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Board of Trustees

Kim R. Jones, M.D., Ph.D.
Board Chairman

Dr. Jones is originally from Minnesota.  He grew up in both Florida and Georgia, and attended college at Florida State University, where he obtained a B.S., an M.S. and eventually a Ph.D. in Neurobiology.  After a two-year research fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, he came to Chapel Hill to attend medical school.  After graduation, he stayed on at UNC for a five-year residency in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery.  He was then a faculty member in the Dept. of Surgery for seven years before starting his own practice in Chapel Hill, which he ran for 17 years before retiring in 2015.  He has a daughter adopted from Guatemala, and has been involved in GSSG since 2010.

Bob Dermody, M.B.A.

Bob Dermody graduated from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY and has an MBA from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.  He is retired from working in the financial operations at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill after almost 20 years of service.  Prior to that he worked in public accounting and taught at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. He and his wife, Julie, have been involved with GSSG since 2004.  Along with others, he and his late wife, Julie, sponsored one of the current GSSG students, Blanca Guarcas.

Berkeley Grimball, Jr.
Compliance Officer

Berkeley Grimball, Jr. is founder and owner of Grimball Jewelers, which opened in Chapel Hill, NC in 1985. Prior to opening Grimball Jewelers, he started and ran several other businesses. In 1973, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He served as a board member of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce from 2000 to 2006. He is married with two sons and one grandson.

Debbie Lindsey

While raising her three children, Debbie Lindsey volunteered in the community and worked part time as a substitute teacher and Catholic school music teacher. Her volunteer work with immigrants and love of the Spanish language and Hispanic people led her to earn a BA in Spanish Education and a certificate in ESL education from NC State University, After graduation, she worked as an ESL teacher in elementary schools for ten years. Debbie and her husband, Tom, hosted GSSG student Rafael in their home for three years. In the summer of 2017, she led a group of five volunteer ESL teachers to travel to Guatemala to teach English to local townsfolk through a GSSG partner, the John Bodoh English Academy. Debbie currently works as a teacher assistant.

Jorge Paque, Lic.
Consulting Associate Director in Guatemala

Jorge Paque works as a consulting Director in the recruitment of new students and is responsible for obtaining health records, passports, visas, and transportation within Guatemala. He received his licenciado from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala. He is a retired English teacher and an authority on the Guatemalan education system and conditions in Guatemala generally.

Brent Heiser

Brent Heiser has been involved with GSSG as board member and special events coordinator and other various roles since 2010. He has eighteen years experience in managerial and sales in service-oriented businesses and consults for profit and nonprofit corporations. He also has extensive experience in ministry conducting missions, retreats, and conferences in the USA, Ghana, Honduras, Ireland, and Guatemala. He has coordinated and promoted events including music concerts by Tony Melendez and Steve Angrisano. He attended East Carolina University and majored in business administration. Brent and his wife, Kathy, have been doing mission work in Guatemala since 2004.

Kathleen DeRubio

Kathleen DeRubio has a background/degrees in Journalism and Business Management /Administration. Professionally, she has spent the past 18 years working with CASA, a local non-profit focusing on affordable housing, where she serves as the Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. Also since 2001, she has been involved in the Children of God (COG) ministry of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raleigh, NC. The project, initiated by her late husband, Allan, provides funding for the education of girls in Guatemala primarily through a boarding house and school (Internado de Anunciata) located in Chichicastenango. Kathleen is very excited about the opportunity of serving on the board and developing the collaboration between COG and GSSG. Together the two organizations will work with staff at the Internado de Anunciata to identify girls who would be good candidates for a GSSG college scholarship.

Cristina Espana

Cristina España

Cristina España is the Viceconsul of Guatemala in Raleigh, serving her constituents, 80,000 in NC and 40,000 in SC, in charge of Cultural and Commercial Affairs, Mobile Consulates, the Protection and the Education Department and helped create the Empowerment Program of Guatemalans in the Carolinas. She is in charge of the annual organization of the Day of Guatemala in Raleigh, where about 4,000 people visit the event each year. Currently serves in the Board of L’école – French School of Raleigh and the Board of Latin American School. She was previously posted in Atlanta in charge of the Civil Registry Department and covered the 2011 crisis, reaching 6,000 dual citizenship registrations in 2011. She was later assigned in 2012 to be in charge of the Protection Department serving the Guatemalans detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Viceconsul España holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Marketing from the Universidad Latina of Costa Rica and the European University of Madrid. She has a background as a Theater Director in Guatemala and California with formal studies in Fine and Contemporary Arts.

Support Personnel

Paulo Chiquito, M.S.
IT Specialist

Paulo Chiquito provides technical support and advice for GSSG. Mr. Chiquito was born in sunny Brazil and earned his B.S. in Computer Science at Campinas State University, were he met his wife, Lea Chiquito. After moving to the United States, Paulo worked on several projects for IBM, and is currently employed as an IT Security Specialist. He has a Master’s degree in Computer Networking at North Carolina State University.

Trent Leonard
Back-up Web Administrator

Trent Leonard serves as a back-up web administrator for the GSSG website. Trent is from High Point, North Carolina, and lives in Chapel Hill. He is the father of a son and daughter. A young family of four keeps him busy, but he still makes time after his work as a Technical Sales Engineer with a large technology company to volunteer his skills to GSSG. In his rare free time, he enjoys all things technology and reading, as well as volleyball and swimming.