Our Leadership

Board of Directors:

  • Steve Walker, President
  • Bol Aweng, Vice President
  • John Lytle, Treasurer
  • Kelly Cantwell, Member at Large
  • Eszter Gozon, Secretary

Steering Committee:

Bol Aweng:  Lost Boy of Sudan. Graduated December 2009 from The Ohio State University, Major- Fine Arts, with a focus on Art and Technology.  Has painted pictures of his and Jok’s “Journey of Hope” and illustrated a children’s book, Maluak’s Cows, the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan.  His paintings and rocks are available for sale. Bol is available as a speaker on his story as a Lost Boy.  He also assists schools interested in service learning programs on South Sudan, the Lost Boys and the Buckeye Clinic. Vice President of the Buckeye Clinic in South Sudan Board of Directors.

Jok Dau:  Lost Boy of Sudan. Graduated December 2009 from The Ohio State University, Major- International Studies, with a focus on International Relationship and Diplomacy, Minor- International Economics and Social Development.  Current resident of Juba, South Sudan assisting with implementation of Buckeye Clinic goals.

Jason Barger:  Has been an advisor and supporter of the development of the Steering Committee from early on and loves the mission. Jason is founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting and writes books, speaks and consults with teams and organizations about mission, vision, leadership development, and culture. He also has been involved with numerous mission projects around the world. www.JasonVBarger.com

Kelly Cantwell:  Licensed Real Estate Agent, Street Sotheby’s International Realty;  former President, Northwest Area Realty Association; 2014 Chairperson for Realtor Care Day, Columbus Realtors®; Member, Trinity United Methodist Church; met Jok & Bol through daughter’s global history project at Upper Arlington High School in 2010.  Member at Large of the Buckeye Clinic in South Sudan Board of Directors.

Malcolm Cochran:  An artist and Professor Emeritus, Department of Art, The Ohio State University. Cochran met Bol Aweng as a student, and they have kept in touch. In addition to being moved by Bol’s story, Cochran is motivated to help establish the Piol clinic by having experienced village life in Guinea (Conakry), West Africa. In 2005, he visited his daughter there when she was a Peace Corps volunteer.

Cynthia Decker: 1973 OSU graduate in Family and Consumer Science.  Retired secondary school teacher in 2010 after 35 years. Co-coordinator of Scioto Ridge U M church homeless meal outreach for 14 years.  Volunteers for CAPA.  Member of Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church.

Rebecca Doss:  Graduate of Case Western Reserve University, 1991, N.D degree (Nursing). Graduate of The Ohio State University, 1983, BS degree EMCE (Early Middle Childhood Education).  Met Steve and Bol at OSU during a conference on South Sudan. Interested in health and education in places of need.  Past medical help in Nepal.

Eszter Gozon:  Quality Engineer at Honeywell Test & Measurement. Welding Engineering graduate from The Ohio State University. Worked in manufacturing, quality management systems, and workmanship training disciplines. Met Jok & Bol through Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church.  Secretary of the Buckeye Clinic in South Sudan Board of Directors.

Dr. Walter Hull:  Assistant Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN, The Ohio State University.  Former medical missionary in Congo, Africa (Presbyterian Church USA- 25 years).

Beth Jax: Science Teacher, Bexley Middle School.  Lead teacher of the South Sudan Service Learning Project, 2012-14.  In three years, the programs have raised over $16,000 for the Buckeye Clinic.

John Lytle:  Former Peace Corps Volunteer (1974-1975) and a former owner of Stone Environmental Engineering & Science, Inc.  A chemical engineering graduate of The Ohio State University with 39 years of experience in consulting engineering and environmental work.  Treasurer of the Buckeye Clinic in South Sudan Board of Directors.

Linda Miller:  Retired seventh grade Language Arts teacher in the Hilliard City Schools. Been member of a number medical Mission teams to Nuevo Progresso Mexico with United Methodist Church and led ten mission teams to Henderson Settlement in Frakes, KY, to repair homes and assist in the community.  Board member of Community Development for All People on Columbus’s south side; aids in the improvement of the quality of life for those on the south side.  Served in leadership of United Methodist Women at Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church where she is a member.

Angie Plummer:  Angela Plummer, Executive Director, Community Refugee & Immigration Services, a resettlement agency for Church World Service and Episcopal Migration Ministries, which provides social services to refugees and immigrants in Central Ohio.

Troy Pyles:  Manufacturing Engineer at Honeywell Test & Measurement. Ceramic Engineering graduate from The Ohio State University. Worked in fiber optic, nano-material, and sensor industries. Met Jok & Bol through Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church.

Dr. Dale Svendesen:  Dale Svendsen, MD, MS, is Professor of Psychiatry at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Wexner Medical Center and Director of the OSU Division of Public and Community Psychiatry.  For 17 years he served as Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Mental Health.   Dr. Svendsen has focused much of his career on improving clinical quality, implementing evidence based practices and integrating physical and behavioral health care. Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Buckeye Clinic in South Sudan.

Alex Van Schoyck:  Freelance Web Developer.  Currently studying for a double major in Computer Science and Leadership & Management at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.  Met Jok & Bol through the Strides for Sudan Service Learning Project at Upper Arlington High School as a student.  Website manager of the Buckeye Clinic in South Sudan.

Jenny Walker:  Retired elementary teacher and school librarian.  Sponsored Bol’s sister in school in Kenya from 2008-12.  Member, Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church.

Steve Walker:  Consultant for SRA Corp. with their client, U.S. Dept. of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.  Former State Coordinator of Refugee Services for the State of Ohio. Former CEO of a family trucking business.  Former YMCA World Service Worker in Uruguay.  Member, Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church.  President, Buckeye Clinic in South Sudan Board of Directors. In 2010 and 2013 visited South Sudan to assist in the development of the Buckeye Clinic.