Founder:Father Francis, a Catholic Priest with great passion for Education and Community Empowerment of young people and women especially in poor urban and rural areas like where he grew up in Kenya. He has a background in Philosophy, Religious Studies training and holds an M.A in Divinity  from St. Thomas University and an M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary University both in Minnesota. He has certification as a Spiritual Director and serves as a pastor in Duluth MN.

Co-Founder:Sandy Baldwin has traveled throughout the world and is eager to share the story of Moto Hope Mission with others. Her maiden trip to Africa was in 2006 when she traveled with Catholic Relief Services. She combines exciting experiences of Africa with a rich understanding of the culture of the people of Kenya. Her passion for life and her enthusiasm for Saint Francis Academy are the driving forces behind her zeal for humanitarian aid. Sandy has a B.A. in Education and M.A. in Theology. She has 30 years experience working in Catholic Education and Ministry. She has co-lead two trips to Tanzania with high school students. She has facilitated service workshops and leadership seminars. As Co-Founder and Director of Missions for Moto Hope she creates a positive, worthwhile service experience. She co-leads the delegation to Kenya every year.

Board of Directors

Chairman:Ron (Skip) Duchesneau, Walker, MN. Ron has been married to Lori for 27 years and have two beautiful children, Amy and Andrew. He is president of D.W. Jones, Inc. a real estate development company whose primary purpose is to develop affordable multi-family housing. He has also been a Rotarian for 23 years and has been involved with humanitarian projects in Peru and Honduras. Projects completed were the construction of schools, latrines, water and electric.

Vice-Chair:Mr. John Schmitt, Nisswa, MN. Retired Executive of Taylor Corporation of Mankato, Minnesota. He then retired to Nisswa in 2003 and is an active member of several Church Councils and Diocesan Financial Committees. John has been married to Mary Jo for 43 years. They have three beautiful children and seven grandchildren.

Treasurer: Kathy Bergmann, Walker, MN. She has been married to Mike for 45 years. They have three sons and sixteen grandchildren. She has a background in Accounting and worked for the Cass County Highway Department for 33 years. After retiring from the County she continued to work part-time as a consultant for RTVision, Inc., and now works part-time at DW Jones.

Secretary: Anne Pavlik, Laporte, MN. Anne is a retired educator following 34 years of service to the Walker/Hackensack/Akeley school district. She serves as board secretary in a number of committees.

Member: Keith Sechler from Ohio is Co-founder of Moto Hope Micro –lending program. He strongly believes in the power of entrepreneurship through micro-loans. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner managing his own Keystone Financial Planning, Inc. in Cleveland Ohio.

Member: Emery Koenig, Wiconia, MN. is a retired vice chairman and chief risk officer of Cargill Corporation.  He was elected to Cargill’s Board of Directors in 2010 and was a member of the Cargill Corporate Leadership Team, the core executive group in charge of Cargill’s overall strategy, growth and funding. 

Koenig has previously served as a platform leader for Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain platform as well as Energy, Transportation & Metals platform.  He also had responsibilities for Cargill’s corporate transportation, logistics and warehousing function; plus headed Cargill’s Philanthropy Committee, the Commodity Risk Committee, and the Enterprise, Process, Data, and Technology Committee.

Koenig joined Cargill in 1978 and held various leadership positions in the international commodity trading and risk management areas.  During his 15-year tenure in Geneva, Switzerland, his responsibilities included worldwide commodity trading and risk management; the Middle East/Africa region including offices in Casablanca, Cairo, and Johannesburg; and palm oil refining and trading businesses in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. 

Koenig is a board member of The Mosaic Company; a trustee for Minnesota Public Radio; a member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Community Foundation; and is on the St. Thomas University Catholic Studies Program Advisory Board. 

Koenig holds a degree in business management from the University of North Dakota where he also played 4 years of basketball.  He’s married with 4 children.

Member: Steve Cashman: A retired Executive in manufacturing business based in Iowa

Member: Stan Kramer from Oregon has background in financial and corporate management. He is a successful business man in Oregon US and very engaged with Moto Hope Mission plans.

Member: John Warren, Walker, MN. John is married to Mary Jo Warren and they have three beautiful, grown children and two grandchildren. John is a graduate of Cretin-Derham High School and the University of St. Thomas. He began his career in radio and television news in Fargo and Bismarck, ND, and then served for over 30 years as a corporate public affairs executive at Mayo Clinic's Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN, and Great River Energy in the Twin Cities. He has chaired the Walker Area Foundation, the Cass County Critical Access Hospital Task Force, and currently serves on the board of trustees of St. Joseph's Area Health Services hospital and clinic in Park Rapids, MN.

Member: Audrey Masimore, Hackensack MN.  Audrey and her husband, Steve, owned a resort in Nisswa until they passed it on to a daughter in 2014. Now retired from both resorting and teaching in the early childhood program, Audrey spends her time with her kids and grand kids, traveling and hiking, or serving on various committees at Sacred Heart.  Africa has always held a special place in her heart. Having been to both South Africa and to Molo, Kenya she is excited to be a part of this wonderful mission 

News and Events

  • 23
    Feb '18

    First Term 2018 Tree Planting

    Tre posterIn line with our environmental conservation goals, we have a tree planting session on 21/04/2018 at St. Francis Moto Hope Center and Academy, Kenya.

  • 23
    Feb '18

    First Term Mentorship 2018

    mentorship3Our children at St. Francis Moto Hope Center and Academy have their mentorship days scheduled for:

    1. 10/03/2018 For Grades 6, 7 & 8.

    2. 20th - 22nd April 2018 For 2015,2016,2017 Alumni, and Grades 7 & 8.

  • 23
    Feb '18

    "Once upon a time..." with Verarita

    Once upon a time

    The next "Once Upon a time..." with Verarita session will be on 31/03/2018. At St. Francis Moto Hope Center and Academy, Kenya.

  • 22
    May '17

    Friends of Moto Hope Event

    September 7, 2017 Sacred Heart Church- Hackensack

    September 14,2017 Immaculate Heart of Mary-Crosslake

    Updates of progress will be shared.

    **Mark your Calendar and hope to see you there.

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