Emily Smith - President


BA in Education

Masters in Library and Information Science

Emily became involved with TLC after working closely on a fundraising project. Though she has never been to Lesotho personally what she learned from her family and friends experiences has motivated her to action.

TLC board member since 2012


Linda Henry - vice president

Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer – Lesotho

Linda served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Matsieng, Lesotho from 1980 to 1982. She married fellow volunteer Chip Henry and they returned to Lesotho to visit in 2007 and vowed to come back and to work on a project. After Chip’s death in 2011, Linda decided to carry on with the plan to return to “give back” to Lesotho.  She spent 6 months living and working at the St. Camillus Center in Mohale’s Hoek with Sister Juliana and the the kids living at the Center’s orphanage.  She will continue to fundraise and coordinate activities with plans to return as frequently as possible to Lesotho. Check out the latest from her visits at her blog Linda in Lesotho.

TLC board member since 2014.


Michelle Marsden - TREASURER

Tacoma, Washington

After completing her education at Tacoma Community College, she worked as a medical biller and book keeper. However, currently she spends much of her time as a stay at home mom.

TLC Board Member since 2015


Michael Henry

Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer – Haiti

Mike is a graduate of Chagrin Falls High School and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from John Carroll University.  Upon completing his studies, Mike served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Haiti from 2002 – 2004.  Mike put the language and experience from Peace Corps to work when he later joined the International Training and Education Center for HIV/AIDS where managed the Haiti Lab Supplies Program for two years.  Mike later joined Cross International, a Florida-based charity that supports community based organizations in developing countries with small grants assistance.  With Cross, Mike led the development and oversight of grant programs in Latin America, Caribbean, and Southern Africa.

Mike and his wife, Michaela, moved back to Cleveland in 2014 where they are now raising their three children.  Mike has since begun a career in real estate and is excited to continue making a difference for others through the Lesotho Connection.

Board member since 2016


Kim Ebert-Colella - Board Member

Tacoma, Washington

Kim Colella travelled to South Africa with a delegation of 16 women to study the AIDS pandemic in 2004.  Inspired by her experience in South Africa, she joined the board of the Lesotho Connection. She served from 206-2010. In 2015, Kim and her family travelled to Lesotho to visit the St. Camillus Center and to explore Lesotho.  Upon their return, Kim once again, joined the board and has been serving since 2015.

Kim is a Spirit Doula, author, licensed massage therapist, photographer, and wellness coach.

Board Member since 2015


Sherry Hellenkamp - Board member

Tacoma, Washington
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer - Lesotho

Retired Customs Manager of Imports/Exports, Weyerhaeuser, Federal Way, WA, BA Business Administration

Sherry served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) in 1980-82 where she provided training in accounting to manage school funds. Sherry and her husband Joel (who also served as a PCV) returned to visit Lesotho in 1994 and again in 2010 while attending World Cup games in South Africa.  On this second trip, they shared their love of Lesotho with their 3 adult children.  They visited Sr. Sylvia and the Holy Cross nuns, where TLC sends money for scholarships.  They also visited Sr. Juliana and the St. Camillus Project.

Sherry’s prior career experiences include working as the Controller & CFO (11 years) for Morning Sun Clothing and as an accountant for non-profits and small businesses for 5 years.  Past volunteer activities include serving on the Advisory Board for YMCA Camp Seymour, and volunteering with the Phoenix Housing Network, Habitat for Humanity, and St. Leo Food Connection.

TLC board member since 2008- 2016, reappointed 2019


Brenda achey - Board member

Tacoma, Washington

Brenda was born in South Dakota and raised in Tacoma, WA. Brenda and her husband have 3 beautiful children; Savannah, Asher and Adalee. She works full-time as a Finance Manager for a facility management company. Her favorite pastime is spending time with her family and friends. She also loves reading, going on walks/hiking, camping and baking.

TLC board member since 2019


Eileen Borne - Board Member

TLC board member since 2017

Danny Schmitt - Board Member

TLC board member since 2019