Ministry In Mission Board Members
Jaclyn Rychel – Founder and President
In 1992 Mrs. Rychel was one of twenty five individuals hired to start the commercial sales division of Roberts Pharmaceutical Company. As the sales team grew she ranked in the top 5% of 120 specialty sales representatives marketing cardiovascular therapies to Key Opinion Leaders in Medical Centers in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Recruited to Boehringer Mannheim Pharmaceutical Company in 1996, as a Cardiovascular Consultant, to launch a new Biotech drug, Jackie quickly achieved a ranking of 4th in the nation among 220 representatives. After a corporate merger in 1997 Jaclyn moved to another Biotech start-up company, Celgene Corporation. One of twelve selected to begin the commercial operation; Jackie began in sales, moved through management ultimately working with a team of four to create the Corporate Account division, servicing managed care markets, drug wholesalers, retail pharmacies and the Federal Government accounts.
Within the eight years of service, Jackie’s efforts aided Celgene Corporation to grow from a research and development company carrying great risk, to a NASDAQ 100 company, with a 23.75 billion dollar market cap, employing almost 1300 people worldwide. Experience at Celgene included territory development, sales, marketing, management, hiring and corporate account management. The final stop before retiring from the pharmaceutical industry was one last start up opportunity at Alkermes, Inc. As a Manager of Market Development, Jackie was able to initiate activity in the Federal Government Healthcare system as well as the Justice and Recovery arena for Federal and Local Drug Courts.
All of this experience and acquired knowledge provides a platform on which to build Ministry in Mission worldwide.
Mrs. Rychel graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BA in Liberal Studies. She has been married to her husband Mark for 41 years. They have three children and five grandchildren.
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Jeffrey C. Atchely – Vice President
Jeff brings over 25 years of operations and business management experience to the Ministry In Mission team. Jeff most recently worked for TransDigm Corporation in Cleveland Ohio as a Divisional Director of Operations. While with TransDigm Jeff also held the position of Plant Manager. In 2009 and 2010, Mr. Atchley managed TransDigm’s Woodward Fuel division in Los Angles California. Through his career, he has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies on major projects such as Boeing, Ford Motor, Lockheed Martin and the US department of defense. Currently Jeff is President of a manufacturing firm he owns and operates in Mentor Ohio.
Mr. Atchley graduated from Myers College with a BS degree in Industrial Management, Additionally, Jeff also holds an MBA from Lake Erie College.
Jeff his wife Toni and two girls are members of St Mark Lutheran Church in Chesterland, OH. He currently serves on the board of elders at St Mark.
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Lorna Henderson – Secretary
Lorna Henderson serves Ministry in Mission as the secretary of the board.
A seasoned missionary herself, Lorna has organized and participated in many outreach opportunities over the past 10 years. Her first adventures included several trips to New Orleans, where she has led more than 125 participants collectively to restore homes and churches in the hurricane stricken areas.
Most recently, Lorna has concentrated her efforts in the mission field in Jacmel, Haiti, where she has traveled multiple times with her daughter, Kara, and the MnM team, for humanitarian outreach. It is there she found her true passion for mission work. Her most memorable trips to Haiti are when partnered with her daughter. Together they organized and implemented an eye glasses clinic where more than 100 Haitians left the clinic with clearer vision. Another of her favorite outreaches included organizing a group of volunteers from her church to make sundresses and shorts for the children in Jacmel, and then actually distributing them to the families. Seeing the joy of the people she serves is what brings her back to the mission field every time.
When not serving in the mission field, Lorna can be found volunteering and fundraising for causes affecting local needs or to benefit her church in her hometown of Tallmadge, Ohio. By day, she is a marketing and office administrator professional having served in the legal and transportation industries for more than 25 years. Her primary focus is digital marketing and design, event planning, communications, and office management/administration. She has enjoyed a wonderful 27-year marriage to her husband, Chris, an electronics and audio engineer and musician. Together they have three children, Brittany, Cory and Kara.
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Marti Jacobson – Treasurer
Marti graduated from Capital University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She held accounting positions in Real Estate Management and Manufacturing companies. Her responsibilities included financial reporting & reconciliation, budgeting, financial projections, taxes, managing staff & reviewing their work. When Flexalloy, Inc. (a manufacturing/distribution company) decided to implement an enterprise wide software system Marti joined the team to evaluate various systems to determine which system to implement. Once the system was chosen, Marti was the accounting subject matter expert which designed how the system would work, develop the report format, convert the data from the old system into the new system, developed training documentation and trained end users. In 1998, after the implementation was complete Marti joined Deloitte Consulting first as a senior consultant and then was promoted to manager. At Deloitte Marti helped various companies implement enterprise software systems, planned the projects, maintained the timeline, trained clients, and reviewed Deloitte employees until 2004 when she focused on home life.
Marti and her husband Kirk have been married for 13 years. They enjoy being able to spend time with each other. Marti has been active in the churches of which she has been a member. Most recently at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Marti has become involved with the Community Lunches, Education Committee, playing handbells, and Women’s League
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Ruthan Spehar – Trustee
For 21 years, Ruthan worked in the financial services industry at NCA Financial Planners, a premier, independent, full service financial planning firm in Mayfield Hts., Ohio. Ms. Spehar joined the firm in 1986 and worked closely with management in various capacities, including Director of Operations, Director of Internal Compliance and Controller. She was integrally involved in all aspects of the financial planning process. In May of 2001, she co-authored “Countdown to Retirement: Designing Your Financial Future.” (Meister Press, 2001) She was a noted financial educator and presented financial seminars at numerous corporations and organizations. During that time, she obtained the CFS designation from the Institute of Business and Finance. Working with people to increase their net worth, Ruthan successfully managed individual portfolios, and helped her clients attain their financial goals for retirement. Ms. Spehar retired in 2007.
Recently, Ruthan was asked to join the board of directors for Ministry in Mission, a non-profit organization which has the potential to serve missionary efforts worldwide. After visiting Haiti in 2014 and seeing the extreme poverty and needs of a humble people and nation, and seeing their need to hear the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ, her life and life goals are forever changed.
Ruthan was married to her husband, Ken, for 47 years and has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. She is a member of Leroy Community Chapel in Leroy, Ohio.
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Steven J Repas – Chairman University Outreach
Founder and President, The Ohio State Ministry in Mission Club
Steven is a second year pharmaceutical science major, minoring in neuroscience at The Ohio State University. As a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity he holds the position of Vice president of Brotherhood.
Passionate for helping others, he aspires to become an orthopedic surgeon. Steven participated in a 9-week internship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he was able to scrub in and observe over 40 different surgeries, and create a research paper through the neurological institute Steven was elected to National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society while in high school. Steven was a dual enrollment student at West Geauga High School and Mayfield High School where he attended technical medical classes achieving summa cum laude and valedictorian of his technical school.
Steven is an Eagle Scout and has served in several leadership positions throughout his education. While in high school, Steven captain of the hockey team, lead the team to West Geauga High School’s first conference championship by scoring the game winning goal.
To support his education Steven is currently employed as a lifeguard at the campus recreation facility and Columbus Dive Shop. His hobbies include ship wreck diving and outdoor recreation.
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Lee Stone – Chairman Fundraising
Lee taught Elementary through Junior High School for twenty three years while raising a family. In the mid 1970’s Lee and husband Ed adopted two “hard to place” children to add to their existing family. In addition to the family, Lee managed the financials and breeding of Dan-Dee Labradors. Thirty five years of breeding and showing these outstanding dogs produced nine National Hunting Champions and three Show Champions.
Lee’s second career spanning ten years, involved local government. An assistant to the secretary of the Mayor of Mayfield Village, OH, Lee organized and facilitated programs and activities that were promoted throughout the year.
As an activist Lee has been awarded the Key to the City of Maple Heights, OH, for initiating a program to collect toy weapons from children in an effort to discourage violence. She also instituted the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) in her school system.
After retiring she began doing volunteer work which included dog therapy at a nursing home, work with animals and kitchen organizer at an animal protective shelter. She volunteers for Womensafe, an organization for families at risk for domestic violence. Lee is very active in many aspects of fundraising and outreach at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Chesterland, OH.
Involvement with the Caribbean Children’s Foundation lead her to initiate school sponsorships for the Grace School in Pt Est on Ile-a-Vache, Haiti. As she became more involved in supporting Haiti she joined the Ministry in Mission board as Fundraising Chair. Lee has been integral in successfully raising thousands of dollars for projects in Haiti and at home.
An ardent traveler and driven by her interest in World History, Lee has visited all Continents but Antarctica.
Lee has been married to husband Ed. They have four children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
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Helen Briggs – Director of Orphanage Sponsorsip
Helen coordinates the sponsorship program for Center of Refuge Orphanage by maintaining donor records and pairing donors/sponsors with children waiting sponsorship.
Helen has 18 years of experience in the Retained Executive Search industry finding qualified, high-level candidates for Fortune 1,000 clients. Her background also includes training and developing internal employees on computer systems and applications. She has traveled internationally to conduct training throughout the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. She has worked with IT departments to test new applications as well as solve user issues. She has created corporate online training materials and videos for employees of all functions and supported all of her firm’s Latin America offices in their transition from a joint-venture to full integration.
Helen is currently a Planning Commissioner and Vice-Chair of the Planning Commission for the city of Bedford, Ohio where businesses come before the commission to outline their business models for operation in the city.
Early in her career, Helen worked in the healthcare field as a Histology Technician at University Hospitals/Bedford Medical Center where she examined human tissue and prepared the tissue for microscopic and pathologic exams. She also spent several years as the office manager for Shaker Animal Clinic.
Helen is fluent in the Czech language and enjoys working on her family genealogy. She and her husband travel back to the Czech Republic often to visit family.
Helen has been married to her husband Scott for 22 years and both are members of Valley Lutheran Church. They began their mission work in Jacmel, Haiti in 2010 and continue yearly trips. They collect eyeglasses throughout the year and conduct eyeglass clinics in Jacmel and surrounding villages. The lifelong friendships they have formed in Haiti have truly been a gift. They met while attending Muskingum College and they both enjoy traveling and international film festivals.
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Cell : 216-407-8594
LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/helen-briggs/0/69a/b08
Sue Matzke – Chairman of Public Relations
Sue Matzke has been joyfully married to Pastor Mark Matzke for twenty years. They have one son, whom Sue homeschooled for seven years. She is an active member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Chesterland, Ohio. While at St. Mark she has served as part of the Tuesday Morning Prayer Group, on the inaugural Women’s Retreat planning committee, at Women’s Safe Resale Shop, Building Hope in the City, and Vacation Bible School, at various Women’s League events and church luncheons. In her spare time, she reads voraciously, trains to walk half marathons, and collects Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Sue also enjoys visiting libraries, hiking, and attending major and minor league ballgames with her beloved family.Since graduating from Concordia University – River Forest, IL with a BA, Sue has been a school librarian in central Florida; taught in schools in northwestern Indiana and Aurora, OH; and a private tutor and substitute teacher. Her servant heart has led to a variety of volunteer experiences including being a Vacation Bible School snack leader, in various LWML leadership roles at the congregational, zone, and district levels, a funeral luncheon coordinator, preschool board member, an assistant at the Concordia Deaconess Conference, the team leader for Christ’s Table (soup kitchen) and the executive board secretary for D.O.R.C.A.S (Diaconal Outreach Care and Services)Sue has a lifelong passion for missions work. In first grade she startled her teacher and parents by filing in “When I grow up, I want to be a missionary” on a worksheet. Stateside, she fulfilled this dream by working with unchurched children and their families in Lutheran schools and going on servant trips to Appalachia and Atlantic City, New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy. Sue took her first international trip with Ministry in Mission to Haiti in December 2016, following Hurricane Matthew. She returned in January 2018. Serving her Savior as a Ministry in Mission board member.
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Mark Rychel – Trustee
Mark is the owner of Mark Rychel Photographers, a portrait and event photo studio located in Chesterland, Ohio. He also serves as Outreach Chairman, Member of the Board of Elders and Web and Social Media Coordinator for St. Mark Lutheran Church in Chesterland Ohio.
Mark along with his spouse Jackie (President of Ministry In Mission) has been involved in missionary work internationally in Haiti, Latvia and locally in the Cleveland Metropolitan Area.
Mark has used his photographic talent to photograph thousands of images, worldwide, with a concentration on mission work in Haiti. His photographs have been published by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and Lutheran Church Charities.
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