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Jenifer Martin Gilio has been named as the WIC Chairperson in March 2018. Jenifer is a dynamic advancement professional with 20 years of demonstrated experience in national and international development, Board Leadership, alumni relations, donor relations, stewardship, public relations, communications and marketing, She has extensive experience in fostering effective, highly productive teamwork and empowers others to grow and achieve as a Collaborative manager. She’s a highly motivated professional who is able to create and cultivate relationships locally, nationally and internationally. Jenifer is a compassionate individual who is deeply committed to the integrity of institutional advancement.
She is currently connected with Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania as the Director of Major Gifts since June 2018. Her former professional affiliations include The Da Vinci Science Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania as Chief Philanthropy Officer; Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania as Associate Vice President of Development and the Capital Campaign; Pomona College, Claremont, California Regional Director of Advancement, Eastern United States and Europe, July 2008 – March 2015; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Secor & Associates, Allentown, Pennsylvania; and others.
ALFREDO TORNO III
Alfredo Torno III currently serves as the Operations
Director of PT. ARSARI PEDULI INDONESIA, a social
enterprise established and operated to support Wadah
Foundation’s operations in the long term. He also serves
as the Executive Assistant of Wadah Foundation founder
and concurrently appointed as the Co-Chairperson of
Wadah International Committee.
Born in Manila, Philippines and remains to be a Filipino
national up to this date despite having lived and loved
Indonesia for the last 22 years. His work brought him to
Indonesia in 1994 and has served various companies in
Indonesia over his 22-year stint in the country.
His involvement with Wadah Foundation started when
he was asked to moderate the very first Wadah Gathering
in 2009 in Jakarta. From then on, he got deeply involved
in the staging of each and every Wadah Gathering
earning him the post of the Secretary General of the
Wadah Global Gathering.
Babli is the wife of former Indian Ambassador
to Indonesia, H.E. Ranjit Singh Kalha (1988-
1992). Babli and Wadah Founder Mrs. Anie
Hashim became friends during their tour of duty
in Indonesia. Mrs Anie’s stellar work with Wadah
Foundation inspired Babli to become a part of the
Wadah family. Babli now lives in New Delhi, India and is
the representative for Wadah in India.
Alongside her responsibilities with Wadah, Babli works
as a volunteer and is associated with a number of NGO’s
based in India. She assists Maiti Nepal, an organization
that works toward protection, rescue and rehabilitation
of survivors of trafficking. She also helps Udayan Care,
a nurturing home with a mission to ensure quality care
for orphaned and abandoned children and delivering
empowerment to young girls through education and
employability training. She likewise helps Saksham, an
organization that empowers visually impaired persons
and other forms of visual illnesses. Babli also assists Earth
Saviour foundation, an organization that aspires to give
a better life to the homeless and underprivileged.
Carol Butera is a Certified Nurse practitioner by profession with extensive experiences in women and infant care. Served as a Consultant at International Cahaya Cemerlang where she was responsible for coordinating and participating in medical clinics in Lombok and Bali, Indonesia in order to establish health education programs within the community. She developed health care education programs to nurses, midwives and mother's groups within communities in Lombok and Bali. She holds a Master degree in Women’s Health Practitioner Program from Seton Hall University in New Jersey, USA.
Grace has had a 15-year career in the recruitment industry commencing in Citibank as a Project Recruiter and ultimately gaining experience from Executive Search firms. Bringing with her best practices, she takes pride in successfully matching people from various industries recruiting for middle, senior and top management roles for multinational companies and blue chip conglomerates. Her career included performing global search as a 3600 Consultant culminating as the Head of Candidate Delivery Centre in a leading HR service provider listed in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. She was responsible to set up the department to build sourcing capability to support the RPO operations in Southeast Asia. Before life in recruitment, Grace owned and managed a cake/bakery business for 3 years, the highlight of which was its appointment as the outsourced production unit for the first 8 outlets of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Kuala Lumpur in 1997/1998.
Prior to settling down in Malaysia, Grace treasured the memorable times of family postings in Indonesia, Bahrain and East Malaysia with enriching cultures learned and valuable friendships made along the way. Born and raised in the Philippines, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines. She later pursued her MBA studies at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business while fulfilling a sales career with prestigious membership clubs. In her pursuit of humanitarian contribution, Grace co-founded Wadah Malaysia in 2014 and is currently serving as its President and as member of Wadah International Committee. Outside her work, her life revolves around her 2 lovely sons, Danial and Rayyan.
Ian Rose was born in Belfast Northern Ireland 28th April 1958
Schooled in Belfast and became interested in the jewelry
business quite early on. His grandfather was a master
watchmaker, jeweler and businessman, and both his parents
were involved in the business.
In the late 70’s, he left for the mainland to study gemology
and apprentice at a highly reputable company in Liverpool.
After 4 years he finally achieved his ambition of securing a
position with one of the leading and successful fine jewelry
companies in London, and soon after he was sent to open
and manage their new showroom in Geneva. After a further
4 years, he returned to London and spent the following 30
years pursuing his career and passion of trading fine and rare
gemstones and jewelry as a managing director for a few of
the leading private companies.
With this he added, “my career has been a wonderful journey.
It has allowed me to provide a relatively comfortable life
for my family and myself, it has given me access to meet
interesting and amazing people, it has allowed me to travel
to many places in the world, whilst I do what I enjoy most,
which is to work with nature’s miracle gemstones and help
create and trade wonderful jewelry pieces. Every day I see
something I have not seen before.”
“My son and daughter are grown up now but my daughter
has recently passed her GIA diamond diploma and may well
be a fourth generation jeweler, who knows, no pressure,” he
Linda Linsmayer is a mother of two adult children and
a former ad agency strategic planner who helped
clients maximize effectiveness of each marketing
communications dollar spent. Previous clients included
prestigious world-wide corporations. Yet Linda feels most
deeply motivated by her connectedness with mothers
and women around the world who she has seen “love
their children and communities as much as I love mine”
and thus longs to help women in developing countries.
“Seeing how many people’s lives were tangibly
transformed, and infused with contagious hope, was
more than touching, it was transformational.” Linda
explained after visiting several Wadah communities.
“To witness the impact of the Wadah model addressing
real world problems in an effective, impactful, selfperpetuating
way, changed not only how I view the
world, but how I give my time, talent and financial
resources.” Linda continued.
“There are countless extremely worthy causes in the
world. Yet I decided I maximize the R.O.I. of my resources
by partnering with Wadah Foundation. I’m honored that
I can make even the smallest of contributions to their
already extremely successful transformational efforts.”
In addition to helping on a grassroots level, Linda offers
her expertise in communications to help Wadah create
awareness with the hope that their efforts may multiply
and ripple on. “Wadah has shown me, I may not be able
to do everything. But by joining in with Wadah, I can do
something that is having a lasting impact in our world.”
When not engaged in humanitarian efforts, Linda can be
found shelling and enjoying her community on Sanibel
For the past 32 years, Margaret Connor has lived
and worked at secondary boarding schools in
the US and Switzerland. With experience writing
grant proposals in the Alumni/Development
Office at Holderness School, in Plymouth, New
Hampshire, her current focus is on residential
and school life. Most recently she has been able to
combine her commitment to service in the community
and beyond as the Director of Community Service
at St George’s School, in Newport, Rhode Island.
Finding creative approaches to fundraising challenges
and raising awareness through meaningful service
opportunities for students and faculty is the heart of
She is “humbled and honored to serve the Wadah
Foundation and the communities it empowers.”
MARY BETH LOPRESTI
Mary Beth knew early in life she wanted to make a difference
and reach out to those in need. For 30 years, she has—both
personally and professionally—as a social worker, recruiter,
fundraiser, business owner, wife, mother, and perpetual
With her degree in Social Work from LaSalle University in
1985, her experience included working in foster care and
mediating for the City of Philadelphia. From there she moved
to Boston and worked for ten years as a national recruiter
for targeted health care. Eventually, her husband John’s
career took them to the Washington DC area where they
currently reside. As she and John raised their three children,
she threw herself into volunteerism and fundraising for
her kids’ schools, sports and scholars’ programs from preschool
through college. It was also during this time that she
launched a national flower-pressing business, “All Seasons
Floral Preservation,” catering artfully and sensitively to
weddings, graduations and funerals. During those eight
years, her company earned multiple industry awards and
the gratitude of countless clients.
Three years ago, her sister Margaret (fellow WIC member)
encouraged her to visit the Wadah communities in
Indonesia. It was there that her heart was captured. In her
subsequent trips, Mary Beth says, “I have witnessed firsthand
the impact Wadah’s programs have in the lives of the people
and in the faces of the families. Becoming a part of creating an avenue for the international community to learn about—
and support—all that is being accomplished by the Wadah
Foundation is an absolute answer to my prayers.”
Mrs. Neeru Singh is the wife of former Indian
Ambassador to Indonesia, HE Gurjit Singh. She started her career with the prestigious Indian Administrative Service and worked there for over 12 years. Thereafter, she worked with numerous UN agencies: International Tropical Timber Organiation in Yokohama, UN Habitat in Nairobi, World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome, the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa and the Department of Management at the UN Headquarters in New York. She joined the UN because she wanted
to make a difference to the world and left the UN 18 years later with the firm belief that she needed to leave the UN to make a difference.
Tim is Senior Associate/Engaged Scholar for Ravensong
Associates through which he consults in global servicelearning
design, development and research in the US, Africa
and Asia. He is director emeritus of Stanford University’s
Bing Overseas Studies Program, Cape Town. Prior to joining
Overseas Studies Tim founded and directed the Scholarly
Concentration in Community Health and Public Service at
Stanford Medical School. He served as Associate Director
and Director of the Haas Center for Public Service from
1985-1999. He has published numerous articles on servicelearning
and engaged scholarship, including a book,
Service-Learning: A Movement’s Pioneers Reflect on its
Origins, Practice, and Future.
In a past life, Tina was a corporate public communications specialist who founded Redeman International (HRI) a regional consultancy firm with offices in Jakarta, Indonesia, Manila and Cebu, Philippines. HRI evolved from Communications Counsellors, a Jakarta-based marketing communications firm, where she built a reputation as a PR consultant’s consultant. She helped establish other PR firms and was a resource for affiliate PR firms and graphic design agencies in the region. In addition, she was Country Representative of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), a Manila-based graduate school of management. From her base in Jakarta, she was a contributing editor of the World Executive’s Digest, the Asian Manager, Lifestyle Asia. More recently, she has contributed to various Philippine publications: Bulletin Today, Zen Health, and Bravo Filipino. At present, Ms. Ferreros is president of the Board of Trustees of Philippines Wanita dan Harapan Inc., or Wadah Ph, a satellite of the Wadah Foundation. Before Wadah Ph was established, she belonged to the Friends of Wadah, a movement of women friends of the Wadah founder, seeking to make a difference in the lives of their countrymen... and women. Typhoon Haiyan galvanized the formation of Wadah Ph when the Friends partnered with Robin Lim, CNN Hero of the Year 2011, to take over a maternity clinic in a tent inside a damaged schoolhouse in San Jose, Leyte, in January of 2014. Wadah Ph is focused on expanding the reach, scope and scale of the Bumi Wadah Medical Relief Camp and Birthing Manger--where there is ALWAYS room--as global warming escalates and super typhoons threaten to become more fierce and frequent, wreaking ever-greater havoc across the length and breadth of the country in the years to come.