Friends of CICRIN

Friends of CICRIN is a non-profit organization established in 2011 by a group of Americans who have long supported CICRIN through financial contributions and hands-on work to improve CICRIN and the surrounding Ometepe community.  Because CICRIN's financial needs are great, these supporters determined that a US
-based non-profit was needed to encourage tax deductible contributions from a larger base of supporters in the United States.  Friends of CICRIN became a  501(c)3 non-profit in December 2010. 

The purpose of Friends of CICRIN is to provide a continuous and reliable source of funding for the operation of CICRIN.  It is organized exclusively for charitable purposes and provides for the physical, emotional and educational needs of the children living at CICRIN. 

Friends of CICRIN Board of Directors  
Tami Radecke, President
Tami Radecke fell in love with CICRIN and the children on her first visit to Ometepe Island in 1999. Since that time, Tami and her husband, Mark, have spent a week each January working on projects at CICRIN and in the larger Ometepe community, supporting it annually with financial gifts, and praying for CICRIN, the children and Hellen Vindas, CICRIN’s director.
Tami is a professional fundraiser and shares her God-given gifts of fundraising, marketing expertise, and nonprofit management with the Friends of CICRIN Board of Directors. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy in October 2012.

Peter Atherton, Vice President
Pete has been connected with CICRIN since 2005, and has been to or lead short-term mission teams to CICRIN more than a dozen times since then. As a vocation, Pete is a professional civil engineer and serves as both a principal and member of the Board of his firm. Pete attends EastPoint Christian Church in Portland, Maine with his family and serves on the missions/outreach team. Pete also serves as project director for ADios Ministries and is a member of the Board. In that capacity his primary focus has been in leading mission teams and development programs in Nicaragua - many centered around and involving CICRIN. In his spare time he enjoys just relaxing with his family and friends and cheering for Boston sports teams.

Kristin Einsel
Kristin spent time at CICRIN during her sophomore and senior years at Susquehanna University in 2001 & 2003 and immediately felt a love and connection to the people and culture of Ometepe. In February 2016, she had the awesome opportunity to return with Mark and Tami Radecke and loved seeing how the orphanage had changed. The work that has been accomplished by groups and financial contributions over the years is amazing!

When Kristin is not dreaming of when she can return to Nicaragua, she mostly spends her time photographing children & weddings (and whatever else comes along), volunteering at her community theatre, and entertaining her spoiled dog.  
Kristin earned an in Christian Formation and Ministry with a certificate in Outdoor Leadership and hopes her gifts will be a blessing to Friends of CICRIN.
Mark Radecke, Secretary,Treasurer
With his wife Tami, Mark has taken service-learning/mission teams from Susquehanna University and the Radeckes' local congregation to live, learn, work, play and pray at CICRIN every year since 1999. Susquehanna’s emeritus chaplain and associate professor of religion, Mark did his doctoral research at Princeton Theological Seminary on the impact of these trips on participants' faith formation. He is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Morgan Rhinehart
Morgan Rhinehart had her first experience at CICRIN as a sophomore at Susquehanna University as part of the annual SU CASA trip. She loved the organization and children so much that she went back again as a junior. Since then, Morgan has graduated from Susquehanna, but has enjoyed being able to stay involved with CICRIN through Friends of CICRIN. She hopes to make another visit to Ometepe island in the near future.

Jessica Umbenhauer
Jess first visited CICRIN during her sophomore year as a Spanish major at Susquehanna University. After studying abroad in Mexico during her junior year, Jess visited Nicaragua once again during her senior year of college. 

Upon graduating, Jess signed on as an AmeriCorps*VISTA, to run an after-school program for at-risk youth in downtown Reading, Pennsylvania. After completing a year of service, she was hired at Alvernia University as the Project Coordinator and later promoted to the Assistant Director of the Holleran Center to help promote service and civic engagement on campus. When Jess is not coordinating volunteer opportunities for college students, she spends her time with her husband, two children and two cats (and if she's lucky - a good book).

Hellen Patricia Vindas Elizondo, Director of CICRIN
Hellen was born in Costa Rica where she studied Business Administration.  She is a member of the Christian Center of Naranjo. She came to Nicaragua in 1990 as translator for a short term mission. Helping at CICRIN and seeing the needs of the kids, God touched her heart to stay and serve here.   She started as Administrator of the Orphanage and in 2003 became the Director. 
"I love the kids and teenagers so much and want to help them to have a good life with the help of many collaborators ..directing each of them in the Word of God. "  In 2012 Hellen adopted Dunia and Julieta, two of the little girls of CICRIN.