Our Team

David & Dana Mann

Founders, VOHA
San Antonio, Texas

David and Dana Mann were raised in Texas and married in 1983. They are very typical middle class people who worked hard to build a local homebuilding company in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1992, God lead them to follow His call. Within a year of that prayer, the Mann’s met a young Pastor from Eastern Uganda who was following his own vision, to share the story of his people in the United States. Through this meeting this meeting their vision for service changed from provisionary to hands on service in Uganda.

After years of experience in the African culture, they knew they were being called to Northern Uganda. In 2009, they founded Villages of Hope Africa, based out of Gulu, Uganda. They continue to travel to Gulu and serve in both Gulu town and the villages.

Tony Onono

Executive Director: Uganda
Gulu, Uganda

Tony is our Executive Director based in Gulu, Uganda.

Tony was born, raised and educated in Southern Uganda from where his parents had migrated to during the war in Northern Uganda that lasted over two decades. He was raised by his mother a Nurse after the death of his father while a child.

His childhood dream was to become a Lawyer, however this was turned down in 2000 when he visited his grandmother who had been hit and injured during the war and was living in a refugee camp. He chose therefore to study Social Works and Social Administration, a profession which would later help him work with and bring both physical and Spiritual transformation of the vulnerable, poor, and disadvantaged communities in Northern Uganda.

In 2005, Tony risked his life, moving from his comfort life and returned to his ancestral land to serve his people during war. He begun working with NGOs and volunteering as an interpreter for his church where he met David and Dana. He was Dana’s interpreter and quickly became a trusted member of their team

He is a teacher, Preacher and a leader. He is the Executive Director of VOHA based in Gulu Uganda. He oversees the daily operations and projects of VOHA in Uganda. He teaches at the pastors’ conferences, mentors village pastors, plants churches. He is truly the hands and feet of VOHA and ‘adopted son of David and Dana.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Social Works and Social Administration, A post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management and a Post Graduate Certificate in HIV/AIDS Counseling. He has also attended numerous training programs in theology and social sector. He has been Guest speaker at several leadership fora, retreats and seminars. He has written extensively on Rural development, Social inequality, and church planting

Tony took to leadership early in life and held several leadership positions which included Guild speaker, President Christian Union of Kampala University, speaker National Students Association, among others while in school.

Tony is an expert in Social sector development and church ministry. He implemented UNICEF funded Reproductive health programs from 2007 – 2008. He has served on the Board of elders of Gulu Bible Community church as Secretary and then Chairman the position he has held to date. He also worked as a social worker with NGOs facilitating Gender Based Violence Projects, as well as facilitating delivery of humanitarian aid to families living in Refugee camps during war from 2005 to 2007

Kacie Kripner

Executive Director: USA
San Antonio, Texas

Kacie is our International Team Leader based out of San Antonio, Texas. She was born and raised in San Antonio.

Kacie grew up in a family that trusted God whole-heartedly. She was an active member of her youth group and always had a heart for missions; going on her first mission trip out of country (Mexico) when she was in 6th grade. Throughout her middle school and high school years, she continued to be involved in mission trips. Kacie graduated from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2008, and a Master’s of Education in Exercise Physiology in 2009. In 2009, Kacie followed her childhood dream of becoming a marine animal trainer and recently left to serve full time with Villages of Hope Africa.

In 2011, David and Dana met Kacie for the first time as she prepared to go to Uganda with VOHA. She knew God was calling her to Africa, but had no clue to what capacity. Once her feet hit the orange dirt and she met the Acholi people, she knew God was calling her in a way that she couldn’t even imagine at the time.

Kacie is now the International team leader. She leads and trains American teams in country and then serves in Gulu, Uganda with the team. Kacie’s vast experience in Uganda enables her to uniquely lead teams to minister to the Acholi people in Gulu, Uganda.

If you would like to financially support Kacie as a missionary, please click here.

Ivan Anywar

Field Coordinator: Agriculture and Water VOHA
Gulu, Uganda

Ivan is our Field Coordinator who manages of our agriculture programs and water projects.

Ivan grew up in Paromo village, Paduny Parish, Gulu District. In 1995, he was abducted by the LRA rebels, taken to the bush and forcefully recruited into the rebel ranks where he stayed for one month before escaping.

Ivan continued with his education and later graduated in 2007 from Uganda Technical College with Advanced Certificate in Plumbing. He began volunteering for his Church in 2008.

Ivan started Volunteering as an Interpreter for VOHA in 2009 where he came to meet Dana and David. He started working as a full time employee of VOHA in 2010.

Jennifer Piloya

Office Administrator VOHA
Gulu, Uganda

Jennifer was born and raised in the Gulu District of Uganda by a single mother with one sister and one brother. At age nine, Jennifer was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) of Joseph Kony with whom she was forced to live for two and a half years as a child soldier.

Her childhood dream was to be an Accountant. She has lived up to that dream. She will be graduating with a diploma in Accounting this year (2015) from Northern Institute of Business Studies.

Jennifer first came to work with Villages of Hope Africa when she volunteered as an interpreter with one of our American mission teams in the summer of 2014. Her testimony and life was a beacon of light for Christ. She connects her life journey to Jesus Christ whom she received as her Lord and Savior. Shortly after, she joined the VOHA team as our Office Administrator.