MARY MCMAHON, M.B.A., MS, RN
Mary McMahon RN MS M.B.A.
Founder and Executive Director
Since September of 2008, Mary has dedicated herself to the ‘vision and mission’ as founder and President of Nurses for the Nations. Over the past ten years, Nurses for the Nations (NFTN) has performed outreach operations in many countries: Southern India, Liberia, West Africa, Zimbabwe, Guinea West Africa, Rwanda, Haiti (Port-Au-Prince), Cap-Haitian, Ecuador and Guatemala where professionals (multi-diverse medical teams) and lay individuals bring compassionate care and message of the Gospel of Healing to those in desperate need. Mary calls these areas ‘ground‐zero’ because they are populated with men, women and children in remote areas, who are completely cut off from access to medical care, spiritual support and the ‘healing’ message of the Gospel. Mary also traveled to the jungles of South America, where she brought nursing care to people groups living in jungle villages situated inland to the Amazon river basin.
NFTN’s leaders believe it is ONLY through God’s blessing and the generosity of others they have been able to serve these poor regions in dire need.
From 2008 through year-end 2018, NFTN has now served over fourteen-thousand (14,000) individuals and has shared God’s love with those they served. In 2018, NFTN began the work of technical training with the indigenous, to assist and support their own people groups, and recently partnered with ITEC, (the Indigenous training and education center)in Dunnellon Florida, to assist NFTN’s outreach in this endeavor.
Mary has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Mercer University Stetson School of Business and Economics, a Master of Science Degree in Health Management from RPI (Rennselear Polytechnic Institute) and a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Nursing degree from Western Connecticut State University. She received the GNA First Chapter Nursing Innovation Award for excellence in nursing and was recognized with the Savannah Community Stars Award for Nurses for the Nation’s work in the international community. Nurses for the Nations has also moved into the local arena through their local, ministry outreach through Neighborhood H.O.P.E. in Savannah, Georgia.
Mary is a teacher, trainer and development specialist for the behavioral and developmentally disabled when she is not performing ministry work. Mary is also an active member of Compassion Christian Church in Savannah, Georgia for the past twelve years and believes nonprofit organizations must take an active role in supporting the work of spiritual transformation, especially through medical relief of suffering in the community, and developing countries at large. She is married to her husband Bob for many years: they have one daughter, son-in-law, and enjoy as much time as they can with their out-of-state family as possible; especially with their precious grand-daughter Hannah. Mary loves nature walks, writing and spending quality time with the love of her life (Bob).
Mary’s first book on the subject of ‘healing’ called, “The Victory Dance of God, His Promise of Healing is Yours” Seven Kingdom Principles That Will Transform Your Life, hit the market in late 2018 and is selling through Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobles, and other major book stores. Twenty -percent of proceeds are being donated to ministry and global outreach. Click here Amazon.com and support the work of medical ministry in the world.
John Matthews, CPA, CFE
Prior Chief Operating Officer
John Matthews joined the journey of Nurses for the Nations in the early stages of the organization in late 2008 until his death on November 6th, 2013 from a brain tumor. We will always remember John as a good and faithful servant who believed in bringing compassionate care to people groups all over the world. We also thank his beautiful wife Penny, who supported him in the role of COO. He was instrumental in helping NFTN establish partnerships in Africa, specifically Liberia and Zimbabwe. John was from Savannah, Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting from Armstrong Atlantic State College (now Armstrong Atlantic State University) in Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Matthews was a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and managing partner of Deemer, Dana and Froehle in Savannah, Georgia. John had years of accounting and consultancy experience who brought extensive knowledge and expertise from his field to his global outreach role. He was a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA) and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). His civic involvement included past President of the Rotary Club in East Savannah, former member of the Chatham County School Board and present board member of ‘Savannah Communities in Schools.’
John was also a prior board member for the Savannah Chamber of Commerce. John was a deacon at SCC (Savannah Christian Church) in Savannah, Georgia and worked with Church outreach and NFTN’s transformation model of evangelistic care to coordinate international partnerships. John had traveled to Liberia, West Africa, Morocco and Zimbabwe in 2013. John always had a heart for Christ and was actively engaged in ministry at Savannah Christian Church besides his work at NFTN. His wife Penny and three children survive him and serve in the ministry of the Church. John will long be remembered by the governance board and leadership team for his acts of kindness and will remain permanently on our website as a memorial in gratitude for his servant heart and love for those less fortunate. Thank you John. We look forward one day to meeting you again in heaven.
Sean Reeder M.B.A.
Chief Financial Officer
Sean directs the financial strategy and plans and forecasts the financial outlays of the organization with the officers of Nurses for the Nations.
Sean has years of experience in finance working in the Real Estate business having responsibility for over 900 units, audit work, and debt and cash management.
He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Marshall University in West Virginia and a Bachelor Degree in Accounting. Sean also supervises grant awards and investments from gifts and donations which benefit ground‐zero international regions Nurses for the Nations serves with their international and Church partners in the United States.
Sean is married to his wife Stefanie. They have two boys and a girl. They are active members of Savannah Christian Church in Savannah, Georgia. Sean is involved in bible study, men’s group and SCC Blitz since 2006. Sean loves spending time with the boys at home and is actively involved in sports with his one son. Now that he has a new baby girl, spoil, spoil, spoil is the word!
Nancy Kowolik, B.A.
Nancy is a graduate of York University in Toronto, Canada with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and a Bachelor of Education in primary and junior education. She has been active with volunteer work most of her adult life working with youth, young mothers and church and faith based affairs. Nancy brings her administrative and organizational skills and talents to Nurses for the Nations and is a volunteer and active member of Savannah Christian Church. Nancy is involved in the planning and creative service for the Charity Gala in September 2013 with Nurses for the Nations.
She is happily married to husband Stefan and they have one daughter. Nancy loves to plan lots and lots of wonderful parties and is quite the creative host when it comes to themes and decorating! She also loves the ocean and relaxing on the beach when she is not doing a zillion tasks she volunteers for!
Supportive Consultant, Advocate, and Assistant (non-board support)
Robert, Mary’s husband, started out in his early career as manager of a food and beverage business. Over the last twenty years, Robert has been in lead roles as production supervisor in the field of manufacturing and programming. His years of service prepared him to serve those less fortunate. Robert attended Western State University, Tunxis Community College and Manchester College for courses to advance his career. In addition, he’s worked with diverse groups of people and performed service work with multiple support organizations across the country. Robert has volunteered his time to self‐help groups and participated in social community organizations. He has assisted mission shipments to Haiti and donated his time to help the Rotary club with shipments of hospital supplies to foreign countries.
Bob supports Mary with daily operations of the organization and traveled to Africa to meet the Vice‐President of Liberia to help launch the organizations work by evaluating the needs of remote villagers in tribal regions of the country. Bob loves his garden and takes great pride in the ‘greenery’ around the house. He also is quite the artist and has a great talent for drawing and painting. His next project? A wall canvas with curious George and other ‘Sweet Dreams’ characterizations for his new granddaughter Hannah!
Russell Lake, M.D.
Lead Physician Medication and Treatments
Dr. Russell Lake is the lead physician for medication orders and treatments for Nurses for the Nations.
Russell Lake, MD is a Family Physician at Winn Army Community Hospital at Fort Stewart, GA where he has continued to work after transitioning from his Active Duty Army career. Prior to that, after completing his undergraduate medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina, he completed his residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. After residency Dr. Lake served at Fort Stewart, GA for four years which included time as a staff physician as well as deployments to Iraq as a Brigade Surgeon with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division and Afghanistan as a Squadron Surgeon for 1-61 CAV, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, opportunities that afforded him the opportunity to coordinate and participate in the provision of medical care to the underserved local population.
Married to Christina and father of three children, Ella Grace, Ansleigh and Hamilton, Dr. Lake is taking his first international mission trip to Ecuador in October 2015 after having participated in numerous domestic mission trips in his youth. Dr. Lake attends Savannah Christian Church where he is actively involved in the men’s and children’s ministries.
Renee Morton is NFTN’s new Program Service Coordinator. Renee Morton fell in love with mission work when she went on her first mission trip to Haiti in September of 2006. Renee went to Haiti with a team from Savannah Christian Church to the Northwest Christian Medical Mission. Through that compassion she saw in the team, the Lord would lead Renee back to Haiti three more times with SCC teams, once leading a medical team and once leading a community outreach team. In addition, Renee served as a medical assistant with a youth group mission team from Savannah Christian Church to Ecuador. Renee’s compassion to help our missionary partners, Helping Hands across Ecuador, led her to lead three more teams to serve the people of Ecuador, one of those teams with Nurses for the Nations.
Renee has an Associate of Science Degree in Medical Technology from Coastal College of Georgia and also attended Georgia Southern University. Renee has worked as a Medical Laboratory Technologist (A.M.T.) in hospitals, reference labs, and is currently working for a large medical group in Savannah, GA. Renee has been married to her wonderful husband, Jeff Morton, for 28 years. Jeff supports Renee’s love for missions and has been on a mission trip with her. They are both active members of Savannah Christian Church and lead a small group. Renee and Jeff have two sons, Scott a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University and Charles a senior at Valdosta State University. The family enjoys attending Georgia Southern Football games and boating. Renee is looking forward to serving as the Program Service Coordinator for Nurses for the Nations. Her duties include organizing, preparing indigenous testing and donated supplies, and coordinating the Proclaimer for each population group served. She will also manage the NFTN tee shirts for each team and other special projects.
Database Specialist for Nurses for the Nations
Wanja Southerland responded to God’s calling and joined Nurses for the Nations as a Database Specialist in the Summer of 2017.
Wanja is originally from Nairobi, Kenya, having migrated to the USA twenty years ago–settling in the area of Atlanta, GA. Her new home now is in Savannah, GA
She has years of experience in computers working in marketing, sales and recruitment for Automotive, Tourism & Travel and Social Work organizations, managing databases in her line of work and attended Kennesaw State University where she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Economics.
Wanja is the mother of two daughters and a son. They are active members of Compassion Christian Church, in Savannah Georgia. Wanja and her family enjoy travelling the globe and experiencing new cultures. She is a lover of Mathematics, loves the ocean and anything water!
Kelly Wiggins graduated from nursing school at Auburn University in 1996. She began her career as a cardiovascular intensive care nurse caring for patients after open heart surgery. In 2002, a colleague suggested she apply for a clinical research coordinator role; she applied, got the job, and in an instant, the direction of her career changed. For the past 16 years, she has been working as a Clinical Research Coordinator and is now Certified as a Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC).
Kelly grew up in a Christian home with a single mom. She was involved in the youth group choir in her Church, which involved participating in mission trips. In 2004, she was given the opportunity to join a group with “Every Orphan’s Hope” traveling to Zambia to conduct Camp Hope for the orphans in the area. It was the first time she truly felt like she was the hands and feet of Christ! The children made such an impact on her life. In 2005, along with her husband, she returned to Zambia to conduct Camp Hope for the orphans in Lusaka. The experience was life changing, cementing her love for mission and the people in Africa.
Her love for Africa never left her. In 2017, Compassion Christian Church listed a trip to Zimbabwe through the ministry of Nurses for the Nations. Her husband nudged her. That was all it took! She applied and was accepted on the trip. The experience was amazing. After returning, in September 2018, she decided to return on yet another mission outreach, and co-lead a team of NFTN professionals to the remote village of Chipinge in Zimbabwe.
Kelly and her husband are parents to two beautiful adopted children. She is an avid runner participating in numerous marathons, and enjoys spending time with her family, attending lacrosse tournaments for her son, and other programs that their children are involved in. Her family enjoys cooking a meal for the Ronald McDonald House once a month.
Dave Stewart, Pastor
Dave Stewart is Pastor of Compassion Christian Church. We are excited about the experience he brings in global outreach as an advisor and mentor to our ministry. Dave has served as the Global Outreach Pastor for Compassion Christian for the last twelve years. In that time he has traveled to 56 countries and participated in many cross-cultural outreach efforts, facilitating teams of sent missionaries as well as developing long term partnerships with indigenous leaders in over 20 locations. There are now currently over 90 people from Savannah Christian Church who have served as full-time missionaries around the world.
In 2003, after spending over 20 years in divisional operations management with United Parcel Service, Dave left UPS to answer a call on his heart from God to serve full-time in global missions. His passion is equipping national church leaders and connecting SCC members to God’s work throughout the world.
Dave is married to his wife Lynn for 33 years and they have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren.