Carol Collins founded the International Foundation for Hope in 2000 in an effort to help children from materially poor circumstances receive a formal education and avoid a life of destitution. Carol first visited India after completing her undergraduate studies (B.S. Biology, University of San Francisco and the St. Ignatius Institute), and, with this encounter of India, the country and its children became irrevocably dear to her. After earning her M.B.A. (Rice University) and working several years in management for a top hospital system in Houston, Carol moved to India and lived as an unpaid volunteer at the Jeeva Nivas home in the area of Pudicherry, India for more than seven years. Carol daily cared for HIV+ children who had been orphaned and rejected by their communities.
Carol and Fr. Dominic Faure co-founded Jeeva Nivas, a home for these HIV+ orphans, in 2006. Jeeva Nivas grew rapidly in step with India’s growing HIV/AIDS crisis. Carol’s experience in founding and running this home has given her the knowledge and understanding on how best to manage orphanages and schools located in poor areas overseas. Living with orphaned HIV+ children in a small, poor village also has given her insights into the special needs of these children, as well as the associated struggles of poor families and their communities.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Carol is proud again to call Austin home, and she looks forward to bringing the needs of poor children around the world to the attention of generous hearts of her community and elsewhere.
Mark J. Gatschet is a founding Director of the International Foundation for Hope, for which he has provided pro bono legal services since 2000. After completing B.A. (St. Louis University), M.S. (Kansas State University), and Ph.D. (Oklahoma State University) programs, Mark received his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. With more than 10 years of experience helping clients on corporate and intellectual property matters as an attorney in the Texas offices of national and international law firms, Mark established Mark John Gatschet, P.L.L.C. (Austin, Texas) in January 2010 further to provide intellectual property legal services to his clients. Mark is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and he is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As part of his pro bono legal services to the International Foundation for Hope, Mark traveled to Chennai (Madras) and Pudicherry, India in 2001 and 2007.
Dominic Selvaraj is the Founder and CEO of FirstView Consultants, Inc., in Austin, Texas. FirstView Consultants, with its adaptive framework for comprehensive embedded systems design, particularly excels at providing rapid prototyping, system architecture, and software solutions expertise in the automotive market. Dominic is from Chennai, India, and, in pro bono support of the International Foundation for Hope, he and members of his family regularly visit Mercy Home in the urban slum area of Egmore (Chennai, India). Dominic earned a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India and an M.B.A. degree from Oklahoma State University. Dominic enjoys biking, the outdoors, and spending time with his wife Manisha and their two children.