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Board of Trustees

Berkeley Grimball, Jr.
Board Chairman

Berkeley Grimball, Jr. is founder and owner of Grimball Jewelers, which opened in Chapel Hill, NC in 1985. Prior to opening Grimball Jewelers, he started and ran several other businesses. In 1973, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He served as a board member of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce from 2000 to 2006. He is married with two sons and one grandson.

Thomas J. Goehl, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Thomas (Tom) Goehl is a retired biochemist who specialized in bioanalytical chemistry. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a research chemist at Sterling Winthrop Research Institute. He held positions on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and as a research chemist in the US Food and Drug Administration. He served as the head of chemistry and toxicokinetics at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science and later as science editor for Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) and eventually editor-in-chief. After retirement from EHP in 2006 as Editor Emeritus, he served as co-director of the very successful African Journal Partnership Project, a US National Library of Medicine program focusing on improving the quality of health and medical journals in Africa. He received his BS in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Wayne State University.

Jorge Paque, Lic.
Consulting Associate Director in Guatemala

Jorge Paque works as a consulting Director in the recruitment of new students and is responsible for obtaining health records, passports, visas, and transportation within Guatemala. He received his licenciado from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala. He is a retired English teacher and an authority on the Guatemalan education system and conditions in Guatemala generally.

Bob Dermody, M.B.A.

Bob Dermody graduated from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY and has an MBA from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.  He is retired from working in the financial operations at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill after almost 20 years of service.  Prior to that he worked in public accounting and taught at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. He and his wife, Julie, have been involved with GSSG since 2004.  Along with others, he and his late wife, Julie, sponsored one of the current GSSG students, Blanca Guarcas.

Debbie Lindsey

While raising her three children, Debbie Lindsey volunteered in the community and worked part time as a substitute teacher and Catholic school music teacher. Her volunteer work with immigrants and love of the Spanish language and Hispanic people led her to earn a BA in Spanish Education and a certificate in ESL education from NC State University, After graduation, she worked as an ESL teacher in elementary schools for ten years. Debbie and her husband, Tom, hosted GSSG student Rafael in their home for three years. In the summer of 2017, she led a group of five volunteer ESL teachers to travel to Guatemala to teach English to local townsfolk through a GSSG partner, the John Bodoh English Academy. Debbie currently works as a teacher assistant.

Brent Heiser
Director of the Xchool Ixim Initiative and Event Coordinator

Brent Heiser has been involved with GSSG as board member and special events coordinator and other various roles since 2010. He has eighteen years experience in managerial and sales in service-oriented businesses and consults for profit and nonprofit corporations. He also has extensive experience in ministry conducting missions, retreats, and conferences in the USA, Ghana, Honduras, Ireland, and Guatemala. He has coordinated and promoted events including music concerts by Tony Melendez and Steve Angrisano. He attended East Carolina University and majored in business administration. Brent and his wife, Kathy, have been doing mission work in Guatemala since 2004.

Kathleen DeRubio

Kathleen DeRubio has a background/degrees in Journalism and Business Management /Administration. Professionally, she has spent the past 18 years working with CASA, a local non-profit focusing on affordable housing, where she serves as the Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. Also since 2001, she has been involved in the Children of God (COG) ministry of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raleigh, NC. The project, initiated by her late husband, Allan, provides funding for the education of girls in Guatemala primarily through a boarding house and school (Internado de Anunciata) located in Chichicastenango. Kathleen is very excited about the opportunity of serving on the board and developing the collaboration between COG and GSSG. Together the two organizations will work with staff at the Internado de Anunciata to identify girls who would be good candidates for a GSSG college scholarship.

Marilyn J. Goehl
Administrative Officer

Marilyn Goehl provides general administrative support to the Executive Director and handles all funds raised by the organization. She attended Edinboro University and majored in art education. Marilyn is a retired financial assistant with the North Carolina Community Foundation.


Jane H. Brice, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Jane Brice is a native of Tampa, FL but has lived in Chapel Hill since 1974. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (BA in Education and Physical Education 1979), the UNC School of Medicine (1994), and the UNC School of Public Health (1998). She is an emergency physician at UNC Hospitals and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. She is married and has two teenage children.

Kim R. Jones, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Jones, who is originally from Minneapolis, MN was raised by deaf mute parents. He went to high school in Atlanta and attended Florida State University with a double major in Psychology and Biology, After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with Honors, he received a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin and obtained both a M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychobiology. He undertook a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurobiology at the University of Wisconsin and then entered the University of North Carolina (UNC) Medical School. Upon graduation, he spent six months working at a rural family medicine clinic in New Zealand and traveling throughout the South Pacific and Europe. On returning to the USA, he interned at UNC Hospitals in General Surgery followed by a four-year residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. He held a faculty position by the UNC School of Medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology and attained the rank of associate professor with tenure. He opened his own practice in Chapel Hill, NC and practiced until his retirement in 2015. His interests include hiking, backpacking, photography, cooking, reading, and gardening. He has traveled widely and lived for periods of time in Belize, Costa Rica, and Mexico. He has one adorable daughter, who was adopted from Guatemala.

Support Personnel

Paulo Chiquito, M.S.
IT Specialist

Paulo Chiquito provides technical support and advice for GSSG. Mr. Chiquito was born in sunny Brazil and earned his B.S. in Computer Science at Campinas State University, were he met his wife, Lea Chiquito. After moving to the United States, Paulo worked on several projects for IBM, and is currently employed as an IT Security Specialist. He has a Master’s degree in Computer Networking at North Carolina State University.

Mike Lotz
Web Administrator

Mike Lotz serves as a Web administrator for the GSSG website. Mike lives in downtown Raleigh with his wife and two dogs. He owns Smart Bump, Inc., a technology consulting firm. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, getting back into flying and walking his dogs.

Trent Leonard
Back-up Web Administrator

Trent Leonard serves as a back-up web administrator for the GSSG website. Trent is from High Point, North Carolina, and lives in Chapel Hill. He is the father of a son and daughter. A young family of four keeps him busy, but he still makes time after his work as a Technical Sales Engineer with a large technology company to volunteer his skills to GSSG. In his rare free time, he enjoys all things technology and reading, as well as volleyball and swimming.