About Us

Overview

FNEI brings together the longstanding work of Michael Cipoletti and SF60K in Nicaragua with the work of other executive board members to enact education and sustainable development projects in Nicaragua, Peru and Dominican Republic. More information about specific projects can be found here.

FNEI also offers presentations throughout New England on poverty issues and humanitarian work in the developing world. We are available to present to schools, civic and community groups as well as faith-based organizations. For more information on presentations for your organization, please contact info@fneinternational.org.

Mission

FNEI partners with communities in developing nations to identify opportunities to advance housing, health and education. By Facilitating collaboration and Networking with local and international organizations, we strive to seize those opportunities and Empower individuals to do the same as engaged members of their community and the world.

Vision Statement

FNEI values integrity, respect, and solidarity. Our relationships with partners are balanced and illustrate mutual respect. FNEI seeks to facilitate projects that empower people to help themselves, with self-sustainability as the ultimate goal. Collaboration with organizations based both domestically and abroad expands a network of volunteers and drives innovation. With everyone with whom we collaborate, we recognize both our differences and common bonds and celebrate them together.

Through the implementation of these values, FNEI seeks to lead by example in the field of sustainable development. The team Facilitates, Networks, and Empowers. All three emphasize our dedication to community organizing and local resourcing. It is essential to replace top-down relationships with ones that work with what emerges organically from the community.

On a global level, building bridges and connections between cultures is crucial. We believe in forming collaborative relationships and fostering a sense of understanding. Our work is based on community needs through a hand-in-hand approach rather than a hand-over-hand approach. Interactions are meaningful and balanced, highlighting how cross-cultural friendships can be made through true and honest support for fellow human beings.

Lateral Development

FNEI approaches all endeavors as a partner, an invested stakeholder seeking to address the needs expressed from within particular communities. Building on our experiences of project implementation, we can work with neighboring communities, or even communities in other countries to replicate relevant programs. Community members are able to share their experiences, what worked and what needs improvement, and the importance of community engagement. Rather than delivering resources through a top-down approach, a model that moves “laterally” can have a greater impact in further empowering rural community leaders by strengthening networks and organization through the identification of best practices.

Meet Our Staff

Concepción del Transito Montes Ojeda

Concepción del Transito Montes Ojeda

Programs Coordinator

Karla María Hernández Toval

Karla María Hernández Toval

Programs Director

Rita de la Trinidad Urbina Martínez

Rita de la Trinidad Urbina Martínez

Assistant Coordinator

Marcela Olivas Munguía

Marcela Olivas Munguía

English Professor

Leyla Torres

Leyla Torres

Coordinator TUS

Francis Reyes

Francis Reyes

Scholarship Coordinator

Ana Patricia Pérez Salazar

Ana Patricia Pérez Salazar

Scholarship Coordinator

Alba Marina Reyes Chavez

Alba Marina Reyes Chavez

Crafts

Lourdes Ojeda

Lourdes Ojeda

Library Coordinator

Franklin Caballero

Franklin Caballero

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Elissa Nadieska Lara Sampson

Coordinator of Salud para Todos los Ninos

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Huguette Sofia Ulloa

School Counselor

Board of Directors

Michael Cipoletti

Michael Cipoletti

Executive Director

ikecip@fneinternational.org
Travis Kumph

Travis Kumph

Co founder/ Board member

tkumph@fneinternational.org
Thomas Bennet

Thomas Bennet

Board Member Emeritus

thomas@fneinternational.org
Melissa Costa

Melissa Costa

Director of Operations

melissa@fneinternational.org
Katie Rostron-Quinlan

Katie Rostron-Quinlan

Treasurer

katie@fneinternational.org
Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke

Board Member Emeritus

cheryl@fneinternational.org
Veronica Gonzalez

Veronica Gonzalez

President

vero@fneinternational.org
Ben Albert

Ben Albert

Member

ben@fneinternational.org
Nahirobi Peguero

Nahirobi Peguero

Board Member

Tristan Neeb

Tristan Neeb

Board Member

tristan.neeb@fneinternational.org
Jerrilyn Rothenberg

Jerrilyn Rothenberg

Board Member

jerri@fneinternational.org
Roberto Rosa

Roberto Rosa

Board Member