Board of Directors
Jennifer Ludlum, President and Co-founder, has over a decade of experience working in nonprofit management and operations. Currently, Jen works as a photographer, specializing in landscape and wildlife photography. She lives in Atlanta, GA and loves nature and being outside – hiking, biking, and golf are among her favorite outdoor activities.
Jen had the opportunity to live in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2008-09 and was connected with Sr. Ethel Normoyle when the Missionvale Care Center was in need of a Financial and Fundraising Administrator. Jen began working with Sr. Ethel at the Care Center and found it to be a life-changing experience, which ultimately led Jen to establish Missionvale USA.
To hear more about Jen’s personal experience with Sr. Ethel and the Missionvale Care Center, click here.
Sue Rehmus, Vice-president and Co-founder, is an internationally experienced communication professional with expertise in executive, employee, and organizational change communications. Sue has lived in Dubai and South Africa on international work assignments and it was during her time in South Africa that she became connected with Sr. Ethel Normoyle and the Missionvale Care Center.
Sue enjoys playing the acoustic guitar, writing songs, and singing. She is also the Founder of the nonprofit organization CHUMS (Children’s Hope for Understanding Multiple Sclerosis) which she started in 1993 as a tribute to her father who suffered from MS.
Ben Worthington, Secretary, has extensive experience in community service. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Epilepsy Foundation in Middle Tennessee since1988, led a coalition of three communities to interact with local and state government, and serves as International Goodwill Ambassador for Missionvale. Ben currently works for Ford Motor Company as an engineer in its Powertrain organization and he and his wife, Linda, live in Detroit, Michigan.
An international service assignment led Ben and Linda to Port Elizabeth, South Africa for two years (2010-2012). It was such a great opportunity to become involved with the Missionvale Care Center and the Ford Wellness Group while working on this project. Missionvale is a township whose people lead and inspire you to help them succeed. This experience – this cultural immersion – has bound our hearts to the people of South Africa. We are honored to join this remarkable journey with its branches to other countries that support this township. The success of many other parts of the world are tied to what happens in Missionvale because its “plan” can translate into any language.
Dan Gensler, Treasurer, is the founder and President of The Gensler Group, which he began in 1995. The Gensler Group is Coronado’s boutique financial planning and investment firm serving individuals, families and business owners alike. Dan’s ability to combine compassion with financial expertise has been the foundation of his success. He co-authored Essential Truths about Investing, a Guide for Managing your Life Savings.
Dan is past president of the Rotary Club of Coronado and continues to be active with Rotary on a local and global scale. He is currently the Treasurer of the Sharp Coronado Hospital Foundation and a board member for Sharp Coronado Hospital. He Chairs the finance council at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and is Chair of the Investment Subcommittee for the Coronado Yacht Club. Dan is passionate about helping the needy and poor and continues to be involved in fundraising and outreach trips to Missionvale, South Africa.
Dan and his wife, Chris, live in Coronado, California and often visit daughters Lauren (in New York) and Brooke (at University of Notre Dame). In his free time, Dan enjoys water and snow skiing, spending time with his family, playing drums, and pursuing humanitarian efforts.
Rebecca Martin (Becky) lives and works to serve others. She works as a Behavior Modification Specialist with at-risk youth in Atlanta, Georgia. She serves on an Intensive Family Intervention team that specializes in Crisis Management for at-risk children and families. She has served many roles for numerous community outreach campaigns both in Charlotte, North Carolina and in New Orleans, Louisiana. With over a decade of dedication to serving others, Becky looks for any opportunity to help.
Becky spends her free time playing rugby and coaching UGA’s Women’s Rugby Club. She is the Compliance Officer for the Southern Independent Rugby Conference, holds an officer position for the Atlanta Harlequins, serves on many committees, and has been voted into leadership roles to enhance the lives of young females through sport.
Jill Olen, is currently the Regional Program Director of Emergency Management for the U.S. Navy. She is also a licensed attorney and teaches graduate level courses for National University in Homeland Security and Engineering Management.
Jill is an expert in humanitarian aid and disaster response. Her heart is big and her compassion for those in need is endless. She is the Vice-chair of the San Diego Foundation Regional Disaster Fund, an Emeritus Trustee for the San Diego Police Foundation and a member of the Rotary Club Coronado.
Jill’s first experience with Missionvale was in June 2013 when she accompanied Coronado Rotary members to the Missionvale Care Center. She was very moved by the situation and has a strong desire to find solutions.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!