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About Us

Faith. Education. Sports. Mentoring.

A Mission of Hope

Coming alongside Kenyan youth to help them meet their God-given potential.
Dave & Linda Chittock - Co-Founders of Hope Markers

How We Began

Hope Markers started with the love of a Kenyan exchange student and his family in 2007. That led us to mission trips to Nairobi where we met local leaders who were transforming young people’s lives through faith, sports, education, and love.

Our Team

For Hope

Dave Chittock, founder and president of Hope Markers

Dave Chittock

David runs Incentra, an employee and sales channel engagement company. He is an elder at Fellowship Bible Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio where he is also on the Men’s Ministry lead team. David and Linda have a passion for their five boys and their families, and for the wonderful people of Kenya.

Founder & President
Barnabas Apwacho, community partner


Growing up with an absent dad in the slums of Mathare, Kenya, Barnabas became passionate about being a father figure to young kids in the slums, mentoring them to know God and focus on their education. Barnabas coaches and hosts “Game on for Christ” soccer tournaments. He and his wife Judy have three children; Dorothy, Roy and Fortune.

Community Partner
Linda Chittock, founder and creative director

Linda Chittock

After raising a houseful of boys, remodeling an old farmhouse and volunteering at school and church, Linda Chittock Studio was created. Linda uses her creativity in interior design and product design. God’s creation of beauty continues to inspire Linda both in her profession and her involvement in local cultural organizations. These gifts and passions are the driving-force in all she does.

Founder & Creative Director
Ed Gallagher, founder and COO

Ed Gallagher

Ed’s extensive background in leadership, and his heart for seeing others reach their full potential drives his passion for Hopemarkers. He is the National Operations Manager for Strategic Relationships for the Davey Tree Company. He has served as elder at several churches and sat on several school boards. Ed desires to aid Kenyans in their pursuit of their God-given purpose.

Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Joan Gallagher, founder and operations director

Joan Gallagher

As a mom of three and grandma of two Joan is dedicated to family-life. She has a degree in psychology as well as experience in mentoring, athletics, and church ministry formation. Her combined passion and experiences give her the opportunity to come alongside young Kenyans in their journey with Christ, their education, and the betterment of their community.

Founder & Operations Director
Candace Remington, education director

Candace Remington

Prior to her current role of Kids Ministry Coordinator at her home church, Candace taught in the public school system for ten years as an elementary teacher. After traveling to Africa in college, she grew passionate about sharing the good news of Christ with the children there. Having this opportunity is an experience she looks forward to sharing with her husband and two children.

Education Director
Sarah Enjoya, community liason

Sarah Njoya

Community Liaison
Meagan McGinnis, administrative assistant

Meagan McGinnis

Administrative Assistant
Zach McGinnis, marketing director

Zach McGinnis

The combination of Zach’s heart for God, love for his family, and creative giftedness has prepared him for a life of service to God. Zach has worked for various companies, honing his creative skills and knowledge of multi-media design. He looks forward to the opportunity to serve Kenyans.

Marketing Director
Where to find us


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