ROBERT T. HEALEY, SR. – FOUNDER
Robert Healey, Sr., is an alumnus of Camden Catholic High School, Saint Joseph’s University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In 1956 he was admitted to practice law, and in partnership with his brother established Viking Yacht Company in 1964.
Mr. Healey has long been involved in philanthropic projects. From the Healey Education Foundation to the Healey International Relief Foundation, Mr. Healey’s projects have helped thousands.
ROBERT T. HEALEY, JR. – CHAIRMAN & PRESIDENT
Mr. Healey is the Executive Co-Chairman of the Viking Group, which manages Viking Yachts, large investment portfolios and commercial and residential real estate interests.
Mr. Healey’s philanthropic activities include Board positions on the Healey Education Foundation, Gleneayre Equestrian Program and Children’s Resource Center, a non-profit community swim club and nature center with a high and low ropes course to build self-esteem in children. He is the Co-Founder of the Healey International Relief Foundation.
BENJAMIN PARRA – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Benjamin Parra joined the Healey International Relief Foundation in February 2014. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Community Health Development Fund and was the CFO at a leading community development financial institution.
He held several leadership positions expanding international operations for U.S. companies and has lived and travelled extensively in Latin America, Europe and Africa.
MEGAN M. SMITH – PROGRAM MANAGER
Megan graduated from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a BA in Communication Studies. During her time in college Megan worked for Volunteers of America, Delaware Valley. Upon graduation she worked in sales and a variety of other fields, but things came full circle and Megan returned to the world of philanthropy, one of which she truly loves. Working as the program manager, Megan is responsible for overseeing grant awards, seeking funding and management of specific projects throughout Sierra Leone.
“We do this field of work, not because we have to, because we want to. It’s a perpetual reminder of how much need is out there. Knowing the work you’re doing can make a difference in the lives of others is constant motivation and the people of Sierra Leone have left an imprint in my heart.”
ISHMEAL ALFRED CHARLES – SIERRA LEONE IN-COUNTRY MANAGER
Ishmeal Alfred Charles (better known as Charles), is a survivor of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war. Kidnapped during the war by the rebels at 14-years old, Charles witnessed terrible horrors but this did not defeat him and from this experience he “always wanted to be someone who will help my community rather than destroy it.”
He is Healey International Relief Foundation’s In-Country Program Manager in Sierra Leone working with Caritas-Freetown. He manages and monitors all HealeyIRF projects in Sierra Leone. He received his Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sierra Leone and earned a certificate in International Humanitarian Affairs from Fordham University.
ALICE FITZPATRICK – ADMINISTRATOR
Alice Fitzpatrick has worked as Administrator of the Healey International Relief Foundation since 2005. In that capacity she has organized parish retreats, sought and applied for grants, worked in conjunction with other foundations and organizations to provide assistance to people, specifically children, in Sierra Leone and tracked funding requests and distributions. Alice has also served as the Executive Assistant to Robert T. Healey, Sr., Founder of HealeyIRF, as well as other corporate and non-profit organizations, since 2003. In all of these roles Alice provides high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing reports, handling information requests and performing clerical functions such as preparing letters and other correspondence using word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software.
VICKI MIDDLETON – GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICER
Vicki Middleton joined HealeyIRF in February 2015 as Government Relations Officer after a successful 30-year career in the United States Congress, serving as Chief of Staff to Rep. Duncan L. Hunter (CA-52) and his successor Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (CA-50). During her tenure on the Hill, Vicki managed the Washington D.C. and San Diego offices, as well as being responsible for a variety of issues, including national security, maritime policy and veteran affairs. She has traveled extensively throughout Africa and served as an Election Observer during the 2011 Presidential elections in Nigeria.
FATHER PETER KONTEH – CHAIRMAN OF ADVISORY BOARD & TECHNICAL ADVISOR TO HEALEYIRF
Father Peter Konteh is a Catholic priest ordained during the peak of the Sierra Leone civil war. During the civil war, he joined like-minded colleagues to establish the Inter-Religious Council and they grew into an integral part of the peace architecture.
During the war he also worked in refugee camps in Sierra Leone and could be heard on BBC reporting on the war.
Currently, Father Konteh is Executive Director of CARITAS Freetown and as such leads the development arm of the Catholic diocese of Freetown.
There is a strong partnership between HealeyIRF and CARITAS Freetown and we are honored to work with Father Peter.