Board of Directors – Mayor Karl Dean – Lost Boys Annual Cultural Celebration

Founder Jack Spencer
jackspencer The Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville was created in the fall of 2004 by photographer Jack Spencer and a small group of volunteers, after witnessing first hand the tragic circumstances many of the young men still face in the Nashville community. One such circumstance was the death of Pel Gai, a much beloved young man, who was the victim of a murder in a Nashville nightclub. Since there was no money to bury Pel, a group of the Lost Boys, along with Spencer and a few others, raised the $5,700 that was needed to bury him. It was this event that inspired Spencer to make a difference in the future of the Lost Boys of Nashville. “The irony of Pel’s death confounds me, Spencer says.” “They have seen such terror, grief, loss, sadness and horror only to come to our land of opportunity, and then senselessly murdered.” Four of the boys sent to Nashville have been killed in the few years they have been here.
Board Officers
Peggy Ann Gaines - President


Paul Manyok - Vice President
man Paul Mator Manyok Vice president Lost Foundation Nashville TN Former UNHCR Peace Education Education Facilitator 1998-2003 President and Chairman of Jonglei Peace Initiative North America. Paul Mator Manyok is one of the two Lost boys in BBC documentary title This world return of the lost boys to Sudan who were followed from USA to South Sudan. Paul Manyok is Lipscomb University Alumni of 2011 BA in Bible with mission emphasis and Minor in political science with emphasis in public Administration and government in the department of political science Paul Manyok is ordained minister of Gospel and has been serving as Evangelist since 1999 all the way to Vicar General ACS. Paul Manyok is one of the founders of Lost boys Foundation and have been on the Board of Directors and advisor to the President of the Lost Boys of Sudan and now is the vice president of the lost boys Foundation of Nashville TN. Paul Manyok also serves as one of Elections officials in Davidson county. Paul Manyok Manyok is married to Elizabeth Manyok has three daughters and one son Abigel 6, Margret 4, Agot 2, Manyok 1 year old.
Saul Solomon - Treasurer
Saul_Solomon Saul currently works as Nashville’s legal director and enjoys speaking Spanish and trying to play the guitar.
Natalie Bethune - Secretary
natalie-reduced Natalie Bethune became an active member of LBFN in 2015 and holds the position of Corporate Secretary. Natalie has a passion for Africa and has visited various African countries on humanitarian trips working with orphans. Natalie currently works in Nashville as a Corporate Trainer in Healthcare.  
Board Members
Anyiir Lueth Aguto
Majok Nhial Awuok
MajokNhialAwock One of “Lost Boys”. Had lived in the Camps for 13 years. Finally have arrived in Nashville in August, 2001. He had his first job at Opryland Hotel, and now working as patient escort in Vanderbilt. Had his family reunion in 2008. Storyteller of his journey and many more!
Ken Bernstein
Dee Flower


Dee Flower has been travelling around the world since 1999 when she trekked in the Himalayas to celebrate the millennium. A safari to Kenya in 2003 is what began a long relationship with the African continent that continues today. Last summer (2013) she traveled to South Sudan to acquaint herself with the environment and the democratic government of Africa’s newest nation. This summer (2014) she is planning a trip to Kakuma, the refugee camp in northern Kenya that housed many of the Lost Boys of Sudan until their reunification into other countries and cultures began in 2000. Dee became acquainted with Lost Boys Foundation when promoting her Kenyan Maasai friends at the Centennial Cultural Festival in 2009. Soon thereafter she became an active member of LBFN holding the position of secretary in 2013 before becoming the president in 2014. When not travelling, Dee assists individuals with disabilities find enriching employment in the Nashville community.

Johnson Chang
Deng Gai
Chol Garang
Manyang Jok
Manyang_Jok Manyang Jok “Through my life experiences I’ve learned that no one can make it without the connection and support from others. You cannot be on top if you do not have people who help you be on top and support you to get there. No one can survive alone.” Manyang Jok was born in 1980 in a farming village known as Bor. He was about 7 years old when the war struck his village. Manyang fled with other boys from his village and traveled to Ethiopia and Kenya prior to being relocated to the United Sates. Manyang took a trip back to Sudan in 2008 to visit his family whom he had not seen for 21 years. The poignant photographs from that trip tell the story of life in the cattle camps of Southern Sudan where his family was still living. Manyang graduated from Draughn’s Junior College and Tennessee State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He believes education is the key to better serving his family and the people of Southern Sudan. In November of 2009, Manyang returned to his village of Bor in South Sudan to get married. Since returning, he had been traveling from village to village encouraging people to forget the things of the past and work for peace. With the recent eruption of violence that began in December 2013, he and his wife and extended family were forced to flee their village which was burned to the ground and Manyang is once again living in a refugee camp there, along with his family. The Lost Boys of Nashville have chosen to have him remain as their president and, as such, remains a member of the board of The Lost Boys Foundation. Proceeds from the sale of Manyang’s photographs are wired to Manyang in Juba, South Sudan and help him to provide for his family.
James Makuac
James Makuac is a painter. He’s also a Lost Boy of Sudan, now living in Nashville. Like many of his peers, Makuac makes work that speaks to his experience of brutal warfare, the loss of family and friends and the harrowing journey the boys made to escape their homes and eventually make a new one here in Nashville. While Makuac isn’t afraid to paint guns and gore, his work is most affecting when it captures the serenity of the herding life he enjoyed before being forced from his homeland. Scenes of long-horned cattle idling at sunset and a busy farming village bustling with activity are rendered with blazes of vibrant colors, full of mood and the willful remembering of a happier time. All the images in the show are from the artist’s book My Life Before.
Lois Moreno
Lois Moreno Before retiring from 19 years of employment with the Nashville law firm of Stites & Harbison, fka Farris, Warfield & Kanady, in 2008, Lois worked for about 20 years in the real estate and property management business with Timmons Company, Timmons Property Management, and Dobson & Johnson, Inc. She also spent about 10 years with the advertising and public relations firm of Brumfield-Gallagher. Lois became acquainted with the Lost Boys of Sudan in 2001 when the church she attended hosted several of the young men upon their arrival to Nashville. In 2004 when The Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville was formed, she was one of the founding members and was president of the organization from 2008 to 2011.  
Kimberly Pedigo
kimberly-pedigo Kimberly is a native of Nashville, TN and a Partner at Gopal & Pedigo, PC.  During law school, she volunteered to help resettle refugees at Catholic Charities in Richmond, VA. She developed a strong desire to work closely with immigrant communities after witnessing the challenges that all new arrivals face. It was here that she first became aware of the plight of the Lost Boys. When she returned to Nashville in 2008, she joined The Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville. She also provides pro bono representation to the South Sudanese in Nashville for their immigration matters.
Andy van Roon
avr Andy vR is a screenwriter and executive producer of multiple projects, and serves as Chairman/GM of Film-Com, an international packaging, financing & distribution market for feature films, television, documentaries and video-gaming concepts. He is a founding board member and past president of the Lost Boys Foundation.
Beverly Townsend