Meet the Team

An organisation is nothing without the people in it. We have an amazing team of passionate world changers who live and breathe the mission of Orphans Aid International. Underpinning all the work are a team of hundreds of volunteers, in New Zealand and overseas, who give of their time weekly to see more children rescued. 

Getting to know our people

  • Sue & Carl van Schreven

    Orphansaid international Role: Founders, Trustees, Chief Executive Officer (Sue) & Operations Manager (Carl)
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    Sue and Carl van Schreven are the Founders of Orphans Aid International and have been breathing and sleeping the vision since before it began in 2004. Both work fulltime for the Trust – Sue as CEO, Carl as Operations Manager. 

    Sue [nee Anderson] was formerly a Youth Pastor and an accredited Financial adviser. Carl was a Rescue Fire Officer for 24 years. 

    Sue and Carl have two young children, Ben and Daniel, who have also been involved with the set up of the orphanages and are very much part of the team. 

    Sue has travelled extensively and has a great relationship with all the projects. She has written her first book, an autobiography published in 2011 titled 'Rescue: Pursuit of the Ultimate Dream' featuring her personal journey and the story of Orphans Aid International (available from the Online Shop). Carl oversees our Opshops and does a lot of behind the scenes work to ensure the smooth running of the organisation. 

    "Some wish to live within Church or Chapel bell, I want to build a rescue shop within a yard of hell." Quote from C.T Studd

  • Brendan & Kathryne McNeill

    Orphansaid international Role: Chairperson and trustees
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    Married with five children and ten grandchildren, Kathryne and Brendan are company directors with a strong commercial background. They have many years involvement with mercy ministries including orphanages in Thailand and India, and micro enterprise development in Cambodia and Mongolia. 

    Both Kathryne and Brendan have served on school boards in their local community, and are in active leadership in their local church.

    “We are delighted to serve with Orphans Aid International and see it as a natural extension of our involvement with children who are most in need.”

    “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." Philippians Chapter 2 verse 4 – The Bible

  • Chris Little

    Orphansaid international Role: Web assistant
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    Having seen poverty first hand in India, Brazil and Philippines, Chris was more than happy to join the team in 2014 as volunteer web assistant. "It was visiting Freeset in Kolkata that I learned the link between poverty and human trafficking. I'm so happy to see Freeset products on Orphans Aid's shelves and to see the work Orphans Aid International is doing in Kolkata, on the Bhutanese border, Nepal and other parts of the World as well as NZ". Studying papers toward a BHSc including Contemporary Development Issues and Environmental Science has provided Chris a broader understanding of poverty related issues.
  • Gabriela James

    Orphansaid international Role: Orphans Aid Opshop Hawkes Bay | Manager
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    Gabriela was born in Romania and grew up under the communist government of Nicolae Ceausescu – a man infamous for his population policies which saw a huge increase in orphaned and abandoned children in Romania. After Ceausescu was executed in 1989, Gabriela threw herself into helping foreigners adopt Romanian orphans. She mostly helped couples from the USA and Canada, but she also came into contact with a couple from New Zealand. As a result of this meeting, in 1992, she received a special gift from the South Island: a ticket to New Zealand. She has been here on and off since then.

    Gabriela was a passionate fundraiser for Orphans Aid International long before the Hastings Op Shop opened. Founder Sue can Schreven was astounded at the amount of money Gabriela managed to raise just out of her own home, so opening the shop with Gabriela as manager was a natural next step. Gabriela is a true ambassador for our work and she can be booked for presentations. Her incredible story of growing up in tightly-controlled communist Romania, and seeing children abandoned and orphaned in huge numbers, has inspired many to get involved with the work that Orphans Aid International does around the world to help children with no parental care.

    Gabriela lives in Hastings with husband Jamie and their three children, who all support her in her work.

    Orphans Aid Opshop Hawkes Bay: 117 Russell St, Hastings, New Zealand | Ph: (06) 878 7771
  • Henoch Kloosterboer

    Orphansaid international Role: Trustee
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    Henoch is married to Deanna, and together they are blessed with two children. Henoch has had a long history with Orphans Aid International going back since 2004, before the formation of the Orphans Aid International Charitable Trust. His role has included Marketing and Communications for the organisation including print, mail, internet, products as well as our Opshops around New Zealand.

    Based in Auckland, he first got in contact with Sue when she was in Invercargill. He’d heard about the purchase of the Casa Kiwi home in Romania and wanted to help the cause. As a graphic designer, he wanted to help in any way he could, and so was able to design early logo, marketing materials and adverts.

    In 2005, Henoch was deeply impacted when he met up with the van Schreven’s in Romania and Russia to film and document some of the early work that was being done. “I was so overwhelmed by how great the need was. When I got back, I realised I needed to take one step at a time and to simply help where I could.” says Henoch.

    Henoch's ethos is "Success is not achieving greatness. It is nurturing greatness in others."
  • Hilary Campbell

    Orphansaid international Role: Orphans Aid Opshop Dunedin | Manager
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    Orphans Aid Opshop Dunedin Manager Hilary Campbell has dedicated herself to helping orphans worldwide.

    As well as being mother of two children adopted from Russian and two younger children, Hilary works as the regional parent network coordinator for Inter Country Adoption New Zealand.

    For Hilary, managing the Dunedin Opshop is just another way of helping and supporting children in need. She enjoys her role recruiting, training and organising her team of enthusiastic volunteers, and making sure the shop is stocked with good quality, clean second hand and new items.

    “The thing that brought me to work with Orphans Aid International was that we are able to directly help the kids that need it. We can help them in a very real way, and we know the money we raise is going to get to those kids.”

    Hilary lives in Dunedin with her husband and four children.

    Orphans Aid Opshop Dunedin: 145 King Edward Street, Dunedin, New Zealand | Ph: (03) 455 2465

  • Kathryn Casey

    Orphansaid international Role: Orphans Aid Opshop Invercargill | Manager
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    Kathryn leads a fantastic team of volunteers in our Invercargill Opshop. A born and bred Southlander, she has a passion for changing the lives of orphaned kids.

    She and her husband Brian live in Invercargill and have four adult children.

    Kathryn first met Sue at the original Tay Street Opshop in 2007. At Kathryn's request, Sue talked to a group of people from her church. Inspired by the work, Kathryn “really wanted to do more to help, but didn’t know what.” She was asked to take up to the challenge of the management role of the Invercargill Opshop, which started as a volunteer position. She says she has since "found her purpose in life."

    She's also seen first hand the horror of life for children living on the streets, visiting our our Centre in Kolkata together with Sue in 2009. This has only spurred on her passion.

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah Chapter 29 verse 11 – The Bible

    Orphans Aid Opshop Invercargill: 106 Spey St, Invercargill, New Zealand | Ph: (03) 218 4940

  • Ken Lord

    Orphansaid international Role: Trustee
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    Ken Lord is a gift to both Orphans Aid International and the Charitable sector. As well as being a true gentleman, Ken's impressive involvements include the following...

    Ken joined Parry Field in 1980 becoming a partner with Peter in September 1980. Ken's focus is on Property and Personal law with strong interests in issues relating to the charitable sector, assisting the elderly and charitable trusts. His practice specialises in trusts and asset planning, but spans (by means of delegation) to all property, litigation and commercial law, with an interest in resource management law. 

    He has served, or is still serving, on the boards (inter alia) of YMCA Christchurch, Christian Resource Centre International, CRY For The World Foundation, Hagar New Zealand, Sexual Abuse Survivors Trust, Living Springs Trust, Garden City Rotary Charitable Trust, La Vida Youth Trust, Parry Field Charitable Foundation, Wilding Foundation, is an active member of a Rotary Club (President in 2002) as well as a keen musician and more recently - a competitive road cycling racer, chairing The Papanui Cycling Club Incorporated. 

    Graduating LLB from the University of Canterbury in 1977, he completed a BA in English and Russian literature in 2004. He takes an active part in the New Zealand Law Society, having been a member of property law committees, seminar/conference organisation committees, and is Convenor for the Trusts and Wills Committee. He is one of the contributing authors to the Lexis Nexis Law of Trusts, having written and reviewed the chapter devoted to charity law.

    “Religion that God... accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...” James Chapter 1 verse 27 – The Bible
  • Rob Harley

    Orphansaid international Role: Patron
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    Rob and Alison Harley have lent their weight to Orphans Aid International since 2006. Both have helped in a number of ways – the most significant being the production of the documentary “Someone, Somewhere Loves Me” which has featured on NZ TV channels, and more recently in 2013 the production of the follow-up documentary "The Orphan Lady" which debuted on Good Friday on NZ's TV One. 

    Rob has served previously as a Trustee for Orphans Aid International. Rob has extensive experience in investigative journalism which has seen him travel around the globe, including with Orphans Aid International. Rob is a specialist in Communication, with more than twenty six years' experience in TV news and current affairs – also having won several media awards. His television reporting has given him a unique insight into fascinating sides of life in NZ and abroad. From being in the heart of the action at the Bastion Point occupation, to the ¹81 Springbok tour, the trial of the Rainbow Warrior Bombers, the first test-tube babies born in NZ, stock market booms and busts and the inner workings of crime syndicates, just to mention just a few! 

    Rob is a successful author having written 4 books, his latest, "High Voltage Hedgehog" features and supports the work of Orphans Aid International. Visit www.greatjourneys.org for more information. Rob is also a sought after speaker. Rob is our Patron, giving advice and helping us in particular with media and public relations.

  • Vicki Meskauskas

    Orphansaid international Role: Accounts and Admin Administrator
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    Originally from Oamaru, Vicki has lived in Australia since she was 17. She has always had a compassion and desire to help others, and was inspired by her parent’s volunteer work with Tranzsend in Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh and India. After visiting Bangladesh and Nepal, and seeing first-hand the work her parents were doing in India at Shelano - an organisation who employed local ‘slum’ women and gave them work, support, training - Vicki felt motivated to link to the charitable sector in Australia, with a focus on motherhood.
    She created a small online and market based business selling predominantly Shelano, Love Calcutta Arts and Freeset products.
    In 2015, Vicki, her husband Jason, and four children took the plunge to return to New Zealand and call it home. Vicki’s role at Orphans Aid provides a welcome opportunity for her to utilise her many years of office management and Fair Trade passion in a compassionate organisation which provides direct support for those that most need it.
  • Volunteers

    Orphansaid international Role: Volunteers
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    Thank you so very much to all our many wonderful volunteers and supporters! 

    We’d love to be able to list everyone and every business that helps us – some help every week... but space and fear of leaving someone out prohibits. Orphans Aid International only exists because of your support!  If you'd like to help or volunteer, please go to our Get Involved page.

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