Beverly Richard Cook holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Kentucky and teaches at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She serves Pathways as a translator/interpreter and helps with various book projects. She traveled to the Dominican Republic with Pathways in 2012 and hopes to return to the DR very soon. She lives in Palatine.
Rosella Deardorff has a background in teaching and drama, with degrees from Calvin College. She has worked on literacy-related projects in the Dominican Republic for more than ten years, in large part with church mission and partnerships with local congregations there. She is most passionate about empowering teachers and revising curriculum to increase library usage and literacy techniques. She has lived and worked in Indonesia, Iran and the U.S., and currently lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Rev. Jeffrey Deardorff. They have two daughters, Heather and Sarah.
Amy Dolan is founder, leader and blogger for Lemon Lime Kids, a children’s ministry consulting company that seeks to encourage churches to consider a fresh approach to leading and teaching children. In addition to her consulting work, Amy leads the strategic curriculum development for Phil Vischer’s new curriculum What’s in the Bible? (whatsinthebible.com), and serves as Director for the innovative project “What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry” (cmwhatmatters.com). She is proud to be married to her husband Kelly, and loves living in the Chicago area. Amy blogs at lemonlimekids.com and tweets at @adolan.
Beth Drost has a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and a Master’s Degree in Gerontology. During her working career she worked in Adult Day Care, Senior Shared Housing, Long Term care and finally found her passion as the Director of an Assisted Living Facility. She has been on the Senior Commission of Arlington Heights for 17 years, was the Director of Senior Ministry at her church and continues to adovcate for that group. In retirement, Beth and her husband, George, have chosen a different group to advocate for: children in crisis. They are licensed with DCFS in Illinois and have hosted over 15 children in the last 4 years through the Safe Families Program. Beth joined the board of Pathways to Global Literacy hoping to help advance the efforts worldwide to improve literacy. Beth and George have 3 married children, and are expecting their 12th grandchild in 2013.
Nancy Griffin Kilby holds a B.A. in American Studies and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina. She worked briefly as a VISTA attorney in Alaska addressing issues in education and for the federal government in Washington, D.C. More recently, she worked as a program assistant in the resource center of a local elementary school. This experience made her familiar with library organization and technologies. She became interested in literacy issues in the Dominican Republic through working with Dominican women during annual church mission trips. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Eric, where she is an active “Friend of the Library.” They have two married children.
Sarah Deardorff Miller has a doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University, focusing on refugees. She has worked with various think tanks, academic institutions and non-profit organizations internationally, and became particularly interested in literacy issues in the Dominican Republic through years of participation with the church mission project there. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, daughter and two dogs.
Donna Pauly is a retired educator: classroom teacher (8 years) and school librarian (27 years). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and library science as well as a Masters degree in Reading Education. She is currently a trustee of the Rolling Meadows Library (10 years), chairman of the development committee and member of the finance committee. She resides in Rolling Meadows with her husband, Jack. They have two married children and one grandchild.
Carolyn Selke is a CPA serving the Chicagoland business community for the past 20 years. She has been involved in many business, church and nonprofit organizations during the past 25 years. She lives in Arlington Heights with her recently retired husband, Dan and sons, Brian and Eric.
Coming soon: Bios of our partners in the Dominican Republic