Salvadoran Children of the Poor Education Foundation

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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All the members of the S.C.O.P.E. Board of Directors are volunteers. There are no paid staff or executives. Many of the board members have traveled throughout Central America and the Developing World, including El Salvador. The operating costs of this charity are kept to a minimum, such as the annual costs of a P.O. Box, website, and filing fees with the IRS, the respective state governments including Virginia and others, and with the Non-Profit Sector associations and watchdog organizations like GuideStar.org. To date, all legal and founding work has been done pro bono or been paid from the personal contributions of its board members. The goal is to care, guard, preserve and grow the principal funds of the S.C.O.P.E. Foundation and distribute the interest to the Santa Luisa School to keep it open and viable to serve the needs of the children of San Salvador.

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Rev. Brendan G. Lally, S.J.

Founder of the S.C.O.P.E. Foundation, Interim President

Rev. Brendan Lally, S.J. is the former Rector of the Jesuit  Communities of Scranton and St. Joseph’s University. He has have served as Spiritual Director at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, and Director of student immersion programs in Mexico at Scranton, and the University of Scranton Faculty-Staff “Bridges to El Salvador Program” in San Salvador. Presently, he is beginning an assignment as Delegate for Senior Jesuits in the East Coast Province of the Society of Jesus in the USA.

The SCOPE Foundation has been an opportunity to do something specific for the children of the poor, and it has enabled me to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in El Salvador who need to know that they are not alone.

Kelly A. Dougherty, M.A.

Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Kelly is the accounting assistant for the Scranton Jesuit Community and teaches Theology at the University of Scranton. She is an alumnus of the University of Scranton’s undergraduate and graduate programs where she earned her B.S. in Mathematics and minor in Computer Science and M.A. in Theology. A pilgrim to El Salvador with Bridges to El Salvador in 2001 and friend of the SCOPE Fund and Foundation for many years, Kelly continues the ministry of serving the poor of El Salvador through her support of Bridges to El Salvador at the University of Scranton and serving on the SCOPE Foundation’s board of directors. Kelly is married with three children and resides in Old Forge, Pa. Kelly’s husband is a Math professor at the University of Scranton.

Paul Johnson, Esq.

Secretary Paul is an alumus of the University of Scranton and Villanova University Law School.  Following Law School, he worked with the Legal Aid Society of Mercer County in Trenton, New Jersey, on residential housing, homelessness and shelter litigation, as well as aiding clients in securing financial assistance from government sponsored entitlement programs.  Presently, he is a shareholder with the law firm of Marshall Dennehey specializing in civil litigation.  

“Fr. Lally constantly lives a spirituality of simple unceasing gratitude with a profound awareness of and respect for the marginalized and underserved.  I came to the SCOPE Board several years ago to try to put that spirituality in practice in my life.”

Christopher Banks

Board Member He is an alumnus of the University of Scranton. A former member of Jesuit International Volunteer Corp, he served at the Maris Stella Elementary School at Sacred Heart Parish on Koror, Palau.  After his time on Palau, he returned to Scranton where he was invited to serve  as a co-director of the International Service Project  to Mexico. He currently serve as the President and CEO of the Autism Society of America.  

“As a new member of the Board of Directors with the SCOPE Foundation, I am excited by the opportunity to provide for the children of El Salvador and to give a little bit back for all I have received through my international service experiences.”

Jason Bartlett, PhD.

Board Member He is an alumus of the University of Scranton where he first encountered the International Service Program to Mexico and the Jesuits. His senior year culminated with a pilgrimage to the Artesanado de Nazareth. His summer among these children provided a powerful experience that continues to shape his life and faith to this day. Since his time at Scranton, he has held a number of positions in Student Affairs and Mission at Providence College, Saint Joseph’s University, and Fordham University. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Residence Life at St. John’s University.

“Inspired by the legacy of Saint Oscar Romero, my work with SCOPE has become a small way in which I can continue to share my gifts and talents with others and help to “plant the seeds that one day will grow.”’

Danielle Critelli, MS

Board Member She is an alumnus of Saint Joseph’s University, where she first met Fr. Lally and learned of his work with the Santa Luisa School. Her time as an undergraduate student permitted her opportunities to travel to central America, redirecting her professional career. She joined the Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph’s University and studied Church Management at Villanova University. Her work in Catholic education continued a deep care for the holistic development of individuals. Now working for The Faith-Justice Institute at Saint Joseph’s University she coordinates  local community partnership for service-learning courses and has facilitated a few international study tours to international partner organizations. 

Joining the SCOPE Board in 2020, “I find this work as an opportunity to bridge my commitment to Catholic education and partnership work with the Catholic Social Teaching value of inherent human dignity.”

Ann Marie Jursca Keffer, MSW

Board Member An alumnus of the University of Scranton, Ann Marie was formed by global and local service experiences while in college. After Scranton, she pursued a Masters of Social Work in Social Policy, Planning and Administration. Ann Marie has volunteered and worked in and with partners in multiple countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including El Salvador. She currently directs Saint Joseph’s University’s Faith-Justice Institute which includes its community-based learning program.

Ann Marie joined the SCOPE Board in 2020 “with a deep debt of gratitude for the many peoples throughout Latin America who have taught her so much. I am eager to build on SCOPE’s history of sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships. “