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

Development Director 

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

Papi, Field Manager

Pastor Pierre Assogba (Papi)

Eye Team, Pastor, Eye Education, Post Op

Through Mercy Ships, Pierre received two years of training in the field of ophthalmic care. Also a health teacher trained by Mercy Ships, Pierre has been training villages life saving health lessons since 1999.

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.

Ishaka, Sterilization Team

Ishaka Sesay

Eye Team Member, Sterilization

Ishaka is king of the sterilization domain. He always has a huge smile on his face. He is a hard worker and is dedicated to learning more about Jesus and his field of expertise.

Izaie, Sterilization Team

Izaie Sivoakou

Eye Team Member, Sterilization

Izaie assists his best friend, Ishaka, in the sterilization department. They both absolutely love their jobs. He is also PapI’s son.

Daniel, Ministry Coordinator

Daniel Sambollah

Team Cook, Hospitality, 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

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.

Honorary Team Members

Honorary Team Members

We have many people who assist the team. We have a team cook, security guard on the farm, two assistants to the surgeon, team taxi driver, and two farm puppies.

Board of Directors

Lewis Swann, Founder

Lewis Swann, Founder

Pastor Joe Canal

Pastor Joe Canal

Dr. Linda Reed, EdD, PA

Dr. Linda Reed, EdD, PA

Todd Hinkie

Todd Hinkie

Dr. Neshia Rudd, Optometrist

Dr. Neshia Rudd, Optometrist


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