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.
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.
John Duffey is currently a Principal in Lionfish Capital LLC, a private equity company focused on owning and managing small to mid-sized companies. In 2016 and 2017 he served as a director as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of Six Flags Entertainment, an international theme park company with over 40,000 employees. From 2010 to 2015, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Six Flags. Prior to joining Six Flags, Mr. Duffey served as Executive Vice President and Chief Integration Officer of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics from 2008 to 2009, and was responsible for leading the integration of Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics and Dade Behring. Prior to Dade Behring’s acquisition by Siemens AG, from 2001 to 2007, Mr. Duffey served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dade Behring Inc., the largest company in the world solely focused on clinical diagnostics, where he negotiated and led the company through a debt restructuring and entry into the public equity market. Prior to joining Dade Behring, Mr. Duffey was with Price Waterhouse in the Chicago and Detroit practice offices as well as the Washington D.C. National Office. Mr. Duffey holds a B.A. degree in Accounting from Michigan State University (1982).
John joined the NPH USA National Board in 2018. He and his wife Becky have a long history with NPH and visit several of the NPH homes each year. They are also ardent supporters of organizations that assist children with autism and people with developmental disabilities.
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.
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.
Kelly McNamara Corley
Kelly McNamara Corley served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Discover Financial Services, a leading consumer credit, payments and online banking company from 2007-2019. Ms. McNamara Corley’s responsibilities included serving on the firm’s 10 person Executive Committee responsible for management and strategic direction of the Company and managing the Company’s legal advisory, litigation, regulatory and government relations matters. Prior to becoming General Counsel, Ms. McNamara Corley was Managing Director for Morgan Stanley’s Global Government and Regulatory Relations.
Under Ms. McNamara Corley’s leadership Discover’s legal department has been recognized for Pro Bono initiatives, Diversity and Inclusion and Innovation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, a J.D. from Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from George Mason University.
Kelly has been involved with NPH for 10 years. She currently sponsors three children at the NPH home in Guatemala where she has also visited and one child at NPH Nicaragua. She has served on the Midwest Region Board of NPH for five years and is currently serving as Chair.
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.
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.