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The Dowell Family


The Dowell family has been active in missions for over 30 years.  They founded Planting Hope International in 2011 with the mission of meeting agricultural, educational, and medical needs in developing countries.   Floyd has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering and is a retired research scientist and a collaborator at the USDA ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research.  Gayle has a B.S. in Mechanical Design Technology and is an artist, specializing in nature-inspired jewelry.  They are proud to have two adult daughters and a son-in-law, Christine (KSU graduate student in Parks and Wildlife Management) and Ensign Kayla Naughton (Registered Nurse, US Navy) who is married to Sergeant Gunnar Naughton, USMC. 

Mission Statement.  Planting Hope International provides appropriate technology and training to improve food production, education, and health, thereby improving food security and financial stability for families in developing countries. It provides the opportunity to show our faith through our works as we seek to minister to the sick, hungry, orphaned and widowed.
This charity depends on volunteers, and no one receives any financial compensation. 

Board of Directors
Floyd Dowell, Ph.D., Agricultural Engineer (President)
Pam Warren, Traditional Worship Coordinator, University Christian Church
Gayle Dowell, Artist/Business Owner (Assistant Treasurer)
David Brundage, Executive Director, King Solomon Christian Camp (Secretary)
Donn Leach, D. Theology, Adjunct Faculty, Manhattan Christian College
Karla Fisher, Retired School Teacher (Treasurer)
Stan Grecian, Farmers, Palco, KS
Derrek Marteney, PrarieStone, Inc, Riley, KS (Vice-President)
Tyndol Brundage, Solomon, KS.
Jeremy Houser, Manhattan, KS.
Dr. Danny Rogers, Professor, Bio and Ag Engineering, KSU, Manhattan, KS.
Ex-Officio Board
Emily and Jordy Nelson, Kindergarten Teacher/Green Bay Packers
Rusty Thornley, Associate Professor of Cross Cultural Ministries (Retired), Manhattan Christian College
Greg Wilson, Owner, Howies Recycling, Manhattan, KS
Ensign Kayla Naughton, RN, US Navy, Vista, CA
Christine Dowell, Graduate Student, KSU, Manhattan, KS
Kendall McFall, Senior Vice President, Engrain 
Terry Cole, Director, Helping International Students, KSU