Meet Our Leaders

Dr. Sunday Onuoha

Founder and President

Sunday Onuoha’s passion for his people gave birth to Vision Africa in 1997.
Vision Africa activates networks of faith communities to provide and share God’s love and bring vital services to the people of Nigeria. The organization has empowered Nigeria’s indigenous people to solve problems and cure society’s ills from the inside out.

Bishop Onuoha, a naturalized American citizen, holds dual citizenship and dual residence in Nigeria and the United States. In 1992, Sunday married Ugonna Osoka of Abia State, who also holds a Masters of Christian Education degree from the Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas, Texas. She serves as a chaplain at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Ugonna and Sunday have three children, Agnes, Jane and Isaac.

Arlene Johnson

Executive Director

Arlene Johnson serves as the Executive Director for Vision Africa Ministries, Inc. which is a faith-based mission organization whose purpose is to “Share God’s Love” with the African people. Born and raised in a diplomatic home, she has lived and worked in 6 of the 7 continents. She is a seasoned multicultural and multilingual leader with over 25 years of global experience in both profit and nonprofit organizations. Arlene’s work experience extends to the U.S., Canada, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Australia in a fundraising, operations and marketing capacity. She was also an independent consultant helping nonprofits create a fundraising infrastructure to increase their revenue and help small businesses grow profitably.

After leaving Corporate America, Arlene began her ministry experience with Awana International where she moved up the ranks to being Regional Director of the Pacific Rim overseeing 18 country directors for operations and development. She then moved to ALARM – African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries as Vice President of Resource Development to help fund the peace and reconciliation ministries in eight countries within East Africa.

Bob Howard

Board Chairman

Robert E Howard, (Bob) spent more than 30 years as an investment professional with well-known US investment banks. In 2010, he co-founded an oil and gas investment firm, Resource Royalty, which specializes in purchasing royalty properties primarily in Oklahoma and Texas. Bob has been an active board member of several charitable organizations that offer micro finance loans in Bangladesh, business development in China, in addition to church planting and radio broadcasting in Nigeria. He was the founding Chairman of the Board of Vision Africa in 1999 and currently serves as a Board member of the ministry. Bob and his wife, Dana, reside in Dallas, TX and have two married children who live in Austin, TX.

Tom Leiser

Immediate Past Chairman

Tom Leiser founded Bandera Ventures with Charles Anderson and Pryor Blackwell in May 2003. Mr. Leiser obtained his BA from Indiana University, JD from Indiana University School of Law, and MBA from Southern Methodist University, each with honors. He is active in the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) as well as The Real Estate Council where he was a Founding Member of Dallas Sixty. He is an Elder at Highland Park Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Foundation Board for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Mr. Leiser is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Vision Africa, a ministry focused on spiritual and health issues in Nigeria.

Steven Ross

Steven Ross is an experienced consultant specializing in organizational development, with a strong background and passion for sales and leadership. Prior to consulting Steven spent 12 years in sales, followed by 20 years in sales management and corporate leadership with Ingersoll Rand, a global diversified industrial company. In addition to regional and national sales manager roles, Steven served corporately as a director of enterprise sales and regional vice president. Steven and Beth reside in Dallas, TX, have been married for 34 years and have two grown children and one adorable grandson. They are active members of Highland Park United Methodist Church. A ministry supporter since inception in 1997, Steven joined the Vision Africa board in 2011 and served as board chair from 2013-2017.

Ben Atkins

Ben is a Partner at Rugen Street Capital, an opportunistic private investment firm. He is an active alumnus of the Texas 4000 for Cancer, the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world, from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska. Texas 4000 is focused on raising funds for cancer research predominately through their endowment at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Ben is a lifelong resident of Dallas, TX.

Elizabeth Bashara

Elizabeth Bashara is Founder and President of The Bashara Group, a national and international award-winning Marketing, Public Relations and Special Event Production firm founded in New York City.  She is an expert in implementing cross-industry business and marketing strategies that simultaneously create positive results in branding, public relations and revenue objectives.

Throughout her 25+ year career, she has been recognized for her proven excellence in creativity, strategic planning, negotiations, communication, generating media, financial acumen and cultivating strategic business alliances. The Bashara Group has been honored to work with clients ranging from The NFL and U.S. Open to Presidential Inaugurations, CEOs and world leaders as well as hotel groups, non-profits and Arts organizations.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband.

Dr. Bobbie Baxter

Dr. Bobbie Stark Baxter played a unique role in the history of Vision Africa. The Baxters befriended Sunday and Ugonna Onuoha in 1996, while they were theology students. The Baxters helped found Vision Africa and David was instrumental in Vision Africa Radio’s success. He donated office space to Vision Africa for many years and served as Chairman of the Board. When he passed away in 2015, he requested that his wife join the board. She is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and trained at UT Southwestern in internal medicine and allergy-immunology. She practices medicine in Dallas and volunteers at the Agape Clinic, a free clinic she founded with David in 1983. The Baxters have three adult children and several grandchildren. Dr. Baxter planted a church in David’s honor in 2017 and hopes to participate in Vision Africa’s medical missions in 2019.

Ciara Bertolino

Ciara Bertolino is a first-generation English/Irish hybrid. She was born and raised in Southern California but ever since attending TCU she has remained deep in the heart of Texas.

Far greater than her “snobbish” love of craft coffee, concerts, working out, traveling, and thrift stores, she is deeply passionate about seeing justice come for the poor and marginalized. She has been blessed to have had the opportunity to work with homeless and refugee communities as well as travel extensively to her family’s nonprofit in Uganda. Ciara is a Regional Development Manager at United Service Organization which supports America’s military service members and their families by connecting them to family, home and country.

Talmage Boston

Talmage Boston is an Author/Historian, Keynote Speaker, and Award-Winning Commercial Litigation Attorney.
He has practiced law as a commercial trial and appellate litigator in Dallas, Texas, since 1978. He has been board certified in civil trial law since 1988, as well as board certified in civil appellate law since 1990, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He’s a partner in the Dallas office of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LP and has been recognized in Texas Monthly as a “Texas Super Lawyer” every year since 2003, one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the D/FW Region, and recognized as being among the “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 2013.

A leader in both the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association, Talmage has served as a State Bar of Texas director, as well as Chair of the State Bar Litigation Section and Council of Chairs. He has also served as a Dallas Bar Association advisory director and Chair of the Dallas Bar’s Business Litigation Section. For his service, he received Presidential Citations from State Bar of Texas presidents every year from 2005 to 2011 and in 2018. In addition to maintaining his full-time law practice, Talmage is the author of four books: two on baseball history, one on legal history, and one on presidential history.

Adrian Cook


Adrian Cook is the Director of Research and Evaluations at The Rees-Jones Foundation, a North Texas and global grantmaking organization. Adrian heads up topical analysis into the areas of giving of the Foundation which include child welfare, youth development, mental health, and global issues. He also guides evaluation of the Foundation’s grantmaking.

Adrian graduated from Texas Tech University in 2001 with a BS in International Economics. Additionally, he has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Arts in Applied Economics from Southern Methodist University. Prior to working at the Foundation Adrian was an economist with the United States Department of Labor. Adrian lives in Dallas, Texas.

Mark Fewin

Mark Fewin recently formed and is the president of Guidon Real Estate Project Solutions, LLC after working for Trammell Crow Company and CBRE for over 31 years where he held various local, national and global roles that included leading various integrated businesses that would eventually include over 3,600 real estate professionals. Prior to entering a career in commercial real estate, Mark was an officer in the US Army for 4 years. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1982 with a BS in Engineering Technology.

Mark has been married to Maria for over 29 years, they have two sons that are 23 and 20 years old, and he has been a long-time member of Park Cities Baptist Church, as well as numerous communality organizations in Dallas.

Hunter Lee

Hunter Lee is the Senior Vice President at HPI Real Estate Services & Investments. In his current role Hunter is responsible for leasing HPI’s office portfolio in Dallas, which most notably includes Ross Tower located in downtown Dallas. Prior to joining HPI, Hunter was a part of CBRE’s office leasing team where he was responsible for leasing and marketing 2.5 million square feet of commercial office properties. Hunter is married to Tayler Stogner lee, and they have an 8-month-old son, Meyer. Hunter and Tayler reside in Lakewood, are actively involved at Watermark Community Church, where they serve in the Marriage Ministry.

He is a former Chairman for the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors Young Professionals Forum and is also a winner of NTCAR’s Young Citizen Award. Hunter is active in The Real Estate Council, and a Board Member for the Genesis Women’s Shelter Young Leaders. Hunter is a graduate of Baylor University.

Chuck Rice


Chuck Rice has served as secretary for Vision Africa from the incorporation of the ministry. Mr. Rice is married to Margaret and they have three grown children. Mr. Rice graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1977 with a BSBA in Business Economics and in 1978 with an MBA focusing on transportation economics. Mr. Rice is president of Restore Solutions, Inc. (RSI) doing business in the United States and six countries selling environmental sustainability products that significantly reduce emissions, fuel and oil consumption in operating equipment.

Mr. Rice is a forty-year member of Highland Park UMC having taught Sunday school and/or confirmation classes for 20 years. Mr. Rice is currently developing with homeless individuals as partners. Mr. Rice is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and for three years (2002-2004) chaired the Preston Center Rotary Club’s “Rotary Grand Prix” supporting the Voice of Hope summer camp program for West Dallas low-income Dallas, Texas residents.

Haynes Strader

Haynes Strader is the Sr. Associate, Data Center Solutions at CBRE. He is a high performing real estate brokerage professional with a demonstrated history of placing client success above all else. He focuses on mission critical, data center lease, acquisition and disposition transactions. Haynes partners with end-users to create best in market transactions and top-notch account management. He continues to serve in several executive Board Member roles with experience in higher education and non-profit, philanthropic leadership. He graduated from Southern Methodist University.

Richard Woods

Richard Woods is a Risk Management Consultant for Lockton Companies specializing in the Marine & Energy sector. Richard began his career as Vice President of AmeriCap Insurance Group which was sold to Higginbotham in 2015. In addition to his role at Lockton, Richard is active in his community being involved in several charitable efforts including Grace Road Ministries, Echelon for Salvation Army, and The First Tee of Greater Dallas. Richard was born and raised in Dallas, TX and is a graduate of Jesuit College Preparatory and The University of Texas at Austin.