Rachel Zelon has been working in the field of humanitarian assistance and development for over three decades. Rachel was a founding member of HRI in 2009. Her energies have been focused on child protection, promoting the rights of children, and working towards a world where children’s rights include having access to all basic needs. Her leadership has resulted in the promotion of expanded access to critical nutrition, clean water, decent sanitation, health care, and education for vulnerable children living in extreme poverty. In recent years, the scope of her work has expanded to include the fight against child trafficking into institutionalized care in Haiti. Rachel has her Masters Degree in Social Work.
Steve Whetstone has dedicated a nearly 40 year career to serving low income and vulnerable families through nonprofits. He began working with small businesses to create jobs for low income households and then transitioned to working in the nonprofit sector, focusing on nonprofit accounting, legal, board development, strategic planning, logistics & distribution, partner development, special projects, disaster response, communications, media, fundraising, program development and more. Steve has now begun to share a lifetime of experience and knowledge with non-profits, building their capacity to operate more effectively through strategic planning, board development, budgeting and program alignment.
Jennifer has worked in international development and organization management since 2003. She is regarded for growing nonprofits through partner development, fundraising, grant and foundation partnerships, communications, volunteer and internship management, and more. She has led group mission teams for nearly 15 years. She's also improved and expanded development projects and monitoring and evaluation in the field. She's worked with local and federal law enforcement and other agencies to identify and serve victims of child trafficking and sex trafficking in the U.S. and abroad and is credited for opening a successful rehabilitation home.
José is a strategic thinker and a bridge builder between stakeholders. He is a senior strategy and management expert with more than 15 years of experience in international development. With an extensive career in both field and leadership roles with Global Communities and the Honduran National Human Rights Commission, José has led efforts on climate change, economic growth, youth, and public health with partners such as USAID, United Nations, Global Fund, and World Bank in the Latin America region. He spent 2019-2020 as Edward Mason Fellow at Harvard University at the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he earned a Master in Public Administration degree and a Certification in Management, Leadership and Decision Sciences. He also holds a Master’s degree in Project Administration from Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana and a BS in Socioeconomic Development and Environment from Zamorano University. José is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Dr. Georges has worked ten years in public health with a focus on program management. In Haiti, she worked eight years in the public and private sector through the Ministry of Health and international NGOs. She has expertise in community health, health system strengthening and emergency response. She worked two years in the U.S. on a health system-strengthening project supporting local ministries of health in three countries in West Africa and on a project addressing STDs transmission among vulnerable populations. In 2010, following the devastating earthquake and cholera outbreak in Haiti, Dr. Georges supported in Petite Riviere de L'Artibonite a project addressing poor education and hygiene among children severely affected by poverty. She obtained her medical degree in Haiti and her Master of Public Health in the U.S. through the Fulbright Scholarship. She completed a Master of Science in Tropical and Infectious Diseases at the University of Liverpool in U.K. She got a certificate on HIV/AIDS Program Management at Galilee International Management Institute in Israel.
Hector Alay is a Guatemalan professional that has been working in the development sector with churches, NGOs, and local organizations for more than two decades. Hector brings to HRI new ideas, new allies, versatility and growth that has called the attention of government institutions and other NGOs in the country. His efforts focus on developing social capital, opening opportunities for leadership within the communities, especially youth and women, and engaging these leaders as the main protagonists of their own process of development, contributing to the autonomy of the communities. Hector has a Master’s Degree in Education for Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
Dr. Worley is a Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Disorders physician in private practice. Born and raised in Oklahoma, he completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Oklahoma. Following this he entered active duty in the U.S. Army and completed his Internal Medical, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Disorders training at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX and remains Board-Certified in all of these specialties. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army he entered into private practice in Tulsa, Ok. In addition to a very active private practice, Dr. Worley develops, designs, and manufactures numerous medical products many of which are currently being used throughout the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Worley is married to Kay Worley, M.D., a Neurophysiology Neurologist and has three children.
Dan Hensiek is a native Oklahoman and a founding Partner of Architecture 9 PLLLP, which specializes in providing design and construction over-site of Public Schools for the State of California. Dan is a 1994 graduate of Oklahoma State University with degrees in Structural Engineering and Architecture. Additionally, Dan has a Masters of Business degree from Phoenix University. His interest in public school construction, especially in impoverished communities is one of the leading reasons for his interest in HRI. In his spare time Dan enjoys collecting art, working on his antique car and his never-ending house construction project.
Fr. George is the Presbyter of St. Antony Orthodox Christian Church (Antiochian Archdiocese) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has held this position since 1981. Fr. George is a 1980 graduate of Oral Roberts Seminary and a 1968 graduate of Bucknell University. Fr. George served in the United States Army and in Viet Nam as a combat officer with the 25th Infantry. He was born in Vermont, raised in Buffalo, New York and lived in Colorado Springs before moving to Tulsa. He has a strong interest in counseling and loves to sail and build. He and his wife Claudia, and three dogs, live in an eco-friendly home they have been building. Fr. George and Claudia have two sons who live and work in the Tulsa community.
Bill Sage has worked with and for both governmental and non-governmental organizations and agencies including the United States Agency for International Development, the International Rescue Committee, Catholic Charities, Church World Service, the International Catholic Migration Commission and International Orthodox Christian Charities. He served as Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University for nearly a decade and previously served as Senior Consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Office in New Delhi, India. He has a BA in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration. He is currently an Independent Consultant.
Mr. Wind is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), having worked off and on with the Agency primarily overseas on diplomatic assignments from 1990 to 2019 in Peru, Nicaragua, Angola, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and South Africa\Southern Africa Regional. In this role he provided oversight to U.S. government foreign aid development and humanitarian assistance, and supported U.S. Ambassadors as their senior development officer on multiple U.S. Embassy Country Teams. He previously worked as the Global Programme Coordinator for the International Save the Children Alliance Secretariat and as a Country Director and Health Sector Coordinator for different nonprofit private voluntary organizations including CARE and PLAN International in a range of countries including Ecuador, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and the United Kingdom. He began his career as a Rural Public Health U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador from 1980-1982. He graduated from the University of Chicago and is originally a New Yorker, although he currently resides in Fairfax County Virginia.
Julie Barnett has worked in the technology side of health care for the last 20+ years and has a degree in business and management. She currently works for OU Health as the Director of Enterprise and Vended Applications. In support of the mission and vision of Oklahoma’s leader in patient care, education and research, she is accountable to help provide compassionate patient and family centered care for everyone in the community. Julie and her husband have two children, five grandchildren and enjoy gardening and tennis.
Renee Vendetti has been a grants management specialist and consultant for more than two decades. Her contracts included Tetra Tech ARD, University of Arkansas, Feed The Children, ARD, and others. She has experience working in 24 countries managing contracts, developing manuals, writing legal documents, managing policy and procedure oversight, and more. Her largest grant she managed was a $55 million USD grant portfolio. Renee graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Accounting and then from the University of Arkansas with a M.S. in Agricultural Economics.