Eileen Benner Madden, MA Christian Education, MAT Elementary Education - Eileen's work experience in education includes educational administration as a Certified Christian Educator PC (USA) and Pre-K thru 3rd grade classroom teaching in public and private settings. Outside the formal classroom, teaching experiences have been found in youth leadership, numerous children's Sunday school classes, teaching workshops, and Teakwondo. Eileen currently works as a hospital laboratory tech. She and her husband Tony have two grown children and an old Labrador. She enjoys tent camping, family game nights, and baking.
Laura Arnfield, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is the Co-Chairperson of Bear Another's Burdens Ministry of Christ (BABMOC). She is also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor who has worked with children with mental health and behavioral issues for over 30 years. She has been a community activist/organizer and spent over a decade as a leader with the Boy Scouts of America. She is married, with one child.
Isaac Mayon, MS, MPS, is the Secretary and Founder of Bear Another's Burdens Ministry of Christ (BABMOC). He is a native of Liberia and has been in the U.S. since 2000. Prior to coming to the U.S., he worked as an educator with the Monrovia Consolidated School System, and as a Civil Engineer/Manager for the Liberia Telecommunications Corp, for a combined period of over 15 years. For the last five years, Isaac has been associated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in various capacities, including his service with the Technology Department as an adjunct faculty. Isaac is married with 16 children (including non-biological children) and is eager to return to Liberia to implement his dream of providing free primary education to children in Liberia who are in need.
Matthew Cary, MD, is the Chairperson of Bear Another's Burdens Ministry of Christ (BABMOC) and is originally from Colorado. He has been practicing Internal Medicine for 19 years in Johnson City. TN. He has been active as a Scout Leader, Parks and Rec Coach, and volunteer for Family Promise. He attends and is an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Matt is married with three sons, their dog Kirby, and their cat Ping. He enjoys bicycling and golf.
David Wood, MD, – A Pediatric medical professional; Dr. Wood is originally from California, but has lived and served in many places, both in the US and other parts of the world, including Liberia, BABMOC’s mission location. Dr. Wood is the current Chair for the Pediatrics Department at ETSU, with assignment at the Quillen College of Medicine. David is married with three children, a grandchild, and a dog, and has come on BABMOC’s Board with more than 30 years of experience working as a humanitarian, particularly working with children. .