Co-Founder • International Trade
Anne M. Campbell Rojas graduated from IU with a B.A. in Apparel Merchandising and minors in Business and Spanish. She lived in Spain focusing on cultural studies and sharpening up her language skills. After college, she moved to New York City working in the fashion industry for one of the top women’s clothing designers, BCBG Maxazria. She attended national trade shows selling to boutiques in the U.S. and was educated on inventory management and business strategy. She has traveled around Europe, Mexico, Jamaica, Central and South America, Kenya, Thailand and Morocco. Anne is the lead product development/design manager for The Village Experience’s wholesale line, The Opportunity Collection, with artisans in Kenya, India and Thailand. Anne is founder and partner in The Village Experience and is available to speak on her experiences.
Co-Founder • International Tourism
Kelly S. Campbell graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Apparel Merchandising and Business. After graduation, she lived in New York and Miami working in international public relations for major fashion companies BCBG, Tommy Hilfiger, and Anthropologie. Kelly received her Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Indianapolis and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. She lived in Cape Town and Kenya volunteering for non-profits and exploring Africa. Upon her return to the U.S. she was employed as Vice President of a local non-profit. Kelly has traveled extensively through Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America designing trips and developing projects. She was named one of Indiana’s “Top 40 under 40″ by the Indianapolis Business Journal in 2011, was a panelist at the NAWBO “Trailblazers” event in 2012, is the current face of The University of Indianapolis’s Capital Campaign, and was a member of the Rotary Club’s Business Exchange Program to South Korea in 2011. Kelly is founder and partner in The Village Experience and is available to speak on her experiences.
TVC Board Members
Board Member • Trip Leader
John Watts has more than 30 years of experience in building, growing and leading large health plan organizations. His experience includes leading successful organizations to higher growth targets, through turn around situations, and building successful new ventures. John also has significant experience managing P&L for large enterprises. John spent 12 years at Anthem, the nation’s largest insurer with approximately 35 million members, where he held numerous executive positions, including chief executive and president of BlueCross Blue Shield of Georgia and president and CEO of National Accounts. In his most recent position as president and CEO of Anthem’s Commercial and Consumer Business, he directed a $50 billion division that encompassed 14 Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. John is currently on the board of a number of healthcare related companies including, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Health Plan Holdings, International Medical Group and One Hundred Years. John is also a 500 hour accredited yoga teacher. He earned his BA in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Board Member • Trip Leader
Shannon Watts is a 44-year-old mother of five children. Prior to founding Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Shannon was a stay-at-home mom in an Indianapolis suburb. She had a 15-year career as a communications executive for both public relations agencies and Fortune 500 corporations. Shannon was not an activist or involved in gun issues prior to the shootings at Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, 2012. The day after the tragedy, she started a Facebook page for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. That online conversation turned into an offline grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 2.5 million members and more than 40,000 donors.
Board Member • Trip Leader
Paul’s career has always been in the digital field. He started his own internet company, spent 8 years at Yahoo! and then went on to Facebook for 6 1/2 years from the early start-up through 2012. He left Facebook to spend time with his family. Paul began working with TVC in 2012 on his first family trip to Kenya. He and his 3 daughters had thought for a while about Family Philanthropy. The Village Experience put together the perfect trip. Paul and his girls raised money for a new classroom in Mbita and decided to make a commitment to include service on all of their trips. They decided TVE was the perfect platform for this. After Paul’s second trip with TVE Paul started a group called Dads ’n’ Daughters and asked 2 other Dads and their Daughter’s to join them. Paul finds the trips to be a great opportunity to bond and connect with his girls, and likes how the experience is enriched by service.
Board Member • Trip Leader
A native Minnesotan, Wendy was drawn to volunteering early in her life when she joined her Mom delivering meals to the homebound and elderly. Wendy spent many hours volunteering with organizations focused on low-income youth and homeless throughout high school and college. She earned a Bachelor degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration in Management at the University of St. Thomas. Wendy has worked in various sales and sales leadership roles within the consumer packaged goods industry since 1998. Even though she landed a career in business, her drive to help others has never subsided. Wendy was introduced to The Village Experience in 2012 when she raised over $20,000 to fight sex trafficking in India. She has also traveled with The Village Experience to projects in Kenya and Guatemala. Wendy brings to the Village Experience Advisory Board expertise in process development & business expansion– along with a big heart for seeing herself in everyone else.
Board Member • Trip Leaser
Yoga, service and travel are Jen’s passions. Jen owns and runs 3 yoga studios in Dallas, Texas and co-founded One Love Dallas. One Love started as an annual yoga event that blossomed into a community that has collectively raised over $260,000 for sustainable projects for impoverished communities in South Africa, Haiti and India. Traveling to visit the projects she funded opened up an entirely new world for Jen that she is honored to be able to share with others. Jen began teaching yoga in 2003. A dear friend had dragged her to a studio, a year prior, and she fell in love. Amazed by the way her life became easier after class, she realized the responsibility she held in creating her own world and how what she created from within directly impacted the worlds of those around her. Until that point, she was oblivious to the fact that the energy she put out was coming right back at her. She chose to create a shift and began to slow down and take the time and space to enjoy life more. The progression to share what had launched such a profound change in the way she lives was only natural. Jen hopes to inspire and empower people to practice yoga further and further on and off the mat, and also to take the true self connection and extend it to others in their communities and around the globe. Jen wants to learn about other cultures, listen to their needs and take action to move everyone forward into a unified, better tomorrow.
Mary V Holehan
Mary V Holehan is an Indiana native and currently resides in the Indianapolis area. She received her BS in Interior Design from Indiana State University and enjoys learning about new places & people, finding inspiration by what communities can create when connected toward a common purpose. She is a registered yoga teacher and currently teaches in the Indy area. She enjoys sharing her love of yoga especially in those demographics that desire improved health. Mary is excited to partner with TVE & TVC in bringing together people of different cultures and backgrounds to generate positive change.
Travel Coordinator / Trip Leader
Adi is a classically trained yoga teacher, educated in the foothills of the Indian Himalaya under Yogrishi Vishvketu. She now leads Seva based retreats through The Village Experience with internationally recognized yoga teachers. She has led groups though spiritual and humanitarian work in the US, Thailand, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, and India. Based in Costa Rica, she enjoys long jungle hikes and beach dinners with her husband, Alex, and their pup, Finnigan.
Amy King’s first visit to Haiti was in 2007 for a rural medical mission. Since then she has traveled all over the country from beaches to the mountains with various projects ranging from art therapy to adventure expeditions and leading The Village Experience’s socially responsible tourism trips. At home in Indianapolis, Amy advocates for Haiti through highly acclaimed photo exhibits and events combining arts and humanity. She enjoys networking through social media and through haiti.provocate.org which is an initiative to connect all Indiana-based groups involved in Haiti. Additionally, Amy has been an employee of the VA Hospital in downtown since 2002. She studied at Purdue University and IUPUI and has a B.S. degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
John Campbell owned and operated Chart Pet Nutrition and Supplies based in Indianapolis, Indiana until selling it in 2011 and becoming the current Senior Operations Manager of the Phillips Indianapolis Distribution Center. John has an extensive background in management, operations, and sales and held the position of Chief Operating Officer of World Wide Chemicals, Inc. for over 20 years. He has traveled through Europe, Asia, and Africa for both work and pleasure. John has played an essential role in advising the management team at The Village Experience and helping them get to the next level.
Larry Baker is a serial entrepreneur and the current founder and owner of Earthwave Technologies located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Larry has a heart for philanthropic ventures and has played an active role in The Village Experience since inception.
Joseph Muya is a native Kenyan and current resident of Nakuru. He currently owns and operates The Lake Nakuru Lodge and Crescent Island Tented Camp in Kenya. He believes strongly in community outreach and conservation and one of his most recent accomplishments has been getting Lake Nakuru and Lake Elementaita designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. He has worked in partnership with The Village Experience since the beginning and guides them on all endeavors throughout Kenya.