Help Kids India Board of Directors
Betsy Dailey, Charlotte NC
Betsy, the daughter of missionaries, spent her first 17 years in India where she studied at the Kodaikanal International School (KIS). Betsy graduated from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, with a degree in early childhood education. She worked in a number of settings with children, and from 1987 to 1997 Betsy and her husband, Philip, worked in India. In 1989 Betsy founded the crèche program in response to the need she saw among the poorest families for a better start in life and school for their children. On return to the US, Betsy continued involvement with the crèche program, both as a volunteer consultant in India and fund raiser in the US while working as senior director of children’s services with Easter Seals and United Cerebral Palsy.
Catherine Kidder, West Newbury VT
HKI Vice President
After finishing an MA in gerontology, Catherine’s work with the elderly shifted to focus on children. She was the VT/NH coordinator for a French/US exchange program, the communication officer and liaison for international staff at the Woodstock School in Mussoorie, UK, India, and upon return from India and further education, became an elementary teacher/librarian. An original HKI board member, Catherine visited the crèches in 2016 and again in 2018. Her husband, Tom, is the HKI videographer and web master.
Judith Michalk, CNM, MPH. Tacoma WA
Born of missionary parents and raised in India, Judy graduated from Kodaikanal International School (KIS) in Tamil Nadu, India. She went to nursing school in the US and returned to KIS as the school nurse volunteer. She immigrated to Australia, did midwifery training in Scotland, and returned to the US to practice in New Mexico and Washington. After earning a Masters in public health, Judy worked with the American Refugee committee in Cambodia, from where she first visited the crèche program in 1992. There were several more crèche visits, the most recent in January 2017. Judy recently retired and joined the HKI board in 2018.
John Narowski, East Corinth VT
Anne Sewall, Topsham VT
Anne’s background is in elementary education. She first learned about the crèche project in the 1990’s and in 2004 packed up her four children and went to Kodiakanal for a month-long visit. They quickly settled into the crèche routine, and built a chicken coop, made a puppet theater, assembled a play kitchen, and bought needed supplies for the crèche nurse. Anne’s son, Micaiah, who has Down syndrome, became the temporary gym teacher, introducing ball games the children loved and are still playing. Anne says that over the years she’s seen an astonishing improvement in the health, engagement, and liveliness of the crèche kids. When she sees photos and video now, she invariably says, “Those are not the crèche kids I knew!” Anne is an original member of the HKI board. She loves being a part of a team that is doing this “wonderful work in South India.”
Laura Meinzen-Dick, Davis CA
Laura is working on a PhD in Agricultural Economics at the University of California, Davis, with a focus on the economics of poverty in developing countries. She worked with and later was on the board of La Ceiba, a student-run microfinance organization in Honduras, and has been involved with several initiatives aimed at improving the narratives we tell about poverty and efforts to end it, such as the Sidekick Manifesto. She visited the BET crèches in 2008 and joined the HKI board in 2016.
Sarah Garey, St. Johnsbury VT
Sarah was born and raised in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Nursing and is currently the Director of Health Services at St. Johnsbury Academy. She became involved with HKI in 2010 when she took her first group of Academy students to India to visit the crèches HKI supports. This service trip continues to be part of the Academy’s international travel program and has been a life changing experience for nearly 100 students. Sarah became a HKI board member in 2017.
Paul Davis, MD. Wichita KS
The son of missionary teachers, Paul was born in India and completed his sophomore year of high school at Kodaikanal International School (KIS) before returning to the US. After medical school and residency he served in the National Health Services Corps for two years before joining a primary care practice. Special interests center on family crisis issues and their background causes. He founded HopeNet, a Wichita KS non-profit partnering with over 400 community agencies, churches and individuals to help those in material and emotional crisis. Paul visited the crèches in 2016 and joined the HKI board in 2018.
Tom Lovett, Headmaster of the St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury VT
Tom Lovett was named Headmaster of the St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury VT, in 2001. Prior to that, he worked at the Academy in various capacities including Academic Dean, Assistant Academic Dean, English Department Chair, Director of the Advanced Placement Institute, Tri-Chair of the capital campaign for the Center for the Arts, Advisor Team Leader, English teacher, ESL teacher, football coach, baseball coach, public speaking/debate coach, and Head Dorm Proctor. Tom received an AM in English Language and Literature from Brown University, a BA in English and Humanities from Providence College, and was named a Klingenstein Fellow.
St. Johnsbury Academy has been contributing to Help Kids India for over ten years. This past April, Tom and his daughter, Rose, traveled with St. Johnsbury Academy students and staff on their fifth trip to Porayar and Tillaiyadi to volunteer with the program themselves. Tom hopes to return to India with more students next year. For Tom’s reflection on his trip see http://www.helpkidsindia.org/