Ronald Wilhem, PhD – Board President
Dr. Ron W. Wilhelm taught in the department of teacher education and administration at the University of North Texas from 1992-2012. Ron first came to Guatemala in 1972 and completed fieldwork for his dissertation in schools in the central highlands in 1990. He is a member of Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas and has brought volunteers to Guatemala since 2002.
Rev. Jeannie Jensen – Board Secretary
Rev. Jeannie Jensen is the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Emporia, Kansas. Jeannie first fell in love with Guatemala on a seminary trip in 1990. She and her husband, Rich, have introduced volunteers to Guatemala every year since 1995, and have worked on projects with ODIM since 2010. She is committed to ODIM’s mission of addressing educational and healthcare needs in creative ways that are local and sustainable.
Alyse worked with ODIM staff and an Emory University Global Health Institute Multi-disciplinary Team in Guatemala in 2012 to collaboratively research, develop and evaluate our Caminemos Juntos ("Let's Walk Together") diabetes education program. Alyse has a strong background in community-based health education programs and non-profit work, especially as these relate to the health needs of the Hispanic/Latino community of the Southeastern U.S. Alyse continues to work collaboratively with staff and other ODIM stakeholders to support program development, grant writing, evaluation, and university partnerships that will strengthen ODIM's development work over the long term.
Dr. Jeremy Johnson is a pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine physician in Columbia, Missouri. He practices at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital and is a teaching faculty member in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Environmental Medicine at the University of Missouri. His first medical mission trip to ODIM was in 2010 with his home church, Missouri United Methodist Church, and he has returned annually since. He looks forward to continuing his service to the people of San Juan La Laguna and San Pablo La Laguna through his role as a board member on the ODIM Board of Directors.
Paul Copping is the owner of an aircraft parts business in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He first travelled to Guatemala with his wife, Julie, as part of a work team from Living Water UMC in 2008. They both fell in love with the area and the people of San Juan La Laguna & San Pablo La Laguna. They have continued to return annually and have never ceased to be amazed by the efforts of ODIM to effect change in these communities. He is looking forward to becoming even further involved as a board member for “the little mission that can”.
Dr. Mary Harris has been a member of United Methodist churches in Carlisle, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Manhattan, KS; Grand Forks, ND; and, currently, First United Methodist Church of Denton, TX, where she coordinates its partnership with Tomas Rivera Elementary School, serves on the Mission Committee, and is active in the Latino ministry. She participated in construction teams with ODIM in 2014 and 2015 along with her husband, Bob, who helped to build the clinic at San Pablo. A teacher education faculty and administrator, Mary is recently retired from the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas, where she wrote and administered scores of government and foundation grants to support programs involving partnerships for human development.
Jackie is the East Region Consulting Manager at Torrent Consulting. She has worked with many organizations in the healthcare, financial and energy industries as well as many community outreach teams. She is committed to ODIM's mission and programs and glad to serve on the Board to further the dreams and visions of ODIM.