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.

Ed Kilroy

Board Member

Ed began serving with Bridges of Hope in 2014 on a humanitarian trip to Cartagena, Colombia. Ed has also traveled and served in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic with Bridges of Hope. He leads the Bridges of Hope Inner City Team in Indianapolis. Ed and his wife, Rachel have a passion for serving in the community with their three children.

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.

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

Teegan Heiniger

Teegan is a current student at Taylor University. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. For him, nothing beats being outside in God’s creation whether that be climbing, fishing, camping, or playing sports. Teegan serves in Production Arts at Grace Church Fishers on top of playing college lacrosse.

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.

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.”

Gerardo Aparicio

International Advisory Council – Panama

Gerardo Aparicio was born in Panama, but at 12 months old moved to Chicago with his family and lived there until 1997, when he returned to Panama with his family. He is a graduate of the Technical University of Panama, with a Computer Systems Degree. At present he is a Pastor and loves teaching the Word of God. His passion is to challenge individuals to pursue a personal relationship with God, in order that they might experience their purpose for why they are on this earth.  He is passionate about engaging others to use their God-given talents, abilities and gifts to serve God and others.   Gerardo is a great asset to Bridges of Hope International as he is fluent in English, has a heart to serve others, and is a very effective administrator and team player. He is married and enjoys living and serving near his parents, who are missionaries in Panama.

Medical Advisory Council

Dr. Tom Ledyard

Dr. Doug Harty

Dr. Robin Ledyard

Dr. Marc Duerden

Dr. Del McOmber