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.
Vice President of Operations
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.
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 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.
International Service Coordinator
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.
International Service Coordinator
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.
International Program Coordinator
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.
Graphic Design/Communications Associate
Executive Director of Education, Central America
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.
Step by Step Scholarship Director, Ethiopia
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.
Step by Step Scholarship Director, Nicaragua
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 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
Guatemala City, Guatemala
J. Michael Bernard, ESQ.
Fr. Brian Lehane, SJ.
Geoff Lyden III
Chief Executive of the Lyden Company
Dayton, OH Board Emeritus
Rev. Thomas J. Pipp, SJ.
St. Paul, MN
Karen & Bill Pulte
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Joe Rideout, ESQ
Duane Stranahan, Jr.
Truman Timmis, J.D.
Joan & John Vatterott
Shelby Township, MI
New York, NY