About Us

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Supporting Education in Pakistan

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About Us

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

- Mahatma Gandhi

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Our Mission

Providing opportunities to the poorest of the poor children in Pakistan through cultivating U.S. support of PEB schools.

About Friends of PEB

Friends of PEB Inc. was formed in 2008. We aim to support and promote the educational purposes of the Presbyterian Education Board of Pakistan and to fund its development in the USA. We do this by:

 

  • sustaining a 501(c) 3 organization in the U.S. with administrative services for  promotion and donations;

  • supporting development activities of PEB representatives in the U.S.

  • cultivating Presbyterian participation through churches, presbyteries, and synods;

  • cultivating other financial support by way of grants, bequests, corporate resources, and individual donations.

The board of directors meets monthly by conference call and a 3-day retreat is held annually. Download the Friends of PEB brochure (PDF) for more information or to share with your colleagues and friends.

Current Board of Trustees

Laurie Gift-harris

executive director

A resident of the Portland, OR metropolitan area for the past 35 years, Laurie has a passion for all things children! Professionally, she has been in the nonprofit game for over 3 decades and has worked as a Development Director, Operations Manager, and Executive Director, friend-raising and fundraising her way through her career. She serves on the boards of Fellowship of Christian Athletes Uganda, and locally, Tigard turns the tide, a youth anti-drug coalition. She is passionate about helping small nonprofits succeed and reach their full potential and volunteers whenever time allows. 

A lifelong learner, Laurie holds certifications in sports and women's nutrition, cross-cultural ministries, and shepherding women in pain. She is currently working on her trauma intensive yoga certification through Yoga Faith.

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Tim Roach,

President:

 

Tim is a retired Presbyterian minister who moved from the east coast to Corvallis OR in 2012.  He has been a supporter of PEB's schools and ministries since 2010 when Veeda visited the congregation he was serving and, like that congregation, he was deeply moved by the PEB story.  

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Sam Martin

vice chair

 

Sam was born in St. Louis, grew up outside Boston, attended Lafayette College in Pennsylvania for a B.S. degree then a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University; both degrees are in Metallurgical Engineering.

 He worked in manufacturing all his career, focusing on construction equipment, as well as equipment and accessories for heavy trucks and trailers.  

 

Sam has always been engaged in local community and non-profit activities, including United Way and the local community foundation.  In addition to FOPEB, he serves on 3 other boards – two for profit private manufacturing companies and one non-profit, which provides independent and assisted living facilities and skilled nursing care to seniors.

 

He and his wife Jean belong to Hope Church in Holland, Michigan, a church of the Reformed Church in America, where he has served as both Elder and Deacon.  Sam and Jean have 3 married children, 4 grandchildren and, as of February 2020, a 7-month-old black Labrador retriever.

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Molly Hundley,

secretary/Treasurer:  

 

Retired former VP and CFO of Multi Service Technology Corp (MSTS). Molly has vast experience in finance and is a member of Second Presbyterian Church of Kansas City, MO where she was an Elder from 2010-2012 and Finance Committee Chair in 2012. 

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diane fitch:  

 

Rev. Diane Jamison Fitch lives in Pennsylvania, is married and has 2 college-aged children. She is currently serving as the Transitional Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, located in Flourtown, PA. Diane travelled to Pakistan with Friends of PEB in 2017.

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Bob irish:  

 

Inspired by the trip I took to Pakistan and meeting the wonderful staff, teachers and students at a few of the PEB schools, I was pleased to join the Friends of PEB board and now look forward to playing whatever part I can to support the great work of PEB.  I am especially interested in the development of the new boy's school in Lahore and look forward to the start of construction there

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Jessica Rustin 

 

Chief Legal Officer for Advance America, a leading nationwide provider of consumer financial solutions. As a member of the executive leadership, she leads a team of attorneys and compliance staff responsible for managing Advance America’s legal, regulatory compliance, and internal audit needs. Prior to Advance America, Jessica worked at a regional law firm and various government-related positions. Jessica earned both her B.A. (2003) and J.D. (2006) from the University of South Carolina and is admitted to the South Carolina bar. She lives in Greenville, SC and sits on the Board of the Children’s Museum of the Upstate.

"The best way

to find yourself

is to loose yourself

in the service of others."

Mahatma Gandhi

"Life's most persistent

and urgent question is, What are you doing

for others?"

Martin Luther King

James Kroh

 

Jim Kroh, now retired, is a human resources professional with more than 35 years experience.  During his career, he was the senior HR Leader for four large employers having national and international operations.  Included in his experience is a period of seven years as President / sole proprietor of a successful regional HR consulting firm.

Jim also carried on a concurrent career in U.S. Army and the PA Army National Guard. 

 

Over the years Jim has been very involved with the nonprofit sector having served on and chairing the boards of numerous community based organizations to include the PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO).  He currently chairs the board of Vision Resources of Central PA.

 

Jim and wife Ann live in Hershey, PA and are both involved in a variety of leadership roles at Derry Presbyterian Church. 

staff members

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Tina marshman,

bookkeeper:  

 

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staff member

Pam Rivera,

development

  coordinator  

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