WHO WE ARE
We are a diverse team of individuals that realize the problems facing our communities are bigger than any one organization or group to tackle alone. We recognize the problems we face are timeless and beyond our communities. We are an international group of like-minded people who believe in the power of collaboration and Agape love to change the world one person and community at a time.
R Lamar Academy Team
Ryan was raised with an entreprenuer background in his family's culinary business. He has an MBA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with specialization in International business and globalization. He currently heads a catering company Hick'ry Catering Company, LLC, and a furniture store, Mattress for Less, both in Peoria, IL.
Seth was born in Ghana and has a Chemistry degree from Eureka College. He has over 10 years of business leadership, strategy, and management experience. Seth co-founded and led several companies and organizations in the United States and Ghana including RAD-AID International (global radiology program), Zuri-neo LLC (diversified socially-oriented businesses), and Coderina (robotic engineering organization).
Mandy is from rural southern Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in German from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and completed her Masters in Organizational Leadership at Lincoln Christian University. Mandy is wife to Ryan, mother to their four, and manager of all things. She enjoys keeping the paperwork side of their various businesses going in between keeping the house going and homeschooling the older two of their children.
Bob grew up in Central Illinois, but spent several years in the Pacific Northwest. He graduated from Seattle’s Lutheran Bible Institute and from Seattle Pacific University with a MCM in Cross Cultural Communication. He’s currently completing an MA in Theology from Global University. Bob spent 11 years in Japan, working with Christian churches, and 25 years in pastoral ministry in the Peoria area. He is currently a director with Community Transformation Partnership. Bob has been married to his wife Harriet for 38 years. They have two married sons, one serving in the military and one serving in Christian ministry.
Sameed is from India but grew up as a Muslim in Saudi Arabia. He has a Master's in Civil Engineering from Bradley University where he was an active part of the Muslim community before Jesus won his heart in 2017. He now lives his life as a follower of Christ and wants to spread the message of love in a hurting and broken world.