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Elisa Sabatini, Executive Director

 

Board of Directors

 

Dr. Phillip Hadley, Board Chair
Head of School,St John's Episcopal Lynchburg, Virginia USA

 

Jeanette Leehr, Board President 
Fellow, Caux Round Table
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

 

Joan Bryden, Vice-Chair
Radio Producer and Program Director

Port Clinton, Ohio USA 

 

Susan Pinza, Vice-Chair 
Professor, Bakersfield College Bakersfield, California USA

 

Walter Ludlow, Finance Officer
Certified Public Accountant

San Diego, California USA

 

William Bramley, Chair Emeritus
Attorney at Law

San Diego, California USA

 

Marisela de la Concha, Member

Translator, Microfinance Liason

Bonita, CA USA

 

Jim McLaughlin, Member

Professional Photographer

Queensbury, NY USA

 

Nancy McGehee, Member

PhD Professor, Virginia Tech University

Blacksburg, Virginia USA

 

Andy Morikawa, Member

IPG Fellow, Virginia Tech University

Blacksburg, Virginia USA


Advisors

 

Fred Clark

Financial Manager
La Jolla, California USA

 

John Glassman

Non-profit Executive
Lawrence, Kansas USA

 

Dr. Robert Kolesar

Professor, John Carroll University

Cleveland, Ohio USA

 

Connie Noterman

Development Officer

Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

 

Peter Skerry

Professor - Boston College
Boston, Massachusetts USA

 

Ambassadors

 

Ralph and Cheryl Broetje
Prescott, Washington USA

 

Cain Family
San Rafael, California USA

 

Don and Virginia Kreuzberger
Woodland Hills, California USA

 

Marion McLaughlin
Buffalo, New York USA

 

Gotkowitz Family
USA

 

Edward James Olmos
Encino, California USA

 

Elena Rauen
Los Gatos, California USA

 

Lifetime Legacy Board Emeritus

 

Ace & Mavis Cain - California, USA

 

Joseph Gotkowitz - California, USA

 

William McLaughlin - New York, USA

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About Us

 

Via International is a 501(c)3 service organization based in San Diego and dedicated to building "paths to self-reliance for an interdependent world."

 

Via International has successfully helped address community needs by supporting community members to become agents of positive change since 1975. Programs emerged from community needs to improve quality of life through nutrition and ecology training, community leadership education, and microcredit and microenterprise support. Voluntours programs offer educational travel and service learning opportunities to engage with community development initiatives. The Via Institute provides a framework to nourish personal development, foster community engagement, strengthen organizations, and promote global dialogue.

 

In the past year, we celebrate the following successes:


1,400 volunteers participated in educational travel and service learning programs in more than 7 locations...

665 food gardens were created in homes, schools, and communities...

2,500 mothers and families and 20,000 children
participated in environmental education and healthy breakfast programs in more than 44 communities...

328 microenterprise loans
were dispersed to help women and families start small businesses...

300 women graduated from the Promotora community outreach worker training program
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To learn more, order the the following publication documenting our history of more than 35 years of successful integrated community development work written by Dr. Robert J. Kolesar, Associate Professor at John Carroll University in Ohio:People of Good Will: Service, Development, and Education in the Work of Los Niños, 1974-2009


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