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 a patient substitute teacher for special education, 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 has been committed to helping the orphanage for a number of years, and it's an honor to have her part of the team.

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.

Behind the scenes ...

Gretchen Carlson

Founder/Director - 360 Vision for Africa

November, 2018 ... We started out last January hoping to sponsor 20 children this year, and here we are ... by the grace of God ... with 35 children already sponsored! Almost every week, this team of women you see here meets at my home 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. We can't do everything, but we can do something. I'd love to have your help. Thanks for taking time to look at our website!