The Andean Aid board of directors meets quarterly with an agenda set around these priorities:
- Establish policy and procedure for all aspects of the organization
- Review current status of Help and Hope Center activities
- Discuss individual situations regarding the children that require special attention
- Monitor financial state of the organization and direct fundraising activities
- Consider new projects and direct next steps
Wayne Cramer is president and, with his wife Susan, founder of Andean Aid. Following a career as a senior financial analyst and training manager in the electric utility industry, Mr. Cramer spent a year in Rubio, Venezuela, where he served as a teacher and office administrator for the Christiansen Academy, and later, as a member of the TEAM Venezuela housing committee. Mr. Cramer was also the Director of Development for an international Christian school in Caracas, Venezuela. Mr. Cramer was formerly a nuclear submarine engineering specialist in the U.S. Navy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a majors in Business Administration and Economics from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and serves on the Board of Community Action Partnership of Lake County, Illinois, which oversees Head Start and several other programs whose focus is to “fight America’s war on poverty.” In 2016, Wayne was honored as one of Carthage College’s “Distinguished Alumni.” The Cramers make their home in Arizona and have three daughters, 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
“Learning for a life worth living” is the teaching emphasis of Les Dlabay. Now a part-time faculty member, Les was a full-time Professor of Business in the Department of Economics and Business at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, for 34 years. In an effort to prepare students for diverse economic settings, he makes extensive use of field research assignments related to food, water, health care, education, and business development. Dlabay has authored or has adaptations of over 40 textbooks in the United States, Canada, India, and Singapore. He has taught more than 30 different courses during his career, and has presented over 300 workshops and seminars to academic, business, and community organizations. His hobbies include a cereal package collection (from over 100 countries) and banknotes from 200 countries, which he uses to teach about economic, cultural, and political aspects of global business environments. Dlabay works with organizations that emphasize microenterprise development and value chain facilitation through microfinance programs. His research includes alternative financial services in informal economic settings.
Kerry Bauman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, where he was VP for student Campus Crusade outreach and was a pitcher on the baseball team. After graduation, Mr. Bauman joined Campus Crusade in Chattanooga and later in Houston, where he served as a director. From 1991-1993, Mr. Bauman studied at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, earning a Master of Divinity degree in Missions. Mr. Bauman accepted a call to pastor the student ministries at Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church, and in July 2003, he was named Senior Pastor, where he served until November 2017, when he planted the River Ridge Church in Wilmot, Wisconsin, where he is senior pastor. Pastor Bauman and his wife Laurie, a musician, make their home in Trevor, Wisconsin, with their two sons, and are visited often by their five married children and numerous grandchildren.
Andean Aid co-founder Susan Cramer has served in a number of administrative and community service roles. As a Girl Scout Service Unit Director, she was given the Community Builders Award by the Masons of Antioch, Illinois. In 2000-2001, she was a missionary to Christiansen Academy in Rubio, Venezuela, assisting with the administration of the school.
Based in Rubio, Venezuela, Gaby Andrade is the Executive Director for off of Andean Aid’s South American operations. Gaby also serves on the board of Andean Aid’s Civil Association, Una Sonrisa Para Todos Venezuela. Gaby holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Universidad Catolica Del Tachira, and a post-graduate degree in Management of Education from Universidad de Pamplona en Colombia. She has served as the principal for a private school in Rubio, where she makes her home with her husband and son.
Julie Anderson is the creative director for Julie Anderson Media and its non-profit branch, All the World Media, where she produces original content for national broadcast television and digital platforms. A graduate of Trinity International College with a B.A. degree in Communications, she is also a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute. Julie is the recipient of the Clarion Award from the National Association of Women in Communications and a five-time Emmy nominee for her work as a television producer for PBS. Having visited Help and Hope Centers in Venezuela and Colombia, Julie uses her professional experience to advise on communications and produce film, videos and web content for Andean Aid. She is a resident of Chicago and attends the Moody Church. Julie serves on the board of the Hold On To Your Music Foundation in Los Angeles and is a past Advisory Board member at The Fishing School in Washington, D.C., an after-school haven for at-risk children.
Aubrey is a senior development officer, major gifts, with Partners in Health, an organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care by establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty. In her role at PIH, Aubrey cultivates principal gifts from high-capacity individuals and develops donor-specific strategies. Previously, Aubrey was a writing and speaking skills program administrator at the World Bank. While earning her Masters in International Communication and Development, she interned in World Vision’s Children in Crisis Unit. She has been a language teacher in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, and has lived in Rwanda as an External Relations Coordinator for Partners in Health. Aubrey resides in the Chicago area with her husband and two daughters.
Todd is a certified public accountant and has held a variety of accountant and financial analyst positions in the fitness, health care and logistics industries. He has served as treasurer at the Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church, and now holds that role with Andean Aid. Todd and his wife Dhea, have three sons and live in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Yoshua and his wife, both native Venezuelans, reside in Chicago, Illinois. Yoshua attends Maranatha Church where he is also on staff and is active in the music ministry. The son of two Rubio-based physicians who are also pastors and former missionaries, Yoshua maintains close ties with his friends and family in Venezuela, benefiting Andean Aid with his unique perspective and knowledge of events as they unfold. Yoshua graduated from the University of San Cristobal with a degree in software engineering, and is an accomplished photographer, videographer, radio engineer and voiceover artist.