OUR LEADERSHIP

OUR STAFF

Mike Tenbusch
Mike Tenbusch

President

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Mike is a graduate of University of Michigan Law School and the author of the Jonathan Effect, a book about the power of the church and its people to help schools and their students win the battle against poverty. He is also the CEO of Uncommon Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm helping urban schools, churches and impact organizations create strategies to improve conditions and outcomes for kids. Mike brings his passion for reform and his leadership experience to the fore when driving the mission of International Samaritan.

Andrew Pawuk
Andrew Pawuk

Vice President of Operations

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Andrew is a Latin American International Affairs Specialist; former Coordinating Assistant for Development and Recruitment, Ohio University Puerto Rico Study Abroad Program; former Researcher, Tosepantomin Microfinance Internship, Cuetzalan, Mexico.

 Father Don Vettese, SJ.
Father Don Vettese, SJ.

Founder

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Fr. Don has been a member of the Jesuit Order since 1977; current Special Consultant to the United Nations Committee on Economics and Poverty; former President and Trustee, St. Johns Jesuit High School, Toledo, Ohio; Trustee, Co-founder/Former President, Boys Hope/Girls Hope, St. Louis, MO. Long time activist for the poor and disadvantaged, serving on numerous charitable and nonprofit boards both nationally and internationally. Nominated CNN Hero; recipient of the United States’ Jefferson Award for Public Service, Guatemala’s Distinguished Humanitarian Award, Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, commended by President George and Barbara Bush for outstanding public service.

Mary Hall
Mary Hall

Office Manager

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Mary has twenty years in project accounting and office management for custom home and commercial builders; Project Accountant/Bank Liaison for Mallard Condominiums, LLC; Extensive volunteer work including Board Secretary/Treasurer of Education Commission for Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, FIRST Robotics, and Brian’s House Hospice.

Sarah Daniel
Sarah Daniel

International Service Coordinator

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Sarah graduated from Adrian College in Adrian, MI in 2014 with degrees in Spanish and Psychology. She has had service immersion and international travel experiences. She studied abroad for a full semester in Sevilla, Spain and was able to travel throughout Europe. She enjoys learning about new cultures and encouraging others to see the world.

Daniel Piaskowski
Daniel Piaskowski

International Service Coordinator

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Dan studied International Studies, Economics and Chinese Studies at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He studied abroad in Dalian, China and went on multiple service immersion trips in Appalachia and Jamaica during college. He was a Passionist Volunteer International in the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica for one year after graduation and is passionate about promoting global solidarity and spreading awareness of poverty issues through service immersion experiences. He believes the most important way to serve those in poverty is through accompaniment, being in relationship and partnership with them, while focusing on sustainable development.

Emily Lorek
Emily Lorek

International Program Coordinator

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Emily holds a M.A. in Global Youth Development from the University of Montana and a B.A. in Psychology, with minors in Leadership Studies and Spanish, from Marietta College. She served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica as a Youth Development Coordinator. Her service primarily focused on sustainable program development and capacity building for youth and families in a low income, rural community. Emily is passionate about service-learning and grassroots initiatives that make a global impact.
Michelle Kuhar
Michelle Kuhar

Development-Communications Coordinator

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Michelle holds a MBA with a nonprofit concentration from Eastern Michigan University. She spent a month in Calcutta, India doing service work while comtemplating a career in the nonprofit sector. Her prior experience in Development and Communications includes international work with The Appropriate Technology Collaborative, a graduate position in the Foundation Office at Eastern Michigan University and several years with Covenant House Michigan.

In addition to a long history of community service engagement, she enjoys learning about diverse cultures and exploring at home and abroad.

HANNAH WICKHAM
HANNAH WICKHAM

Graphic Design/Communications Associate

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Hannah holds a Bachelor of General Studies from Eastern Michigan University, with concentrations in Health Advocacy, Media Production, and Entrepreneurship, and a minor in Language Studies. Before joining us at International Samaritan, Hannah spent a year doing a variety of nonprofit, small business, and public health work that focused on health and wellness initiatives; during this time she developed her skills in art and outreach, and now specializes in graphic design and digital outreach for small business and nonprofit. Hannah plans to continue advocating for disenfranchised communities through art in her work at International Samaritan.
Raquel Camey
Raquel Camey

Executive Director of Education, Central America

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Raquel has +25 years experience in management and education. Holds an M. A. in adult education, with current studies in Project and Financial Management, as well as degrees in pedagogy and educational management. Is a business and technical-vocational teacher, specializing in the development of skills for labor insertion and re-engineering. Certified trainer of trainers, virtual teacher and second language instructor. Has worked in management and as an education and curriculum specialist for RTI and Mercy Corps with USAID projects, and in projects with the IDB, UNDP, UNESCO and has worked in international development for 10 years.

Selam Terefe
Selam Terefe

Step by Step Scholarship Director, Ethiopia

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Selam has over five years experience in international development and aid with a track record of career advancements. A thorough and in-depth knowledge of gender, legal, social and political issues of East Africa with a special focus on Ethiopia. Demonstrated skill in project management, research, leadership, monitoring and evaluation and diplomacy. Remarkable communication skills across age groups. Passionate about development in Africa and a strong believer in effective use of partnership.

Timothy Bouldry
Timothy Bouldry

Step by Step Scholarship Director, Nicaragua

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Timothy is the Program Coordinator for the Paso a Paso Program in Nicaragua. He has professionally photographed communities working at dumpsites from all over the world for 9 years. Currently, he resides in Nicaragua to further his efforts to work with these communities full time.

Kenneth M. Coleman
Kenneth M. Coleman

Research Consultant

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Kenneth has assisted International Samaritan in recent years with quantitative and qualitative research endeavors among beneficiaries of programs supported by International Samaritan, as well as among our mission trip volunteers. Currently an independent qualitative research consultant, Coleman has worked in the market research industry and as an academic specializing in Latin America. His academic appointments have included the Universities of Kentucky, North Carolina and New Mexico in this country and as a Fulbright Lecturer in Mexico, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alvaro Andrade
Alvaro Andrade

Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Grupo Altamira, one of Guatemala’s largest urban development firms. Former professor of Architecture, has studied at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MS Construction Management, Texas A&M.
J. Michael Bernard, ESQ.
J. Michael Bernard, ESQ.

Detroit, MI

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J. Michael Bernard, Esq. is a member of the Dykema law firm, working at their Detroit office. He has extensive experience in venture financing, mergers, and acquisitions. Mr. Bernard continues his long commitment to helping those in need.
Fr. Brian Lehane, SJ.
Fr. Brian Lehane, SJ.

Detroit, MI

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Fr. Brian Lehane, S.J., is the director of mission and chair of the theology department at University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. He also teaches theology and leads retreats.
Geoff Lyden III
Geoff Lyden III

Chief Executive of the Lyden Company

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Geoff Lyden III is Chief Executive of the Lyden Company, overseeing gas stations and fuel supply holdings across the Midwest. Mr. Lyden has many years of service to civic and charitable groups.
Clay Mathile
Clay Mathile

Dayton, OH Board Emeritus

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Former President and CEO, former Chairman of the Board of Iams Company; current chairman of investment firm CYMI, Ltd., chairman of Aileron (formerly the Center for Entrepreneurial Education), President of Mathile Family Foundation; active board member for non-profit organizations focused on education for the underprivileged.
Rev. Thomas J. Pipp, SJ.
Rev. Thomas J. Pipp, SJ.

St. Paul, MN

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Director of Novices for the Society of Jesus (Chicago, Detroit, Wisconsin provinces); former assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Student Parish; held various key roles at St. John’s Jesuit High School for 17 years; ordained to the priesthood in 1992; earned three master’s degrees in English, Divinity and Theology; Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Notre Dame.
Karen & Bill Pulte
Karen & Bill Pulte

Bloomfield Hills, MI

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Retired founder of Pulte Homes; many philanthropic interests with emphasis on the poor, elderly, the homeless and children. Karen and Bill are founding members of the International Samaritan Board of Trustees.
Joe Rideout, ESQ
Joe Rideout, ESQ

Toledo, OH

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Partner in law firm of Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick, LLP of Toledo & Columbus, Ohio, Tampa, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina; current Administrator of the firm’s real estate department; extensive history with civic and charitable pursuits in Ohio and elsewhere.
Scott Savage
Scott Savage

Sylvania, OH

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Founder and CEO of SJS Investment Consulting, Inc., a Sylvania, Ohio based investment advisory firm. He currently serves on the board of several Catholic charities and educational institutions in Northwest Ohio.
Duane Stranahan, Jr.
Duane Stranahan, Jr.

Naples, FL

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President or Director of multiple enterprises; personal and family investment portfolios manager; President Stranahan Foundation; President and Trustee Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation; Trustee Hillsdale College, collier County Community Foundation, NCH Foundation.
Truman Timmis, J.D.
Truman Timmis, J.D.

Birmingham, MI

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Founding Partner of Legacy Private Capital, LLC. Extensive business and legal experience gained over a twenty eight year career in estate planning and wealth management, real estate development and consulting and the practice of law. Very active in the community including extended terms on the boards of Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit, Detroit Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and the Executive Board of the Wayne State University Law School Alumni Association.
Joan & John Vatterott
Joan & John Vatterott

Sylvania, OH

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Founders of Vatterott College of St. Louis; current consultants to Vatterott College. Mr. Vatterot is Chairman of the school’s management team.
Dan Weingartz
Dan Weingartz

Shelby Township, MI

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President of Weingartz Supply Co., where he has been an active business leader since 1986; Member of the Legatus and Vistage Worldwide professional associations; Former Chairman and current member of the Michigan Green Industry Association; Current Director of Youth Vision Solutions and Macomb County Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers; Former Director of Covenant House Michigan.
CHRISTOPHER LINDSEY
CHRISTOPHER LINDSEY

New York, NY

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Director for the Central Funding Group of Royal Bank of Canada in New York City; formerly worked for the bank in London, England; Bachelor of Science and Engineering Degree, University of Pennsylvania; 1995 Salutatorian of St. John’s Jesuit High School. Chris was one of the four students who traveled with Father Don to Guatemala in 1994. His work raising awareness and funds for the Guatemala City garbage dump dwellers helped lead to the founding of International Samaritan.