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Board of Directors


Eddie Fransman

Founder / President

As a South African native, born and raised in Cape Town,  Eddie is no stranger to the struggles the students face on a daily basis. He left law school and went into missions spending a year in Mozambique planting churches in unreached people groups.  He is fluent in Afrikaans, English and Portuguese and has served in many countries including Egypt, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, China and the USA. During his time overseas Eddie developed many skills that he will pass on to the students including welding, a love of music and academics.   Eddie looks forward to watching people in the Cape Flats find hope through education, skills and  a deeper relationship with God.   

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Lindsay Bence

Vice President

Lindsay is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, but has spent the last 12 years in Augusta, Georgia. She earned a BA in Political Science with a minor in Asian Studies and Security Policies from the University of Cincinnati. Lindsay has 3 children with her husband Clay. She currently homeschools Simon and Samuel as well as tutors within a Classical Conversations Community. She is very active in her church, Vineyard Church of Augusta, serving as a preschool teacher and childcare coordinator.


She has a passion for education and searving God.


Kristen Fransman


For the last few years Kristen has been the youth director at Windsor Spring Baptist Church, a home school teacher and full time mom.  She is a trained crisis pregnancy counselor and has been a volunteer at the Augusta Care pregnancy center.  While at WSBC she led the youth group on 3 missions trips focused on serving the local community and sharing the hope of Christ.  In 2004 Kristen moved to South Africa to work with Youth With A Mission and fell in love with the South African people, culture and community. Since returning to the USA in 2008 she has been an active member in the church and community helping as needed.

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Bill Frye MBA


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Kathryn King

Compassion Coordinator

Kathryn King is the perfect choice for our compassionate coordinator because of her deep connection with life! She has her masters degree in social work and has had a private practice for over 30 years in the US.  She currently serves as a counselor for individuals and couples and leads a number of women’s groups for women who want to go deep psychologically and spiritually.

Kathryn enjoys having deep and meaningful relationships with the people in her life; she loves seeing who people really are. She fell in love with our students and the open hearts she experienced here while visiting our school.  She offers our organization prayer support, practical help as needed, and occasionally a shoulder to cry on. Don’t be surprised if she sends you a thank you note one day!

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Laurie Fortier


Laurie is a Paraprofessional at Martinez Elementary School in Augusta Georgia. She is a wife of 11 years and a mother to 2 beautiful children. Laurie went to Georgia Southern University and obtained a degree in Small businesses/ Entrepreneurship. She enjoys baking, movies and spending time with family.

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