Board of Directors
Greg Vikse is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, but has lived abroad for the last thirty years. An educator by profession, but an artist by avocation, Greg has chosen San Miguel as his retirement home. He looks forward to using his experienced teaching skills and artistic talents as he pursues his involvement with the Rural Education program. Greg believes the Rural Education Institute is a very worthy cause and is eager to contribute his time and effort.
June Oliver is a retired CPA from Toronto area in Canada and lives six months at her cottage on Lake Eugenia in Ontario Canada and six months (Nov-Apr) in San Miguel de Allende. She is married to Michael Gilhespy and they have seven grandchildren. June founded "The Tax Management Centre" in Oakville Ontario in 1999 and retired in 2014 but continues to be involved in the accounting field as Treasurer of each Amistad Canada, Escuela de Educacion Especial de San Miguel de Allende, A.C., and Rural Education Institute of Mexico. She is also an active Rotarian with her home Club being the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar and she regularly attends and participates in meetings of the Rotary Club of San Miguel Midday.
Dr. Manuel Velazquez
After graduating from UNAM in Mexico City, Dr. Manuel Velazquez did an internship at the DePaul Hospital in Norfolk VA, and his first year residency in NYU Medical Center, in New York City. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and an international member of the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association. Dr Velazquez has been practicing since 1973. He is the founder and director of the Cara Feliz Project, a multidisciplinary clinic for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of patients with cleft lip and cleft palate. He is the secretary of the BOD since 2017, and is also interested in helping the Rural Education Institute to get connected with the academic sector and expand our program to other communities.
Chip Swab was first introduced to the wonders of Mexico while serving as a United States Marine Guard at the American Embassy in Mexico City in 1970. He received his electrician's license in 1976 and was given an opportunity to become part owner of Ennis Electric Company of Manassas, Virginia and was named President of the firm in 1984. Beginning in 1980, he taught electrical apprenticeship classes for 15 years. He and his wife decided to retire in San Miguel de Allende in 2008, purchasing two lots in Villa de los Frailes and working closely with a young architect named Marco Hernandez and his father Alberto Hernandez to make the design his home. In addition to his time spent helping plan and execute programs for Rural Ed, he serves as the driver coordinator for Feed the Hungry, an organization that delivers 4,500 meals each week to 34 different schools in outlying communities surrounding San Miguel de Allende. Education is the key to Mexico's future, and for as long as he is able, he intends to do all in his power to enhance the opportunities that are available to especially the most needy children of this wonderful country.
The Right Reverend William O. Gregg came to San Miguel as Rector of St. Paul’s Anglican Church/Iglesia San Pablo in April 2014. Having served as Bishop of Eastern Oregon, he moved to the Diocese of North Carolina as Assistant Bishop and retired as an active Bishop in February 2014. He has served during the past year as the educational supervisor for the interns, meeting with them weekly to review the program, build skills, and plan for the next week. Bishop William is especially interested in organizational and system development for the work of Rural Ed. He brings to Rural Ed his love of education and teaching, and commitment to the creation and implementation of possibilities for the children and youth of the campo around us. His educational background includes both as a parish priest and Bishop as well as having taught from P-K to the collegiate level. “The development of excellent education for our children who live in the campo is essential for the future growth and development of them, their families, their communities, and for Mexico.”