Shalom Christian Missions
Shalom Christian Missions

Meet the Board

About the Board

SCM has a diverse board that has come together from many different backgrounds to bring the love of Jesus to children who have lost hope and feel unloved.

Gaye Makrias - President & Co-founder

Gaye has had many years experience in business management. She and her husband have operated a successful business for more than 27 years. Gaye left the business world to care for her six children. Later, she was called to ministry serving for more than 10 years in children and youth ministry. While serving in youth ministry, Gaye answered the call to missions which led her to serve and lead many mission trips in five nations on four continents.

In 2004, God took Gaye to Kenya where He captured her heart for the people, especially the children of this nation. Gaye helped to found Shalom Christian Missions out of a desire to help children who have no one to give them hope and to preserve and protect these precious lives. Gaye's passion for children does not stop with missions as she works full-time caring for children in the U.S. within the public school system. 

John Makrias - Director of Building & Financial affairs and Co-Founder

John has spent several months at New Beginnings Children's Center establishing the organization and hiring staff. His 27 years as a successful business owner have been of great value to him in meeting this challenge. John also holds 2 degree, one in Engineering and one in Urban and Metropolitan Studies that have helped him as he serves in Kenya. John and Gaye have six children. His experience as a father has prepared him to meet the many different opportunities that he has been faced with while ministering to the children and the community of Nyasoti.

John has served in ministry at different levels including leading various small groups and on the leadership team for youth ministry. John believes there is so much more that can be accomplished at New Beginnings and looks forward to spending much more time in Kenya.

Alyssa Ross - Director of Education

Alyssa has a passion for children and a heart for Africa. Her involvement with SCM has joined these two things together. She has traveled with us to Kenya on several occasions and has grown to love the people and children of Nyasoti. She hopes to spend some extended time in Kenya to do some teacher training with the teachers of New Beginnings. Alyssa has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is currently working on her master's degree in Early Childhood Education. She works with children in a Head Start program in the USA.

Alexis Montgomery - Director of Communications & Volunteers

Alexis has a passion for missions and began serving on the mission field at 13 years of age. She first visited Kenya in 2004 where she developed a heart for the people of Kenya, especially the children. She has served in ministry in many areas beginning as part of the leadership of her youth ministry. She has a degree in Communications. She is married and is now a full-time mommy. Her heart for the children of Kenya keeps her involved with SCM.

John Woltman - Director of Technology

John felt drawn to SCM in 2008 when he first became a sponsor. Since becoming involved, he has traveled out of his comfort zone by joining us in Kenya three times in the past.  John is a computer programmer and electrical field technician. His auditing experience led him to be part of the investigation team of 2011 that uncovered the corruption that SCM found in a previously supported project. John has a goal to see technology become part of the training at New Beginnings. John looks forward to returning to Kenya in the near future.