Board of Directors

Appointed by the General Leadership of the Good Shepherd Sisters, the GSIF’s Board of Directors includes individuals who have experience in fundraising, financial services, business management and international development and who, most of all, are passionate about building a better world. The board of directors is made up of the following members:

Sr. Elaine Basinger - President

Sr. Elaine Basinger is President of the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd International Foundation. She has served on the Congregational Leadership Team and is currently a member of the leadership team for the province of New York/Toronto.  For a number of years she has been involved in facilitating formation and leadership training sessions for the Congregation.

Sr. Yolanda Borbon

Silvio Gentile 

Silvio Gentile is an Italian entrepreneur, with a background as a Chartered Italian lawyer with a doctorate degree in energy law. He gained specific expertise in the field of competition and regulation at the Italian Antitrust Authority and at the European Commission.

He is the founder and Chairman of Green Utility SpA, a company operating in renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. Major operations carried out successfully by Green Utility SpA include the creation of over 40 MWp of PV systems (including the rooftops of the New Fiera di Roma, the Centro Agroalimentare of Rome and the PV plant architecturally integrated on the roofs of Fiera di Rimini) and more than 30 MWt of CHP and biogas plants realized, activating a total amount of € 250 million of investments. In addition to his corporate work, Mr. Gentile has been a generous sponsor of Good Shepherd programs in Africa. 

Pierre Harang

Mr. Harang is an independent consultant who operates as an advisor in management of change, projects, piloting of decision process, governance, risk policies, building control and follow up process.

He is engaged in voluntary activities as an advisor in several Financial Councils of diverse Catholics Religious Congregations, including the Good Shepherd Sisters of France. He is member of a piloting group of Religious Congregations that is working to mutualize treasurers’ activities, and he also serves as director of several Boards of non-listed companies.

Hubert Janssen Secretary

After his studies in Theology Mr. Janssen worked for 11 years as (lay) hospital chaplain. In 2009 he quit the job to commit himself to the support of religious congregations in the Netherlands. As Secretary for Mission and Development at the Diocese of Breda he was responsible for the contacts with religious in development countries and for fundraising.

In 2010 the Good Shepherd Sisters appointed Mr. Janssen as director of their convent in Bloemendaal. He was asked to do many things including organize the care of the sisters, prepare the selling of real estate, reorganize the staff, take care of the religious heritage. Since then he has worked on numerous projects involving integration and awareness.

Sr. Paulette LoMonaco

For more than 32 years, Good Shepherd Sister Paulette LoMonaco has made a distinctive impact on the lives of countless vulnerable New York City children and youth and on child welfare, education and family support systems with which she interfaces as the Executive Director of Good Shepherd Services (GSS). Winner of the inaugural 2007 New York Times Excellence Award for overall management excellence, GSS is a leading youth development, education and family service agency that helps over 27,000 youth and families annually. Under Sr. Paulette’s dynamic leadership, it has evolved from a small provider of out-of-home care to one of NYC’s largest, most respected multi-service agencies.

Sr. Paulette is a respected leader at the city and state levels, and in corporate and foundation boardrooms, known for her intelligence, integrity, unwavering commitment to vulnerable youth and passionate advocacy for those in need. She is widely recognized as the “go-to” person on youth-related issues – an honest broker, reasonable partner and always accessible expert.

Patricia Marshall

Patricia Marshall worked for 21 years with the management consulting firm Hay Group, based in London, where she was a Director, and in Boston in Hay Group’s McClelland Center for Innovation and Research, where she was a member of the Executive team. In addition to client work with Hay Group she was also a member of a small cadre of senior consultants responsible for the development of other consultants. Patricia has done work in all regions of the world with managers and executives from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and holds Divisional membership of the Occupational and Counselling Divisions, as well as being a member of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology.

Sr. Joyce Meyer

Sr. Joyce Meyer, of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, served as executive director of the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters, a grant-making organization supporting the work of Catholic Sisters globally, from 1999 through October 2011. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, located in Los Angeles, serves on the board of directors of Medicines for Humanity, located in Boston, MA, and works as a consultant to The Leadership Conference of Women Religious for the United States.

Sr. Meyer worked for five years as a missionary in Zambia where she taught English at a secretarial college and served as executive director for the Zambia Association of Sisterhoods, the national conference of women religious. Prior to this she ministered as a teacher, a spiritual director, a director of formation and a conference facilitator. Following her time in Africa, Sr. Meyer served in the leadership of her congregation for 12 years. 

Andrée Perreault

Ms. Andrée Perreault is a cerified accountant with expertise in management and administration. 

Before joining the Congregation as director of administrative services in Canada, she gained extensive financial/strategic planning experience working for many big companies, including Bell Canada, City of Montreal and Johnson & Johnson. She oversaw the implementation of many projects from an administrative perspective and is considered an expert in her field. She brings a neccessary financial/audit presence to the advisory board. 

Br. Allen Sherry

Allen Sherry is an Australian Marist Brother who has worked in the area of development and funding for the past 20 years. He was the inaugural foundation Director of the Marists’ Bureau of International Solidarity (BIS) in Rome for eight years. On return to Australia he established Marist Solidarity Office (MSO), which merged with Marist Asia Pacific Solidarity (MAPS) in 2011.

Br. Allen has been a member of the Provincial Leadership Team for 3 mandates and also Province Bursar for 3 mandates. He resides in Brisbane in Northern Australia and works as a consultant to several organizations in fundraising. He is currently a member of the board of MWIA and the Province of Australia Finance Commission.

 Zoë Dean Smith

Having begun her journey with Vital Voices in January 2007 when she attended the Summit in Cape Town, South Africa, Zoë has served as Senior Director of Global Programs since March 2013. Between 2007 and 2011, Zoë was based in her home country of Swaziland and assumed the role of Senior Director of Vital Voices’ Global Entrepreneurs in Handcrafts Program. Her activities have also included working with IFC’s Grassroots Business Initiatives across Africa and in South East Asia on handcraft development.

In 2007, she launched the Gone Rural BoMake non-profit organization facilitating programs such as access to clean water, food security, HIV/AIDS support, women’s rights education & literacy and youth entrepreneurship. In 2011, Zoë received a 2011 TIAW World of Difference Award. She received a 2005 Pan African Business Woman Award for Capacity Building and through her role in business. She is a Jury member of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.