Staff

Leadership

Amy Carol Dominguez

President of Hands Offering Hope

Karmina Vargaslugo

Administrative Director, Hands Offering Hope Mexico

Obed

Program Director, Hands Offering Hope Mexico

Advisory Team

Adiel Dominguez

Brian Gawlak

Rachel Gawlak

Board

Claire Tondreau, Chair

Claire Tondreau has a background in brand strategy. After starting her career in advertising, she founded and led a boutique consultancy that helped clients including Barnes & Noble, Citi, Media IQ, Sprint PCS, and Volvo drive brand expansion and revenue growth. She currently works in executive and leadership development, with a focus on women in technology. Claire joined Hands Offering Hope as an executive advisor in 2016, leading annual board meetings and facilitating discussion around key decisions. Claire joined as a director in 2018 and chairs the newly formed Women’s Collective.

Claire spends her time between Brooklyn and New Jersey, loves surfing, and facilitating small changes that can have

Gonzalo Celorio Morayta, Vice Chair

Gonzalo Celorio Morayta is the President of CM Idiomas, one of the leading interpreting agencies in Mexico. His experience is deep in the areas of education, languages, diplomacy, administration and event coordination. Gonzalo has led the interpretation for many significant historical events including the Deputy High Commissioner of the United Nations for Human Rights’ visit to Mexico. He served on the organizing committee for the UN’s Fifth Global Forum on Reinvention of Government as the liaison between the Office of the President for Government Innovation of the Government of Mexico. He has led the translation of significant texts and has authored and published, along with his wife Frances, over a dozen books for teaching English to high school students with several leading publication companies. Gonzalo has worked as a professor at El Colegio de México. Gonzalo joined the HOH board in 2017 and resides in Cuernavaca with his wife, Frances and has three grown children doing amazing things around the globe.

Kim Cordes, Treasurer

Kim has worked as a corporate tax accountant for the past 20 years. She and her husband Scott were married in 2001 and live in Buffalo Grove, Illinois with their nine-year old dog Cayman. Kim and Scott are highly involved in a young adults ministry at their church. Originally from Marion Indiana, Kim is an avid Indiana University Hoosiers Basketball fan. She TiVos every game. As a Certified Public Accountant, she’s excited to serve Hands Offering Hope as the Treasurer.

Thomas Hendrican, Secretary

Tom has spent his entire business career in IT and related fields, currently focusing on IT financial management. With his management, communication and finance skills, he ensures effective administration for Hands Offering Hope. Tom and his wife of over 40 years, Shelli, have had a life-long passion for young people. They have been deeply involved with Hands Offering Hope since its inception and have supported work with youth all over the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and around the globe. Tom and Shell attend Church of the Apostles in Fairfield, Connecticut and enjoy travel, great food, adventures to New York City, London and around the world.

Katherine DiLeo, Director

Over the past 15 years, Katherine has provided high level executive organizational and administrative support in various financial firms. Beginning her career in the retail industry and moving into event planning, her passion has always been rooted in building relationships and improving customer experience. For the last decade, she has lent her keen eye for detail and strong organizational skills to improve operations and run day-to-day schedules for CEOs and Presidents of a privately owned hedge fund, boutique fitness company as well as a Fortune 100 company. Having held roles of increasing responsibility, she currently works as a Project Coordinator working for the President of American Express’s Global Services Group, managing a variety of important initiatives for the President.

Katherine has been involved with Hands Offering Hope since January 2020, joined the board in September 2020 and is eager to bring the same level of excitement and optimism that she felt on her first trip to Mexico, to the rest of the world. Katherine currently lives in Westchester with her husband, Rocco, an architect, and her two daughters. She serves as both the President of the PTO and the Treasurer of the PTA in her respective children’s schools. When she’s not working, you can find her doing something fitness related or spending time with her family.

Alejandro Herrera, Director, HOH Mexico Treasurer

Alejandro is a consultant and certified coach passionate about human development. He has worked in the world of sales training and leadership development for over 20 years in various capacities. Alejandro is the Founder of Proaction, a global training firm that empowers individuals and businesses to grow, thrive and achieve set goals. In his tenure, he has worked with over 40 of the largest businesses in Mexico and Latin America. Alejandro lives in Cancun and serves on the board of both Hands Offering Hope and our Mexican partner organization, Presencia a Futuro. He is one of the lead trainers of our Fellowship program.

Scott Lawton, Director

Scott Lawton’s career success is rooted in a commitment to the guest experience in the restaurant industry. He has built strong, profitable brands for the groups he has worked for. Scott co-founded and directed all operations for the renowned bartaco brand where he currently serves as President. Over the seven years, Scott led bartaco’s growth from 0 stores to 15 stores, 60+ million in sales operating in 8 different states, resulting in an acquisition in 2018. Prior to that Lawton held key leadership roles with Tribeca Grill, Buckhead Life and Big Time Restaurants. 

Scott has been actively involved with Hands Offering Hope since 2018, joined the board in 2019 and is at the helm of the social enterprise plans for the organization. Scott is an avid music lover and lives in Trumbull, Connecticut with his wife Katy, their five children, and beloved pets.

Jennifer Lotito, Director

As President and Chief Operating Officer of (RED), Jennifer is responsible for the overall strategic and operational issues of the organization, overseeing the short and long-term priorities that continue to build the (RED) brand and generate critical and sustainable funds to help end the AIDS pandemic. Jennifer also oversees (RED)’s Business Development and Partnerships efforts and has been personally instrumental in developing and executing relationships with some of (RED)’s biggest partners, including Apple, Bank of America, Beats by Dre, LVMH, Salesforce, Starbucks and others – the brands who have helped generate over $600 million for the AIDS fight, impacting over 140 million lives.

Prior to joining (RED) in 2008, Jennifer was a Senior Partner at Ogilvy Worldwide, responsible for overseeing the global IBM and American Express accounts. A native Bostonian, Jennifer started her advertising career at Houston Effler after graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Jennifer is Co-Founder and President of the JML Hope Foundation, a 501c3 private foundation that focuses on the power of mentorship to nurture the minds and hearts of the next generation of leaders. She also serves as a Board Director to Hands Offering Hope, a non-profit organization focused on empowering the youth of the world, especially within Mexico.

Richard L. Luebke, Jr., Director

Mr. Luebke is a high-integrity senior private education executive, builder of Pima Medical Institute (PMI) into an 18 campus organization serving communities in 8 Western states including Arizona, California, New Mexico, Washington, Colorado, Montana, Nevada and Texas.  Since 1983 he has provided leadership in the development of occupational curriculum and programmatic accreditation resulting in 24 new vocational disciplines. Focused on delivering quality education that leads to employment the institute has graduated over 120,000 students (circa December 2018).

His unique view of employee engagement led to the creation of an employee ownership plan in 2002 that allows each staff and faculty to be an owner in the institute.  Through this empowering approach the college has achieved continuous growth (10% CAGR) and profitability.

Mr. Luebke currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Pima Medical Institute and also serves on local and national boards in a variety of social ventures.

Mr. Luebke has served the education community through his leadership on the board of the Arizona Private School Association and the board level leadership on the national Career Education Colleges and Universities.

His civic involvement includes service with Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts of America, Crisis Pregnancy Center, Cystic Fibrosis, American Lung Association, Sold No More (an agency dedicated to fighting sex trafficking) and Agape Hospice.

Before joining Pima Medical Institute in 1983 he served as Finance Director for the Los Angeles Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Mr. Luebke earned his B.S. in Secondary Education from Idaho State University.

Dr. Brian Modarelli , Director, Education

Brian is the Head of School at Christian Heritage School in Trumbull, Connecticut. He has served in Christian education for thirty years, twenty of which have been as a school head. Brian was ordained in 1996 at Flamingo Road Church in Fort Lauderdale. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and religion, a master’s degree in mathematics education, and a PhD in school leadership. Brian and his wife, Tara, have four children.

Dr. Mike Mycoskie, Director, Medical Training

Mike is a known doctor, leader, connector and strategic consult. Mike spent his career in Arlington, Texas as a leader in orthopedic surgery. In 1981, Mike founded Arlington Orthopedic Associates, the second largest orthopedic group in Texas. He served President of group from inception until retirement in 2011. During his time, he built ambulatory surgery center, 2 physician office buildings in including PT and MRI facilities. And as his final project, he built a full service, 24 inpatient bed orthopedic hospital in partnership with Baylor Healthcare System. Mike recently retired from orthopedic surgery practice after 30 years and has been strategically involved in several social entrepreneurship projects. He is the Medical Director at TOMS. There, Mike works specifically in the area of podoconiosis, looking to eradicate it initially in Ethiopia and ultimately globally. Mike serves as an advisor on the Start Something that Matters Foundation and works with organizations to help establish effective business plans that sustain impact. Mike has a deep passion for kids in need and has travelled the world in support of efforts that meet their needs. Mike is the pioneer and director of the Hands Offering Hope Medical Training Program, which connects global medical experts to local medical professionals to provide capacity and training. Mike lives in Marina del Rey with his wife Pamela Jean (Doehler) Mycoskie of 46 years. Pam and Mike have three children: Blake, Paige, and Tyler. And are thrilled to have four grandchildren, Becket, Preston, Summit, and Charlie Sage. Mike graduated in 1976 from Tulane University’s School of Medicine.

Erisa Hines Stilley, Director

Erisa Stilley is currently working on the EDL (entry, descent, and landing) engineering team for the Mars 2020 rover project. This mission will collect samples at its location on Mars and store them for a future mission to get them and bring them back to Earth! Previously, she enjoyed planning drives for the Curiosity rover currently operating on Mars. Over her 10 years at the lab, she has served as the Cruise Attitude Control Systems Engineer for Mars Science Lab (Curiosity), has worked on the DAWN Asteroid mission and on Altair, the next generation moon lander design. Erisa has an MS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Miami, Florida. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brock, her church family in Pasadena, seeking adventure in the outdoors, and participating in some community theater.

Andrea Rupp, Director

Andrea Rupp joined Hudson Pacific Properties (HPP) in September 2012 as Vice President, Human Resources and oversees the company’s human resources functions. From 2010 until joining HPP, Ms. Rupp served as Director of Human Resources for The Sports Club/LA, a collection of luxury fitness and health clubs located in Los Angeles and New York. Ms. Rupp has held various human resources positions in media and entertainment, including from 2009 to 2010 at Bexel, a provider of broadcast services, and from 1999 to 2008 at Blue Man Productions, the organization that manages, produces and promotes Blue Man Group worldwide. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Beginning in 2014, she has traveled four times to Haiti with Healing Haiti and Haiti Partners to provide support and counsel for their programs. Over the years, she has spent time volunteering with foster youth in Los Angeles and is a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children in Los Angeles. In July 2018, she made her first trip to Chiquila, Mexico to serve as at trainer and Women’s Summit panelist at the Global Youth Leadership Institute with Hands Offering Hope.

Andrea lives in Santa Monica, California, loves to run and is an avid Yankee fan.

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