Who We Are

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Who We Are

Grace4Kenya Board of Directors

Our Founders

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Tom and Jill Moller with George Kendagor

Tom and Jill Moller founded Grace4Kenya Charitable Foundation in 2020 after personally serving the people of West Pokot County in Kenya for over a decade. The Mollers have been members of Greentree Community Church for 20 years and were first introduced to Bible Faith Church in Kenya and its various operations on a church mission trip in 2009. Since that time the Mollers have traveled to that area of Kenya 6 times, sometimes going with church groups and other times by themselves. Their most recent visit was in November 2019. The Mollers have developed longstanding relationships with a number of the key people who are on the ground and leading these ministries.

In addition to being active at Greentree Community Church, the Mollers have also supported and served a number of other ministries both in the US and in Kenya. The Mollers have been strong supporters of the faith-based microfinance group Opportunity International since 2008, having met numerous times with Opportunity International’s staff in the US, as well as in Nairobi and Eldoret, Kenya. The Mollers currently serve as Opportunity International “Governors” and “Country Champions” for Kenya, with a focus on education. In addition, the Mollers have also supported several church plants in the US, and are currently working with All Souls Church in Nashville, TN.

The Mollers founded Grace4Kenya in order to expand the number of people involved in this ministry, provide additional funding, and broaden the base of support.

Our Board

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Thomas W. Moller, President, Board Chairman

Tom is the sole shareholder and CEO of Eclipse Capital Management, Inc., an alternative investment firm located in St. Louis, MO. He started Eclipse Capital in 1986 when he and his wife first moved to St. Louis from Lexington, KY. A native of suburban Chicago, Tom graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Economics & Business Administration, and then received a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky. He worked briefly in public accounting before taking several finance-related and consulting jobs, including serving as CFO of a Kentucky Thoroughbred horse farm. Just prior to starting Eclipse Capital, he served as Treasurer of a Lexington-based computer processing firm. Tom was a runner-up for 1994 St. Louis Entrepreneur of the Year in the financial sector, a program sponsored by Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch. Tom also serves on the Board of Kingdom Scene Endeavors, the developer of a virtual world (Lightgliders.com) for children ages 6-12 that provides fun, games and teaches Christian values.

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Jill S. Moller, Vice-President and Executive Director, Board Member

Jill Moller currently devotes the majority of her time to the operations of Grace4Kenya. Prior to this she served for 12 years as a Stephen Leader and Stephen Minister at Greentree Community Church. Stephen ministry is a lay care giving ministry that supplements pastoral care and provides confidential one-on-one support for people in distress. Jill also served in leadership roles for The Boy Scouts of America for over 20 years while her sons were growing up, and was ultimately recognized with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award given in Scouting to a non-paid staff. Jill also served for three years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Churchill School, a private school for high potential students with a learning disability. A native of Kirkwood, MO in St. Louis County, she graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in nursing and worked in the University of Kentucky Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She then went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Maternal Child Nursing from the University of Kentucky and taught briefly at that school. Jill worked for 10 years with her husband’s company in accounting and programming before retiring to raise their two sons.

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Allen McNeill, Director of Development, Board Member

Allen McNeill is an entrepreneur and small business owner of a number of businesses including Jubilee Promotional Company, a high impact promotional packaging business and McJuj REI, LLC., a commercial real estate company. Allen has lived in St. Louis since 1985. Allen graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance. Allen has been on the board and was the Treasurer of Kirkcare, Inc., Kirkwood, Missouri’s Food Pantry, and has been instrumental in building the Women’s Care Center for All Among Us in Ferguson, MO. He has also helped Refuge and Restoration, A Chain of Events, The Hunt Foundation, Humanitri, God’s Helping Hand, Feed My Starving Children and Hope Unlimited. In addition, he works closely in the African American Community especially through their churches.

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Mildred Rutto, Board Member

Mildred Rutto grew up in Kapenguria, Kenya, the area served by Grace4Kenya. She obtained a BA in education from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. Mildred came to US in 2007 to attend graduate school at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO, where she earned Master’s Degrees in both Business Administration and Accounting. Mildred remained in the US after receiving her two graduate degrees. She initially worked for a number of years as an accountant for Churchill School, a non-profit school for high potential students with learning disabilities. She is currently a financial analyst for Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She is in regular contact with her family and other people in Kenya and personally supports a number of Kenyan students.

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David Schopp, Secretary, Board Member

Dave Schopp is an experienced health care entrepreneur, board member, executive, and consultant. He has worked with start-ups, corporations, non-profits, hospitals, physicians, multi-hospital systems and insurers. He has extensive experience creating and implementing multi-functional strategies for established and new businesses. As a co-founder and the President/Chief Operating Officer of Advanced ICU Care, a telemedicine company that provides remote monitoring and critical care services with the goal of improved intensive care patient safety and quality, Dave brings a wealth of experience to start-up organizations. Advanced ICU Care has grown to be the largest and most experienced tele-ICU provider in the nation serving hospitals and health systems resulting in over one million care interactions annually. Dave has served on the Board of Directors of Advanced ICU Care since retiring from the Company in 2013. Before co-founding Advanced ICU Care, Dave was an executive with Ascension Health, one of the largest multi-hospital systems in the country. Dave has a BS degree in Business Administration from Iowa State University and a MHA in Health Care Administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dave is active in a number of non-profits, including as an officer of his church’s St. Vincent De Paul Society, filling several administrative roles in his church, and previously having served as the Board Chair of Vincentian Service Corps.

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Heather Socha, CPA - Treasurer, Board Member

Heather Socha is a Managing Director and CFO of Eclipse Capital Management, Inc.  She joined Eclipse in 1999 and she is directly responsible for the firm’s accounting, back office, and compliance activities.  Prior to joining Eclipse, she was employed by Deloitte & Touche as an Audit Manager specializing in financial institutions and insurance companies. Over the years she has served as Treasurer of a number of non-profit organizations including several Parent Teacher Organizations as well as her neighborhood subdivision.  She obtained her B.A. in Accounting from the University Northern Iowa.

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Scott Wagner, Director of Strategic Planning, Board Member

Scott Wagner is a retired corporate professional.  He was employed by The Monsanto Company throughout his career in two different areas: first in Accounting and later in Marketing.  Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and subsequently earned his State of Illinois CPA certificate.  He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church for 19 years and has been a member of Greentree Community Church (GTCC) for the past 21 years.  At GTCC he served for 6 years on the Deacon’s Team, leading it for 5 of those years.  He currently serves on GTCC’s Lead Pastoral Search Team.  Scott participated in a Kenya Bible Faith Church mission trip in 2017.  Scott also served for 13 years on the St. Louis County Area Young Life Committee, a Christian ministry for high school students, leading it for 6 of those years.  He is also currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of his university’s fraternity Chapter.

Our Partners in Kenya

Strategic meeting with Samuel and Rachel Kendagor during an onsite visit at the Bendera Clinic

Medical Administrative Team:

The founders of Grace4Kenya have worked closely with Rachel Kendagor, R.N. and Pastor Samuel Kendagor since 2009 to develop and implement business plans for mobile outreach clinics and the BFC Bendera dispensary. In 2012, John Korir a certified C.P.A. was added as the business manager. John helps develop budgets and tracked the expenses of building the clinic and then the hospital. Stanley Alaka joined the medical administrative team in 2020 as Clinical Officer of the Bendera Hospital. The administrative team meets regularly with the Kenya Ministry of Health to plan services, acquire resources and obtain licensing. They account quarterly per the Grant Agreement with Grace4Kenya for the funds sent and how they were used.

Principal of the BFC Bible College and Director of GKCA:

After David Kendagor’s seminary education in the U.S., he and his wife Jane returned to Kapenguria to continue their ministry in Kenya. Upon their return, David started the Bible College to train ministers and plant churches for the Bible Faith Church of Kenya. He continues in his role as Principal of the Bible College and as a leader in the denomination. Jane Kendagor is the Director of the George Kendagor Christian Academy which started with her home-schooling her own children and has grown to an accredited primary school for 350 students.

Jane and David Kendagor

Local Church Supporters

We collaborate with two local churches:

Along with Grace4Kenya, these churches help support Bible Faith Church, the pastors, Bible College and primary school scholarships. Greentree briefly served as the fiscal sponsor for Grace4Kenya until it received its own 501(c)(3) approval as a tax-exempt public charity.