Who We Are

Helping India Together is a non-profit 501c3 organization devoted to aiding the impoverished peoples of India. Our organization is composed entirely of volunteers who devote their time, talents and resources to reaching our goals. Along with raising funds for projects, we travel to India to assist our partner organizations with leadership development, to teach and encourage various groups, to provide hands-on participation and inspection of funded projects, and to work diligently to build relationships with the people we assist.  We have no paid employees and our administrative costs are very low enabling us to invest as much as possible in the work in India.

Our partner organizations in India work to bring blessing and peace to their regions of northern India. They provide health care, operate schools and study centers, provide vocational training, operate orphanages, train local leaders, provide emergency relief, help marginalized women, drill wells for clean water, work on village sanitation, and address many other needs.


HIT Leadership 

Officers

Michael Atchison (Executive Director)

Michael Atchison, Ph.D. serves as Executive Director of HIT and is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Atchison provides overall leadership for the organization. He is responsible for assembling teams to work in India, for providing oversight of funds spent on projects, and for communications with our work partners in India.

Nadine Constantine (Secretary)

Nadine Constantine serves as Secretary of HIT. She is responsible for working with children at the orphanage run by Himalayan Inland Mission, and for maintaining HIT records.

Michael Andrews (Treasurer)

Michael Andrews serves as Treasurer of HIT, is a retired high school science teacher, and is an Elder at New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside, PA. His experience in education is crucial for our work with village school teachers, and his experience in construction and building is crucial for our building and repair efforts in India.

         Board of Trustees

           Judi Lusk (Board of Trustees)

Judi Lusk serves on the HIT board, is a former librarian, and serves as a Deaconess of New Life Presbyterian Church, Glenside, PA. She is skilled in teaching and counseling and has a passion for helping marginalized women in India. She maintains relationships with organizations in India that help women work toward self-sufficiency by training them in skills that provide incomes.

Joanna Andrews (Board of Trustees)

Joanna Andrews, R.N. serves on the HIT board and is a retired registered nurse at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia with expertise in pediatric hematology. Her expertise is important for our work involving health care in India and she provides advice on medical equipment purchased by HIT for work in India, and serves an educational role with the hospital staff in India. She brings medical expertise to HIT and helps to maintain our relationships with healthcare workers in India.

Malcolm Osborn (Board of Trustees)

Malcolm Osborn serves on the HIT board and has extensive experience of India. He serves as a Director of Paul Tripp Ministries, an organization that provides Biblical teaching and counseling advice. Malcolm has long-standing relationships with our Indian partners at Kachhwa Transformational Ministries and provides advice on cultural and contextual issues in India.

Adam Shambaugh (Board of Trustees)

Adam Shambaugh, M.A. serves on the HIT board and is a Business and Research Librarian at Temple University in Philadelphia. He has a passion for serving underprivileged peoples in India and is skilled in linguistics having obtained a Masters in Linguistics. His language experience is valuable for our work in India.

Edward Spector (Board of Trustees) 

Edward Spector serves on the HIT board and has participated in two trips to India.  Mr. Spector has considerable experience in facility management, graphic design, video production, and architectural design. His computer and design experience are important for our expansion in the future.

           Rebecca Mellis (Board of Trustees) 

Rebecca Mellis serves on the HIT board and has considerable experience in crisis family counseling.  Her expertise is useful for HIT as Biblical and family counseling are in significant need in India.  She serves a vital role in our counseling work in India.

           Aisha Ghias (Board of Trustees)

Aisha Ghias, PA/MPH serves on the HIT board and is a Physician Assistant at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is able to speak Hindi and provides insightful advice to the Board on our medical work in India.

 


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