Andean Aid is led by a U.S. board of directors, an NGO in Cucuta, Colombia, and a Civil Association in Rubio, Venezuela. All operations are staffed exclusively with indigenous teams on site in Venezuela and Colombia.
Below, some of the directors of our Civil Association in Rubio.
Left to right: Liliana Ibañez, Monica Diaz, Ana Carillo, Gaby Andrade, Ruben Garcia and Ernesto Orozco
THE U.S. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Andean Aid directors meets quarterly with an agenda set around these priorities:
Establish policy and procedure for all aspects of the organization
Review current status of Help and Hope Center activities
Discuss individual situations regarding the children that require special attention
Monitor financial state of the organization and direct fundraising activities
Consider new projects and direct next steps
Julie Anderson, Executive Director
Andean Aid is led by Julie Anderson, a graduate of Trinity International University with a B.A. degree in Communications. She is also a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute, where she first developed her passion for serving children in at-risk communities as a member of the Executive Board of Little Brothers and Sisters of Chicago. She has served on the board of The Fishing School in Washington, D.C., which provides holistic care and enrichment for at-risk children, and has been a volunteer at Chicago's By The Hand Club in the Cabrini Green neighborhood.
Having visited all but one of Andean Aid's 11 Help and Hope Centers in Venezuela and Colombia, Julie says she is honored to use her professional experience as a film, TV and web producer to help Andean Aid tell its story. She is president of Julie Anderson Media and its non-profit branch, All the World Media, having previously produced programming for PBS and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Julie is a resident of Chicagoland and attends the Chain O'Lakes Community Bible Church.
“Learning for a life worth living” is the teaching emphasis of Les Dlabay, who taught in the Department of Economics and Business at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, for 35 years. In an effort to prepare students for diverse economic settings, he makes extensive use of field research assignments related to food, water, health care, education, and business development. Dlabay has authored or has adaptations of over 40 textbooks in the United States, Canada, India, and Singapore. He has taught more than 30 different courses during his career, and has presented over 300 workshops and seminars to academic, business, and community organizations.
In addition to serving on the board of Andean Aid, be previously served on the board of Bright Hope International. For more than ten years, he has helped coordinate Inside/Out, an youth ministry in Waukegan. He has also served with Love INC as a teacher/coordinator for money management and personal finance programs. He regularly attends the International Wholistic Missions Conference and other Christian community development events.
For several summers, Professor Dlabay worked on research with students to assist Andean Aid. These project included conducting a survey of the Help and Hope Centers; creating an Andean Aid Operations Manual; translating the Operations Manual into Spanish; proposing a youth enterprise program to develop academic, career, technical, and entrepreneurial skills among Help and Hope Center participants; identifying metrics (key performance indicators) to assess the success of Andean Aid programs; assessing funding alternatives to finance sustainable programs; proposing a sustainable communication and marketing model to engage strategic partners.
Kerry Bauman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, where he was VP for student Campus Crusade outreach and was a pitcher on the baseball team. After graduation, Mr. Bauman joined Campus Crusade in Chattanooga and later in Houston, where he served as a director. From 1991-1993, Mr. Bauman studied at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, earning a Master of Divinity degree in Missions. Mr. Bauman accepted a call to pastor the student ministries at Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church, and in July 2003, he was named Senior Pastor, where he served until November 2017, when he planted the River Ridge Church in Wilmot, Wisconsin, where he is senior pastor. Pastor Bauman and his wife Laurie, a musician, make their home in Trevor, Wisconsin, with their two sons, and are visited often by their five married children and numerous grandchildren.
Based in Rubio, Venezuela, Gaby Andrade is the Executive Director for off of Andean Aid's South American operations. Gaby also serves on the board of Andean Aid’s Civil Association, Una Sonrisa Para Todos Venezuela. Gaby holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Universidad Catolica Del Tachira, and a post-graduate degree in Management of Education from Universidad de Pamplona en Colombia. She has served as the principal for a private school in Rubio, where she makes her home with her husband and son.
Aubrey is Regional Director of Development, Midwest, for Partners in Health, an organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care by establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty. Previously, Aubrey was a writing and speaking skills program administrator at the World Bank. While earning her Masters in International Communication and Development from American University, Aubrey interned in World Vision's Children in Crisis Unit. She has been a language teacher in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, and has lived in Rwanda as an External Relations Coordinator for Partners in Health. Aubrey resides in the Chicago area with her husband and two daughters.
Todd is a certified public accountant and has held a variety of accountant and financial analyst positions in the fitness, health care and logistics industries. He has served as treasurer at the Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church, and now holds that role with Andean Aid. Todd and his wife Dhea, have three sons and a daughter, and live in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Troy is a Houston-based building contractor and member of First Colony Church in Sugar Land, Texas, which sponsors our Aeropuerto Help & Hope Center. Troy is keenly interested in serving families in Colombia, where he spends several weeks a year volunteering with E3 Partners and Andean Aid. He says, "Luke 2:10 has been a part of my daily routine for about a year. Every day at 10:02 am, my alarm goes off and reminds me to take a minute to pray for the harvest. Luke reminds us of Jesus’s words that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few, and that we are to pray that the Lord of the harvest would send workers into the field. I join with thousands of others daily to pray for the lost and to pray that hearts of Christians would be moved to act and go into the harvest. I ask the Lord to increase my love for others and my capacity for serving. Over the last year, I have seen doors open unbelievably in the area of missions. I believe that is very much due to my continual prayer. Secondly I love Ephesians 2:10 because it helps me understand how things in my past that seemed a coincidence or even insignificant play a role in the plan He has for me. The verse is, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. This verse speaks to me specifically regarding my love for Andean Aid, which began with the first Help and Hope Center I visited back in 2017. I look forward to helping increase outreach to Venezuelans and Colombians in this very strategic time."
Thomas is campus pastor of The Chapel, Mundelein. He and his wife, Marybethe, have been a part of The Chapel since 2005 when they moved here from Ames, Iowa. They continue to be constantly on the move with four boys – Elijah, Liam, Ethan, and Zane. From soccer, cross country, Frisbee golf and walking their dog Cinder, they enjoy spending time with each other and God in the great outdoors. A former marketing executive, Thomas says, "I am both honored and humbled to join this amazing Board of Directors as we continue to serve the Venezuelan and Colombian communities in the name of Jesus. I'm so excited to see all that God has for us in this new year and new decade."
Yoshua and his wife Astrid are native Venezuelans now living in Chicago. Yoshua attends Maranatha Church, where he is also on staff and active in the music ministry. The son of two Rubio-based physicians who are also pastors and former missionaries, Yoshua maintains close ties with his friends and family in Venezuela, benefiting Andean Aid with his unique perspective and knowledge of events as they unfold. Yoshua graduated from the University of San Cristobal with a degree in software engineering, and is an accomplished photographer, videographer, radio engineer and voiceover artist.
Anthony F. (Tony) Kramer
Tony Kramer is executive vice president at Draper and Kramer, a family-owned real estate development, management and mortgage company celebrating its 125th year. He is a licensed real estate managing broker and licensed insurance broker. In 2008, he helped establish Santiago-based Draper and Kramer Chile, Ltd., Draper and Kramer Condominios, SA and Gente Gestion, Inmobilarias South America, where he served as a director for ten years.
Tony holds a Master’s degree in city planning from Harvard University and earned his Bachelor’s at Colby College. He is a member of the Near South Planning Board in Chicago, and a member of Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society and the Chicago Crime Commission. Tony has served as an officer or director for a number of corporate and civic boards, including the Dearborn Park Corporation; Chicago Mortgage Bankers Association; Chicago Development Council; Duncan YMCA; Woodstock Site Plan Commission; Slough, USA; Tipperary Corporation, Denver; Chapman Energy, Houston; and School Districts 86 and 180 in Hinsdale, Illinois, where he established and chaired the Foundation for Excellence. A founding member of the Department of Homeland Security, Tony is a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and was a line officer in the United States Navy.
Tony has supported Andean Aid for the past five years, believing “education is critical for the students Andean Aid serves because it gives them the best chance to achieve their own goals and impact their communities in positive ways.” He says he looks forward to “offering my expertise in building and development when the new Juan Christiansen Academy is built, and to establishing a young men’s leadership and mentoring program at our Help & Hope Centers.” An active member of the 4th Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Tony also supports Partners In Health, a non-profit that provides state-of-the-art healthcare in developing countries, the La Rabida Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and many other charities.
NGO CUCUTA, COLOMBIA
NGO UNA SONRISA PARA TODOS
Andean Aid operates in partnership with an NGO (non-governmental organization) in Cucuta, Colombia, known as NGO Una Sonrisa Para Todos, or “One Smile for Everyone.”
Like their Venezuelan counterparts at Asociaion Civil Una Sonrisa Para Todos in Rubio, the directors of the NGO in Cucuta provide operational oversight and guidance for our Help & Hope Centers in Colombia, and advise the US-based Board of Trustees on the status of the children and the operations at each Center, as well as the potential for new Centers.
Santiago Centeno, President
Dignory Manchola, Vice President y Representante Legal
Liliana Ibanez, Tesorera
Dolly Zaraza, Secretaria
Rodolfo Carrillo, Vocal
Adan Medina, Vocal
CIVIL ASSOCIATION, RUBIO, VENEZUELA
ASOCIACION CIVIL UNA SONRISA PARA TODOS VENEZUELA
ANDEAN AID operates in partnership with a board-governed Civil Association in Rubio, Venezuela, known as Asociacion Civil Una Sonrisa Para Todos Venezuela - “One Smile for Everyone."
Our team of Rubio-based directors provide operational oversight and guidance for our Help & Hope Centers in Venezuela, and advise our US-based Board of Trustees on the status of the children and the operations at each Center, as well as the potential for new Centers.
Monica Diaz, Principal Director
Ana De Carrillo
Ruben Garcia, Adjunct Director
Liliana Ibanez, Adjunct Director