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THE PEOPLE BEHIND BLESSINGS OF HOPE

We are all working as volunteers. We have other main source of income either by way of retirement or by affiliation with other organizations or by other income-generating endeavors. This allows 100% of donated funds to be used directly for all the projects.

the founders

Michael and Lani Johnson

Michael is a retired Management Information Systems Director from Yakima, WA,USA

Program Director of BOH

Lani was once a High School Science teacher and had worked at the Department of Labor in the Philippines (most of her task was as an educator)

Program Coordinator of BOH

Both are Associate Staff of the Philippine Navigators

the advisers

Wenceslao de La Vina

Founder and Chairman of the Board, Community Hopes Alternatives, Inc. (umbrella organization of BOH)

Former National Director of Philippine Navigators

Married to Cel de la Vina with 3 sons, and 1 grandchild

Mary Grace Apura-Lora

English Teacher of New York City Department of Education

MA in Multi-Cultural Studies- College of St. Vincent, Riverdale, NY, USA

BSE-English, University of San Carlos

Member of Lightcast International Church, NY, USA

Naomi Lyn Canete Abellana

Master in Management, Development      Academy of the Philippines

Regional Director of Dept of Labor and Employment, Philippines

Sunday School Teacher for Youth

Married to Rebe Abellana with 1 son and 1 daughter, 1 granddaughter, 1 grandson

Ronilo “Ronnie” Saguit

Former National Director, Navigators Philippines

Trainor – Discipling for Development (D4D)

Interim Executive Director – Badjao Bridge Philippines

Civil Engineer

Masters in Regional and Urban Planning

Instructor – CE- University of San Carlos

Married to Gloria with 3 Sons

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Anecita Romero

Teacher 1-Department of Education

Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines (2012-2015)

Sciende and Health Coordinator, V. Tirol Advanced Learning Center (1994-2012)

Community Project Officer, RAFI, Cebu City

Certificate in Science Teaching and Guidance and Counseling

BS Biology, University of San Carlos

Juliet Ammi Lopez

Full-time staff with the Philippine Navigators

Certified Christian counselor

Former Youth Development Facilitator of SIKAP (Sibikong Kabataang Pinoy)

Former Director- House of Hope for Women

Graduate of BSECE-Cebu Institute of Technology 

Delia Alota-Leath

Former teacher at IE Dept.: Cebu Institute of Technology and University of San Carlos, Philippines

Master of Business Mgt, University of the Philippines-Cebu

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, La Salle University

President, Mt. Moriah Student Center Foundation

Married to Gary Leath (both are Staff of Navigators, USA)

Michele Elledge

Serves as Adviser/Liaison for Blessings of Hope to Grace of Christ Church

Missions’ Committee Secretary and Liaison for 4 missionaries out in the field

Women’s Bible Study Leader

Sunday School Teacher for Grades 3-5

Volunteer Teacher, Trailseekers’ Program

Obtained BA from Western Washington University in 2002

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