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About Us (International Board of Directors )


Doug has broad and deep business experience with both start-ups, ongoing concerns and international entities. He is President and Founder of TV Guide On Screen (f.k.a. VideoGuide, Inc.), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. He also serves on the boards of the following businesses: @TV Media (advertising joint venture between Gemstar, Thompson, and NBC), Norpak Corporation (manufacturer of television broadcasting equipment), Telecruz (designer of television graphic chips), Interactive Program Guide Inc. (Japanese joint venture between Dentsu and Gemstar), GCC Technologies (manufacturer of laser printers) and PBS National Datacast (data broadcaster).

Doug also has extensive nonprofit experience and serves on the board of five other organizations in addition to Agape International including The Pingry School in Martinsville NJ, the New England Aquarium, The Fenn School in Concord MA, and the Cedarville University Technology Board. Doug’s commitment to Agape stems from his heart for children and belief in the need and impact of early intervention and education.

Doug is married and has two children.


Debra also brings strong financial and business experience to her role as Treasurer of the Agape International Board. She is the President of D. K. Brede Investment Management Company Inc. which she founded in 1990. Barron's named Debra Brede one of the Top 100 Women Financial Advisers in the U.S. for five straight years: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.1 Prior to that, she was VP of Investments at Prudential Bache from 1988-1990 and Financial Advisor at Shearson from 1980-1988.

Debra also has extensive experience with nonprofit boards. She previously served on the Systems Advisory Board of the Boston Stock Exchange and the Boston Rescue Mission. She currently serves on the Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Institutional Review Board and the Boston Rescue Mission.

Debra has a BS in Biology from Penn State, and is married with two children.


Julie brings extensive child care and education experience to the Agape International board. She has over ten years experience as a childcare provider. She has a BA in Applied Psychology from Cedarville University.

Julie also has considerable nonprofit experience. She is a member of the Leadership Council of the New England Aquarium and of Horizon’s Initiative (a nonprofit building play and educational spaces for homeless children).



Ken brings additional medical experience to the Agape International board. Ken has a BS in Biochemistry from Penn State and DMD from Tufts. He currently runs his own dental practice that he started in 1985.

Ken is very committed to providing dental care for the Agape children. For the past five years, Ken along with his wife and two children have volunteered their time and gone to India.



Lynne is the founder and Executive Director of Agape International. Lynne has visited India frequently since 2000 and founded Agape International after seeing the suffering due to AIDS. Lynne has a business background and worked for D.K. Brede Investment Management Co. Inc. in Boston as a registered investment professional. Prior to starting Agape, Lynne was active in many nonprofit organizations including MA Easter Seal Society, WGBH Public Radio, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Abby’s Shelter.

Eleanor Gorsey

Eleanor Stoppe Gorsey, Ph.D., formerly Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University, Parks College of St. Louis University, principal of the Bedford Learning School, and certified public school supervisor and teacher.    




Greg Hopwood

Greg Hopwood is the Senior Pastor of the Vineyard Metrowest Church in Framingham, the same church Lynne attended when she decided to start Agape. In addition to his pastoral background, Greg brings to the board his experience living in the Middle East and his work in education.

Greg moved to Jordan in 2008 to teach English and to complete doctoral research. He finished his dissertation in 2009 by developing a leadership development curriculum for high school youth. The key aim of this curriculum is to build bridges of understanding between Jewish, Muslim and Christian youth. Previously, Greg worked as the High School principal of Nashua Christian Academy, a school that serves over fifty churches in Southern New Hampshire.

Greg has a BA in Intercultural Communications & Missions from Cedarville University, a MBA in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Bakke Graduate University.

Sam Rodriguez

Samuel Rodriguez earned a BS at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a Juris Doctor law degree from State University of New York. His work with children spans over 30 years and includes the creation of a Children’s Outreach Center at Cornell, providing legal, educational, outreach and advocacy to children in need. Samuel is a founding member of the AMSA Academy in Marlborough, MA, and is an active member of the board of directors of an organization (name?) offering relief to children and families in Haiti. Samuel and his wife Terry have an adopted son.


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