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Joyce Feder, President
As President of Gotta Have HOPE, Joyce is a full-time volunteer, overseeing the daily activities of the organization while coordinating current programs pursuant to our mission statement. She is the liaison between our Uganda Initiative and our home organization. Joyce’s 30-year history in healthcare, administration, and group coordination has proven very useful in her daily work with Gotta Have HOPE. Joyce sums up her feelings, “I marvel and am very humbled at the opportunity God has given us to help others in need. It is an honor to work with such a generous, creative, faith-filled group of people, both here in the U.S. and in Uganda. Once when I was doubting the good we could do, our pastor passed on a quote from Romans 5:5, 'Hope does not disappoint.' I haven’t looked back since.”
Sister Paula Rose Jauernig, Vice President and Board member
Gotta Have HOPE has been part of my life since it was born. As a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth and an Advanced Practice Nurse, its mission to provide access to Healthcare, Opportunity for life changing events that enable those we serve to reach their highest Potential through Education is congruent with my mission. My first trip to Uganda in 2010 was life changing. Prior to the trip it was through great effort, I formed the SCL& Associate Network Project. This project raised $5000 to purchase mosquito nets impregnated with chemicals to cover the children’s beds at St Joan of Arc Primary School, Mawuuki, Uganda. I also contacted the Leavenworth Rotary Club who formed a partnership with the Uganda Rotary Club who in turn donated another $3500 towards the Network Project. Baking things to sell, making homemade articles, raiding garages and our own SCL attic are all part of my contribution to the Annual Garage Sale. Because I have been a Home Care/Hospice Nurse my patients have also included Gotta Have HOPE in their memorials. It is a known fact that when I do public speaking events in the area, my fee is a donation to Gotta Have HOPE. The 2012 trip to Uganda took over 100 pairs of reading glasses, and other over the counter medications made available through contributions given to me.
Tom Roudebush, Secretary and Board member
Tom is the Chief Executive Officer of Akro Fireguard Products, Inc. in Lenexa, Kansas. Tom’s keen business acumen, understanding of agriculture, and interest in building social and economic opportunities for developing countries has fueled his work as a director of Gotta Have HOPE. Tom and his wife, Anita, have 4 children and live in Stilwell, KS.
Father Brian Schieber, Board member
Fr. Schieber is the Pastor at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish in Leawood, Kansas and the Vicar General for Clergy of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. Also, Fr. Brian has a background in civil engineering. Shortly after his ordination to the priesthood, Fr. Brian visited Uganda and is very sensitive to the needs of its people. His empathy and wisdom brings unique perspective to the mission of Gotta Have HOPE.
Jerry Erding, Board member
Jerry lives in Stilwell, Kansas with his wife, Rayla and is Chief Executive Officer of Gold Star Transportation, Inc. Jerry brings a sound business practice and a generous spirit to every activity he is involved in. His vibrant attitude is accompanied by a vast knowledge of industry and agriculture, which is a useful in developing directives for the organization.
Mark C. Hegarty, Board member
Dr. Michael J. Feder, Former Chairman of the Board
Dr. Michael J. Feder, (1962-2012). Mike was a founding member and Chairman of the Board of Gotta Have HOPE. He believed the key to the development of a person and a society is education. Mike was passionate about caring for the sick and helping people help themselves. He was truly moved by the fortitude and faith of those we serve in Uganda. Mike initiated Gotta Have HOPE’s involvement in assisting the medical clinics of the Diocese of Kiyinda-Mityana. He also played a crucial role in the delivery of our first cargo shipment of donated medical equipment to the 18 clinics of the diocese that Gotta Have HOPE co-sponsored with the Franciscan Mission Warehouse in 2012.
Dr. Feder practiced Emergency Medicine in the Kansas City area for 23 years at St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Kansas University Medical Center and was a volunteer physician at the Duchesne Clinic.
Mike leaves all involved in Gotta Have HOPE a legacy of love for thy neighbor, service through charity, and a genuine respect for all. His never-ending support gives us hope!
Jon Feder, Founding Family
Jon has loved working with Gotta Have HOPE since its beginning as a first-annual garage sale in 2008. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014 with a degree in Philosophy, Jon is teaching and coaching at Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver, Colorado through the Jesuit Alum Service Corps. Jon is involved in operations on-site in Uganda, having made a trip in 2012 and again in 2014, and in the U.S. including social media, fundraising operations, and program implementation. Jon's favorite part about working with GHH is tangibly seeing HOPE in action both at home and abroad as individuals realize their potential and seize opportunities to better themselves and their communities.
Annelise Feder, Founding Family
When Annelise and her siblings had the idea to have a garage sale to benefit St. Joan of Arc Primary School it never occurred to her that 5 years later she would be on-site in Uganda at the school testing Internet strength, teaching in the classroom, and instructing the staff in computer technology with other Gotta Have HOPE team members. Annelise explains about her work with Gotta Have HOPE, "I realize how much God has given me, and all the blessings that I have that most people don't. It also makes me realize that one little idea [the garage sale] can change the world, and in doing this can also bring my family and friends together to work and sacrifice for a cause. I am dedicated to this cause and I plan on working for it for the rest of my life." Annelise is a student at St. Louis University.
Emily Feder, Founding Family
Gotta Have HOPE has been an integral part of Emily’s life since her involvement in the first-annual garage sale in 2008. Her participation has grown with the expansion of the organization and she has found joy in collecting cans for “HOPE CAN Help”, being the annual accountant at the yearly benefit garage sale, and selling jewelry for “Crafting HOPE”. Some of her favorite adventures with Gotta Have HOPE have been while traveling with teams to Uganda in 2012 and 2014. Emily loves incorporating what she has learned while on these trips in her daily life and in her further contributions to the organization. She was greatly stirred by what she had experienced while participating in onsite visits, especially at the clinics of the Mityana Diocese. These experiences inspired Emily to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Nursing with a minor in Healthcare Ethics, which she is completing at Saint Louis University.
Katie Weimer, Principal, Sustainability Efforts
Katie has been influential in the development of our corporation since its inception, actually coining our name “Gotta Have HOPE” during a group Skype team meeting.
Katie and her husband, Zach developed the “Charged up with HOPE” program writing an educational lesson plan on the physics of work, energy, and electricity for elementary students and an instructional manual for the pedal-power generator which they donated to the program. Also, she heads up our “Sustaining HOPE” sector which identifies natural renewable resources and recyclable materials that can be used in developing countries to promote self-sustaining practices and improve current conditions.
Katie is a Director in Product Development at 3D Systems and lives in Evergreen, CO.
Joe Gaudutis, Director of HOPE Technology
Joe currently serves as the Director of HOPE Technology. He has worked extensively on the Gotta Have HOPE website and outfitted donated netbooks with applications and content for use at St. Joan of Arc Primary Day School in Uganda.
Joe is an Engineer in Network Development at Sprint and lives in Lees Summit, MO.