MOCP Board

Chris Cichanowicz

Chris Cichanowicz lives in Mansfield, Ohio. After being happily married for over 49 years, the love of Chris’s life, Stan, died of cancer. Chris is a retired high school English teacher. Traveling to Malawi on a mission trip in 2018 topped off her love of travel and deepened her love of helping youth of all ages. Her two wonderful daughters, their caring husbands, and four grandchildren brighten her days with their love and laughter.

Kenneth J. Ekegren

Ken Ekegren serves as President of Malawi Orphan Care Project. He is a Professor Emeritus from North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio. He spent 25 years in manufacturing, both in engineering and management, and is now retired after teaching engineering technology for 24 years. His engineering students worked on projects as diverse as designing adaptive equipment for handicapped individuals to converting standard vehicles to pure electric power. His students also helped design, build and test solar cookers, rocket stoves and outdoor kitchen stoves for villagers in Malawi. In 2019, he took four engineering students on a grant funded trip to Malawi, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to improve cookstove design and manufacturing techniques.

Penny Ekegren
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Jan Fisher is Treasurer for MOCP, serving her third year in this capacity and is a longtime member of First English Lutheran Church in Mansfield, OH. She has two children and two grandchildren. She has been to Malawi and the people there stole her heart! Jan is a busy retiree serving as Team Leader for Women of First English Lutheran Church, council representative for Evangelism, volunteer editor for the monthly church newsletter “The Visitor” , member of the praise team, among other things. Jan loves to knit prayer shawls and is presently heading up a project where ladies are knitting and crocheting prayer patches. Feeding and educating the precious people at the orphan project is a top priority for Jan!

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Andrew Jones serves as Pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, Illinois. He has been involved with the ministry of the Kanyenyeva Orphan Care Ministries since 2005, and has been a member of the MOCP board since its inception. He brings a passion for long term relationships into the structure of MOCP as it works with its partner ministries.

Joy Jones

Joy Jones is a founding member and serves as vice-president of Malawi Orphan Care Project. She lives in St. Joseph, Illinois with her husband, Andy, and they have two adult children. She is a graduate of Calvin College and earned her Masters Degree in Nonprofit Administration from John Carroll University. She is Program Director at Family Service of Champaign County in Champaign, IL. She has been to Malawi several times and enjoys working in partnership with the people of Kanyenyeva. She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and adheres to their ethical principles and standards.

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Jill Mattson lives in Crosby Minnesota with her husband Paul who is a Lutheran pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Jill has been a massage therapist for over 15 years and has recently started a business of Holy Spirit holy yoga in downtown Crosby. She and her husband went to Malawi Africa in 2012 and 2018 with two others from Immanuel. She has been active in fundraising at the church for MOCP. She and her husband Paul hope to get back to Malawi sooner or later. She and Paul have two grown children.

Paul J. Mattson

Currently serving as pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby, Minnesota. Married to Jill for 32 years; two adult children, Jim and Elizabeth. A Minnesotan most of my life, enjoying the change and beauty of each season (yes, even winter….most of the time!) Have traveled to Malawi on two occasions, supporting the work of MOCP and to also meet a girl we support in Malawi through World Vison. Hobbies include reading, hiking, biking, boating and ping-pong.

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