Irv Henderson Has Joined PathLight International's Board of Directors


PathLight International is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Irv Henderson to its Board of Directors. Mr. Henderson has an MBA from Cornell University, was vice president of product development at Yahoo, and is currently the co-founder and CEO of talech, a point of sale Silicon Valley software company. Born and raised in Belize, Irv brings a wealth of connections and cultural understanding to the PathLight Board. Describing PathLight's work in Belize as an answer to prayer, Irv says, "PathLight's unique, inclusive approach of partnering with local schools and families is transformative to young Belizeans."

Roy Goble, co-founder of PathLight and current board chair, said, “For years we have wanted PathLight to model the best of Belize, so we have consistently moved toward Belizean leadership. Irv represents a big step forward as he’ll bring his insights, connections, and wisdom to the work of PathLight. He represents the very best of Belize: a passion for the nation, a desire to improve the lives of the less fortunate, and a deep love for God. It’s an honor to have someone with his experience on the PathLight board.”

“Irv and his twin brother Alvin have already helped PathLight with numerous contacts in the Belizean business community and government. I am thrilled to have Irv serving on our board, and I look forward to his continued contributions to our work,” says PathLight CEO Roger Dermody.

Irv lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife Vani and their two children. Together they attend Menlo Park Church, and are active members of the community.

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PathLight International Appoints Consuelo Godfrey as Associate Director, Teacher Training


Pathlight International announces that Consuelo Godfrey has joined the CA-based non-profit as Associate Director, Teacher Training. Ms Godfrey joins Pathlight after serving with the Belizean Ministry of Education, in various capacities at St. John’s College, the University of Belize, and St. Catherine’s Academy. In her position with Pathlight, Ms Godfrey will assist in the expansion of PathLight’s Teacher Training Programs, leading workshops and conferences, opening four new Teacher Education Centers, and partnering with the Ministry of Education in helping Belizean schools achieve the goals of their school improvement plans.

“Consuelo joins Ms. Nilda Muschamp as PathLight’s second full time Belizean Teacher Trainer. She brings maturity and broad experience not only in teaching, but in curriculum design, student motivation and student assessment strategies. We celebrate bringing her on our team as a key voice in breaking the cycle of poverty and giving kids and teachers hope in Belize," says Pathlight CEO, Roger Dermody.

“I am excited about the work Pathlight is doing in Belize, and am honored to be a part of it,” says Consuelo. 

Ms. Godfrey holds a Masters in Education in Literacy Development from the University of Lethbridge, Canada, and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English from the University of Belize. In addition to her work in the classroom, Ms. Godfrey is a Court Conflict Mediator, and an active volunteer in her community. She and her two daughters live near Belize City.  

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A Christmas Message from our Co-Founder

There is a mystery about Christmas that should eternally amaze us; The Almighty God, creator and ruler of all, becomes a child born in poverty. That, my friends, is a marvelous truth. It is why we celebrate Christmas. 

Sometimes we are busy or distracted or simply weary of the story, so to our detriment we fail to be awed by this mystery. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “The lack of mystery in our modern life is our downfall and our poverty. A human life is worth as much as the respect it holds for the mystery. We retain the child in us to the extent that we honor the mystery. Therefore, children have open, wide-awake eyes, because they know that they are surrounded by the mystery. They are not yet finished with this world; they still don’t know how to struggle along and avoid the mystery, as we do.”

What a good reminder to celebrate Christmas with the open, wide-awake eyes of a child. To marvel at the love this moment represents. To embrace the mystery of Christmas, and to find a reason for joy in the midst of the mystery. 

Bonhoeffer continues with, “Living without mystery means knowing nothing of the mystery of our own life, nothing of the mystery of another person, nothing of the mystery of the world; it means passing over our own hidden qualities and those of others and the world. It means remaining on the surface…” 

Too often we “remain on the surface” when Christmas arrives. We fail to embrace the reason for joy and become distracted by the shallower options around us. I’ve certainly been guilty of this, and as Bonhoeffer suggests, I’ve missed the hidden qualities of those around me as a result. 

Of course, there is a better way. Bonhoeffer later wrote, “Joy lives in its quietness and incomprehensibility.” 

Let that settle in for a moment. 

Joy is quiet. Joy is incomprehensible. Yet joy is for us. It lives. This moment we call Christmas is meant to honor the living, breathing, incomprehensible joy of Christ’s birth. 

It is a profound and beautiful design. It is a mystery. But it is one to embrace, to celebrate, to live. It is at the core of PathLight’s mission, hope, and joy.

This Christmas, from Belize to your home, and across the world, my prayer is that you will embrace the incomprehensibility of abundant joy. Let us celebrate together, to embrace the mystery of each other, and to seek joy together. 

And so, with hope in an everlasting God that I cannot understand, with faith in an obedient Christ that models an incomprehensible love, and with a desire to learn about the mystery of Immanuel, or God With Us … I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Roy Goble