AVODA Fund

About Us

Supporting Educational and Entrepreneurial endeavors

AVODA Fund's purpose is to raise support for educational and entrepreneurial endeavors in developing nations around the globe.

AVODA Fund is a Christian, 501-c-3, tax- deductible organization, based in South Carolina, USA. Donors can deduct contributions they make to the AVODA Fund under the Internal Revenue Code Section 170. Safeguards are in place to ensure that more than 95% of donations go to program support. Board members adhere to the Nicene Creed.

Our Board Members

Ross Walters

chairman

Ross is a retired wealth management executive with over 40 years of experience at BB&T and Bank of America. He is currently an adjunct professor at Anderson University and North Greenville University in South Carolina. He attained his MBA from Anderson University, MAR in Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary, and BBA in Finance from Florida Atlantic University. He also is a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.

Jun Shiomitsu

Vice Chairman

Jun is the founder & president of AVODA Group. Prior to this, Jun was a banker for 13 years in Japan, the UK, and Switzerland, initially as the Assistant Vice President of the Treasury Department of Citibank Japan. He also
served as co-founder of the Global Financial Institute of Deutsche Bank Group. He earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Cambridge.

Jason MacGregor

Treasurer

Jason is an Associate Professor and Roderick Holmes Chair of Accountancy at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, USA. He is originally from Canada. He has undergraduate degree from the University of Windsor and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. His academic research  has been published in top journals including Auditing. Current Issues in Auditing, Managerial Auditing, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy.

Izak De Wet

Secretary

Izak is currently the Managing Director of a Fintech company called Plumb Line, specialising in compliance software and is based in Cape Town, South Africa.. Experienced in the Insurance and Finance industry, and skilled in Management, Financial Risk, Risk Management, and Managerial Finance. Obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Business Process Outsourcing from University of Wales, Cardiff. Also obtained a master’s in accounting and is a Chartered Accountant.

Joann K. Williams

Board Member

Joann earned her Ph.D. degree from Washington State University. Her teaching expertise is in the areas of management and human resource management with a focus on team and leadership development. Dr. Williams retired from full time collegiate teaching to pursue other areas of ministry. She currently serves as Director of Children’s Ministry at Riverwood Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, AL.  She is also the Academic Coordinator for AVODA Institute of Entrepreneurship for Africa.  She was a faculty member and Academic Coordinator for African Business Institute, a program of African Bible College in Uganda and Malawi. 

Dave Miller

Board Member

Dave is CEO at SmartPay Rentals and deacon at All Saints Church. He is passionate about building God’s kingdom through business and community. Dave and his wife Anne live in beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with their 7 rowdy and wonderful children.

Our Support Staff

Carole Walters

Strategy & Development Coordinator

Carole is a former science teacher.  After her last child was born, she and her husband, Ross, organized the first crisis pregnancy center in South Florida.  It grew to be one of the largest centers east of the Mississippi. After moving to South Carolina, she has used her administrative and development skills to assist a number of non-profit organizations.

Rebecca Milford

Communications Coordinator

Rebecca has worked in administration since college and has a passion for non-profit work. She enjoys helping organizations grow by helping them with their advertising, social media, and addressing details that allow them run more efficiently and smoothly. She loves being outdoors, whether hiking, paddling, or biking, and playing “tour guide” to those who visit and live in South Carolina.