Leadership

HBA: Board of Directors

Jeff Wesley – President (Executive Board Member)
June Crawford – Vice President/Treasurer (Executive Board Member)
Dr. Ron Pust – Medical Operations Advisor (Executive Board Member)
Greg Lynch – Secretary (Executive Board Member)
Ed Harrow – President Emeritus (Board Member)
Troy Tompkins – (Board Member)
Edward Hedoti – West Africa Operations Coordinator
Dr. Lord Mensah – West Africa Medical Coordinator
Mark Ragel (Board Member)
David Addai-Gyansa (Board Member)
Doug Rogers (Board Member)
William C. Inboden, D.O. (Board Member)

Jeff Wesley

President

Jeff Wesley is married to Julie Wesley and the father of two daughters. He currently is an Airline Captain with Southwest Airlines in the United States. He holds a bachelors degree in Economics from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Arts Degree in Business from Webster University.

Jeff entered active duty with the United States Air Force in 1984. He initially flew the T-38 fighter trainer while serving as a flight instructor for undergraduate pilot training. Later in his career he flew the A-10 fighter aircraft. After 14 years on active duty he transitioned to the Air Force Reserves working as an admissions officer for his alma mater the U.S. Air Force Academy. He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel in August 2006.

Jeff was raised in a Christian home and today is a committed Christian living out his faith with the  hope and vision to make our world different by serving and ministering to people in Ghana West Africa.
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June Crawford

Vice President/Treasurer

President and principal owner of Copygraphix, LLC. Copygraphix, is the largest locally owned provider of office equipment in Southern Arizona. June was born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in Youngstown, OH. She initially chose a communications business career path and worked at a radio station, a CBS radio/TV affiliate, during and after high school.

She later expanded her career in marketing administration with American Aviation which later became Grumman American and Gulfstream American. During her ten year span in general aviation, June enjoyed working with manufacturing, managing a flight training program and coordinating with dealers to market light aircraft.

June relocated to Tucson, Arizona in 1983 and became Manager of Communications with Hughes Aircraft Corporation. In June, 1985 she purchased Copygraphix, Inc. a dealer for Konica Minolta copiers. Copygraphix has enjoyed over 25 years as a highly successful business in Tucson Arizona.

June is involved in many volunteer projects. She is the past chair for Tucson Women and Children, past president of a local service sorority and volunteer for many local projects. June is the treasurer and a director of the Heartbeat for Africa Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the Tucson Airport Authority. She is a strong Christian who lives out her faith each day both in the community and as a business owner. She developed the mission and vision of her company which is to honor and glorify God by living out core values which will foster a culture to best serve her clients, employees and their families. She also is committed and is working on a team helping to transform a local Tucson neighborhood and is involved in starting several partnerships with local business owners to partner with business owners in Africa. Top of Page

 

Dr. Ron Pust

Medical Operations Advisor

Dr. Ron Pust, MD, is a family physician who is also board certified in public health. His 40-year career as a physician has combined teaching global health to medical students with field research and clinical practice among underserved populations. After 4 years with the U. S. Center for Disease Control’s Tuberculosis and Smallpox Programs

[Navajo Area Indian Health Service for 2 years, followed by 2 years in Nigeria after its civil war-] he, with his family, then spent 6 years as a Lutheran medical missionary, doing general practice and public health in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.Returning to the U.S. in 1979, Ron joined the faculty of the University of Arizona’s Department of Family & Community Medicine, where he has developed training courses for health care professionals who plan to work in less developed countries. He was Director of FCM Predoctoral Education Division from 1981-2009. Dr. Pust now co-directs the College of Medicine’s program in Border, Indigenous and Global (BIG) Medicine; this now includes a Global Health Distinction track for medical students. On a 2004-5 sabbatical, he was founding head of Family Medicine at Moi University in Kenya. In early 2009, he was a Yale Scholar in Global Health at Orotta Medical School in Eritrea. In recent years, he has also worked in short-term and mission assignments in Honduras, Mexico, Belize, and HaitiDr. Pust is a board member of the Heartbeat for Africa Foundation, providing critical medical expertise in our mission to promote community transformation and improved health in Africa. Having worked for the church, various governments and universities, his passion is to help integrate these agencies’ mission in global health.
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Greg Lynch

Secretary

Greg Lynch is the President and co-owner of ECVS, Inc., an engineering and quality sciences consulting business supporting pharmaceutical and biotech clients world-wide. Greg lives with his wife, Beth, in Tucson, Arizona and has two grown sons, David and Jonathan. He received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University in 1984.

Greg began his career at General Mills, Inc. in the food Research and Development Center (Minneapolis, MN), and gained additional experience working in various engineering and leadership positions at H.J. Heinz, Nestlé Food Company, and Schein Pharmaceuticals.  He currently serves on the board of managers for Morning Star Energy, LLC, an alternative energy company based in Indiana.Together over the past twenty years, Greg and Beth have actively supported missions work through TEAM, The Navigators, Campus Crusade, Christian Foresters Fellowship, and New Tribes Missions (NTM) including their personal involvement in local and international relief efforts and home building in Mexico. Greg is an avid photographer and outdoorsman.Greg was raised in a Christian home and began his journey with Jesus at age 8. His heart’s desire is to live out his faith in Christ Jesus with integrity and determination as a servant who has been given the awesome opportunity and responsibility to use the gifts and talents granted to him by God.
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Ed Harrow

President Emeritus

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Ed Harrow is the founder of Heartbeat for Africa. He is married to Carolyn Harrow, a registered nurse, and is the father of two daughters and grandfather of four children. Ed holds a bachelors degree in Education and an advanced Master of Arts Degree in Human Relations and Counseling.

Following college Ed entered pilot training with the United States Air Force in 1966. He and his wife served on active duty with the Air Force for over 28 years retiring with the rank of Colonel in 1994. He flew both fixed wing (bomber) aircraft and rotary wing (combat rescue helicopters) flying both aircraft in combat in Vietnam.Over his 28 years on active duty Ed commanded two Air Force Squadrons and just prior to retirement from active duty he was selected and served as the Combat Suppor
t Group Commander at Davis Monthan AFB Arizona and a Professor of Aerospace Science at the University of Arizona.  Following retirement from the Air Force he became the Executive Director of an aviation air and space museum in Tucson for nine years and then in following the leading of God was the Executive Director/Treasurer and Africa Focus Team Leader at Pantano Christian Church, Tucson Arizona for the past nine years.

Ed has a passion for seeing rural communities of West Africa and his hometown of Tucson Arizona be transformed for Jesus.
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Troy Tompkins

Board Member

Troy is married to Jammie, a RN and soon to be Nurse Practicioner, and has five wonderful children. He was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. He enjoys being with his family, playing sports, traveling and serving with his church. He completed his BA in Spanish from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, then returned to the University of Arizona for his medical degree.

He then moved to Merced, CA to complete a residency in Family Practice through UC Davis. Since 2001, he has worked with Carondelet Medical Group, first in Nogales, AZ, then later in Tucson. He has served in short-term mission trips in 8 different countries, the most recent being Ghana. In 2009, he became a board member of Heartbeat for Africa in order to better serve the needs of families in Africa and is excited to see where the Lord will lead he and his family for future service in the US and abroad.
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Edward Hedoti

West Africa Operations Coordinator

Edward Hedoti is married to Victoria and is the father of one son. He is currently employed as a clearing officer for Barclay’s Bank. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Cape Coast and continued his post-graduate education in accounting in the United Kingdom through the Financial Training Company of London and in finance through the University of Greenwich.

Edward began his career as a social studies teacher and guidance counselor at Mawuli Secondary School in Ho, Ghana. He then moved into accounting and financial book-keeping during his post-graduate education in the United Kingdom. This experience led to his current position with Barclay’s in Ghana’s capital city of Accra. His experience in education and business is extremely vital to the planning and overseeing of the Heartbeat for Africa (HBA) Foundation’s community transformation projects in Ghana.

Edward is a committed Christian involved in the finance committee and with the youth prayer intercessors of Bethel Baptist Church. As the Vice President in charge of African operations he is the primary communications link between the Executive Committee and all African board members. He has oversight of all currently planned and future HBA operations in West Africa.
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Dr. Lord Mensah

West Africa Medical Coordinator

Dr. Lord Mensah

Dr. Lord Mensah is the father of three girls and one boy.  Dr. Mensah attended the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s school of Medical Sciences and received his medical degree in 1995. He completed his internship at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital from 1995 to 1997 and was posted to Worawora. He served as the senior medical officer in charge of both clinical care and administration at Worawora Hospital in the Volta Region of Ghana from 1997 to 2000.

He then completed postgraduate training in Tropical Pediatrics at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom from 2000 to 2002. He currently practices at the Volta Regional Hospital and leads the Department of Child Health. Dr Mensah specializes in pediatric HIV/AIDs prevention and treatment. He currently is in charge of the management of all HIV/Aids cases involving children at the hospital and is also the focal physician for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Dr. Mensah is a born-again Christian and an elder in his church. He serves as the choir director, organist and also chaplain of the Men’s Fellowship of the Methodist Church Ghana Ho Circuit. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Men’s Fellowship in the Methodist Church at Jasikan in the northern part of the Volta Region. Dr Mensah has been involved in several Christian medical outreach programs through his church. He hopes to meet the challenges of extending the same services to needy people living in the rural villages of the Volta Region as he oversees the Heartbeat for Africa Foundation’s Mobile Medical Clinic.
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Mark Ragel

Board Member

Mark Ragel is a native to Tucson Arizona. He met his wife over Leanne over 30 years ago and they have a grown son and daughter. Mark owned and operated the 16th largest swimming pool contracting business in the United States for 34 years.

In early 2010 Mark moved on from the family business to start a specialty Rainwater Harvesting business that consults, designs, and builds projects internationally. In 2009 he completed training and certification as a Rainwater Systems Accredited Professional by The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, ARCSA. He completed training and certification in 2010 from the Watershed Management Group, WMG, as a Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner. Mark is currently an instructor for WMG teaching water harvesting cistern design and construction.

Mark was raised in a Catholic home, but it wasn’t until he met Pastor Tim Coop at Pantano Christian Church in 1999 that he began to grow in his relationship with Christ and was called to participate in International mission work. Mark was inspired when Apostle Senyo Cudjo spoke in Tucson about BDGM. Ed Harrow invited Mark and his wife Leanne to participate and together they completed their first mission trip to the Volta Region in Ghana in March of 2009. Mark and his wife have since served God’s peopel in Bihar and Bangalore India, Peru and Mexico. Completing 8 rewarding mission trips since 2008. Mark is committed to making a difference with his construction and water chemistry background while being a servant for Jesus Christ as a Heartbeat for Africa director and a member of the “Water Team”.
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David  Addai-Gyansa 

Board Member

David Addai GyansaDavid was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa and moved to the states when he was 7 years old while his father completed a PHD in Theology and Intercultural Leadership studies in Pasadena, California. He returned to Ghana at 13 years of age and proceeded to attend two years of middle school and three years of high school in Kumasi. He then returned to the states in the fall of 2004 to attend college.

David graduated from the University of Arizona in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. While in school, he was very involved with a social club called the African Students’ Association and was president of the club from 2006-2007. His involvement with this club greatly enriched his understanding of the African Diaspora and exposed him to people of many different cultures. He got married to his beautiful wife Kemoy in January of 2011. They met while at the University of Arizona and her degree was in Nutritional Science.

David received Christ as his savior at age 10 and has since rededicated his life several times.  Ever since his mid teens, he has had a heart for helping Africa in some capacity.  His father was a very influential figure in Ghana and in most African countries. He believed the problem of Africa was one of mentality. That the behavior of African people is reflective of how they think and the knowledge they have. Because many are not well informed about life issues (health, human psychology, effective leadership, etc) and are negatively influenced by certain aspects of culture, the continent progresses slowly in these areas.

Being around his father for many years showed him that the way to bring about true lasting change, is by helping African leaders bring about change in their own communities as opposed to only providing them with aid and hand outs. He also believes Christ-like principles must override some of the cultural values and behaviors in order to help Africa move forward as a continent.
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Doug Rogers

Board Member

Doug-photoDoug Rogers is a small business entrepreneur focused in Business-to-Business software development. Doug lives with his wife of over 30 years, Margaret, in Las Vegas, Nevada and has three grown sons: Chris, Brian & Mark. Doug received his BS in Biochemistry from Ohio State University in 1982 before beginning his career in computers. Doug enjoys the outdoors and Margaret is an avid photographer.

Doug began his career with the State of Ohio before taking a position with Wal-Mart Stores at their Home Office in Bentonville, AR. It was here Doug learned Business Management, Customer Service and was exposed to many different countries and cultures as he traveled with Wal-Mart Internationally.  After Wal-Mart Doug had the opportunity to be the COO at a software start-up called Solarwinds.com.

Over the past 30 years Doug and Margaret have been active in their church and traveled on mission trips. Doug and Margaret attend the Crossing Church in Las Vegas. Having traveled to over 30 countries, Doug and Margaret have developed a passion for working with developing countries. Doug’s desire is to help provide clean water to those in need and to use the business knowledge God allowed him to acquire to assist them in caring for their families while showing Christ’s love and looking for every opportunity to share Christ’s plan of salvation.
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William C. Inboden, D.O.

Board Member

Bill was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, attended Mercersburg Academy and the University of Michigan with a pre-med major. He graduated from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in 1971. After two years in the US Public Health Service National Health Service Corps, where he served in the rural communities of East Prairie, Missouri and Benson, Arizona, he began family practice in Tucson, Arizona. He is currently employed by Carondelet Medical Group.

Bill has been married to Connie Inboden since 1968 and has 3 adult children, 2 sons and a daughter, and 1 grandson. He enjoys participating on a worship team at the Vineyard Christian Community, where he also serves as an elder. Bill enjoys exploring the near-by mountains, while discussing scriptures and life applications with fellow hikers. Connie and he also enjoy international travel.
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