Meet Our Team

We have an amazing medical team and ministry staff who lives in Togo and two staff at our headquarters in Tyler, TX. Our team is made up of 15 native Africans and 5 Americans.
Lewis Swann, President and Founder

Lewis Swann

President and Founder

Lewis and his wife Naomi started in 2012. God showed him a great need in Togo as he was traveling through West Africa. He couldn’t go back home without doing something about it. Now hundreds of people in Togo are having their sight restored every year.

Read more of Lewis’ story

Naomi Swann, Co-founder, Nursing Educator
Naomi Swann

Co-Founder and Nursing Educator

As the Co-Founder, Naomi works to insure the safety structure of Naomi trains and certifies all team members to perform CPR, basic life support, and first aid.

Beth Reed, Volunteer Coordinator and Communications

Beth Reed

Director of Missions

Serving at the Foundations office in Texas, Beth oversees all volunteers, communications projects, and donor relations for While in Togo, Beth gathers photos and stories to take back to supporters, assesses the ministry for future volunteers, and debriefs mission teams. Read more of Beth’s story…

Meza, Togo Field Director
Meza Kpakpabia

National Director, Togo

Meheza has incredible leadership qualities and has been a close friend of Lewis since 2010. Also the granddaughter of the President of the Assembly of Churches (The highest pastoral leader in Togo), Meheza clearly adopted her grandfather’s wisdom and is built to lead.

Read more of Meheza’s story.

Dr. Avia, Surgeon
Dr. Nestor Avia

Team Surgeon

Dr. Avia travels from Lome, the capital of Togo, for each round of eye surgeries. He brings two assistants with him each time. He is a humble servant who loves the ministry of

Dominic, Ophthalmic Assistant
Dominic Togbe

Ophthalmic Assistant, Translator, Evangelist

Dominic takes his job very seriously. He works hard to take care of his patients and understand their needs.

Daniel, Ministry Coordinator

Daniel Sambollah

Team Ministry Leader

This man escaped a civil war, the Ebola outbreak, and spiritual darkness. Nevertheless, his relationship and transformation through Christ is an inspiration to all. He has been working with since 2014 and is a very important part of our team. Read more of Daniel’s story…

Ramond, Driver

Raymond Kodjo

Team Driver, Team Assistant

Our team wouldn’t get anywhere without Raymond. He is more than just a driver though. The team relies on Raymond for many other heavy lifting jobs around the farm and during surgeries.

Ramond, Driver
Florent Adido

Team Pastor, Farm Assistant

Florent is a humble, quiet leader. He has been a pastor for many years and has been led by God to serve with us.

Ramond, Driver

Koffi Akakpovi

Agricultural Specialist

Koffi went to agriculture school and then trained in the agriculture program on Mercy Ships. He is now leading our agriculture and discipleship program on the farm. 

Ramond, Driver

Innocent Kogbeyo


Innocent trained under world renowned optometrists. He came highly recommended to us and is now serving part time while also running his own practice. 

Ramond, Driver

Team Assistant

Jeanaway was blind and did not know Christ. Lewis and the team led him to Christ a few years ago. He now serves with our team in various ways.

Ramond, Driver

Team Cook

Akou travels with our team to eye surgeries and ministry outreaches. She prepares meals for the whole team while they work. She cooks the best food in Togo, in our opinion.

Board of Directors

Lewis Swann, Founder

Lewis Swann, Founder

Pastor Joe Canal

Pastor Joe Canal

Reece Anderson

Reece Anderson

Dr. Linda Reed, EdD, PA

Dr. Linda Reed, EdD, PA

David Apperly

David Apperly

Dr. Neshia Rudd, Optometrist

Dr. Neshia Rudd, Optometrist

Steve Clark

Steve Clark

Fiona Mohammed

Fiona Mohammed


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