MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Eric Willise Wowoh is a Christian, he is a the Founder and Executive Director of Change Agent Network, a nonprofit 501 C3 organization that is doing amazing works for humanity and God's kingdom both in Liberia, West Africa and the United States of America. He is a Philanthropic, Humanitarian and Social Entrepreneur. Eric Wowoh has faithfully led Change Agent Network for 14 years now and still counting.
He is a former Liberian refugee from West Africa. The U.S. government, through a refugee resettlement program, brought Eric to America. During the Liberian civil war, Eric was captured as a child by rebels, beaten, tortured, and left to die. Miraculously, he escaped to exile. Eric spent 14 years living in refugee camps. Around age 23, Eric was donated a computer by a kind friend of his. He learned how to use the computer and began training other refugees. Eric has impacted the lives of many across the world and established Change Agent Network from the origins of that single desktop computer. For 13 years now and still counting, Eric Wowoh has been serving as Executive Director and International Coordinator of Change Agent Network operating across the world particularly Africa, Europe and America.
PDG BILL DENDY
A noted and highly entertaining speaker, Bill was born in Fort Worth, where he was raised and attended Texas Christian University. After meeting his wife, Katrin (Kathy) Schatz, in 1999, Bill made his home in DeSoto, where he has been an active member of the community and has served on the Board of Directors of the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation. Bill’s daughter and two grandsons live in Cleburne, TX.
Bill joined the DeSoto Rotary Club in 2002 and immediately became involved. He served the DeSoto Rotary Club in multiple capacities, including two terms as President in 2005-06 and 2010-11. After his first year as Club President, Bill took his passion for Rotary to the District level, serving three terms as Assistant Governor in 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 and becoming a Facilitator and Out-of-District Team Leader for the Rotary International Leadership Institute (RILI) of District 5810. An avid aviator, Bill is also a member of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians. Since 2006, Bill has been a volunteer pilot for Challenge Air for Kids and Friends, a nationwide non-profit which helps youth with specials need builds self-esteem and confidence through the experience of flight.
Bill is a Senior Project Manager with over three decades of commercial and heavy construction experience. Kathy, a native German, is an attorney in the Dallas office of Jackson Lewis LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, and also holds advanced degrees in cultural anthropology. Kathy is also a member of the Park Cities Rotary Club. Bill has enjoyed the privilege of visiting and networking with several Rotary clubs in Germany as an adjunct to visits with Kathy’s family.
In 2011, Bill and Kathy celebrated their tenth anniversary by traveling to Nicaragua. They chose Nicaragua in part because of Kathy’s love for anthropology, but mostly because of Bill’s previous experience building a mission church there during the revolution in 1978. The 2011 trip included several days on an organic coffee farm in the mountains of northern Nicaragua, where communities are miles away from the closest source of electricity and sanitary drinking water. Bill and Kathy spent their anniversary evening visiting the Granada Club Rotario and immediately launched efforts to help raise funds for sanitary kitchen facilities in two Granada elementary schools and spearheaded a Rotary Global Grant to enhance a vocational school for deaf children. They continue to develop other service projects in the region.
Charice Thomas is a native of Louisiana and a current resident of Irving, Texas. She is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte based out of Dallas Texas. She was previously employed as a Managing Consultant with IBM Global Services for 16+ years. Charice Thomas first went to West Africa in 2008 on a mission trip to Liberia. Her heart was moved by the resilience and love of her new Liberian family, and she determined to be a part of rebuilding their communities. Having been blessed with an excellent education throughout her entire life including a bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics with Computer Science from Yale University, Charice wants to provide educational opportunities for all children. Seeing firsthand the health risks associated with unclean water, Charice also desires to provide clean drinking water. Her greatest hope is that all would come to know the love of Jesus Christ!
Tom Ledbetter is the Founder and Director of Kingdom Gravity Ministries and Senior Leader of the East Gate Community based out of Rockwall, Texas. A Short-term Missionary for 7 years to Asia and Africa, Senior Pastor for 3 years, and Business Consultant at K. E. Andrews Company since 2005. Tom is an internationally ordained minister with a heart for connecting, encouraging, equipping, and mobilizing leaders within the body who have a passion to see nations transformed through the message and love of Jesus Christ. Tom led a team to Liberia West Africa in the summer of 2013, and is excited to see the marketplace and missions movement continue to merge where cities and nations will be repaired, rebuilt and made disciples.
Tom has heart to see communities flourish throughout Liberia and considers it a great joy to dream with God appointed leaders to see this kingdom sized vision become a reality.