BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board-of-Directors-Photos-Sue BassettSue Bassett

Sue has a B.A. in Spanish from Northern Illinois University. She lived in Colombia during her high school years and has had a heart for Latin America ever since. In 2006, she had an opportunity to participate in a short term mission trip with John Doty and other friends. Shortly after this trip, Austin Samaritans was created and Sue has served on the board ever since. Sue believes that the work we do in Nicaragua, in support of the full time missionaries there, is a way for her to respond to the grace of Jesus Christ in her own life. She continues to participate in the trips and works to share this mission with others she encounters. Sue is a designer with California Closets, specializing in bringing  beautiful organization to the homes of her clients.

 

Board-of-Directors-Photos-John DotyJohn Doty, MD Founder

John Doty, Founder, first participated on a medical mission trip at the invitation of his brother, Jim, in the spring of 1989. For the first time John confronted degrading poverty. He examined emaciated children with rotted teeth and hair a rusty color due to malnutrition. He saw serious untreated diseases causing significant disabilities. Unable to walk away, he decided he needed to be part of the solution. Over the years, John continued to participate in medical mission trips while continuing his medical oncology practice in Austin. Over time more and more folks joined the effort and Austin Samaritans was formed in March, 2007. Austin Samaritans quickly grew far beyond what could be accomplished in a few hours each week. The choice was to keep Austin Samaritans small or to let it grow to what God intended by committing much more time and effort. In February 2008, John closed his medical practice to become a full-time volunteer for Austin Samaritans.

 

Phil_ErnstPhil Ernst

Phil is a graduate from the University of Arizona (88). He studied Economics and Computer Sciences while in Tucson and is a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Upon graduation, Phil relocated to the Washington DC/Baltimore corridor, and it is there that Phil spent 26 years of his professional career. In 2001, Phil founded Convergence Technology Consulting. He grew and developed the organization into the premier systems integration firms in the United States specializing in cloud based technologies in the classified areas of the Federal Government .In 2012, Phil sold Convergence Technology in order to spend more time with his family and to pursue other areas of interest.

The Ernst Family shortly thereafter moved to Austin, Texas. As active members in the WHPC community, The Ernst family has travelled to Nicaragua for the past three years. The family is quite committed to betterment of the Nicaraguan community.

Board-of-Directors-Photos-PeggyPeggy Gentry Chairwoman of the Board and Chief of Operations

Peggy Gentry is a Principal, and serves as Chair of the Board, at Alan Plummer Associates, Inc.  Alan Plummer Associates, Inc., is a Texas-based engineering firm serving governmental and industrial clients in the areas of water supply, water conservation, wastewater management and treatment, and quality management of surface waters.  As Chair of the Board and Chief of Operations of Austin Samaritans, she applies the organizational and management skills she has developed in the private sector for the benefit of the organization.  She first became aware of the work being done in Nicaragua by Austin Samaritans by participating in a mission trip.  She was so impressed by the significance of the work being done by the organizations that Austin Samaritans supports that she has continued to seek more meaningful ways to assist Austin Samaritans and its Nicaraguan associates with their programs.

 

Board-of-Directors-Photos-Nancy KocurekNancy Kocurek

Nancy Kocurek has a background in teaching, working with donors and members at The University of Texas Alumni Association aka The Texas Exes, and is a longtime supporter of Christian global mission work. She has a BA and MS in Education from Trinity University and The University of Texas at San Antonio. Nancy knew and respected Austin Samaritans Founder, Dr. John Doty, through Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX.  She was excited about the work he and Austin Samaritans were doing in Nicaragua and wanted to be part of it.  A mission trip to Nicaragua confirmed that this was the right place for her to use her skills and she joined Austin Samaritans as Development Director in July of 2010. She considers it a joy to help Austin Samaritans meet critical needs of the poor in the name and love of Christ.

Board-of-Directors-Photos-Keith MartinsonKeith Martinson

Keith has a B.S. degree in engineering from the University of Nebraska and a MBA from the University of Texas.  After receiving his MBA Keith went to work for Arthur Andersen in their consulting division installing large mainframe accounting systems.  Keith retired from the Texas Workforce Commission working as a manager in their data processing department.  Keith is a member of both the Mexico Mission Team and the Nicaragua Mission Team at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church and has gone on numerous short term mission trips to both countries.  Keith is a charter member of Austin Samaritans and currently is the treasurer.   Keith also volunteers at the Gathering, a program that works with Alzheimer patients, and at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center.

Board-of-Directors-Photos-ScottScott McCreight  

Scott McCreight has a B.S in Industrial Systems Engineering (Texas Tech) and a M.S. in Computer Information Systems (University of Miami) and currently works as a PMO Program Manager for HPE.  Scott has worked for High-Tech fortune 100 companies in Austin, Denver and the greater California area for over 20 years.  He joined the Board April 2009 after visiting Nicaragua with Austin Samaritans.  He soon realized his calling for using his skills and talents in this field and was nominated to the Board of Directors shortly thereafter.  Scott currently serves as IT Director (“Technology Guru”) on projects both in the Mission field as well as in Austin, Texas at HQ.  He has a real passion for travel, working with worldwide teams, and connecting needs with resources.  Some of Scott’s projects include designing a satellite downlink station and wireless backbone system at a hospital for Doctors to communicate with Doctors and staff in the States, installing the first cancer registry for the Country of Nicaragua, designing non-profit websites and SharePoint collaboration systems, configuring worldwide communication systems, and designing /installation of computer labs in Nicaragua and Austin, Texas.

Board-of-Directors-Photos-Scott NanceScott Nance

Scott Nance has a B.A. in History and Anthropology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. Following graduation, he worked as a clinical chaplain in psychiatric and general medical hospitals in the Kansas City area. His work as a chaplain engendered a passion for health care that has never left him. He first became involved with Austin Samaritans when he was a part of a team helping set up a cancer registry in Managua, the very first for Nicaragua. In the course of that project he developed a deep desire to help the people of Nicaragua. Currently Scott serves in the restaurant business in Austin with his sister. Their place is called Annie’s located on Congress Avenue and in the Austin International Airport.

 

 Scott Richardson

Scott Richardson is an Information Technology Manager with 20 years of combined work experience in private industry and higher education.  He holds a B.S. degree in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University and is a long time resident of Austin, Texas.  In 2013 Scott volunteered to help support the technology needs of Austin Samaritans and through interactions with staff learned more about our mission in Nicaragua.  Since that time Scott’s interest in serving our cause was piqued and he joined the Austin Samaritans board of directors in June, 2014.

Tesarek_Kimberly (3) Kimberly Tesarek Legal Counsel

Kimberly Tesarek has a B.A. in International Journalism from Texas Christian University,  a J.D.  from Harvard Law School and currently works in the corporate/securities practice at Andrews Kurth, LLP. Kimberly began her international explorations during a semester learning Spanish in Alcalá de Henares, Spain as part of her undergrad studies. After receiving her BA, she moved to Valparaiso, Chile to teach English to underprivileged students and quickly became fascinated by Latin American culture. She taught English for an additional year in Córdoba, Argentina before returning to the U.S. to pursue her law degree. During law school Kimberly spent a semester studying Colombian law at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. She also represented asylum cases for undocumented Guatemalan immigrants in front of the Executive Office of Immigration Review in Boston, Massachusetts.  She became interested in Austin Samaritans because it is a local charity with a direct, palpable impact in a Latin American country with great need.

Ki-MiKi-Mi Fields   Development Director

Ki-Mi Fields has a B.S. in Hotel Restaurant Management from the University of North Texas.  Ki-Mi enjoys volunteering, facilitating bible study, traveling, and spending time with family.  After working as a teacher in the EISD school district the last 10 years, she felt called by The Lord to step down and pursue a calling to help those in need which led her to Austin Samaritans.