We are extremely grateful for all the work that our board of volunteers does on behalf of Jubilee and the children and families we reach in Honduras. As a small but growing ministry, we have a small but growing board. Our current board members are:
Paul Ippel, MSW – Board President: Paul is the former executive director for Network 180 (formerly Kent County Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Authority) in Grand Rapids, MI. He volunteers at Rehoboth Christian Schools, CompRenew, World Renew, American Red Cross, and Healthy Homes.
Emily Romero, MA – Board Vice President: Emily is the co-director and co-founder of Jubilee Centers International. She has her Master´s degree in cross-cultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and her Bachelor´s degree in Spanish and international development.
Steve Wonch, MBA, Treasurer: Steve has served VP of finance at USF Holland, CFO for West MI Christian Foundation and Spring Hill Camps. Most recently, Steve served as a VP of Finance at Aquinas College. In addition to serving on Jubilee’s board, Steve is actively engaged with West Michigan organizations, including Frederik Meijer Gardens, Bethany Christian Services, The Salvation Army, The Potters House School and Aquinas College; Angel investor.
Joel Bosch, MS, CPA- Board Officer: Joel is a Certified Public Accountant. He earned a MS in Accounting from Michigan State University and a BA in Business from Calvin College. Joel is the Controller at 42 North Partners in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was previously employed as an Assurance Manager at Ernst & Young.
Kathy DeJong, M.A. – Board Officer: Kathy earned her Bachelor’s degree in bilingual educationand her Master’s degree in reading. Since 1999, she has been the reading specialist for The Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to that, she taught in the Dominican Republic for 15 years.
Annalise Kontras, MEd. – Board Officer: Annalise has her Master´s of education in school leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her Bachelor´s degree in English and secondary education. She works as the assistant principal in a Boston, MA middle/high school.
Erin Kuperus, MA – Board Officer: Erin has her Master´s in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) from Grand Valley State University and her Bachelor´s in Spanish and secondary education from Calvin College. She teaches Spanish at Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, MI. In the summers, she volunteers teaching English to native Spanish speakers.
David Romero, BA – Board Officer: David is the co-director and co-founder of Jubilee Centers International. He has his BA in Education and Technical Industry from National Pedagogy University, Honduras.