Board Of Directors
Rick Romano | Founder & President
Rick grew up in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. He started attending Cranbrook Alliance Church in his early teen years. It was there where God grabbed a hold of his heart, and gave him a passion for missions. Rick attended Canadian Bible College and graduated with a Bachelor of Religious Education with an emphasis on missions.
Rick and Tammie met at college and were married in 1990. Rick and Tammie have four children; Jonathon 23, Rebekah 19, Abby and Moriah 17. Rick served in four churches over 13 years; Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada, Mt. View Alliance Church in Shelton, Washington, Owen Sound Alliance Church in Canada, and East Hills Alliance Church in Kelso, Washington. In the summer of 2004, Rick had the opportunity to help out at LIFE Youth Conference in Phoenix, AZ. At that point, he stepped out in faith to start the first short-term site with the C&MA in Ensenada, Mexico.
In 2005 moved to Ensenada, Mexico serving there for 6 and a half years. In 2011 the C&MA asked if he would be willing to start a new site in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Rick has been in the Dominican Republic since 2012, serving with Envision through 2014 in the DR. In the winter of 2014 he moved from Envision to Marketplace Ministries within the C&MA…at that same time he started his own non-profit organization called Mission 2535.
M25/35 is situated on 10 acres of land in the Cibao region where he has spent the last 2 years working: we have planted plantains and yuca, built a furniture/plastic recycling factory, aquaponics greenhouse, chicken coup, and purchased several goats. His desire is to reach the least of these through job training, food/water, education, and medical. Using these four foundations as ways to share the gospel, and meet the needs of people in remote areas of the DR.
Scott Himes | Chairman of the board
Scott Himes was born December 24, 1960 and raised in York Pennsylvania, self-employed,
owner of Controlled Environment Technologies since 1992. Was employed in 1985 as a field service technician before purchasing the company in 1992.
Technologies provides Design / Build solutions, service and installation of HVAC equipment and building automation control systems serving the industrial and commercial markets. He has been married to his wonderful wife Pam for (27) years and cherishes the time he can spend with his children, Matthew and Lauren. Scott is a member of ValleyView Alliance Church and currently serves on the Elder Board.
Since his time at ValleyView GOD has allowed him to serve in different ministries, Treasurer, Blessings-O-Hope, Team leader for missions to Africa and the Dominican Republic. He enjoys camping with his family and spending time with friends. He is excited to serve on the Mission 2535 board and is looking forward to building new relationships and expanding GOD’s vision in the Dominican Republic.
Brad Farrow | Treasurer
I was born in Canada into a Christian home and attended the Owen Sound Alliance Church throughout my childhood where I had the pleasure of having Rick Romano as my Youth Pastor. I was ONE LUCKY GUY! For school, I moved to Rochester, NY to attend Roberts Wesleyan College and obtained a Business Administration degree. Shortly after graduating I married my wife, Heather, and moved to Philadelphia, PA. I began my finance career at Campbell Soup Company where I held various roles within the company. I also gained an MBA degree from Villanova University while living in Philadelphia. Heather and I recently moved to New York City, where we had our first child, Mya. I now work at Coty, a global consumer goods company, supporting the global cosmetics sales function.
I have had the opportunity to travel for missions many times in my life, mostly with Rick and Tammie. I traveled with them to Mexico three times and West Virginia. Separately, I performed missions work at an orphanage in Guatemala. I am excited and honored to be a part of this team supporting two of my life-long friends/mentors and most importantly expanding the Kingdom of God!
Julia Santilli | Secretary
Hello! My name is Julia Santilli. I am 29 years old, and live near Pittsburgh PA, and attend Crestmont Alliance Church. I have a Bachelor's degree in Human Services and a Master's degree in School Counseling, both from Geneva College. I currently work as a preschool teacher and a site director for an after school program through the YMCA.
I met the Romano family 8 years ago while they were serving in Ensenada Mexico, and I have taken several trips to the Dominican Republic. I LOVE the vision of Mission 2535 and it is a great joy to walk alongside the Romanos and all those on the ground in the DR! I am so excited to be involved with a ministry that is meeting tangible needs in the name of Jesus!
Matt Hall |
My name is Matthew Hall and I am 50 years old, married to Michelle for 27 years and a father of (2); Derek 25 and Alexis 22. I am a USMC veteran and a Sheet Metal Worker by trade, I currently work for myself as a computer draftsman for mechanical contractors and a licensed firearms instructor. My spiritual walk has been one of those where "I was raised in the church", my father had no influence as he didn't go at all, but mom took me every Sunday.
It wasn't until Derek was one years old and our marriage was on the rocks, at this point it was due or die so Michelle and I rededicated our lives to the Lord and have followed Jesus ever since. We have always been involved in home ministries and men's / women's groups, student ministries, etc. While the kids were in High School I was a very active adult leader, going to all the camps, events, and missions; this is where I first met Rick and Tammy. Currently at church I am on the Men's Ministry Leadership Team and Missions Leadership Team.
Michael C. Zachariades |
Michael C. Zachariades , married to Georgene, for 33 years. We have 2 sons, olderst Ian, married to Kristen and one grand daughter Sophia ( 2 and a half years old). Ian is very successful in full service landscaping business, Kristen is a marketing analyst. Second son, Christos( Nyack Graduate) is engaged & will marry to Samantha this coming April. Christos is a Children Pastor within the CMA and is in between Pastoral jobs.
We attend Princeton Alliance Church since 1999. Georgene works with K-4 year olds. I am long time Senior High Leader. I have been on more than a dozen various missions trips. Throw in Life Conferences and Lake Champion events and I have lost count on the various trips over the years. Georgene is Special Ed teacher, deals with Autistic Children thru Rutgers University and works in home programs with parents. I am a VP Marketing-Global Account Manager for Hoyer-Global USA. ( 28 years this summer) . We are specialized liquid bulk logistics provider, we ship chemicals and various other products in bulk on board vessels. I travel quite a bit thru out the USA, Europe and other places.