What makes Hope Africa Collective so great is our multi-cultural staff team from around the world with a passion to see community transformation. We are even privileged to have some of our program graduates now on our team full-time. This wonderfully crazy group of varied personalities, perspectives, and backgrounds adds a richness to the work we do. We gain from each other’s strengths, experiences, and knowledge to collectively bring about the best results in community change and life development.

South African Staff

  • Terry Hilliard
    Terry HilliardFounder / Executive Director

    USA / South Africa / Australia
    A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Science Degree, he worked for ten years in hospital networks and has start-up business experience from establishing four independent companies over the span of 20 years. He is also an ordained minister with over 15 years of experience in the local church. Terry and his wife Jeanenne left their lives in Florida in 2004 to bring global impact through international missions. This change led to extensive global experience, working in various settings throughout over 12 countries within Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central America with community development and church planting.  During his time, he was stirred by both the struggles and potential solutions of the extreme poor in the developing world. Terry is committed to developing holistic, sustainable Christ-centered solutions to meet the needs of impoverished communities in the developing world.

  • Jeremy Hilliard
    Jeremy HilliardFounder / Operations Director

    Australia
    It was on his first trip to several Southern African countries in 1997 where Jeremy saw firsthand the grasp of extreme poverty on peoples lives, and felt the personal call to do something about it.  Since that time, Jeremy has gained extensive experience in intercultural communications and development, and has worked in areas of community development and church planting in nearly a dozen countries throughout Africa and Asia. Along with ministry experience in the US and Australia, he has worked and led businesses in both the non-profit and business sectors. Jeremy is passionate about people reaching their full potential and bringing hope to their lives and communities. Jeremy graduated from Crown College with a Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry.

  • Alece Ronzino
    Alece RonzinoCommunications Director

    Passionate about Africa, holistic development, and remedying the leadership deficit, Alece moved from New York to South Africa in 1998 to pioneer a nonprofit. She led the organization for 13 years, focusing primarily on leadership development and AIDS prevention education. Now residing in Nashville, Tennessee, she continues to live out her passions as a communications strategist, community manager, and program architect for non-profits. Alece is the founder and curator of the online community One Word 365 and author of the blog Grit and Glory.

  • Jamin Wunderink
    Jamin WunderinkResource Development Manager

    Jamin holds a Master Degree in Business Administration and is passionate about both Business and Missions. Jamin worked with Global Expeditions, a non-profit mission’s organization, for 7 years and travelled to over 25 different countries. In 2009 Jamin transitioned into the business world working as a Director with a regional Telecom Company and later starting his own VoIP and IT business. After selling the company Jamin went to work as a Sr. Project Manager with a software company. He is a strategic manager with an executive perspective and a heart for seeing people realize their full potential. Currently Jamin resides in Orlando, FL with his beautiful wife Kate and young daughter Madison.

  • Jackie Dodson
    Jackie DodsonFinance Manager

    Jackie graduated with an BS in Accounting from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo in 2004.  For 4 years she served as a missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ as the Regional Finance Professional for the Pacific Southwest Region and also as the Associate Director of Finance for the U.S. Campus Ministry.  In 2008, Jackie went to work for McDirmit Davis, a public accounting firm in Orlando, FL and in 2011 as Budget Coordinator at the headquarters of Darden chain of restaurants.  In 2011, she received her Certified Public Accounting license.  Jackie has been married to her wonderful husband, John, for 2 years.

  • Gene Cowherd
    Gene CowherdSocial Science Consultant

    Gene Cowherd graduated from the University of South Florida, earning a Bachelors and Masters degree, both in Applied Anthropology, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Medical Anthropology. Gene’s current working includes research, taking a neuroanthropological approach to examine the links between nutrition and brain function and development in marginalized populations. Gene’s research experience includes work on food insecurity and mental health in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and disease susceptibility and healthcare systems in impoverished populations. Gene’s international experience includes serving in various ministerial capacities in Nepal, India, Mexico and Tanzania. He is committed to partnering with local populations to develop holistic, sustainable solutions to meet the needs of impoverished communities.

  • Daniel Devine
    Daniel Devine

    USA
    Daniel is committed to “helping people help themselves” through many social, philanthropic, and educational ventures. A well-recognized distance learning pioneer, Mr. Devine co-founded and led Compass Knowledge Group for almost 20 years creating the marketplace leader in serving the distance learning needs of top higher education institutions. He was named the Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year in the technology category, as well as other honors including the University of Florida Outstanding Service Award. Mr. Devine is a University of Florida Engineering graduate and completed the Harvard Business School 3-year Owner President Manager (OPM) Program. Mr. Devine currently serves on the boards of Esperanza International, a micro-finance organization based in the Dominican Republic, and Lighthouse Works which supports job growth for the visually impaired.

  • Ken Martin
    Ken Martin

    USA
    Ken is the founder and president of Aquatic Design and Engineering with offices in Florida and in Dubai, UAE, providing services that are grounded in civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical disciplines all in relationship to aquatics. Ken’s company is licensed throughout the USA, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, China, and Dubai.  Ken graduated from Nova University with a Masters in Business Administration in 1994, as well as from University of Central Florida, College of Engineering in 1987 and Harvard University’s Cambridge, MA School of Design in 1984.  He serves on the board for the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) as well as the House of Hope, a home for healing teens.

  • Terry Hilliard
    Terry HilliardFounder / Executive Director

    USA / South Africa / Australia
    A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Science Degree, he worked for ten years in hospital networks and has start-up business experience from establishing four independent companies over the span of 20 years. He is also an ordained minister with over 15 years of experience in the local church. Terry and his wife Jeanenne left their lives in Florida in 2004 to bring global impact through international missions. This change led to extensive global experience, working in various settings throughout over 12 countries within Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central America with community development and church planting.  During his time, he was stirred by both the struggles and potential solutions of the extreme poor in the developing world. Terry is committed to developing holistic, sustainable Christ-centered solutions to meet the needs of impoverished communities in the developing world.

  • Michael Etchison
    Michael Etchison

    USA
    Michael develops various real estate investments throughout the world and his knowledge in economics and investment opportunities give Michael an edge in a variety of worldwide projects. A graduate from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 1969, he owned and managed a manufacturing company in Indiana for 20 years while also developing commercial properties. Michael has served on the boards of United Way and Salvation Army, and has served as Board Chairman of Great Commission Ministries for 17 years. Michael co-pastored two churches, was the chairman of the Muncie, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as development manager for Grandstaff Development. Mike is married and has 7 children and 5 grandchildren.

  • Renier Erasmus
    Renier Erasmus

    South Africa
    Renier was born and raised in South Africa and is a honors graduate of Cape Peninsula University, South Africa in Business Management. Renier served as programmes manager for Metropolitan Evangelical Services (MES) in Johannesburg for six years, a community based Christian organization that initiates and facilitates activities to empower people holistically to live independent, sustainable lives.  Renier was responsible for programmes addressing the needs of the poor in Johannesburg’s inner city homeless and unemployed, and focused on housing, health, education and training & job creation. Currently Renier is CEO / Director of Madulamoho Housing Association in Johannesburg, South Africa, which provides clean, safe, affordable and sustainable housing units in partnership with MES. Renier is married and has 2 lovely children.

  • Daniel Rossouw
    Daniel Rossouw

    South Africa
    Daniel graduated with Honors from Global School of Theology with a BA in Theology.  After this, he spent 5 years as Associate Pastor at Faith Tabernacle Full Gospel Church in Bellville, South Africa.  Along with pastoring, Daniel has also gained experience as a Secondary School Maths teaching, Master Maths Centre Manager, and Project Officer for the Bible Society of South Africa.  In 2011, Daniel was appointed as Managing Director of a large South African non-profit organization specializing in uplifting poor communities through various holistic projects.  Daniel is married to Therina and is also the proud parent of 2 lovely children.

  • Jeremy Hilliard
    Jeremy HilliardFounder / Operations Director

    Australia
    It was on his first trip to several Southern African countries in 1997 where Jeremy saw firsthand the grasp of extreme poverty on peoples lives, and felt the personal call to do something about it.  Since that time, Jeremy has gained extensive experience in intercultural communications and development, and has worked in areas of community development and church planting in nearly a dozen countries throughout Africa and Asia. Along with ministry experience in the US and Australia, he has worked and led businesses in both the non-profit and business sectors. Jeremy is passionate about people reaching their full potential and bringing hope to their lives and communities. Jeremy graduated from Crown College with a Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry.

  • Bridget Hilliard
    Bridget HilliardFounder

    Australia
    In 1999 Bridget spent two months with poverty-stricken communities in South America, and saw the immense possibilities within people to overcome extreme poverty. She then spent over 10 years in international ministry, and has worked in areas of community development, church planting, vulnerable children, music, and the arts.  She has served poor communities with various NGOs throughout South America, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Over the years, she has launched small businesses, Christian ministries, and churches.  Bridget is passionate about community development and reaching out to the whole family unit with effective and compassionate Christ-centered initiatives.

  • Tim Lovell
    Tim Lovell

    Australia
    Tim Lovell is the lead pastor of the Goodlife Community Church in Buderim, Queensland, Australia. He has served in this capacity since 2005 and prior to that he served Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colorado, USA for a period of 18 years. Tim has been married since 1989 and has two adult children. Tim has a deep love for the kingdom work of God expressed in local community. He believes in the practical implementation of the Word of God, the Bible, in everyday life to effect change and facilitate life in individuals, families and communities. He has had the opportunity to share with pastors and community developers in the USA, Australia, Myanmar, the Solomon Islands and Colombia. His interests range from recreational sports and surfing to music and travel.

  • Joe White
    Joe White

    South Africa
    A month after graduating high school in a small rural town in California, Joe left for Africa and lived in a Zulu village on the outskirts of the town of Durban only to decide to live and serve long term amongst the people he met there. Joe co-founded World Changers Academy (WCA) with Zulu leader Sizwe Mthembu in August 2002, and has since trained over 30,000 young people through intense life skills and leadership programs. Over 30 Zulu staff, formerly unemployed, now currently operate all programs in the WCA organization. Since 2007, WCA has expanded beyond the Durban area into other parts of South Africa and internationally in to Madagascar, Uganda and the United Kingdom. Joe has co-founded a number of organizations, such as VukAfrica Tours, a cultural tourism company, Cross Connections, a Christian networking company, and Themba Computer Training to name a few. Joe is a graduate of the University of South Africa with a BA in Development and Communications. Joe is married to Smah, a Zulu, has two wonderful children, and currently resides in Pinetown, near Durban.

  • Vaughan Stannard
    Vaughan Stannard

    South Africa
    Vaughan Stannard was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1973. He is married with two sons and has been serving with Beautiful Gate South Africa, a Christian Child and Family Support Non-Profit Organisation since 2000. Beautiful Gate SA is focused on preserving families as they form the hub of God’s plan to show His love, provision and protection. Vaughan qualified as a medical doctor and became interested in serving children suffering with HIV and the effects of poverty while working in the paediatric unit of a local hospital. Originally the medical coordinator for the Child and Youth Care Centre, a registered children’s hospice, he has studied further in paediatrics and palliative care and was appointed as the Executive Director of Beautiful Gate South Africa in 2007. Vaughan is passionate about justice and mercy and finding ways to help vulnerable communities experience the transforming power of God’s love and purpose.

  • Terry Hilliard
    Terry HilliardFounder / Executive Director

    USA / South Africa / Australia
    A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Science Degree, he worked for ten years in hospital networks and has start-up business experience from establishing four independent companies over the span of 20 years. He is also an ordained minister with over 15 years of experience in the local church. Terry and his wife Jeanenne left their lives in Florida in 2004 to bring global impact through international missions. This change led to extensive global experience, working in various settings throughout over 12 countries within Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central America with community development and church planting.  During his time, he was stirred by both the struggles and potential solutions of the extreme poor in the developing world. Terry is committed to developing holistic, sustainable Christ-centered solutions to meet the needs of impoverished communities in the developing world.

  • Jeremy Hilliard
    Jeremy HilliardFounder / Operations Director

    Australia
    It was on his first trip to several Southern African countries in 1997 where Jeremy saw firsthand the grasp of extreme poverty on peoples lives, and felt the personal call to do something about it.  Since that time, Jeremy has gained extensive experience in intercultural communications and development, and has worked in areas of community development and church planting in nearly a dozen countries throughout Africa and Asia. Along with ministry experience in the US and Australia, he has worked and led businesses in both the non-profit and business sectors. Jeremy is passionate about people reaching their full potential and bringing hope to their lives and communities. Jeremy graduated from Crown College with a Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry.

  • Bridget Hilliard
    Bridget HilliardFounder

    Australia
    In 1999 Bridget spent two months with poverty-stricken communities in South America, and saw the immense possibilities within people to overcome extreme poverty. She then spent over 10 years in international ministry, and has worked in areas of community development, church planting, vulnerable children, music, and the arts.  She has served poor communities with various NGOs throughout South America, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Over the years, she has launched small businesses, Christian ministries, and churches.  Bridget is passionate about community development and reaching out to the whole family unit with effective and compassionate Christ-centered initiatives.

  • Jeanenne Hilliard
    Jeanenne HilliardFounder

    It was through early stories of missionaries in the developing world that Jeanenne first started to feel the calling to engage with the poorest of the poor. Jeanenne is a registered nurse, serving in the medical profession for over 6 years, and worked in elementary and high school education for 20 years. Along with her husband, she has led teams to a number of countries focusing on community development, church planting, primary healthcare, and work with vulnerable youth. She has worked alongside NGOs in India, Thailand, Uganda, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, South Africa, and Zambia. Jeanenne is passionate about caring for the poor, especially young adults, holistically on both physical and Christ-centered levels.