Board of Directors

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Mary procter - Founder, board chair

As Founding Board Chair for Sustainable Villages Honduras, Mary draws on her work on the boards of half a dozen non-profits ranging from a small arts organization to a university. She carried the responsibility of board chair for three of them and was a key player in the startup of a brand new charter school in Washington, D.C. She learned about the importance of sound finance and sound strategic planning in private companies and government agencies. From her three years in Brazil as a foreign service officer in the U.S. Information Agency, Mary developed familiarity and great affection for the many varieties of Latin culture. She has supported sustainable agriculture and forestry in Honduran mountain villages, where she has traveled nine times since 2009.

 

kurt jacobs - vice chair

Kurt is an attorney with a degree from Yale Law School who has served in significant roles on non-profit boards, including that of Samaritan Ministries of Greater Washington (a membership organization for sharing of large medical expenses) and as Senior Warden of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church. In 2014, Kurt received the Laura Rinaldi Pro-bono Lawyer of the Year for his extensive pro-bono work. He has served for the past eight years on the Working Group for Trinidad Conservation Project (TCP) the predecessor organization for SVH and traveled in 2011 to observe the work being done in Honduras by TCP.

 

betsy agle - founder, treasurer

Betsy co-founded TCP with her husband Collie Agle in 2006 and co-led the informal organization for many years. Her professional background is in environmental protection. She worked for 15 years for Clean Air
Partners and for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As a volunteer dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people in Honduras, she led fifteen adult and youth service trips to Honduras and has also made many personal trips. She served for seven years (2008 - 2015) on the Board of Sustainable Harvest International (SHI), a U.S.-based organization working to improve rural lives in five countries in Central America, including Honduras.

 

Jack Murphy - Secretary

Jack fell in love with Honduras while serving on an SVH youth volunteer trip back in 2006. Since that first trip, he has spent over three months volunteering and traveling in the country. By living and working in SVH communities, and spending time in other parts of Honduras, he has a deep understanding of the country's plights, and has seen how SVH programming has measurably improved lives. As a Senior Program Director at Network for Good, he brings his experience consulting hundreds of small nonprofits to the SVH board. Jack has also traveled extensively in other parts of Latin America, and shares his learnings from the region on his travel blog.

 

Beverley Carlson - Member

Beverley has worked in international development in senior advisory, policy, and technical cooperation for more than 35 years, for the Agency for International Development, the United Nations and the United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). She has personally worked in over 40 developing countries, including Honduras. Beverley is an internationally recognized Development Statistician and the author of many studies, policy papers, and guidelines on methodology. She graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University and holds two MBAs, one of which is from the University of Chile, where she lived for more than nine years while working as an economist at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). SVH benefits from her knowledge of development in Latin America and her expertise in the measurement of results.

Melissa Barrett - ASSISTANT TREASURER

Melissa has practiced law in the District of Columbia for most of her professional life. Recently she worked as development director of Housing Up, a nonprofit that provides housing and services to homeless families. Melissa has volunteered for many community organizations, served on several nonprofit boards of directors, and held leadership positions in two Episcopal churches. In 2005, she visited a project her church was sponsoring in Honduras to store grain in silos and sell it during the year. She became interested in the challenges facing smallholder farmers generally. Melissa returned to Honduras many times and helped found the Trinidad Conservation Project (the predecessor to Sustainable Villages Honduras). Along with Betsy Agle, Melissa served on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Harvest International, which helps poor farming families in Central America adopt diversified, organic farming techniques and improve family nutrition. TCP was a part of that program at the time.

Senior advisors

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Collie Agle - Founder, SENIOR ADVISER

Charles Agle (“Collie”) served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru.  From this experience he formed a deep commitment to an interconnected world.  On his return he received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Collie is passionate about maintaining the connection between rural communities in Honduras and supporters here in the U.S. which he helped create in 1988 when he led a St. Mark’s youth trip to Honduras. Currently he frequently communicates with Edwin Escoto and Roy Lara, the leaders of our Honduran non-profit partner.  He has developed a series of forestry and conservation practices on a family farm in a rural community in West Virginia.  There he is increasing the habitat for an endangered species of warblers that breed on the farm and migrate to Honduras in the winter.  Collie has also served on the Board of Directors of the Anacostia Watershed Society, in Washington DC.

BILL MATUSZESKI - SENIOR ADVISOR

Bill Matuszeski retired in 2001 after 33 years of Federal service in environmental programs, the last ten as Director of the Chesapeake Bay Program..

B Mat, as he is known to all, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Harvard Law School, where he specialized in land use law.  He served in the Peace Corps in South America, which he considers the great undiscovered jewel of the earth. For two years he was assistant to the City Manager of Valencia, in Venezuela, working on a variety of issues from garbage collection to improving life in squatter settlements encircling the City.

During his years in the Federal Government and in his retirement, he has been able to engage in community improvement projects and conferences in Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil and Costa Rica, among other places.  He has spent recent years dedicated to the work of Sustainable Villages Honduras and its predecessor organizations and loves to visit the people and villages of Santa Barbara province.