Partnering with friends in Ghana, West Africa in education, rural development, and relationships.

ABOUT VILLAGE OF HOPE

Over 30,000 children in Ghana, Africa are homeless, destitute, enslaved, or oprphaned. Village of Hope was established in Ghana with a mission to care for these needy and destitue children until they are able to take care of themselves. What began with 1 set of house parents with 8 children to care for has now grown to more than 200 children to care for and 10 house parent couples.

HEARTBEAT FOR HOPE is a non-profit organization established in 2008 whose goal is to help support the children living in The Village of Hope by raising funds for upkeep, education, medical care, and the house parents’ salaries. Beginning in 2011 HEARTBEAT FOR HOPE committed to full sponsorship children at the Village of Hope. Knowing the vital importance of saving the children of Ghana from destitution and slavery, Heartbeat for HOPE wants to make sure that these children have the opportunity to stay in the safe, secure environment that Village of Hope has given to them.  But, we cannot do it alone. We need YOU!

GIVE NOW - GIVE HOPE.

Board Members

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Aubrie Ross
Heartbeat for Hope Founder, Board President & Director

Aubrie graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2004 with a degree in Liberal Studies focused in Education, Behavioral & Social Sciences, and Bible. In 2006, Aubrie began volunteering as the missions coordinator for the elementary age ministry at her church home, Memorial Road Church of Christ, which is where a relationship with Village of Hope began. In 2008, Aubrie founded Heartbeat for Hope as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to expand awareness and partnerships for the mission.

The desire to help impoverished, orphaned, and special children in some way had long been on her heart. Aubrie feels immeasurably honored and thankful for the God-led direction, a brilliant, Christian Board and committee leaders & relationships at Village of Hope.

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Amy Hubble
Board Member - Hope Creations, Treasurer

Dr. Amy Hubble is the Principal Investment Advisor at Radix Financial, LLC a registered investment advisory firm headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer for Heartbeat for Hope, she also sits on the Board of the CFA Society Cayman Islands and is on the Business Advisory Council for the Leftwich School of Business at Oklahoma Christian University.

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Judi Lashley
Board Member - Curriculum

Judi has been involved in education since graduating from Oklahoma Christian College.  After 30+ years as a public school teacher, she now serves as an assistant professor of education at the University of Central Oklahoma.  She is also involved as a teacher and coordinator of children's education at her home congregation, Memorial Road church of Christ.  Because of her love for children, Heartbeat for Hope's partnership with Village of Hope ministries is one of her life's passions and greatest blessings.

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Chelsea West
Board Member - Hope Creations

Chelsea spent almost a decade as a teacher across various subjects, grades and states. This includes spending two years as a teacher at Hope Christian Academy at the Village of Hope in Ghana. She is now the Program Director for HOLLA, a culturally responsive mentoring program in Portland, Oregon. She also is an adjunct professor at Warner Pacific University. Chelsea is passionate about educational access and equity.

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Jeff McMillon
Board Member - Rural Village Projects

Dean of Spiritual Life at Oklahoma Christian University since 2014
Minister at the Memorial Road Church of Christ from 1998-2014
Licensed Professional Counselor in clinical practice from 1992-1998

My family brings me so much joy and meaning. Sydney and I married back in 1990. We have two children, Shelby Cooper and her husband, Michael. Shelby has a Psychology degree from OC and is now in school to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Michael is the Assistant Director of Admissions at OC. Our younger daughter, Savannah McMillon who will be marrying Jordan Phillips on September 1 of this year. Savannah will graduate as an RN in April. Jordan recently finished medical school is a resident physician.

Our love of Ghana goes back nearly 15 years. My first of nine trips to Ghana happened in 2007 after a few years of dreaming and planning. Today, Ghana is home to some of my most favorite people on earth. It’s a privilege to serve with my fellow Heartbeat for Hope board members.

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Chris McKeever
Board Member

Chris is the Director of Operations of Sonic Drive-In Corporation and an elder at Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond, OK. Chris first visited Village of Hope with Jeff McMillon in 2009, and a short time later became involved with Heartbeat for Hope.

Chris is married to Tammy, and they have a daughter, Monique, at Oklahoma Christian University.

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Lauren Tallon
Secretary

Lauren is originally from Cordell, Oklahoma, but graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2010 with a B.A. in General Business. She met her husband Zack at OC and they live in Edmond and attend Memorial Road Church of Christ. After working in the oil and gas industry for four years after college, Lauren decided to leave the corporate world to be home with her three kids:  Eli, Evyn, and Emmy.