Board of Directors

Lucho Espejo

Lucho Espejo

Chairman

Fargo, ND
Dr. Lucho Espejo was raised in Chimbote and visited the US in the 1970s with the help of Father Jack Davis. He eventually attended medical school in the US and is the medical director of Family HealthCare Clinic in Fargo, ND. In 2016 he became the first Chimbote native to serve as board chairman for Friends of Chimbote. Lucho makes frequent trips to Chimbote. He and his wife, Marlene, live in Fargo, ND.
Bill Seiler

Bill Seiler

Vice Chairman

Fairfax, VA
Bill Seiler first met Father Jack Davis  while they were classmates at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN from 1963 to 1965. His first visit to Chimbote was in 2000. Bill served on the Los Amigos foundation board and development committee from 2009 until 2011. He joined the Friends of Chimbote development committee and board of directors in 2012. Bill is an advocate for Friends of Chimbote within St. Mary of Sorrow’s parish in Fairfax, VA helping to coordinate fundraising events, visit area donors, and promote continued support. Prior to retirement, Bill worked for the US Department of Labor. His wife, Pat, is committed to the Chimbote mission and has joined Bill on several mission visits.
Scott Sanders

Scott Sanders

Treasurer
Fargo, ND
Scott Sanders was first introduced to Friends of Chimbote through his father Wayne and joined the board in November 2009. His background and experience provide valuable expertise to the board in the area of finance and he served as the board treasurer from 2012 to 2015. Scott currently serves on the finance committee. He is the COO of a financial consulting company in Fargo and visits Chimbote each fall with the board of directors.
Tammy Campbell

Tammy Campbell

Secretary

Fargo, ND
Tammy Campbell’s first trip to Chimbote was in 2007 as part of a group led by Father Tim Schroeder of St John’s, Grafton, ND. Inspired by Father Jack Davis and Sister Peggy Byrne’s work, she developed a true passion for the people of Chimbote. She carried this forward by leading numerous groups to Chimbote. Tammy serves as an associate of the Presentation Sisters in Fargo. She is retired from her owner/operator role in KinderPrep preschool. Tammy and her husband, Bill, have three sons.
Father Phil Ackerman

Father Phil Ackerman

Langdon, ND
Father Phil Ackerman joined the board of directors in November 2014. He first visited Chimbote in 1981 and has been back several times with one of the most memorable trips being in December 2015 when he had the opportunity to concelebrate at the Beatification Liturgy for three priests who were killed in the 1980s by the Shining Path terrorists. Father Phil is a priest of the Diocese of Fargo who, while serving at Holy Family in Grand Forks, led numerous groups to the mission. He is inspired by the scriptures that tell us if you have two coats give one to the person who has none. Currently serving as Pastor of Saint Alphonsus in Langdon, ND, he is a mentor for other parishes who wish to become more actively involved in the Chimbote mission.
Brian Berg

Brian Berg

Fargo, ND
Brian Berg made his first trip to Chimbote in June of 2017 with a mission group from Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo that included his son, Justin.  He was inspired by the work done by ACAF and the Mission and looks forward to returning very soon as a member of the Board. Brian is a Principal Architect and firm owner with a regional practice in the Fargo Moorhead area. While in Chimbote, Brian worked with the carpentry shop to explore ideas related to modular housing that could be used as sustainable source of income that could eventually help support the work of the Mission. Brian and his wife, Marea, live in Fargo and have three children.
Patrick Klein

Patrick Klein

Prior Lake, MN
Pat Klein joined the Friends of Chimbote board in 2011 and served as chairman from 2012 – 2016. He was formerly the chairman of the Los Amigos foundation board. Pat and his wife, Norma, are active in St. Michael’s parish of Prior Lake, MN where they spend their summers and the St. Bernard’s parish in Scottsdale, AZ during the winter. As a retired executive of a large international construction firm, Pat also finds time to work part-time as an instructor and facilitator in the construction industry.
Dan Kunkleman

Dan Kunkleman

Charlotte, NC
Dan and wife Lisa live on his family farm on the edge of Charlotte, NC where he has resided over fifty years. There they raised two boys and two girls, all aged 21 and over, and all veterans of one or two Chimbote mission trips. Lisa and Danielle, the oldest, first came on a Youth mission trip in 2008. Dan was unable to make his first journey there until 2011. He will enjoy his tenth visit in 2018. He has led trips to Chimbote for his church, Providence Presbyterian, since 2014, previously leading domestic Youth and Adult mission trips since 2001. Dan went into the Real Estate business with his parents in 1985, and currently manages rental property. The Chimbotanos have embraced him in friendship and deeply touched his heart. He feels called to continue leading others to experience the best week of their year on a Friends of Chimbote mission trip, where he knows they will receive blessings as they bless others.
Leona Fox

Leona Fox

Newport Beach, CA
Leona Fox became acquainted with Friends of Chimbote due to her family roots in New Rockford, ND where she grew up and attended high school. Leona relocated to California after college where she spent years building and running a successful business. She has served as vice chairperson/secretary of the Los Amigos foundation board and joined the Friends of Chimbote board in 2011. Leona is the chairman of the development committee and a member of the governance committee. She has visited Chimbote on a number of occasions.
Kelli Kester

Kelli Kester

Minneapolis, MN
Kelli Schmitt Kester considers her baptism by Father Jack to be her “claim to fame” surrounding all things Chimbote. Not only did faith take root, her desire to connect with people who are poor and on the margins did as well. Before beginning college at St. Ben’s in 1990 Kelli ventured to Chimbote for a month. Returning with her husband, Troy, in 2005 inspired them to lead three immersion experiences with the Church of St. Stephen and The Basilica of St. Mary in 2007, 2011, and 2013. Her children, Ellen (22) and Jonah (19) have accompanied their parents on each trip and will join in again on future trips. Kelli holds the tenets of Liberation Theology and Vatican II dear to her heart and strives to empower all travelers to Chimbote with awareness of the Gospel message and social justice in light of our shared faith. The Kester’s live in North Minneapolis and are active in their hood. Kelli works and worships at The Basilica of Saint Mary.
Dan Kuzlik

Dan Kuzlik

Minneapolis, MN
Dan first became involved with Friends of Chimbote in 1998 when he successfully wrote Rotary International grants to send shipping containers of medical supplies and other needed items to the people of Chimbote. Since that time he has visited Chimbote on more than 15 occasions. Dan recently retired as Assistant Professor for the University of Wisconsin system. He lives with his wife, Sally, in the northeast downtown area of Minneapolis where he is involved in grassroots community organizing and social issues.
Debra Lalley

Debra Lalley

Saint Joseph, MN
Debra Lalley, accompanied by husband, Pat, made her first trip to Chimbote to volunteer in the hospice in 2011. They returned in 2015 with a group from Christ Church Newman Center in St. Cloud. As a nurse practitioner in child and adolescent psychiatry in St. Cloud, Debra’s career focus is working with children and families. She also served on the St. Cloud school board for nine years. Debra’s husband is a family physician in St. Cloud and they are blessed to be near two sons, their wives and their daughter who live in the Twin Cities area. “Our daughter came to Chimbote with us, and we hope to get the others there in the near future,” states Debra.
Dan Mahli

Dan Mahli

Fargo, ND
The stories and history of Chimbote are woven into Dan Mahli’s life since early childhood. Dan’s parents Maurice and Ellen met as missionaries in Peru and worked together in Chimbote after the earthquake in 1970. Dan also grew up in one of Father Jack Davis’ parishes in Fargo, ND, Nativity Church. Dan has served in local community development for over 20 years and takes pride in an ability to discover possibilities for collaboration, work with unnoticed and unlikely leaders, and identify potential for new directions to help develop dynamic, diverse, and thriving communities.
Hubert Seiler

Hubert Seiler

Rugby, ND
Dr. Hubert Seiler became connected with Friends of Chimbote many years ago through his cousin Bill Seiler who was in seminary with Father Jack Davis, the organization’s founder. As a family physician, now retired, Hubert has always been drawn to volunteer work. He has participated in building homes on every continent for Habitat for Humanity, he volunteered with Boy Scouts of America and supported many other charitable organizations. His first trip to Chimbote was in 2016 and because he enjoyed the trip and interactions with the board members on the trip, he felt drawn to deepen his connection and became a board member in 2017.
Linda Zespy

Linda Zespy

Minneapolis, MN

Linda Zespy joined the board in 2018 after several trips to Chimbote, beginning in the late 1990s.

Linda was first introduced to FOC through her father, Gary Zespy, who helped found the organization. She works for technology startups in her home city of Minneapolis, MN.

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