Meet Our Team

Josie Cole

Josie Cole is one of the friendliest people on the planet. She is a proud mother to two wonderful grown daughters and is a registered nurse who works behind the scenes teaching doctors all about medical coding. She ran a half marathon in 2016 for clean water in Africa, and has been eager to help launch 360 Vision for Africa. In 2017 she started a home based business selling Thirty-one Bags. Her faith motivates her to want to make a difference, and her dream has been to support the orphanage by giving a portion of what she sells. It's a joy to have Josie on our team.

Shartsi Musherure

Shartsi Musherure exudes the beauty of the people of Uganda. She is the mother of 4 delightful and dedicated children, has a law degree, is married to a pediatric dentist and owns a radio station in Africa. Although ambitious, her demeanor is humble and gentle, just like the Savior she follows. Shartsi is now living in Uganda. Although she is no longer actively involved in 360 Vision for Africa, we are honored to have her continued support.


Kristina Nyquist

Kristina Nyquist gushes with enthusiasm about all things Africa! That is, after her first loves Ryan, Soren, and Ezra. Oh and put Jesus at the top of that list. Kristina is creative, energetic and full of passion. She traveled to Bulembu, Swaziland on two trips when she was in high school and college. That was more than enough to capture her heart. Kristina is eager to help make a difference for children at New Hope for Africa. Her deep faith, her youthful exuberance and her creativity make her a wonderful addition to the team.

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Behind the scenes ...

Gretchen Carlson

Founder/Director - 360 Vision for Africa

December, 2020 ... By the grace of God we now have 56 children sponsored! This team of women you see here meets regularly now via Zoom to discuss the project and continue to seek ways to keep it moving forward. I'm thrilled to work with them.

A little about me ... I've worked for Community Education for over 25 years. I first started sponsoring a child from Guatemala in 1984 but it was in 2003 that I became aware of the impact that AIDS had taken on pockets of Africa. Wanting to help, I sponsored a child from Africa, then brought child sponsorship to my church. If you're curious about how I met the founder of New Hope for Africa orphanage, I've written more about that under About Us/Gretchen's Story. Please consider joining us on our journey to help children in great need. Our main priority has been food for the children. In November 2020 we launched a new campaign to raise money for a much-needed computer lab for the children. I'd love to have your help. We can't do everything, but we can do something. Your partnership with us will help children to thrive. Thanks for taking time to look at our website!

Lydia Kayongo and Barbara Jensen (Kayongo)

Sisters Lydia and Barbara carry the same passion for New Hope for Africa Orphanage & School that first inspired their mother, Annet, to get it started and keep it going. They are active members of our team. We are so honored to work alongside both of the Kayongo daughters to continue the legacy that their "Mum" Annet Kayongo began.

Lydia is the mother of four active boys and surrogate mother to a number of other children who have been welcomed into her home. She works in healthcare administration and has been in leadership with the Uganda  Association of Minnesota.

Barbara, and husband Rob, are thrilled to be new parents to baby Benjamin. Barbara is a business analyst. Lydia and Barbara bring a passion, integrity, commitment, love and faith that have made working on 360 Vision such a JOY.