Board of Directors

Janet Michel

Founder and President

Janet has worked in the non-profit sector since 2000 with various organizations, focused on bringing hope into Latin America. Her professional background, prior to 2000, has been in administration and sales.

Joe Bottorff, D.Div

Board Member

Joe is a retired pastor of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, presently serving as Assistant to the Superintendent of the Central District. His involvement with missions in South America began several years ago. Joe has been with Bridges of Hope since it’s beginning in 2007, as a member of the Board of Directors and regularly travels with his wife, Georgia on mission trips to Central and South America. He is also owner of DOC Real Estate, Inc. in Greenwood, IN.

Steve Heiniger

Board Member

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master’s Degree in teaching, starting his teaching career in 1990.  Steve currently lives in Fishers, Indiana and is married to Dana.  They have four children.  He currently serves as trainer/mentor for short term trip leaders with Bridges of Hope and was a member of the inaugural trip to Cartagena, Colombia in 2007.  He and his family are members of Grace Church, Fishers Campus, where Steve serves as a member of the Fishers Campus Leadership team.  Steve has been a part of the Board of Directors since 2007.

Chris Johnson

Board Member

Chris Johnson joined the Bridges of Hope Board of Directors in 2013. He and his family have been supporters of Bridges of Hope since 2009. He has participated in trips to South America and led the first Guatemala City team in 2013. Chris lives in Carmel, Indiana, with his wife, Sue. They have two children and are members of Grace Church in Noblesville. He is a registered Pharmacist and has served in executive roles involving pharmacy benefit management, medical economics, and provider network development. Chris is the Executive Director of Pharmacy for Indiana University Health Plans at Indiana University Health.

Dr. Anthony Sanders

Board Member

Anthony is a physician, graduating from the Indiana School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  He and his wife, also a physician, and their children make their home in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Anthony has served in medical missions to El Salvador and Ghana, West Africa.  He is a member of Northside New Era Baptist Church.  He joined the Board of Directors of Bridges of Hope in 2015.  Anthony is participating in medical outreaches to the underserved in El Salvador and focused on developing hospital relationships in that country.

Joe Lee

Board Member

Joe graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Information Systems. He currently owns and manages an after-school math and reading center in Fishers, Indiana, providing academic support to about 200 students. He and his family attend Grace Church in Noblesville. Joe joined the Board of Directors in 2015 and has traveled on mission trips to El Salvador and Colombia. He participates in short-term missions and other missional opportunities.

Sanford “Sandy” Miller

Board Member

Sandy Miller grew up on the East Coast and came to Indiana in 1965 and joined the US Military; he was discharged after two years with honors. Sandy graduated with a B.S. Degree in administration, majoring in auditing and consulting. His professional career includes: Twenty three years in private and public companies in financial accounting roles, including Chief Accounting Officer, Controller, VP-Finance, and Director of Costs and Budgets. Other professional experience includes: Teaching Technology to middle school students and owner of SWM Remodeling Services. Sandy serves as the Construction Project Manager with Bridges of Hope International and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014.

Dr. Rey Vivo

Board Member

Dr. Rey Vivo joined the Community Heart and Vascular Hospital in Indianapolis in 2014. He is currently the medical director of the cardiology service line. Dr. Vivo completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center McKeesport, followed by three fellowships: cardiovascular disease (University of Texas Medical Branch), echocardiology (Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center), and advanced heart failure and transplant (University of California Los Angeles). His clinical interests include the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) and Cardio-Oncology programs at Community. Dr. Vivo has been a part of the Bridges of Hope Impact Trips since 2016.

Bridges of Hope Staff

Dave Michel

Director of Logistics

Dave was a Medical Representative for Abbott Laboratories for 30 years. Currently he is serving with Bridges of Hope. His responsibilities include: Director of Pharmacy, gifts in kind, and warehouse inventory. Dave and Janet attend College Park Church, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dana Heiniger


Dana began serving with Bridges of Hope in 2007 as the Administrator of the organization.  She has a B.A. degree from Taylor University.  Dana serves in children’s ministries at Grace Church, Fishers campus.

Ed Kilroy

Director of BOH Inner City


Ed began serving with Bridges of Hope in 2014 on a humanitarian trip to Cartagena, Colombia.  He has a B.S. in Journalism from Ball State University.  Ed serves in children’s and homeless ministry at Bridgeway Community Church. He also leads the Bridges of Hope Inner City Team. Ed and his wife, Rachel have a passion for serving others with their three children.

Technology Team

Ashley Zablocki

Ashley is a current MBA student at Indiana University Kokomo. She has worked in the Customer Service industry for twelve years. Ashley currently manages an Office and Training Department for a company that sells point of sale systems in restaurants. She loves animals, traveling, has a heart for the Latin culture and is a Spanish speaker.

Lorin Harris

Director of Technology

Lorin began serving with Bridges of Hope in 2015 on a humanitarian trip to Guatemala and El Salvador. He is currently pursuing his nursing degree. Lorin has served on the mission field, working on community development projects in El Salvador. He is bilingual in English and Spanish. Lorin has a passion for serving.

Teegan Heiniger

Teegan is a current Senior at Fishers High School. He plans to attend Taylor University and study Engineering. For him, nothing beats being outside in God’s creation whether that be climbing, fishing, hiking, hammocking, or playing sports. Teegan serves in Production Arts at Grace Church Fishers on top of playing varsity lacrosse and wrestling.

Bridges of Hope Staff

International Advisory Council

Efren Senior Locarno Florez

International Advisory Council – Colombia

Efren is from Cartagena, Colombia and has worked in a variety of capacities with Bridges of Hope for the last five years.  He graduated from the University of Pamplona with a B.A. Degree, Post Graduate Degree in School Management from the University of San Buenaventura, and a Masters Degree from the University of Simon Bolivar.  He has been married for 21 years to Silvia and they have three children.  He is involved in community projects and is serving with Bridges of Hope,  giving guidance and leadership in helping us to be more effective in accomplishing our mission in Cartagena, Colombia.

Julio Valencia

International Advisory Council – El Salvador

Julio Valencia is from San Salvador, El Salvador and is married to Jacqueline. They have two children. He gives significant guidance to the vision of Bridges of Hope International from a spiritual perspective, as well as from a Latino perspective. Julio is the Founder/Pastor of Iglesia Comunidad Cristiana Soyapango of Assemblies of God and the Spiritual Director of Liceos Cristianos Rev. Juan Bueno. His personal relationship with Christ began at the age of 15. He holds an earned degree (1997) in Electrical Engineering and has been a full time Pastor since 2001.

David Vargas Mendoza

International Advisory Council – Bolivia

David is from Santa Cruz, Bolivia and is married with one daughter.  David’s responsibilities with Bridges of Hope include partnership development and logistics for short-term teams.  David has a degree in Industrial Engineering.  His professional career is focused  on industrial management, human resources and coaching as well as civil engineering projects.   His passion is to serve the Bolivian youth locally and nationally from a holistic perspective.  He is Director of the School of Leadership (Liberate), President of the Evangelical Christian Youth Association, Youth Pastor in Edificadores del Reino Church, Director of Juvenil Ruta 180 and Director of Plataforma Yo Amo la Vida, a national youth movement addressing the social issues faced by Bolivian youth.

Nanci Raquel Cruz

International Advisory Council – Guatemala

Nanci Cruz is from Guatemala City, Guatemala and began serving with Bridges of Hope International as a translator in approximately 2013.  Nanci is a part of our International Advisory Council.  She  has been married for 12 years and has two children.  Nanci is the local representative for Bridges of Hope in Guatemala.  Her responsibilities include communicating with our local partners, researching potential new partnerships and providing logistical support.  She studied five years at the University of San Carlos Guatemala as a professional translator and interpreter.  She chose her career in order to help others communicate effectively cross-culturally.  Nanci says:  “God is a big part of my life because without Him, I couldn’t be the person that I am now.”  Her favorite hobby is rock climbing, because “I feel free when I do it.”

Medical Advisory Council

Dr. Tom Ledyard

Dr. Doug Harty

Dr. Robin Ledyard

Dr. Marc Duerden

Dr. Del McOmber

Dr. Ray Tapnio

Dr. Bryan Perkins