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.

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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.

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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SETH BORGSTEDE
Commissioning Coordinator                     

Seth is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in public health and a concentration in global health studies. He has traveled to a number of different countries in Africa and the Middle East as a missionary. He has also had the incredible opportunity to complete a missionary training school in Pemba, Mozambique during 2015 under Heidi and Rolland Baker. Seth started as an associate with Sozo Trading Co. in January 2016 and joined the Sozo Children staff in 2017. Seth is excited for this next step in serving the Lord and with Sozo Children. 

RILEY COWELL
Child Development Coordinator  

Riley graduated from Auburn University in 2015 with a degree in Psychology and minor in Human Development and Family Studies. After teaching at a child development center in Auburn, she began interning at Sozo Children in 2016. She will be attending Samford University this fall to pursue her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Global Community Development. Riley is so grateful to serve alongside her co-workers at Sozo Children.

 

   

MADDIE DAVIS
Media Coordinator

Originally from Atlanta, Maddie moved to Birmingham to attend Samford University in 2011. During her time in school she interned with a local foster care home and fell in love with the non-profit world. In 2015, she graduated with a Journalism and Mass Communications degree and a minor in Graphic Design. Following graduation, she worked as a junior art director at a magazine and began to pray about how creative communication and ministry could be intertwined. The Lord is gracious and opened the door for Maddie to serve at Sozo Children.

JON BRENNAN
Pastor of Spiritual Development

Jon has been with Sozo Children when the organization was first founded in May 2010 and has served as a missionary there for a number of years. Jon is currently the Choir Director for Sozo Children and spent this last summer leading our summer internship in Uganda. He has a passion for discipleship, leading worship, country music, and college basketball.

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RON OWENS
Village Project Director

 

UGANDAN TEAM

AGGIE Child Development Director

AGGIE
Child Development Director

DAUDI Ugandan Administrative Director

DAUDI
Ugandan Administrative Director

ANGELLA Financial Administrator

ANGELLA
Financial Administrator

BRENDAH Government Relations

BRENDAH
Government Relations

EDWIN Social Worker

EDWIN
Social Worker

MATO Property Manager

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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

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BARBARA PHILLIPS
Store Manager

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PHIL MARSHALL
Warehouse Manager

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KATIE COLUCY
Sales Associate

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HEATHER GRAHAM
Sales Associate

STEVEN WILLIAMS
Sales Associate

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JILL HAYMON
Assistant Store Manager

MOLLY BARNARD
Sales Associate

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SARAH ELROD
Sales Associate

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MADELYN HOLDING
Sales Associate

 

TWO FOR ONE PURPOSE WOMEN'S MINISTRY

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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.