Our Staff

Our Staff


 

Ken & Debbie Wanovich - President & Vice President

Ken and Debbie make their home in Woodbury, Minnesota, but their hearts are with the people of Isla Mujeres, Mexico and the disadvantaged people living in the United States and around the world.  Ken is a professional musician and songwriter, and Debbie is a retired special education teacher, now working as a para professional in the classroom. They both enjoy fitness training, walking, eating healthy food, and any time spent together with friends and family in Minnesota and on the island of Isla Mujeres.

Belinda Dorau Meier - Director & Treasurer

Belinda Meier joined the Keys 4 Life Board of Directors in August 2014 as the Treasurer.    Belinda is a CPA and has an extensive finance, accounting and internal audit background having held various positions with Nash Finch Company, Prime Therapeutics, Best Buy, Target Corporation and Arthur Andersen.   She is currently the Corporate Controller for ConvergeOne.   Belinda and her husband Tim live in Minneapolis. 

Tammy Porto

Tammy Porto - Director & Secretary

Tammy lives in Rosemount, MN and has three grown children. As a teacher, she has a passion for working with children with disabilities. During her breaks from teaching she has had the pleasure of going to Isla Mujeres, Mexico and also Haiti several times. Isla Mujeres is not only a captivating, beautiful island, but it has many poor residents who have overflowing, sharing hearts. After the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, God kept whispering to her to go to Haiti. She answered that call, and her heart has been forever changed. "I have received much more than I give. Going to Isla and Haiti fills me up!"    - "Jesus said to the people, I am the light  of the world. If you follow me, you won't be stumbling through the darkness because you will have the light that leads to life." (John 8:12. )

Rick & Kim Firkus - Directors

Rick is a property manager and Kim is an ophthalmology assistant, but the work they love is helping with Keys 4 Life projects in the United States and in Mexico.  Having been to the island several times, they love the simplicity of life, and the beautiful people and friends they have met through working on many projects in Guadalupana. They currently live in Woodbury, MN.

Robb Sals - Director

Robb is a Transformational Health Coach, and enjoys helping others overcome the emotional component of poor eating habits, pain, and poor health in general.  Robb and wife Sally spend the majority of their time living on the island of Isla Mujeres, enjoying the tropical island paradise. Robb enjoys studying Spanish (and most everything else) and playing tennis. Sally loves to paint, cook, and write poetry.  Both Robb and Sally have a heart for the people of Isla Mujeres, especially their dear friends living in Guadalupana. They play an indispensable role in implementing the delivery of resources for Keys 4 Life to those needing support on the island of Isla Mujeres.

Jesus Daniel Juan Trejo - "Dany" - Project Manager

Dany and his wife Cinthia have twin 14-year-old daughters, and a family business selling fruit cups and other healthy treats. However, Dany once had a comfortable job working as a diesel mechanic on the boats in Isla Mujeres. A valve he was working on ruptured, spraying hot diesel fuel directly into his eyes, causing severe damage to his eyesight.  Additionally, Dany's house in Guadalupana was one of many that caught fire and burned to the ground when a neighbor's candle tipped over and the entire block went up in flames. In a short period of time, Dany lost both his sight and his home. Nevertheless, Dany's spirit has been unwavering! With help from Keys 4 Life he has a rebuilt his house, has developed a passion to help others, and with God's help, is a catalyst for hope and encouragement to his neighbors. He continues to be a source of inspiration to everyone in Guadalupana!