Our History

The roots of Isaac's Dream were first planted when Robyn went on a medical mission trip to Ghana, Africa in the summer of 2016. One of the young men who was part of the group in Ghana that assisted the medical team was Isaac Ayensu. Isaac has a dream to come to the United States to study photography and videography, but he also has another dream - to give the children of Ghana something he was once given, a chance. Isaac never knew his father and was orphaned at the age of eight when his mother died, forcing him to live on the streets and fight for the basic needs in life; food. clothing and shelter.  After a few years of homeless life, a family took Isaac in, where not only his primary needs where met, but he also received an education.  This unselfish act of love has taken a hold of Isaac; he would like to gain his education in the States and then return to Ghana to give back to his community, working with Isaac's Dream full time.

Robyn and her husband, Joe, continue to make attempts to bring Isaac to the U.S. to attend college.  This was the first step of Isaac’s Dream, but through other experiences, they were determined to dream bigger.  When they discovered this village where Robyn had treated numerous people never had a school, they felt the need to raise funds and build a school in this precious village.

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Robyn, President and Co-founder

Robyn is a nurse and has served in various capacities in the health care field, currently working with pediatrics at Redwood Pediatrics in Liberty, Missouri. Robyn is passionate about missions work, traveling to India, Haiti, and Ghana, Africa. She resides in a suburb of Kansas City with her husband and their four children.

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Joe, Co-founder

Joe has spent the vast majority of the last twenty years in the commercial real estate industry. He serves on an Advisory Board for the University of Central Missouri and has volunteered as a budget counselor for a local transitional housing group. Joe is the Co-Founder, Principal & Partner of ONE80 Capital Advisors, a company that sources financing and investment capital for commercial real estate properties.

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Isaac, Media

Isaac currently resides in Accra, Ghana. Through Isaac’s Dream he was able to attend The National Film and Television Institute and studied Professional Media and Creative Arts. After completing his college degree, Isaac is now employed by Pulse Ghana, owned by Ringier Africa Digital Publishing. Isaac desires to use his talents and abilities to enrich the lives of others as a part of Isaac's Dream, handling all graphic design work and photography for the progress of Isaac's Dream.


Our Board Members

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Bernard Fianku

Bernard lives in Accra, Ghana and has spent his career improving the lives of others. He has been involved in various avenues of counseling as well as leadership positions for groups devoted to children's causes. This includes a director of an academy along with creating programs, services and vocational training for orphaned children. Today, he is Country Director for a group rescuing enslaved children and CEO of a Soccer Club he founded for homeless children. Bernard serves Isaac's Dream by overseeing construction and operations of all projects.

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Brett Clemons

Brett, a native of Kansas City, serves with Perspectives on the World Christian Movement as the CentraBrett, a native of Kansas City, serves with Perspectives on the World Christian Movement as the Central States (KS,MO,NE and IA) Regional Director. Perspectives USA's mission is to mobilize by educating the body of Christ in the USA to strategic engagement in God's global purpose. Upon graduating from Northwest Missouri State University with a BA in Corporate Finance/Financial Computing and an MBA in General Business, Brett entered the business world. From 2007-2016, Brett worked at Hallmark Cards as a financial analyst. In 2016, Brett left the business world to become a full time mobilizer through Perspectives. Brett is married to Colette, and they have three children: Brylynn, Cora and Brecken.l States (KS,MO,NE and IA) Regional Director. Perspectives USA's mission is to mobilize by educating the body of Christ in the USA to strategic engagement in God's global purpose. Upon graduating from Northwest Missouri State University with a BA in Corporate Finance/Financial Computing and an MBA in General Business, Brett entered the business worlBrett, a native of Kansas City, serves with Perspectives on the World Christian Movement as the Central States (KS,MO,NE and IA) Regional Director. Perspectives USA's mission is to mobilize by educating the body of Christ in the USA to strategic engagement in God's global purpose. Upon graduating from Northwest Missouri State University with a BA in Corporate Finance/Financial Computing and an MBA in General Business, Brett entered the business world. From 2007-2016, Brett worked at Hallmark Cards as a financial analyst. In 2016, Brett left the business world to become a full time mobilizer through Perspectives. Brett is married to Colette, and they have three children: Brylynn, Cora and Brecken.d. From 2007-2016, Brett worked at Hallmark Cards as a financial analyst. In 2016, Brett left the business world to become a full time mobilizer through Perspectives. Brett is married to Colette, and they have three children: Brylynn, Cora and Brecken.

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Colette Clemens

Colette currently works as an Adjunct Professor at a local college and stays at home with her three children, Brylynn, Cora and Brecken, where she home schools part time. Upon graduating Northwest Missouri State with a BA in K-12 Physical Education and K-12 Health Education she worked for seven years as a physical educator in a local school district, eventually staying home with her growing family.


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Derek Kreifels

Derek is the President of the State Financial Officers Foundation (SFOF). As President of SFOF he is charged with leading the national organization and collaborating with state elected officials to promote fiscally responsible, free market principles to better impact state and federal financial policy. Kreifels is charged with ensuring that SFOF’s fiscal, operational, fundraising, marketing, and communication strategies are effectively implemented. Kreifels and his team organize two national meetings annually for SFOF members to come together and discuss best practices. He has organized multiple meeting, receptions, and other events across the U.S. including several recent meetings at the White House.

Kreifels has spent the last 20 years advising and working with various federal, state, and local leaders. He served as the Assistant State Treasurer and Chief of Staff to Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes from 2011 to 2016. Kreifels also spent several years in banking.

He attended Kansas State University, and received his undergraduate degree from Wichita State University and his Masters from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He and his wife Melanie live in the Kansas City area.

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Melanie Kreifels

Melanie is a licensed professional counselor in Kansas. Her heart for women and children is evident. She has spent time working as a missionary in Glasgow, Scotland, and a brief time in South Africa. She has worked at the women's shelter of the City Union Mission of Kansas City, and several other ministries. She also works with the State Financial Officers Foundation (SFOF) as the Operations Manager.

Melanie graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO, and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Mid America Nazarene University.

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Mendy Shriver

Mendy has 5 teens, 2 of which are adopted from West Africa. She's has a BA in Marriage/Family Counseling with a minor in Religious Studies from Oklahoma Baptist University. She is currently finishing her Masters in Counseling at Mid-America Nazarene University. Mendy is also a "super advocate" for ZOE International and has traveled to West Africa several times.

Mendy is passionate about finding more effective orphan care solutions specifically in West Africa.

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John Billharz

John "Buzz" is a medical doctor passionate about missionary work and caring for children. He is currently working in his own practice, Redwood Pediatrics in Liberty, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City. Dr.Billharz works in John "Buzz" is a medical doctor passionate about missionary work and caring for children. He is currently working in his own practice, Redwood Pediatrics in Liberty, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City. Dr.Billharz works in an ongoing capacity with missions efforts on five continents and has extensive international travel experience. He believes education is a vital tool in helping children escape slavery/child labor in rural areas of Ghana, and is committed to helping Isaac's Dream achieve this goal.an ongoing capacity with missions efforts on five continents and has extensive international travel experience. He believes education is a vital tool in helping children escape slavery/child labor in rural areas of Ghana, and is committed to helping Isaac's Dream achieve this goal.