Board of Directors

bhagwandinBryon Bhagwandin
Bryon is Chairman of the Board of Directors. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and currently lives in Centennial, Colorado with his wife Sarah. They have two children, Samuel currently in studies in the University of Illinois at Champaign, and Leila at home. Bryon holds a Ph.D. in bioengineering, and until recently served as Vice President of engineering for Ondine Research Labs in Seattle, Washington. Owns independent medical product consulting practice.
Dan BrewerDan Brewer
Dan is Treasurer for the Malawi Project. Born and raised in western Iowa, he moved to Oregon after high school to attend Columbia Christian College in Portland. There he met Debbie Barnts, and they married in 1986. Graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, he taught high school for 2 years, joining the Oregon Army National Guard in 1998. He remained full-time with the Guard until he accepted an active duty position at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) in Indianapolis. In 2016, he retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. He moved to a civilian position at DFAS. He has served as a part-time minister for the Lobster Valley church of Christ, the Monmouth church of Christ, and currently with the Lebanon church of Christ. He and Debbie have 6 children, 2 in Oregon, 1 in Arkansas, and 3 in Indiana.
board_jmessenger125Jim Messenger
Jim Messenger was born in Lebanon, Indiana, graduating from Lebanon High School, and later receivinga MBA degree from Dallas Baptist University. Messenger graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, and served in the Navy from 1979 to 1999. He retired as a Commander, and P-3 Orion Naval Flight Officer. Returning to Lebanon, he served as a Trust officer for a local bank, then joined Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor in 2003. He served for 10 years on the U.S. Service Academy Nomination Board for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. His community focus includes past service as President of the Boone County Senior Services Foundation, Lebanon City Council, Boone County Economic Development Corporation, Witham Family YMCA Board of Directors, and currently a member of the Lebanon Rotary Club. He and his wife, Rae Ann, are the parents of Kristen (husband Lowell) Miller, Stacey (husband Evan) Nordstrom, and Jeff (wife Faye) Messenger. They have been blessed with three grandchildren ages 3 and younger, and are expecting a fourth.
board_dsstephens125Diana (Suzi) Stephens
Co-founder, and Medical Director for the Malawi Project. Her career spans over 40 years in hospitals in Ohio, Florida and Indiana. Suzi retired from St Vincent Healthcare System in Indianapolis in 2006 to devote full time to the medical needs of Malawi. Her work has also taken her to South Sudan, Uganda and Mexico. She currently oversees procurement of millions of dollars in medical supplies that are being distributed to over 700 healthcare facilities throughout Malawi. Suzi travels to Malawi each year to review the medical programs, and lead teams of volunteers.
board_rstephens125Richard (Dick) Stephens
Co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Malawi Project. Retired owner of CORPrint, an Indianapolis, Indiana print and marketing firm. For over 20 years Dick served as editor of Vidette Publications, a religious publishing and humanitarian program working in over 100 countries. Dick has authored 25 books and booklets, including six about Malawi. His articles have appeared in 30 magazines in 6 countries. Dick has helped direct mission trips to Africa since 1995, and has been working in Malawi since 1993.

In addition to Malawi the members of the Board of Directors or their families have been involved in the following nations: Albania, Ghana, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, South Korea, South Sudan, Syria, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.