Gus Zuehlke, President and Founder, BOSCO USA
Gus Zuehlke has worked as a lay minister in the Catholic Church for 20 years. He is also an accomplished theologian and author of several books, articles, and pamphlets. His interest in helping the people of northern Uganda began after he was invited to give a retreat to the Catholic members of the Ugandan parliament. After hearing of the deplorable conditions in Northern Uganda caused by two decades of war, he visited Gulu. Gus returned to Gulu on a later trip specifically to learn more. Gus has since spoken about the crisis in Uganda on NPR, PBS, and at various international symposiums by invitation. After giving another retreat to the leaders in Kampala, he returned to Gulu a third time to present a retreat to the catechists who lived in the IDP refugee camps. The theme they presented to Gus at this retreat was: “How do we deal with this suffering. What can be done to get our story out?” Upon returning to the USA, he wondered what specific contribution he could make to alleviate such intense suffering. He contacted the Archdiocese of Gulu to recommend actions, and then called upon the services of Ted Pethick to help design a solution, and since that time he has been working tirelessly, on a volunteer basis, to move the project forward. Gus and his wife Karen live in South Bend Indiana, and have 3 children together.
Thomas Loughran, Ph.D, Vice President, BOSCO USA
Dr. Loughran is currently the I2U2 Education Program leader and Managing Co-PI for the Notre Dame extended Research Community (NDeRC) in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame. His daily responsibilities involve facilitating ties between scientific/engineering research communities and K-12 teachers and students. He taught Engineering Ethics as Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Portland for seven years, and served ten years as a member of the faculty at Trinity School at Greenlawn. Since 2006 he has led the science research community at Saint Joseph’s High School in South Bend.
Email: thomas dot loughran at gmail dot com
Thomas M. Zielinski
, Treasurer, BOSCO USA
Tom is a graduate of Indiana University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in accounting. He began his professional career in Chicago, Illinois, in the corporate offices of two major corporations from 1971 through 1979 in various accounting roles. He moved to Bloomington, Indiana in 1979 and worked in Indianapolis and Bloomington with positions as Manager and Controller. He returned to his hometown of South Bend, Indiana in 1985 and held positions as Controller, Vice President, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer until 2003. In 2004, he worked as a financial and accounting consultant with a number of businesses both large and small until his retirement in 2008. Tom also serves as a board member with another non for profit organization and volunteers as a mentor with elementary school children.
Kirby Falkenberg, Secretary, BOSCO USA
Kirby has had a 35 year career with YMCA, the last 15 years as the Executive Director & CEO of the YMCA of Michiana. He is a Member of Christians in Commerce and founded the “CIC in Uganda Education.” Kirby serves on the National Service Council and is the past President of its South Bend & Elkhart Chapter. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies, concentration: “The Modernization Process of Developing Countries.” A US Navy Veteran who served in Vietnam, Kirby has traveled to many countries, among them 2 visits to Uganda; the 2nd time spent in Gulu visited the people in the IDP (displacement) camps.
Kerry Vickers , Technical Consultant, BOSCO USA
Kerry is Director of Technical Services for MicroIntegration, Inc. In the past, he has served roles as VP of IT for Welch Packaging Group, IT Manager for Wolverine Mutual Insurance, Technical Manager, and Senior Technical Trainer/Consultant for Signal Learning. Kerry holds an undergraduate degree in Electronics Technology from Southwest Tennessee. His previous work experience includes 9 years in the United States Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician. Kerry, a Gulf War Veteran, spent 3 years teaching electronics at the Navy’s Aviation Electronics school. Kerry assisted in the design & implementation of the BOSCO deployment phase 1 in Uganda, and assists with the long term maintenance, technical support, and future planning of projects. Kerry is a South Bend, IN native who now lives in Elkhart, IN. He has 3 children ages 23, 21, & 16. In the future he hopes to continually support charitable initiatives in technology & Web 2.0 collaboration.
Kevin Bailey, Former Organizational & Communications Envoy in Uganda, BOSCO USA (2008-2010)
Kevin graduated with a degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2008. He has previously taught English and Computer literacy to secondary school students in Jinja, Uganda, through a program at Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns. During this time, he became an active advocate for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in northern Uganda. Kevin returned to northern Uganda after raising $25,000 to support his involvement with the work of BOSCO and the Archdiocese of Gulu. His responsibilities included overseeing the BOSCO project in Gulu on behalf of the board members. This involved working closely with leaders of the Church in Gulu and key leaders in the IDP camps to facilitate effective communication over the BOSCO network, allowing the Acholi people to become their own advocates for peace.
Tom Marentette, ICT4D Consultant, BOSCO USA
Tom Marentette serves as Lead Architect Digital ND at the University of Notre Dame in the Office of Information Technologies and has been with the university since 1997 in a variety of information technology roles. His current responsibilities include the execution of enterprise digital media strategy and Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) efforts. Tom also performs project management duties, which have included enterprise network infrastructure, emergency communications and assorted special projects. Tom has a wealth of experience in designing and deploying technology and mobile solutions in the developing world and believes in the awesome power of connecting people. Tom has served on the Board of Directors of BOSCO USA since February 2010. Tom is a serial volunteer, and regularly offers his ICT4D knowledge and expertise to an assortment of university departments, non-profits and International NGO’s. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, he was educated at Eastern Michigan University and currently resides in South Bend, Indiana with his family.Contact information: Email: tmarente at gmail dot com Skype: tmarente Twitter: @tmarente Blog: http://tmarente.wordpress.com
Jonathon Marino, Board Member, BOSCO USA
Jonathan Marino currently directs content and strategy at the MapStory Foundation, a nonprofit organization that sustains sustainsmapstory.org and its emerging global user community. Previously Jon has coordinated service-learning programs in the Chicago Public Schools, co-founded and co-directed the Center for Global Engagement at Northwestern University, and staffed the Innovation Lab at the Council of Chief State School Officers. His bachelors (cum laude) is in education and political science from Northwestern University and his masters (1st class honors) is in philosophy from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He spent most of 2008/9 in Uganda as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Based at Makerere University’s Refugee Law Project, he helped investigate implementation of Uganda’s Peace Recovery and Development Plan and authored the first report in the country focused directly on the topic. Its available here:http://refugeelawproject.org/briefing_papers/RLP.BP0802.pdf. While in Uganda Jon also studied Acholi and supported the RLP’s Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) program for forced migrants and refugees. He currently resides in Washington DC with his wife, Lauren Parnell Marino, who manages worldwide mobilization for Ashoka Changemakers.