Board of Directors
Pamela Chipman, South Bend, Indiana, Treasurer
Pamela Chipman has given much time to improve the South Bend, Indiana community. She served on many committees of the local schools, was a member of the Parent Communication Network, and ran the local Hands on Science program. Pam was a key to Roger Parent’s successful campaigns for Mayor of South Bend.
Pam was President of the local League of Women Voters and a member of the League’s State Board; she is Membership Chair of the Ladies of Notre Dame / St. Mary’s College, President of the Board of Family Connection, and member of the board of Fischoff National Chamber Music Association.
Pam has a B.S. in Zoology & Bacteriology from Iowa State University and a M.S. in Medical Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin. She has held positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Colorado. She has been a Grant Administrator, substitute teacher, and researcher for the Priests of Holy Cross development office.
Thongchit (Lily) Davis, Bremen, Indiana
Ms. Davis is originally from Bangkok, Thailand. She is co-owner of SATAY HOUSE, a Thai – Malaysian food restaurant in Mishawaka, Indiana. She has a bachelor degree in business education from Kasetsart University, Bangkok. She also studied International administration at Central Michigan University. Lily has been much involved in the arts community; she coordinated an artist exchange program between Fire Art, Inc. and Fine Art Department in Bangkok. She’s bilingual, fluent in English and Thai.
David T. Link, South Bend, Indiana
David T. Link was ordained a Catholic priest, June 7, 2008. He is Assistant Director of Religious Services, Northern Region of the Indiana Department of Correction. He is Dean and Professor Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Law School and the President/Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Australia. David serves as the founding Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost of St. Augustine [University] College of South Africa.
David is a noted teacher, scholar, and lecturer in professional ethics, professionalism, and tertiary education administration. He was awarded the Young Federal Lawyer and the Secretary of Treasury Awards for outstanding service to the United States during the Kennedy Administration.
David received his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Notre Dame and was awarded three honorary doctorate degrees from other universities.
William (Bill) Odell, South Bend, Indiana
William Odell recently retired from REAL Services as Director of Development, and remains connected to REAL as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. He is a presenter for the Empowering Youth to End Sexual Exploitation program of the State of Indiana and is certified to teach high school students on the issue of human trafficking. He is an active member of the Healing Prayer Team at Little Flower Catholic Church.
Bill was Director of Youth Ministry at Little Flower Church for ten years and has been a youth minister for much of his adult life. He has been active in theater and has performed in ten plays. He served on the Board of Directors for Good Shepherd Montessori School.
Bill has a Master’s in Religious Studies and recently earned a Certificate in Biblical Studies at the Indiana School of Ministry.
Roger O. Parent, South Bend, Indiana, President
Roger Parent is a past Trustee of the South Bend Community School Corporation and a founder of World Dignity, Inc. Roger was in the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Thailand in the early 1960’s, and he was Director of Peace Corps in Haiti and in the Eastern Caribbean. In 2005, Roger was Deputy Director of the Tsunami Volunteer Center in Thailand, helping victims of the 2004 Tsunami.
Roger was a member of the South Bend, Indiana City Council for eight years, and Mayor of South Bend for another eight years. He served in the antipoverty programs of the late 1960’s as Director of Neighborhood Centers. He has a Bachelor degree in Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and a Masters degree in Education from the University of Notre Dame, in Indiana. Roger is a director on various boards, and wrote, The Making of a Peace Corps Volunteer: From Maine to Thailand, in 2004.
Rolande O. Parent, South Bend, Indiana
Rolande Parent is a founder of World Dignity, Inc. While taking care of four children at home, she assisted her husband, Roger, in successful political campaigns for City Councilman and Mayor of South Bend.
During those decades, she was a founding member of the first Women’s Crisis Shelter to assist women and children in domestic violence situations. She was a board member of the YWCA, St. Joseph County, Indiana, and was chairperson of the first YWCA Tribute to Women. She was a member of the Women’s Political Caucus and campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment in Indiana.
Rolande is retired from more than 16 years of service as Instructional Assistant with the South Bend Community School Corporation. She volunteers at Little Flower Church, Christ Child Society, and is a mentor to a student in the South Bend Community School Corporation.
Rolande and Roger have four children and six grandchildren.
Bleumjit Rubin, Phuket, Thailand
Bleumjit (Bui) Rubin was an important catalyst in the founding of World Dignity, Inc. In 2005, Bui and her husband, David, worked in a number of tsunami relief and local development projects. They discussed the establishment of World Dignity, Inc. with Roger Parent, also working on tsunami relief. Bui is the Volunteer Operations Director for WDI Thailand projects.
Bui was a Board Member of Wat Bhuddhavas (Houston) for 14 years where she served as Treasurer, Secretary, and President. She also directed the Sunday school for Wat Bhuddhavas. She graduated from Women’s Hospital Nursing School, Bangkok in 1957, and worked at Phuket’s Wachira Hospital. Bui has worked in hospitals in Chicago, El Paso, Huntsville, and Houston.
Bui is a U.S. citizen who lives in Phuket, Thailand (her home town) most of the year, and a few months in Missouri City, Texas.
Luther T. Taylor, Sr., South Bend, Indiana
Manager of Emergency Preparation, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Luther Taylor was Fire Chief of South Bend, Indiana for 21 years, longer than any other South Bend Fire Chief. In 2004, he also served as Executive Director of Indiana’s Emergency Management Agency.
Luther graduated from West High School in Denmark, Tennessee, attended the National Fire Academy and received his Chief of Fire Designation. During his career he participated in many workshops and seminars on fire fighting, hazardous materials, and management.
Luther Taylor has served on many boards including: Board Member and Past President of the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association, chair of the Indiana Emergency Response Committee, and the YWCA, St. Joseph County. He is a Board member of the local Red Cross, and he is a deacon and chairman of the finance committee of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in South Bend.
Luther and his wife Gwen have two children and five grandchildren.
Robert J. Urbanski, South Bend, Indiana
Robert Urbanski is a retired business man and former Managing Member of GUY Construction, located in Phoenix, Arizona. He co-founded Trans Tech Electric Company in 1983, was its President, and in 1998, as a founding member of Quanta Services Inc. (a NYSE company) took Trans Tech public. Trans Tech grew from six employees and a sales volume of $1.3 million to 300 employees and a sales volume of over $50 million today.
Bob is a Member and past president of the Achievement Forum. He was a Member and President of the St. Joseph County Liquor Board and of the St. Joseph County Board of Zoning Appeal. He has served on other boards and commissions.
Bob is very concerned about education and the quality of our schools. He has attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Indiana University, South Bend.
Bob and his wife, Debbie, have five children and five grandchildren.