our team 

WE ARE A FAMILY. OUR COLLECTIVE OF BOARD MEMBERS, STAFF, ADVISORS, AND VOLUNTEERS BRING JERICHO'S

VISION TO LIFE BY DARING TO BELIEVE THAT HOPE CAN CHANGE A PERSON. THAT HOPE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joanna Shields

Director & Founder

Joanna Shields and her husband live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They are the parents of four children and have two grandchildren. Joanna co-founded the Mother to Mother mentoring organization, served as a leader for a small group women's ministry, provides tutoring to children through Kids Hope, and continues to be active in local community organizations. Prior to her full-time commitment to Jericho, Joanna was a Sales Director for an international cosmetic corporation. She makes bi-annual trips to BiH and stays in touch with her "Bosnian family" via Skype when back in the US.

Bill Traywick

President

Bill Traywick, resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan with his wife. His focus on the Board has been in strategic planning and establishing the Foundation Endowment. His professional experience in sales management includes a 32-year career with Procter and Gamble and the Kellogg Company. Bill traveled to BiH in 2013 and 2016 to be part of the student leadership seminars. He also has extensive volunteer experience with Kentwood Public Schools. Bill is involved with Jericho because he believes we are making a difference by helping young people achieve a college education. These young people will become the future leaders of this recovering war-torn country.

Dave Hoekstra

Vice President

Dave Hoeskstra and his wife Ginny live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They are the parents of three children and eight grandchildren. Dave is employed at Ship-Pac as a Food Packaging Manager and has been involved with the Kalamazoo Township Fire Department for 28 years. He has also been involved in many outreach programs at Westwood Christian Reformed Church including their youth group spring break mission trips all across the United States. Dave was first introduced to the Jericho Foundation in 2006 through the Project Hope trip and has been giving his time, talent and resources ever since.

Ann Drake

Treasurer

Ann and her husband Mark live in Portage, Michigan. They have two grown children and three adorable grandchildren. They have been in the financial service industry since 1985. Ann has been employed at Primerica Financial Service as an administrator and a financial administrator/administrative assistant at Southridge Reformed Church in Kalamazoo. In the spring of 2013, she felt called to commit more time to the family business and her grandchildren, so she resigned from her position at Southridge. "My flexible schedule, my heart for serving God and a great cause, brought me to the team at Jericho."

Dr. Sime Curkovic

Fundraising & Development Outreach

Dr. Sime Curkovic is a U.S. born citizen of Croatian descent and attends St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Portage, Michigan. He is a Professor of Supply Chain Management at Western Michigan University who received his undergraduate degree in Management Systems from Kettering University and his Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University. He has been at WMU for 15 years and has taught several courses in sourcing, operations, logistics, process, environmental, and multinational management. He is currently the director of the business college's supply chain management program which is ranked 12th nationally. He has been a member of Jericho's Project Hope Team traveling to BiH in 2009. After returning from that trip, he was motivated to contribute to the Jericho mission to restore HOPE to children in BiH and joined the Jericho Board.

Dr. Kimberly Lem

Secretary

Kim resides with her husband, Pat, in Michigan and has two children in college. Kim owns Kalamazoo Psychology, LLC with a business partner and has a Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology from North Central University in San Diego, California. Kim joined the Jericho Family through a Project HOPE trip in 2014 and has traveled back several times since. Kim's passion lies in the emotional health and development of young adults. The Lem family has continued to pour their time and efforts into molding our students into leaders, including opening their home to host a student for their U.S. Internship. We appreciate Kim's heart for Bosnia and look forward to the work she continues to inspire in the lives of our students.

Igor Znidarcic

Board Member

Igor was born in Mostar, BiH. When he was six years old, his life tragically changed as the war tore his country apart. His family escaped but still paid a high price in losing their home, jobs and the country they loved. His family eventually settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Igor attended Western Michigan University, earning his BA in Business Management and Spanish. Igor currently lives in Portage, Michigan with his wife and daughter. He is employed with the US Social Security Office.

Kalyn Hoffman

Board Member

Kalyn lives with her husband, Erik, in Kalamazoo, MI. She graduated from Western Michigan University earning a Masters Degree in International Development Administration. Kalyn joined the Jericho family in 2013 with our Project HOPE Team. Her love for the students and belief in God’s unconditional love has kept her returning to BiH ever since.

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Nicole Fitzgerald

Education Program Manager

Nicole studies, coaches and travels from her home base in Kalamazoo, MI. Nicole has her MA in Spiritual Formation & Leadership, and is a Commissioned Coach. She loves the creative process, hiking, and avocados. Nicole is a light to her family (including her husband Kevin, and her six children) and all whom she comes in contact with. We are thankful to have her as part of the team!

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ADVISORY NETWORK

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Jericho is a faith-based 501(c)(3) charity. Our faith drives our mission to serve youth in BIH. Our programs are designed to promote unity between various ethnic, religious, or socio-economic groups.                                                                             

OUR MISSION

On a mission to restore HOPE in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one child at a time.

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U.S. OFFICE

7170 Beatrice Drive, Suite B Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Jericho@jerichofoundation.org  |  (269) 321-9418

BIH OFFICE

Brace Begic 64 Sarajevo, 71000 - Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sanja@jerichofoundation.org