Board of Directors

Carole Ward

Founder, International Director, and President

Carole burns with a vision to see nations transformed for the glory of God. As the Founder and Executive Director of Favor Int’l, together with the indigenous teams that she has raised up and trained,  Carole continues to spearhead rural tribal discipleship movements, organize national prayer events, care for orphaned and community children, establish Christian education, train indigenous leaders, equip thousands through Portable Bible Schools and trauma rehabilitation, plant and build churches throughout Uganda and South Sudan, conduct mobile medical clinics, and carry on with a passion for the unreached people groups of Northern Africa.

Under her leadership, pioneering ministries are advancing the Kingdom of God into remote tribal regions and unreached people group areas that are most needy for the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jared Buswell

Board Chair and Secretary

Jared is a widely-learned connector and vision builder. An aspiring polymath who has constantly sought the whole truth, he has given his service to Favor since 2012. In that time, he has worked every position on the US side, including serving on the Board of Directors since 2016.

Jared has operated a virtual tour technology business for over 10 years and is Oklahoma’s longest-running panoramic photographer. For 15 years, he has pioneered ways to tell the whole truth experientially about places, and has been hired to photograph over 1,200 locations in seven states. He and his wife, Janice, are active prayer leaders and disciple makers in Tulsa, and are connected with several city-wide prayer movements.

Dr. Vilma Vega

Board Member and Vice Chair

Dr. Vega is a board-certified infectious disease physician and a certified HIV specialist. A native of Peru, Dr. Vega is an internationally known speaker on various subjects, including infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS, as well as faith-based subjects such as global missions, integrating faith and medicine, and the role miracles play in medicine. In 2006, she co-founded Hearts Afire, a non-profit organizaion that sends doctors, nurses, and ministers on short-term humanitarian mission trips to Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Dr. Vega strongly believes that “God is the eternal healer. He is the divine healer”. She uses medicine as a tool to love people like Christ loved others.

 

Alexander Kramer

Board Member and Treasurer

Alex has over 25 years of financial and executive leadership experience for private companies, and non-profit and NGO organizations. As a Favor Board Member, he brings extensive Chief Financial Officer expertise and oversight.

Recently, Alex served as CFO of a $160M medical and social services non-profit organization where he was responsible for all financial operations and accounting matters. Prior to that, he was CFO of portfolio companies for a boutique investment group. Alex has also served on several boards during his career, and he was named one of the most influential people in international trade in California by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

David Blandford

Board Member

For 37 years, David worked at Fort Knox as an Operations Research Analyst, where he was responsible for conducting cost-effectiveness studies for potential new military equipment. He also worked as an Urban Planner, where he monitored design and construction projects in the Fort Knox area.

David has served in leadership for Residents Encounter Christ (REC), providing weekend God-encounters for prisoners in several different states. He and his wife, Sandy, have extensively traveled on short-term trips in the western hemisphere, and they spent 3.5 months in China in 2017. They have two grown children, and faithfully serve many ministries in their retirement.

 

Martha Mott

Board Member

Martha has been an international conference speaker and Bible teacher for almost 30 years. As a licensed and ordained minister, she has served on various ministry boards and compensation committees. In 2012, Martha founded Hearts Desire International Ministries, a non-profit organization that exists to establish and strengthen believers in their faith and pursuit of their destiny in God. She teaches extensively on prayer, the power of confessing the Word, and the victorious faith walk at Bible Schools, women’s retreats, ministry conferences, and church services.

Martha was Executive Assistant to her late husband, Virgil, for over 25 years in his diverse business enterprises. She has been connected with Carole Ward, and has supported Favor in various capacities for over 14 years.