The African Board of Directors
The African Board of Directors determines the vision and overall direction of the services that ALARM-Africa performs. They are responsible for approving the budget and ensuring that the activities within the budget align with the overall vision and direction.
- Rev. Célestin Musekura, Ph.D., President and Founder, U.S.
- Rev. Stephen R. Bamoleke, D.R. Congo
- Dr. Peter Okaalet, Uganda
- Rev. Dr. Harrison G. Olan’g, Tanzania
- Rev. Philip Kitoto, Kenya
- Bishop Ezekiel Kondo, Sudan
- Dr. Julia Duany, South Sudan
The US Board of Directors
The United States Board of Directors exists to champion the cause of ALARM-Africa and the Church in Africa by: mobilizing prayer support; raising financial and people resources; developing and serving its African leaders; formalizing and making more accessible training materials; globalizing the perspective of the American church; providing counsel to the Executive Director and the African board regarding strategic planning and the establishment of priorities.
Greg Gilkerson, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Greg graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in accounting and began his career as a CPA with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. After Peat Marwick, Greg went to work for Colonial Food Stores, serving as the company's controller/treasurer. Upon Colonial’s sale, Greg and a team of former Colonial employees founded PDI on June 1, 1983. Serving as president since its inception, Greg has helped guide PDI to be the dominant software solution for the convenience store industry. Greg has been married to his wonderful wife, Pam, for 37 years. Together, they are blessed with three adult children and six grandchildren.
Steve Roese is an entrepreneur, pastor, catalyst and adventurer working in places and with people who need a boost to gain sustainability. His focus for now is on building the new nation of South Sudan and spends 30-50% of his time there. Steve is married to Jackie and plans to enjoy their 25th anniversary in some spectacularly adventurous way. Jackie is a gifted preacher and teacher. Jackie and Steve have three children age 20, 19, and 17 and live in Dallas TX...when they are home. Steve is part of the founding board of ALARM.
Karen Smith, Secretary of the Board of Directors
Karen comes from an extensive background as a senior executive in commercial real estate with a tremendous background in finance, team building, sales training and marketing and has strong leadership skills with her last position held at Trammell Crow Company. Karen is currently an independent organizational development consultant working with corporate businesses. In addition, Karen serves as an adjunct professor at Philadelphia Biblical University in the area of Organizational Leadership. Karen is an active outdoor person who loves to run, bike and exercise her golden retriever Bo in the parks and on the trails with her husband, Frank.
Joseph D. Storey
Mr. Storey is a 24-year health-care industry executive with experience in managed care, hospital software systems and outsourced medical transcription management. Over the past 20 years, he has been involved in five start-up ventures in the health care industry. . In 2010, he co-founded Premise Health (technology resources for health care) and Simplify4.me (corporate leadership, communication and collaboration tools). Joseph has been married 23 years to his wife Pam. They have 2 children, Joseph who is a junior at Belmont University and their daughter Anna who is a junior at Brentwood Academy. The family resides in downtown Franklin, TN.
John devotes his leadership energy toward Christian causes and strategies that seek to honor God through reconciliation and empowerment. In his role as a vision catalyst for Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, NC, John passionately pursues opportunities to create collaborative solutions for a shared purpose. He serves as Forest Hill’s lead architect for outreach strategies aimed at ending child homelessness in Charlotte and transforming communities in Central Africa. John currently serves on five boards- ALARM, A Child’s Place, Charlotte Family Housing, United World Mission, and By Grace Alone. John and his wife enjoy watching their two sons play lacrosse and their daughter do gymnastics and cheerleading.
Frank is a Dallas area businessman who is investing in real estate and related operating companies, mentoring young leaders and helping ALARM with its facilities needs in Africa. He has significant leadership, finance and strategic planning and execution experience. Among other things he also assists his church, Watermark Community Church, with it's new facilities needs and has assisted teaching leadership and conflict resolution at ALARM conferences in Burundi and Uganda. He is also past chairman of The Real Estate Council of Dallas. He and his wife Lisa have 3 adult children, a daughter-in-law and several grandchildren.
Heather is a Pacific Northwest native with a passion for strategic philanthropy. As executive director of a Christian family foundation and a private philanthropic advisor, Heather gets the honor of providing counsel to multiple families who are exploring impactful, joy-filled philanthropy. Heather has also been able to help many organizations be good stewards of their resources over the past few decades including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Washington State House of Representatives and many non-profits. Heather feels most alive when she’s with friends in Uganda; she is an avid Duke basketball fan when she’s home; she enjoys doing anything outdoors; and she is always seeking to abide more deeply in Christ. She resides in Issaquah, Washington with her fantastic husband Eric and their daughter.