Who We Are

Our organization was established shortly after a college reunion at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., in the fall of 2009. Many of those in attendance were inspired and moved by the lives that our classmate, Kevin Carges, had touched through his role as a deacon for the Diocese of Rochester. In particular, his passion for the people of Haiti, Jamaica, and other developing countries sparked a desire within each of us to follow suit and to do what we could to help those who need it most. That led to the creation of Eight 4 World Hope, which stands for the seven founding members of our group and the symbolic presence of Jesus guiding us in our good works.

In addition to our current Board pictured right, we’d like to recognize our past Board members:

Matt Shue (Founding member), Rod Christian (Founding member), Jim Carney (Founding member), Michelle Senglaub (Founding member), Allison Autry, James Johnson

Tom D’Amico, founder and board president

is director of strategic alliances at Profit Strategies, Inc., in Rochester, N.Y. Throughout his 25 plus years in the business world, Tom has held various sales, marketing, and senior management positions in the software, healthcare, and robotics industries. Tom spends his free time coaching and volunteering in youth sports programs and is a member of his church’s CYO board. Tom lives outside of Rochester with his wife, Laurie, and their two children. Tom, his wife and children have all traveled to Jamaica to see firsthand the work of the group.

Therese Corrigan-Bastuk, board secretary

is an accomplished Global Brand and Marketing Director with expertise in all aspects of successful product marketing and project management.  She has held Director positions at Constellation Brands, Eastman Kodak and Kodak Alaris.  Therese recently joined Quality Vision International the Global Brand and Product Director. 

In addition to her involvement with Eight 4 World Hope, Therese has served in leadership roles for Irondequoit Rotary, Rotary District 7120, Drug-Free Irondequoit, It Could Happen to You and Rochester American Marketing Association. 

Therese graduated from St. John Fisher College “(84) with a dual major in Management and Spanish.  She spent her junior college year in Spain.  She has completed 36 credits toward MBA at Rochester Institute of Technology.  She participated in the Eastman Kodak Executive Development Program.

Therese received The Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotary International.  She was twice an Eastman Kodak Jane Lanphear Award nominee for exemplifying values, work-life balance and has received many International Packaging Awards for the alcoholic beverage industry.

Therese and her husband, Bill, live in Rochester, NY. They have a son and two grandchildren. 

Rebecca Fuss, board member 

is the Director of Advancement for the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library, working with library donors to raise funds for special materials and projects. She is active at Covenant United Methodist Church with children’s ministries and the UpLift capital campaign. She lives in the Beechwood neighborhood of Rochester with her husband, Tim. Their daughter, Katherine, attends the University of Rochester. Rebecca is happy to serve on the Eight 4 World Hope board and was blessed to go to Jamaica and see the difference E4WH supporters make in the lives of children and families. Thank you for your support!

Yvonne Chanatry Cheshire, founder and  board vice president

is a marketing and advertising professional with more than 25 years experience developing and executing marketing campaigns, including copywriting, for companies in the health care, travel/tourism and technology sectors. She is currently vice president of marketing and graphics at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), an association based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining AHIP, Yvonne was a partner/vice president for a Washington area-based advertising agency, managing national accounts including Amtrak, Marriott and EDS, among others. Yvonne has her MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. She currently resides in Arlington, Va., with her husband, Paul Cheshire, and volunteers for several local organizations.

Kevin Carges, founder and board treasurer

owns and operates Canandiagua Quick Print and Keuka Quick Print in Penn Yan NY. He is an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church since 2005 and is currently assigned to Our Lady of Peace Parish Community in Geneva NY as well as a Global Fellow with Catholic Relief Services. He has traveled to Haiti, Kenya, Nicaragua as well as Jamaica over a dozen times since 2006. Through his travels and various efforts his hope is to be a voice for the voiceless in the world. 

Marianne Stanchus, board member

Marianne Stanchus is a second-grade teacher in the Greece Central School District.  She has over 15 years of teaching experience at the primary level. Previously, Marianne worked in the public relations field for nearly 20 years, with a focus in healthcare.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication/Journalism from St. John Fisher College. Upon deciding to follow her heart and pursue a teaching career, Marianne returned to Fisher and earned a master’s degree in Childhood Education 20 years later. She is a proud Fisher alum, a parent of two Fisher graduates (’15, ’19), and the daughter of a Fisher Pioneer (’55).  Marianne lives in Rochester with her husband Dave. They have two grown daughters.  Marianne is passionate about children’s literacy, all things Fisher, and summer vacations on Cape Cod.