Our Board Members
I am a former Eli Lilly employee who enjoyed a fulfilling 30-year career. In 2004 I traveled to Honduras for the first time as part of an adult group that formed shortly after Hurricane Mitch hit Honduras in 1998. In 2006, my extended stay in Honduras focused on bicycle repair and training. Since 2007 I have led yearly adult trips to Honduras that focus on education, construction and relationship building. As a result of my continued interest in supporting the children of Honduras, I was elected to the Board of Friends of Honduran Children in 2009. I have participated in the planning and execution of two major fundraisers for the Board and was recently elected Chairman in 2012.
As one of the founders of the Outreach Mission at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Indianapolis, I went on the parish's very first trip to Honduras in 2000. A year later, members from that group and I founded Friends of Honduran Children, Inc. I graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Physical Education and Health K-12, with additional credentials through Ball State University in Adapted Physical Education. I taught Physical Education for 12 years at Immaculate Heart of Mary, and pursued my interest in special needs children with one- or two-year teaching positions at St. Mary’s Child Center, Indiana School for the Deaf, and Noble Preschool. Currently I direct FHC's Education and Scholarship fund.
Kathy Martin OʼNeil
I first traveled to Honduras in 2008 with Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Indianapolis, the same year I joined the board of FHC. My family began sponsoring Meri Gabriela Servellón in Nuevo Paraiso and Axel Ariel Sevilla at Pedro Atala (now at Santiago House) after my next trip in 2009. Since then, I’ve been blessed to visit our friends in Honduras about twice a year as a traveler or leader on adult and youth trips. My professional background is in journalism:
I was the managing editor of Outside Magazine and Rand McNally publishing and a freelance writer for several travel magazines. I have three children, the youngest of whom is adopted from Guatemala.
I started going to Honduras in the summer of 2010 when my older daughter went with our church youth group. I fell in love with the children and people of Honduras, their infectious joy, and inspirational faith. I soon volunteered to help with sponsorship so I could remain connected with the children, and have enjoyed being the Director of Sponsorship for several years now as it has given me the opportunity to get to know each of these beautiful children. My own family's visit in December 2011 to bring sponsor presents to the children for Christmas was the start of an annual Christmas mission trip to bring, purchase and wrap presents for more than 200 children each year. Honduras is now our family's second home!
Dr. John Stevens, professor of clinical pediatrics in the section of pulmonology at Indiana University, is a founding board member of FHC. He has traveled to Honduras since the early 2000s and has organized and led many Honduran medical brigades with Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos. While in Honduras he has worked with the tertiary Honduran pediatric hospital, Hospital Maria, and the Thorax Hospital, and has spoken at the Honduran Pediatric Congress. In addition, Dr. Stevens has carried out numerous studies on the prevalence of asthma in children who live in rural areas of Honduras.
Growing up at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Indianapolis, I was first introduced to Friends of Honduran Children in fourth grade when we would write letters to the children in a program called hearts to Honduras. When I was seventeen, I went on my first mission trip to Honduras. I have returned to Honduras numerous times since my first trip and I have been a child sponsor since 2009. I joined the board in 2017. Professionally, I am a registered nurse.
My first trip to Honduras was in June, 2006 with one of my daughter’s, Liz, who was on a return trip after her first youth trip with Immaculate Heart of Mary in 2005. Not always together, she and I have returned many times since then with either the adult group, Christmas brigade, or as leaders with the youth group. The rest of my family has made at least one trip over the years. We have sponsored Kevin and Senaida Zazo since 2006 and they are both now successful college students in Tegucigalpa majoring in nursing and accounting respectfully. I joined the board in 2015 and assist the treasurer and work with the Education and Scholarship Fund.
Anne participated in two Honduras youth trips in 2013 and 2017. She has attended several FHC Galas, and has served on the gala committee. Her family co-sponsors three FHC children and assists a university student as well. She looks forward to becoming more involved with FHC and using her time and talents where needed. Anne feels she still has much to learn about the in’s and out’s of the organization but is a ready and willing learner. Professionally, Anne is a nurse and has worked at Rush in Chicago, St. Vincent’s Women’s Hospital in Indianapolis, and UpJohn Pharmaceutical Company.
Inspired by three family members who had gone multiple times in the past 15 years, my first trip to Honduras was in February of 2014 with Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Since that first trip, I have been back multiple times, always drawn to the faith, simplicity, and sense of family that you cannot help but feel in the presence of the Honduran people. I joined the Board in the fall of 2018 to remain involved with Honduras beyond my mission trips and hope to share my experience and passion for Honduras with those in the greater community. I will be working primarily on FHC’s Education and Scholarship fund.