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.
Eileen Kooreman, MBA – Board Treasurer: Eileen has her Master´s degree in business administration from Grand Valley State University and is working on her Doctorate in leadership at Andrews University. She is the director of operations at DeVos Urban Leadership in Grand Rapids, MI. She volunteers at Alternative Directions and at Neighborhood Block Club.
April Ruiz, MBA – Board Secretary: April earned her Bachelor´s degree in international business from Davenport University and her Master´s degree in business from Cornerstone University. She is the owner of two businesses: ADM Tutoring, LLC and Candy APEL, LLC. She is a member of the Grade School to Grad School committee in Grand Rapids, MI.
Kathy DeJong, M.A. – Board Officer: Kathy earned her Bachelor’s degree in bilingual education and 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.
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.