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ADRA, Goma, Congo
ARAM Trading and Technology, Jordan/Lebanon
ASI Adventist Serviceman Industries
Bogenhoffen Institute, Austria
Chinese Road and Bridge Corp., Ethiopia
ECHO Aid, Australia
Frontline Community Services
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Outpost Centers International
Rotary Club of Beltsville
Rotary Club, Frederick MD
The Quiet Hour TV
Two Mites Charity
Larry and his wife, Sandy, have one daughter, Melissa. His education includes a bachelor of science in biology, a master of arts in teaching with an emphasis in biology/physics, and a master of arts in secondary educational administration. He is currently working on a doctorate in educational administration from Andrews University, where he also obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Larry has served at Grand Ledge Academy in Grand Ledge, Michigan, as both teacher and principal; at Adelphian Academy in Holly, Michigan, as vice principal and boys’ dean; and as principal at Mount Pisgah Academy in North Carolina and Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Maryland. Larry also served for seven years as associate superintendent in the Michigan Conference. He also served as superintendent of schools in the Idaho Conference. Prior to to serving as the vice presidnet of education for the NAD, Larry served as associate director of education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. His duties include secondary education, marketing and technology.
Larry enjoys woodworking, both carving and cabinet making, and nature photography. He is actively involves with technology in many aspects across the division.
When asked for his philosophy on education, Larry said, “I believe strongly in Adventist Christian education! It is our responsibility to help young people grow and develop into well–rounded, healthy, happy, and Christlike adults. Our goal is not only to educate them as good citizens and help them to be productive in our society; it is also our mission to provide them with the training and tools to be committed Seventh–day Adventist Christians, sharing the love they have found in Jesus with those around them. Hope for the Homeland is the theme of our evangelistic thrust this fall, but I believe we need to go a step farther with our young people. We need to instill in their hearts not only the hope for our heavenly homeland but an assurance, through the grace of our Lord, that Christ has paid the price for each young person and that the hope they have is more than a hope for something that is possible in the future. It is a tangible hope, or assurance, in something that has already been purchased for us. Christ is central in all we do in Adventist education, and by His love and grace, our children will stand with us soon face to face with Jesus.”
Dittu Abraham holds a Masters in English from Madras Christian College and a law from degree from Bangalore University. He has held positions of a teacher, editor, legal counsel, and communications director for a large church organization. He currently holds the position of President of Frontline Community Services, a nonprofit program for individuals with disabilities. He is married with two children.
I was lucky enough to be born and raised a Seventh Day Adventist in California.
I graduated from Pacific Union College in 1991 with a degree in accounting. I currently reside in Vancouver, Washington. Since graduating I have worked in various areas of Senior Housing development. In 2010 a small group of family and friends and I joint ventured with a Memory Care development company out of Vancouver, Washington called JEA senior Living.
The joint venture has developed over 20 stand alone memory Care facilities and continues to operate them as well as continuing to develop more properties. I am blessed to be married with 5 kids. I have a passion for kids and would like to do what I can to help those in need.
I am currently involved with International Children’s Care. My partner, Cody Erwin, heads their Board. Through Norma I have been involved in Restore a Child for many years. I think the work that has been done to help kids in need is amazing. I would be honored to help in whatever way I can.
Dr. Rose Gamblin was born in Walla Walla, Washington. At the age of 11 she and her family went to Nigeria, West Africa, as missionaries. After returning from Africa at the age of 16 she graduated from Greater New York Academy. Upon completing her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education from Southwestern Adventist University, she taught in both public and private schools, infant through collegiate levels over the span of 25 years. She earned a Master’s of Education Administration from Frostburg State University, and has completed her Ph.D. in Leadership from Andrews University.
She is the president of MRG Media Ministries, and writes and produces two weekly radio shows for Life Talk—Homeschool Companion, and Education Currents. She has served the Review and Herald as an educational specialist and was instrumental in the development of the I Can Read series and the Life Skills Curriculum. She is the author of eight books and is a contributing author for Kids’ Ministry Ideas and LEAD magazines. Her passion for the gospel and people is contagious.
Rajkumar (“Raj”) Gopala-Rao was born and received his early education in India. He immigrated to the United States with his family and attended Columbia Union College and the University of Maryland, graduating with degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. Raj is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Maryland and works as a Risk Manager at Freddie Mac in McLean, Virginia, a firm he has been employed with for the last twenty-three years. Raj is married to Juanita and they have two children, Ashok and Amina, both students at the University of Maryland.
Julio C. Muñoz is the Manager for Client Experience at Adventist Risk Management (ARM), headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland. Prior to joining ARM as a Marketing Analyst in January of 2012, Muñoz worked with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International for more than 11 years, most recently as Bureau Chief for Marketing and Development.
Originally hailing from sun soaked southern California, Muñoz attended La Sierra University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. A passion for filmmaking and television production drove him to obtain a second Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of Communication. It is this passion that has molded a 20+ year career in public engagement where he has traveled to more than 50 countries and served as a video producer, film editor, correspondent, and was the senior producer and co-anchor of the worldwide television newscast Adventist Newsline.
Muñoz first began working with ADRA in 1993 as a video production intern, just one week after his college graduation. Over the ensuing years Muñoz occasionally assisted ADRA in a number of different production capacities while pursuing his own passion for film by working on multiple independent films. In 2004 he returned to ADRA to combine his communication and marketing skills with his passion for humanitarian work serving as Assistant Director for Marketing and Development where his responsibilities included senior producer for “ADRA’s World Radio” program and associate editor for numerous publications. Becoming Bureau Chief in 2007, his responsibilities included overseeing corporate communication, public relations, and marketing/fundraising activities, which generated more than 12 million dollars each year for life-saving projects around the world.
In January of 2012, Muñoz joined ARM as a marketing analyst. Currently he oversees the Customer Care team to ensure ARM always provides clients with an exceptional experience.
Gerald ("Gerry") Dwain Karst was born in Canada, and prior to his election in July 2000 to serve as a General Vice President of the General Conference Seventh-day Adventist Church, he was Assistant to the President of the World-wide Church.
He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in Michigan and is an ordained minister. For the past 40 years, Karst has served the church in various positions including Pastor-Evangelist of the Alberta Conference, President of the Newfoundland Mission, President of the Middle East Union, Director of Communication and Church Ministries for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada, as well as an Associate Secretary for the General Conference. As VP, among other things, he serves as Chancellor and Board Chair of Adventist University of Africa.
Karst is married to Verna Lillian Moores and the couple has two married children: Julie Diane Satelmayer and Dr. Jeffrey Gerald Karst, and two grandchildren: Kaitlyn & Kyle.
Jonathan Kuntaraf, born into a Buddhist family in Indonesia, was baptized when he was 17. During the past 38 years he has served as a pastor, college professor and administrator. He earned his doctorate degree in ministry from Andrews University in 1979. He is Director of the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
His wife, Kathleen, a third generation Adventist, is a physician and the daughter of a Christian physician. She has served as a hospital physician, as a project coordinator and assistant director with Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), and as a division health director. She is currently the associate director for prevention in the Health Ministries Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Jonathan and Kathleen are partners in preaching, teaching, presenting seminars, and writing, and have seen more than 3,000 precious children of God lead into His kingdom. They have written five books and numerous publications, including Sabbath School Bible Study Guides.
The Lord has blessed them with two children. Their son, Andrew is currently working in the Treasury Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Andrew’s wife is a Social Worker. Their daughter, Andrea, is a graduate of Loma Linda School of Medicine. She and her husband, Patrick, are both physicians working in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Mr. John Youngberg is Associate Professor at Southern Adventist University’s Technology Department, teaching most of the core requirement courses for the Construction Management Associate of Technology (AT) degree.
While in college, he postponed his senior year to be the construction manager building 160 houses for victims of Hurricane David, which destroyed much of the southern end of Dominican Republic. In 1982 he was the recipient of Andrews University’s “Outstanding Service Award”. He graduated with a Bachelor of Industrial Technology degree from Andrews University in 1983. While still in his senior year he was hired as the first paid project manager of Maranatha Flights International (now known as Maranatha Volunteers International), he also became their Executive Secretary. After leaving Maranatha he worked as a commercial superintendant for Hensel Associates, building retirement centers and nursing homes. Mr. Youngberg has owned his own remodeling company and knows what it is like to make payrolls as well as satisfy clients. In 1990 he received a M.Ed. from Wright State University and also received a Bachelor of Art in Spanish. He was inducted to the Spanish Honor Society “Sigma Delta Pi” at that time.
His maternal grandfather was superintendent of construction for Metro-Goldwin Mayer (MGM) movie studios. He is the son of missionary parents and spent the first 11 years of his life in South America living in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Bolivia. He has run dozens of mission trips, a habit he plans to continue every spring break with his students. He and his wife Ivette were missionaries in Micronesia where he was the principal (and re-builder) of Guam Adventist Academy for 7 years. No matter what the job is, there is always something to repair or re-build. His office phone number is (423)236-2567 and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
He has a passion for helping orphans grow to fill leadership positions in society and their church.
Norma Nashed is the Founder and President of Restore a Child. Throughout her childhood she experienced extreme poverty as an orphan. She believes this has prepared her heart to be sensitive to the needs of economically-disadvantaged children and those orphaned due to HIV/AIDS and living on the streets in Africa and elsewhere. She started the organization in 1999 working alone from a small home office.She was one of the first two Jordanian girls to attend the first private pilot course in Jordan. After starting to fly, her training was interrupted by war and she left Jordan. Norma served as secretary to the AOC (Airline Operators Committee-IATA Approved), and elected for seven years. She was the only woman among 41 international airlines managers serving Cairo International Airport, Egypt. She later became Sales Office Manager, then Egypt Sales Promotion Manager for the airline in Egypt. When she immigrated to America in 1985 she co-authored Speaking Professionally, an intermediate-level course in ESL (English-as-a-second language) targeted to the Middle East.
A few weeks after her return she quit her job and started planning and organizing what has developed to be Restore a Child, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization registered in the State of Maryland.
Norma Zaiback Nashed is the President and Founder of Restore a Child, formerly known as Reaching Hearts for Kids. Throughout her childhood she experienced extreme poverty as an orphan. She believes this has prepared her heart to be sensitive to the needs of economically-disadvantaged children and those orphaned due to HIV/AIDS and living on the streets in Africa and elsewhere. She started the organization in 1999 working alone from a small home office.
Norma was born in Ramallah, Palestine but was raised in Jordan. The late Dr. Robert Darnell and his wife, American missionaries in the Middle East, took her into their home as their own daughter and provided her with care and education. She has worked in Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, and the U.S. and traveled extensively in Europe. She speaks Arabic, English, and French. Although she associated with the poor most of her life, through the position and influence of her boss, founder/president/CEO of Royal Jordanian Airlines, Norma was able to meet the late King Hussein of Jordan several times in her own office, and later mingled with other members of royalty.
She was one of the first two Jordanian girls to attend the first private pilot course in Jordan. After starting to fly, her training was interrupted by war and she left Jordan. Norma served as secretary to the AOC (Airline Operators Committee-IATA Approved), and elected for seven years. She was the only woman among 41 international airlines managers serving Cairo International Airport, Egypt. She later became Sales Office Manager, then Egypt Sales Promotion Manager for the airline in Egypt. When she immigrated to America in 1985 she co-authored Speaking Professionally, an intermediate-level course in ESL (English-as-a-second language) targeted to the Middle East.
The idea of caring for needy children began while fighting cancer in 1999, at which time she visited her homeland after an absence of 12 years. She took time to visit the school that she had to clean at 10 years of age to help pay for tuition, a high price to pay for Christian education in a culture that looks down on manual labor. She noticed two students were sent home because their parents could not pay their fees. Immediately her reaction was “How can you punish children for poverty?” It was a natural thing for her to pay $1,000 so that these two innocent children could continue their education. She had done this on several occasions to allow children take their exams when she held the position of Students Account Manager in one school.
Nothing is more important to a displaced child than a stable environment, which is the reason that Norma is determined to see such children sheltered, protected and cared for in homes (orphanages) that provide for their physical and emotional needs; and at the same time ensure access to basic education impacting their lives. Her ministry has grown to serve thousands of children in multiple countries.
In 1999, after returning from a trip to Jordan, her homeland, she quit her job and started planning and organizing what has developed to be Restore a Child, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization registered in the State of Maryland in 2010.