Kevin Jones, President M.Ed. MA
Kevin and his wife, Linda, have four children and nine grandchildren. Kevin has worked in Florida and Alaska in various management and teaching capacities and has served at Indiana Wesleyan University for the past 15 years and is currently the associate director for the Online Region and Region Six.
One of Kevin’s passions is missions and in January of 2010 he traveled to Haiti to assist in the disaster relief efforts that followed the horrific earthquake that country had just experienced. This led in 2012 to Kevin co-founding, along with Dr. Shawn Swan, The DecAid Project; a faith based not-for-profit organization doing community health evangelism on the island of La Gonave, Haiti. Since 2012 community health committees have been trained and are active in 45 communities on the island of La Gonave, Haiti.
Kevin has a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education, Master’s degrees in Education and in Advanced Leadership Studies, and is currently working on completing his PhD in Organizational Leadership.
Shawn Swan, Vice-President MD
Though born a “Buckeye” in Columbus Ohio, Dr Shawn Swan has spent most of his life as a “Hoosier” in Indiana. Shawn attended Taylor University where he met his wife, was married and graduated in 1997 as an art / premed major and then earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1992. After a four year residency in obstetrics and gynecology Dr Swan moved back to his home town of Marion Indiana where he has practiced for over twenty years. During that time he has served as Chief of Department and Chief of Staff at Marion General Hospital. He has also served on the board of trustees for the Indiana State Medical Association and on the local Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Dr Swan’s love and passion is for God and his family. Along with his wife, Jacquie, he has 5 children and eight grandchildren. But he also counts the many friends made in Haiti as family. Dr Swan has made numerous short term medical trips over the span of over 30 years. In 2012 he co-founded the “DecAid Project” and serves as Vice President and Medical Director.
John Walton, Secretary M.Ed.
Pastor John Walton earned an A.A. in religion from Kentucky Mountain Bible College in 1986. He also earned a B.S. in education from Asbury College in 1989, and a M.Ed. from the University of Phoenix in 2000.
Pastor John currently serves as the worship and missions pastor at Brookhaven Wesleyan Church in Marion, IN. He has also served as a missionary with World Gospel Mission (WGM).
Pastor John went to Haiti in December 2011 to help with the “pilot/pioneer” trip. This trip was when the project began, and it was their first trip to the village of Pikmi. He currently serves as the board secretary.
Abson Joseph PhD
Abson Joseph is originally from Haiti. He holds a Diploma in Theology from Caribbean Wesleyan College, Jamaica; Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary; and a Ph.D. in New Testament Interpretation from the London School of Theology/Brunel University, England. He served as Academic Dean at Caribbean Wesleyan College from 2005 and 2011 and joined the Indiana Wesleyan Faculty in 2011 where he now serves as Academic Dean for Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Dr. Joseph is the author of A Narratological Reading of 1 Peter (T&T Clark, 2012); co-editor of Shaping Theological Education in the Caribbean: A Community Approach (CETA, 2011); and has published several book chapters and articles. He has read papers and taught in the USA, Haiti, Jamaica, Russia, Belgium, Kenya, and New Zealand, among other places.
Dr. Joseph is married to Dr. Larisa Levicheva-Joseph. They have two daughters, Daniella and Sophie. Besides teaching, his other passions are music and sports.
Grace Ju Miller PhD
Grace Ju Miller grew up in the Philippines. She studied Botany and Art at Duke University and worked for Young Life Wilderness Ranch in Colorado for six summers. She spent her junior year at the Duke Marine Lab and after graduation worked as a Park Ranger at Cape Lookout National Seashore. She spent a year as a research assistant in Taiwan at the Institute of Botany, Academica Sinica. She received a M.S. in Agronomy from University of California-Davis and worked for a biotech company in California. After obtaining her Ph.D. in Horticulture from Purdue University, she did a postdoc at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland. She was a professor of Biology at Gordon College for 11 years. She was the Seed Bank director for ECHO farm in Florida, and taught in Morocco for 2 years. She is married with 2 kids. She has directed international courses in biology for 25 years. She taught Terrestrial Ecology for the Creation Care Semester Program in New Zealand. At Indiana Wesleyan University, she teaches Plant Biology, Marine Ecology, Crops and Society, and Sustainable Tropical Agriculture. She has taught Sustainable Tropical Agriculture in Haiti, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. She is the director of the IWU Alliance Student Garden which utilizes sustainable farming techniques. She is investigating the antibacterial qualities of Moringa oleifera, a medicinal plant originating from India. She has been at Indiana Wesleyan University since 2009.
Wes Munsell has been a part of DecAid Project from its very beginning. His first trip to La Gonave came in April, 2010, even before DecAid came into existence. As a result of that trip, he and his wife, Susie, accepted the Lord’s call into full-time missionary service in Haiti with the Wesleyan Mission on La Gonave where Wes worked as the Logistics Director and Campus Pastor for the Wesleyan Mission, as well as Maintenance Director at the Wesleyan Hospital on La Gonave. He and Susie were part of the missionary team that helped to host DecAid Project teams that came to work in the mountain villages of La Gonave.