The founding members of Eight 4 World Hope were classmates at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., and have remained lifelong friends. They are:

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 college age children.

Matt Shue, founder and board vice president, is a sales account manager for Avaya in Rochester, N.Y.
He has more than 20 years of professional sales experience specializing in enterprise communications. A triplet,
one of eight children, and a father of three, Matt has plenty of experience at multi-tasking and teamwork. Throughout the years, he has volunteered his time as a coach, assisted with school and team-related fundraising activities and campaigns, and helped with field maintenance for the Fairport, N.Y., soccer and baseball leagues.
Matt graduated with a bachelor's degree in management from St. John Fisher College in Rochester and he resides in Fairport, N.Y., with his wife, Sally, and their three children.

Kevin Carges, founder and board treasurer, has owned and operated Canandaigua Quick Print in Canandaigua, N.Y. for 17 years, and just recently started another business called A Direct Connection, which offers direct mailing services for businesses. Kevin is an ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Rochester, N.Y., and is assigned to the Our Lady of Peace community in Geneva, N.Y. He has been a global fellow with Catholic Relief Services since 2009, and has worked with various organizations dealing with Third World relief for the past five years.

Kevin holds a Master of Arts in pastoral studies from St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry and a bachelor's degree in economics from St. John Fisher College, both in Rochester. He lives outside of Rochester with his wife Jackie, and they have four children, three granddaughters and one grandson.

Yvonne Chanatry Cheshire, founder and board member, 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.

James Weldon Johnson, board member, has had a lifelong passion to help others. In addition serving as Eight 4 World Hope's "master of ceremonies extraordinaire" for events, James has worked with groups including Water for Sudan, Hope for Haiti, and HaitiaLaborofLove. A graduate of Pittsford Sutherland High School, a U.S. Navy veteran and a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, James and his wife Priscilla have a beautiful daughter and son.

Allison Autry, board member and volunteer coordinator,  is a secretary at Strong Memorial Hospital and a direct support professional at Heritage Christian Services in Rochester, N.Y., where she works with individuals with developmental disabilities. She received a bachelor's degree in health science from SUNY Brockport in December 2011 and is currently attending classes at the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business for her MBA.

Allison and her husband, Steve, live in the City of Rochester. She enjoys live music, the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Jim Carney, founder and former board member, is a quality assurance specialist at East House Corporation, a comprehensive rehabilitation agency providing a broad range of programs for adults recovering from mental illness and chemical dependency. He earned a master's degree in social work from SUNY at Buffalo, N.Y., and has worked in the behavioral health field for the past 20 years. Jim is an Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS) certified educator and has done extensive health education in Rochester.
Jim has volunteered in the community for a number of years, and he lives in the Rochester, N.Y., area with his wife, Suzie, and four children.

Rod Christian, founder and former board member, is director of donor relations for the ARC of Monroe in Rochester, N.Y., an agency that serves individuals with developmental disabilities. Rod has been in the non-profit sector for 25 years, running capital campaigns and raising funds through major gifts and planned gifts. He has his master's degree in public administration from SUNY Brockport. He lives outside Rochester, N.Y., with his wife, Susan, and three children.