Tripp Skipper was named President of FCM in 2006. Tripp holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mobile. His professional career began in public service where he has held various roles with Senator Jeff Sessions, Congressman Robert Aderholt and more recently Congressman Mike Rogers. As president of FCM, Tripp is responsible for U.S. operations, which include fund raising, advocacy, and program development. FCM is a non-profit ministry that exists to serve orphans and families in Africa. Tripp is passionate about helping the continent’s 60 million orphans and with the launch of a project called Abaana’s Hope, he has made orphan care a priority for the organization.
Yancy Carpenter was named Vice-President of FCM in 2011. Before joining FCM’s leadership team, Yancy has traveled to several countries in Central America, in addition to spending time in Africa. Yancy began his professional career with Sysco Food Services in 1998 before being promoted as District Sales Manager for Auburn, Alabama in 2004. Currently, Yancy serves as Customer Relations Manager for Sysco, overseeing three major districts in Alabama. As vice-president of FCM, Yancy is responsible for communicating FCM’s vision and strategy to donors, church leaders, and potential supporters. Yancy also serves as a crucial link between FCM and team members prior to going on a mission trip. Yancy has a burden for the people of Sudan and Uganda. His desire to share the story of the persecuted church encourages and challenges many.
Kimberly Burk recently joined the FCM team as Financial Manager. Kim graduated from Auburn University with an accounting degree in December 2006 and went to work for a public accounting firm in Auburn, AL where she was first introduced to FCM as a client. Kim has been working with FCM since 2007 and has completed FCM’s tax return each year. Kim is excited to be a part of the team and to be doing God’s work through the ministry. Kim is married to Thor Burk of Mobile, Alabama. They live in Opelika with their son, Max, born on Christmas Day in 2011 and their dog, Duke.
Leigh Allen recently joined the Four Corners Ministries Team fulltime as Executive Assistant and Manager of Travel Logistics. She has been working part time with FCM since December 2010 and is excited about joining the FCM Team fulltime. Leigh graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Civil Engineering in August of 2010. She is married to Matthew Allen and they have one daughter, Blakely. They live in Wadley, Alabama.
Jeannene Keet brought over 20 years of corporate experience to FCM when she became the Director of Communication in January of 2010. Jeannene graduated from Auburn University in 1982 with a Bachelor’s of Aviation Management degree. Before moving to Wedowee, Alabama in 2009, Jeannene worked for both American Airlines and British Airways. She is married to Jim Keet and they live in Wedowee, Alabama. They have a daughter, Kyla Keet, who is attending Auburn University and a son, Jamie Keet, who eagerly awaits for his parents’ arrival in heaven.
Amy Jacobs attended a Four Corners Ministries “Sip-N- Swap” in the fall of 2010 and learned about the vision of Abaana’s Hope. After attending the event, she and her husband, Jeff, spoke with Tripp about the possibility of going with FCM to Uganda. God led Amy and Jeff to go on a mission to Kampala, Uganda in April of 2011. While in Uganda, Amy experienced first hand the wide variety of opportunities FCM has available to serve the people of Uganda. Upon returning from the mission, Tripp and Amy discussed an outlet for Amy to serve with FCM. Amy graduated from the University of Mobile in 2007 with degrees in Biology and Math. She then graduated from University of South Alabama with her master’s degree as a Physician’s Assistant in 2009. As Projects Manager, Amy will be helping to plan and coordinate various events for FCM, as well as assisting in mobilizing teams for short-term mission trips and providing them with effective training for their trip. Other areas of responsibility include: website maintenance, assisting in the development of the quarterly newsletter, and establishing other forms of income through micro business initiatives. Amy and her husband, Jeff, have a daughter, Lucy, and they live in Mobile, Alabama.
Royce and Sandra Watkins were born and reared in Texas. They were married between their sophomore and junior years at Texas A & M-Commerce on August 6, 1966. After graduation, Royce began a pharmaceutical career with Parke-Davis while Sandra completed her Master of Education degree and began teaching. They are parents of two sons—Tim who awaits them in Heaven and Jim who is married to Amy. They have four grandsons who are a wonderful blessing to their grandparents. In 1990, Royce and Sandra moved to Birmingham, Alabama, for Royce to take the position of National Sales Manager with Russ Pharmaceuticals. Sandra retired as an educator and became a full-time homemaker. They founded Cebert Pharmaceuticals in 1997, and Royce remains Cebert’s Chairman and CEO. They are members of The Church at Brook Hills, where they have served in various leadership positions. From Dr. David Platt’s teaching and being a part of several short-term mission teams, they felt called to serve on a mid-term basis wherever God led. After spending time with Tripp Skipper of Four Corners Ministries and going on a short-term trip with FCM to South Sudan and Gulu, Uganda, they know beyond any doubt that God has called them to serve with Abaana’s Hope.
Myron and Holly West of Alexander City, Alabama officially joined FCM in February 2012 and committed to full-time ministry in Gulu, Uganda beginning June, 2013. They will assist with the start up and operation of Abaana’s Hope. Myron grew up in Jemison, Alabama, the son of a Southern Baptist Pastor and graduated with a Bachelors of Business Science degree from Faulkner University. He spent 19 years in the mortgage industry before becoming a Senior Vice President/Mortgage Manager with National Bank of Commerce in Opelika, Alabama. Holly grew up in Equality, Alabama and worked 21 years for the State of Alabama. The last six of which she has spent as a manager with the Coosa and Tallapoosa county health departments. Myron and Holly have held numerous leadership positions in their home church, Sixth Street Baptist Church of Alexander City. They have been married 20 years and will be serving in Uganda with their two children, 15 year old son Ryan and 9 year old daughter Rachel.
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