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  • Brian Smith - HCRF Founding Board Member
    Brian is an HCRF Founding Board Member and since that time has led over 70 trips to Honduras providing Humanitarian Aid. With a background in Healthcare Development & Construction, Brian finds daily opportunities to work on behalf of Sociedad Amigos de los Niños and the Children of Honduras. He is active on several not-for-profit boards (Medwish International, Medworks, Helping Hand for...
  • Chris Ann Catanese - Assistant Vice President of Ancora Family Wealth Advisors
    Chris is an Assistant Vice President of Ancora Family Wealth Advisors. She also has served for the past thirteen years as the Head Varsity Cheerleading Coach at Gilmour Academy. She and her husband have four children and are active parishioners at Gesu Parish where she is involved with the Gesu Youth Group. She is also a member of the Gesu Womens Guild. Chris has been to Honduras numerous times with...
  • David Smith - Founder and President Emeritus
    David Smith is a founding member of Honduran Children's Rescue Fund and serves as the President. He is a former Director of Sales Operations from Swagelok Company in Solon, OH. He obtained his B.S. in Economics at Villanova University. He is also a honorary Board Member of The Newman Foundation of Northeast Ohio and an active member of Gesu Parish.
  • Joe Ciuni - Vice President
    Joe Ciuni is a Practice Leader and Municipal Engineer for the GPD Group-Architects, Engineers, Planners. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Professional Surveyor in the state of Ohio. He serves as the named City Engineer for Beachwood, Hunting Valley, Bedford, Shaker Heights, Streetsboro, and University Heights.
    Joe coached CYO Soccer for the boys and girls at GESU for 15 years. For the...
  • Sheila Birch - Treasurer of Honduran Childrens Rescue Fund
    Sheila is the Treasurer. Retired CPA, and former audit partner from Ciuni and Panachi Inc, she brings her experience with small business, government and nonprofits. She graduated from Ursuline College and completed her accounting studies at John Carroll University. She was the Treasurer for Recovery Resources, Inc. and the Bratenahl Community Foundation.
  • Board Members

  • Alby Glassmeyer
  • Ashley Ponce - Director of Marketing & Social Media
    Ashley Ponce is the Intake & Referral Specialist for Catholic Charities Migration & Refugee Legal Services. She previously worked at Church of the Gesu where she became connected with HCRF and the Honduras Mission. She received her Bachelors Degree in Spanish from John Carroll University. Ashley has served as a co-leader and translator on the Mission Trips. She is presently the Director of...
  • Dale Lewis of Honduran Children's Rescue Fund
    Dale was employed at Saint Luke's Medical Center for 35 years until its closing in 2000. Most of those years, Dale was the Director of Pharmacy Services. He then worked at Kindred Hospital for eleven years. Retired now, Dale is involved in numerous volunteer activities at Gesu. He coordinates all of the medication for the Gesu medical brigades to Honduras. Dale has been on 20 trips.
  • Father Mike Ausperk
    Father Mike was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and was ordained a priest in 1989 for the Diocese of Cleveland. He served in many parishes and schools. Currently, Fr. Mike Ausperk is assigned to Holy Family Church in Stow. He organizes and leads an annual medical mission for Holy Family Parish in association with Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos.
  • Dr. Jack Licate
    Jack A. Licate, Ph.D. received his B.S. from St. Louis University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He has lived and worked in Mexico and traveled to Honduras numerous times. He is the retired Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic's Division of Institutional Relations and Development.
  • Karl Kiser, S.J.
    Fr. Karl Kiser, S.J. is the Pastor of the Church of the Gesu in University Heights, Ohio. He was Jesuit High School administrator for many years in Detroit. While in Detroit, he took many groups of students and medical professionals to Sociedad Amigo de los Niños when he had the opportunity to meet Sr. Maria Rosa and work with the children. He also lived in Peru in the early 1990s. Fr. Kiser...
  • Dr. Megan Smith
    Megan Smith, MD, MPH is a physician in Nashville, Tennessee with family ties to HCRF. Early experiences traveling to Honduras shaped her interest in medicine and public health. Her professional interests include equitable healthcare and preventive medicine. Dr. Smith continues her efforts as Medical Liaison for the Honduran Children's Rescue Fund Board.
  • Patricia Brubaker
    Pat is a retired educator and professional counselor who has worked at both the university and high school levels. She spent the last twenty years of her career at Gilmour Academy where she was introduced to the mission of Sister Rosa through the student trips Gilmour took each year to Nuevo Paraiso. From her first trip to Honduras, her heart was filled with the people of Honduras and she knew she...
  • Rosemary Nemeth
    Rosemary Nemeth has taught in the Catholic Diocese for over 38 years. 34 of the years have been at Gesu School. She teaches part time at John Carroll University in the Education Department and for WVIZ/PBS Ideastream. Ms. Nemeth introduced the popular JCU Science Olympiad for Catholic Schools throughout the Cleveland Diocese. She fell in love with the children of Honduras during the Summers of 2009...
  • Tom Newcomb
    Tom is a graduate of Denison University. For the last thirty years Tom has traveled nationally and internationally as the owner of Corporate Dining, Inc. and Campus Dining, Inc. an operations consulting firms in onsite dining. He has traveled to Honduras each year since 2009 to escort student trips and work construction projects at Nuevo Paraiso, one of Sociedad Amigos de los Niños Social Programs.