Meet Our Team:
George Collins, PA-C, is the Founder, visionary, and inspiration of Bless Back. After leading a medical missions team to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in January 2010, George founded Bless Back Worldwide. He is the creator and keeper of Bless Back’s vision. He has inspired and motivated hundreds and hundreds of volunteers to “bless back.”
Board of Directors:
Eric Miller serves as Interim Chair and Treasurer of the Bless Back Board of Directors. As CFO of Conbraco Industries in Matthews, NC, Eric brings strong business acumen and financial wisdom to the ministry. Eric has been on Bless Back trips and has personally experienced the blessings that come from serving those in such great need. Eric also oversees the growing Micro Loan Program.
Brian Schoeck, attorney, serves as Secretary of the Bless Back Board of Directors. Brian provides legal counsel to the board and ministry. He has been on numerous Bless Back trips and continues to lead trips overseas. Brian is calm under pressure and provides wisdom and Godly perspective as the Bless Back ministry grows.
Roy Blank, MD, has served as Medical Director for the Bless Back Board of Directors since its founding, overseeing medical operations. He graduated medical school at the University of Maryland – Baltimore in 1972 and completed his internship and residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1975. He practices internal medicine at Southern Piedmont Primary Care in Monroe, NC, and is the Medical Director of Wingate University’s Physician Assistant program. Roy was on Bless Back’s inaugural trip to Haiti in 2010. His personal story of life change is amazing. Be sure to ask him about it when you meet him. Roy was recently named 2016 MedicalMissions.org Physician of the Year by LocumTenens.com, an international medical missions organization based in Atlanta, GA. Roy received this national award based on the volunteer work to help underserved patients in the United States and abroad gain access to critically-needed healthcare services. This is a great honor and we are privileged to have Dr. Blank serving Bless Back as our Medical Director.
Ron Pedemonte serves as the Director of the Bless Back Business Academy. Business/Economic Development is a key focus of the Bless Back vision. After serving on a Bless Back team in Nicaragua in 2015, Ron has been instrumental in developing the Business Academy in Nicaragua. The strategic plan of the Business Academy focuses on presenting local business workshops, conducting site visits of the local businesses, developing relationships with business owners, and offering micro loans through an application process. Ron is President of DyStar Americas, a leading dyestuff & chemical manufacturer and solution provider, offering customers across the globe a broad portfolio of colorants, specialty chemicals, and services.
Lisa Walker is a veteran member of the Bless Back Board of Directors. After Lisa’s first Bless Back trip, she was committed and has been deeply involved in the Bless Back ministry, providing leadership and oversight to many areas, including serving as the volunteer Executive Director for the last few years. Lisa has a heart for serving those less fortunate and possesses exceptional people skills. She has been the “glue” that bonds the organization. Lisa serves as one of the key team leaders to Nicaragua.
Melissa Roper, former educator, serves as the Bless Back Haiti Country Director. Melissa ensures that all Bless Back Haitian ministry projects make a significant impact and serve the needs of local partners. Melissa possesses exceptional organizational skills and is responsible for developing and overseeing various office operations. She has led numerous Haiti trips and has great love for the Haitian children.
Darrin Witt, CFA, serves on the Bless Back Board of Directors. Darrin is an astute Christian businessman and brings key business skills to the Bless Back team. He is a general partner with WEDGE Capital Management in Charlotte.
Executive Director – Rev. Bill Smith, Bill was hired in March of 2016 as Bless Back’s first staff person. Previous to that, he served as the Executive Director of Gethsemane Garden Christian Centre (a ministry to HIV/AIDS orphans in Kenya, Africa) from October 2013. Before he served with GGCC, Bill had nearly 25 years of local church pastoral experience in Charlotte and High Point, NC. Bill has been married to Lyn for 31 years, and they have 2 grown children, Emily and Caleb. They attend Carmel Baptist Church. In his spare time, Bill loves playing golf, coaching, reading, and photography. Bill has an undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and graduate degrees from Georgia Tech and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte. Proverbs 3:5-6 are his life verses.
Selina Brassil, serves as the Nicaragua Country Director. She is a former educator and homeschool mom of six children. Selina lead the first Bless Back team to Nicaragua, and she works very closely with our in-country ministry partner and local church pastors. Together, they plan projects that positively impact the quality of life for those in the community by giving hope and meeting practical needs. Selina has a heart to see God work through Bless Back teams to reach a hurting and dying world with the love of God.
Lisa McCloy serves as Finance Director of the Bless Back Board of Directors. Lisa manages all donations, creates budgets, and pays the bills. She coordinates a team of folks including Jenny Dye and Jaime Monday to oversee the day to day financial operations of Bless Back. She has a long missionary history in Haiti, serving on more Bless Back trips than anyone on our team. Lisa brings great levity to our leadership team. Lisa also helps extensively with the Social Media aspects of Bless Back.
Ramona Pedemonte serves as Travel Coordinator and books all of Bless Back’s group travel. Physical therapist, Ramona is not a travel agent by trade, yet her ability to organize and book travel for large medical missions trips is astounding. She is a kind, compassionate, and generous soul who never complains when trip dates frequently change. Ramona has also served on Bless Back medical missions trips to Haiti, providing physical therapy services.
Mike Johnson, MD, serves as the Medical Manager for our Haiti Operations.
Mike Harvey, RPh, serves as Pharmacist for Bless Back. He has not only traveled overseas to serve with the group, but regularly works behind the scenes making sure the medical teams have the medications they need. When teams return from a Bless Back trip, Mike inventories and restocks all formulary bags.
Dave Blackard, Rusty Secrist, and Tyler Ford have been serving as Bless Back’s volunteer I.T. team. They have been responsible for developing the creative website elements, functional database management, and administrative technology. We also have a team of volunteers that help us with print materials such as newsletters, brochures, and pictures to add “Bless Back love”, so all can share in Bless Back activities with its partners and volunteers.
Volunteers – Many have volunteered their time and talents to lead Bless Back teams, both overseas and in the US. The volunteer leaders are the heart and soul of Bless Back. Bless Back is so thankful for their service and leadership.