Habele was initially founded by three young men, all of whom have taught in the
classrooms of Outer Island Schools. Incorporation of the Fund in
2006 formalized individual efforts of sponsoring students and organizing
book donations which began in 2002.
Neil Mellen is President of the Board of the Directors. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Yap Outer Islands 2002-05). Mr. Mellen successfully led the statewide advocacy for a special needs private school scholarship program in South Carolina. He also served as a member of South Carolina's Educational Broadband Service Commission. Mr. Mellen has a Masters Degree in Philosophy and is the founder of Access Opportunity South Carolina.
Alexander Sidles is Secretary of the
Habele Board Directors. He is a former classroom teacher with
experience in Chuuk and Yap States (2000-03). Mr. Sidles served as a Senior Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps and is a veteran of four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Regina Raglmar Raigetal is a member of
the Habele Board of Directors. She attended Xavier High
School and the College of Micronesia. She serves as the United States
Peace Corps' Field Representative in the State of Yap. She has also
worked for the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JICA) as well as
the Federated States of Micronesia National Office of Planning and
- Marc McNamara is Treasurer of the Board
of Directors. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military
Institute and a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served as a community
health adviser and classroom teacher (Republic of Madagascar 2003-2005). Mr. McNamara is an analyst at the United States Department of State. He has a Master's degree in public administration.
- Stephen Replogle is a member of the Habele Board of Directors. He is a Principal with Cove Strategies where he advises fortune 500 companies and associations on policy and public affairs strategies. Most recently, Mr. Replogle served as a senior federal relations advocate for Walmart in Washington, D.C. In the past, Mr. Replogle worked in the United States Senate, U.S. Department of Commerce and the White House. Key policy responsibilities ranged from technology, intellectual property, economic development, international trade. In 2011, Washingtonian named Stephen Replogle on of the Top Forty Lobbyists under Forty.
- Maureen Nunn is a member of the Habele Board of Directors. She is
an author, teen guidance counselor, and award-winning television host. She is active in a range in of nonprofit, philanthropic, and education
organizations in the greater Los Angeles area and has participated in
Faith in Practice, a non-profit group that works in Guatemala.
Mrs. Nunn is the proud mother of five children. She holds a Bachelors
and Master's degree from the University of Southern California.
- The Honorable Miriam K. Hughes is an Emeritus member of Habele Board of Directors. She served as U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia from 2007-2009. Previously, she was U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Her career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer spanned 30 years. Among other assignments, she was U.S. Consul General in Mexico City and Director of Consular Fraud Prevention Programs in the State Department. Her other overseas postings included Santo Domingo, Quito, Bangkok, London and Thessaloniki. Ambassador Hughes is a graduate of Barnard College in New York City and obtained a teaching certificate from Columbia Teachers College.
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