• A Recognized Service Organization of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Ministry In Mission Board Members

Jaclyn Rychel  –  Founder and President

Jackie retired from the Biotech Pharmaceutical Industry after completing fifteen successful years in sales, marketing, management and company development.

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.

Reach Jackie at

Cell: 440.463.0594

Email: Jackie@ministryinmission.org

Michael Borchardt –  Vice President 

Michael brings over 20 years of safety, operations, and business management experience to the Ministry in Mission team.  Michael currently works for Mont Surfaces in Solon, Ohio as the Safety Director and Operations Manager.  He is responsible for the safety/operations of 9 facilities in 5 states regionally, including the logistics and maintenance of the entire fleet of trucks, tractors, trailers, and automobiles.Mont Surfaces is a distributor of fine surface materials including granite, quartz, porcelain, marble, and more.  In 2018 Mr. Borchardt coordinated the expansion of Mont Surface’s newest state of the art facility in Louisville, Kentucky. Through his career, he has worked with a number of companies such as Home Depot, T-Mobile U.S.A., Big 5 Sporting Goods, and AeroMag Contego. Michael spent many years with several roles in professional baseball as a player, front office staff, and ballpark operations  most recently with the Cleveland Indians in 2014 and 2015.


Originally from California, Michael currently lives in Parma Heights, OH with his wife Jennifer and their 5 children and are members of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parma, OH where Michael serves on the Church Council.


Reach Mike at

Cell: 440-532-0368

Email: borchfam309@woway.com

 Sue Matzke –  Secretary

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’s 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.

Reach Sue at

Cell: 440-346-5588

Email: mercyworks4haiti@gmail.com

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 training 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 

Reach Marti at:

Cell: 216-308-2353

Email: Mj6273@hotmail.com

Junior Laurent – Executive Field Director

Junior Laurent, known, by his nickname Vlad.

Vlad serves as a V.I.P Security for Societé Nationale de Securité (SNS). He is also President of the youth group of Universal Grace Ministries in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Junior and his wife Franztcia ) recently have been involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Haiti since 2011. Junior has used his talent to reach thousands of kids in Haiti through the fellowship of Christian Athletes program, with a concentration on mission work in Haiti.

Junior has been associated with Ministry In Mission since 2018. He helped organize a youth soccer clinic in Jacmel Haiti, for Ministry In Mission. He has been indispensable ever since, providing security, translation, guidance, moving residents into the Jacmel Lutheran home, and countless other tasks for the Ministry

Reach Junior at

US Cell: 631-824-7090   Haiti cell: 011-509-3654

Email: vladimyrfca@gmail.com

Steven J Repas – International Medical Director

Steven first got involved with mission work at age 14. He has been consistently going to Haiti for the last 10 years and continues to be directly involved with Ministry in Mission. He coordinates and helps acquire medical supply donations, including outfitting the Jacmel Lutheran Home with supplies received from the Med Wish Foundation.  As Steven continues in his medical education and career, he will begin to transition into leading teams of medical professionals and setting up additional medical clinics throughout countries in which Ministry in Mission serves.

Steven is currently completing his Medical Doctorate (MD) from the Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. He is pursuing a career as a trauma surgeon. At the same time, he is completing his Master of Business Administration and Masters of Science in Pharmacology/ Toxicology along with his Medical Doctorate. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Neuroscience. While at Ohio State, Steven established a Ministry in Mission club. This club lead several teams of OSU students on mission trips to Haiti.

His hobbies include scuba diving, playing classical piano, cooking, and outdoor recreation. Steven looks forward to earning his private pilot’s license in the next few years to be able to utilize it for further humanitarian work purposes.

Reach Steven at

Cell: 216-714-2171

Email: steven.j.repas@gmail.com

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.

Reach Lee at

Cell: 440-668-7985

Email: leestone999@gmail.com

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.

Reach Helen at

Cell :  216-407-8594

Email:  arlen0929@roadrunner.com

LinkedIn URL:  https://www.linkedin.com/pub/helen-briggs/0/69a/b08


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.

Reach Mark at

Cell: 440-668-4650

Email: mark@rychel.com



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