Our Team 2017-05-21T10:56:11+00:00


Gaston Warner, Chief Executive Officer

gaston@zoehelps.org   ·  919.414.4167
Rev. Gaston Warner is an elder in the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Gaston has led congregations in inner-city, multi-ethnic, and suburban settings, from Chicago to Bristol, England.  He has consulted with and served on a number of non-profit boards and as staff for Habitat for Humanity, Duke Divinity School, and Duke University Chapel. Gaston joined ZOE as a board member in 2007 and currently serves as CEO.

ZOE currently facilitates the empowerment of over twenty-eight thousand orphans and vulnerable children in seven countries and across three continents including:  Africa, India, and Guatemala.  Gaston earned a BA from Brown University; a MDiv from Duke Divinity School, and a MBA from The University of Durham in England.   He lives outside of Abbot, TX (population:  356) with his spouse, the Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner, who teaches at Duke University Divinity School, their daughter Clare, and various pets and livestock.

Gaston Warner

Randy Wiersma, Chief Operating Officer

randy@zoehelps.org   · 919-815-7918
Randy has over 35 years of management experience.  He was a co-founder of College Bookstores of America which grew to over 100 locations and served 16 years as Chief Operating Officer.  Randy received a BS from Vanderbilt University, an MA from North Park Theological Seminary, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  He lives in Wilmington, NC, with his wife Nancy.  He has one daughter who is married and has three granddaughters.

randy wiersma

Reegan Kaberia, Chief Program Officer and Kenya Country Manager

Before joining ZOE, Reegan served both local and international child-centered community development organizations. In March 2007, he joined the staff of ZOE, opening and growing the empowerment program initiative in partnership with Maua Methodist Hospital. He holds an MBA in strategic management from Kenya Methodist University. Reegan is married and has two daughters.

Epiphanie Mujawimana, Empowerment Model Founder and Rwanda Country Manager

Epiphanie helped to develop the model at the heart of ZOE’s Empowerment Program. Epiphanie and her husband have four children and are also raising four nieces and nephews.

Epiphanie Mujawimana

US Staff

Toni Cole
Toni ColeDirector of Administration
Tina Schmidt
Tina SchmidtDirector of Philanthropic Relations
Laura Nemecek
Laura NemecekHope Companion/Reporting Manager
Elena Ballam
Elena BallamTravel and Event Coordinator
Lyndsey Lessner
Lyndsey LessnerRegional Development Associate
Ruth Hillmann
Ruth HillmannAdministrative Assistant

International Program Leaders

Barbara Matsanga
Barbara MatsangaZimbabwe Country Manager
Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo
Mercy Chikhosi NyirongoMalawi Country Manager
Isaac Dowah
Isaac DowahLiberia Country Manager
Jabez Williams
Jabez WilliamsIndia Country Manager
Carla Gonzalez
Carla GonzalezGuatemala Country Manager