees Samaritan’s Feet events from annual golf tournaments, Hope Gatherings, Galas, and everything in between! 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 her family, exploring new places, meeting people, and is always ready to throw a party when needed!
Warehouse Lead & Special Projects
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.
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 of the children’s faces and the volunteers. Davida enjoys being outside, walking, reading, and being with family and friends.
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 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.
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.
Global Logistics & Supply Chain Manager
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.
Regional Director & Global Procurement
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.
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 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.
Events & Volunteer Engagement
Mars helps prepare and package shoes in our Charlotte-based warehouse. His favorite part of the job is knowing where his work goes and that his passion in getting the shoes sorted properly allows more kids to be helped. Mars loved attending the Barefoot Gala and seeing all of the strong visual stories of the impact the organization has had. He loved being able to say he is a part of the team and works for this amazing ministry that he notes, “saved his life.”
Mythiquer facilitates distribution events in the Texas area and surrounding region. He helps create opportunities for people to serve through the act of humility and feels honored to be hands and feet of Jesus through this role. During a distribution for children with special needs in Houston, Mythiquer recalls an impactful moment when a tearful parent said “thank you for not forgetting our babies. They are people, too.” Mythiquer enjoys spending time with his two daughters, rock climbing, movies, and giving the special needs population a better quality of life.
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 where 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.
Sarah provides personal and administrative support to the co-founders of Samaritan’s Feet, Manny and Tracie Ohonme. She loves the people who work with the organization and enjoys seeing what the team can accomplish together. Seeing and interacting with the children Samaritan’s Feet serves, is her favorite part about working with the organization because once you see the need of a child, it’s hard to just walk away. She also likes going on adventures, being outside, and long walks on the beach.
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.
Associate Director of Missions
Shannon helps manage and coordinate tasks for our international team trips. She loves helping teams through the trip process from start to finish, including seeing them encounter life-changing moments. With a heart to serve children in impoverished countries, she receives joy equipping others to also serve. One of her most impactful memories was giving shoes to homeless refugees in Uganda who had just fled from Sudan, many who left family behind. Shannon enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, watching Netflix, and trying new restaurants.
Associate Director of Corporate Engagement
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 helps set up for volunteers in our warehouse and helps the team get ready for shoe distributions across the United States. He enjoys the atmosphere of the work environment and the positive attitude that his colleagues have. Tyler says one of the most impactful moments he’s experienced when his teammates washed his feet and prayed over him because he knew that God had helped make a place for him here. He enjoys watching different shows, reading, and playing video games in his spare time.
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.
Associate Director of Missions
Whitney helps coordinate our teams and trips as we serve internationally. 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
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
Sister Barbra Kowalkowski