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We are honored to be led by a group of men and women who love the Lord and desire to lead with integrity, compassion, and wisdom.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Darryl Thompson


Darryl serves as Chairman of Amazima’s board. He is married and has two teenage daughters. Darryl is a financial advisor at Raymond James and is active on the mission committee at his church in Nashville, TN.

Mary Pat Davis


Mary Pat is the mother of Katie Davis Majors and “Jjaja” to 14 beautiful grandchildren. She has been directly involved with Amazima Ministries International since inception in 2007. She has experience with both state-side and in-country programs

Mary Virginia Frist


Mary Virginia is a native Nashvillian along with her husband Chet and their two children. She has a heart for mission work, especially in Uganda. She volunteers for many organizations in Nashville during her free time.

Sam Funk


Sam is a founding member of Sims|Funk, PLC, a litigation boutique located in Nashville. For 20 years, Sam has represented individuals and businesses in a wide range of complex business disputes. Additionally, Sam has been involved in several local and international organizations, including the International Justice Mission (legal mission trips to India, Kenya and Thailand), Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee (Board Member) and others.

Mike Mayernick


Mike is a wealth management advisor with Mayernick and Associates. He joined the Amazima Board in 2008. Mike resides in Brentwood, TN with his wife Suzanne and their 7 children.

Jeff Schulte


Jeff is the founder and executive director of Tin Man Ministries. His passion is investing in the lives of leaders and the organizations they lead. A graduate of Yale University, Jeff earned his Th.M. & M.Div. from Western Seminary and an MA in counseling from Liberty University. Jeff and his wife Brenda are the parents of six children and reside in Brentwood, TN.

Don Shepherd


Don is a classically trained marketer that has translated a consumer products background into building award-winning customer benefit driven businesses. He has profitably grown billion-dollar brands, successfully launched new businesses and products, and led several nationally recognized real estate development projects. Don received his JD & MBA degrees from the University of Texas. He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife, Kari, and their five children.

Jeff Tikson


Jeff has 30+ years of experience providing strategic counsel and fundraising services to national nonprofits. He received an MBA from the University of Virginia and is married to Peggy and proud father to three grown sons and one daughter-in-law.

Board current as of 2/5/18. Each Board Member is an independent voting member except Mary Pat Davis.

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