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Jayme Metzgar, President

Jayme founded Romania Reborn in 1998, after spending a year in Romania, where she worked in the foreign relations office of Emanuel Baptist University and volunteered at Hope House Family Center. Jayme has served as president of Romania Reborn since its inception, working from her home and being sponsored as a missionary by Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville, VA. Jayme is co-author of the book The Homeschooling Mother: A Mom Just Like You. She lives in Harpers Ferry, WV, with her husband Todd, and their four daughters, whom she educates at home.

Michael Farris, Chairman

Michael P. Farris, who serves as chairman of the board of Romania Reborn, is Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Chancellor of Patrick Henry College. Since founding HSLDA in 1983, Farris has used his extensive experience in both politics and appellate litigation to defend parental rights and help grow the organization to over 80,000 member families. He is also the founder of Patrick Henry College, a Christian institution with the mission of training students through a classical liberal arts curriculum and apprenticeship methodology. Most recently, Farris started an organization called ParentalRights.org. Mike has been active for many years in the field of religious freedom abroad, and has traveled to Romania on numerous occasions, including his first trip immediately after the fall of Communism. Mike and Vickie Farris live in Purcellville, Virginia, and have ten children and twelve grandchildren.

Christian Feavel, Executive Director

After spending over a month in 1993 ministering to Romanian orphans, Christian was overwhelmed by the needs of these children and knew she wanted to return to Romania. In 2006, God led her to spend a year working at Hope House in Oradea, Romania. With the needs of the orphans fresh in her mind and heart, Christian returned home unsure of what God had planned for her life. Within a few months, she was offered the opportunity to work full-time as Romania Reborn’s director, a job that allows her to continue to impact the lives of Romanian orphans and occasionally travel to Romania. She currently resides in Purcellville, VA.

Jeanne Domenech, Treasurer

Bookkeeper and Treasurer for Romania Reborn since its inception, Jeanne Domenech continues to have a profound interest in the needs of abandoned children. She has four children, one of whom was adopted domestically, and she resides in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, Doug Domenech, who works for the Governor of Virginia.

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Aviel Mickahail, Secretary

Having grown up in a multicultural family and being exposed to other cultures from an early age, Aviel has grown up with a heart for the global community, especially children. Taking trips to Romania has opened her eyes to the needs of Romanian children. Currently residing in Virginia, she works as an RN at a local hospital on their critical care cardiac/stroke unit.

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Joshua Carden, board member

Joshua Carden, an attorney in private practice in Weatherford, Texas, has been on the Romania Reborn board since its inception. Having had the opportunity to see firsthand the need for intervention on behalf of the next generation of Romanians, Josh is committed to the mission of Romania Reborn and seeks strategic solutions that will enhance a unified, multi-organization effort to bring healing to the wounds in Romania’s culture. Josh is married to Lori, and they have two girls, Vivian Grace and Evangeline Faith.

Steven Essex, board member

Aaron Fessler, board member

An entrepreneur who has founded several successful businesses, Aaron is an asset to the Romania Reborn board with his extensive knowledge in the world of business, marketing, and technology. Along with his wife and eldest son, Aaron traveled to Romania in April 2009 to visit our ministries and shoot the footage for our ministry videos, which he also edited. The CEO of Vulcan Motor Club, Aaron lives in New Jersey with his wife, Kimber, and their four children.

Don Lothrop, board member

Don is long-time businessman and venture capitalist, whose newest passion is for Romania. A graduate of Penn State in 1981 and Harvard Business School in 1989, Don spent most of his career with Delphi Ventures in Menlo Park, California. In 2006, Don founded New Vista Partners, a venture capital fund focused exclusively on Romania. Don travels to Romania every month and, as our “feet on the ground,” is a very valuable member of the RR team. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and family.

Bob Mottice, board member

Robert N. Mottice is principal of Mottice Associates, LLC, a consulting services firm based in Virginia that focuses on business communication and economic strategy. A former college economics professor, he previously served as Executive Director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, and as Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. He also served in several senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate and with the National Association of Manufacturers. He is a past President of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Association of Business Economists. Mottice is the father of four grown sons and lives in northern Virginia.

Dori Schelhammer, board member

For the majority of Dori’s adult, married life, she has been a stay-at-home mom. She has volunteered in all of her children’s schools over the years, and has been very active in church: teaching Sunday School, moderating the church women’s organization, serving as one of the directors of a “Purpose Driven Life” campaign, and leading Bible studies. Dori graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, MN, in 1979. She has been married for 31 years to her husband, Steve, who has also been involved with Romania Reborn. The Schelhammers have four adult children: Karl, Dean, Christine, and Louise. Dori enjoys reading, exercising, fly-fishing, playing piano, and participating in Bible studies.

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