BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tony Stone was raised in La Ceiba, Honduras. He lived there during his Elementary and High School years. He began his fifteen year stint in the United States as a freshman at Stanford University. He graduated from Stanford in 1988 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering after having won many design prizes and awards and having designed and built a working two-man submarine that is on display at the San Francisco Maritime Museum on Pier 39. After Stanford, Tony held a number of design and aerospace jobs, working for McDonnell Douglass, Northrop Grumman, Keiser Marquart, and Aerojet. In 1999, Tony decided to leave aerospace and return to Honduras to found Adelante Foundation. Excited about the opportunity to help his native country, Tony is glad to use his technical and management skills as an Adelante Board Member.
President of the Board
Dick was elected as Chairman of the Board in 2013 and had served as Board Treasurer since he joined the Board in 2004. His time as Treasurer afforded him with valuable experience regarding Adelante’s work and structure, as well as the organization’s needs in order to continue carrying out its stated mission. Dick is a graduate of the University of Colorado Business School and a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Colorado. He has worked for over 30 years with small and medium size businesses providing financial, accounting, transactional and tax services. He currently is the Executive Director of the Stephen B. Hard Foundation, manages the financial and business affairs of several Trusts and family partnerships and is an owner/partner of business interests in Colorado. Dick served in the Peace Corps in Peru as a financial and planning consultant to agricultural cooperatives. He is active in Rotary, has served as a National Trustee for Amigos de las Americas and has been active in the committee structure of the Colorado and National CPA organizations. He also serves on the Board of the Escuela de Guadalupe, a dual language school oriented to low-income children in Denver. Dick is married, has one daughter and two grandchildren.
Jason Smartt graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership and Management with a concentration in Systems Engineering. Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. After commissioning, Jason served on Active Duty as a Field Artillery Officer successfully completing a tour of duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Upon leaving active duty, his passion to deliver useful and relevant products to consumers led him to a career in brand management. Subsequently, Jason earned his Master of Business Administration concentrating in Finance, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Outside of work, Jason keeps busy mentoring current active duty servicemen and women seeking transition advice from active duty military to civilian careers. Jason also enjoys Crossfit, playing in an adult basketball league, hip hop music, and lounging with his two large dogs who think they’re still puppies.
Chris is another native of La Ceiba and brings twelve years of much needed banking experience to the board. After graduating from the National University in Tegucigalpa, Chris obtained a degree in Banking in 1999 from the University of Monterrey in Mexico. Her banking experience includes credit card operations, personnel and customer service management. She currently is the Atlantic Zone Manager for Banco Lafise. When not immersed in finances, Chris finds time to be involved in promoting Honduran tourism and serving on Adelante’s board as well the board subcommittee tasked with oversight of Adelante’s loan activities. She has also served as the President of the Banking Association for the last five years, been on the Board of Directors of the Atlántida Chamber of Commerce for the last five years and is currently serving a two year period as Treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce.
Rich has been an Adelante supporter since 2000 when he first visited Honduras with Tony Stone and a group of college friends. He was thrilled to join the Adelante Board of Directors in 2016. Rich is currently the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for VMware in Palo Alto, California. Prior to VMware, Rich lived in Helsinki, Finland leading Human Resources for Nokia’s Smart Devices Business Unit. Prior to Nokia, Rick was with Sun Mircosystems in Menlo Park, California. Rich holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles. In his free time, he sings tenor in the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and enjoys working on the never-ending projects associated with his 100+ year old home.
Pat Wiesner is the retired CEO of Wiesner Publishing, a Colorado Company that publishes a dozen regional and national magazines. It also publishes a number of national insurance industry trade magazines. He is an active pilot, a partner in Gunnison Valley Aviation in Gunnison Colorado, and does management and sales training for publishing companies. Presently, he serves on the board of Trustees of Western State College, and the Boards of Directors of The Colorado Aeronautical Board and The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. He has served on a number of other Boards in the past. Pat has a B.S. in Physics from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.
Janet graduated from Mundelein College in Chicago and taught Home Economics and Science in the Chicago High School system. She resigned from teaching to have a family and now enjoys her 6 children, their 5 spouses and 13 grandchildren. For many years, she worked as a Realtor in the Denver market and then went on to be a sales executive with Recreational Business Opportunities Magazine and Colorado Biz Magazine. She was also one of the very first female instructors of the Dale Carnegie Course. For years, she has been active in various charitable organizations and is currently involved as a mentor to women in the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Pat and Janet are retired and split their time between Castle Rock, Colorado and the Eastern Seaboard.
Lou Mercado is a dynamic senior executive in Supply Chain and business within Corporate America. In addition he has been very involved in many non-profit organizations.
One of his roles includes Head of and Vice President of Inventory Management for the retail group for both Front Store and Pharmacy responsible for over $70 billion. As a corporate officer at CVSHealth, he has accountability for Inventory Management, Planning & Analytics, Supply Chain and the Import Team.
Prior to CVSHealth, Lou Mercado was a corporate officer and Global Vice President at Henry Schein Inc., a healthcare company distributing medical, dental and animal health products. His responsibilities included Inventory Management, Supply Chain and the Logistics group. In addition, he was responsible for the integration team for new mergers and acquisitions. He was one of the senior members of the global strategy planning committee that set forth the company’s strategic vision.
In addition, he was a corporate officer at Sears Holdings were he held numerous roles in Supply Chain, Planning and Store Operations were he chaired the offshore strategy group. He spent over 16 years at United Parcel Service where he held different positions in Operations, Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain, Logistics, Domestic Sales and International teams.
He was a senior member of the Restoration Hardware Retail group where he was responsible for the planning and allocation teams. He has been very actively involved in several charities as a board member at: The Phoenix House, City Year, The Adelante Foundation and Boston Children’s Hospital; Milagros Para Niños Foundation. In addition, Lou Mercado is also on the Advisory Board of Center for Hispanic Leadership.
Bob Sample is the co-founder of the Bridge International School, the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, Spirit at Work, and other companies and organizations based in Denver, Colorado. Bob has been involved with the microcredit field for over 25 years. He learned about microcredit through RESULTS, a grassroots advocacy organization that has played a central role in the development of the field. Bob attended the RESULTS-led Microcredit Summit in 1997 and returned to establish two microcredit companies in Colorado, operating one of them, Credit for All, for three years. Bob is also a co-founder of the Colorado Alliance for Microenterprise Initiatives, a statewide trade association, and the “Friends of Microfinance”, an informal group of practitioners and advocates in Colorado that put on the Colorado Microcredit Conference in 2005 and the wildly successful Social Business and Microeconomic Opportunities for Youth conference in March 2008, which featured speeches by Prof. Muhammad Yunus (Grameen Bank) and Dr. John Hatch (FINCA). In Winter 2006 and Spring 2007, Bob taught graduate-level classes on microfinance at the University of Denver. Bob has presented several papers on aspects of microfinance at Microcredit Summits in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cartagena, Colombia, Nairobi, Kenya, and Valladolid, Spain. Bob Sample has an MA in Linguistics (specialization in Arabic) from Columbia University and an MPA in Urban Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Bob currently serves as the Colorado State Coordinator for RESULTS/RESULTS Ed Fund, and is a founding Board member of the Colorado Microfinance Alliance. In 2012, Bob joined the Board of Adelante Foundation.
Janet began her involvement with Adelante at its inception through her friendship with Tony and Kim Stone. Through the years she has been involved in fundraising for Adelante in the San Francisco Bay Area and joined the Board of Directors in 2016. Janet is a Bay Area native and currently lives in San Francisco. She is the Regional Sales Director for the Pacific Northwest for Elle Decor and House Beautiful magazines. Before that, she worked in radio advertising sales for 17 years in San Francisco and New York. Janet served three years on the Board of Directors at the Englewood Center for Children and Families and was involved in the Auxiliary for many years, serving as President her last year. She is an avid tennis player and plays in leagues throughout the Bay Area.
John became a believer in micro-finance through his friendship with Kim and Tony. John was an early supporter of Adelante and became a board member in 2006. He lives in the San Francisco bay area where he oversees information technology for an international asset management company and is chairman of a clean-combustion R&D firm. He has degrees in Chemical Engineering and Theology.