Teachers and Employees

Strength for the Journey could not provide quality educational opportunities that enable children to create new possibilities for themselves without the excellent teachers and staff we have working for us. Our teachers are motivated and committed to each child who is struggling to read or learn English or tackle a hard problem. Together, they plan and meticulously record progress of each student in order to insure success.

Pictured left to right are Felipe Santana, Esequiel Olivares, Juan Nelson Peralta, Eunce Paulino, and Rossanyie Sanchez.

Strength Board Members

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Lindsey Kaufman

President

Lindsey was a long time educator and administrator in the Port Clinton City School system in Port Clinton, Ohio. She began the award winning Champions for Children after school program. In 2000, Lindsey traveled to Ghana, West Africa to work as a volunteer teacher in a remote village. There, she founded the Bawaleshie Children’s Project, a non-profit to support education and health of village children. Later, she collaborated to create Accra Grammar School, a private school in Ghana which now enrolls more than 800 students. In 2006, Lindsey moved to the Dominican Republic where she first worked informally in the aide sector. Eventually, she founded Strength for the Journey, a non-profit in the Dominican Republic and opened the Sosua Community Learning Center. In 2015, Lindsey opened the Jamao al Norte learning center and in 2016, the US non-profit Strength for the Journey, DR. Inc. was legally formed.

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Kami Sayre

Secretary

Kami graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in respiratory therapy and was a therapist in a small, rural hospital, but her passion for children and families, though, led her in a different direction. She has settled into a career in social work where she both assists families in crisis and helps children placed for adoption to find forever families. Kami resides in Port Clinton, Ohio, with her four kids, Courtney, Colby, Chance, and Christen, and their cockapoo, Beckett.

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Paula Adkins

Treasurer

Paula Adkins currently serves at the Port Clinton City Schools "Til Next Time" (TNT) Mentoring Program Director. Paula is also President of the Port Clinton Academic Boosters, an organization that provides scholarships to high school seniors. She and her husband, Pat, have two daughters, Sydney and Kennedy. Paula is a member of Immaculate Conception Church and is also a Girl Scout troop leader. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, spending time with her family and playing with her two dogs, Beezus and Millie.

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Cheryl Kocher

Cheryl Witker Kocher was born in Toledo, Ohio. She received two degrees from Ohio State University in Dental Hygiene and Bachelor of Science degree in Education. After 40 years of part time practicing dental hygiene in Toledo, Indiana and Port Clinton she has since retired. Currently, Cheryl is active in P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization. She loves boating, bridge and grandchildren. Cheryl resides on Catawba Island with husband who is still practicing law.

Connie Snyder

Connie Snyder

Connie has been in the education field for over 25 years. She is currently the Principal Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton, Ohio. Connie has two children both whom she is very proud and is married to the love of her life for 50 plus years. She has one grandson and two step grandchildren. Making a difference in the lives of children is her passion. Helping those less fortunate is also important to Connie. In her spare time, Connie enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking, and family.

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Beth Gillman

Beth is a mom, wife, beekeeper, and City Councilman. She is quick to “say yes.” Introduced to Strength for the Journey by her late mother and board member, Chris Galvin, Beth believes in the mission that “together we can break down the barriers and create capabilities for the impoverished providing a safe environment to learn, grow, belong and change their life’s course.” Beth is excited to continue her mother’s work and to bring her own talents to the Board

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Pat George

Pat George graduated fromBowling Green State University with a degree in Education and two Masters Degrees in Reading and in Counseling.  She worked for 22 years in the Port Clinton City School District.  She  is married to her husband David and they share five sons and 8 grandchildren.  She is currently President of PEO, a group of women who raise money for scholarships for other women.  She loves reading, puzzles, bridge, and being with family.

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Lindsey Kaufman

President

Lindsey was a long time educator and administrator in the Port Clinton City School system in Port Clinton, Ohio. She began the award winning Champions for Children after school program. In 2000, Lindsey traveled to Ghana, West Africa to work as a volunteer teacher in a remote village. There, she founded the Bawaleshie Children’s Project, a non-profit to support education and health of village children. Later, she collaborated to create Accra Grammar School, a private school in Ghana which now enrolls more than 800 students. In 2006, Lindsey moved to the Dominican Republic where she first worked informally in the aide sector. Eventually, she founded Strength for the Journey, a non-profit in the Dominican Republic and opened the Sosua Community Learning Center. In 2015, Lindsey opened the Jamao al Norte learning center and in 2016, the US non-profit Strength for the Journey, DR. Inc. was legally formed.

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Kami Sayre

Secretary

Kami graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in respiratory therapy and was a therapist in a small, rural hospital, but her passion for children and families, though, led her in a different direction. She has settled into a career in social work where she both assists families in crisis and helps children placed for adoption to find forever families. Kami resides in Port Clinton, Ohio, with her four kids, Courtney, Colby, Chance, and Christen, and their cockapoo, Beckett.

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Paula Adkins

Treasurer

Paula Adkins currently serves at the Port Clinton City Schools "Til Next Time" (TNT) Mentoring Program Director. Paula is also President of the Port Clinton Academic Boosters, an organization that provides scholarships to high school seniors. She and her husband, Pat, have two daughters, Sydney and Kennedy. Paula is a member of Immaculate Conception Church and is also a Girl Scout troop leader. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, spending time with her family and playing with her two dogs, Beezus and Millie.

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Cheryl Kocher

Cheryl Witker Kocher was born in Toledo, Ohio. She received two degrees from Ohio State University in Dental Hygiene and Bachelor of Science degree in Education. After 40 years of part time practicing dental hygiene in Toledo, Indiana and Port Clinton she has since retired. Currently, Cheryl is active in P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization. She loves boating, bridge and grandchildren. Cheryl resides on Catawba Island with husband who is still practicing law.

Connie Snyder

Connie Snyder

Connie has been in the education field for over 25 years. She is currently the Principal Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton, Ohio. Connie has two children both whom she is very proud and is married to the love of her life for 50 plus years. She has one grandson and two step grandchildren. Making a difference in the lives of children is her passion. Helping those less fortunate is also important to Connie. In her spare time, Connie enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking, and family.

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Beth Gillman

Beth is a mom, wife, beekeeper, and City Councilman. She is quick to “say yes.” Introduced to Strength for the Journey by her late mother and board member, Chris Galvin, Beth believes in the mission that “together we can break down the barriers and create capabilities for the impoverished providing a safe environment to learn, grow, belong and change their life’s course.” Beth is excited to continue her mother’s work and to bring her own talents to the Board

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Pat George

Pat George graduated fromBowling Green State University with a degree in Education and two Masters Degrees in Reading and in Counseling.  She worked for 22 years in the Port Clinton City School District.  She  is married to her husband David and they share five sons and 8 grandchildren.  She is currently President of PEO, a group of women who raise money for scholarships for other women.  She loves reading, puzzles, bridge, and being with family.

Advisory Members

Strength for the Journey, DR, Inc. is fortunate to have a broad base of advisory members who help with decision making, communications, fund raising, and general support. These members include:

Tina Hablitzel

Cathy Greene

Janis Nitz

Pat George Marlene Gulas

Carol Morgan

Paula Adkins

Mary Krejci

Stephanie Hunker

Father John Missler

Andi Moore Szabo

Terry Bodager

Evelyn Slay

Maria Pilar

Flynn Kathy Buckingham

Michelle Fitzthum

Patsy Skinner

Pat Hovis

Louise Terry

Susie Freeh

Bob Kaspar

Carrie Sanchez

Kathy Mehl

Employees

The Strength for the Journey teaching and administrative team help provide quality programs and classes to the children throughout Jamao. Working together, they plan and implement programs and monitor for results.

Lindsey Kaufman Director, Teacher

Juan (Fermin) Peralta Teacher

Felipe de los Santos Teacher

Eunice Paulino Montez Teacher

Ezequiel Olivares Teacher

Rosanyi Sanchez El Centro de Compartir

Lismar de los Santos Student Trainee, El Centro de Compartir

Donors and Partners

A heartfelt thank you to our generous donors and partners who make programs and classes possible and who work with us to change lives and opportunities for children and families in Jamao al Norte. YOU are our Strength for the Journey!

Program Partners

Dubois Foundation, Switzerland  

Port Clinton, Ohio Rotary Club

Port Clinton City Schools, Port Clinton, OH

Jamao Districto Educativo 0608, Jamao, Dominican Republic

Robyn Bloom Mercado, Canada

Asunción de Maria Catholic Church, Jamao, Dominican Republic

Immaculate Conception Church, Port Clinton, Ohio

Burton D Morgan Foundation

Guzmán Ariza Attorneys at Law

Estrellas

Jamey and Patsy Skinner

The family of Chris Galvin

Tina and Mark Hablitzel

Cheryl and John Kocher

Black and Decker Stanley

Mark/Lisa Kelly

Crowne Batteries

David/Cindy Obergefell

Linda Rankin and family

Pat and David George

2019 Donors

Goodwill

Ben and Jen Moore

Andrea Moore/Ron Szabo

Donald Corley

Lori/Dwayne Colston

Bob/Anne Butcher

Don/Mary Poppe

Judy Twarek-Bickley

Suzanne Church

Rosanne Parker

Dori Ceccoli

PC Democratic Club

Karen Mathison

David Logan

Janis Nitz

Jeanne Gay

Dan/Tammy Almendinger

Karen/Richard Coffin

James/Brenda Brahier

Dan/Bobbie Jo Lowe

Terry Bodager

Sharon/Snip Snider

Mike Snider

Jeanne Morgan

Mike/Julie Rosiar

David/Teresa Ashton

Marlene Gulas

John/Martha Stefano

Judy Pashen

John/Margaret Bodie

Donna Lueke

Loretta Grentzer/Bethany Gabriel

Bolte Insurance

William/Susan Hollyday

Phil/Deb Weirzba

Jane Moore

Eugene/Laurie Rospert

Dorothy Buchman

Dale/Eileen Bird

Rita DeRose

Beth Adkins

Jeff/Mary Williams

Don/Marcia Jess

Pat Keys

Barbara Radebaugh

AP/AM Maag

Juanita Mills-Persley

Cathy/Ted Greene

Tyler/Jennifer York

Kurt/Corinna Bench

Port Clinton City Council

Dave/Kathy Mehl

Ottawa County Family Advocacy Car.

Susan/Lonnie Freeh

Yolanda Nemecek

Tally/Kathy Gallogly

Gerald/Rebecca Pellegrino

Wayne/Mary Maxton

John/Mary Alice Schaffner

Debra Skotte

Carole Pinover

David Moor/Janet Gray-Moore

Margaret Lyons

The Benevity Com. Impact Fund

Tom/Joyce Salamone

Julie/Bill St Leger

Robert/Ruby Ann Kyle

Bob Johnson

Cohn Caputo

Jim/Bernie Puffenberger

David/Patty Soderberg

Jackie Warnicke

MJ Phillips

Patricia Burkey

RP/HA Denney

Gary/Susie Rasmussen

Anita Buskey

Hal/Diane Hawk

Girl Scout Troops

Joel Babkes

Janine/David Howell

Bergman Farms

Mary Jane Gibson

Carl/Mary Anne Koebel

Holly/Barry Larcey

James/Priscilla Faris

Lissa Gillman

Barry Cover

Todd Ferguson

Alice Cook

Linda Sprenger

Michelle Fitzhum

Clever Bridge

Mike Nitz

Robert Hare

D’Arcy Wright

Grace Olivo

Cary Sherburne

Ian Chesnoff

Goodwill

Ben and Jen Moore

Andrea Moore/Ron Szabo

Donald Corley

Lori/Dwayne Colston

Bob/Anne Butcher

Don/Mary Poppe

Judy Twarek-Bickley

Suzanne Church

Rosanne Parker

Dori Ceccoli

PC Democratic Club

Karen Mathison

David Logan

Janis Nitz

Jeanne Gay

Dan/Tammy Almendinger

Karen/Richard Coffin

James/Brenda Brahier

Dan/Bobbie Jo Lowe

Terry Bodager

Sharon/Snip Snider

Mike Snider

Jeanne Morgan

Mike/Julie Rosiar

David/Teresa Ashton

Marlene Gulas

John/Martha Stefano

Judy Pashen

John/Margaret Bodie

Donna Lueke

Loretta Grentzer/Bethany Gabriel

Bolte Insurance

William/Susan Hollyday

Phil/Deb Weirzba

Jane Moore

Eugene/Laurie Rospert

Dorothy Buchman

Dale/Eileen Bird

Rita DeRose

Beth Adkins

Jeff/Mary Williams

Don/Marcia Jess

Pat Keys

Barbara Radebaugh

AP/AM Maag

Juanita Mills-Persley

Cathy/Ted Greene

Tyler/Jennifer York

Kurt/Corinna Bench

Port Clinton City Council

Dave/Kathy Mehl

Ottawa County Family Advocacy Car.

Susan/Lonnie Freeh

Yolanda Nemecek

Tally/Kathy Gallogly

Gerald/Rebecca Pellegrino

Wayne/Mary Maxton

John/Mary Alice Schaffner

Debra Skotte

Carole Pinover

David Moor/Janet Gray-Moore

Margaret Lyons

The Benevity Com. Impact Fund

Tom/Joyce Salamone

Julie/Bill St Leger

Robert/Ruby Ann Kyle

Bob Johnson

Cohn Caputo

Jim/Bernie Puffenberger

David/Patty Soderberg

Jackie Warnicke

MJ Phillips

Patricia Burkey

RP/HA Denney

Gary/Susie Rasmussen

Anita Buskey

Hal/Diane Hawk

Girl Scout Troops

Joel Babkes

Janine/David Howell

Bergman Farms

Mary Jane Gibson

Carl/Mary Anne Koebel

Holly/Barry Larcey

James/Priscilla Faris

Lissa Gillman

Barry Cover

Todd Ferguson

Alice Cook

Linda Sprenger

Michelle Fitzhum

Clever Bridge

Mike Nitz

Robert Hare

D’Arcy Wright

Grace Olivo

Cary Sherburne

Ian Chesnoff

SFTJ is 501 c3 tax exempt in the US: EIN 81-2877406

Dominican Address

Parroquia Asunción de María Avenida Melia Jamao al Norte, Espaillat

1(849) 915-1581

US Mailing Address

P.O. Box 51, Port Clinton, Oh 43453