Karen Scheeringa-Parra - Founder
Karen Scheeringa-Parra is a woman of faith, of passion for the disadvantaged, and a woman of seemingly unlimited energy. She is the mother of twelve children, eleven of whom were adopted from the Philippines, Korea, Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States. In 1982, while picking up her adopted daughter from Korea, Karen met the director of an organization which specialized in providing needed surgeries for children from all over the world, and immediately became involved as a volunteer in that work. She did so as part of her personal desire to follow Jesus Christ in loving service to others.
By 1986, however, Ms. Scheeringa-Parra realized that the number of children in developing countries needing medical attention required a more aggressive approach. Additionally, she observed that removing small children from their families and homes was traumatic for all involved. In 1990, Ms. Scheeringa-Parra incorporated Hearts In Motion and began taking medical teams to children in need. Hearts In Motion Inc. received 501 (c) (3) status in 1993.
Karen’s strong leadership and faith have expanded HIM in ways that are unimaginable because of her passion to serve God.
Jan St. Martin
Jan has been with Hearts in Motion since it’s inception. Traveling and participating in the mission of H.IM (three mission trips every year), gives her an outlet for giving back and sharing the many blessings she and her family have been given. “Many years ago I realized that I had been given a gift, to truly enjoy my work and feel like I could make a difference in the lives of others, and Hearts In Motion is the perfect situation to do that.”
Born and raised in Freeport, MI, Jan presently resides in Panama City Beach, FL. She attended Butterworth School of Nursing in Grand Rapids MI, obtained a BSN from University of Michigan, and a MSN from the University of Texas. She presently works as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner at the Bay Medical Center in Panama City area. As a mother of four internationally adopted children, there is a special place in her heart for the children and families of the developing world.
Marcia McGinnis is a retired Paralegal/Legal Assistant affiliated with law firms from Texas and Colorado. She has been traveling with HIM since 2001. During her travels, she has been responsible for gathering and submitting necessary paperwork for team members traveling from the Houston area, assisted/coordinated in fundraising efforts for HIM, coordinated special collections of donations for team members to take down with them to Guatemala.
Kathy Janisch is a Registered Nurse at Moreland OB-GYN in Waukesha, Wisconsin and the Director of the Hearts In Motion Wisconsin office. She came on her first trip with HIM in 2004 to do Cervical Cancer screenings. Within the next few years we began performing Gynecological surgeries at the Zacapa Hospital. She was so moved by the people of Guatemala and the work of HIM that she wanted to help continue the vision of HIM in the states. She started collecting clothing, school supplies and medical equipment to send to Guatemala. For several years, groups of volunteers have been working at the Brewer’s concession stands at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to help finance the transportation of our collections to Guatemala.
Barbara is a Registered Nurse currently working in Neonatal Intensive Care. She has been involved with Hearts In Motion since July 2005. Since then she has participated in many trips with HIM, now going twice a year to assist with general medical clinics, eyeglass clinics and with whatever need or adventure arises. Many trips are enjoyed with extended family members. She feels very fortunate that she can help the people of Guatemala through her volunteer work with HIM. Barbara likes St. Luke’s quote: “Where much has been given, more is expected” and feels that HIM is a wonderful way to be involved. Originally from California, Barbara has three children and lives in Colorado with her husband.
Jo Ann Dunbar
Jo Ann started Dunbar Systems, Inc. with George Dunbar in 1982 which has become a leader in the Commercial Bakery Equipment Industry. She later served on DSI advisory board and to date is currently serving as Administrator. In 2009, she started Art Cube Studios in Plainfield, IL with her daughter, Amanda, which offers workshops as well as core classes in most fields of art for all ages including independent studies and one on one learning with people with special needs.
Jon Ibrahim is the coordinator of the Hearts on Fire Program where fire service instructors travel to nations in need to help train firefighters, donate equipment, and advise on policies and procedures.
Jon has been a firefighter for 26 years and is the Deputy Chief of Operations with the Romeoville Fire Department in the Chicago area. He is an instructor with the Romeoville Fire Academy and has served as the Executive Director from 2006 to 2016. He holds numerous State of Illinois fire service certifications and is a licensed paramedic. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Fire Administration from Western Illinois University.