board member bios
Dr. Bill Buchanan, Vice-Chairperson
The Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Buchanan has been serving in parish ministry in Arkansas since 1990. Prior to entering the ministry, he was a certified public accountant. He began serving in the North Arkansas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1992 and became an ordained elder in 1995. Bill resides in West Memphis, Arkansas.
Dr. Buchanan earned the Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and he holds the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership with Specialization in Spiritual Formation from Phillips Theological Seminary. He has done post-graduate work at Memphis Theological Seminary and St. Paul School of Theology, holds a certification in spiritual direction from Perkins School of Theology (SMU), and is a member of Spiritual Directors International. He has been active as a curriculum writer, retreat leader, teacher of courses for ministers in training, spiritual director, and mentor for ministry candidates.
Why does he serve Wesley College? “I’m excited about Wesley College because I have met some of the students and love their enthusiasm and positive spirit. Wesley College has a mission to provide quality advanced education for students to go back and serve their communities.”
Glenn Ford, Board member
Glenn E. Ford is Chairman Emeritus of GSLA (Green Solar Louisiana), a leading provider of management consulting, technology, construction, engineering and manufacturing services. GSLA provides its expertise to the U.S. government, major corporations, and global not-for-profit organizations. With more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Glenn has personally managed in excess of $100 million in construction projects.
Glenn is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a minor in accounting. He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in finance from Atlanta University where he was the Augustus Sterne Fellow for academic achievement. He has been recognized as the Birmingham Minority Contractor of the year by the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency. He is former Vice Chairman of the Birmingham Construction Industry Authority.
Glenn has spent over three years developing relationships and establishing strategic objectives in East Africa, and he is working to export American products to Tanzania. Green Solar plans to supply energy, housing, and clean cooking to 700 villages in rural Tanzania. Ultimately, the company intends to affect millions of people and empower women and children. Glenn is married to his wife, Velma, and they have one adult daughter, Lindsey.
kristi mcclellan, board member
Kristi McClellan is a contract Grant Writer for several non-profit organizations. She began working with the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama in 2002, overseeing its grant-funded outreach programs. She concluded this work in 2010 to complete her Master’s in Public Health and has since worked to secure funding for nonprofit organizations and churches of all sizes, budgets, and missions. In the last few years, she has helped the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church secure millions of dollars to aid long-term recovery from Hurricane Michael.
Kristi has had a heart for helping others since her youth. Her first mission trip was to assist in the recovery from Hurricane Andrew in south Florida. She was honored to be a part of a team to Tanzania in March 2019 and then enthusiastically joined the board of Tanzania Wesley Education Foundation. Kristi lives in south Alabama with her husband and three boys. She serves on the Spanish Fort High School Parent Advisory Committee and is a regular volunteer in the Chaplain's Office at the Mobile Metro Jail. She enjoys running, going to the beach, and reading.
Why does Kristi serve Wesley College? “I am excited to be part of the work that TWEF is accomplishing because I feel called to serve my sisters and brothers, regardless of where they live. Wesley College is doing important, well-planned work to strengthen individuals, families and communities in Tanzania and I am honored to play a small part in that success.”
Kenneth Schwab, Board member
Dr. Kenneth L. Schwab graduated from Purdue University and completed his doctorate at Indiana University. He has more than 45 years of experience in higher education. He began his career at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and he then served the University of South Carolina before accepting the position of President at Centenary College of Louisiana. He retired in 2015 from his role as President of Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia.
Ken has been involved in multiple mission trips and volunteer work since his retirement. He is a member of First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Ken and his wife, Kathy, enjoy traveling, golf, reading and grandkids.
Why is Ken involved with Wesley College? "I'm involved because of my continued desire to provide access to higher education for young people around the world."
John sweeney, board member
Rev. John Sweeney has been active in fundraising in the non-profit space for over 20 years. His career path has included the American Red Cross, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama, the Arthritis Foundation, and Birmingham-Southern College. Currently, John serves as the Director of Stewardship Development at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church.
John has a BS in History from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School, of Duke University. He has served on various committees and taskforces supporting the City of Vestavia Hills, where he and his wife, Mary Virginia, have lived since 2000. John and Mary Virginia have two children, James and Ella, and two adopted dogs, Gus and Frances.
John became involved with Wesley College after spending a few days learning of the work of Eric Soard and his family in Tanzania. Having served in fundraising roles in higher education, John knows the vital role that foundations play in the support of education throughout the world.
mark schnarr, Board member
Mark Schnarr retired in 2005 after ten years as Senior Vice-President of Heifer International, headquartered in Little Rock, AR. Prior to that, Mark served in executive management positions with The Quaker Oates Company in Chicago, IL and Brown-Forman Corporation in Louisville, KY. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.
Mark previously served as Chairman of the Board of City of Hope Outreach and Treasurer of Lutheran Indian Ministries. Currently he serves as “Master Gardener” for his church’s Plot Against Hunger garden, whose fresh produce is distributed through local food banks.
Mark has been married for 35 years to his wife Kristine, and they have one son who is a manager for DC Central Kitchen, a Washington DC nonprofit.
Why does Mark serve Wesley College? With an affinity for Africa and the work being done there by Wesley College, Mark believes that receiving an education is one of the most important steps a person can take to make a positive difference for themselves, their family, their community, and their nation.
Matt buchanan, Secretary
Matt Buchanan has been a commercial banker for 15 years and currently manages a lending team at Bank OZK in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lyon College and his M.B.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a 2012 graduate of the Leadership Greater Little Rock program and is active in Downtown Rotary Club 99. Matt serves on the Foundation Board of Directors for the Centers for Youth and Families (Board Chair 2020 – 2022), the Ozark Mission Project Board of Directors, and on the Tanzania Wesley Education Foundation. Matt has also volunteered with Junior Achievement of Arkansas, Habitat for Humanity, the Little Rock School District and Ronald McDonald House.
Matt and his wife Melanie are members of the Arkansas Arts Center Contemporaries group. They attend Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock with their three daughters.
benito Lubazibwa, Board Member
Benito Lubazibwa is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ReMix Ideas, LLC. Benito grew up in Tanzania, in the region of Kagera, close to Mwanza where Wesley College is located. An alumnus of Central Arkansas University, he now resides in Little Rock. In early 2019, Benito founded Remix Ideas, with the mission to remove barriers Black entrepreneurs face in accessing knowledge, capital, opportunities and resources -- to start, grow and scale their businesses.
Benito is also the Founder of Africa Day Fest, a community festival showcasing African culture and art and Little Rock Night Market, a family friendly event that provides a platform for startups, artists, and entrepreneurs to showcase and test their ideas/products. Also, in June 2020, Benito launched Shop Black Live (SBL), a weekly show and online marketplace showcasing and selling Black-owned products.
Benito is an advocate for upward economic mobility and intergenerational wealth through entrepreneurship. He was recently honored for his efforts by the Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School of Public Service with the 2020 Advancing Equity Award and honored by the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus with the 2020 Calvin King Economic Development Award.
Why does Benito serve Wesley College? He believes that education is the key to transform lives and communities. He says, “In Africa, we say if you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Benito wants to be part of the solution, to help young people in Tanzania change their lives through education.