Richard B. Pearson, Chairman
Rick pastored Bread of Life Ministries in Indianapolis, Indiana, for 15 years, serving the greater metropolitan area. While serving, Bread of Life established an extensive outreach to the poor and homeless in the downtown Indianapolis area. He also identified and supported four churches, a medical clinic, and an orphanage in Nigeria, a work that continues. Rick and his wife Susan moved to Palmetto, Florida, in 2010, still carrying a heart for African missions.
Julius Munyao, Vice Chairman
Julius is an Associate Pastor at World Aflame Church, located just outside the Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum. He has served as a pastor for five years while working fulltime as a manager for the Kenya National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).
For many years, Pastor Julius worked as a transportation expert for the Automobile Association of Kenya. Last year, he joined the Kenyan National Transport Authority where he heads up automobile inspections.
He and his wife, Agnes, have three children and live in Nairobi.
Esther Mueni Kyole (Mutiso) Treasurer
Esther Kyole (Chol lee) is a Kenyan primary school teacher with a diverse background in human resources, marketing, and business. She earned an MBA with a focus on Finance from Kenyatta University in Nairobi (2008) and an MBA from The Cypress Institute of Marketing in 2005.
With great passion and commitment, she daily pours herself out to her students and even visits their homes in the slum when they are absent for long periods of time. Due to her dedication, she was promoted to Approved Senior Teacher. She holds numerous certificates of achievement from a wide spectrum of interests, including sports for the physically handicapped, mathematics, science and agriculture, and special education.
Esther has served God since she was a teenager. Currently, she reaches out to families in need through the Samaritan Ministry at her Pentecostal Evangelical Fellowship of Africa (PEFA) Church in Nairobi. In the past, she worked in the church’s Women’s Department and taught abstinence to unmarried women in a nation that has the world’s third largest HIV/AIDs epidemic.
She lives outside of town center with her husband and two of her four children. Two of her adult children are working professionals, one in Nairobi and one in Dubai. In her spare time on weekends, Esther manages a farming enterprise in the Kenyan countryside.
Maggie Friedrich, Secretary and Director
Maggie received her call to rescue families from sex slavery in October of 2014 while attending IRIS Harvest School of Missions in Pemba, Mozambique, which is run by Heidi and Rolland Baker. From the school, she moved directly to Nairobi, Kenya, where she launched On Eagles’ Wings.
God is pulling on all of her past service as a Christian for this new work. For four years, Maggie spearheaded a healing room at Kingdom Life Christian Church in Bradenton, Florida, where God healed numerous physical and emotional ailments, including a goiter, breast tumors, and addictions. She also previously led a team to local strip clubs, taking gifts and demonstrating Christ’s love to the dancers and bouncers. As a House Manager for SOLVE Maternity Homes in Bradenton, Maggie lived with troubled, young pregnant women and inspired them to turn their lives around. And shortly after becoming a Christian 20 years ago, God called her to do a small part in racial reconciliation, so she joined St. Stephens African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.) in Elkridge, Maryland, where she worked with the youth and taught adult Bible Study.
For almost 30 years, Maggie maintained a successful career as a manager, journalist, and writer for various companies in Florida and Maryland. Originally from Sharon, PA, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Regional Planning with a double-major in Psychology in 1979 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, graduating Cum Laude.
Maggie is licensed by Kingdom Life Christian Church in Bradenton, Florida, U.S.A. See http://www.kingdomlifechristianchurch.org
Thomas Hayes, Board Member
Tom managed a Clairol and Revlon sales team of 2,200 salespersons from Wisconsin to Texas and West for 25 years. After moving from Los Angeles to Bradenton, Florida, in 2010, he became a yacht broker for Edwards Yacht Sales. Tom is a member of Kingdom Life Christian Church where he is head usher and leads outreach to the homeless in Manatee County. He is avidly involved in the prayer team.
Dyan Cuprisin, Board Member
With a degree in nutritional science, Dyan opened 3Chefs Catering in 1989, which serving the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and also was an instructor and administrator for The Culinary and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. After moving to Florida, she worked as an office manager for a cardiology office. She and her husband, Gery, have been married for 28 years and are members of Calvary Church in Largo, Florida. Dyan has led small group bible studies and is a mission volunteer. Their eyes were opened to the world on short term trips to Russia, China and Brazil.
Daniel Weru, Board Member
Daniel, 35, earned a diploma in Banking from Kenya Polytechnic in 2004. With high marks, he then was accepted to into a program that sent him from Kenya to study in Germany with additional help from his parents. When he arrived at Giessen University in Germany, he completed a year in foundational studies, then began a program in Electrical Engineering at Technische Universität in Darmstadtin. During his second year in University, Daniel began a successful business shipping goods between Germany and Kenya. After four semesters at the university, Daniel left his studies to take on the business fulltime.
Daniel married a German woman, Marielis, and they moved their daughter and their business to Nairobi in 2010. They continued the shipping business until they decided in 2018 to give back to the community by opening a school that serves middle class and poor children. The school began with seven children and boomed in 2019 when they signed on 25 students. They teach Math, Science, Geography, English and German.
As strong Christians, the family attends the Seventh Day Adventist Church. They also volunteered at On Eagles’ Wings, teaching and playing with our children. They now live near the school with their two daughters, Comfort and Malika.
Former Board Members
Daniel J. Friedrich, III, Former Chairman
A Native of Sharon, Pennsylvania, Dan Friedrich earned a BA in Sociology from Saint Francis University in 1976 and a Master’s of Hospital and Health Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1980. After graduation he joined Humana, which later was acquired by HCA. Starting as an Administrative Specialist, he rose to various positions, including CEO of four hospitals in Florida. For 14 years, Dan has served as CEO of Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Florida, which is a 383-bed acute care hospital that has a regional reputation for excellence in cardiac programs, trauma, and orthopedic and neuro surgery.
Dan currently serves on the Board of Directors for three additional organizations: the Manatee County YMCA, St. Francis University in Loretta, PA, and Hope Family Services, which helps victims of domestic violence. He also is an Associate Member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, which is dedicated to helping the poor and disenfranchised. In 2014, Dan finished a three-year journey to become a professed Secular Franciscan that culminates in a lifelong commitment to live the gospel following the example of St. Francis of Assisi. He is a long time member of Ss. Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church in Bradenton.
Dan is married to Debbie Friedrich, who has a Doctorate of Nursing. They have three grown children, Jennifer, Jamie, and Daniel IV and are doting on their grandchildren, Dylan, Nora, and Daniel V. In his free time Dan enjoys SCUBA diving and boating.
Richard J. Peterson, MD, Former Board Member
A native of Minnesota, Dr. Peterson graduated from St. Olaf College, and then moved to Rochester, Minnesota, where he graduated from the Mayo Medical School. After spending the next 10 years becoming a Cardiac Teaching Scholar at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, he returned to the Mayo Clinic through a special fellowship. Dr. Peterson was on the faculty of the University of Florida until entering private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was Chief of Surgery of the Heart Hospital of New Mexico. He came to Bradenton as a cardiac and thoracic surgeon in 2000.
He and his wife, Julie, have been active participants in the Bradenton community where they have been long time members of Grace Bible Church. Their three children, Lindsay, Bret and Kelly all graduated from Manatee High School. Julie also volunteered with Youth for Christ, primarily helping troubled teens. She also is in the process of chaplain certification.
In 2015, Rick and Julie began medical missions, based at Kibogora Hospital in remote Rwanda. They received additional training at Tenwek missionary hospital in Bomet, Kenya. Rick is primarily involved in general surgery while Julie is engaged in a hospital chaplaincy ministry and outreach to widows and new mothers. They intend to return to Rwanda yearly.