President & CEO; Co-founder
Kim has lived and worked for nearly half of her life in Sierra Leone, being raised there by missionary parents and serving as a missionary in various capacities during her adult life. From 1990-1993, Kim initiated an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) called Community Health Evangelism promoting health education and disease prevention strategies in the rural northern province of Sierra Leone. From 1998-2002, Kim worked with World Hope International developing and managing a rehabilitation program for amputees following the decade-long civil war. She had an additional 4 years of experience in the US in public health program development and management. She served as a health trainer consultant for the United States Peace Corps for 2 years. Kim is compelled in ministry by the Voice behind her and the faces before her, who need to hear the Gospel in a way that is meaningful to them. Kim has 3 children (2 are grown) and currently lives in Memphis, TN.
Gil Odendaal - Interim Treasurer
Senior Vice President for Integral Missions at World Relief
From directing global initiatives for Saddleback Church to building innovative programs for other reputable global ministries, Gil has dedicated more than 30 years to equip and serve the church around the world. His passion for seeing Christ proclaimed where there is nearly no church and strengthening the church where it does barely exist, has resulted in ministry on four continents in close to a hundred countries. Gil has chosen to be part of Accessible Hope International because of their laser focus on the plight of people with disabilities and their effective ministry to this “unreached people group,” in regions of the world where there is a scarcity of resources. Gil loves AHI’s innovative wholistic strategy which combines the best practices of community development seamlessly integrated with the power of the gospel. Gil and his wife Elmarie, were born and raised in South Africa. They have been married for 44 years and have three adult children and six grandchildren.
Lorri Bond - Vice Chair
Home Educator and Life Coach
Lorri started her professional career with eight years as an occupational therapist, but quickly realized that her passion aligned more with home education and has been homeschooling for 25 years. Beyond chairing the board of Sovereign Grace Mission Partners, Lorri is also a passionate certified professional life coach, credentialed by the International Coach Federation. Her areas of specialty have included home health, education coaching (Your Child is Teachable), coaching for single moms (Never Alone), as well as women’s issues (Women Pressing Forward). Lorri feels a keen connection to Sierra Leone is a champion for Jewels Preparatory School near Freetown, Sierra Leone. Lorri joined the Accessible Hope International board because she believes in the way AHI views the Gospel as the most powerful transformation agent available in the world today, especially for people with disabilities. Lorri and her husband Ken live in New Jersey and have nine children and 2 grandchildren.
Michelle Asbill - Secretary
Adjunct Professor, Azusa Pacific University
Michelle Asbill (PhD) is a social worker for Citrus Valley Health Care Partners, which operates three hospitals in southern California. While studying for her MA in Intercultural Studies, she traveled to Bulgaria and carried out community development projects in Bulgaria, specifically in the area of agriculture and working with people with disabilities. Michelle’s heart for the vulnerable grew exponentially through her time in Bulgaria; she served in ministry in varying capacities while in Bulgaria and when she returned to the US she pursued doctorate studies on prostitution in Bulgaria with an emphasis on offenders and their understanding of prostitution. Michelle chose to be a part of Accessible Hope International because of its commitment to share the gospel with the least reached, especially the disabled population which is among the most vulnerable of groups. Michelle lives in Southern California and enjoys college basketball and football.
Kathie Slusser-Carlson - Chair
Associate with Paraclete Mission Group
Kathie serves with Paraclete Mission Group, coming alongside ministries to develop transformational discipleship training, and to bring emotional, relational, and spiritual health to missionaries and ministry leaders. She has almost 25 years of work and ministry experience, serving mission organizations as a speaker and trainer, and providing personal counseling to Christian leaders. Kathie has worked with ministries and multicultural teams in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East as an instructional designer, learning strategies facilitator, and member care provider, supporting church leaders in physically, ideologically, and emotionally isolated contexts. Kathy loves how Accessible Hope International comes alongside people with disabilities with love and how they depend on the Gospel to create the most transformative, life-giving changes in people's hearts, habits, and perspectives. She is encouraged by how AHI strategy facilitates the Gospel rippling into families, communities, and nations. She and her husband Brad live happily in Boise, Idaho.