Jody is the mother of three young adults. As a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing in 1980, Jody spent the first 9 years of her career in pediatric nursing working in pediatric hematology and NICU. She retired from hospital nursing in 2000 to foster a child from Guatemala who came to the United States for surgery. Jody served as Board President of Children of the Americas for six years, and stepped down to VP in April 2009. She serves on the executive board of her neighborhood association. She has traveled to Guatemala annually over the last fifteen years while serving on medical missions and to oversee the services provided by Finding Freedom through Friendship. Her experience in networking services, and her dedication to assisting abandoned women in Guatemala is her biggest asset offered to FFF.
Wendy resides in Denver, Colorado, and is the mother of three young adults. She graduated in 1985 from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah with a B.A. in Linguistics and a minor in French. While living in Kentucky she finished her education with a Masters in Library and Information Science in 1987. As a woman of faith and dedication to family, Wendy will bring enthusiasm for helping other women achieve their potential in Finding Freedom through Friendship. Her talents include information management, a passion for humanitarian efforts and commitment to seeing a project to completion.
Mike (husband of Wendy) graduated in 1985 from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Zoology and a minor in French. Following their move to the University of Kentucky, Mike acquired his medical degree. He went onto graduate from the University of Minnesota in 1993 following his anesthesia residency. Mike currently serves as a staff anesthesiologist at Kaiser Permenente in Denver, Colorado. In the year 2000 he accepted the position of Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado. He is also a consultant for the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners. In his spare time, Mike enjoys biking, golf, music, snowboarding and being an active participant as a Boy Scout leader. Mike’s leadership skills and his love of people, combined with his sense of fairness will be an asset to the board. He is an excellent fundraiser while projecting his enthusiasm for helping those in need.
Fabiola and her husband Vinicio are lifelong residents of Guatemala. With a background in public accounting and auditing, Fabiola has been well prepared for providing the educational needs of her four-homeschooled children. Vinicio has a business administration background and serves as a minister in Guatemala.The Samoyoa’s desire to “show God’s love to people in the best possible way, by serving others.”This couple has been a reliable resource in providing communication between FFF board members and some of the clients they are attempting to assist and they have arranged valuable business contacts for FFF in Guatemala. Their willingness to help within Guatemala and their ability to network help for clients will be their strengths. They have a heart for service.
Carol Kremer, BSN,CRNA, received a BSN from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. Carol graduated from Eastern Maine Medical Center School of Anesthesia in Bangor, ME. Currently Carol is employed by Narragansett Bay Anesthesia in Providence, RI. Carol has two adopted daughters. She enjoys reading, traveling, photography and spending time with her daughters. With her interest in Guatemala, and her history of supporting specific humanitarian needs within the country, Carol brings a compassion for benefiting Central American women to our board.
Mary Kay first discovered Guatemala on a mission trip in 2007, and returned in 2011. She has continued to volunteer her time and enthusiasm toward issues concerning Guatemala. She has volunteered at medical clinics in Lexington, and parts of Appalachia that are isolated from readily available medical care.Mary Kay has excellent organizational skills and is known for her compassionate spirit and interest in assisting to make a significant difference in the lives of those in need. She graduated from Samuel Merritt Hospital School of Nursing in Oakland, CA in 1976 and earned her BSN at EKU in 1992. Her work experience includes psychiatric nursing, ER, and ICU nursing. She is employed at Baptist Physicians Surgery Center in PACU.Married to husband Joe, Mary Kay enjoys making stained and fused glass art, reading, thoroughbred horse racing. She and Joe especially love traveling with their grandchildren.
Lexington native Rae Ella House built her portfolio and developed her professional contacts as Senior Art Director at one of Kentucky’s top advertising & marketing firms, where she worked on high-profile projects and national accounts. In 1984, Rae launched her own one-woman enterprise, which has grown into a full-service design and marketing agency with a roster of more than 50 regular clients. Her imaginative concepts and striking executions are the driving force in her business, and her marketing strategies lead to measurable, positive bottom-line results and documented successes. In a career that spans almost 40 years, Rae’s work has been recognized for creative excellence by a number of professional organizations, and she has earned more than 140 ADDY awards. Rae is involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors, is a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church, and a vocal soloist known for inspirational performances at cantatas, weddings, and funerals. Of all of her accomplishments, Rae is perhaps most proud of her pro bono designs for non-profits, such as Lexington Dream Factory, Children of the Americas, Finding Freedom Through Friendship, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Hospice of the Bluegrass, Hospice of Jessamine County, Lexington Humane Society, Woodford Humane Society, Calvary Baptist Church, National Kidney Foundation, Ryan Harris Memorial, JustFundKy, and the High Street Neighborhood Center.