Chip Smith – President of the Board
Cameron & Roberto Vivanco (Founder)
Michele is the Founder and Executive Director of Fashion & Compassion, a ministry dedicated to empowering women overcoming poverty & injustice in Charlotte and several other countries around the world. Michele began her career with KPMG and also worked with Bank of America. Michele graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Accounting. Michele serves on the Boards of Education Equals Hope and The Barnabas Group – Charlotte. Michele is married to Eric and is the mother of 4 teenage children ages 14-18 and a college student from Burundi.
The Rev’d Deacon Dianna Deaderick
The Rev’d Deacon Dianna LaMance Deaderick is a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina (EDUSC) and currently serves as the deacon at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Columbia, SC. She is a retired National Board Certified Teacher and received a BA in elementary education and a MA in family literacy.
While at St. Luke’s, Deacon Deaderick was instrumental in the church being recognized by the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition as the first HIV/AIDS Welcoming Parish in the country. Through educational events, such as Cupcakes and Condoms, Deacon Deaderick and the Dare to Care Ministry at St. Luke’s have tested hundreds of students at HBCUs in South Carolina.
Sharon Putman is a freelance editor for a management consulting firm based in Chicago and sales manager and part-owner of a small consulting company in North Carolina. She is a lifelong Episcopalian who attends Holy Cross in Simpsonville, SC. She has been to our Ecuador site with short-term mission teams and as part of a vision team.
Teresa believes that knowledge is power and where better to start than with children. Teresa supports early literacy in her home community while supporting education around the world with E = H. Having served in the non-profit world for the past 16 years, she believes in the process of working together with others to bring about creative change!
Joyce is originally from the Chicago area and now lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband, John. In 1998 they became active in the outreach ministries of their home church and in 2001 volunteered to travel to Haiti to report on its mission site sponsoring 20 students to attend local schools. Since that time, Joyce has continued to visit Haiti three times each year, introducing mission teams to the joy of God’s blessings through the gift of education now reaching more than 300 students in our Les Cayes and Cavaillon ministry sites each year. In 2012 the administration of these programs formally transitioned to Education Equals Hope and Joyce has followed her passion to help the children and young adults of Haiti as a coordinator for these ministry sites, short-term mission leader and board member for E=H.
Laura & Jorge Estevez volunteered with Education Equals Hope in Quito, Ecuador when they were missionaries there. Jorge is from Ecuador and Laura grew up in Spartanburg, SC. In 2013 they moved back to the US and have served on the board of Education Equals hope since them. Jorge and Laura are passionate about helping the marginalized have opportunities and one of the best ways to do that is through education.