OUR BOARD

board_image“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.” Proverbs 19:17
[The children in photo are pressing in on Iva (and Richard in the background) to have a little fun blowing up balloons.]

Dr. Richard L. Presberry, Sr.: President and Founder, Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc., Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Education Consultant; Former Rehabilitation Services for the Blind, Fair Hearing Officer; Retired Higher Education Administrator; Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri; Master of Arts Degree in Education and Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education: Counseling and Administration, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri; Licensed Minister/Missionary
Iva V. Presberry: Executive Director and Founder, Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc.; Former Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of Special Needs, Supervisor; Retired Jefferson City High School, Counselor; Former St. Louis Community College: Florissant Valley, Program Coordinator; Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri; Master of Science in Education, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; Associates of Arts Degree: Deaf Communication Studies, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley; Licensed Minister/Missionary
Tom Meeks2Thomas R. Meeks: Board Vice Chairman, Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc; Employed as a management consultant specializing in Health Care Initiatives; Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; Owner, Rosewood Music, Jefferson City, Missouri
DavidDavid F. Akrobetu: Board Vice Chairman, Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc; Employed as a database admnistrator for the Missouri State Highway Patrol; executive member of the Mawubi Association in the USA/North America which supports the educational needs of school children; Master’s degree in sociology; Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA); Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems—all from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO; Associate degree in computer programming from the School of Computer Studies in Accra, Ghana; Memberships in the Ghana Institute of Technician Engineers and the Institute for the Management of Information Systems, London, England.
Christy Schnieders: Board Secretary, Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc; Support Specialist with Missouri Rehabilitation and Employment; Retired Job Readiness Teacher-Case Manager and Middle School Teacher, Jefferson City Public School, Jefferson City, Missouri; Special Services Teacher-Case Manager and Teacher, Cole County R-1 School District, Russellville, Missouri and other Missouri Public Schools; Masters of Education-Guidance and Counseling, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri; Bachelors of Science-Special Education, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri
CourtneyMaurice Dixon: Chaplain, Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc, Revenue Processing Tech II, Missouri Department of Revenue, Jefferson City, MO; Child Support Tech, GC Services, Jefferson City, Missouri; Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri; Graduate of Anchorage Christian Schools, Anchorage, Alaska.
Barbara Burgess: Board Member, Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc., Musician and Minister of Music, Second Baptist Church, Jefferson City, Missouri, First Presbyterian Church, Crookston, Minnesota and Pleasant Green Baptist Church, St. Louis, Missouri; Former Century 21 Real Estate Agent, Grand Forks, North Dakota; Bohlen Realty Real Estate Agent, St. Louis, Missouri; Procter and Gamble Administrative Assistant, St. Louis, Missouri; Attended Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri; Attended University of Minnesota, Crookston, Minnesota; Attended St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley, Missouri; Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Crookston, Minnesota; Recording Secretary, The Links, Inc., Jefferson City, Missouri
Sherman Hamlin: Board Member, Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc., Home Care Specialist, Helitech, Jefferson City, Missouri; Former General Manager, Struck ACE Hardware, Key West, Florida; Team Leader, Target Store; Store Manager, Comp USA; Store Director, Circuit City; Operations Manager, The Home Depot; Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, Florida State University; Associates of Arts Degree in Psychology, Florida State University. Former Program Director for the Boys and Girls Club, Key West, Florida.
Randy Rippee: Board Member, Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc., Licensed Minister by Jefferson City Christian Center; Former full-time missionary to China, began and administrated two Bible schools for house church Pastors and ministers; Former Manager New Day Learning Center Beijing, China; Former Instructor Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China; Forever Home Manager- a home for older special needs orphans in Qingyuanian, China; Former full-time missionary to India, Grace Home Manager- a home for older special needs orphans in Ongole; later moved to the home to Hyderabad, India; Multiple short-term mission trips to Peru; former Manager of information systems department – Missouri State Employees Retirement System; Attended The Language School of Dalian Railway Institute; Graduate of Southwest Missouri State University – Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management; Graduate of Association of Faith Churches and Ministers-International Training Center, Wilmer, Minnesota.
Nina Meeks: Coordinator, Child Sponsorship Program, Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc.; Retired Director of Resident Services and former Active Living Coordinator, each at Heisinger Bluffs–Lutheran Senior Services, Jefferson City, Missouri; former Activity Director, St. Joseph’s Bluffs, Jefferson City, Missouri; Attended Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri; Pursued double majors in Computer Science and Business Administration, University of Missouri, St. Louis; Associate of Applied Science Degree – Physical Therapy Assistant, State Tech, Linn, Missouri. Missions Coordinator, First Assembly of God, Jefferson City, Missouri.
Rita Rippee: Administrative Assistant, Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc., Licensed Assembly of God Minister; Former Youth/Associate Pastor at New Beginnings Assembly of God Church, California, MO., Former full-time missionary to China, Established and administrated two Bible schools for house church Pastors and ministers; Sponsorship Coordinator, Forever Home Manager- a home for older special needs orphans in Qingyuanian, China; Former full-time missionary to India, Grace Home Manager- a home for older special needs orphans in Ongole; Moved to Hyderabad, India; Graduate of Association of Faith Churches and Ministers-International Training Center, Wilmer, Minnesota; Ordained Minister; Multiple short-term mission trips to Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Peru; Former homeschool mom for 3 children K-12 grades.