M.O.R.E. Board of Trustees
(as of February 2016)
|Barbara Zecca||Vice President|
|Charles Strenk||General Counsel|
|Jim Miller||President Emeritus|
Maureen Strenk, President, is the proud parent of Sara, Megan and Amy. Maureen has a B.A. in Elementary Education. After teaching for several years, Maureen was fortunate enough to stay home and raise her daughters. She has worked in husband, Charles’ law office since 1996 and is a member of the “Bunco” group that began supporting the Medhen Social Center in 2000. She visited the MSC in March of 2008 and was honored and delighted to meet Sister Senkenesh and the children and feels thankful that they have all become a very important part of her life.Board Member Biographies
Barbara Zecca, Vice President, Barbara has been involved in charitable organizations such as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); Big Brothers/Sisters; and activity programs for learning disabled children and adults. Barbara spent her work career in human resources as a manager in a major pharmaceutical company. Barbara has been married to Board member Tony Zecca for 44 years. They have two daughters, Amy and Casie and one granddaughter, Ava.
Diane Padula, Secretary, has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and was the owner and Director of The Learning Nest School in Randolph, NJ for 25 years. Diane, married to Board Member Thomas Padula is the proud mother of Joanna and grandmother of twins, KaylieRae and Madeline. She is an equally proud mother of son, Tommy and daughter-in-law, Jessica, both Board Members of M.O.R.E. Diane was a member of the original Bonkos group, who began supporting the Medhen Social Center years ago. She has traveled twice to Ethiopia, Africa to visit Sister Senkenesh and the children of Medhen in 2008 and 2012.
Charles Strenk, General Counsel, resides in Randolph, New Jersey. He has been married to his wife, Maureen Strenk, since 1975. They have three daughters, Sara, Megan and Amy. Charles is and has been a practicing attorney in New Jersey since 1979 and is a partner in the firm of Kiernan & Strenk located in Morristown, New Jersey.
Anthony Zecca, Treasurer, is a CPA and the National Director of the CohnResnick Advisory Group at a large accounting firm, CohnResnick. He has been involved in numerous boards and community organizations, most recently serving on the Randolph, NJ Board of Education for 12 years (8 years as President). Tony is the father of two daughters.
Asqual Getaneh, MPH, is an Academic Physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.. Dr. Getaneh was a Researcher at MedStar Health Research Institute (2013-2015), an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and an Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City (1999 and 2013). In her research position Dr. Getaneh conducted epidemiological research and clinical trials primarily in diabetes, and has published her findings in peer -reviewed journals. She has also worked as an Associate Program Director at the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Program, Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, where she was responsible for AIDS treatment programs in Ethiopia and Nigeria. As a volunteer, she has contributed to the creation of medical specialty training programs in Ethiopia, serves as a trustee on the board of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and the Foundation for International Medical Education and Research, and as an Advisor to faculty at international medical and dental schools. She lives in Washington, DC and enjoys traveling.
Bob Holland has worked in the hotel industry for 35 years, and currently is Vice President Openings for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. He and Nancy have been married since 1976 and are extremely proud of their 3 wonderful children. Among other community organizations, for the past 10 years, Bob has been actively involved with Food & Friends, a Washington DC based charity that prepares, packages and delivers meals and groceries to more than 2,800 people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Nancy Holland currently resides in Chicago, IL with her husband Bob. They have two daughters and one son. She has served on many church and school fundraising committees over the years and is happy to use this experience to help the children of MORE. She also has a passion for designing and creating handmade cards that delight recipients. Friends and family look forward to receiving her creations. Nancy does this work to raise money for M.O.R.E. Nancy donates the supplies to make the cards in addition to 100% of the sales from the cards. You can shop all of her designs at her Etsy shop!
Jim Miller, President Emeritus, is currently a vice president at the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Art (NYFA). At NYFA, Jim manages strategic initiatives that includes domestic and international programs in partnership with public and private entities. Jim began his career in higher education administration at the Institute of International Education (IIE), where he served in various leadership capacities. He was the Executive Director of the Scholar Rescue Fund© (IIE-SRF), a program of IIE, which since its founding in 2002, has saved the lives and careers of over 700 threatened and persecuted scholars from 51 countries by providing academic fellowships and other vital support. Simultaneously, Jim was the Director of the IIE-SRF Iraq Scholar Rescue Project, a public/private partnership of more than $22M. Activated in 2006 in response to the academic emergency that beset Iraq post-2003, the Iraq Scholar Rescue has assisted over 350 of Iraq’s senior scholars and scientists and has provided professional development benefits for scholars and administrators, including numerous higher education capacity building trainings and conferences held in Iraq. While at IIE, Jim was a main architect of numerous innovative programs including: Camps to Campuses — an initiative that provides higher education for Syrian students in refugee camps in Jordan; the Artists Protection Fund(APF) — a program that supports at-risk artists; the Women’s International Network (WIN) — a collaboration with a major U.S. university that provides exiled women scholars with an extensive global academic network; and the Iraq Distance Education Program — a significant distance education project that successfully provided much-needed curriculum to Iraqi students and faculty. Prior to IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund, for a decade Jim was the Senior Executive of Studio Art Centers International (SACI), a US university-accredited school of visual arts, art history, and archaeology in Florence, Italy. Jim has been a keynote presenter at several international academic conferences around the world (e.g. Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Thailand, and the U.S.) and has organized numerous others. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and has interviewed extensively with the media. Before entering the international education field, Miller was President & CEO of three global trading firms that designed, manufactured and imported high-end textiles. In addition to the MORE Board, Jim serves on a number of non-profit boards including the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), an association established by various organizations (UNESCO, Save the Children, UNHCR, HRW, UNICEF, etc.) concerned about on-going attacks on education. He was a founding trustee of the Palazzo dei Cartelloni Onlus, an Italian non-profit foundation dedicated to creating and installing art projects for the public good.
Thomas Padula is the Director of Regulatory Compliance for a NJ Consulting Firm servicing the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industry. He has over 33 years of managerial experience in the food and pharmaceutical manufacturing disciplines. Tom’s hobbies include playing golf and watching New York sports teams. He also enjoys helping others and making people smile.
Dr. Sam Parsia is a physician specializing in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and practices in the Washington, D.C. area. He previously was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York University where he specialized in treatment of patients exposed to toxic materials generated by the attacks of 9/11. He is currently involved in a long term project to train Ethiopian physicians in Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Addis Ababa through a program sponsored by the World Lung Foundation. He lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife Barbara and two children Dominic and Zachary.
~ Giving hope…..to M.O.R.E. children ~