Founder and President of Marion Medical Mission is a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary. In the 1960s, he worked with Albert Schweitzer for 2 months in Africa, worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in voter registration drives, and spent time with Palestinian refugees in Jerusalem, and worked in a Kibbutz in Israel. In the 1970s, he developed and built low income housing projects in 10 southern Illinois towns. In 1985, he co-founded Marion Medical Mission with his wife, Jocelyn, and has been a driving force behind the organization’s success of providing 2.4 million people with clean water.
Fun Fact: in 2000, Tom was in a car accident that crushed his left hip, punctured a lung, and broke 7 ribs. Fourteen months later he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for the second time.
Founder and Secretary/Treasurer of Marion Medical lives in Marion, IL. From 1966-72 she was a teacher at Cabrini Green in Chicago. Since 1972 she has helped develop, build, and manage low-income housing in Southern Illinois. She is an elder at First Presbyterian Church, Marion. In 1985 she co-founded Marion Medical Mission. She has been on more than 20 mission trips where her major efforts included working to build schools in Malawi and installing shallow wells. She plays a major role in coordinating the volunteers when they are in Africa.
Fun Fact: Once Tom was speaking at a Presbyterian church 8 months after a car accident. Before he rose to speak, Jocelyn whispered “LIMP.” The church gave all of the $23,000 needed for a Library and Administration building at Loudon Full Primary School.
Program Coordinator. Amanda joined the staff of Marion Medical Mission in June 2012. Working in television for eight years, she felt led to focus more on mission based work and God placed her in the path of Marion Medical Mission. “Working for an organization whose focus is to share Christ by going forth into the community and changing lives with clean water is an opportunity to be a part of something that carries out Jesus’ commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. Seeing how the shallow well program is impacting the lives of thousands of Africans every year is a rewarding experience and truly honors and glorifies God.”
Fun Fact: Amanda thinks that sharks are the most misunderstood animals on the planet.
Director of Development. Kimberly grew up in Marion and attended the First Presbyterian Church, serving as organist and choir director through high school and college. After moving to Belleville, IL, she taught English at Belleville East High School for 16 years, until 2005 when she left to build her business with Mary Kay cosmetics into a full-time position. Throughout her years of owning her own business, she’s developed an extensive network of friends, clients and referral partners who are very excited to support her new ventures with Marion Medical Mission. She is married to Kelley Richey and has two children, Christopher and Lauren. She is very excited to be working with Marion Medical Mission to help them raise the funds necessary to increase their influence and help more people in Africa.
Administrative Specialist. Jane began working for Marion Medical Mission in 2016. She retired from Southern Illinois University in 2015 after 29 years as a psychology faculty member and university administrator, and traveled to Malawi with MMM in 2015 and in 2016.
Jane is a member and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Carbondale IL, and has served on a variety of committees. She also coordinates the Diaper Bank of Southern Illinois at FPC Carbondale. She and her husband Bill Martens are frequently on the road to visit their granddaughter (and daughter and son-in-law) in Chicago and their son in Madison WI.
Community Health Education Specialist. Michelle assists with the coordination of many administrative duties including grant management, volunteer engagement, and fundraising. She holds a Master’s degree from Southern Illinois University where she developed a special interest in global health. She has experience in risk management, volunteerism and community health education. She is a volunteer for several local organizations including Hospice of Southern Illinois.
A big believer in missions, Michelle served in a short term capacity in both Haiti and Honduras prior to joining the MMM team. She is married and lives in De Soto, Il with her husband, two daughters, nephew and two dogs which she affectionately calls her emotional support animals!