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Dedicated, hard-working and committed to achieving our mission

Christel DeHaan 1942-2020
Founder, Christel House International

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, Christel House International

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Our Leadership
Bart Peterson
President and CEO, Christel House International
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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
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Development
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Morty Ballen
Senior Vice President, Global Academics
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Jaison C. Mathew
CEO, Christel House India
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Hon. Sally Porteous
CEO, Christel House Jamaica
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Javier Alarcón Benet
Executive Director, Christel House Mexico
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Adrienne Marais
CEO, Christel House South Africa
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Dr. Sarah Weimer
Executive Director, Christel House Indianapolis
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Our Christel House International Board
Olivier Chavy
Florida
President, Panorama
Nancy Gillespie
Florida
Retired Human Development Economist, World Bank
Gordon S. Gurnik
Florida
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Hilton Grand Vacations
Don Harrill
Florida
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Orange Lake Resorts
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
Illinois
Principal, Shiel Design Company
Lucas Montarce
Indiana
Vice President and CFO of Lilly's International Business Unit, Eli Lilly and Company
Guido Neels
Indiana
Operating Partner, EW Healthcare Partners
Marc Nichols
New York
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Saab, Inc.
Bart Peterson
Indiana
President and CEO, Christel House International
Stephen Ross
Maine
Board Chair, Christel House International; Retired CEO of Edcon (Republic of South Africa)
Dennert O. Ware
Texas
Retired 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