BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TCHF is a non-profit, charitable organization established to improve the health status of the population of East Africa with two primary goals:
1) To establish a Catholic cardiac surgical hospital, including the construction, medical equipment and supplies, and basic building materials (water, electricity and security).
2) To provide ongoing support for the hospital including medical equipment and supplies, and training and staffing of medical personnel.
Edward Laughlin is the President and Founder of Partners in Stewardship for Life, LLC. A native of rural Illinois, Ed holds degrees from Valparaiso University, the University of Georgia, and Michigan State University.
He is married to the former April A. Ide, and they have four children ranging in age from 22 to 31, and two grandchildren. The Laughlins have lived and worked in six countries and six of the United States.
After a 17 year career as a teacher, coach, and school administrator, Ed has worked for the Catholic Church for many years. His current company (Partners in Stewardship) provides consultation services to Catholic parishes and schools. He and his wife April are deeply involved in their parish St. Bernadette. In recent years they have chaired and been involved with several ministries and committees.
On a national level Ed served ten years on the Board of Directors of the International Catholic Stewardship Council and was awarded the Bishop Connare Award for Distinguished Service in 1987. The Laughlins recognize the importance of not just serving in local and regional efforts, but also in becoming involved in an active way in the international community and following through to provide valuable help and assistance to our brothers and sisters in all corners of the world.
Michael E. D’Angelo was born in 1956 and graduated from Burrillville Jr.-Sr. High School in Rhode Island. Enlisting in the United States Air Force, Michael completed his four years of active duty in 1984 and received an Honorable Discharge along with the Air Force Good Conduct Medal. While in the U.S.A.F., Michael received training as a medical laboratory technician and accumulated over 100 college credits.
In 1989 he married Carol A. Matheis. From 1990 to the present both have been working in the financial services industry. With his wife, Carol, they founded Treasure Coast Financial Corporation in 1994. Michael completed all the requirements and holds registrations for Series 7, 24 & 65 licenses. He also holds a Life with Variable Annuity license from the state of Florida.
In the spirit of creating a better world, Michael joined the Tanzanian Cardiac Hospital Foundation, Inc. as a founding member and currently serves as treasurer. He also holds a seat on the board of directors. Michael is a Third Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He continues to give back to the community as an active member of St. Lucie Catholic Church. His duties include Minister of Hospitality and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the homebound. Michael’s past duties were a member of the parish council, parish finance council and chairman of the St. Lucie Catholic Church golf tournament.
Born and raised in Williamsville, New York she graduated from Williamsville North High School. Her college studies took her to Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She graduated in 1986 top of her nursing class with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Working as a registered nurse from 1986 until 1997, she specialized in cardiac care.
In 1989, she married Michael E. D’Angelo. From 1990 to the present, both have been working in the financial services industry. With her husband Michael, they founded Treasure Coast Financial Corporation in 1994. In November of 2000, Carol completed the course work required to become a Certified Financial PlannerTM.
Although she continues to work fulltime, Carol is one of the founding members of the Tanzanian Cardiac Hospital Foundation, Inc. Charitable works have always been very important to Carol as she is an active parishioner at St. Lucie Catholic Church. Her duties include Minister of Hospitality, Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist to the homebound and adult altar server. She is a past member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, parish council and co-chairperson of the St. Lucie Catholic Church dinner dance fund raiser.
“One must do all one can for everybody, expecting no return, save from God only” St. John Vianney
Rev. Fr. Mark Mlay is a member of a newly African based congregation known as The Apostolic Life Community Priests. He was born on September 9th 1956 in TANZANIA in EAST AFRICA. He was born and raised as a child on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa whose peak is always covered with snow, although it is right at the Equator. He is among 12 surviving children of his father Michael and his mother Agnes. Three of his sisters are nuns.
Fr. Mark joined his congregation in 1975 immediately after high school and college. He studied Philosophy and Theology in Peramiho Major Seminary in Southern Tanzania where he graduates with BA degrees in Philosophy and Theology. He was then ordained a priest on June 27th 1984 by late bishop Adrian Mkoba of Morogoro Diocese in Tanzania.
After his ordination, Fr. Mark worked as secretary and vice superior to his congregation, then as financial administrator and vice superior. He then worked as an in-service teacher in Biblical Theology in Segerea Major Seminary in Dar-es-Salaam, the capital city of Tanzania before he was sent for further studies in Rome. He specialized in Philosophy at the Pontifical University of Urbaniana. He graduated with Summa cum Laude in Licentiate degree in Philosophy in 1997.
Reverend John J. Mericantante is a priest of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida, and the pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Pahokee.
A native of Massachusetts, Father John was educated at the North American College Seminary in Rome, Italy, and originally ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1975. While a Boston priest he served for three years as a missionary to the poor of Chile. He became fluent in the Spanish language. He transferred to the Archdiocese of Miami in the early 1980’s and then became a priest of the Diocese of Palm Beach when it was formed in 1984.
His current parish is located in one of the most poverty-stricken areas in south Florida, serving the various Spanish speaking populations who work in the sugar cane fields and the citrus groves. He has received numerous awards for his humanitarian efforts throughout his years of service, including the O’Higgins Award from the government of Chile; the Distinguished Layman Award from the Florida Medical Association; the Andrew O’Connell Award from Catholic Charities; the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Florida Department of Health; and most recently the Ruth Wedgeworth Humanitarian Award.
Norma M. Antedomenico is the wife of Jack Antedomenico, who is also on the board of directors.
She has decided to join forces since she has recently retired after fourteen years as Administrator of Elder Affairs at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach.
She and Jack have been parishioners of St. Jude Church in Tequesta for thirty three years.
Norma graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut with a major in accounting in 1970.
She worked for the Internal Revenue Service as a Revenue Agent. She stayed home to raise their three children, Jack, Elena and Noemi.
She came to the U.S. when she was nine years old from Puerto Rico and is bilingual.
From her life in Puerto Rico as one of ten children, she knows the needs of the poor and responds to God's call to help those in need.
Jack Antedomenico has been an active parishioner of St Jude Catholic Church in Tequesta, Florida for the last 28 years. He serves his parish as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Choir Member, a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, and a Parish Council Member. Recently retired, Jack worked as a Medical Sonographer for 35 years, the last 20 years at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart in the Cardiology Department doing echocardiograms and vascular studies. Currently he uses his ultrasound training at Lifeline Birthline Crisis Pregnancy Center, part of the Catholic Charities network of the Diocese of Palm Beach.
He has been married to Norma Iris Morales for almost 40 years. They have three adult children all serving in the Unites States Military and all having achieved the rank of Major. They have five grandchildren.
In September 2010 Jack traveled to Tanzania where he spent three months working at the clinic supported by TCHF. His experience in the medical field, as well as his newly acquired knowledge of Tanzania and the area where we are developing our hospital make him an ideal member of the Board.
W. Morgan Speer, a fourth generation Floridian, was born in Lakeland, Florida, in 1950. Initially, Morgan pursed his college education in the field of business administration, obtaining a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Southwestern College. He subsequently felt a call to the ministry and obtained a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Theological Seminary in 1980 and a Master of Theology from Duke University in 1981.
Due to his expertise in the field of law relating to not-for-profit organizations, Morgan was asked and agreed to incorporate the Tanzanian Cardiac Hospital Foundation, Inc. and to obtain its tax exempt status. Morgan presently serves as a member of the foundation’s Board of Directors. Morgan and his family are active members at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church in Boynton Beach, Florida.
Father John was born July 15, 1973, in Sambarai, Moshi, Tanzania. John Baptist Minde attended Catholic nursery, primary and seminary secondary schools. He studied philosophy in Nairobi, Kenya and finished theology in Tanzania and was ordained to the priesthood July 9, 2005.
He served in parishes in Tanzania as an Assistant Parish Priest and then in Kenya, at Saints Thomas More and John Fisher Parish, Isibamia, as Pastor. While there he founded and established St. Angela Merici Secondary Girls School which is staffed by the Ursuline Sisters from Ireland.
Although Father John is adjusting to the radical culture change of the U.S. he has "thrown" himself into life here and especially at St. Jude Catholic Church, Tequesta, FL. He is continuously delighting the people of the parish with his warm loving sermons and spiritual joy and great sense of humor.
A lifelong educator, Joan graduated from Molloy Catholic College for Women with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. She had a wonderful career for many years in both the Mineola and Levittown Public Schools. Joan went onto earn a master of science in education and two permanent certifications as School Administrator & Supervisor and School District Administrator. Among her accomplishments were the development and implementation of a readiness program for an open classroom, chairing the district-wide committee for science textbook selection and compiling the district's first computer handbook when they introduced the IBM computers. As assistant principal in charge of summer studies, Joan revamped the entire program.
Prior to her retirement she received the PTA Honorary Life Membership Award. Since her retirement, she has been very active in her Alma Mater to the extent that Malloy College awarded Joan the Veritas Medal for her dedication to the college.
After retirement, she moved to Jupiter, FL where she continues her tireless work. At St. Jude Parish in Tequesta, Joan is a Lector, Altar Server, Eucharistic Minister and past President of the CCW. Active in the community as well, Joan started a book club and is a founding member of Jupiter TRIF (Teachers Retired in Florida). She has combined her love of travel with fundraising and assisting with charitable work in Tanzania, Africa. She brings energy and fresh ideas as a member of the board.
- Ed Laughlin,
- Michael E. D'Angelo
- Carol A. D'Angelo,
- Fr. Mark Mlay,
ALCP Spiritual Advisor
- Fr. John J. Mericantante
- Norma M. Antedomenico
- Jack Antedomenico
- W. Morgan Speer,
- Fr. John Minde
- Joan Heide