Board of Directors
NPH USA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. In addition to our national office located in Illinois, we have six regional offices, each of which has its own volunteer Board of Directors. The members of our boards have diverse professional backgrounds and expertise, but each actively works to raise funds for and awareness of NPH USA and our mission.
National Board – Officers
Lee L. Huntsman, Ph.D., Chair
After distinguished service in academic leadership spanning more than two decades, Lee Huntsman was named President Emeritus by the University of Washington Board of Regents in July 2004. In this role, he provides leadership in a variety of scientific and policy initiatives underway at the University and in the State of Washington. From 2005 to 2012, he also served as the first executive director of the Life Sciences Discovery Fund Authority, a public-private partnership intended to advance life sciences research in the state.
A particular focus during Dr. Huntsman’s tenure at the UW has been the identification and initiation of new interdisciplinary programs. Currently he is exploring ways the UW and Washington state might become more agile and successful in the reinvention of health care. He also serves on the boards of a number of for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Dr. Huntsman has been elected Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and inducted into the Washington State Life Sciences Hall of Fame.
Patrick B. McCormick (Pat) is the Vice President of Insurance for AAA-Washington, the largest personal lines independent insurance agency in Washington State and Idaho. Pat is responsible to lead the agency’s long-term strategic growth plan, the focus of which is to build the agency through household penetration of AAA-Washington’s one million plus members.
Prior to joining AAA-Washington, Pat was Managing Director of Partner Development for PlanMember Financial Corporation. Pat previously served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Distribution for Safeco Life and Investments 1999-2004, and in the same role for Symetra Life Insurance Company from 2004-2010.
Pat is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and he is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, the, the American Society of CLU and ChFCs. Pat attended the University of Minnesota Morris, and in 2008-2009 completed an Executive Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame—Mendoza School of Business.
As a community contributor, Pat serves on both the National and Regional Boards of NPH USA, he has been a Board member of Sound Generations, assisting local area seniors with multiple post-retirement needs. He was former chair of the Board of Directors for the Disability Fund, which provides education, training and assistance to children and adults with developmental disabilities. He is also active in his church. He and his wife Debbie reside in Sammamish, Washington.
John Duffey, Treasurer
John Duffey is currently a Principal in Lionfish Capital LLC, a private equity company focused on owning and managing small to mid-sized companies. In 2016 and 2017 he served as a director as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of Six Flags Entertainment, an international theme park company with over 40,000 employees. From 2010 to 2015, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Six Flags. Prior to joining Six Flags, Mr. Duffey served as Executive Vice President and Chief Integration Officer of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics from 2008 to 2009, and was responsible for leading the integration of Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics and Dade Behring. Prior to Dade Behring’s acquisition by Siemens AG, from 2001 to 2007, Mr. Duffey served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dade Behring Inc., the largest company in the world solely focused on clinical diagnostics, where he negotiated and led the company through a debt restructuring and entry into the public equity market. Prior to joining Dade Behring, Mr. Duffey was with Price Waterhouse in the Chicago and Detroit practice offices as well as the Washington D.C. National Office. Mr. Duffey holds a B.A. degree in Accounting from Michigan State University (1982).
John joined the NPH USA National Board in 2018. He and his wife Becky have a long history with NPH and visit several of the NPH homes each year. They are also ardent supporters of organizations that assist children with autism and people with developmental disabilities.
National Board – Members
Martha Fogler has been involved with NPH for more than 15 years, including ten years serving on the Southwest Regional Board. She has visited many of the NPH homes, including the homes in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti and Peru. The Fogler family sponsors seven godchildren, whom they know personally and have visited in their respective homes. She is passionate about the work Father Wasson began and is dedicated to helping transform the lives of children by spreading the word about the mission of NPH.
Martha is also currently involved with the local chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, volunteering weekly in their homeless ministry. She also helps at Loyola Academy, a free, Jesuit run, college prep middle school for boys with academic promise, yet without the family resources to afford this educational opportunity. Her volunteer experience spans two decades and she has served in a number leadership roles in the organizations with which she has been involved.
Martha lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and is a mother of three grown children. She is originally from Michigan and still enjoys spending time there. In her free time, she loves to travel, hike, walk her dogs and teach yoga.
Chris Heim is currently the Executive Chairman of HelpSystems, an IT infrastructure software company located in Eden Prairie with over 900 employees. Previous to this position, Chris served as CEO from 2015 to mid 2019. Chris has a strong track record of success serving previous stints as CEO of Axium Software, Amcom Software, and HighJump Software.
During his tenure at HelpSystems, the company grew from $100 million in revenue to $260 million in revenue. The company completed 14 acquisitions during this time period and greatly accelerated organic growth. Prior to HelpSystems, Chris was CEO of Axium Software, a Portland, Oregon based software company that was sold to Deltek to June of 2014. While Chris was CEO only 18 months, the value of the company increased six fold during this period. From 2007 to 2012, Chris was CEO of Amcom Software which grew from $12 million to $52 million in revenue before being sold to Spok Corporation.
Chris began his career at HighJump Software where he held a variety of roles before becoming CEO in 1997. Under his leadership, HighJump Software grew from $8 million in sales in 1997 to a run rate of $80 million in sales in 2006 and became the fastest growing company in their space. In 2003, Heim was selected as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. HighJump was sold to 3M in 2004.
Chris Heim received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. He proudly serves on the board of Ascentis, Aventri, Calabrio, Digi International, Field Nation and HelpSystems. Chris is married with two adult children.
Kelly McNamara Corley
Kelly McNamara Corley served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Discover Financial Services, a leading consumer credit, payments and online banking company from 2007-2019. Ms. McNamara Corley’s responsibilities included serving on the firm’s 10 person Executive Committee responsible for management and strategic direction of the Company and managing the Company’s legal advisory, litigation, regulatory and government relations matters. Prior to becoming General Counsel, Ms. McNamara Corley was Managing Director for Morgan Stanley’s Global Government and Regulatory Relations.
Under Ms. McNamara Corley’s leadership Discover’s legal department has been recognized for Pro Bono initiatives, Diversity and Inclusion and Innovation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, a J.D. from Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from George Mason University.
Kelly has been involved with NPH for 10 years. She currently sponsors three children at the NPH home in Guatemala where she has also visited and one child at NPH Nicaragua. She has served on the Midwest Region Board of NPH for five years and is currently serving as Chair.
Mike Meyer brings 35 years of financial experience to NPH USA. He spent 30 years at Pentair, a multi-billion dollar publicly-held global diversified industrial company, where he served in financial roles of increasing responsibility including financial reporting, controllership, tax, audit and treasury. He was Treasurer from 2002 – 2015 and an Officer. His role at Pentair also included significant experience with its foundation which supports water, education and community based programs. Prior to Pentair, Mike worked for 5 years at Ernst & Young in the audit division. He is a CPA, inactive.
Mike and his wife Kelly, live in Plymouth, MN and have three adult children. They have a passion for supporting faith-based charities that provide assistance to poor and disadvantaged people globally.
Gina Musech brings many years of fundraising experience to NPH USA, serving on development boards for nonprofit and political organizations. Throughout her business career she held accounting and finance positions, and is an inactive CPA. Gina holds a BS in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota.
She is most proud of raising her three children with her husband, Cary. Together they have been passionate supporters of educational organizations that provide opportunities for all children to maximize their God-given gifts, and are proud to be a part of NPH, which embodies that mission.
John Shinsky is a Professor & Associate Dean for Community Impact in the College of Education at Grand Valley State University. John graduated from Michigan State University and was a former special education teacher and K-12 Director of Special Education for 27 years.
John and his wife Cindy are the co-founders of Ciudad de los Niños de Matamoros Mexico, which opened on September 5, 2009. Ciudad de los Niños is now part of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos. John was an orphan growing up and was able to attend Michigan State University because of a football scholarship. Cindy’s family supported over 100 foster children in their home while growing up. John and Cindy are passionately involved with Ciudad de los Niños, NPH, NPH USA, and continue to lead numerous fundraising activities to support the children of NPH.
Karin-Joyce (KJ) Tjon
Karin-Joyce (KJ) is Chief Financial Officer at Alorica and brings more than two decades of demonstrated expertise in finance, technology, and operations to the NPH USA National Board. As a member of Alorica’s executive leadership team, KJ leads the company in global corporate finance.
KJ hails from the Netherlands, and worked in Europe and Asia before coming to the U.S. This gives her a unique perspective and ability to build and lead diverse teams while working effectively across very different cultures. KJ comes to the NPH USA National Board of Directors with more than 20 years of demonstrated experience in numerous industries—including Telecommunications, Logistics, Information Technology and Manufacturing—having served as CFO and COO for both public and large-scale private organizations.
Prior to joining Alorica, KJ was COO and President at Scientific Games, where she oversaw P&L for two divisions that accounted for approximately $2.4 billion. Previously, she served as CFO and Executive Vice President at EPIQ Systems, where she managed all areas concerning international corporate finance.
KJ received her bachelor of specialized studies from Ohio University, and her MBA from Columbia University.
KJ and her family have a long history with NPH. Her grandmother was an ardent supporter of NPH’s founder, Father William B. Wasson, and a significant donor in the early stages of NPH. In 2000, KJ’s mother continued to support NPH and volunteers twice a year at NPH Guatemala.
Miguel Venegas joined the NPH family when he was 15 years old along with his two siblings. He graduated from secondary school and then completed his year of service to the NPH family at the home in Miacatlán. He attended the English program in Yarnell, Arizona, mastered the English language, passed his GED, and pursued his college education in the U.S. at the University of Texas at Tyler. Miguel earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in mathematics.
In 1997, he served as the administrator and accountant for the newly opened NPH home in Guatemala. After two years in Guatemala, Miguel returned to Mexico to develop the Finance Department of NPH International (NPHI) where he served as Finance Director for six years.
Miguel is now the Executive Director of NPH International (NPHI) and is based in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He is a member of the NPHI Project Committee, NPHI Consejo Familiar, and chairs the NPHI Finance Committee.