Our organization is only as strong as the governing body that ensures that we run the most effective programs to serve our mission, while raising funds according to the highest standards.
Sister Maria was elected Superior General in 2011, succeeding Sister Michaela Kim as head of the congregation and charity programs. The latter had been appointed successor to Father Schwartz after his death in 1992.
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Her incredible path took her from the Philippines to Mexico and the slums of Guatemala City. Sister Elena has been with the Sisters of Mary for over 30 years and is a very active member of our board of directors.
Sister Margie Cheong has devoted herself to providing the best opportunities for education to the poor children of our world. Born on 1963 in Milyang-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea, she found her vocation at an early age and eventually joined the Sisters of Mary when she was 22 years old. In 1991, Sr. Margie served as the local superior to our Girlstown in Chalco, Mexico for 17 years. In 2008, she became the director of the Sisters of Mary schools in Korea.
Sr. Margie enjoys watching flowers, drawing each moment to remember, and keeping a journal whenever her time allows it. She has published two books, ‘The Foolish Heart’ (1998) and ‘The Art Diary’ (2017), and held several exhibitions with her drawings in Korea.
Sister Michaela Kim was the first successor of Father Al after his death in 1992. She presided over the congregation of the Sisters of Mary, and was board member until Sister Maria Cho took over in 2012. She since returned to working on our programs in South Korea, and remained the leader of communication to our friends and donors until 2017.
Tim Schwartz is an attorney who practices law in the Washington Metropolitan area. He has been practicing for 30 years since he graduated from Georgetown University Law School. Tim is involved in a number of areas of law including business and real estate law. Tim serves on a number of different Boards. He has been on the Board of The Fishing School which serves underprivileged children in Washington, D.C. and he previously served on the Montgomery County Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Since joining our Board of Directors in 2015, Tim has been providing World Villages for Children with legal advice and consults on a number of business matters.
Timothy Maloney is a preeminent trial lawyer specialized in civil rights, employment discrimination, whistleblower actions, and high-stakes business litigation. Tim is a committed advocate for the public good and has held leadership roles with many civic and charitable organizations, including the University of Maryland Foundation; Maryland Catholic Conference; and St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth, and Families. As a member of the Maryland Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee, Tim works to promote the integrity of judicial elections and has helped establish statewide guidelines for judicial campaign funding. Tim joined the Board of World Villages for Children in 2015.
Maryline O'Shea joined World Villages for Children as Chief Operating Office in April 2016. She first contributed to the organization ten years prior, and is thrilled to be serving our mission once again, applying her background in marketing, communications and fundraising - but also her passion and dedication - to the running of our operations. Prior to returning to World Villages for Children, Maryline has worked several years for a fundraising consulting firm providing insights, creative direction, and ultimately results, to many well-known non profit organizations in the US and Canada, such as the Cancer Research Society, and the Canadian Red Cross. Maryline was most recently Marketing Director for a global luxury brand.
Cameron Menzies has been Chief Financial Officer at World Villages for Children for 16 years. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s finances including financial reporting, cash flow and liaison with the external auditors. Prior to this, for 10 years he was the CFO at a telecommunication consulting company involved in international development; this job required frequent travel to Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe to prepare financial evaluations of development projects financed by various organizations including the World Bank, African Development Bank and the European Union. Cameron started his career at KPMG and subsequently worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers prior to moving to the corporate sector. He has a MBA from George Washington University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Ann Kee has been working with World Villages for Children for 15 years. As a former teacher, she is proud to continue her work in the bettering of children’s lives.
Ann has held various roles in communications and donor relations throughout her career, and currently manages our day-to-day operations. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.