Our organization is only as strong as the governing body that ensures 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. Currently she is serving the Sisters of Mary in the Latin American community as a support for the Sisters' of Mary well-being.
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’ (2014) and ‘The Art Diary’ (2017), and held several exhibitions with her drawings in Korea.
Sister Michaela Kim was the first successor to 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 then returned to working on our programs in South Korea, and remained the leader of communication to our friends and donors until 2017.
Steve Peroutka is a Maryland lawyer who attended Loyola College and the University of Baltimore Law School. He founded the Law Firm of Peroutka and Peroutka, P.A. in 1991 and is currently its Managing Partner. For several years, he hosted a variety of local and national radio programs dealing with pro-life and faith based issues. He has served on many Boards including The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, The Women's Care Center and the Maryland March for Life. He is the proud recipient of a Doctor of Humanities from Thomas More College, the Culture of Life Medal of Honor from the Archdiocese of Baltimore as well as many other Catholic, pro-life, and civic awards.
His resides with his wife Debbie in Severna Park, Maryland. They have seven adult children and eleven grandchildren.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Tom Sullivan earned his Doctor of Law from Catholic University of America in 1967. After service in the U.S. Army, he led a distinguished career in the environmental law field. In 1973, he founded Government Institutes and served as President and Chairman of the Board until his retirement in 1998.
Since his retirement, Mr. Sullivan has devoted his time to Catholic charitable and educational works as Chairman of the Tom and Glory Sullivan Foundation. In addition to his enduring support of World Villages for Children, he is a member of Legatus and the Papal Foundation, and is co-founder of the Amazon Children's Fund. He is dedicated to bringing both experience and passion to his position as Board Member of World Villages for Children.
Mr. Sullivan enjoys spending time with his wife of over 50 years, Glory Sullivan, and their three children and seven grandchildren.
Rob joined World Villages for Children in July 2018 and is grateful to have the opportunity to continue helping those in need. He brings over three decades of fundraising experience, having previously served as the President of a non-profit consulting firm and the Director of Development and Major Gifts at the Catholic University of America. He also spent time working with the Vincentians, a Catholic order of priests and brothers devoted to preaching and ministering to the poor. Throughout the course of his career, Rob has raised over 196 million for non-profit and charitable organizations.
Outside of work, Rob is an active member of the National Ski Patrol and enjoys spending time with his wife and children.
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.