Rev. Leon Schultz, President
Rev. Schultz has been Pastor of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Providence, RI - a primarily African congregation - for over 25 years. He is our organization's founder and serves as both President of Gbarnga Lutheran Mission Project, Inc. and will be the Gbarnga Lutheran Training Center's first Executive Director. In his trips to Liberia, he has made numerous personal connections with Liberian officials, both spiritual and secular, and is doing everything possible to promote good relations with all parties involved, especially the various Christian and Lutheran bodies involved with the daily operations of the school, namely, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), the Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL), and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia (ELCL). He has cast a vision of what the Gbarnga Lutheran Training Center actually will be: how it will develop and function prior to construction, during construction, and what it will become for Liberia throughout construction as a model of superior Christian and academic education as well as vocational learning into the future.
Jon Rossman, Vice President
Mr. Rossman is formerly cofounder of Product Insight, Inc. - a Boston area product development firm and currently owns and operates Details Carpentry - a residential remodeling company. He has planned and participated in numerous short-term mission trips both domestically and internationally including building projects in Mexico and Haiti. Mr. Rossman's education and expertise in design, his current role in the construction industry, and his entrepreneurial experience are being used to forward the mission through organizational development, fundraising and promotional presentations, as well as specific design of the school campus, infrastructure, and facilities. After his first trip to Liberia in 2014 he has decided "fufu" is not his favorite Liberian food!
Board of Directors
2015 Board of Directors
Leon Schultz, Jon Rossman, Donna Buco, Gerry Quarm, David S. Ballah, Joe Norris , William Oehlkers, Randell Dauda, Millen King, Julius Kolawole, Maggie Baysah, Corvah Akoiwala, James Woods, and Nyekeh Forkpah.
Donna Buco, Secretary
Ms. Buco is secretary of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Providence, RI and also serves as Gbarnga Lutheran Mission Project's secretary. Ms. Buco records meeting minutes, records contributions, corresponds to contributors with formal Thank You letters that serve as official organization receipts for tax purposes, sends out quarterly updates to all donors, attends various official functions to record presentation events, prepares informational packets for sending to potential donors, prepares packets for major distribution, and fulfills other related activities that support and promote the good of the organization. She has fallen in love with Liberia after her first trip in 2014...especially the children!
Joe Norris, Treasurer
Mr. Norris is an Operations Analyst with Bank of America—Global Financial Control and holds an MBA from Johnson & Wales University. As our organization's Treasurer, he keeps full and accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements of the Corporation, produces financial reports, and manages all other aspects of finances for Gbarnga Lutheran Mission Project, Inc. Born in Liberia, Mr. Norris is keenly aware of the importance education plays in helping his homeland build back after years of civil war and poverty.