Meet the Board

Renita ClarkeRenita Clarke is an internal medicine physician at Westview Hospital in Indianapolis specializing in infectious diseases. She has visited the AIU campus and returned with a strong interest in the PhD programs. Renita and her husband, Brian, a gastroenterologist, attend Faith Missionary Church in Indianapolis, a strong partner church of AIU.

Don HardamonDon Hardamon is a founding member of the CLA board. Don lives in Bargersville, Indiana. Don also served with retired AIU/NEGST professor Chester Wood’s Light of the World Ministries board, which provided the initial vision and foundation for CLA.

George HuttarGeorge Huttar and his wife, Mary, were both Translation Studies faculty at Africa International University (then NEGST) for ten years. Both are career Bible translators with Wycliffe/SIL (since 1966) and are serving in Dallas, Texas. George serves as secretary for the CLA board.

Dwight JessupDwight Jessup spent three years as the interim academic officer at NEGST following his retirement as provost of Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. He and his wife, Karin, reside in Upland but continue their involvement in several institutions and initiatives in Christ-centered higher education.

Doug LongDoug Long is a partner in the Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman law firm in Indianapolis. He and his wife, Lynnette, are active members at College Park Church in Indianapolis which has its own strategic partnership with AIU. Doug serves as the chair of the CLA board.

Mike McDonaldMike McDonald is an information security consultant for Eli Lilly in Indianapolis and with his wife, Kathy, is an active member of Grace Community Church. He served on the 2010 IT mission team to AIU and built lasting relationships and a heart for serving the faculty and staff at AIU. Mike serves as treasurer for the CLA board.

Dankit NassiumaProfessor Dankit Nassiuma joined AIU as the Director for the Study of African Realities in September 2012 to help with the transition of NEGST to full University status. He was officially appointed the new Vice Chancellor of AIU on July 1, 2013. He previously served for 5 years as the Vice Chancellor of Kabarak University, a purpose built, Christian based University about 12 miles from Nakuru. He previously was head of the PhD program at Eggerton University located in Nakuru. Between these assignments, he worked for 3 years with the World Bank on studies related to solving problems of poverty for the President of Kenya. Professor Nassiuma and his wife have dedicated the last 32 years of their lives mentoring college students in their Christian journey. They have six children ranging in age from 15 to 24.

Lois ShawLois Shaw and her husband Mark have been involved with, and teaching at Africa International University and NEGST for over 15 years. Lois has an extensive background in African culture and development and has served on a number of committees at the University. Lois coordinates and hosts mission and travel teams for the school and other related Christian organizations.Lois and Mark will be returning to the US in December 2015 and will become involved with CLA stateside.

Brenda Jones WatkinsBrenda Jones Watkins is Public Relations Associate for the Office of the President at Triton College, near the city of Chicago. She has facilitated international collaborations in education and has participated on missions projects in Mexico, Kenya and South Africa. Brenda and her husband, Clarence, attend Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois.

Bob WhitmoreBob Whitmore is a gastroenterologist in Indianapolis who decided to join CLA after he and his wife, Kathy, visited the AIU campus and witnessed the education of African Christian leaders for the church and for African societies. The Whitmores are members of College Park Church.

Terra SeidelMeghan Wilson is president and founder of a human resources information systems consulting firm called Future Focus. She lives in the Cleveland, Ohio, area and joined the CLA Board after a volunteer trip to the AIU campus where she helped teach computer skills to students and staff. She serves as the vice-chair of the board.