Our organisation is only as strong as the governing body that ensures that we run the most effective programmes 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 programmes. The latter had been appointed successor to Father Schwartz after his death in 1992.
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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.
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.
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.
Maryline O'Shea joined World Villages for Children as Chief Operating Officer 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.
Nicola has worked for World Villages for Children since 2009, and is Manager of the UK office. Nicola also became a trustee in 2016. Prior to working for World Villages, she worked at the House of Commons and in investment banking where she was involved in technology and operations management. Nicola has a BSc (Hons) in Business and an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management both from Cass Business School, City, University of London and is a certified member of the Institute of Fundraising. In her spare time, she is a regular volunteer and fundraiser for several local and national charities and Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Technology Group.
Collette has worked for World Villages for Children since 1998 (nearly 19 years!). She is Head of Administration and manages all our banking, gift aid and donation processing activities. Prior to working for World Villages,Collette was a Senior Executive for an Insurance Brokers in South London. Previously worked in Ireland in the Engineering Department for Leitrim County Council and PA/Administration for North Western Health Board in Donegal. In her spare time she enjoys the countryside, cooking, music, reading, visiting museums, dance and cinema.
Callum has worked for World Villages for Children for 2 years and is now Supporter Services and Digital Officer. He has a BA (Hons) in History & Politics and an MSc in Government, Policy & Politics. Prior to joining WVC UK he worked for the Attlee Foundation to develop child care opportunities in one of the most impoverished areas of London and travelled extensively in New Zealand on his motorbike. In his spare time he likes travelling in Europe and the US.