Obie Austin, RN, MSN, ANP, FNP-BC, is the Vice President of General Medicine at the Kansas City CARE Clinic in Kansas City, Missouri, where he has had the pleasure of serving the community in many capacities for over 20 years. He also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at Graceland University and has been a nurse for 22 years. His experience educating nurses is comprised of 16 years at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and at Graceland for over a year.
Obie has extensive community involvement serving on multiple boards representing University Retention, Diversity and Inclusion, Domestic Violence Housing, and services for impoverished women to name a few.
Obie is a proud member of the US Navy reserves and veteran of the US Army serving two combat tours overseas. Obie brings to our team a broad knowledge of nursing, healthcare administration, teaching, and military application.
Military: Regional Detachment Director of Expeditionary Medical Faculty – Dallas One.
Civilian: Associate Professor, Graceland School of Nursing.
DeWayne Cunningham served in the Army from August 1963 until November of 1967; as an infantryman in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966, receiving a Purple Heart for gunshot wounds sustained.
In 1991, DeWayne and his wife Beverly started DeWayne Cunningham Ministries, Inc. a non-profit organization. DeWayne has taken 80 evangelical mission trips to many parts of the world.
The Cunninghams believe there is no problem that cannot be fixed by knowledge of Jesus Christ. They believe that the problems that both veterans and civilians alike face are a direct result of a lack of the spiritual knowledge of Jesus Christ and the love of God.
In recent years of ministry, they have become involved with Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA). Here they show others a better way of life, that there is a God, and that He loves them. DeWayne and Beverly have been married 44 years and reside in Greenfield, Missouri.
Connie Davis is a veteran who personally knows the challenges of serving this wonderful country then re-entering civilian life.
As a Missouri native, Connie graduated from Mansfield High School in 1971 and entered the US Army Women’s Corps on October 27, 1971. Her basic training and advanced training took place at Fort McClellan, Alabama, with her first duty assignment at Fort Bevoir, Virginia. For her first overseas tour, she served at the 121st Evac Hospital in Yongsan, South Korea. She spent ten months in Mons, Belgium at Shape Headquarters Military Personnel Office then was transferred to Karlsruhe, Germany, to finish her tour of duty, spending three years in Frankfurt, Germany, at 5th Corps Headquarters before military retirement in November 1, 1991.
As a civilian, Connie worked in the medical field both as a CNA and as a claims specialist before relocating to Phoenix, Arizona. There she worked 8 years for TriWest Healthcare Alliance as a Claims Analyst under the TRICARE Contract and then worked 16 months under the Veterans Affairs Contract as a Referral Management Analyst and Team Lead. She retired in 2015 and relocated back to Missouri.
Both her military career and civilian work experience affords her a unique perspective and knowledge base to draw from as a consulting member to this visionary team. She has a huge heart for our military and veterans and is very excited to be a part of what God is doing thru Veterans Hope Center.
Ron Farrell is a businessman with a double dose of entrepreneurialism. He works as managing director of Invention Discovery Center. He has an agricultural and manufacturing background with focus on business and product development. Ron is a person of great vision who thrives on learning other person’s visions and partnering with them in any way possible. He gives all the glory to God for everything he has been given through a favorite verse, Proverbs 8:12: “I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.”
Claudia Farrell has worked in diverse fields of the business world since 1969. Her experience ranges from dental and medical offices to insurance companies with emphasis on customer service. She has worked for the past fifteen years with her husband in sales and accounting for company and product development. Acquired skills include bookkeeping, web-site development, and general office as well as freelance writing. Claudia is an award-winning author writing to date four books, one for adolescent children, the others’ biographies—the personal stories of families whose remarkable challenges have in the end given glory to our loving, caring Father God.
Dr. Kisha Hamilton graduated from Logan University in St. Louis, Missouri, in August 2013. During her time at Logan, she gained a passion for nutrition, sports, and the synergistic effects of the body. She gained advanced proficiency in Activator Technique and the specific, gentle approach to treatment the technique has to offer.
Dr. Hamilton spent time as an intern treating the St. Louis community at the Logan Southfield Clinic which included treatment for many female athletes. This population and their specific health and performance needs became a passion for her. She also spent time working with athletes at the University of Missouri training facility. Dr. Hamilton interned at the Jefferson Barracks VA hospital in St. Louis to further her knowledge of the VA system, working with an elderly population and experiencing the multi-disciplinary system. Dr. Hamilton’s work at the hospital instilled in her an appreciation of the veterans and a desire to provide this special group with conservative care.
After graduation, Dr. Hamilton returned to the town where she was raised, Springfield, Missouri, where she served as an associate at the Perfect Health Wellness and Chiropractic clinic. She also served as Board President for the Citizen’s Advisory Board for Probation and Parole. Having relocated now to Gulfport, Mississippi, in search of warm weather and a beach, she is currently serving at Jernigan Chiropractic and enjoys getting involved in the Gulfport community!
Lynn Morris, R.Ph., M.S., is a pharmacist, entrepreneur, business owner, and State Representative.
Lynn got his first taste of entrepreneurship as a youngster mowing lawns. True to his enterprising spirit, it wasn’t long before Lynn was hiring neighborhood friends to help him take on a growing client list. Lynn attributes his work ethic and perseverance to his early years mowing lawns; “If you can labor outside for 8 hours at the height of a Missouri summer, you can do anything you set your mind to.”
Lynn is a graduate of Parkview High School, where he took 2nd Place State High School Doubles in tennis. Lynn continued his tennis career while studying pre-pharmacy at Missouri State University (MSU) on a tennis scholarship. After two years at MSU, Lynn transferred to University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) where in 1972 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy. Lynn returned to higher education at Southwest Baptist University and in 2000 was awarded a Masters of Healthcare Administration.
In 1977, following a stint as assistant store manager at Petty Drug Company, Lynn took a leap of faith and opened his first Family Pharmacy in Ozark, Missouri. On his first day in business, Lynn filled 12 prescriptions. Today, over 10,000 prescriptions are filled daily across the Family Pharmacy operation.
Lynn has had the pleasure of being awarded several designations during his professional career. U.S. Pharmacist Publication selected Lynn as U.S. Pharmacist of the Year in 1997. In 2003, Lynn was awarded the Wyeth Ayerst Bowl of Hygeia Community Service Award by the Missouri Pharmacy Association. The Bowl of Hygeia is one of the highest awards in the pharmacy industry, with criteria including community service and leadership.
Because Lynn thrives on a busy schedule, in 2012, he led a successful campaign for election to serve as a Missouri State Representative, District 140 (Eastern Christian county). Lynn was most recently reelected to serve his 3rd term. Lynn resides in Fremont Hills with his loving wife Janet.
As servant leaders, mentors, friends, and life coaches, Robert and Judith Williams endeavor to be examples of the Zoe life of God – abundant life to the fullest, a life without boundaries and beyond all previous limits, a life experiencing wellness and wealth.
The Williams relocated to Branson, MO, almost 9 years ago from East Providence, RI. Robert retired as a State Transit Authority, and Judith, as a Registered Nurse. They served as Associate Pastors for ten years in Providence. Now, members of Faith Life Church in Branson, they serve as class facilitators, altar care workers, and Visitors Welcome Team ministers. They stay active in the Branson community as members of the Branson Professional Tour Guide Association; Robert also serves as a Branson Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.
“We Encourage Empowered people to Live in Wellness and to Prosper Spirit, Soul and Body as they walk in the Fullness of their Life’s Purpose and Destiny.”
Roger and Sue Desmarais have a passion for children and believe every child should feel the love of God.
They established and direct a nonprofit service — Answers To Prayers Ministry — to show underprivileged children the love of God by blessing them, one child at a time, with new clothing, personal hygiene kits, and full sacks of toys and gifts throughout the year. Answers to Prayers Ministry supports various outreaches locally and in the Appalachian Mountains.
Roger and Sue Demarais reside in Isabella, Missouri, and serve in children’s ministry at Faith Life Church in Branson, Missouri.