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El Salvador and Honduras are two of the seven countries that make up Central America.
Both countries struggle with high rates of poverty, family breakdown, and crime and violence, and have scores of abandoned and incarcerated youth who desperately need a hope and a future.
And that's when it hit Greg and Libby.
They came home and began to write to everyone they knew, seeking support for these needy children. Three months later, 15 friends returned to El Salvador to help the cause. Since then, thousands of people have given generously, gone on trips, and helped abandoned and incarcerated youth succeed in El Salvador and Honduras.
Today, Greg continues to run a realty company in Hampton Roads, Virginia and travels frequently to Central America to spend time with the youth and further the mission of Orphan Helpers.
For 14 years, Greg Garrett had been praying and seeking God’s will for his life. “It kept coming back to orphans,” he said. In 2000, he was supposed to be online searching for an anniversary cruise but he kept looking at orphans and orphanages. He asked his wife, Libby, to rethink the cruise idea and instead go with him in search of orphans in Central America.
They flew to El Salvador and found a nearby church, where they met a bilingual member who agreed to ride around with them. They came upon a 100-year-old deteriorating orphanage with 250 children being cared for by only six adults; not a single commode or shower worked. One of the babies had been found in the trash the previous night.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Dave is the Founder of D & A Dunlevy Landscapers, a company in the Washington, DC area that began in 1982. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2012. Dave and his wife Angie live in Frederick, Maryland.
Board Vice Chair
Mike is former President and CEO of American Maritime Holdings and Técnico Corporation. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009. Mike and his wife Diane live in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Greg is Co-Founder of the non-profit Embracing the Journey. Previously, he was a partner and Executive Vice President in Acosta Sales and Marketing. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010. Greg and his wife Lynn live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Greg leads the Orphan Helpers team in carrying out the mission to equip abandoned and incarcerated youth for success. Prior to Orphan Helpers, he served 16 years in key leadership positions on Capitol Hill, in the U.S. Department of Justice, and at the Kansas Department for Children and Families. Greg received a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University in Virginia.
Director of U.S. Partnerships
Ron builds partnerships between Orphan Helpers and churches, individuals, civic organizations, and businesses. Before coming to Orphan Helpers in 2011, Ron served 40 years in pastoral ministry in Lawrence, Kansas, and Harbor Springs, Michigan. He graduated from Ozark Christian College and received his master's degree in Religious Studies from the University of Kansas.
Honduras Country Director
Nahun leads the Orphan Helpers team in Honduras. For the past 12 years, he has worked in violence prevention and youth leadership development programs at Christian Stewardship Ministries, the Association for a More Just Society, and World Vision. Nahun earned his master's degree in Project Management from UNITEC (Central American Technological University).
El Salvador Country Director
Soledad oversees all programs and operations in El Salvador. In 2007, Soledad joined the Orphan Helpers team after serving for 13 years in leadership positions at the country’s child welfare department (ISNA). A social worker by profession, she has worked throughout Central and South America helping abused and abandoned children.
Director of Central American Partnerships
Edward develops relationships with Central American groups, including churches, businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. He works throughout Honduras and El Salvador to recruit partners who want to help children and youth succeed. Edward first began as a volunteer with Orphan Helpers in 2008 following 22 years of service in the U.S. Air Force.
Justin is a Salesforce Solution Architect for Galvin Technologies. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015. Justin and his wife Courtney live in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Joe is the founder and President of Public Transportation Insurance Specialist, Inc. He is also the President of ILMFC Boat Charters. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2017. Joe and his wife Rebecca live in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Tony is the founder of Sandoval Investigative Consulting, LLC. Previously, he served with the FBI as a supervisory special agent. He also has served as a missionary and as a pastor. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2017. Tony and his wife Melody divide their time between New Mexico, and South Carolina.
David is a retired Brigadier General with the Virginia Air National Guard. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2003. David and his wife Terilyn Goins live in Yorktown, Virginia.
Tom is retired President of Manthei Incorporated. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2007. Tom and his wife Teri live in Petoskey, Michigan