Meet Our Board Members
Jody Greenlee, RN,
Executive Director, Lexington, KY
Jody is the mother of three young adults. .As a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing in 1980, Jody spent the first 9 years of her career in pediatric nursing working in pediatric hematology and NICU. She retired from hospital nursing in 2000 to foster a child from Guatemala who came to the United States for surgery. She served as Board President of Children of the Americas for six years, and stepped down to VP in April 2009. She serves on the executive board of her neighborhood association. She has traveled to Guatemala annually over the last fourteen years while serving on medical missions and to oversee the services provided by Finding Freedom through Friendship. Her experience in networking services, and her dedication to assisting abandoned women in Guatemala will be her biggest asset offered to FFF.
LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
receives people with spiritual needs. Its calling is to serve to restore lives, marriages, families and souls. As an extension of this calling, we help families with food, supplies, medications or any other needs they may have. Finding Freedom through Friendship's board members, Fabiola and Vinicio de Samayoa, minister in this church in Xela, Guatemal
Our partners share our dedication toward assisting our single mother clients
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Mayan Center for Education and Development is a one-of-a-kind training facility which harnesses agro-forestry to combat the chronic high levels of child malnutrition. The children affected by this illness live in two dozen villages in the isolated northwestern region of Huehuetenango in western Guatemala. AAV provides education opportunities that extend to some 250 villages in the region.
Finding Freedom through Friendship partners with AAV to meet the nutritional, educational and housing needs of six single mothers with a combined number of eighteen children.
knows that more than 500 million girls and women will be denied the opportunity to take part in the next generation's development.Organizations working for girls and women currently raise less than half the average amount raised by other nonprofits and charities.Catapult can change that through partnering with existing nonprofits such as ours by using their expertise in crowdfunding.
Rae Ella House
Design & Marketing, Lexington, KY
Lexington native, Rae Ella built her portfolio and developed professional contacts as Senior Art Director at one of Kentucky's top marketing firms, where she worked on high-profile projects and national accounts. In 1984, Rae launched her own marketing firm with a roster of more than 40 regular clients. Her imaginative concepts and striking executions are the driving force in her business, with marketing strategies that lead to positive bottom-line results and documented successes. Rae's career spans almost 40 years, and her work has been recognized for creative excellence by a number of professional organizations and earning more than 140 ADDY awards.
Rae is involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors, is a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church. She feels honored to be involved through pro bono design work for non-profits, such as Lexington Dream Factory, Children of the Americas, Finding Freedom Through Friendship, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Hospice of the Bluegrass, Hospice of Jessamine County, Lexington Humane Society, Woodford Humane Society, Calvary Baptist Church, National Kidney Foundation, Ryan Harris Memorial, JustFundKy, High Street Neighborhood Center, and many others.
Carol Kremer, CRNA
Carol Kremer, BSN,CRNA, received a BSN from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. Carol graduated from Eastern Maine Medical Center School of Anesthesia in Bangor, ME. Currently Carol is employed by Narragansett Bay Anesthesia in Providence, RI. Carol has two adopted daughters. She enjoys reading, traveling, photography and spending time with her daughters.
With her interest in Guatemala, and her history of supporting specific humanitarian needs within the country, Carol brings a compassion for benefiting Central American women to our board.
Mary Kay Hall, RN
Mary Kay first discovered Guatemala on a mission trip in 2007, and returned in 2011. She has continued to volunteer her time and enthusiasm toward issues concerning Guatemala. She has voluteered at medical clinics in Lexington, and parts of Appalachia that are isolated from readily available medical care.
Mary Kay has excellent organizational skills and is known for her compassionate spirit and interest in assisting to make a significant difference in the lives of those in need. She graduated from Samuel Merritt Hospital School of Nursing in Oakland, CA in 1976 and earned her BSN at EKU in 1992. Her work experience includes psychiatric nursing, ER, and ICU nursing. She is employed at Baptist Physicians Surgery Center in PACU.
Married to husband Joe, Mary Kay enjoys making stained and fused glass art, reading, thoroughbred horseracing. She and Joe especially love traveling with their grandchildren.
Fabiola and Vinicio de Samoyoa
Fabiola and her husband Vinicio are lifelong residents of Guatemala.
With a background in public accounting and auditing, Fabiola has been well prepared for providing the educational needs of her four-homeschooled children. Vinicio has a business administration background and serves as a minister in Guatemala. The Samoyoa's desire to “show God’s love to people in the best possible way, by serving others.”
This couple has been a reliable resource in providing communication between Freedom through Friendship board members and some of the clients they are attempting to assist and they have arranged valuable business contacts for FFF in Guatemala. Their willingness to help within Guatemala and their ability to network help for clients will be their strengths. This husband and wife team have excellent communication skills, empathetic hearts and are fluent in English.
Mike McNevin, MD
Board Vice President, Denver, Colorado
Mike, (husband of Wendy) graduated in 1985 from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Zoology and a minor in French. Following their move to the University of Kentucky, Mike acquired his medical degree. He went onto graduate from the University of Minnesota in 1993 following his anesthesia residency.
Mike currently serves as a staff anesthesiologist at Kaiser Permenente in Denver, Colorado. In the year 2000 he accepted the position of Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado. He is also a consultant for the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners. In his spare time, Mike enjoys biking, golf, music, snowboarding and being an active participant as a Boy Scout leader. Mike’s leadership skills and his love of people, combined with his sense of fairness will be an asset to the board. He is an excellent fundraiser while projecting his enthusiasm for helping those in need.
Board President, Denver, Colorado
Wendy resides in Denver, Colorado, and is the mother of three young adults. She graduated in 1985 from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah with a B.A. in Linguistics and a minor in French. While living in Kentucky she finished her education with a Masters in Library and Information Science in 1987.
As a woman of faith and dedication to family, Wendy will bring enthusiasm for helping other women achieve their potential in Finding Freedom through Friendship. Her talents include information management and commitment to seeing a project to completion.
Board Member, Middle East Director
With a master’s degree in computer science/electrical engineering and over thirty years in management, technical, financial and marketing experience at Lexmark and IBM, Marguerite brings a broad set of strengths.
In retirement, Marguerite develops programs to alleviate poverty through sustainable and scalable social solutions to provide assets, create jobs and raise the standard of living. Her focus is largely in Africa. Marguerite’s strong commitment, energy and dedication to ease destitution is contagious and indisputable.