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.

Heather Bottorff

Board Member

Heather Bottorff has been involved as a volunteer with Bridges of Hope for several years, participating in fundraising initiatives and on international trips. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Therapy. She is the Managing Broker for DOC Real Estate, Inc. in Greenwood, IN. She is involved as a lay leader in her local church, sings in the choir, and has three children.

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.

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.

Julio Valencia

Board Member

Julio Valencia is from San Salvador, El Salvador. He is married and has two children. His bilingual skills, administrative background, spiritual guidance, and cultural perspective has contributed to the growth of Bridges of Hope in El Salvador since 2011. Julio holds an earned degree in Electrical Engineering. He is the founder and Pastor of Iglesia Comunidad Cristiana Soyapango of Assemblies of God. In 2017, he was elected as Executive Director of Liceos Cristianos Rev. Juan Bueno. The Christian school network is comprised of 37 schools throughout El Salvador with an enrollment of approximately 14,000 students and 800 professionals on the staff.

Ed Kilroy

Board Member

Ed began serving with Bridges of Hope International in 2014 on a humanitarian team. He currently serves as the lead for the Humanitarian Projects Leadership Team. He holds a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ball State University. Ed serves in children’s and homeless ministry at Bridgeway Community Church, Indianapolis, Indiana. Ed, his wife, and three children have a passion for serving others.

Bridges of Hope Staff

Dave Michel

Humanitarian Projects – International & Domestic Support

Dave was a Pharmaceutical Representative for Abbott Laboratories for 30 years. He has served with Bridges of Hope International since 2007. He has traveled on numerous International Medical and Humanitarian trips and currently serves on the Leadership support team. Dave is also a member of the Billy Graham Rapid Response team, a Chaplain Ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Dave and Janet are members of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church, Dallas, Texas.

Dana Heiniger

Administration

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 International in 2014 on a humanitarian team. He currently serves as the lead for the Humanitarian Projects Leadership Team. He holds a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ball State University. Ed serves in children’s and homeless ministry at Bridgeway Community Church, Indianapolis, Indiana. Ed, his wife, and three children have a passion for serving others.

Technology Team

Teegan Heiniger

Teegan is a current student at Taylor University. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He enjoys 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 Leadership Team

Efren Senior Locarno Florez

INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR COLOMBIA

Efren is from Cartagena, Colombia, and has served in a variety of volunteer capacities for the last 10 years with Bridges of Hope International. He assumed the role as  International Director with Bridges of Hope International on July 1, 2020. His leadership will be instrumental in helping our organization build capacity, expand internationally, and strengthen international relationships throughout Latin America. He is married and has three sons.

Gerardo Aparicio

International Leadership Team 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.

Nanci Raquel Cruz

 International Leadership Team 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 for 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