John W. "Jack" Murtagh is a native of Brooklyn NY and was raised in
Lynbrook Long Island, attending the Jesuit Regis preparatory high school in Manhattan and the Jesuit St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia, graduating with an AB in politics and a minor in philosophy. He received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and was admitted to the Pa Bar. After clerking on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, he was appointed as a Special United States Attorney with the US Department of Justice's Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, Pittsburgh Field Strike Force, conducting prosecutions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey. After leaving the Department, he specialized in the representation of individuals victimized by age, race, sex, religious and national origin discrimination/harassment, and labor relations,until retiring in early 2018. Jack and Sheila (nee Horsman) have been married for 46 years and have made their home in Ingomar since 1974.Their daughter Kerin resides in Charlotte with her husband Anthony Goethals and two children; their son John lives in West View.
Blake has served as the Vice-President of the Honduras Hope Missions for the past two years. In 2014, Blake retired after 32 years from The Bank of New York Mellon where he served as Managing Director and Credit Portfolio Manager responsible for rating, approving and overseeing exposures to European Countries and European Global Banks. Additionally, Blake was the Managing Director responsible for exposures to North American Banks and Insurance Companies. Prior to the merger between Mellon Bank and The Bank of New York, he served as Senior Vice President and Department Chief Credit Officer for Financial Institutions and Capital Markets. Blake was a member of the Credit Risk Management Committee and the Global Securities Lending Committee. Earlier in his career he was Manager of the Leveraged Buyout Analytical Group and a Relationship Manager to chemical companies and oil and gas producers. Blake began his career as a Quality Control Lab Technician for ARCO Chemical. Blake has been a member of Ingomar United Methodist Church since 1990. He is currently a member of the Missions Committee. Additionally, he previously served as Chairman of Leadership Council and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Blake is a graduate of Geneva College (BSBA) and the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA and Air Force veteran, Gary received his Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. After working for 15 years in Real Estate Brokerage, Property Management and Appraising, he changed direction in his life and pursued a career in the pastorate, earning a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and then serving 17 years as the pastor of the Valencia Presbyterian Church in Valencia, PA and 5 years as Parish Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown, PA before retiring in December 2017. Active in community organizations, Gary is a currently the treasurer for the Rich-Mar Rotary Club (which he also served as president in 2006-07), is a past moderator of the Beaver-Butler Presbytery, and has served on the Boards of the South Butler Community Meals on Wheels and the Mars Unit of the Salvation Army. A long-time advocate for short-term mission teams, he has served on 10 teams to locations in the U.S. and 16 international teams, including 8 to Honduras. Married, with 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, Gary and his wife, Bev, currently reside in Adams Township, Mars, PA.
Lou Ann has been doing mission work both in the United States and in foreign countries for over 20 years. She has served in Malawi, Haiti, and Honduras focusing on both physical and spiritual health. She spent 15 years in the social work field after graduating from Westminster college with a B.A. in Religion and Psychology. She later received her M.S.-MIS from Duquesne University and worked as a project manager / department manager for several companies. She currently works as a business manager for an optometric practice in Pittsburgh, PA. Lou Ann has one adult child and currently resides in Gibsonia, PA. She is a member of First Bakerstown Presbyterian Church where she serves as an ruling elder and Stephen Minister.
Mark has been a part of the Honduras Mission Group since 2017. Mark grew
up in Memphis, Tennessee where he did his undergraduate studies at Memphis
State University. He then attended the University of Tennessee Dental College
followed by a one-year General Practice Residency at the Veteran’s
Administration Hospital. In 1987, he completed his Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgical Residency Program at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh where he
also served as Attending Surgeon with the residency program. Mark serves as
Secretary of the Crafton Ingram Rotary Club. He is a 32nd Degree Mason with the
Bethel Masonic Lodge, a member of the Scottish Rite, and a Shriner.
Christopher Mansfield brings to the Hope Families team an award-winning background in Architectural design and innovation. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Technology at Alfred State College, and later pursued and received an accredited Masters of Architecture degree at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During his time at the University of Massachusetts, Chris was able to secure considerable grant funding to research how Architectural design can have positive impact in complex social issues in Honduras. His studies included one year of dedicated research and design time. During that year he spent time in both the United States and Honduras researching Honduran challenges, and looking for culturally appropriate design opportunities for societal improvement.
His research in Honduras and design of the Hope Center have been recognized both in the United States and Internationally. The projects design has been showcased by organizations such as the American Institute of Architects, “It takes Community, 2017”, Greenbuild 2017, and the United Nations Habitat III.
David has served the Crafton-Ingram Tri-Cmmunities of Pittsburgh in his own business since 1998 as owner and funeral director of Schepner-McDermott Funeral Home Inc. David is involved and active in many organizations following his passion for helping others. He took his first mission trip to Honduras in 2018. David became a board member in the summer of 2018 and also in involved in the following organizations: St. Vincent De Paul / active member, Rotary International / past president, Masons/ 32 degree, U.S. Coast guard Auxiliary / Lt., Merchant Marines / Master captain and Knights of Colombus / past Grand Knight.
Brittany is a Physician Assistant who specializes in Surgical Oncology and Liver Surgery, with previous experience in pediatrics and transplant surgery. She attended Duquesne University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She graduated with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies in 2011. She has been affiliated with the Honduras Hope Mission since 2017 when she attended her first medical mission trip. She is also the recipient for the 2018 “You Make a Difference” award with the Community Liver Alliance. She accepted the award remotely while serving as a medical provider on the Honduras Hope Mission trip at the time of the ceremony. She is originally from Cleveland, OH. She currently lives in Mars, PA with her husband and daughter.
Cindy is a physical therapist and has worked with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in many different practice settings. She holds a B.S. in biology and English writing from Allegheny College, M.S. in Health Related Professions (Developmental Disabilities track) from the University of Pittsburgh, and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Slippery Rock University. She is a former Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate School of Physical Therapy at Slippery Rock University. Long interested in global health, she has served with 21 medical mission teams, 13 of which have been in Honduras.
Robert Potter, MD has been traveling to La Villa de San Francisco as medical director of the Honduras Hope Mission for well over a decade. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and St. Margaret Family Practice Residency, he is a founding member of Genesis Medical Associates, an independent primary care physician group in the north Pittsburgh area. He also serves as Medical Director of Kane Ross Regional Center skilled nursing facility and Allegheny Health Network Hospice, and serves as school physician for North Hills and North Allegheny School Districts. He also has provided consultant services for the Pittsburgh Pirates for over 16 years. Dr. Potter looks forward every year to traveling to the central Honduras area to work with the Honduran people in an effort to improve the health and living standards for the people of La Villa de San Francisco and the surrounding villages.
Matt has been affiliated with the Honduras Hope Mission since 2013, when He made his first mission trip to Honduras as a college student. He works as a physician assistant at Heritage Valley Beaver ER. He graduated from St. Francis University in 2013 with a masters degree in physician assistant science.
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