Veritas Board of Directors
Dorothy Tarrant, President
Dorothy is the founding director of Veritas and the Romanian Studies Program. She has lived in Romania almost continually since 1994. Dorothy is originally from Great Britain, but spent more than 20 years teaching at Eastern Nazarene College (ENC), in Quincy, Massachusetts, until ENC asked her to come and develop a study and service opportunity for students in Romania. Dorothy’s academic background is in modern languages, cross-cultural communication and social work. Currently Dorothy serves as President of the Board of Veritas and Director of the Romanian Studies Program.
Daniela Gabriela Bogorin
Gabi is the financial assistant to the director of the company Vitrans, which has several businesses in Sighisoara. She first became aware of Veritas as a beneficiary of Veritas’ support when her family was going through a time of crisis. Her daughter Sofia is an enthusiastic participant in Veritas summer camps.
Roberta is from Batesville, Arkansas, where she was Professor of Chemistry for over 30 years at Lyon College. Sixteen summers were spent doing research for NASA in connection with feasibility studies for establishing a base on the moon. Since 1997 Roberta has served in Sighisoara as a volunteer missionary with the Church of the Nazarene, helping to establish and develop two churches, mentoring young Romanian Christians and emerging church leaders. Roberta teaches Environmental Science to students in the Romanian Studies Program, and supervises students who come to do internships in missions and youth ministry. For Veritas she serves as informal chaplain and spiritual advisor to staff, and runs activities for young people about science and space.
Anamaria began to work for Veritas in 1996 while she was working on her social work degree from Babes Bolyai University in Cluj. She helped establish the Kids’ Club program and had the vision to begin services for people with special needs. After she moved to the city of Brasov she continued to serve Veritas by becoming a member of the original Board of Directors in 200l. Anamaria now works as a loan officer for OMRO (Opportunity Microcredit Romania) which exists to provide loans and financial advice and support to people starting or expanding a small business. Her daughter Irina loves to spend part of her summers visiting her grandmother in Sighisoara and taking part in Veritas summer camps.
Procopie Pilu Hadarean
Pilu is founder and senior pastor of the Mana Church which for 20 years has had a growing ministry to the Roma community in Sighisoara and the surrounding area. Pilu has a law degree, and has completed additional studies in theology and social work. He is the president of the Dayspring Foundation and the legal counsellor to the Crown Child Placement agency, two Christian organizations providing social services to children, youth and families. Veritas has a close relationship to the Mana church, which is the spiritual home to several staff and many of our beneficiaries.
Monica has a degree in economics and finance and is the chief financial officer of Cesiro, a ceramics factory which is one of the biggest employers in Sighisoara. She first learned about Veritas through her daughter who attended English camp, and then worked for two summers as a tour guide. The Juganaru family has hosted several students in the Romanian Studies Program.
Csaba is the Milk Purchasing Manager, for Hochland, a German-owned company which has the biggest share of cheese sales in Romania. Csaba has a degree in economics and finance from Dmitri Cantemir University in Brasov with a focus on international economic relations. He is married to Szerenke, who is currently on maternity leave from her position as Coordinator of the Veritas preschool.
Mihai worked for Veritas as financial administrator in the years when the organization was just taking shape. Mihai married Bethany who first came to Sighisoara with the Romanian Studies Program and subsequently returned as a volunteer with Veritas. Mihai and Bethany spent six years in Canada where he studied international business, graduating from Brock University in Ontario. Since returning to Romania Mihai has worked as manager of Terra Capital, a construction company started by Wilmer Otto, Veritas U.S. Advisory Board member, to provide employment opportunities in the community. He has also overseen the transformation of a large historic building in the town center into Central Park Hotel where he is now the administrator. Less than one year after opening, the hotel was already rated by Tripadvisor as one of the finest in Romania.
Sheri worked for 22 years in the media agency of the Mennonite Church, helping to produce documentaries for national television in America, writing study guides and marketing materials, and developing web sites. Upon retirement in 2013, Sheri and her husband came to Romania through the Nazarene Mission Corps. They have worked with adult and children’s choirs in Sighisoara, and are also involved in ministry in the village of Tigmandru, through a children’s club and a training woodshop. Sheri’s role at Veritas is to coordinate fundraising efforts, especially in the U.S. and countries outside Romania. She and her husband are currently spending 9 months of each year in Romania.
U.S. Advisory Board
Lois Mitten-Rosenberry, Chair: CEO, Children’s Discovery Center, Inc., Toledo, Ohio
Lois has been visiting Romania since 1998 and has served on the Veritas Advisory board since its inception in 2001. Lois has brought several short-term mission teams to Sighisoara to help with specific projects and strengthen the support base for Veritas. When she is here she usually provides training for staff on topics related to childcare, education or organizational management. Her company office sends out the Veritas newsletter and handles the receipt and acknowledgement of donations.
Tom Condon: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Hillsdale, Michigan
Tom has made several trips to Romania and has established an excellent working relationship with the Veritas accounting staff, helping to transform the data they produce into reports which can be used in the U.S. to educate donors and provide fiscal accountability.
Janice Hockensmith: Professor Emeritus of Social Work, Olivet Nazarene University
Jan has encouraged many students to participate in the Romanian Studies Program. She has taught a class on campus for many years which culminates in a three week trip to Romania each May. Jan calls Sighisoara “home away from home”, and she hopes to spend more time here now that she has retired from full-time teaching.
Wilmer Otto: CEO,Otto Real Estate, Arcola, Illinois and of Equipment Direct West, LLC
Wilmer’s interests in supporting development in Eastern Europe and in restoring historic buildings combined to make his first visit to Sighisoara in 2004 the beginning of a long-term commitment to the community of Sighisoara. Wilmer’s first project involved supporting Roma cottage industry by buying 1,000 handmade brooms and shipping them to the U.S. for resale. Then he established Terra Capital, a construction company which provides job skills training and employment in a variety of remodeling and building projects. Two major building purchases in the early days of the company have resulted in the creation of Central Park Hotel, already considered one of the finest boutique hotels in Romania, and a block of apartments suitable for first-time buyers.
Elizabeth Patterson-Roe: Associate Professor of Social Work, Malone University, Canton, Ohio
Elizabeth first came to Sighisoara as a student in the Romanian Studies Program, returning after graduation to volunteer for a year. She went on to earn her master’s in social work in order to be better qualified to help with the development of Veritas, and came back to coordinate social services for Veritas for five years. During that time she supervised many social work majors doing their senior practicum with Veritas in the context of the Romanian Studies Program. Elizabeth now teaches social work at Malone and is in the final stages of doctoral work. Her dissertation evaluates the impact of overseas study and service on American university students.
Sharon Strite: Artist, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Sharon is involved in several art organizations and serves on the local Harrisonburg committee for Young Life International. On her trips to Romania Sharon has particularly enjoyed the beauty of the historic architecture and the landscape, and she has created many paintings with Romanian themes, some of which have been used to promote financial support of Veritas.
Jeff Swartzentruber: Vice President, Everence
Jeff is the Vice President of Everence which is the stewardship arm of the Mennonite Church, and also a representative for the Mennonite Foundation. Jeff has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1986 and a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) since 2006.