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OUR MOTTO
Provide basic necessities of life to those living in struggling
and impoverished communities in America, Kenya and India.
our vision
Help create a world with:
  • Equal access to basic human needs
  • Opportunity to thrive within their communities
OUR MISSION
  • Provide basic necessities and other supports to impoverished communities across the globe
  • Instill hope and empower both children and adults
our VALUES
Promise Hill Project is committed to minimizing the global suffering of those living in struggling and impoverished communities
KENYA
USA
INDIA
Assist in breaking the cycle of poverty today!
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The Promise Hill Project Name

From where did the name Promise Hill Project come? We have been asked this question time and time again. The name Promise Hill Project came to fruition from the founder, Lisa Arbogast, because of her personal experiences in Kenya, and from memories of her Grandmother, Kathryn Hill-Arbogast.

As Lisa began to spend more and more time in developing countries, she realized that the importance of the simple act of keeping a promise meant so much to those with whom she came into contact. Children and adults in need would ask her for help, daily. When she agreed to help, she would tell them to meet her at a specified location the next day, and she would provide the help they needed. Their response was always “Do you promise you’ll show up tomorrow?”. She never broke one PROMISE.

Lisa wanted the name of her organization to reflect a strong woman, specifically, a member of her family. Both of her Grandmothers were very strong, independent women. The Grandmother on her father’s side, Kathryn Hill-Arbogast, made significant impacts within her community. She was a full-time teacher of music during a time when most women did not go to college or hold jobs outside of the home. With the help of her doting husband, she raised 5 very successful children. She was a vocal member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and she wrote and published a book on genealogy. She remained devoted to her church and her community. Kathryn HILL had a voice and she used it.

Hence the name, Promise Hill Project.

PROMISE HILL PROJECT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SERVING THOSE IN NEED

This amazing group of highly experienced, hard-working professionals share their knowledge of non-profit management, accounting, analytics, small business ownership, fundraising, engineering, program development, marketing, leadership and networking.

Together, we are working towards our goals of providing food, water, period products, personal care products and shelter to those in need.

Lisa Arbogast
FOUNDER

Lisa Arbogast brings to Promise Hill Project a successful career in business, as well as an unwavering commitment to social responsibility.

For over two decades, Lisa has served in a variety of management, marketing and human resource roles within her family's global prosthetics company. She has also worked diligently as an owner and designer at her graphic design firm. Throughout her business endeavors, Lisa has prioritized "giving back" within her hometown village outside of Columbus, Ohio, as well as her second residence in Dallas, Texas. Her focus includes impoverished areas across the globe, including the United States of America, Kenya and India. Kenya has been her main focus for the last 8 years, with India being second. She has recently expanded her work into the United States of America. She has put a great deal of time and energy towards the Orthotics and Prosthetics Activities Foundation, as well as numerous children's homes throughout Kenya. She is active in charitable efforts associated with her business including the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation and the Open Hands Children's Home.

With a desire to strengthen the impact of her philanthropic efforts in poverty-stricken areas both domestically and abroad, Lisa founded The Promise Hill Project in 2017. Today, Lisa's vision of instilling hope and empowering those without life's basic necessities is being realized through the provision of food, water, personal hygiene and medical care items, and educational supplies to shelters, orphanages, schools, and villages both in the US and across the globe.

"Although we originate from different cultures, we speak different languages, we practice different religions, and we support different political parties- we are still ONE WORLD."

Dr. Sujatha Srinivasan

Dr. Sujatha Srinivasan is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM). She founded and heads the TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2). Her group is involved in research related to human movement, and the design and development of assistive devices for people with mobility impairments. R2D2 works on the development of innovative, affordable products for rehabilitation needs in India and beyond, collaborates with clinical specialists, NGOs, hospitals, etc., to field-test the designs, and fosters a research environment to evaluate assistive device designs from biomechanical and functional standpoints.

Sujatha graduated with her B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IITM in 1992, MSME from the University of Toledo in 1994 and then worked in the prosthetics industry in the US for about 8 years. After a break of two years to be a full-time mother, she joined the Ohio State University for her PhD in 2003 and graduated in 2007. She joined the faculty at IIT Madras in 2008. She has several refereed journal and conference publications, and is co-inventor of nearly 30 US, international and Indian patents - granted or pending.

Her team recently launched "Arise", a standing wheelchair with an industry partner. She is also co-founder of a startup on assistive devices, incubated at IITM. More details are available at www.home.iitm.ac.in/r2d2.

Marcia Baptiste

Marcia Baptiste has worked as Executive of Sales and Client Retention for a top Fortune 500 company, State Farm Insurance, for over ten years while managing various client accounts through Investments, Annuities and Life Insurance. Even though Marcia earned annual recognition as top in her industry, which includes multiple awards and magazine features throughout her career, (such as D Magazine "Best in Dallas" consecutively from 2015-2020) she did not stop there. Marcia acquired her Series 7 License and is currently pursuing certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Born and raised in the beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica, at an early age Marcia's parents instilled the importance of education and the imperativeness of being a lifelong student. She moved to the United States to continue her higher education at University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations (B.S.P.R.) degree and then completed her Masters of Business Admiration (M.B.A.) degree. While still yearning for more knowledge, Marcia enrolled in Harvard Business School where she studied Entrepreneurship Essentials and Management- all while working on her book that is scheduled to be released nationwide in 2021.

Her visionary perspective was founded on the idea that great leaders are not born that way, but create themselves through hard work and determination. She believes that we all should aspire to inspire others. Marcia feels that "Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love", and has prioritized her focus on giving back. She volunteers at Habitat for Humanity every Saturday in helping to build homes for the less fortunate and also volunteers in feeding the homeless at the Dallas Life Homeless Shelter. Her devotion has also transcended globally wherein she hosts an annual School Bag Pack Giveaway through her nonprofit, Succor, which she founded in 2017, in her hometown of Jamaica. Marcia has put her energy and focus on educating our youths and has partnered with The University of The West Indies (in Jamaica) and hosts quarterly virtual seminars with the undergraduate students on the importance of financial literacy.

Marcia's hope is to provide education through support groups to the uniformed and aspires to create positive thought-provoking change for the less fortunate, one heart at a time.

James M. Colvin
TREASURER

James (Jim) Colvin serves as the Director of Research & Technology at the Ohio-based Willow Wood Company. He has worked professionally and at the Board level in the engineering, research, and construction areas throughout most of his career with specific emphasis on the Prosthetics and Orthotics industry.

Jim has served on multiple advisory boards for a variety of organizations and committees including the Ohio State University Department of Biomedical Engineering, the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and ASTM International. He has published extensively in professional publications and given numerous presentations in his field.

In addition to his commitment to the Promise Hill Project's Board, Jim is an active member of St. Brendan Church and is a volunteer with the Knights of Columbus, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, and the Amputee Coalition of America Youth Camp. He also serves as a Scout Leader for the Boy Scouts and as a coach for youth sports.

Paul De Lara
BUSINESS ANALYTICS

Paul De Lara currently works as a Business Analytics and Strategy Specialist at Vistra Energy. Having an extensive background in technology consulting, business analytics and strategy, he brings to the board a decade's worth of experience and expertise in analytics, specifically in the Utilities Industry. He currently holds the Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP) designation from Transforming Data With IntelligenceTM (TDWI).

Born and raised originally from the Philippines, Paul moved to the United States to continue his higher education at Northwood University through their Outstanding Business Leadership scholarship program. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwood University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) degree majoring in both Management Information Systems (MIS) and Management. He then completed his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from the University of Dallas and was also inducted into Sigma Iota Epsilon - National Honorary and Professional Management Fraternity.

At an early age, Paul has always been taught the importance of education - this was seen through the sacrifices that his parents made working abroad in Saudi Arabia, while he and his younger sister were raised at home by extended family members. This selfless act by his parents to ensure that he and his sister was afforded the best future possible formed his belief for education as an essential tool for upward social mobility and development, especially for those coming from underdeveloped countries and marginalized sectors of the community.

His experience with non-profits includes working with Exxon Mobil Corporation's Community Summer Jobs Program during his undergraduate years and working as an intern for the Travel and Transport Section at The United Nations.

Paul is also currently pursuing his Master of Science in Business Analytics (M.S.B.A) from the Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business with an emphasis in Customer Analytics. His hope is to leverage analytics not only in the corporate environment but also help non-profit organizations such the Promise Hill Project.

Bruce W. Jaster
SECRETARY

Before retiring, Bruce Jaster served as the Executive Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, having been affiliated with the nationally recognized choral group for over 30 years as a singer, board member, and now successful chief executive. Bruce brings extensive experience in management, finance, marketing and general business development in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors to his role on the Promise Hill Project's board.

With a history of commitment to his community, Bruce serves as a Trustee on the Board of AIDS Services of Dallas (ASD), on the Advisory Council of the University of Texas Southwestern School of Orthotics and Prosthetics and on the national Board of Directors of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Activities Foundation. Previously, Bruce has served on the Boards of Directors for The Dallas Way, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Oak Lawn Counseling Center, Amputee Coalition and Meeting Professionals International and also on the Governing Committee of the DFW Federal Club and as an Elder of St. Martin's Lutheran Church. He is the proud recipient of the Certificate of Merit from the Texas Department of Health for his establishment and growth of "Caring for Caregivers," a series of conferences established at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis to provide the necessary education and support networks to caregivers of persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Brooke Artesi
CPO, LPO OWNER OF
SUNSHINE P&O

Brooke Artesi has been in the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics for over 15 years. In 2012, she opened her own practice- which resides in Wayne, New Jersey. She is licensed by the New Jersey Board of Orthotics and Prosthetics and Certified in Prosthetics and Orthotics by the American Board for Certification in Prosthetics and Orthotics (ABC).

Originally a Fine Arts Major with a specialty in sculpting, Brooke moved on to get her bachelor's degree in Biology at Rutgers University. With an eye for design, and an understanding of science, she completed her post-graduate work at the University of Hartford for the Newington Certificate Program in Orthotics and Prosthetics (NCP).

She was named one of the Innovators in the field of Orthotics & Prosthetics by O&P News 175 and is currently the President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

As an amputee, Brooke has a personal understanding of her patient's needs and stresses the importance of activity. She is passionate about her volunteer work as an adult amputee by counseling, mentoring and serving on the Board of Directors for No Limits Limb Loss Association, which funds Camp No Limits- a camp for children with limb loss. She is always encouraging others to reach their potential and remain active. Brooke has also served on the Board of Directors for OPAF and The First Clinics.

Being an outdoor activity enthusiast, Brooke has competed in the Extremity Games, organized by the Athletes with Disabilities Network (ADN), for which she has won awards in both rock climbing and kayaking.

Dr. Sujatha Srinivasan

Dr. Sujatha Srinivasan is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM). She founded and heads the TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2). Her group is involved in research related to human movement, and the design and development of assistive devices for people with mobility impairments. R2D2 works on the development of innovative, affordable products for rehabilitation needs in India and beyond, collaborates with clinical specialists, NGOs, hospitals, etc., to field-test the designs, and fosters a research environment to evaluate assistive device designs from biomechanical and functional standpoints.

Sujatha graduated with her B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IITM in 1992, MSME from the University of Toledo in 1994 and then worked in the prosthetics industry in the US for about 8 years. After a break of two years to be a full-time mother, she joined the Ohio State University for her PhD in 2003 and graduated in 2007. She joined the faculty at IIT Madras in 2008. She has several refereed journal and conference publications, and is co-inventor of nearly 30 US, international and Indian patents - granted or pending.

Her team recently launched "Arise", a standing wheelchair with an industry partner. She is also co-founder of a startup on assistive devices, incubated at IITM. More details are available at www.home.iitm.ac.in/r2d2.

  • Lisa Arbogast
    FOUNDER

    Lisa Arbogast brings to Promise Hill Project a successful career in business, as well as an unwavering commitment to social responsibility.

    For over two decades, Lisa has served in a variety of management, marketing and human resource roles within her family's global prosthetics company. She has also worked diligently as an owner and designer at her graphic design firm. Throughout her business endeavors, Lisa has prioritized "giving back" within her hometown village outside of Columbus, Ohio, as well as her second residence in Dallas, Texas. Her focus includes impoverished areas across the globe, including the United States of America, Kenya and India. Kenya has been her main focus for the last 8 years, with India being second. She has recently expanded her work into the United States of America. She has put a great deal of time and energy towards the Orthotics and Prosthetics Activities Foundation, as well as numerous children's homes throughout Kenya. She is active in charitable efforts associated with her business including the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation and the Open Hands Children's Home.

    With a desire to strengthen the impact of her philanthropic efforts in poverty-stricken areas both domestically and abroad, Lisa founded The Promise Hill Project in 2017. Today, Lisa's vision of instilling hope and empowering those without life's basic necessities is being realized through the provision of food, water, personal hygiene and medical care items, and educational supplies to shelters, orphanages, schools, and villages both in the US and across the globe.

    "Although we originate from different cultures, we speak different languages, we practice different religions, and we support different political parties- we are still ONE WORLD."

  • Dr. Sujatha Srinivasan

    Dr. Sujatha Srinivasan is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM). She founded and heads the TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2). Her group is involved in research related to human movement, and the design and development of assistive devices for people with mobility impairments. R2D2 works on the development of innovative, affordable products for rehabilitation needs in India and beyond, collaborates with clinical specialists, NGOs, hospitals, etc., to field-test the designs, and fosters a research environment to evaluate assistive device designs from biomechanical and functional standpoints.

    Sujatha graduated with her B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IITM in 1992, MSME from the University of Toledo in 1994 and then worked in the prosthetics industry in the US for about 8 years. After a break of two years to be a full-time mother, she joined the Ohio State University for her PhD in 2003 and graduated in 2007. She joined the faculty at IIT Madras in 2008. She has several refereed journal and conference publications, and is co-inventor of nearly 30 US, international and Indian patents - granted or pending.

    Her team recently launched "Arise", a standing wheelchair with an industry partner. She is also co-founder of a startup on assistive devices, incubated at IITM. More details are available at www.home.iitm.ac.in/r2d2.

  • Marcia Baptiste

    Marcia Baptiste has worked as Executive of Sales and Client Retention for a top Fortune 500 company, State Farm Insurance, for over ten years while managing various client accounts through Investments, Annuities and Life Insurance. Even though Marcia earned annual recognition as top in her industry, which includes multiple awards and magazine features throughout her career, (such as D Magazine "Best in Dallas" consecutively from 2015-2020) she did not stop there. Marcia acquired her Series 7 License and is currently pursuing certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

    Born and raised in the beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica, at an early age Marcia's parents instilled the importance of education and the imperativeness of being a lifelong student. She moved to the United States to continue her higher education at University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations (B.S.P.R.) degree and then completed her Masters of Business Admiration (M.B.A.) degree. While still yearning for more knowledge, Marcia enrolled in Harvard Business School where she studied Entrepreneurship Essentials and Management- all while working on her book that is scheduled to be released nationwide in 2021.

    Her visionary perspective was founded on the idea that great leaders are not born that way, but create themselves through hard work and determination. She believes that we all should aspire to inspire others. Marcia feels that "Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love", and has prioritized her focus on giving back. She volunteers at Habitat for Humanity every Saturday in helping to build homes for the less fortunate and also volunteers in feeding the homeless at the Dallas Life Homeless Shelter. Her devotion has also transcended globally wherein she hosts an annual School Bag Pack Giveaway through her nonprofit, Succor, which she founded in 2017, in her hometown of Jamaica. Marcia has put her energy and focus on educating our youths and has partnered with The University of The West Indies (in Jamaica) and hosts quarterly virtual seminars with the undergraduate students on the importance of financial literacy.

    Marcia's hope is to provide education through support groups to the uniformed and aspires to create positive thought-provoking change for the less fortunate, one heart at a time.

  • James M. Colvin
    TREASURER

    James (Jim) Colvin serves as the Director of Research & Technology at the Ohio-based Willow Wood Company. He has worked professionally and at the Board level in the engineering, research, and construction areas throughout most of his career with specific emphasis on the Prosthetics and Orthotics industry.

    Jim has served on multiple advisory boards for a variety of organizations and committees including the Ohio State University Department of Biomedical Engineering, the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and ASTM International. He has published extensively in professional publications and given numerous presentations in his field.

    In addition to his commitment to the Promise Hill Project's Board, Jim is an active member of St. Brendan Church and is a volunteer with the Knights of Columbus, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, and the Amputee Coalition of America Youth Camp. He also serves as a Scout Leader for the Boy Scouts and as a coach for youth sports.

  • Paul De Lara
    BUSINESS ANALYTICS

    Paul De Lara currently works as a Business Analytics and Strategy Specialist at Vistra Energy. Having an extensive background in technology consulting, business analytics and strategy, he brings to the board a decade's worth of experience and expertise in analytics, specifically in the Utilities Industry. He currently holds the Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP) designation from Transforming Data With IntelligenceTM (TDWI).

    Born and raised originally from the Philippines, Paul moved to the United States to continue his higher education at Northwood University through their Outstanding Business Leadership scholarship program. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwood University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) degree majoring in both Management Information Systems (MIS) and Management. He then completed his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from the University of Dallas and was also inducted into Sigma Iota Epsilon - National Honorary and Professional Management Fraternity.

    At an early age, Paul has always been taught the importance of education - this was seen through the sacrifices that his parents made working abroad in Saudi Arabia, while he and his younger sister were raised at home by extended family members. This selfless act by his parents to ensure that he and his sister was afforded the best future possible formed his belief for education as an essential tool for upward social mobility and development, especially for those coming from underdeveloped countries and marginalized sectors of the community.

    His experience with non-profits includes working with Exxon Mobil Corporation's Community Summer Jobs Program during his undergraduate years and working as an intern for the Travel and Transport Section at The United Nations.

    Paul is also currently pursuing his Master of Science in Business Analytics (M.S.B.A) from the Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business with an emphasis in Customer Analytics. His hope is to leverage analytics not only in the corporate environment but also help non-profit organizations such the Promise Hill Project.

  • Brooke Artesi
    CPO, LPO OWNER OF
    SUNSHINE P&O

    Brooke Artesi has been in the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics for over 15 years. In 2012, she opened her own practice- which resides in Wayne, New Jersey. She is licensed by the New Jersey Board of Orthotics and Prosthetics and Certified in Prosthetics and Orthotics by the American Board for Certification in Prosthetics and Orthotics (ABC).

    Originally a Fine Arts Major with a specialty in sculpting, Brooke moved on to get her bachelor's degree in Biology at Rutgers University. With an eye for design, and an understanding of science, she completed her post-graduate work at the University of Hartford for the Newington Certificate Program in Orthotics and Prosthetics (NCP).

    She was named one of the Innovators in the field of Orthotics & Prosthetics by O&P News 175 and is currently the President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

    As an amputee, Brooke has a personal understanding of her patient's needs and stresses the importance of activity. She is passionate about her volunteer work as an adult amputee by counseling, mentoring and serving on the Board of Directors for No Limits Limb Loss Association, which funds Camp No Limits- a camp for children with limb loss. She is always encouraging others to reach their potential and remain active. Brooke has also served on the Board of Directors for OPAF and The First Clinics.

    Being an outdoor activity enthusiast, Brooke has competed in the Extremity Games, organized by the Athletes with Disabilities Network (ADN), for which she has won awards in both rock climbing and kayaking.

  • Bruce W. Jaster
    SECRETARY

    Before retiring, Bruce Jaster served as the Executive Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, having been affiliated with the nationally recognized choral group for over 30 years as a singer, board member, and now successful chief executive. Bruce brings extensive experience in management, finance, marketing and general business development in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors to his role on the Promise Hill Project's board.

    With a history of commitment to his community, Bruce serves as a Trustee on the Board of AIDS Services of Dallas (ASD), on the Advisory Council of the University of Texas Southwestern School of Orthotics and Prosthetics and on the national Board of Directors of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Activities Foundation. Previously, Bruce has served on the Boards of Directors for The Dallas Way, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Oak Lawn Counseling Center, Amputee Coalition and Meeting Professionals International and also on the Governing Committee of the DFW Federal Club and as an Elder of St. Martin's Lutheran Church. He is the proud recipient of the Certificate of Merit from the Texas Department of Health for his establishment and growth of "Caring for Caregivers," a series of conferences established at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis to provide the necessary education and support networks to caregivers of persons living with HIV/AIDS.