TAMAR'S VOICE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WOMEN IN KENYA
In 2013, God opened a door to go and help abused women in Kenya. The abused women in Kenya, Africa have suffered many kinds of horrific abuses. Visit our "Women in Kenya" to see how we are working to help these women find safety and restoration.
MARSHA HARWELL-GUNYON, Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana University, Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. Marsha has been employed at Marion General Hospital for the past 30 years, and is currently employed in the Quality Department as Quality Data Coordinator and HFAP Accreditation Coordinator. She and her husband, Randal, have been married for 38 years and have two grown children, and one grandson. Marsha has a keen understanding and deep compassion for the appalling abuse and significant health issues that the women of Kenya endure, along with their children. She believes that it is imperative that the Tamar’s Women’s Rescue Center in Kenya be completed and fully operational, in order to minister to the health and spiritual needs of these precious Kenyan women.
Sydney Garner – Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Missouri, Master’s in Learning Disabilities from Southwest Missouri State University. Sydney worked in the field of education as Program Director, Assistant Principal, and teacher. Her family moved to Indiana from Ohio in 2002 where her husband, Brad, joined the faculty of Indiana Wesleyan University. They have four grown children and five grandchildren. Sydney has mentored children for 14 years through Kids Hope International. She leads a Read-to-Me Program with the women in the Grant County Jail for the past 8 years.
Pat Shingledecker, BA, Elementary Education from Asbury University. Taught elementary school in Kentucky and Indiana before being appointed as career missionary with World Gospel Mission, Marion, IN. Most of her ministry on the field was in education and accounting. Retired, she now spends a lot of her time involved with College Wesleyan Church, Marion, IN. Her passion is for each person to reach his or her full potential through salvation in Jesus Christ. She lives in Marion, IN with her husband of 51 years, Paul, and their two dogs. They have three married daughters and eight grandchildren.
ARLENE VOORHIS, M.A., taught public elementary school for three years. She grew up in a family that was hospitable; consequently, she has always loved to cook and serve meals for guests. From 1979 to 2001, Arlene and her husband, Gary owned and operated a restaurant--Country Cook Inn--in the center of their farmland in Indiana. People drove from all over Indiana to dine at this special restaurant located in a peaceful wooded setting. Arlene is a passionate, faithful, generous supporter of Tamar's Voice, particularly to the cause of abused women in Kenya.
WOMEN IN USA
In 1994, Tamar's Voice was launched to help women who had been abused by a member of the clergy. Though the years we have heard from hundreds of women who desperately need someone to listen and understand. If you are in that situation or know someone who is, you are invited to contact us.
JON TUIN, Ed. D. is a high school principal in Tustin, California. He has a keen understanding of how a leader holds great responsibility. Jon understands how the dynamics of clergy sexual abuse is in an abuse of power. He is the son of Jan and Lon, consequently the betrayal by his pastor had a profound affect on him. He has been on Tamar's Voice board for several years. He and his wife, Heather, have always been strong supporterss of Tamar's Voices.
LAURA RIGGS. B.S./CPA graduated from Azusa Paciific University in California with a BS in Accounting. After graduating she married her high school sweetheart David, and worked for over ten years in public accounting for KPMG. In 2000, they moved to Marion, IN where David joined the faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University. Laura is a stay at home mom for their four children ranging from ages 9 to 17 years. She is a CPA and does accounting work part time. She volunteers in the children's and the youth group at College Wesleyan Church. She has a compassionate heart for helping abused women in Kenya and the USA.
GLORIA OTT, B.S., Nursing Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, Board Certified Surgical Tech from Harrison College, Worked in Pediatrics at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana for 16 years. She has a passion for women and children's healthy issues and wants Tamar Women's Rescue Centre Kenya to have a clinic for the mothers and their children's health issues. She currently mentors a child in Kid's Hope International. She has been married to Dwight Ott for 30 years and has 4 grown children. She is an authentic Hoosier, as she was born and has lived in Indiana all her life.
Tamar's name is taken from the Bible--2 Samuel 13. She was a daughter of King David and raped by her half brother--David's son. She was cast aside, isolated, shamed, and left with no voice to speak for the heinous crime she tragically experienced.
Being a survivor of abuses throughout my life, I have a passion to help women who have also suffered. For the past twenty plus years, I have been able to offer HOPE to women who have been abused. During this time, I have heard from women who had no voice, were isolated, rejected, shunned, and even harmed physically.
Three years ago, my focus changed when I was invited to go to Kenya to meet with women who had suffered many different kinds of abuses--husband beatings, rapes, victims of HIV/AIDS, homelessness, poverty, and most of the time left with children to care for with no means to provide. This experience has opened a new dimension to my ministry.