ACTS Leadership in US and Honduras

ACTS Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee is made up of volunteers who are committed to the mission of ACTS and who match that commitment with action.

Lisa Bisceglia and friends
Lisa Bisceglia holds a masters degree in education. An experienced teacher, Lisa has been volunteering with ACTS for 13 years. She focuses her efforts on the schools, teachers and students in El Rosario and its surrounding communities, and in particular has brought a teacher training program to area teachers. In recent years, Lisa has also volunteered her expertise in rural Nicaragua.
Sue Burgos and young friend
Suzanne Burgos is a physician assistant who serves as a hospitalist at Gifford Medical center in Randolph, Vermont. She became a physician assistant after serving for 17 years as a registered nurse in the areas of family medicine and internal medicine in several of Gifford Hospital’s rural clinics. Sue has a special interest in health care in the developing world. She is an energetic traveler who has made many trips to El Rosario. Sue works closely with Rosa in the clinic in El Rosario and in the surrounding villages.
Molly Drummond
Molly Drummond attended The Rhode Island School of Design as a painting major. Between her junior and senior years she worked in Newfoundland with the Grenfell Mission, a medical mission started by a Sir Wilfred Grenfell who set up sanatoriums for TB patients in Newfoundland and Labrador. With no medical background Molly entered into the medical life with the English Midwives who took care of all the medical issues that came to the Nursing Station: delivering babies, sewing up cuts, pulling teeth, giving injections and more. Her interest in Honduras and ACTS arose from having children born in Latin America – her daughter was born and adopted from Honduras; her son from Paraguay. Molly’s interest in photography led her to becoming photographer for a number of non-profits in the Upper Valley. Molly’s experience in medicine, interest in Latin America, and skills in photography brought her to join ACTS in 2017.
Judy Wallick
Judith Frothingham followed her creative interests to attend the Parsons School of Design, prior to embarking on a career in New York City’s financial world. Throughout, the combination of creativity and financial expertise led to a strong interest in non-profit development work. Now retired from business, Judy has played an active role as a volunteer for several Upper Valley non-profits. Judy’s first involvement with ACTS came when she traveled to Honduras to account for the trip’s expenses, and brush and varnish thousands of little teeth. It was such a rewarding experience that she came on board to coordinate the annual appeal and to lead ACTS’ fund-raising activities.
Mike Harris on truck
Michael Harris graduated from Dartmouth College in 1972 and later earned a doctorate in educational administration from UNH. He retired after a long career in education in the Upper Valley area of New Hampshire and Vermont. He served as Superintendent of Schools for Lebanon, NH for eleven years and as Superintendent for Lyme, NH for six years. Mike’s interest with ACTS is primarily in educational issues, and he has accompanied several of the La Fuerza trips to El Rosario with Dartmouth students. His other interests have included the addition of high school grades in El Rosario, the promotion of teaching English as a Second Language, math instruction in the schools, and computer literacy for local students.
Bob Keene
Robert (Bob) Keene, DMD graduated from Tuft’s Dental School and returned to the Upper Valley after college and military service. He started his dental practice in Hanover and maintained it until 2002. He has had the privilege of doing mission work in Korea, China, Nepal, Ecuador and Honduras in related dental areas of teaching and treating patients. Locally he founded the Red Logan Dental Clinic and continues to work with the Alice Peck Day’s Community Outreach in dental health that services many regional elementary schools. He lectures at Franklin Pierce University’s Physician Assistance course, and is helping the ACTS team in the development of the dental clinic in El Rosario.
Linda Kennedy
Linda Kennedy works at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center where she is responsible for global health. In collaboration with scientists and physicians from the U.S. and Honduras, she is coordinating a project to develop data that will inform a new plan for cervical cancer prevention and screening in Honduras. The area in and around El Rosario is the center of this effort. Previously, she coordinated La Fuerza para el Futuro, an ongoing leadership program for Honduran teens developed with Dartmouth student leaders, ACTS, and the El Rosario Health and Development Committee. Planning and organizing with Hondurans to improve their communities is what Linda thinks sets ACTS apart from other organizations.
Ethan LaRochelle
Ethan LaRochelle is PhD candidate at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. His primary research is in biomedical optical imaging and spectroscopy in combination with photodynamic therapy, with a secondary interest in device development for low-resource settings. Ethan began traveling to Honduras in 2006 as a student leader of Engineers Without Borders at Northeastern University (EWB-NEU), where he mainly focused on coordinating community partnerships to implement gravity-fed water distribution systems. Ethan is a founding member of the ACTS A-Team, a group of EWB-NEU alumni who strongly believe in the missions of both EWB and ACTS. As a member of the ACTS, Ethan assists with many of the technology-related projects, especially focused around improving access to educational resources.
Sheldon Novick
Sheldon Novick is an author and retired teacher of American legal and constitutional history, who has written extensively in professional journals about citizenship and immigration, and has written award-winning biographies of Justice Oliver Wendell Homes and Henry James for a general audience. Since moving to Vermont in 1986 he has been active in community affairs, and has assisted non-profit and small business enterprises through his Community Development Law Center. On behalf of ACTS he organized a conference held at Vermont Law School in April, 2017, marking fifty years of the Vermont Honduras partnership, and since joining the ACTS Steering Committee has assisted ACTS in dealing with the increasing modern burden of paperwork.
Jennifer Randolph
Jennifer Randolph holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in community health and epidemiology. She has a longstanding interest in Central America, first visiting Honduras as a high school student to work with an archaeological team in the 1980s, followed by a five year stint living in both rural and urban areas of Costa Rica.  She returned to Honduras in 1999 to volunteer for a home-building project in the wake of Hurricane Mitch.  Jennifer is excited to put her Spanish language, data management and community health skills to work for ACTS and the El Rosario area residents.
Betsy Rybeck Lynd
Betsy Rybeck Lynd retired after more than thirty years teaching in a public elementary school. She taught first and second grade for many years, later returning to her science training to teach seventh and eighth grade science; she also led the school choruses for many years.  She is an avid gardener, and enjoys outdoor adventures. She and her family lived in South Africa for a time, and later she and her husband lived in Brazil. Home is in Plainfield New Hampshire. She joined ACTS leadership in 2015, with a special interest and in helping Honduran educators do all they can to provide an exciting and meaningful education to their students.
Peter Mason
Peter Mason, MD is a family physician with over 40 years of community, rural, academic and international practice experience. He practices at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, NH, and is actively involved in teaching medical students at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He first volunteered in Honduras in 1999 after Hurricane Mitch, and has worked with ACTS since 2000 after traveling to El Rosario with Dean Seibert and falling under the spell of his community development model. The goals of ACTS are closely aligned with his other efforts to promote social justice and empowerment in impoverished and disenfranchised populations. In 2006, he was honored by the New Hampshire Academy of Family Practice as Family Physician of the Year.
John Sanders
Juliana Ortego  is an MBA student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She graduated from Dartmouth in 2013 and previously worked in strategy at Morgan Stanley. Jules first traveled to El Rosario in 2011 as a leader for La fuerza para el futuro, a leadership development program for Honduran teens. She co-founded Fuerza Honduras, a partner to ACTS, which continues to bring Dartmouth undergraduates and alumni to El Rosario to organize and develop the Fuerza program.
John Sanders
John Sanders, MD is a cardiac surgeon. His wife, Karen, is a retired dental hygienist. They have each participated in trips to El Rosario twice in the past two years. John is a member of the Steering Committee and is interested in local medical care, development of local water supplies, and the future development of a strong dental presence in El Rosario.
Dan Saulnier
Daniel P. Saulnier, PE is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts, with a focus on water resources. He holds a BS in civil engineering from Northeastern University, and an MBA from Babson College. Dan has been working with Engineers Without Borders and ACTS in Honduras since 2005, and has also worked on engineering projects in Uganda, India and Haiti. By day, he helps train the next generation of civil engineers at Northeastern University.
Dean Seibert in front of the Education Center
Dean Seibert, MD is Professor Emeritus at the Geisel School of Medicine who has been affiliated with ACTS for over twenty years and led the organization for most of those years. He has been to El Rosario as team leader over thirty times.  Dean has a major interest in community development and the unique challenges of providing medical care across cultural boundaries. He has worked with the Tohano o’odum, Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo tribes of the American southwest, and has provided care to flood victims in the Mosquito Coast of Honduras following Hurricane Mitch, to war refugees in Albania, Kosovo and Liberia, to earthquake survivors in Pakistan and Haiti and to flood victims following the Indonesian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in the U.S.  Dean is the recipient of the Albany Medical College Alumni Humanitarian Award and the Geisel School of Medicine, John H. Lyons award for humanism in Medicine.
Hart Silverwood
Hart Silverwood is a retired polymers chemist who spent his career in technical and management R&D positions with several industrial companies, one of which was involved with the development of medical devices. Hart has been involved with ACTS for over 20 years, originally going to El Rosario as a member of the “Durham” team. He has been the Treasurer for over 12 years and a member of the Board of Directors during that period of time. His primary focus is the careful management of ACTS’ funds and maintaining the organization’s financial records.
Brad Taylor
Brad Taylor grew up a farm kid in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains. He moved east to attend veterinary school at Cornell in 1982 and has been practicing mixed animal veterinary medicine in New Hampshire since 1988. Now partially retired from private practice, Brad is putting substantial time and effort into ACTS. Since most of the people of the El Rosario area are subsistence farmers, Brad is working with ACTS to improve animal husbandry and agricultural practices in the area.

 

Helen Whyte
Helen Whyte is a mostly-retired community planning and development professional, who has worked for consultants, local governments and non-profits in the planning and development field in the US, Canada, and Australia. She helped develop a philanthropic program for a major Vermont-based company, and writes for a regional business journal. Helen and her husband have been to El Rosario once and look forward to future opportunities to serve. Helen has been using her talent in writing and communications to help ACTS tell its story.
Jaime Lee
Jaime Lee, Ex-Officio Board Member and webmaster is a website designer, producer and community planner. Helping various nonprofits and grassroots organizations on many different levels, Jaime enjoys working with committed individuals who seek to use the strength of community to solve problems. She lives in the small, historic downtown of Poultney, Vermont.

 

 

In El Rosario

ACTS is fortunate to have equally committed volunteers and helpers in El Rosario who play extremely important roles in setting and implementing community priorities. The El Rosario Health and Development Committee sets the key priorities for work in El Rosario. Gloria Castro is the leader of the committee. She is ably assisted by Doris Pena (Vice-Pres), Alba Rosa Martinez (secretary), and Nelly Felipe Cabrera (Treasurer).

The Education Committee is a sub-committee of the Health and Development Committee. It is led by Gloria Castro. Yorlin Castro serves as the Doctor Dean Bibioteca Librarian, and helps oversee activities in The El Rosario Education Center. A Clinic Committee oversees all aspects of operating the El Rosario Medical Clinic and the Smile Clinic, which opened in 2016. The committee is led by Nelson Miguel Mejia Cabrera, with Orlando Martinez Cabrera (Vice President), Ana Madrid (Secretary) and Sandra Ortiz Cabrera (Treasurer). In 2016, the medical center staff was reorganized and significantly expanded. Dra Elisa Zuniga serves as the medical doctor, Nurse Nolvia Martinez serves as the clinic nurse and Luis Romero came on board as the Smile Clinic dentist.

The Micro-Bank is led by Cristobal Zelaya and Dionisio Mejia Cabrera. Leaders in El Rosario have encouraged the formation of leadership committees in the surrounding villages. There is now a Committee of Communities United (the “CCU”) which represents the communities of San Jose, Carrizalito, El Convento, and Guayamales as well as El Rosario. The committee meets monthly to share ideas and progress on various projects.

Ronis Enrique Martinez serves as ACTS’ Coordinator in El Rosario.