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About Us » Staff Members

Elena Bettis, Director of Operations

Elena formed a love for the international development field while working on projects related to child health in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Israel during college. After graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, she worked as a chef and event planner, focusing mainly on fundraisers for nonprofits. Elena then pursued a Master of Arts in Christian Formation at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, where she studied the connection between spirituality, culture and community development.  She now resides in Chicago with her husband, Andrew, and is excited to use her international experience and administrative skills to support the mission of Franciscan Works. 

Joan Agosto, Bookkeeper

For Joan, the commitment of donors and staff have continuously guided her work for Liberia Mission. She was a Chicago Public School teacher for many years, and is now doing educational research with the Prairie Group at the University of Illinois. In addition, Joan is a church pianist, choir co-director and active member of St. Aloysius Parish in Chicago.

Lindsey Estupinan, Sponsorship Coordinator

Lindsey got her first taste of international experience while studying abroad during college. She graduated with a BA in International Studies with a concentration in Human Rights from the University of Iowa and soon after moved to Chicago, where she worked at Loyola University Chicago for six years, completing her M.Ed. in International Higher Education at the same time. As she traveled to recruit international students from Latin America and India, she noticed the enormous gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots" and felt empowered to do something about it. She is excited to now serve the least of these by working as the Sponsorship Coordinator. 

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