Board of Directors

 

jen_bg2 copyJennifer 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.

To hear Sue’s personal experience about her first visit to Missionvale Care Center, click here to read her essay “Numbers.”

Ben Worthington, Secretary, has extensive experience in community service. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Epilepsy Foundation in Middle Tennessee since 1988, 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 lives in Detroit, Michigan. He serves on the Ford FIRST Board of Directors and volunteers as a judge for regional, district, state, and international events. He has continued to support the FIRST Robitics organization in South Africa which includes five other countries under the leadership of Johannes de Vries.

An international service assignment led Ben 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 his heart to the people of South Africa. He is 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 photo copyDan 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. 

Becky Martin pic copyRebecca 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.

Mary Griffin has thirty-three years of Customer Service experience with the airline industry. Her experience with the airlines included navigating through three airline mergers, developing a leadership training program for Pacific Southwest Airlines, managing the Dining and Cabin Service department and managing the USAirways Executive Club in San Diego.

After retirement, Mary joined Rotary. There she served on the board of directors of two Rotary clubs She is also a past president of the Rotary Club of Coronado. She is currently the club Grant’s Chair.

Mary’s love of service resulted in an invitation to visit Missionvale Care Center in 2009 and there she met Sr. Ethel. Disheartened by the poverty of the vale, Mary became part of the Rotary grant writing team and has completed numerous Rotary grants for Missionvale. Mary has visited Missionvale several more times and participated in the distribution of shoes for the needy children of the area.

Mary is married to Robert, a Deacon at Sacred Heart Church in Coronado. They have two adult children, Amy, (who also lives in Coronado) and Bob (who lives in Charleston, SC). They have been blessed with four energetic, loving grandsons.

Mary’s time is devoted to her family, church and community service projects. Mary has served on the parish finance council and as the coordinator of the CCD at another parish. She now serves on the parish Social Ministries council. Her hobby is gardening but her passion has always focused on improving the lives of the less fortunate. Through Rotary Mary has accomplished projects for the children in Lesotho, Lithuania, Mexico and Tanzania. She would now like to focus her efforts on the mission of Sister Ethel and the children of Missionvale.

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!