Amy Carol Dominguez
Amy serves as the President and Executive Director of Hands Offering Hope Foundation. Amy’s career has taken her around the world to countries like Ethiopia, Liberia, Colombia, Argentina, Canada and Mexico. She has a passion for life that flows into how she runs and manages each team she has led. Her experience ranges from leading pieces of business for a large marketing agency to building international research projects to creating weekly crafts for young kids in an after school program.
Amy founded the Youth Leadership Institute in Chiquilá, Mexico in 2015 with Brian and Rachel Gawlak after serving the people there for nearly 15 years. Her life and heart are forever committed to opening doors for young people to thrive and know they’re loved. Her heart and vision for Hands Offering Hope is that all youth and children served will know their value and purpose in this life and achieve great things for their families, towns and countries. And that all those who offer skills and talents will know the power in deploying excellence to lift others up.
Amy and her husband Adiel live in Connecticut and enjoy regular adventures around the globe that include coffee, great food and beautiful vistas.
Kat serves as the Chair of our board and is responsible for guiding the strategic vision and program implementation for Hands Offering Hope.
Kat brings 15 years of integrated commercial and nonprofit marketing experience to her role. Her experience spans multiple channels and audiences including direct response television, digital, web development, radio, social media, direct mail, middle and major donor work, corporate engagement, and planned giving. Kat has managed multi-channel fundraising and awareness campaigns for World Vision, Project Hope, Mercy Ships, Rescue Missions and Food Banks in New York City, Atlanta and a dozen other major U.S. markets. Kat curently serves as the Vice President of account management for a large national fundraising agency.
It's Kat's passion for seeing lives changed through personal development and leadership skills that has compelled her to serve the kids that we reach here at Hands Offering Hope.
Luis Martinez-Soto has worked and collaborated with worldwide industry leading companies such as Citibank, HSBC, ATT and Microsoft. Within the past 15 years Luis has held positions as; Director of Operations, Marketing Manager, Training Manager.
Currently he is the Director of Volunteer Development at Lakewood Church, an organization with more than 4,500 volunteers.
Luis has a wide margin of knowledge in different areas of business and as a John Maxwell speaker and trainer, Luis offers coaching aiding personal and professional growth through the study and practical application of proven leadership methods.
Luis can move you and/or your team or organization in the desired direction to reach your goals.Luis is bilingual and has been invited to speak about leadership in countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and the United States.
Luis lives in the Houston area with his wife Claudia and two sons.
Kim is 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 Hand Offering Hope as the Treasurer.
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.
Director, Executive Committee
Mike is the architect of our Fellowship program within the Institute and has a passion for developing young leaders. He and his wife Jen live in New York City with their two kids, Sophia and Mark.
Mike has been both a corporate Chief Executive and successful entrepreneur who has created value and built brands for over thirty years. As founder and Chief Executive Officer of a Media IQ, a New York based media audit firm specializing in evaluating ad buying efficiency for advertisers and their agencies, Mike created innovations that helped clients maximize media effectiveness. The company was purchased by Procurian, Inc. in 2012, and then subsequently purchased by Accenture in December 2013.
Before becoming a successful start-up entrepreneur, Mike held a wide variety of Ad Agency positions that have provided him insight into every part of the industry. He capped off his ad agency career as President and COO of Initiative Media North America, a $7 Billion media agency with 1200 employees in 15 offices throughout the United States. As a practitioner, he was both media planner and TV buyer for over a decade at McCann Erickson and Benton & Bowles. As a business leader, he has been a Media Director on a US and Worldwide level, as well as Director of Account Management, all at Ammirati Puris Lintas.
His distinguished work was recognized by his peers in 1995 when he was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s prestigious Hall of Achievement, an honor that recognizes outstanding leaders in the communication industry who are under the age of 40. He was an Independent Director on the Board of BigFoot Interactive (2002-2005), an outbound email marketing firm which sold to Epsilon during his term.
Director, Mexico Liaison
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.
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 Three grandsons, Becket, Preston and Summit.
Mike graduated in 1976 from Tulane University’s School of Medicine.
Gonzalo Celorio Morayta
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.
Dr. Brian Modarelli
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.
Ben is a strategy consultant for KSM Consulting based in Indianapolis, Indiana where he leads significant projects for the Indiana State Government. Ben has traveled the world, spending time in Kenya, Europe and Latin America. He holds his Masters in Public Affairs from Indiana University.
Ben has been connected to Chiquila, Mexico since his college years. He has a deep passion for seeing young people thrive and grow. For the last year, Ben has helped to develop and grow the Institute, focusing on process improvement, intentional curriculum and financial management.
Ben lives in Indiana with his wife Kristen and two sons, Jacob and Elijah.
Bethany has worked as a Revenue and Financial Planning Analyst at the Rand Corporation since 2011. She has also served in various volunteer roles providing financial oversight and guidance to non-profit organizations throughout her entire career.
Bethany has a heart for the Latin American people. After living in Costa Rica, Bethany gained mastery of the Spanish language and continues to deploy these skills as much as possible. She most recently co-taught a Financial Management class at the Institute, helping students gain an understanding of how to build budgets, write resumes and thrive in a professional environment.
Bethany and her husband Steve live in Santa Monica, California with their two sons August and Henry.
Paul specialises in generating solutions to complex problems alongside communities around the world. Currently living in London employed by the World Food Programme, Paul co- ordinates the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) Advocacy Hub. Uniting the Private Sector, UN agencies, NGOs and Civil Society together, Paul strives to strengthen efforts towards seeing an end to world hunger by 2030. Working strategically alongside actors from all aspects of the food industry, Paul seeks to generate change that will impact not only the distribution of food, but the way we interact with food for years to come.
Paul has extensive knowledge of the Not For Profit Sector, as well as vast experience managing complex stakeholder relationships. Having worked for 15 years with World Vision Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and the Global Headquarters, his career has focused on the belief that it is possible to end global poverty. He has worked in communities throughout Africa, Asia, The Middle East, Europe and The Americas, to bring about positive, lasting, sustainable change. He is a strong advocate for good development, working alongside communities to improve livelihoods. He has many years of expertise in fundraising, managing teams, marketing and intra-preneurial innovation.
In his earlier years, Paul served his country as a Reservist Combat Engineer, worked as a Youth Pastor, a Youth Camp Director and as an Event Manager of his own company. He has traveled extensively, visiting over a 1/3 of the world’s countries. He has also lived for extended periods throughout the developing world, including Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia. He is happily married to an expert re-locator, and is the proud father of four confident, adventuring children who all have strange accents!