Meet The Board
Tom, 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 over four million people with clean water.
Jocelyn 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.
Doug lives in Plymouth, MI with his wife Corinne. They have two sons, Andy and Charlie. Doug has volunteered in Malawi and Tanzania with Marion Medical Mission each year from 2009-2013. He also serves with his home church, First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth (FPCP), as a Sunday School teacher, Elder, youth worker and co-chair of the National International Mission committee. Doug loves travel and has visited Malawi eleven times. He believes deeply in the mission and practices of Marion Medical Mission and is very honored to serve on the board. In his spare time, Doug works as logistics manager for a scrap metal company in Detroit.
Rev. Marlin Otte
Marlin recently retired as pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marion, IL. He has been a supporter of MMM from the beginning and a member of four mission teams since his first trip in 1996. “I will never tire of the joy and gratitude I see on the faces of the people when they first begin to pump their well. Nothing compares to the satisfaction one feels knowing those villagers will now have a clean, safe sustainable source of water for the rest of their lives.”
Hayden Boyd, PhD
Hayden Boyd and his wife met Tom and Jocelyn Logan, Jim and Carol Nussbaumer, and other MMM folks at the Embangweni Mission Station in 2000, where they were visiting medical missionary friends. He learned about the work of MMM and was impressed by the emphasis on partnership with the African people and the policy of directing 100% of contributions to the designated purpose, without the usual deductions for overhead and administration. We also were attracted by the warmth of the Malawian people. Since 2005, he has returned to Malawi every year to help install wells. He is a vital asset to MMM as he developed Android-based data collection programs that allow us to monitor sustainability.
Rev. Suzanne Gorhau
Rev. Suzanne Gorhau is pastor of the Oakland Sharon & Carson Presbyterian Churches in western Iowa. She has volunteered with Marion Medical Mission since 2001. "On my last trip in 2015, I had the honor to preach and lead a Bible study at a local Presbyterian Church in Malawi, and felt the power of hundreds of African Christians praying for Marion Medical Mission, our donors, and the work we do. When we help install wells in rural villages, all of us are blessed by God and one another." Suzanne enjoys photography and video, and uses her skills to help tell the story of Marion Medical Mission in the United States.
Meg is a retired attorney splitting her time between Birmingham and Guntersville, AL. She has been traveling to Malawi to volunteer with Marion Medical Mission every year since 2006. The first year she volunteered, she taught art to the children at the Embangweni School for the Hard of Hearing, but was asked after her first week if she’d be willing to switch to working in the field installing wells because another driver was needed . . . she’s been out in her truck ever since! “Working side by side with our amazing group of field officers, installation supervisors, builders and villagers is an unbelievable privilege. Each installation in each village is nothing short of participating in a miracle.”
Betty resides in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband Kirk where they raised their 6 active children. She is a retired teacher and nurse. Betty has driven a truck through the remote villages in Malawi since 2008 with MMM. Seeing the joy and excitement when the clean water is pumped for the first time ever, is a privilege that brings happiness to her soul. These past 11 years have been richer and more meaningful with MMM in her life. Her wish is to take each of our generous donors to a village that is installing a well so they too can be an eyewitness to the warm heart of Africa.
Wayne lives in Parker, Colorado and has volunteered in Zambia and Malawi with Marion Medical Mission every year since 2013. His wife, Suzanne, was an enthusiastic supporter and fervent prayer partner for MMM during a long illness before her passing in 2017. Wayne is active in his home church, Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church LCMC where he is president of the church board and an adult education teacher. He is a retired USAF officer and pilot with 36 years of service.
Hugh is a retired Social Security manager. He and his wife, Paulette, live in Marion Illinois and have been on five mission trips with MMM since 2009. “Every time I go, I get to be the face of the thousands of supporters who have donated the money for a well. The joy we see in the faces of the villagers, especially the very young and the very old, when they first see the clean water coming from their well will be with me forever.”
A lifetime educator serving over 40 years as a classroom teacher, principal, reading specialist, and adjunct instructor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Currently retired and enjoying being a wife to Jim, and mom to daughter Lily. Free time is spent reading and serving as event coordinator for her church.
"I’ve served nearly 35 years with Marion Medical Mission from its inception. I worked as their secretary, served on the board for a short time, helped pack many a footlocker, organized and carried-out fundraisers, and am currently serving as the moderator for the annual board meetings. It has been awesome seeing what God can do by empowering people to make a difference in the lives of those who need good quality ‘WATER!'”