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4 41st St S
Birmingham, AL, 35222

(205) 208-0016

Sozo Children exists to further the gospel while saving children in need. Children are in need across this world, and one by one, Sozo Children is reaching each of them. We don't presume to conquer poverty on our own, but by the grace of God, and the movement of the Church, Sozo Children is one avenue through which orphans find families. 

Our Team

UNITED STATES TEAM

SUZANNE OWENS
Executive Director

Suzanne was born in the small town of Union Springs, Alabama.  She attended Auburn University in Montgomery.  Soon after she entered the corporate world and worked in Mortgage Banking.  While volunteering at her church, she attended a leadership conference and heard a speaker ask,  “Should you fish for perch or fish for men?”  Suzanne followed the voice of God and trusted in Him and followed the call to ministry.  God has laid a strong passion for missions, which eventually turned into the beginnings of Sozo.  Suzanne is married to Ron and has two children, Reid and Caitlin.

CATHY THOMAS
Financial Director

Cathy graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations/Business Minor.  She also graduated from Samford University earning a Masters in Business Administration and Louisiana State University earning a Banking Degree.  Cathy worked in the banking world for a decade then most recently worked for another non-profit as Director of Finance.  Cathy’s family became involved with Sozo in 2012 by volunteering and going on Ugandan mission trips.  She is married to Russell and has a daughter, Mary Tate.  Cathy feels blessed that God called her use her God given gifts at Sozo Children.

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AMANDA STRAKA
Marketing Director

A graduate of Auburn University, Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations, with a concentration in Marketing. Amanda previously held marketing positions for GrandView Financial Group, Wake County Economic Development and Newmark Knight Frank. After 12 years in corporate roles, Amanda followed God’s will to go and serve as a missionary with Sozo in Uganda. She has now joined the staff as Marketing Director overseeing all marketing and corporate relationships using her passion and talents to serve His kingdom. Amanda also has a passion for discipling and serving women through ministry. This passion led Amanda to collaborate with another missionary to start the Sozo Women’s Ministry, Two for ONE Purpose, focused on discipling women and empowering them through employment opportunities.

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MONICA BLACKMON
Child Development Coordinator

Monica is a University of Alabama graduate with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Monica volunteered with numerous domestic organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama, Best Buddies, and Royal Family Kids’ Camp prior to joining the Sozo Children staff. Through these organizations, Monica developed a passion for serving children. In 2013 Monica decided to pursue her passion through international missions by joining Sozo Children as a missionary. She currently serves as the Child Development Coordinator for Sozo, overseeing the Sponsorship Program and working closely with the Ugandan staff to stay informed on the development, health, and well-being of every Sozo child.

KELLY ANNE LEE
Commissioning Coordinator                     

Kelly Anne was born and raised in Birmingham, AL before graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in Human Development with a focus on Early Childhood Education. She finished her last semester of college interning with Sozo Children and after graduation stayed on full time. She has been with Sozo since 2012 and has now taken on the Commissioning Coordinator role in which she works daily with our short term mission teams in preparing and sending them out into the mission field. She considers it a blessing to walk alongside others as they take a journey that she is confident will change their perspective on life.

RILEY COWELL
Office Manager    

   

MADDIE DAVIS
Media and Graphics Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

RON OWENS Village Project Manager   

RON OWENS
Village Project Manager 

 

JON BRENNAN
Pastor of Spiritual Development

 

UGANDAN TEAM

AGGIE Child Development Director

AGGIE
Child Development Director

DAUDI Ugandan Administrative Director

DAUDI
Ugandan Administrative Director

BRENDAH Government Relations Coordinator

BRENDAH
Government Relations Coordinator

ANGELLA Financial Administrator

ANGELLA
Financial Administrator

EDWIN Social Worker

EDWIN
Social Worker

MATO Property Manager

MATO
Property Manager

ALEX Driver

ALEX
Driver

MAMA House Mom

MAMA
House Mom

EDITH House Mom

EDITH
House Mom

SARAH House Mom

SARAH
House Mom

REHEMA House Mom

REHEMA
House Mom

TIMOTHY House Dad

TIMOTHY
House Dad

AGNES House Mom

AGNES
House Mom

REGINA House Mom

REGINA
House Mom

ALFRED House Dad

ALFRED
House Dad

 

SOZO TRADING Co. TEAM

BARBARA PHILLIPS Store Manager

BARBARA PHILLIPS
Store Manager

JILL HAYMON Assistant Store Manager

JILL HAYMON
Assistant Store Manager

DAKOTA AUSTIN Associate

DAKOTA AUSTIN
Associate

SETH BORGSTEDE Associate

SETH BORGSTEDE
Associate

TWO FOR ONE PURPOSE WOMEN'S MINISTRY

CHELSIE HOGAN Two for ONE Purpose, Co-Founder Chelsie graduated from the University of Alabama in 2007 with a degree in Business Management. After working in Corporate America for 7 years, she discovered that she was made for more and God called her to move to Uganda to start a women's ministry through Sozo called Two for ONE Purpose. As God would have it, He used Chelsie's passion as a job recruiter to transfer over to offering jobs for women in a Ugandan village. Her vision was to share the hope and love of Christ with women in a village and provide them with an opportunity to be self-sustainable through jewelry making. Her entire life Chelsie's heart has broken for "the least of these" and now she has found her purpose, living a not-so-normal life on the other side of the world working with the very people who her heart goes out to.

CHELSIE HOGAN
Two for ONE Purpose, Co-Founder

Chelsie graduated from the University of Alabama in 2007 with a degree in Business Management. After working in Corporate America for 7 years, she discovered that she was made for more and God called her to move to Uganda to start a women's ministry through Sozo called Two for ONE Purpose. As God would have it, He used Chelsie's passion as a job recruiter to transfer over to offering jobs for women in a Ugandan village. Her vision was to share the hope and love of Christ with women in a village and provide them with an opportunity to be self-sustainable through jewelry making. Her entire life Chelsie's heart has broken for "the least of these" and now she has found her purpose, living a not-so-normal life on the other side of the world working with the very people who her heart goes out to.

AMANDA STRAKA Two for ONE Purpose, Co-Founder A graduate of Auburn University, Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations, with a concentration in Marketing. Amanda previously held marketing positions for GrandView Financial Group, Wake County Economic Development and Newmark Knight Frank. After 12 years in corporate roles, Amanda followed God’s will to go and serve as a missionary with Sozo in Uganda. She has now joined the staff as Development Coordinator overseeing all marketing and corporate relationships using her passion and talents to serve His kingdom. Amanda also has a passion for discipling and serving women through ministry. This passion led Amanda to collaborate with another missionary to start the Sozo Women’s Ministry, Two for ONE Purpose, focused on discipling women and empowering them through employment opportunities.  

AMANDA STRAKA
Two for ONE Purpose, Co-Founder

A graduate of Auburn University, Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations, with a concentration in Marketing. Amanda previously held marketing positions for GrandView Financial Group, Wake County Economic Development and Newmark Knight Frank. After 12 years in corporate roles, Amanda followed God’s will to go and serve as a missionary with Sozo in Uganda. She has now joined the staff as Development Coordinator overseeing all marketing and corporate relationships using her passion and talents to serve His kingdom. Amanda also has a passion for discipling and serving women through ministry. This passion led Amanda to collaborate with another missionary to start the Sozo Women’s Ministry, Two for ONE Purpose, focused on discipling women and empowering them through employment opportunities.