DHI Leadership

Scott Sweat
Scott SweatFounder & Executive Director

As the Executive Director for David’s Hope, Scott sets the vision for our organization and rallies our volunteer team to execute it. He manages our day-to-day administration and activities and serves as the principal liaison to our ministry partners in the US & Kenya. Scott first met Pastor Steve & Mary in 2002 when he led a short-term mission team to Kenya. He and his wife, Susan, helped create David’s Hope after co-leading a mission team from their church to Kenya in late 2008. Scott travels to Kenya regularly for work and on behalf of David’s Hope and continues to be passionate about impacting the lives of Kenyans for Christ. Scott retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2014 after a 20 year career. He was a partner at Alpha Omega Group (AOG) Wealth Management working as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), before leaving AOG in 2017 to help start Kentegra Biotech, a for-profit company working to revive the pyrethrum industry in Kenya. Scott lives in Vienna, Virginia with his wife Susan and their three wonderful children – Shelby, Pearson, and Anderson. They are active in their church community and enthusiastically pursue shared loves of travel and service.

Roxana Hudson
Roxana HudsonBoard Member

Roxana has had a heart for Africa for several years and first connected with David’s Hope in late 2011. She has co-led teams with her husband, Steve, to Eburru each year. She was particularly struck by Mary (Pastor Steve’s wife) Njenga’s selfless dedication to improving circumstances in Eburru and bringing the message of God’s love to the people there. Rox has worked in education since the 1980s, and she has a deep love of children.  She and Steve live in Northern Virginia and have 2 grown kids and 3 beautiful grandkids. Rox loves serving people, traveling, and any time spent with her grandsons!

Fred Baerenz
Fred BaerenzBoard Member
Krista Cowan
Krista CowanMissions Coordinator
Krista traveled to Eburru for the first time in March 2013. One of the highlights of her trip was putting on a short Easter play with the children at the orphanage and school. In her role as Missions Coordinator, Krista enjoys helping prepare future DHI mission teams for serving abroad. She also helps to line up the teams’ interests and passions with the work on the ground. Krista is a third culture kid, having lived the first eighteen years of her life in France as the daughter of missionaries. She loves to travel and loves the arts. She currently attends All Nations DC anglican church. Krista teaches theater and film at a local boarding school for girls, and lives in McLean, Virginia.
Michael Sweetland
Michael SweetlandDirector of Accounting / Finance
Michael leads the accounting/finance efforts for David’s Hope. He currently works in the for profit industry where he has held several accounting/finance roles over the last 15 years. Michael first met DHI’s ministry partner, Steve Njenga, in 2011 when he visited Eburru, Kenya as part of a short-term mission trip. Michael is interested in real estate investing and passionate about Christian missions. Michael grew up in Northern Virginia and currently lives in Atlanta, where he is active in his local church.
Dustin Smith
Dustin SmithDirector of Marketing
Steve Hudson
Steve HudsonDHI Advisor
Steve began work with David’s Hope in 2011 when his wife, Roxana, started planning a mission trip to Eburru.  He and Rox began serving regularly with DHI in 2013, and he immediately witnessed the power of God’s work. Steve lives in Northern Virginia and has served in law enforcement for 30+ years. He and Roxana have two adult children and three amazing grandsons, and they are highly committed to their local church. Steve enjoys travel and reading, and he occasionally tries to hack a little white ball around beautiful green settings.
Susan Sweat
Susan SweatDHI Advisor