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.
In 2008, 2010 and 2012, I had the privilege of accompanying each of my children on a trip to Honduras through Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Indianapolis. It was great to experience this very different world with them. Since the first trip, we have been sponsoring Zabdi in Nuevo Paraiso and Alexa in Pedro Atala. It seems these two young ladies have become part of our family. I joined the FHC Board as Treasurer in 2012 and have seen firsthand how generous people are toward the needs and have a better understanding of the significant challenges facing orphans in Honduras. I utilize my accounting skills in my work with Eli Lilly and Company where I have worked for 25 years.
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.
Susan Conner OʼReilly
I have been involved with SAN and
FHC since 2009 and have traveled to Honduras five times. I have chaperoned four trips with Butler University. While our trips have been sponsored by the Butler Catholic Community (BCC) and have been made up of primarily Butler students, we have also had Indiana University and Ball State students, and our trips have included travelers from a variety of faith traditions. My family sponsors Zadira Nicole in Nuevo Paraiso and Carlos Jose in Pedro Atala. I have worked with college students for my entire career, teaching at Ivy Tech and IUPUI, as well as volunteering for 7 years with the BCC. I am a nurse and currently teach community health at the IU School of Nursing in Indianapolis.
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.
My wife, Sharon, and I have been members of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish for more than 30 years. Our three adult children all graduated from IHM grade school. I have been employed in both the public and private sector, in such positions as Deputy Mayor for the City of Indianapolis and partner with the law firm of Ice Miller. I am currently President of the Saint Vincent DePaul Archdiocesan Society for Indianapolis and an officer in the Indianapolis Serra Club. I traveled to Honduras for the first time in February of 2014 with an Immaculate Heart of Mary mission group and joined the board of FHC less than a year later