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, and 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 provide 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 48 years. They have three children and six grandchildren.
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Steven J. Repas MD, MBA, MS – Vice President
Sue Matzke – Secretary
Sue Matzke has been joyfully married to Pastor Mark Matzke for almost twenty-five 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,
Sue has served as a Stephen (Ministry) Leader, book club coordinator, bell choir member, and part of the Tuesday Morning
Prayer Group, on the inaugural Women’s Retreat planning committee, a Vacation Bible School volunteer, and at various
Women’s League events and church luncheons. Sue is also currently the Ohio District LWML North East Zone’s Secretary.
Sue has a lifelong passion for mission work. In first grade, she startled her teacher and parents by filling 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 and November 2018. She is currently serving her Savior as Ministry in Mission’s Secretary. Sue assists the other
board members with secretarial duties writes grants, and administers the eastern half of the United States’ Jacmel school
sponsorship program. 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. Sue is currently an eBay reseller.
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 OutreachCare and Services.)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 ball games with her beloved family.
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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 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
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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
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US Cell: 631-824-7090 Haiti cell: 011-509-3654
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
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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