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From Our Village was founded in 2010 to support micro loan programs such as KIVA in classrooms in order to promote service while teaching geography, cultural diversity, & basic finance. From Our Village has expanded to assisting individuals & groups in locating existing programs where they can be involved in community outreach or service or providing advice & planning assistance from our Magi for novice service project designers. From Our Village celebrates the accomplishment of others & assists in idea sharing for future projects in other communities regardless of their location in the world.
Shelly DeLisle, BA, MS
- Chief Optimism Officer (COO)
Michelle Wiggins, R.Ph.
Shel started her humanitarian aid & service work while at Marquette University where she participated in a program working with Central American Refugees in Mexico. From there, she served in West Africa with the Peace Corps. She returned to the US and became involved in a wide range of areas from leading teams to Native American Indian Reservations in the Dakotas, poverty mitigation in central cities, literacy projects, & post-Katrina work in New Orleans.
Shel has worked in disaster response & humanitarian aid for over 20 years, leading multiple teams to Haiti, South America & East Africa, functioning as the mission coordinator for youth & adults, & mentoring others in project design & implementation.
Michelle has traveled to Central & South America, Central Asia, Africa & Haiti as part of medical relief teams. In addition to her own travels, she consults with other organizations to advise on the logistics of packing, traveling, & setting up medicine for effective delivery overseas. Her expertise extends to other areas such as health education, sustainable skills such as tailoring, & a variety of other areas applicable to the mission of From Our Village.
“Many small people, in many small places, do many small things, that can alter the face of the world.”
Madisson DeLisle, Marketing & Social Media Guru
Madisson is a graduate of Marquette University with a dual major of Marketing & International Business. She has extensive social media experience, has studied marketing in Denmark, & has interned for Sockers FC WI, the Davidson Yell & Tell Foundation, Inc, Marquette University Athletics, & Campus Directories.
After spending time working for the Around Campus Group in North Carolina, Madisson moved to the Denver, CO area where she continues to improve her community while recruiting for the tech industry.
Madisson has traveled to North Dakota to rehab homes, worked as an advocate for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, organized central city feeding sites, implemented & designed a program for Haitian girls on adolescent growth & development. She recently co-led a large group to Haiti on a building trip in Port-au-Prince. In her spare time in Denver, she is a mentor to teenage girls.
Colleen started her service at a young age being recognized as a Kohl's Cares for Kids volunteer at age 8 for her work with Reading is Fundamental. She was awarded her Bronze Award in Girl Scouts for a project resulting in 139 dresses for orphans in Haiti & was the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community middle level top state volunteer for a service club she founded in her middle school.
She started an organization called the Book Fairy's Daughter dedicated to literacy & has hosted large book exchanges in a central city, partnered with former Packer Santana Dotson, provided books for free libraries, transitional living facilities, hospitals, & other agencies distributing over 5000 books. She received the Girl Scout Silver Award for her literacy program the created free libraries and provided over 7,000 books for disadvantaged folks in different settings. She travels overseas annually doing orphan care & assisting in a medical clinic. She has been responsible for deworming an entire orphanage. She splits her summers between work with the Lakota Sioux in South Dakota and working as lifeguard for summer camp. In 2018, she received a Positively Milwaukee Award for her community work with disadvantaged kids.
Colleen spent much of 2017 & 2018 working on a project of her own design: Literacy for Life. Visiting National Night Out at local parks to provide games and info on early literacy, she went on to research sustainable methods of helping caregivers teach early literacy skills. Raising money through backyard concerts and sponsorships thru community partners, Colleen went on to install 6 Literacy Trails in needy areas & train community partners in how to promote & use the tools. She traveled to Haiti to provide 3 permanent trails for children in Port-au-Prince & a portable trail for use in a school district in Onaville.
She partnered with a school in Milwaukee to install a trail on their playground with community accessibility. She then trained a team traveling to the Methare Valley on games & trail installation. The team traveled to Kenya & provided training to a school in Baba Dogo. Through this work, she earned the Girl Scout Gold Award & was named GSWISE 2018 Young Woman of Distinction.
Colleen is an occasional guest blogger & is the author of the Can Do newsletter available in the Kids' Village of From Our Village. She currently attends St. Norbert College and serves in the Army National Guard as a Military Police Officer.
Jon Holcomb, EMT-P
Jon's experience with construction began while in Panama in the military. He has continued to use his knowledge to construct dams, buildings, & to design clean water initiatives in the US & Haiti.
An obvious sportsman, Jon's forte includes project design, sporting event planning, safety, & logistics.
Jon is active with youth & has facilitated many successful youth initiatives.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
Art & Design Oracle
Dylan graduated from Tulane University as a community service scholar. She studied developmental psychology, medieval & early modern studies, & sculpture, interned with the Louisiana Children's Museum & the New Berlin Heritage Center.
She regularly organized projects for Outreach Tulane unleashing hundreds of college students into the city to do good things for the citizens of New Orleans. She has traveled the US working on construction sites, tutoring children, staffing feeding sites, & other industrious undertakings.
Dylan also has overseas experience in orphan & medical care as well as creating a Disaster First Aid train the trainer for a Haitian community following the 2010 earthquake.
She was most recently the Academic Affairs Coordinator for Astronomy & Physics at UNC Chapel Hill before deciding to pursue a Master of Public Health full-time.
She graduated in 2019 with her MPH in behavioral health & is a Public Health Analyst in North Carolina where she continues to work with From Our Village & continues to improve her surrounding community.
In her spare time, she creates logo and web art for various blogging groups and organizations.