Board of Directors
NPH USA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. In addition to our national office located in Illinois, we have six regional offices, each of which has its own volunteer Board of Directors. The members of our boards have diverse professional backgrounds and expertise, but each actively works to raise funds for and awareness of NPH USA and our mission.
National Board – Officers
John Shinsky, Chair
John Shinsky is a Professor and Department Chairperson in the College of Education at Grand Valley State University. John graduated from Michigan State University and was a former special education teacher and K-12 Director of Special Education for 27 years.
John and his wife Cindy are the co-founders of Ciudad de los Niños de Matamoros Mexico, which opened on September 5, 2009. Ciudad de los Niños is now part of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos. John was an orphan growing up and was able to attend Michigan State University because of a football scholarship. Cindy’s family supported over 100 foster children in their home while growing up. John and Cindy are passionately involved with Ciudad de los Niños, NPH, NPH USA, and continue to lead numerous fundraising activities to support the children of NPH.
Nestor Jaramillo, Vice Chair
Nestor Jaramillo is Managing Director Craig-Hallum Capital Group. After 28 years in the medical device industry serving in multiple roles from engineering to sales and marketing, domestically and internationally, Nestor started his career in investment banking in 2010 joining Cherry Tree & Associates, and in May 2014 joined Craig-Hallum as Managing Director in the Healthcare Team.
Nestor joined NPH USA in 2006 as a board member for the Upper Midwest Region in Minneapolis; in 2011 became the President of the Regional Board, and continues to serve in this role. As a native of Panama, Nestor understands and is passionate about the positive impact that NPH has in transforming the lives of abandoned and disadvantaged children by providing homes, healthcare and educational programs, making a positive impact in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Nestor serves as Board Director for Accumold (Ankeny, Iowa) and Aloe Care International (Minneapolis, MN). Nestor holds a Master Degree in Business from the University of St. Thomas and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota.
Jim Connelly, Treasurer
Jim is a resident of Villanova, PA, where he lives with his wife Eleanor, an educator. Jim was the COO for xpedx and an officer of the parent company (International Paper Company) prior to a buyout when the division he worked for was sold. Today he keeps busy providing consulting services to the investment community. Jim and Eleanor have three children who are all married with children except one who is very engaged in the political arena as a campaign manager for one of the presidential candidates. Jim has a well-defined business acumen as follows: GM and P&L leader of multi-billion dollar operating unit comprised of 65 locations and 4,600 employees. Implemented market-led strategies focused on streamlining sales, supply chain, and logistics processes. Senior leadership role leveraging matrix operating structure in charting strategy and driving execution, through cross-functional collaboration with senior level functional leaders. Jim has an MBA in General Management from Boston University and a BS from Villanova.
Nellie Johnson, At Large
Nellie Johnson is the CEO of CareChoice Cooperative, an organization that manages the business affairs of and directs programs for 100 senior housing facilities. She has over 30 years experience developing new businesses and improving the business practices of not for profit/government organizations. Nellie offers our board her seasoned financial expertise.
Nellie was already sponsoring a number of children, and after reading extensive information about NPH USA, she decided to sponsor two more! She has been on a donor trip and has unbridled confidence in her ability to involve friends and family alike in her passions.
National Board – Members
Judy and her late husband Jim Barrett were longtime friends of NPH Founder Fr. William Wasson and active supporters of NPH for many years. Her decades-long involvement give Judy exceptional insights and first-hand knowledge about the mission of NPH to change the lives of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children in some of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. For several years Judy has coordinated a local group near her home that provides funding for NPH’s St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Haiti. Assisting the “poorest of the poor” is one of her guiding principles. She brings her experience, principles and concern for the children to the NPH USA Board.
Judy is an owner of the historic Chateau Montelena Winery in California’s Napa Valley. Her husband guided Montelena from its rebirth in 1972 until his death in 2013. She has served on numerous local and national charitable boards. She earned her JD degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and is an inactive member of the California Bar Association.
Martha Fogler has been involved with NPH for more than 15 years, including ten years serving on the Southwest Regional Board. She has visited many of the NPH homes, including the homes in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti and Peru. The Fogler family sponsors seven godchildren, whom they know personally and have visited in their respective homes. She is passionate about the work Father Wasson began and is dedicated to helping transform the lives of children by spreading the word about the mission of NPH.
Martha is also currently involved with the local chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, volunteering weekly in their homeless ministry. She also helps at Loyola Academy, a free, Jesuit run, college prep middle school for boys with academic promise, yet without the family resources to afford this educational opportunity. Her volunteer experience spans two decades and she has served in a number leadership roles in the organizations with which she has been involved.
Martha lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and is a mother of three grown children. She is originally from Michigan and still enjoys spending time there. In her free time, she loves to travel, hike, walk her dogs and teach yoga.
Lee L. Huntsman, Ph.D.
After distinguished service in academic leadership spanning more than two decades, Lee Huntsman was named President Emeritus by the University of Washington Board of Regents in July 2004. In this role, he provides leadership in a variety of scientific and policy initiatives underway at the University and in the State of Washington. From 2005 to 2012, he also served as the first executive director of the Life Sciences Discovery Fund Authority, a public-private partnership intended to advance life sciences research in the state.
A particular focus during Dr. Huntsman’s tenure at the UW has been the identification and initiation of new interdisciplinary programs. Currently he is exploring ways the UW and Washington state might become more agile and successful in the reinvention of health care. He also serves on the boards of a number of for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Dr. Huntsman has been elected Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and inducted into the Washington State Life Sciences Hall of Fame.
John Iberle is a retired business executive, formerly with The John Buck Company, a commercial real estate development firm in Chicago. He holds an Economics degree from Loyola University Chicago and an MBA in Finance from University of California at Berkeley.
John has served on several boards in the NPH world, including NPH International and the Fr. Wasson Legacy Endowment, Inc. He has visited seven of the NPH homes. John is a passionate supporter and believer in the amazing work of NPH in fulfilling the mission started by Fr. Wasson almost 60 years ago.
Patrick B. McCormick (Pat) is the Vice President of Insurance for AAA-Washington, the largest personal lines independent insurance agency in Washington State and Idaho. Pat is responsible to lead the agency’s long-term strategic growth plan, the focus of which is to build the agency through household penetration of AAA-Washington’s one million plus members.
Prior to joining AAA-Washington, Pat was Managing Director of Partner Development for PlanMember Financial Corporation. Pat previously served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Distribution for Safeco Life and Investments 1999-2004, and in the same role for Symetra Life Insurance Company from 2004-2010.
Pat is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and he is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, the, the American Society of CLU and ChFCs. Pat attended the University of Minnesota Morris, and in 2008-2009 completed an Executive Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame—Mendoza School of Business.
As a community contributor, Pat serves on both the National and Regional Boards of NPH USA, he has been a Board member of Sound Generations, assisting local area seniors with multiple post-retirement needs. He was former chair of the Board of Directors for the Disability Fund, which provides education, training and assistance to children and adults with developmental disabilities. He is also active in his church. He and his wife Debbie reside in Sammamish, Washington.
Gina Musech brings many years of fundraising experience to NPH USA, serving on development boards for nonprofit and political organizations. Throughout her business career she held accounting and finance positions, and is an inactive CPA. Gina holds a BS in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota.
She is most proud of raising her three children with her husband, Cary. Together they have been passionate supporters of educational organizations that provide opportunities for all children to maximize their God-given gifts, and are proud to be a part of NPH, which embodies that mission.
Gary Rabine is the CEO and Founder of the Rabine Group. Gary’s competitive drive over the last 36 years has helped transform Rabine Paving, a small local driveway company into a group of facilities maintenance companies. The Rabine Group companies are leaders in the commercial paving, roofing, and snow removal industries.
Gary began his journey to build the best paving company in 1981 at 18 years old. Today, Gary and more than 400 Rabine Group team members serve clients locally, regionally and nationally. Along with company leaders and engineers, Gary networks with the best minds in the world to continue leading in innovation.
The Rabine Group made Crain’s Fast Fifty List and INC Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies list for five years. In 2011 Gary received Schaumburg’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, in 2012 he was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2012 he was inducted into the UIC Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. In 2013, Gary received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Illinois for entrepreneurial achievement and making a positive impact on Chicago’s business landscape.
Gary is an active member of many industry associations as well as leadership organizations. Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Turning Point USA (TPUSA), and Job Creators Network (JCN) are among Gary’s favorite leadership organizations providing education and networking to grow individual leadership and job creation. He has founded his own networking and mentorship organization called True Mentors, which connects young people to leaders in business, sports and government.
Gary and his wife, Cheryl Rabine, founded the Rabine Group Foundation, which is a nonprofit that focuses on enriching the lives of children, elderly, and underprivileged individuals. Gary and Cheryl have been married for over 30 years. They have four children. Austin and Janelle are in business leadership positions while Jordain is in a legal consulting career. Their youngest, Nikita, was adopted from an orphanage in Russia when he was 2 1/2. He is now 17 years old and attends Marian Central High School.
Mark Stall is an experienced General Counsel for large and mid-sized companies and an active community volunteer and fundraiser in Cincinnati, Ohio. After completing a Federal judicial clerkship, Mark practiced corporate and commercial law with Buchanan Ingersoll in Pittsburgh, PA and Graydon Head & Ritchey in Cincinnati, OH. Mark subsequently served as General Counsel of xpedx, a division of International Paper, Toyota Industries North America and Cedar Electronics. Mark’s community activities have included serving as the Chair of the Boys Hope Girls Hope “Building Hope Initiative capital campaign, Member of the University of Cincinnati College of Law Board of Visitors, UC College of Law Institute for the Global Practice of Law, Co-Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program and as a member of the Board of Mercy Health Partners Foundation. Mark lives in Cincinnati, OH with his wife, Kathy, a veteran educator. Mark and Kathy have two grown children. Mark has his BS in Business Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and his JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Karin-Joyce (KJ) Tjon
Karin-Joyce (KJ) is Chief Financial Officer at Alorica and brings more than two decades of demonstrated expertise in finance, technology, and operations to the NPH USA National Board. As a member of Alorica’s executive leadership team, KJ leads the company in global corporate finance.
KJ hails from the Netherlands, and worked in Europe and Asia before coming to the U.S. This gives her a unique perspective and ability to build and lead diverse teams while working effectively across very different cultures. KJ comes to the NPH USA National Board of Directors with more than 20 years of demonstrated experience in numerous industries—including Telecommunications, Logistics, Information Technology and Manufacturing—having served as CFO and COO for both public and large-scale private organizations.
Prior to joining Alorica, KJ was COO and President at Scientific Games, where she oversaw P&L for two divisions that accounted for approximately $2.4 billion. Previously, she served as CFO and Executive Vice President at EPIQ Systems, where she managed all areas concerning international corporate finance.
KJ received her bachelor of specialized studies from Ohio University, and her MBA from Columbia University.
KJ and her family have a long history with NPH. Her grandmother was an ardent supporter of NPH’s founder, Father William B. Wasson, and a significant donor in the early stages of NPH. In 2000, KJ’s mother continued to support NPH and volunteers twice a year at NPH Guatemala.
Miguel Venegas joined the NPH family when he was 15 years old along with his two siblings. He graduated from secondary school and then completed his year of service to the NPH family at the home in Miacatlán. He attended the English program in Yarnell, Arizona, mastered the English language, passed his GED, and pursued his college education in the U.S. at the University of Texas at Tyler. Miguel earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in mathematics.
In 1997, he served as the administrator and accountant for the newly opened NPH home in Guatemala. After two years in Guatemala, Miguel returned to Mexico to develop the Finance Department of NPH International (NPHI) where he served as Finance Director for six years.
Miguel is now the Executive Director of NPH International (NPHI) and is based in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He is a member of the NPHI Project Committee, NPHI Consejo Familiar, and chairs the NPHI Finance Committee.