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Elisa Sabatini, Executive Director


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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



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




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


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


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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