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Christel DeHaan
Founder and CEO

Everyone faces challenges in life—but the capacity to overcome hardships, learn from mistakes, and forge ahead in the face of immense adversity is a quality inherent in most successful individuals.

The obstacles facing Christel House students are daunting—daily exposure to gang warfare, drugs, alcoholism, hunger, abuse, negative role models, violence, suffering, and discrimination—but every day our students come to school, learn, and set their sights on a better tomorrow. They have dreams, and while at Christel House their aspiration is to make those dreams become reality.

We celebrate their determination and courage. They are breaking through the barriers of poverty to build a new and better life for themselves and a future for their families. They are our heroes, and role models for others to follow.

Sincerely,

Christel DeHaan
Founder and CEO

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Our Leadership
Joseph Schneider
Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
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Cheryl Wendling
Senior Vice President and Secretary
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Barbara S. "Bobbi" Bosch
Vice President, Marketing and Development
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Our Christel House International Board
Christel DeHaan
Indiana
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Christel House International
Nancy Gillespie
Florida
Retired Human Development Economist, World Bank
Gordon S. Gurnik
New Jersey
President, RCI
Don Harrill
Florida
Chief Executive Officer, Orange Lake Resorts
Nelson Hitchcock
New York
Senior Vice President, Scholastic, Inc.
Judith A. Kleiner
New Jersey
Former Senior Vice President, KBC Financial Products
Donald E. Knebel
Indiana
Of Counsel, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Martha Lamkin
Indiana
Retired President and CEO, Lumina Foundation for Education, Inc.
Gail Shiel Mahoney
Indiana
Principal, Shiel Design Company
Lucas Montarce
Indiana
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Development, Strategy and Operations, Elanco
Guido Neels
Indiana
Operating Partner, Essex Woodlands
Neil H. Offen
Maryland
Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Direct Selling Association
Marcia Rowley
Arizona
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, International Cruise & Excursions, Inc.
Dennert O. Ware
Texas
Executive Chairman of the Board, CeloNova BioSciences, Inc.
Cheryl Wendling
Indiana
Senior Vice President, Christel House International
Dr. Matthew Will
Indiana
Director of External Relations and Associate Professor of Finance, University of Indianapolis